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cbmconvert converts files related to 8-bit Commodore
computers from one format to another. The program is included in the
In 1993, when Marko Mäkelä wrote the initial
cbmconvert, the only way to extract files from
various 8-bit Commodore file archive formats was to transfer the
archive files to a 8-bit Commodore computer and to run the archiving
program there. A few years later, emulators started to become more
useable and other cross-platform archiving tools started to appear.
Meanwhile, the Deflate compression algorithm IETF RFC 1951 has been
implemented on the 6502 microprocessor, and compressing and
decompressing tools are available for the popular Zip and Gzip formats
at least on some 8-bit Commodore platforms. (Some implementations are
available from Pasi Ojala’s Commodore&Compression
cbmconvert is still relevant for converting
old archive files or less commonly used native file formats, such as
the Commodore tape format.