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Old 29 May 2011, 21:20   #102
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Hombre v1.01

So here it is, latest version (1.01) of Hombre. Lots of new features in this one.

The major change is the addition of ProNet that lets you access Amiga's drives via WinUAE running on your PC (sort of like DNet from the previous version but works with later kickstart revisions. I've been using it with the ClassicWB P96 pack which has ProNet pre-installed).

Also support for two drive systems has been extended (pick the ADF for you; 1d/2d, 1 drive/2 drives).

PAL and NTSC versions included.

Hombre is intended to work on models with the 1.3 version of kickstart (most notably the A500). I can't guarantee it'll work with later ones. You really got better options with models like the A600 or A1200.

Hombre is a software package to make your life easier when trying to transfers files to older Amiga models like the A500/A1000/A2000.

Here's a list of features:


- FAT16/32 720kb PC floppies support with long file names

- scripts for floppy based transfers completely re-written; no need to remove spaces from ADF's filenames and no 30 characters file name limit; you can use those TOSEC ADFs without any hassle, just make sure you split them in half ; scripts to utilize the external drives also included; with the external drive floppy drive transfers are a piece of cake.

- DMS and ADZ (gzipped/zipped ADF) support tweaked; great for two drive systems; if the compressed disk image fits onto a 720kb you're good to go; decompression is quite fast so you pretty much get the same speed compared to normal "chopped" ADF transfers because less disk swapping is involved; really only for 2 drive systems; it might work on single drive systems in the minimal mode but is not worth the hassle; use the adf2df0 script and chopped uncompressed ADFs instead; believe me it's better and faster that way

- FixDisk is back; undelete, repair, check tool.

- SuperDuper; the fastest diskcopy program around (for one drive systems I suggest getting an ADF of X-Copy from the fab X-Copy shrine website and using that for formatting/copying large amounts of disks.

- BadFormat; cli-based format command with many verification/check options to make sure the floppy disk you're about to transfer those ADFs is in order.

- HackDisk; trackdisk.device replacement; faster, safer; too bad it screws up the track position display in gauge and TD utilities.

- TurboDisk; simple disk-cache program that just works; works best with 2 drive systems.

- FSDirs; a patch that speeds disk listings; less grunts and a lot faster access to files/directories; it has a nasty bug that confuses the system when recursively copying files (like in 'cp df0: ram: all').

- rawread; extended ADFs.

- tracktool; ADF tool for writing and reading disks; used in scripts.

- CheckDisk; check for bootblock viruses.

- NoClick patch included


- transwarp; 19200 bauds PC>Amiga, 115200 bauds Amiga>PC; works both with windows (ADF Sender Terminal) and Linux (good old dd and /dev/ttySx).

- ZModem transfers supported at 19200 bauds both ways; any platform/os with a serial port and a terminal program will do.

- twinexpress; fastest serial transfer program around; too bad it requires DOS.

- DNET; lets you access a folder on your PC as a local drive and vice-versa (via NET: device); share your mouse and keyboard between the two computers; WinUAE required.

- ProNet; like DNet; access Amiga's drives in WinUAE. Works great with ClassicWB; writing ADF directly to disk on the remote (Amiga) machine also is possible (copyhead and flat-handler needed)


- Paradise; the best way to transfer ADFs/files really; you can copy files, write/read ADFs directly to/from disks at whooping speeds ; Windows 95/98 (can be made WinXP compatible using the UserPort driver).

- apccomm; like Paradise but for Linux; doesn't support direct disk access, too bad


- ZShell; the do-all Shell replacement; plenty of in-built commands, pull-down menus, aliases, command line editing; TAB file name completion and plenty more.

- PPrefs; Preferences program

- TurboTopaz; speeds up text scrolling and topaz.font replacement; 5 different fonts included.

- KeyMaps for different layouts

- DMouse; great for working with many windows; autofocus, click2front, window switching, cursor blanker and much, much more.

- FKeys; window/screen switching utility using keyboard shortcuts.

- KeyMenu; access and browse pull-down menus using the keyboard; brilliant little patch.

- DME; text editor with plenty of features.

- SnoopDos and a screen grabber (PictSaver) are also included.

- Gauge; written by Leffman especially for the Hombre package; displays different information about the system (drive head position, free space on disks, free memory, time and date); highly configurable.

- recoverable RAM disks (like RAD); you can even boot from one if you wish and have enough memory.

- press left-mouse button at start-up for a minimal mode (more memory)

Read the docs, press Help to see a list of aliases.

The first thing you want to do is change the overscan settings to have the screen centered. From the menu (right-mouse button) choose System>Preferences. When the program loads you can adjust the position by dragging the square in the box. Also adjust the mouse speed to suit your needs. When finished click on Save.

The next thing is the keymap... the default one loaded in startup-sequence is for a US layout. If you've got a different one choose the correct one from the Keymap menu. To make it permanent type 'ed s:startup-sequence' in shell and change the setmap entry to suit you (the names of the keymaps are in the square brackets in the menu entries). When finished press F10.


- remote mode version for Hombre (like in the previous version but better)

- VDisk version of Hombre that let's you boot from a RAD like device. Set's up a bootable virtual disk (fast mem also supported), copies the needed files for different methods of transfer (floppy, serial, parallel) and away you go. The internal drive is free and all software is sitting nicely in memory.

Enjoy! Spead the word AND the disk!

I'll write up a quick guide how to get the best out of Hombre later tonight (especially how to set up ProNet since it's a really cool, new feature, it's like a poor man's version of Cloanto's Amiga Explorer)

This is probably the last version of Hombre (the remote and vdisk flavours will come as seperate ADFs). It's been fun but I'd like to concentrate on other Amiga projects I started like ComFy.
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