QUICKOPY 5.0 Review
by Dean Roades
Quickopy 5.0 (QK) is the shareware program available from Larry Overman.
At $6.00 it is one of the best values for a copy program and it includes
QK supports all currently available drives (DDP; 160k, 320K, and 720k
disk), and can copy with a single drive or multiple drives. It has a 16k
copy buffer if you do not have a memory expander. If you do have an
expander the buffer is:
QK has both block and file copy options. The block copy can be used to
make backup or working copies of you software. When making a block copy,
you select the first block and the numbers of blocks you wish to copy,
then select the first block on the destination media. This allows you to
copy one tape to two disks and vice-versa. The only shortcoming is that
is does not have an 'auto-copy function. Some copy programs will check
the media and copy only those blocks which are used. With QK, you must
tell it what you want. You can access the directory of the source media
to find this out, so it's not a major problem.
The file copy option allows you to tag the files you want copied a QK
will transfer all of these files with no further input from you. This is
a real time saver for PD librarians, newsletter editors, etc., who want
to transfer many, but not all, files from one media to another.
The information displayed for directories and individual files is
extensive. Volume name, directory size, volume size. The file
information is even more complete; start block, blocks allocated, bytes
used, attribute, etc. This information, I assume, is of great interest
to those knowledgeable in such things, but the rest of can use QK just
My favorite part of QK is the Ramcopy (RC) option. If you have a memory
expander, you can use all of the QK functions with the RAM. You set up
the expander as a ramdrive designated as tape 1 or 2 or disk 1 or 2. You
can then copy to the ram as if you are using a physical drive. A 256k or
larger expander allows you to copy an entire tape or disk to the ram and
make multiple copies using the RAM as the source drive. This will save
time and wear and tear on you drives. It comes in very handy for making
PD copies or distributing ADAM News Network disks. A real time saver!
But there's more! After setting up the RAMdrive, you can boot an EOS
program like SmartBASIC or SmartWRITER, and keep the RAMdrive in place.
This gives you the speed of the memory expander in you favorite
programs. For example, you can set up the RAMdrive as Tape 2, copy a
disk with newsletter articles on it into the RAM, and access these files
from SmartWRITER. This is especially nice since SmartWRITER only
recognizes one disk drive.
The docs for this package were on the flip side of the disk. They are
quite complete (some 35 pages) and include information on data pack
formats, and other subjects which make the process of file and block
transfers easier to understand. The drawback is that they are in CP/M. I
had no trouble printing them out, but I would have liked to format them
Quickopy 5.0/Ramcopy 1.1 is easy enough for the novice, versatile enough
for the advanced and you can't beat the price.
If you are interested in getting Quickopy 5.0, contact Larry Overman,
11820 Gloxinia Ave., Fountain Valley, CA, 92708.
RATING - A