2014 Plans for Mac GUI Vault
19 Jan 2014 7:26 pm
Mac GUI Vault has been online for over 4 years, and it just keeps getting better. I don't stand still; I keep innovating and improving.
What's coming up for this new year of 2014:
- Another Vault update. It's going to add a few hundred more files
- More dates. I've devised some heuristics to establish release dates for files. I'm going to look at the last modification date of Macintosh files, ProDOS files, and ShrinkIt archives. If I average the dates, or take the median, I should get something fairly accurate. This will help people who want to search the archive by date.
I've already started writing this code, but it needs to go through more testing before I update the main Vault collection.
- More "read me" and file descriptions. Many of the Apple II files are missing long descriptions about what they do. Fortunately, quite a number of these archives include a .doc or a read me first file. I'm going to write some routines to locate these files, extract their ASCII text, and put it in the downloads description. This will improve searching for files, both using Mac GUI's internal search, as well as external search engines such as Google and Yahoo.
- Disk Lab. This will allow you to create and manipulate DOS 3.3 and ProDOS disks via an AJAX-enabled web interface. Later, support for Macintosh formats MFS and HFS may be added too. It will be integrated with Spyglass and Mac GUI Vault, so you could change the files on Vault (for yourself, not for everyone!).
- Spyglass enhancements. A better interface. Upload capability. More supported formats, such as ShrinkIt. All of this is on the to do list.
- Apple II search engine. This is probably the coolest thing on the list. It will search the contents of all the Apple II disk images and archives presently on Mac GUI Vault. It will also serve as a cross-reference, so you could find which other disk images contain the same file.