SuperCard Pro update!

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SuperCard Pro update!

Postby JimDrew » Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:32 am

I have spent the last 6 months working on various new retro products, and now I am finally getting back to updating SuperCard Pro.

I have hired a programmer through FreeLancer to write a virtual floppy driver so that disks inserted into a SuperCard Pro setup will appear as drive A: (or B:) under Windows. This will require an installation of a virtual device driver and updating the SuperCard Pro's firmware.

I am also working on a small open-source Arduino project that will turn a 3 bay DVD duplicator case into a dual drive copy station, which won't need the use of a PC at all. It will be completely portable. The SuperCard Pro hardware itself can be controlled by any device through one of its serial ports. This is something that I have intended to have since the beginning.

Also, the SupeCard Pro has a bi-directional bus setup - so, it could emulate a floppy drive much like Gotek or HxC devices do.

These are all things coming in the near future.
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Re: SuperCard Pro update!

Postby kodak80 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:05 am

Looking forward to seeing these come to life. Will be watching with interest...
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Re: SuperCard Pro update!

Postby Marakatti » Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:47 pm

Excellent news! Looking forward to see the new updates aswell, especially the ability to access disks directly from Windows.
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Re: SuperCard Pro update!

Postby TheNameOfTheGame » Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:52 pm

Sound promising. Looking forward to it!

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Re: SuperCard Pro update!

Postby JimDrew » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:14 pm

It looks like we should be able to replace the filesystem handler so that we can support various disk formats. So, besides sticking in a disk and reading/writing it as MS-DOS, you could opt to read/write it as Amiga, Atari ST, Apple Mac, 1541, etc. I plan for support for 360K/1.2MB 5.25" drives and 720K/1.44MB drives (which also can read/write 400K, 800K and 880K formats).
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