I'm working on a Tape manager... suggestions?

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By cesco

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17-01-2008, 16:02

I'm actually working on a small application that'll let anybody to edit their own tapes. You will be able to cut, copy, paste, import files inside any .CAS file; you will be also able to rename any file inside the tapes or move the files simply dragging them.

And in the first public release you will be also able to export your tapes to WAV format, so you will be able to use them on any real MSX computer... I'm actually rewriting Vincent Van Dam routines in RB (Don't worry Vincent... I'll credit your original work inside the application)

And for the first time ever, an application of this kind will be available for WINDOWS, MAC OS X and LINUX from the first day of release.

Here's a picture of the interface so far:

img134.imageshack.us/img134/102/msxtapemanagertc0.gif

Note that this is a screenshot taken from the Mac OS X version. The other two versions will look exactly the same, since I'm developing this utility with RealBasic.

Well, now let's talk about MY questions :)

1) Since I decided that I want to accept any suggestion, what you'd like to see implemented in this application that I haven't already listed ?

2) I don't really like the name "MSX Tape Manager"... it's too generic :) Have you any suggestion for a better name?

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By NYYRIKKI

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17-01-2008, 16:19

I would like to see "Play"-button Smile

By only_69

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17-01-2008, 17:40

How about K-Seven??

And a convert feature, to convert the tape to other kind of files, maybe.

By cesco

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17-01-2008, 19:23

I would like to see "Play"-button Smile

Yes, it shouldn't be too difficult to implement this feature I suppose...

By cesco

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17-01-2008, 19:23

I would like to see "Play"-button Smile

Yes, it shouldn't be too difficult to implement this feature I suppose...

By cesco

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17-01-2008, 19:26

How about K-Seven??

K7 ? Is there any particular meaning in this name ?

And a convert feature, to convert the tape to other kind of files, maybe.

I was thinking about adding the possibility of exporting the tapes in .TZX format in a distant future, because I heard that the .TZX format allows to recreate a perfect image of an original tape (this is true at least on the Spectrum... I don't know yet if this format can be adapted to the MSX)

By dvik

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17-01-2008, 19:33

Check the bluemsx casette code as well. We based our code of Vincents code as well but we added support for more header types, most interesting probably fmsxdos and fmsx98 headers and there are some other extensions as well and some minor bug fixes iirc. You can find that code at:

http://bluemsx.cvs.sourceforge.net/*checkout*/bluemsx/blueMSX/Src/IoDevice/Casette.c

By jltursan

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17-01-2008, 19:39

K7 ? Is there any particular meaning in this name ?

Yes, is a short (phonetic) for cassette (tape). If I'm not wrong is specially popular in the vintage french scene as well the diskette one (D7).

By cesco

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17-01-2008, 21:28

Check the bluemsx casette code as well.

Thank you Daniel. I'll take a look at that sources tomorrow.

By cesco

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17-01-2008, 21:32

BTW Here's another screenshot. This is how the application looks like under Windows 2000:

img231.imageshack.us/img231/8791/msxtapemanagerwindowswb4.gif

By jltursan

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17-01-2008, 21:49

Looks neat! Smile

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