The tracks page is basically meant to let user create a disc using either filesystem creator (iso builder) or prepared data / audio tracks. In this paragraph we will discuss usage of user available constructors.
The ISO builder is a filesystem creator, i.e. it lets You create disc with files and directory structure, like on harddrive. This is the very first page and looks like that:
The meaning of every item here is as follows:
- The small listview represents the directory structure (=directory tree). You can access any directory in the whole structure by simply clicking it. It's contents will display on the second listview
- The big listview displays contents of the actual directory. You can modify the contents by adding, removing or renaming files. It is also possible to browse the directory structure using displayed directories.
- Add button lets you add new files or directories to the structure. After pressing it an ASL requester will pop up. To add directories, simply browse to the directory You wish to add and press "OK" without selecting anything. After this You will be prompted if You want a directory to be created for contents. It is okay to select multiple files, too.
- Remove button allows you to remove selected files or directories. You can select multiple files / directories from structure in wider lister or pick up a directory from list tree.
- Codepage translation (shown as AmigaPL on the picture) allows you to choose your native code page which will be translated to UNICODE during ISO creation. As far as I'm concerned there is no Amiga native CD filesystem that is able to translate back the unicode to ISO or other codepages, but selecting a proper code page here will result in creation of proper file names, which will be shown correctly under other operating systems, such as Windows.
- Make dir will create a new directory in current one for You.
- Create image is useful when You wish to create an ISO image to be used later on for burning. After selecting this button a requester will pop up prompting You to set location and file name for Your ISO image. Once built, Your ISO file can be burnt to the disc after adding it to Data / audio tracks.
- Validate is required to get proper size of filesystem structure. Once enabled, means that the filesystem size as well as the disc use show below are invalid. Pressing it will result in recalculating the whole ISO structure size and displaying proper results.
- Text field, displayed below all the buttons represents entry name. To rename any file or directory simply click on it and enter a new name here (don't forget to press enter). Your new name should be updated and acknowledged as soon as You do so.
- Thin bar below text field shows the disc usage. It is coloured with three basic colours: blue, green and red. First (blue) shows actual disc usage (i.e. the tracks that have been written earlier). Green colour shows the usage of disc once You write the data You chose. Red color informs about data that will not fit on disc. Generally it is a good idea to make that bar not look any red ;).
- Status bar shows the status of current operations, such as iso creation or audio playback. It also displays text informations about what is going on.
Data / audio tracks
Here You can add tracks You have prepared earlier for burning. This includes ISO Data tracks (created by FryingPan's ISO builder for example) and audio tracks, such as AIFF, MP3 or RAW. Once You add audio track, You can preview it, which is generally a good idea if You are about to write RAW audio files. Data / audio page:
- The top listview displays all pending tracks. This is also how many tracks will be there on Your CD. For DVD media it is illegal to put audio files there. Files can be sorted using drag'n'drop technique
- Add button allows You to add more tracks to the disc. It is okay to select multiple files in single add session, however it is invalid to choose directories. Once added, files of proper file type and size should appear on the listview.
- Remove button lets You to remove files from the llist.
- Preview button - once You add audio tracks to the list, it is often a good idea to preview them (=play them). Program will attempt to play the files the same way they are going to be written to the disc. It is not adviced to play files that sound like noise ;). If preview plays noise for You, try selecting another file type. If it does not play anything at all, enable sounds in settings menu and choose AHI mode.
- Cyclic button below represents a file type. If Your files are recognized improperly it is often a good idea to try to set the filetype by hand. Please note that it may disallow You to set file to a type that is not valid for it (i.e. You cant add MP3s as ISO Data tracks).
The disc usage bar and status bar have been discussed earlier.
- Sometimes You may get noise for earlier downloaded AUDIO tracks (with Frying Pan or AllegroCDFS for example). It is a GOOD idea to switch RAW mode to another one, then. Usually Allegro saves files in big-endian mode (=Motorola) while FryingPan downloads audio tracks using the mode selected on Settings page.
CUE / DAO images
This page has no meaning to the user yet. It will be enabled soon.