ANN News Network Disks
Reading Them in Virtual ADAM
by Jim Notini and Joe Blenkle

The ANN disks are SmartWriter or SpeedyWrite format (which should read ok in SmartWriter)

Three methods that come to mind quickly:

1) The method you have used where all the formatting is lost at times. Load Virtual ADAM, browse through the directory listing on the left hand window and click in the ANN disk image you want, then in the right hand window a directory listing will appear, click on the filename and it will be displayed in Notepad automatically (sometimes with the formatting intact.)

2) Load Virtual ADAM, mount the ANN disk image to disk drive #1 and chose to Boot SmartWRITER WP, press the Escape/WP key to enter WP mode, press Store/Get, press the GET SmartKEY, chose disk drive #1 SmartKEY, a file list index will be displayed, move the pointer to the file you want and press the GET SmartKEY, the file will load and display in SmartWRITER, then press the PRINT function key followed by the PRINT WORKSPACE SmartKey. The file will be "printed" to a PC text file in the "PRINTER" subdirectory of Virtual ADAM. The print process could take some time.... just pretend the ADAM Daisy Wheel Printer is doing the work. Be sure you launched virtual ADAM with the printer enabled. Exit out of SW back to Virtual ADAM and click on the picture of the printer. It will give you a list of files that you have "printed" and you can click on them to view them. They should all be formatted as if you had actually printed them on ADAM. This should work with virtually any text file you can print on ADAM whether it be with SmartWriter, SmartFiler, etc.

3) Use DCOPY32 and THE ADAM CONNECTION (eos.exe) to convert and transfer the file from an ADAM EOS Media to a PC text file. If you don't have a 5 1/4" drive on you PC system, you can still use The ADAM Connection to format a 3 1/2" disk as a 5 1/4" 160K or 320K disk (it does work!!). Then use DCOPY32 to convert the PC disk image to the newly formatted ADAM 3 1/2" disk. Once you have the disk image tranferred use The ADAM Connection's option to convert an ADAM file to a PC text file. When typing in the ADAM filename make sure to type it in exactly as it's spelled (lower and uppercase matters) and include the type of file in parenthesis, for example:


and then make sure to adhere to the 8.3 file naming standard on the PC... no long filenames with these programs, so:


Also, The ADAM Connection will ask you what type of ADAM file it is so you'll have to know: SmartBASIC, SpeedyWRITE, Other.

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