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  1. PTAP2DXF - make paper tapes without a punch

    If you have a paper tape reader and no punch, you can now make real working paper tapes using a normal home stencil-cutting machine.
    I've written a small command line utility that can take a .PTAP (or any other binary or textfile) and generate output that these
    machines will cut. that your reader will read.
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    It can easily make repair pieces for existing old broken tapes from any byte offset. In addition it can ...
  2. Reading paper tapes from scratch

    I've wanted a paper tape reader for my machines for years. No joke. Even way back in highschool I was in the machine shop trying to mill parts for a reader but I never managed to build a working unit. Really if you are a sensible person you can buy a reader but get ready to dig deep. In some cases you better be prepared to pay $100 just for part of the optic block. Googling around you will find quite a few hobbyist grade readers and there's a lot of old articles from back in the early microcomputer ...