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Uploaded: Alternate AutoTyper for Virtual CD/DVD-ROM Utility

I've uploaded a tweaked version of the auto-typer that comes with the Virtual CD/DVD-ROM Utility.

This version only changes files with names ending in ".iso". It also sets the locked flag of files it changes. It has a different filename to avoid overwriting the original version of the auto-typer. I elaborated on why I made this version in a comment on the app page.

Virtual CD/DVD ROM Utility

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cbone's picture
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Yes. I downloaded the tweaked version you uploaded, thanks for that Smile

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thanks for that

Glad you like it!

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only changes files with names ending in ".iso".

Most HFS CD images suffix ends in .toast, .cdr & .dmg, .img even if they are .ISO compatible images. Restricting the use of the auto-typer to only changing their creator types if the suffix ending is .iso, is a huge over-site. I would not use this on that basis alone.

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It wasn't an oversight, it was a judgement call, and a very good one. I considered other suffixes, and went with just .iso for a number of reasons:
* It's pretty much universally recognized as being for images of CD's and DVD's.
* The main utility itself is focused on CD and DVD images.
* Half of those other suffixes are very commonly used for images other than CD's and DVD's. Changing those files is very likely the wrong thing to do without the user's deliberate, informed choice (see the next reason).
* It's very simple to add it (even temporarily) to a filename to get it's type/creator codes changed for the utility.
* It's always better to require deliberate, informed action by the user to do something potentially unsafe to their files.
* Sticking with just .iso keeps things simple, reducing the chance of confusion and accidental changes to files.

Of course, your Mac is your Mac. Whether you use my changes on it is entirely up to you. Just like it is for everyone else with their Macs.

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The point of the auto-typer is to make generic & other's CD images "double-click" mountable for the Virtual CD/DVD Utility on a classic Mac OS. Having it accepting only .iso defeats the purpose of it. Cripples it.

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Nope. Not at all. It still does that. It just adds a couple of safeguards to prevent accidents. Those safeguards are very easy to *deliberately* get around. Any inconvenience of adding/appending .iso to a file name is truly trivial.

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Those "safeguards" I find are unnecessary and the "trivial" inconvenience, still an inconvenience. So no, I won't be using this, but if you or anyone else does find it useful, that's also fine by me.

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I totally get your point, Tom: it's definitely not for everybody Wink

Personally, I'm a sucker for safety, so I appreciate a program that intentionally works on iso-labeled volumes only by simply by adding .iso to keep other types of images safe from getting their type/creator codes changed and makes my ISOs read-only by locking them on the get info box to keep other programs from editing (messing up) my ISOs... a sweet little deal!

These mini-tweaks are good as it gets (but that's just me) lol Smile