Got a fairly big update together for this release. Lots of improvements all over the app. These are the big changes:
- New disk visualization system. There is a new Visualize Disk option under the Tools menu. Better performance and the output file sizes are 30% of what they used to be. PNG files now also contain metadata.
- Fast Imager has undergone a significant upgrade. It will now allow for light copy protections, like volume number changes and E7 bitstream, to be imaged (WOZ only). Honors custom sector interleaves (WOZ only). Fixed issue with not always preserving the volume number on the disk in WOZ output.
- Fast Imager can now output .DO and .PO files with automatic detection of ProDOS disks.
- Disk Writer has been updated to also write .DO and .PO files. The underlying engine has also been improved to be able to write copy protected disks. Writing WOZ files is coming soon.
- Closing the Disk Editor window while analysis was taking place wasn’t properly terminating worker threads and freeing up memory.
- Added a Bulk Processor for rendering new PNGs for all of your .A2R files.
- Fixed UI issue in disk controller window when hiding and showing app.
- Wrote a brand new firmware updating system that fixes an issue with updates not working for some people.
- Firmware 1.02 adds better performance for some functions.
- Several more small fixes and crashes cleaned up.
A new version of the software is now available. The primary focus of this build was cleaning up bugs in the UI and some functionality improvements.
- Better power management. Will only turn on power to floppy drive when needed. Will automatically turn off power after being idle for 3 minutes.
- Added cmd-i shortcut for the Image button on Fast and Flux imagers.
- Fast Disk Imager no longer saves files info a folder.
- Flux Imager metadata RAM Requirement now defaults to Unknown.
- New A2R format has been finalized. Applesauce will still open older A2R files. Bulk format updater coming soon.
- Flux Imager now correctly obtains write protect status based on actual disk.
- Fixed typo on MC3470 message box.
- Calibrate screen now turns off tests when switching to another screen.
- Metadata Inspector speed improvements. Changed Metadata Inspector shortcut to cmd-m.
- Disk Editor will enable Save and Save Rendering menu items only after work is completed.
- Disk Editor will now show bit timings across all reads. The alignment of nibbles still needs some work.
- Fixed bug where closing main window with unsaved data wasn’t actually closing window.
- Fixed delay when opening disk images via Finder.
- Added new Force Firmware Reflash window to recover Applesauce from failed firmware updates.
- New app icon.
- Lots of other small fixes and improvements.
Chris Torrence did a video on Applesauce for his Assembly Lines podcast while we were at KansasFest. I’m rambling as usual, but this time I am rambling with Apple ][ legend Roger Wagner! It was an honor to hang out with him and help save a box of his original floppies.
All of the Applesauce units have shipped out. I’m a bit behind in getting the Applesauce setup documentation posted due to being at KansasFest. I’ll have it up later today. The most important thing to know is that the ribbon cable for the disk drive should point downward. You should also unplug the USB connection from your computer whenever you are attaching or removing any cables.
Everything is ready to go! Bandy will be shipping out units over this coming week while I am at KansasFest. Please be patient as it is a ton of work to get everything packed and out the door. Many thanks to everyone that has supported getting us to this point. Anybody that would like to get on the waiting list for the 2nd run, just use the contact form at the link at the top of the page.
Final assembly of Applesauce controllers is in progress! The first units will be shipping by the end of the week!
If you are on the wait list for the first run of Applesauce, then you should have an email waiting for you. After a couple weeks of delays from the manufacturer, I finally have confirmation that they have shipped the PCBs to me. This was what I was waiting on before I felt comfortable to collect money from folks. There will be a lot of assembly going on around here this coming week. I am expecting to be shipping out units July 13-27.
The first run of 100 Applesauce units is progressing well through the assembly stage (all units have already been spoken for). All of the preliminary assembly has been completed. Currently just waiting on the PCBs to arrive from China. The manufacturer is running a little behind schedule but says that I will have all of the boards next week.