A new MSX Disk Image utility

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By robodrunk

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12-01-2020, 08:22

Hello Community,

Had some time over new year's holidays and finally made another Windows GUI tool to work with DSK files.
In my case I also needed to open and write HFE images used for Floppy Emulators (I replaced my MSX's floppy with one of those). So the tool also handles those HFE files directly.

It's a pretty new and simple app for now, but should do everything required - create new images easily, add there new files with drag-drop or a dialog, delete files etc. And of course save to those DSK/HFE formats.

For those who want to try it here's the link: http://www.pen-code.com/files/MSXDiskTool.zip

Happy New Year!
VB

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By Meits

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12-01-2020, 13:10

Great stuff...
Good to see it handles directories as well.

By Pac

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12-01-2020, 20:27

Yes, something that Disk-Manager can't. You could improve your tool by allowing drag&drop files from HDD to a DSK already created (and saved) and vice versa in the same way than Disk-Manager does.

By Wlcracks

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19-01-2020, 08:58

Looks great, PMA handling would be great.

By ericb59

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20-01-2020, 10:12

Looks great.
Is there a chance to have this tool as a cross plateforme app ?

By robodrunk

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30-01-2020, 05:16

For now it's Win32-only because of the tools I used to make it.

Handle of PMA files with this app is not easy, because atm it's using a virtual MSX-Disk image in MSX-DOS format.
It is pretty easy though to create a new similar interfaced app specifically for PMAs Smile

By robodrunk

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30-01-2020, 05:25

PAC, it should let you drag and drop files into the current image view?
I didn't implement the dragging out of the tool into something like windows explorer though.
Dragging in a DSK file (or HFE) will open that dragged image as current.
Dragging in other files, smaller than available free space should add them to current image.

I didn't add the Make Folder command for now, but it's pretty trivial to add this one soon.

I probably need a small wish list for this app for next features to be implemented.

By SjaaQ

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30-01-2020, 09:14

I associated the MSXDiskTool with the DSK extension. When I doubleclick a DSK file I get the following error:
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MSX Disk Image Utility
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Cannot create file "S:\MSX2\HFE\RefFile.HFE". The system cannot find the path specified.
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OK
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When you click OK the disk seems still to open correctly.

By robodrunk

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30-01-2020, 23:11

Argh, that was definitely some test code left enabled. Will update the program right now.
Thanks for pointing this out! (It only happened when application was opened with an argument, trying to write back that image in HFE format for testing).

By Pac

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31-01-2020, 17:44

robodrunk wrote:

PAC, it should let you drag and drop files into the current image view?
I didn't implement the dragging out of the tool into something like windows explorer though.

Right, in my opinion drag & drop files in both directions is convenient. I need this feature when develop something for MSX working with DSK.

By robodrunk

Resident (50)

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01-02-2020, 03:41

OK, updating the tool to next version.

Version 0.0.2
* Added "Make Dir" command to create new directories
* Disabled test code writing a HFE image to a fixed dev path when opening images from command line.
* Added a folder panel + file panel to easily navigate to and open MSX images on a local drive.
* Fixed a crash when deleting a directory

Keyboard shortcuts:
While in folder list - Enter enters a folder, Backspace goes up a level
While in file list - Enter opens an image, Backspace goes up to parent folder

Same download link: http://www.pen-code.com/files/MSXDiskTool.zip

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