The latest version of SOFT-LOK, the Speedlock tape-to-disk transfer program, Version 2.3, has been released by Campursoft. Hailed as the very latest generation of Speedlock tape-to-disk copiers, it took two years to write. So what's so good about it then?
The DETECT utility automatically discovers which Speedlock version a particular program contains. Also, a tape protection analyser, exclusive to Soft-Lok, takes the tedium and guesswork out of tape-to-disk work as it instinctively detects which protection is being used.
Okay, with both protection and Speedlock version now known, the appropriate transfer routine can be chosen from the menu. That done, a disk, with enough free space for the transferred game, is inserted and a filename given. The tape runs through as normal and, at the end of the load, will be transferred to disk.
Soft-Lok runs on expanded machines only, making full use of the extra RAM, in so far as it is used for manipulating the game data. This has the disadvantage of occupying more disk space, but has the advantage of transferring games that are longer than the standard 42k, which accounts for about 70% of current games.
Soft-Lok does not set up the screen inks for any transfers, because, "As the loading screen is only visible for something like 15 seconds, it seemed a bit pointless for something that is essentially cosmetic." Fair enough.
Soft-Lok is very easy to use, far easier than the only other tape-to-disk Speedlock transfer utility currently being advertised. It does the job extremely well, and has a very high success rate. Definitely recommended.
SoftLok uses a neat little outlined box to select menu options.