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Z88 Old Computer Links
PC Link II is the Cambridge Computer PC link program. It allows you to transfer files from a Z88 to any true IBM PC based computer as ASCII, or translate them from Pipedream into Wordstar or Lotus 1-2-3. By downloading the correct filters, the Wordstar file may be imported into Microsoft Word. Likewise Microsoft Excel can import Lotus 1-2-3 files for spreadsheets.
Alternatively, you can download files from your fixed system as an ASCII file to the Z88, and then translate them into PipeDream as 'Plain Text'.
RangerLink 2 is a high performance PC to Z88 file transfer package featuring throughput at four times the speed of PC Link II, multiple file transfers and true data transparency.
The PC client end has been re-written to allow faster computers to use this program again.
The Z88 computer is often used as an extension of desk-top PC systems, allowing users to take data into the field and to bring back reports, notes and correspondence written "on the move." When used When used in this way, the Z88 offers by far the best combination of size weight and capability for the needs of typical portable computer users, especially when compared with expensive "laptop" computers.
Data is usually transferred between PC and Z88 by serial connection, using software on each computer to control the transfer. However, existing transfer packages suffer from slow data rates and can only handle one file at a time. RangerLink addresses these issues by providing a wide range of new facilities, including the ability to mark multiple files or the contents of entire directories for transfer in either direction.
RangerLink consists of an application ROM (v5.02) for the Z88, together with a PC program disk and a connecting cable (which can be purchased separately if requested). The application is driven from the Z88, which displays "windows" showing the current PC and Z88 directories, together with a command menu. Commands can be selected from either
This program allows selection of device and directory on both the PC and Z88, and files to be copied, renamed or erased.
The communication protocol used to communicate between the computers continuously checks for the connection, so that it is not necessary to start the programs in any order. If the RangerLink program is interrupted, for instance in order to use the a different application on either the Z88 or PC, communication is automatically re-established when RangerLink is re-invoked. When file transfer is in progress the Z88 screen shows a display of the file name currently being transferred, the file size, the waiting in the queue. Filenames appear in the destination device window as they are transferred.
A useful feature of RangerLink is "Type," which allows a quick look at the contents of any file on the Z88 screen.
The original PC program (v3.56) was quite useful if you are using an old PC in DOS (up to a 486) with a small amount of memory. Dennis Gröning has now re-written this allowing faster computers to use it and the ability to change the serial ports.