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Where can I download software similar to paperdisk, that is compatible with windows vista? Answered

 Hi, I'm wondering where I can find software similar to the cobblestone paperdisk software that can print files as data tiles. Paperdisk is not compatible with windows vista, and that's my operating system. What can I do?



Best Answer 8 years ago

Well you can try running it in compatibility mode, but I'd bet you'll still have problems getting it working. If you have a windows 3.1, 95, 98, or XP installation disc lying around, you could also try setting up a virtual machine with Virtual Box (free, here: http://www.virtualbox.org/) and install it there. Yes, it's old enough to run in 3.1.<br /><br />Trouble with Paperdisk is it never caught on. At the time it was created, people still relied on floppies and burned CD's to transfer files... but the internet was growing fast and soon floppies went the way of the dinosaur. CD's are on their way out too and a lot of people speculate that phyisical media will be all but eliminated in a decade. With paperdisk, people were fitting about half of the data of a traditional floppy on a piece of paper that could, but shouldn't, be folded up to about the same physical size. Besides a reduction in cost, there was little benefit and little use, and the idea flopped. I don't know if Cobblestone ever officially went under... but I could find no sign of any real activity from them after the year 2000.<br /><br />Right now, QR code is the barcode standard of choice for transmitting information. It lets internet-connected cameraphones get a link to a website or a download just by snapping a picture. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_Code for more info. That's your best shot at the moment, but keep your eyes peeled because this isn't an idea that ever really goes away. Someone will revisit it in the future, I'm sure.<br />


(just curious)
"Physical media?"
As opposed to what?

Also, I think it'll be a while before those 8.5 GB burnable DVDs get passed by flash drives in size versus cost.
Don't get me wrong, I'm excited for that day! I just wish it would get here faster.


I should have said "transferable" physical media.  Non-volitile storage (hard disks or SSD's) will have a place inside computers for a long time to come.  I think media that people buy or pass around like optical disks and flash drives are eventually going to be passed on in favor of internet downloads.  Why?  There will come a time when it's faster and easier to download a movie than it is to go to the store and physically pick up a copy.  Same goes for transfering files between computers... once the day comes when you can send a hundred megs of files faster than you can burn a disc or load a flash drive, people will stop using physical media.

There's a lot holding us back right now, for one the fact that most folk's best (wired) connection is still too slow... but I think that's still improving and that we've got a lot of room for innovation.

It's easy to disbelieve it now, but consider that only a decade ago streaming HD video would have been unbelievable.  Downloading a single mp3 could take half an hour or more (depending on where you lived and how old your computer was).  Purchasing a game or application over the internet meant waiting for a CD to come in the mail.  Flash games and animations were still a bit of a luxury, difficult to enjoy without DSL or cable (still unusual at the time).  Home WiFi was really only just getting it's start.

I imagine that by 2020, we'll see a huge drop in the use of transferable physical media in favor of internet communications, simply because I believe the average internet connection will get fast enough. 


THAT time is pretty much here. The last ...five or six movies I've seen were from the inter-webs, because going to the store would be TOO SLOW.

Heh. Yeah, a decade ago it took forEVER to load Instructables.


7 years ago

...Was thinking about a way to increase the storage capacity of the Paperdisk technology. First, resolution of current devices is much better than in the 1990s; therefore, pixel-coding can be used. Second, the original Paperdisk was based on black&white images; adding color can substantially increase the density of pixel-coding.

Combining the tow above, color pixel-coding can be a big step to boosting Paperdisk capacity.

Incidentally, color pixel-coded infromation does not have to be printed on paper; screens can be used to carry color pixel-coded messages that could be read from the computer screens either by smart digital cameras or by software "screen pixel scanners".

The question is whether the IT market has a niche for such an application...