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Play audio CD images from the Finder Desktop
Today I selected a disc image of an audio CD (created with Toast). Much to my surprise, the Finder displayed the QuickTime play bar that is shown when audio files are selected. You can play the entire CD without burning or mounting it!

Here's a screenshot of an audio disk image being played in the Finder.
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Authored by: balthisar on Jun 01, '02 06:21:17AM

(I posted this comment yesterday, but maybe I forgot to post it after previewing it!)

One of the really neat things about OS X is that the Unix-base prevents direct hardware access to things like the CD drive -- it's all arbitrated through the BSD layer. This means that software -- especially games -- no longer has the ability to determine whether a disk is inserted in a physical drive or whether it's just a disk image.

This has a lot of advantages if you have a large hard drive and use programs that require CDs to run (Games, Kids' software, etc.). It's also good for PowerBooks running on battery power (the CD drive takes more power than the hard drive, which is running anyway).

It's a simple matter to make a disk image, and keep it permanently on the hard drive. Drop your images in a single folder, put an alias to it on the dock, and you have instant access to the images you need, when you need them. Then, no CD will ever be required!



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not starcraft
Authored by: saint.duo on Jun 02, '02 12:01:03AM

somehow, Starcraft and Brood War STILL know if a physical CD is in the drive or not...



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not starcraft
Authored by: balthisar on Jun 02, '02 12:04:37PM

Not true, Star Craft and Brood War are actually the two that I use most often. The thing is, you're probably playing in Classic -- get the free updaters at Blizzard so that you can play them is OS X natively.



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not starcraft
Authored by: ButchAnton on Jun 05, '02 06:37:39AM

Icewind Dale, on the other hand, absolutely refuses to work with a mounted image. :-(

If anyone has a solution to this evilness, please let me know. :-) :-)

Butch



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