I've built an IPF-generating tool which I am interested in testing on real Amigas via HxC SD. However, my primary interest is copy-protected games and I would need non-uniform density support, which is apparently missing from HxC SD right now. So I was wondering whether there is a plan to add support in future? From what I can gather it looks like the focus until recently was primarily on supporting sector dumps (e.g., ADF), and so the HFE image format simply can't represent timing information as yet. Implementing this would be great, *loads* of original Amiga images will need non-uniform density support for their Copylock/Speedlock tracks.
A further question: is the HFE format documented, or encode/decode source published? If so I would add direct support for it to my conversion tool.
About the HFE non uniform density support, i am working on a new HFE format. But i am not sure if this will be reliable enough/possible on the actual hardware. I recommend the use of the USB version for the moment.
I am working slowy on this point (see the last part of the post)
Yes the HFE format is documented but i don't recommend the to recoding all the stuff. A library will be available soon (already use in the VFD : http://hxc2001.free.fr/floppy_drive_emu ... fd_hxc.zip
But about the IFP itself i have a problem :
This licence is based on the MAME licence and is intended for use in all non-commercial projects and environments.
Other licensing options are available. Don't hesitate - please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Redistribution and use of the IPF DECODER LIBRARY (CLL; "CAPSImage", "CAPSImg", etc.) code or any derivative works are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:
- Redistributions may not be sold, nor may they be used in a commercial product or activity.
Q. Can I include the IPF DECODER LIBRARY with my product?
A. No. The IPF DECODER LIBRARY is not licensed for commercial use. Using IPF DECODER LIBRARY as a "freebie" or including it at "no cost" with your product still constitutes commerical usage and is forbidden by the licence.
Q. Can I sell my product with the IPF DECODER LIBRARY or associated logos (e.g. SPS) on it?
A. No. Putting the name or logo on your product makes it appear that the product is something officially endorsed.
Q. Can I use the IPF DECODER LIBRARY or the SPS logo to advertise my product?
A. No. Using the name or logo in your advertising makes it appear that the product is something officially endorsed.
Q. Can I use the term "IPF DECODER LIBRARY" in the name of my software?
A. Generally, no, especially if it is something that is sold. However, if you are producing a free IPF DECODER LIBRARY-related piece of software, it is common that permission is granted. Send a query to double-check first, please.
This means that i will have to drop the IPF support soon or late...