Horizon Converter changelog
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Changes in 2.1:
- Fixed the way disc image names are tidied
- Slightly improved error handling in the exec viewer window
- Improved wording for the message displayed when no BBC files were found to be converted in the set of files dropped onto the program’s icon or window or in a specified folder
Changes in 2.1b2:
- The process of counting the items left to convert no longer ties up the CPU on Mac OS 9 and earlier, and this process can now also be cancelled.
- Clicking Stop no longer causes future operations to give bogus readouts in the progress window.
- Fixed the extensions appended to the folders of extracted DSDs (now uses .0 and .2 instead of .1 and .2)
- Removed support for .0 and .1 extensions to disc images (nothing seems to use them) in favour of .bbc
- DSD support finally tested, and fixed.
- Dropping an already converted !BOOT file onto Horizon Converter’s window or Finder/Dock icon will automatically open it in the EXEC file viewer window.
- Retracted support for dropping items onto the application’s window in Mac OS X until someone with X helps me figure out why it doesn’t work – it is a REALbasic 3 runtime bug I believe, which I can’t fix from 9.1. For now, just stick to the Dock icon.
- File > Close Window (Cmd-W) implemented for the header and EXEC viewer windows.
- The positions of the header and EXEC windows are now memorised.
- The disc image filename is now used for the containing folder for the content of disc images with no stored title, when set to use the stored title for the folder name.
- Colons in stored disc image titles no longer cause the extraction process to become comatose.
Changes in 2.1b1:
- Disc image (.ssd/.dsd/etc.) support – Horizon Converter can now extract the contents of an Acorn DFS disc image to disc. Disc images are files that contain the complete contents of a BBC Micro DFS floppy disc inside, and often have the file extension ‘.ssd’ (single-sided disc). 40 and 80 track, single and double sided disc images are supported, as well as 62-file extended catalogue Watford Electronics DFS images (if anyone has one of those, I’d like to see it and test it). In terms of file extensions, Horizon Converter reads .ssd, .img, .0 and .1 (single-sided disc) and .dsd (double-sided disc) disc images.
- Reads EXEC files – you can now drop executable files (files run from BASIC with
*EXEC) into a special window to view their content. The primary use of this is to see what a !BOOT file from a disc image does, seeing as Horizon cannot execute them. [Richard Holt]
- File header editing – a new window lets you view, add and edit Horizon headers, letting you set load and execution addresses for files manually or change the addresses of existing files. [Richard Holt]
- Improved progress dialog (and cmd-. finally works, yay)
- Intelligent file handling – drop BBC files, .inf files or both onto the program’s icon or window, where previously you were required to drop the .inf files for it to work. Further, if no files were found for processing in the dropped selection, you will receive a notice dialog instead of wondering whether anything happened
- The application now comes frontmost when you drop a file onto any of its windows
- A new menu command for opening the target software folder (if one is defined in the prefs) in the Finder
- A number of implementation and interface fixes
Changes in 2.0b2:
- Sheez, of all the places I could forget to change the spelling to “Converter”… ;)
- Now correctly places the progress dialog below the drop target window
- Amended the prefs dialog layout to suit X better
- Now truncates the destination folder path in the middle with an ellipsis if necessary
- Italic property of the destination path is removed while a path is specified
- Improved the About Box appearance and fixed a glitch with X
Changes in 2.0b1:
- Mac OS X support
- Now permits you to convert BBC files in-place instead of saving the converted files to a new folder, preserving the old copies if desired
- Can be set to place the .inf files in the Trash afterwards
- Can tidy up the names of converted folders, to support the Horizon
- Allows you to disable reconstruction of the source data folder tree during conversion if desired
- Preferences dialog box for configuring the above
- Extra modes – you can now drop files onto its Finder/Dock icon for conversion, or select Convert File/Folder from the File menu