MakeDisc Premastering Software - More Infomation

MakeDisc for UNIX or Windows NTTM allows users to format data files to generate a CD-ROM image. MakeDisc is the software at the heart of many Young Mind's products such as CD Studio and the MPS. An updated version is now available for DVD Studio

The software premasters your data. During the premastering process, data can be converted to a form compliant with the ISO 9660 standard. Premastering your data to comply with the standard results in a CD-ROM that can be read on the greatest number of computer systems. MakeDisc provides transparent recovery of original UNIX file names, directories, and symbolic links. The graphical user interface makes it easy for users to format and test disc images. MakeDisc runs on 27 UNIX platforms including Sun, SGI, HP, Digital UNIX, SCO, DG, IBM, and Unisys, as well as for Windows NTTM.
MakeDisc runs from the command line or from a Motif Graphical User Interface (GUI). The GUI is available on selected platforms. The GUI lets you select premastering options from a series of three intuitive windows: the Main window, the Flags (or Options) window, and the Volume Information window. MakeDisc provides on-line help for each of these windows.

  • The Main window lets you specify the location of:

    • The MakeDisc program
    • The temporary work directory used during the premastering process
    • The data to premaster
    • Where to send the image: either to the local host or to a remote host
  • The Volume Information window lets you specify the information stored in the primary
    volume descriptor, an area required by the ISO 9660 standard. This information includes:

    • The type of system that will use the disc
    • The names of the copyright and bibliography files
    • The creation date and time
    • The publisher name

  • The Options window lets you specify the premastering options. These include:

    • Rock Ridge support
    • ISO 9660 compliance
    • Automatic file and directory name conversion to ensure ISO compliance
    • ONR (Original Name Recovery)
    • Symbolic link support

    There are additional options that let you customize MakeDisc's error and warning reporting functions during the premastering process.

      Once you have specified the premastering options, you can save them in a configuration file. This file contains your premastering options so you can quickly premaster another data set using the same set of options. The command line implementation lets you quickly specify the base directory and the premastering selections through a series of flags. For automated recording of CD's, use the command line version of MakeDisc in a custom shell script.

    Once you have premastered your data, MakeDisc provides two ways to test the image: mount the image from a disk partition, or mount the image on the MPS 2 Controller. Once the image is mounted, it behaves as it would on a CD-ROM disc. The only difference is that access times are not simulated. Image testing features available on selected platforms.

    Our functional overview gives you more technical information on how MakeDisc works.  


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