Transferring and converting files (II+ to Mac)

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Transferring and converting files (II+ to Mac)

Having had success with ADTPro in audio mode (Apple II cassette IN/OUT transfers) I'm eagerly awaiting a USB to serial adapter (FTDI chipset) for transferring more of my 5.25" II+ floppy disks over to my Mac. I intend to use them with an emulator of some kind (haven't decided on any in particular but have played around with Virtual ][ in trial mode but I know there are others as well.

 

Many of my disks contain files I've made myself which would be nice to use with my Mac within current software. These are graphic images, MIDI files, text documents (Wordstar CP/M) and so on. I see that Retrofloppy offers a service for this sort of thing, and from touching the subject before I believe I need to use FTP transfers between the two platforms for this, but is there an FAQ/step-by-step guide for this somewhere? I'm hoping that once I get the USB to serial interface, and transfer a terminal program over to the II+ I should be able to do the transfers.

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Ciderpress?

Once you have the disk images transferred, you can view the contents of the the disk images with software like Ciderpress. This is Windows only software, so you will need to use Wine or something equivalent to run this on a Mac (sorry I have no experience doing this). Ciderpress is a great tool for dealing with Apple II disk images though (and my tool of choice). It allows you to view text files, image files, etc... and export them to your modern machine.

 

There are other command line tools out there to extract files from Apple II disk images, like:

 

Hope this helps.

 

Cheers,

Mike

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Cool! So Ciderpress works

Cool! So Ciderpress works with already transferred disk images, and there's no need to find ways to transfer individual files from the II+ to the Mac?

ADTpro appears to be the easiest way to go for transferring entire disks, so at least I have that part covered.

I can run Windows software on my Mac through BootCamp (it allows the computer to boot directly into Windows and use a separate Windows partition on the computer's hard drive) and I'm sure it'll run fine there, but it would be nice to hear if anyone has actually tried it on a Mac before I spend lots of time on this if it's of no use.

 

I had a look at the other utilities and they appear at first glance to buy pretty "geeky", geared towards those who are into programming and stuff like that, not the end user as myself. Hopefully Ciderpress is easier and more straight-forward to use.

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