Release 1.45

Lots of improvements have been made to the Disk Analyzer to make the exploration of disk images easier with more power at your fingertips. Also took a bit of a jaunt into the world of Atari 8-bit disks.

  • Rebuilt the Logical Block view in the Disk Analyzer. It now displays things like the filename and purpose of the sector if known. The arrows on the right side of the block header can be used to jump to the previous and next block of the file.
  • New Go… command (under the Analysis menu) will let you jump to anywhere on the disk. There is a optimized Go screen for each of the Nibbles, Physical Sectors, and Logical Blocks views. The Logical Blocks view also shows a list of Bookmaks for common disk structures like directories in order to make them easier to inspect.
  • When viewing a file from the Disk Analyzer, you now have the option to save the file. This will let you save individual files from disk images. You not only can save the file, but if Applesauce understands the format of the file then it can also convert the file. You can output a program listing of an Applesoft file instead of just the binary data. It can also convert text files to modern UTF8 text files. If you are interested in Mac resources, you can export a resource fork as a resource file, or even have it extract all of the individual resources and save as separate files.
  • Improved support for Atari 8-bit disks. Fast Imaging of single, enhanced, and double densities should now be working properly. Better recognition of disks eligible for saving into ATR format as well.
  • Improved the display performance of the Disk Analyzer.
  • Fast Imager eligible save format lists now allow more options based on disk geometry.
  • More performant handling of empty sectors for Apple DOS 3.2 and earlier.
  • Physical Sectors view was not always showing the correct epilogue markers. Fixed.
  • When using the Files view in the Disk Analyzer, you can now press the Return key to open the currently sected file. The sector map on the left side of the pane can also be clicked to jump to a logical block.
  • Improved support for 800K MFS and Lisa Monitor disks.
  • Changed Find in Files to require double-clicking file to open instead of just selecting it.
  • Metadata Editor wasn’t properly reflecting the Mac color depth setting. Fixed.
  • Fixed visual glitch where exporting a disk in DSK, DO, and PO format would sometimes show more bad sectors than actually existed.
  • Fixed various crashes and cleaned up some small UI bits.

Searching for client release 1.44

The theme of this release is Searching.

A new Find command has been added to the Disk Analyzer. It will allow you to search Nibble Streams, Sectors, Blocks, and Files for Hex or Text strings. The Hex search also supports wildcards by replacing any nybble with a ? character (ex: D5 A? 96) Text search is case insensitive and supports Apple II high bit characters. For nibble searches, you can add a + character to require that hidden timing bits must exist after the nibble. (ex: FF+D5) It also allows you to search for desynchronized nibbles.

If you are having issues with a drive not being properly detected, there is a new “Which drive is connected?” item in the Help menu. It will show logs for the detection process that Applesauce used. Hopefully it will help people more easily discover why a drive fails to connect.

Firmware update to add support for more Apple SuperDrive 3.5 models.

Client Release 1.43

This release is mainly cleanup of the current bug list. Please watch your step, lots of squashed bugs around here. Maybe a new feature or two as well.

  • Added file system support for Lisa Monitor.
  • Preliminary support for loading DiscFerret DFI images for single-sided 5.25 disks.
  • Improved geometry calculations for disks that lie about sector numbers.
  • Improved data repair by looking at more neighboring tracks.
  • Fixed: Flux Imager saving could sometimes encounter errors when saving as illegal filenames, and then it won’t let you save at all.
  • Better filtering of illegal volume names on FAT12 disks.
  • Fixed: Disk Analyzer wasn’t properly enabling the Save function after a metadata edit.
  • Fixed: The Commodore Load string metadata wasn’t properly displaying in the metadata editor.
  • Enable Compare/Repair button in Disk Analyzer only if a disk has valid geometry.
  • Cleaned up 5.25 Diagnostics tests.
  • Fixed: Disk Writer 3.5 would ALWAYS sync a disk if a sync sensor was found. It will now respect the Force Sync checkbox.
  • Fixed: Exporting an oddball 800K MFS disk now works properly.
  • The usual cleanup of small UI issues and bug fixes.

Client Release 1.42.1

I’m finally getting settled in some new digs and once again have some office space to get coding done. I’ve been able to carve out a bit of time to knock some tasks from my todo list for Applesauce. One of the bigger items that has been on the list for quite a while is writing to 3.5″ HD (1.44MB) disks. I’m happy to report that it is now completed! It will of course require that you are using an Apple SuperDrive (or a Sony MFD-75W-01G mechanism from a Mac stuffed into the normal 800K enclosure).

Anyway, here are the release notes for v1.42.1:

  • Lots of UI cleanup work to Disk Writer 3.5.
  • Ability to write 1.44MB 3.5″ disks.
  • Lots of UI cleanup in Disk Analyzer, like fixing cut off log messages.
  • Improved contrast in hex view of disk comparisons.
  • Changing platform tab in Metadata Editor didn’t correctly allow you to save. Fixed.
  • Improved detection of Lock-It-Up copy protection.
  • Improved detection of Atari and Commodore disks when exporting/saving.
  • Vastly improved loading/analysis/export of many EDD files.
  • Fixed an issue with WOZ 1.0 loading that prevented exporting to other formats.
  • Fixed crash when dealing with Apple Pascal files that are zero blocks long (illegal).
  • Fixed issue with saving A2R files after editing metadata.
  • Fixed crash when loading some malformed WOZ files.
  • This release underwent a significant amount of refactoring internally.

I also noticed that I didn’t make a post here about v1.41. There was some good stuff in that release as well:

  • The Disk Analyzer can now perform sector-level comparisons of disk images. And if the disks are using a file system that Applesauce recognizes, then it will also allow file-level comparisons. Have 2 images of the same product and want to know if they are the same? This will quickly tell you.
  • Added support for loading IMG files of FAT disks. Loading of DiskCopy 4.2 images with an IMG extension also now supported.
  • Better handling of write protected disks during the Check Drive function in Diagnostics.
  • Fixed an issue where loading WOZ files with an unknown file system would incorrectly export to a sector-based disk format like DSK, DO, PO, etc.

The client can be downloaded from here.

Lots more new features are on the way! Stay tuned!

Client Release 1.40 has arrived!

This release has been a very long time in the making. Sorry about that! So many moving parts in my life over the last several months. The long move is just about over, and as long as everything goes smoothly, I only have a bit over a month to go before I can start moving into the new digs. Until then, I am still mooching a place to live from my folks. Unfortunately this means that most of my equipment is still packed away in boxes which I don’t have access. I mailed a box of drives and such to myself in order to get some work done while I am in this limbo state, but unfortunately USPS managed to destroy just about every drive even with careful packing. Needless to say, making progress on Applesauce has required a lot more effort than usual.

With that being said, there are a tremendous number of fixes and improvements in this update. Below is a list of the more important changes.

Added native support for Apple Silicon machines. These M1 machines are crazy fast!

FAST IMAGER 5.25

  • Images saved in .WOZ format could sometimes have their track length marked incorrectly which would cause corrupted sectors when writing the image to disk.
  • Commodore formatted disks that required the use of the Retry Bad functionality would sometime lose count of the number of tracks on the disk and save to a .D64 file with the last track missing.

FLUX IMAGER 5.25

  • Completely rebuilt using better capture techniques.
  • Allows imaging of any GCR, FM, and MFM disks. Apple, Atari, Commodore, and PC disks are now officially supported for imaging along with additional metadata fields. Data repair routines and bit/nibble based image formats are still under construction for non-Apple disks.
  • Added support for imaging 40 track disks.

FLUX IMAGER 3.5

  • Fixed crash that could occur when imaging a 3.5″ HD disk in a DD drive.

DISK WRITER (ALL)

  • Changed flow for formatting blank disks. You now need to select the format from the “Format As…” dropdown and then press the “Format Disk” button.

DISK WRITER 3.5

  • Fixed bug with Disk Writer not properly turning off the drive when encountering a fatal error while writing a disk.

DIAGNOSTICS

  • Improved method of detecting the maximum number reachable tracks for a 5.25″ drive that also provides more accurate results and checks for up to 45 tracks.
  • Fixed bug with ever accelerating progress indicators.
  • Check Disk function will no longer attempt other tests if it cannot read a disk since they would all fail anyway.

FILE SYSTEM PARSING

  • Improved handling of FAT12 disks containing a partially corrupted directory. All non-corrupt data will be parsed. Better cleanup of invalid characters in volume names. Also fixed an issue with parsing directories that had an empty entry.
  • Support of 800K MFS disks has been added.
  • Will salvage any good data from a corrupted file on an Apple DOS 3.3/3.2 disk.

DISK ANALYZER

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when parsing an MFM track that contained no sectors.
  • .WOZ files weren’t always unpacking properly when loading and could incorrectly show data errors around the loop point of a track.
  • Fixed colorizing issue with IBM sectors in the nibble stream view.
  • Fixed a UI issue that would occur when view resource forks of Mac and Apple II disks. After viewing an empty resource, it wouldn’t allow you to view other resources.

FIRMWARE

  • Applesauce firmware has been updated to version 2.17.
  • Added support for quarter track stepping up through 40 tracks for 5.25 disks.
  • Head movement allowed through 45 tracks for 5.25 disks.
  • Improved performance of flux capturing routines.

The new release is available via the automatic update mechanism in the app or can be downloaded directly from here.

Busy Moving

Please forgive the poor response time over the next couple months (as well as the last couple). I’m in the process of moving to a new home and therefore not online very much. Things will be back to normal in November or December.

Meanwhile I have been getting lots of interesting things together. Prototype sync sensors for the 5.25 half height Apple drives (A9M0104 and A9M0107) have been completed and are awaiting production. Also a new sync sensor specifically for the earlier Shugart-based Disk II drives is on the way.

I am also hoping to have client software version 1.39 released very soon. Many new features and improvements are coming!

If you are interested in an Applesauce FDC, feel free to fill out an order form. I am completely sold out currently and the order form will indicate that. But I am using these orders as a wait list for another production run. No ETA yet on when that will be able to happen.

Release 1.37 – Major 5.25″ Fast Imager upgrades and now supports Commodore, Atari 8-bit, and other platforms.

Lots of new things happen with the Applesauce client! I’m currently in the process of going through all of the various portions of the app and hooking up newer bits of code and adding things from my to-do list as well as features requested by users. The next several releases are each going to be focused on a single area of the app as only minor cleanup and bug fixes in other areas.

The focus of the 1.37 release has been enhancing the 5.25″ Fast Imager. It has gotten just about a complete rewrite with several new features.

The overall feel is very similar to the existing 1.36 and earlier Fast Imager. One of the primary advantages of the Fast Imager rework is the ability to support disks for platforms other than Apple II. Full validation has been added for Commodore DOS as well as Atari DOS 2.0 and 2.5. The foundation of these new capabilities is the fact that in addition to the support of GCR encoded disks, Applesauce can now also image FM and MFM encoded disks. This includes many additional platforms as well, like TRS-80, PC, and obscure formats like Compugraphics. To go along with these additional formats, the Fast Imager also now has 40 track support. Normal Apple II disks were primarily limited to 35 tracks, and most Disk II drives can only access 36 tracks. But there are 3rd party drives designed for the Apple II that could access 40 tracks, like the Rana, MicroSci, and many others. If you are using one of these drives, then you will be able to enable 40 track mode. If you don’t know how many tracks your drive can access, you can use the Check Disk function of the Applesauce Diagnostics. You can also have Applesauce generate a log file that saves information about the imaging session like whether there were bad sectors.

With these new kinds of disks that can be imaged, the old Format selector became very bloated. So there is now a list of file formats that appears when Applesauce determines what kind of disk you have images. It will dynamically build the list with appropriate choices. And you can now select multiple formats. When you hit the Save button, it will save images in all of the checked formats.

The Retry Bad has always been a popular feature in the Fast Imager as it is a powerful data recovery tool for failing disks. Well, it has been improved even more!

The last new feature I will mention here is the new Show Catalog button above the sector status area. Clicking this button will display a catalog/directory for the imaged disk if Applesauce can identify the format. This can be a huge help when you are trying to figure out what is on a disk in order to come up with a save name.

One additional note about the Commodore support, it seems that when Apple was developing the Apple 5.25 Drive (A9M0107), they switched the main disk reading chip from MC3470 and replaced it with a HA16642MP. Interestingly, this drive appears to be unable to reliably read the faster zone 1 speed of 3.25µs (vs 4µs) that Commodore uses. I haven’t found any other Apple II drive (1st or 3rd party) that have this same issue, but all 6 of the A9M0107 drives that I have do. So, they are not recommended if you want to image Commodore disks.

And as always, there are lots of little cleanups and bug fixes all over the app. Hope you enjoy the new improved Fast Imager!

Release 1.35 is now available!

This has been a big hunk of work! I have completely reworked large portions of the low-level architecture of the client software. The first fruit of this endeavor is that if you have an Apple SuperDrive, you can now image High Density (1.44MB) disks!

  • The Fast and Flux Imagers for 3.5 disks supports imaging 1.44M and 720K disks with an Apple SuperDrive. If you are Fast Imaging non-Apple disks (like MS-DOS), then you can save them as “Raw Sector Image” in order to output as a .IMG file. No file-level validation exists yet for non-Apple formats.
  • Support for loading and saving 1.44MB PO, 2MG, DiskCopy 4.2, and DART (read only) disk images.
  • Updated Applesauce Firmware adding support for MFM flux streams and improved Apple SuperDrive support.
  • Major rework of the low-level flux handling and nibble generation code within the app and firmware. This is the groundwork for many upcoming features.
  • Loading of disk images is now much faster.
  • Fixed rendering of Pascal text files. It was misinterpreting paragraph indenting and showing random characters in its place.
  • Some improvements to the Check Disk function of Diagnostics for 3.5 drives.
  • Lots of performance improvements all over the app.
  • Many small bugs squashed and typos fixed.

IMPORTANT

This release contains a firmware update for the Applesauce Floppy Drive Controller. When you run Applesauce, it will want to update the hardware. You must do the update in order to use the new release. But, the new firmware is not backward compatible with older client versions.

KNOWN ISSUES

    • Flux-level repair of MFM disks (1.44MB and 720K) in the Disk Analyzer is still a work in progress.
    • Disk Writer 3.5 does not yet support writing MFM disks.

Applesauce 1.34 is now available.

Ok, in case you haven’t noticed, I am terrible at keeping this news feed up to date. Development on the Applesauce project has been very active. In the 7 months since version 1.2.0 came out, I have had 16 releases with the most recent being version 1.34. I tend to try to make a release every two weeks. Lots more new features and enhancements are on the way. Here is a quick recap of the changes since my last update (newest changes first):

 

  • Ability to show tracks as Logical Blocks. If Applesauce can determine the operating system, it will translate the sectors into blocks.
  • Support for reading the DART disk image format.
  • Fixed the date handling when formatting disks.
  • The 5.25 Disk Analyzer was getting stuck on dual core machines. Fixed.
  • Fixed crash when viewing files on macOS 10.11.
  • Applesauce was incorrectly marking extremely sparse ProDOS tree files as being corrupt. Fixed.
  • You can now show tracks as Physical Sectors instead of only Nibble Streams in the Disk Editor. Use the pop up menu labeled “Show Track As” at the top of the Disk Editor window.
  • Added an “Applesoft BASIC (Condensed)” file viewer. This will show each line with all of the extra spaces removed. This comes in very handy when you want to copy and paste a program into an emulator, but the program has very long lines or uses embedded control characters.
  • Viewing Pascal text files now correctly skips the 1K system header.
  • Viewing file contents of disk images has been added. Double-click any file in the File System pane of the Disk Analyzer, and a hex dump will be displayed. It can also detokenize Applesoft and Integer BASIC files so that you can view the source code. Viewing of resource forks for Mac and GS/OS is also supported.
  • New system for determining where tracks were written on the media surface. It does a better job determining when media shifts to half tracks and such. Interleaved half tracks still not supported, but this is the work to enable that to happen.
  • The Apple II variant of CP/M is now supported for file-level verification and analysis. File systems supported: DOS, ProDOS, Pascal, CP/M, and Mac MFS/HFS.
  • Better processing of some copy protections that are hiding data sequences within sector gaps.
  • Handles tracks that have multiple sectors with identical addresses.
  • Fixed issue with validating/exporting some sparse text files from DOS 3.3.
  • WOZ files can now be opened in the Disk Analyzer and will undergo disk and file-level validation.
  • Improved track looping routines.
  • Big improvements to track and sector repair for 5.25 and 3.5 disks.
  • Support for some additional copy protection styles.
  • Metadata Editor screens for 3.5 disks correctly use Number instead of Side for the Disk metadata.
  • Fixed crash when saving some 13-sector Fast Images as WOZ.
  • Cleaned up some error logging in the disk Analyzer.
  • Lots of additional fixes and cleanup.
  • Improved the repair of address fields within the disk analyzer.
  • All Bulk Processors will now save a log of their work to your desktop.
  • File view wasn’t properly refreshing after making flux edits.
  • Fixed detection of corrupted a2r files during load. Will now display an error instead of crashing.
  • Fixed issue with client getting confused whith multiple windows being open looking at the same file.
  • Very silent 3470s are able to return 0 fluxes to download. This would trigger a code path that wouldn’t save the track and would not step to the next halfphase. If the 3470 went into full clamp mode, then this would cause the client to not read any tracks following the gap.
  • Fixed crash for in DOS 3.3 format recognizer for a specific error condition.
  • Improved handling of DOS 3.3 sparse files.
  • Added “Clear All Folders” to Where menu of imagers.
  • The client now has the ability to read and analyze the file structure of many disks. It currently supports DOS 3.2, DOS 3.3, ProDOS, SOS, GS/OS, Pascal, and Macintosh MFS and HFS.
  • The Fast Imagers and Disk Analyzer now have an additional save/export option. You can choose “Extract Disk Contents as Files” and it will save the files to a folder for you instead of making a disk image. Very handy if you want to inspect files instead of just playing with them under emulation. It currently does no conversion of the file data, so you won’t be able to look at Applesoft listings and such without using another tool to do the conversion.
  • The Disk Analyzer now has a button to view the files on the disk. If the analysis detected any damaged files, the icon for the button will be red to let you know.
  • The Fast Imagers will now utilize the file structure recognition in order to give you additional intelligence about the imaging process. For failing disks, it will indicate if any bad sectors are associated with files, or if they can be safely ignored due to being unused.
  • Added an “Edit Metadata” button to the Disk Analyzer. This does the equivalent of the “Metadata Inspector for Current Disk” menu command (shift-cmd-m).
  • Improved workflow for editing metadata. Several people have been exporting a .woz from the Disk Analyzer and then running it under emulation in order to gather more metadata info. This means that you need to duplicate the new metadata for the .a2r and .woz files. If you use the new “Edit Metadata” button (or the menu equivalent) AFTER you have exported the .woz, then it will bring up the Metadata Inspector for the .woz file. Pressing “update” will update the .woz file on disk as well as the .a2r in the Disk Analyzer. You will need to use the Save menu to save the metadata to the .a2r.
  • The Save menu item is now available from the Disk Analyzer. It will currently only be enabled if you change the metadata, but in the near future it will also be used for saving flux-level edits as well as finalized and validated flux streams. Some enhancements to the A2R file spec are coming soon.
  • Fixed issue with not properly detecting 13-sector disks that have illegal sync fields.
  • Added tooltips to all of the buttons in the main window.
  • Cleaned up the Diagnostics screens for 5.25 and 3.5. Added indicators to let you know which tests are currently running.
  • Fixes some crashes in the Disk Analyzer.
  • Enhancements to sync field repair.
  • When loading .dsk images into the Disk Writer or Disk Analyzer, it will check the sector ordering to do the right thing for ProDOS and SOS disks.
  • More big improvements to validation, repair, and noise cleanup routines. Support for DOS 3.3P disks has been added.
  • Better error messages when attempting to load problematic disk images.
  • The functionality of the “Save…” command from Disk Analyzer has been moved to “Export to Disk Image…”.
  • DiskCopy 4.2 images can also use the .dc42 file extension in addition to .image. Also supports DC42 images that are smaller than a complete 400K/800K disk.
  • Bulk Processor has been cleaned up to more accurately reflect issues in A2R to WOZ conversion.
  • More messages logged during the analysis process.
  • The “Save & Analyze” button is now the default for the Flux Imagers.
  • The Applesauce app is now notarized by Apple before distribution.
  • Updated Sparkle library that handles automatic app updating.

As you can see, I’m far more interested in writing code than I am posts about releases. I’ll try to get better at keeping things updated here, but no promises.

 

 

Applesauce client 1.2.0 has been released!

Huge focus on 5.25 disk analysis and .woz generation. Lots of great new features like half track support, flux-level disk editing/repairs, and a new log to highlight interesting things about the disk.

Here are some of the details:

  • Massive amount of work in .woz generation for 5.25 disks. More improvements to 3.5.
  • Detects the proper width of tracks so that protections like the EA fat track are now properly preserved.
  • Support for locating data on half tracks. Doesn’t like interleaved half tracks yet.
  • Lots of additional repair techniques in the Disk Analyzer.
  • Will attempt to resolve custom nibble translate tables. Only currently works on tables that introduce normally illegal nibbles.
  • Logging warnings and protection information to log pane. Lots more work coming on this front!
  • Ability to edit a2r images at the flux level.
  • Tracks that have a couple of sectors with standard markers and others using custom markers is now analyzed correctly more often.
  • Fixed up a couple of issues in the Diagnostics screens.
  • Fixed issue with Metadata Editor not enabling the Save button after changing platform-specific check boxes.
  • Improvements to the mastering analysis stage.