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

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By Vincent van Dam

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17-01-2008, 22:38


K7 ? Is there any particular meaning in this name ?

I think only_69 refers to this project. The links inside the page seem to be broken though. The package contained a set of python scripts which could be used to do various actions with .cas files iirc.

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)

I would love to see the .cas format encapsulated within the .tzx format; but without emulator support it wouldn't make much sense. I think adding the support to that fileformat should be easy though.

Oh, and btw, good job ;)

By only_69

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18-01-2008, 11:32

I meant K7. I thought everybody knew that tape and k7 was the same stuff. Sorry... And I was not referring to any project, Vincent. I even never heard about this project... Smile

I enjoyed more the MAC version. The interface looks better... Hannibal

By jltursan

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18-01-2008, 12:42

Would it be a standalone executable?. I doesn't know at all the RealBasic environment...

By Manuel

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18-01-2008, 12:50

k7 as a phonetic joke only works in French! k 7 (ka-set)

By cesco

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18-01-2008, 13:23

Would it be a standalone executable?. I doesn't know at all the RealBasic environment...

Yes, of course. It will be a standalone application that can be run independently on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (All the needed libraries are already packed in the executable file)

By SLotman

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18-01-2008, 14:48

k7 as a phonetic joke only works in French! k 7 (ka-set)

Actually, that works in portuguese too Smile
K7 = "ca" + "sete" = "cassete" (which is portuguese for tape heh)

As for a name suggestion, since we have DSK explorer, why not CAS explorer or Tape Explorer? Smile

By NYYRIKKI

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19-01-2008, 00:26

Hmm... although encoded BASIC program is just another type of binary I hope you could add BASIC into "Types".

... maybe also option to automatically add extensions (.BAS/.BIN/.TXT/<position>.RAW) to exported files would be nice...

By sinus

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19-01-2008, 04:21

Very nice idea!
I always thought, just a thought, more than a manager there might be a way to 'synchronize' the MSX and an external device (say, a PC or MAC) through the tape connector so that it behaves like some kind of "hard disk" for the MSX. This would mean the PC/MAC constantly monitoring its audio in and react to interpreted commands by outing some audio. (the motor on/off wire is nice but would require a less easy DIY wire, too complex for the general MSX user I guess).
DIR, COPY or whatever DOS-like commands will then be simulated, a quite useful and cheap "tape hardisk" for any MSX... With WAVer-like protocols it would be a usable transfer speed, not too sure about the 'disk access' time though.

But if nothing has been done so far in that direction (whatever the system as far as my googlings let me know), it certainly means there is something wrong in this theory and it's not possible at all... or useless. But your application is somehow quite close to this idea, except that yours is real and useful! Tongue

Sin

By cesco

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19-01-2008, 12:01

Hmm... although encoded BASIC program is just another type of binary I hope you could add BASIC into "Types".

... maybe also option to automatically add extensions (.BAS/.BIN/.TXT/<position>.RAW) to exported files would be nice...

Hmm... I'm not really sure if I understand your question, but from what I undestand the name of each file on a tape can't be longer than six characters.

By cesco

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19-01-2008, 12:08

As for a name suggestion, since we have DSK explorer, why not CAS explorer or Tape Explorer? Smile

This is interesting... I'll think about this name

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