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No products are on this page, only free utilities.

Right Click on the utility name to download the program.

Select Save Target As..., then select a location on your computer to store the file. 

After saving the file, click on Open Folder. 



This program, developed by Blaiz Enterprises, can be used to get the coordinates of a color that's on the screen.


Application file:  hexcolor.EXE

Installation:  Just copy it to your desktop and double click to run it.


This program, developed by John Dow, allows you to run multiple Q&A Windows databases simultaneously. It is included in WINDEMO, but you are free to use it yourself without the demo.


Application file:  QAWinCPY.EXE

Installation:  Open a DOS window and run the program by typing "QAWINCPY".  Prompts will tell you what to do. Note: you will have to run it once for each copy to be created. Eg QAWINCPY 1, QAWINCPY 2, etc.


This program, developed by John Dow, permits "shelling" from a Q&A DOS database to run an external program. It can be used to run DTFDATA. It should also be able to run the new Lantica Utilities (I haven't tested it, let me know if you try it). The program is free. Technical note: it's a simple windows program that you run before using Q&A and it's invoked to do whatever you want by running a macro (e.g. Alt-P) when in an appropriate field in the database.


File:  Demon100.EXE

Documentation:   README_T.TXT


As a convenience, the Symantec program QEXTRACT can be downloaded from here. This program has the ability to extract records from corrupted databases.  It is available free, courtesy of Symantec. While QEXTRACT has the advantage of being free, it has several flaws.  It frequently skips several records when extracting.  If you have redesigned the database after adding some records, it will extract multiple files and you might have a lot of work figuring out merge specs to get the fields in the various files to load properly as you are reconstructing your database.  Furthermore, if you have changed the order of fields, your data will be restored improperly.



Documentation:   README.TXT


If you have a Q&A 4 DOS database, start using Q&A Windows, and still want to access the database via Q&A DOS, then download and run this program so that Q&A DOS can access your converted databases.

Download the file (QAUP.EXE) and store it in a handy directory. You can make a new one just for this purpose. Then run the program. It will extract several files. One of those files is UPDATE.EXE. Run UPDATE.EXE, eg by double clicking it. It is a DOS program that should start without problem on Windows XP or Vista, provided that you have the 32-bit version of the operating system. After an initial greeting screen, it will ask on which drive your Q&A 4.0 or DOS is installed. Give it the drive letter and it will search for Q&A.

It seems that the program has a bug, apparently getting confused if it encounters a directory path that is longer than it was designed to handle. If the program seems to lock up, try this. Find the directory where Q&A 4 for DOS exists and copy that directory to an empty flash drive (also known as a "Thumb drive" or "USB Drive" or "Jump Drive" if memory serves). Update that copy of Q&A, then copy it back to the original location (eg on the C drive).


Download file:  QAUP.EXE

Installation file:  UPDATE.EXE


The is the same patch but for German versions of Q&A Windows (F&A WIN).


Download file:  QAUPDE.EXE

Installation file:  UPDATE.EXE


The TSR 2GBFIX.COM is available here. If you load this before running Q&A, it makes the large drive problems go away. No registration is required to use this program. It is what I have been using for years. If you click on the link, you'll download 2GBFIX.EXE, which is a self-extracting archive containing the program (2GBFIX.COM), licensing etc, and STARTQA.BAT. The STARTQA.BAT is a simple BAT file I wrote.


Zip file:  2GBFIX.EXE

Installation:   You should put the STARTQA.BAT file and the 2gbfix program in your C:\QA directory, then create a shortcut to the bat file and use it to run Q&A.


The TSR LESSPACE is available here. If you load this before running Q&A, it makes the large drive problems go away. This is the latest version (2.2) as of 15 Oct 98. Note that this is a shareware program. It will work as is, but there is a built in time delay every time it is loaded or unloaded. That's to encourage you to register it. If you use it, register it.



Documentation:  LESSPACE.TXT


Speedfix is a patch for Q&A 5 so that it will run without problem on fast CPU's. Download and run this file to install speedfix and the associated read me file.



Application file:  SPEEDFIX.EXE

Documentation:  README.TXT


From Info-Zip, no-charge ZIP and UNZIP programs compatible with PKZIP and Winzip and other zip/unzip programs. Create a ZIPUNZIP folder and save the file into it. The file is a self-extracting archive - that is, it's a program. Run the program and it will extract the ZIP.EXE and UNZIP.EXE programs. You may then copy ZIP.EXE and UNZIP.EXE to another directory, perhaps C:\Windows (or C:\WINNT on a Windows 2000 computer), for convenience.



Application files:  ZIP.EXE  and  UNZIP.EXE

Documentation for ZIP and UNZIP is included in a separate file. ZIP and UNZIP DOCUMENTATION


Sort for large files(CMSORT)

This is a 32-bit Windows sort that is easy to install (merely unzip) and use. The file size is limited only by the disk space on your computer. It is particularly useful before viewing or editing files created by DTFDOCTR when exporting data from corrupted databases. To sort, from a command line type "CMSORT inputfile outputfile". The program is free. For additional information on how to use it, see the TXT file that unzips with the program. For example, there is a /M option you can use to provide more memory to the program; this just makes it sort a bit faster.


Zip file:  CMSORT.ZIP

Application file:  CMSort.EXE

Documentation: README.TXT

CREdit: Editor for large files and color syntax highlighting

This is a 32-bit Windows editor that is easy to use. The file size is limited only by the amount of virtual memory on your computer. It is particularly useful when viewing or editing files created by DTFDOCTR when exporting data from corrupted databases. The program is free. Click on the link to download, save to disk, and execute. It will unzip the CREdit installation files, then run the installer.


Zip file:  CREDIT_1013.EXE

Application is installed in C:\Program Files\Credit by default.

John's INI files for CREdit These files install into the Windows directory and define color syntax highlighting for Q&A source files (QAS), such as are created by my DTFSPECS program and maintained with my DTFMAKE program.



Application files:  CREdit.INI  and  CREditHgl.INI

Last modified:05/15/2014