"MakeCD is the best CD writer software for the Amiga!"
The readers of the German printed Amiga magazine Amiga Plus
rated MakeCD being the best CD writer software for the Amiga:
MakeCD won the
Amiga Plus Award 1997.
MakeCD 3.2c and FlashROM V1.11 are finished!
MakeCD 3.2d beta 12 and makecdromfs.module 45.12 with Joliet and HFS support are publicly available.
V3.2 has several new features and improvements. Some of them are:
V3.2a/b/c are mostly maintance versions with bug fixes and support for new drives.
V3.2d adds support for ATAPI DAO (aka raw writing
aka "mode select fails in DAO")
and Burn Proof. Support for foreign images (.bin/.cue and .bin/.toc) was added,
so that VideoCDs can be created with the help of VCDGear
These public betas are as stable as the last official release, they have simply never been
wrapped up as a complete archive.
See history and features for details. And here is the MakeCD 3.2c archive. The
English documentation for MakeCD 3.2b is not quite finished, but we
have included an intermediate version.
- JVC/Teac DAO
- novice GUI mode
- AIFF-CD file export/import for data interchange with audio editing software
- enhanced audio handling: automatic conversion mono/stereo, 8/16 bit, frequency resampling
- reading of AIFF, AIFC, AIFF-CD, MAUD, WAV, MPEG-A (mpega.library is required for that) in 8/16 bit, mono/stereo, any frequency and Samplitude HDP in mono/stereo (44.1kHz only)
- writing of AIFF, AIFC, AIFF-CD, MAUD, WAV (type selection with file name suffix)
- direct access to CopyCD from Workbench
The archive of the 12th public beta of
3.2d only contains new binaries. You still need V3.2c for a full installation.
Beta 11 removed any restrictions on ISO image creation for registered users, fixes
an illegal memory access during .cue file import and adds support for indices in
data tracks. Later a registration key was made available for free so that everyone
had a chance to use MakeCD. Beta 12 removes the registration dialog completely
because it serves hardly any useful purpose anymore and always required reentering the
license key under UAE's shared filesystem.
If you replace your V11.3 version with the new makecdromfs.module V45.12, then
MakeCD since 3.2 beta 10 also allows you to write Joliet and HFS
tracks. This module also supports a better, extended file list format
- see the readme that is
included with the new module. It is brought to you by Heinz Wrobel, who should be
contacted regarding all problems with the makecdromfs.module. Beware
that this module really is in beta at the moment. It might produce
invalid images or hang; in fact, don't continue to use any 45.x version older
than 45.12, because they had problems.
The language specific archives are available here. They haven't
changed since V3.2. Only those marked with "V3.2" have been updated
Here you find .dms archives to update your disk to MakeCD V3.2c.
- catalog V3.2c and
- catalog V3.2
- catalog V3.2
- catalog V3.2
- catalog V3.2
- catalog V3.2
- catalog V3.2
- catalog V3.2
- catalog V3.2, 07.11.99
- ├eËtina (Czech)
- catalog V3.2
- English, Espanol, Franšais
- English, Greek, Czech
- English, Magyar, Suomi
- English, Italiano, Franšais
- English, Norsk, Svenska
- English, Nederlands, Dansk
MakeCD used to be shareware and some shops sold boxed versions
together with a license. This worked well in the past and we are
thankful to everyone who found MakeCD worth paying for. However,
MakeCD sales have long ago stopped being a relevant source of income
for us. At the same time it has become harder and harder for
interested users to get hold of a MakeCD license as more and more
Amiga shops ceased business.
Therefore we decided to draw a line and stop selling MakeCD
altogether: now it is available for free. You still need a
valid license key for the existing binaries. Here is a valid, unrestricted key:
Serial Number: 555555555
License Key: H8HsRww)7Uz)!iXE5PUMfgP#VymA6
Starting with beta 12 even that key is not needed anymore because the beta works
without entering any registration key.
If you want to tell the authors that you use MakeCD you are welcome to
enter some information about yourself in these online forms, but
this is entirely voluntary: English
Registration Form, German
Future Development and Support
Understandably this issue has been brought up more frequently lately. We regard MakeCD
in its current form as a very stable and mature solution for CD writing
on the Amiga, which is one reason why development has slowed down. We are
aware that there are things to do and to improve,
but we cannot make any promise when or whether any of it will be realized.
A version 4.0 of MakeCD would require a considerable amount of time
and effort and in the current situation of the Amiga market it is
simply not likely that this would pay off. Besides, we both have
a job that requires all our attention (and a life to live, which is
by no means less important). Please don't use
MakeCD unless you are convinced that it already fulfils your needs
(we trust that it already does, though ;-). Holger Kruse
has emphasized this point in a thread on our mailing list
about expectations of (Amiga) shareware users; we couldn't have said it better and
agree with all of his statements wholeheartedly.
Having said that, please rest assured that we are still dedicated to
MakeCD and will provide bug fixes and adaptions to new drives as far
as necessary. Even if not listed in the
Compatibility list, modern drives usually work with the
CDR_SCSI3_ATAPI.driver right away. Since V3.2d beta DAO is also supported
for ATAPI drives (as promised earlier)...
FAQs of the day
Here you find answers to problems not yet covered in our complete
English/German FAQ or worth repeating at a more prominent place.
- Why do you not make the source of MakeCD available so that others can maintain it?
Some source files were written by others and although we can use them inside MakeCD, we
cannot make that source available. Transferring the responsibility for the code will inevitable
lead to some work and questions that we will have to deal with. It is less work to just keep the
status of MakeCD as it is.
- Does MakeCD support the brand new drive "xyz"?
The CDR_SCSI3_ATAPI.driver most likely does, even if the drive is not recognized yet.
All modern drives use the MMC standard, and the MakeCD driver is able to adapt to the slightly
differing implementations automatically.
- How can I write VideoCDs with MakeCD?
Requirements: A mpeg file, MakeCD V3.2d beta 6 or newer, VCDGear (Aminet).
Creating the bin and cue file ready to burn to a cd from a mpg file:
Now check your destination directory to see if a .cue and .bin has been created.
- put vcdgear in C: (Sys:c/vcdgear)
- Command line: VCDGEAR -mpg2bin "input mpeg file" "output bin file", e.g.
VCDGEAR -mpg2bin DH3:blaze2cd1.mpg DH4:storage/Blaze2cd1. NOTE: no need to
add .bin as VCDGEAR does it, also adding -fix after -mpg2bin will do some
correction on the mpg file if needed.
Loading and importing the .bin and .cue in makecd:
That's it! FAQ provided by Adam James, formating and all spelling mistakes by me.
- load makecd
- press right mouse button and go to EDIT>IMPORT CD IMAGE>CDRWIN (.cue)
- a file requester will let you select the .cue for the vcd you want to burn
- burn as usual with the WRITE CD button
- I use an IDE writer and MakeCD's GUI freezes while writing. Why?
Some IDE controllers consume all available CPU time while transfering data, so
that the MakeCD GUI cannot be redrawn. Paul Qureshi suggests:
To work around this problem, it is necessary to alter the priorities of
the tasks involved.
is a useful tool for
this. Once it is loaded, look for tasks with the same name as the device
you are using the IDE writer on, or with the same name as the
controller. It's priority will be above 0 (often it's 10), so reduce it
to 0 or -1. Alternativly, you can try increasing MakeCD's task priority
to something like 10 or 15, or maybe even higher. Be sure to use test
mode to see if the new settings work reliably. Alternativly,
provides better task
scheduling and will ensure that the MakeCD GUI does not lock up.
Executive is shareware.
Gian Maria Calzolari is using these executives
prefs and also runs AntiBlanker while buring CDs. Elbox recommends to
add the following tooltypes to MakeCD: MAKECD_PRI_WRITE=0, MAKECD_PRI_READ=1,
- If you have problems with an IDE writer connected to a PowerFlyer, then make sure
you have the latest drivers for the PowerFlyer and check its preferences: there have been
reports that writing worked in PIO mode 3, but not in mode 5. According to Elbox at least
these two drives do not follow the ATA/ATAPI-4 timing specifications for PIO-3 and PIO-4:
CD LG-52 model CRD-8522B, PLEXTOR CD-R model PX-W1610A. They need to be addressed in PIO-0
mode; future versions of the FastATA driver shall include a workaround for this.
We collected a lot of interesting information for you. Have a look at the
Now download some useful stuff:
Links to the MakeCD release and beta archives are listed above.
FlashROM.lha Amiga flash utility for Plextor and Yamaha drives, V1.11
PlextorConfig.lha Amiga tool to (de)activate the Audio Player compatibility mode of Plextor drives, V1.1
Angela's public key to check binaries
Information for Programmers:
Rock Ridge Amiga Specific Attributes
VCDGear tool to generate VideoCD images
Home page of vcdtools - no executable, but compiles easily with an ANSI C compiler
IDEfix97.lha ATAPI-Support+Multivolume CD-ROM filesystem
amicdfs240.lha Excellent CD-ROM filesystem
cdromemu.lha Test ISO image without using any CD-R
HWGCTRLscsi.lha Control reselection in scsi.device V39/40
NSDPatch.lha (V43.17) Useful tool to enhance devices
Brik.lha Brik - useful to test data CDs
tri20b2usr.lha Triton preferences (GUI layout system)
This is a very useful CD-R FAQ: http://www.cd-info.com/CDIC/Technology/CD-R/FAQ.html.
Feel free to use this logo for links to
and Angela Schmidt
Last modified: Sun Aug 5 20:47:51 CEST 2007