Can 3.5 floppies that are 16 bit be converted

July 7, 2018 at 10:24:12
Specs: Windows 10
I have a half dozen Seattle Film works 3.5 floppies that are the SFW format My 64 bit windows laptop says they are 16 bit format and it cannot read the files. My laptop is an HP 64 bit, Is there a way to convert them so I can see the pictures? They are all late 1996 to 1997 files and are important to me. I forgot I still have them otherwise I would have done something sooner.
Richard

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July 7, 2018 at 12:35:57
Mike,
Are the instructions in the jonesrh,info etc simple enough for a person not well versed in technical computing? I am really a novice at this.

Thanks,
Richard


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July 7, 2018 at 14:07:07
You'll likely need a 32-bit operating system to run the following program (PhotoWorks 2.41---which can read the format):

https://web.archive.org/web/2007051...

Find someone still running 32-bit XP or earlier who's willing to install the program (I have installed it and it's free from viruses). It'll read SFW format, then you can save as something more common (such as .jpg).

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July 7, 2018 at 14:38:05
If you scroll about half way down the page on the jonesh.info site you will find a section labeled:

3rd party free .sfw to .jpg converters

There is also a shareware list.

Most are easy to use.

I have XnView installed on my machine.

Usually the hardest part is finding someone with a computer that has a 3.5 floppy drive else you will need to find/buy an external floppy.

MIKE

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July 7, 2018 at 15:10:05
T-R-A

FYI:

I tried the web.archive site you posted
downloaded the PhotoWorks file named pwx95.exe
to my Dell laptop running XP Pro 32 bit
but when I try to run the file I get the error message:
"pwx95.exe is not a valid Win32 application"

I then tried the XnView link and after following the links
it take you to C|Net to download an older version.
The current home site is:

https://www.xnview.com/en/

MIKE

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July 7, 2018 at 17:18:06
"PhotoWorks file named pwx95.exe to my Dell laptop running XP Pro 32 bit but when I try to run the file I get the error message: "pwx95.exe is not a valid Win32 application"

Not sure of the problem but it installs and runs on my Compaq EVO running XP SP3.

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July 7, 2018 at 19:16:21
OK, things are a bit strange

The first two times I downloaded the pwx95.exe file, the file size was 33KB
I though it was a bit small, so I tried to open the file with Jedit, which is a text
editor, and lo and behold the file was actually an HTML file......
when I loaed the html file I was then able to download the REAL pwx95.exe.
Seems the first couple of times the html was not being executed in the browser
(Firefox 52.9.0 32bit), but now, every time I download, I get the real pwx95.exe

New problem is I can't get it to install, gives the very helpful error message of:
"Please go to the Control Panel to Install and configure system components."

I hunted around a bit, and found an MS Knowledge Base article that might work but since I don't really need the program, this will go on the back burner till another day.

MIKE

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July 8, 2018 at 00:36:47
Richard (rbjfire),

For Win7 and Win10, I suggest:

1. Nord's sfwjpg:
If you can see .SFW files on your '96-'97 floppies, then first try "Nord's sfwjpg" at www.joenord.com/apps/sfwjpg -- probably that's all you need. Be sure to check out his video first.

2. XnViewMP:
If Nord's sfwjpg doesn't do what you want, use XnViewMP. That's what I used for the 2015-11-08 post #24 to Barbara P in the thread pointed to by the 1st link in the present thread.

3. Fix Picture or Magick Studio web sites:
If neither of those first 2 solutions work, and you can see .SFW files on your floppies, then you can send each .SFW file, one at a time, to one of these two quality, trust-worthy web sites that can convert SFW files -- either the one that converts using XnView ( https://www.fixpicture.org/ ), or the one that converts using ImageMagick ( http://transloadit.imagemagick.org/... ). This 3rd approach is tedious, but it *will* get the images converted.

jonesrh_sfwwhichfmt


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July 11, 2018 at 12:40:10
Just to let everyone know, I found an app at the Microsoft store that will open the SFW files. There is a free version and a pay version. It's called "File Viewer Plus".

Richard


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July 11, 2018 at 16:22:41
Cool, thanks for letting us know.

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