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Important: This is software for the "dead" Mac OS 9 system.
It does not work with Mac OS X!
All versions are now free! See below.
Version 2.1 is ready. New features include:
- Support for discs with more than 2GB in size, such as DVDs
- Support for HFS+ long names: You can now optionally preserve the original names, even if they're longer than 31 chars, provided you want to use them with Mac OS X or other Mac OS 9 tools that support long names (such as Kilometre Browser and ZipIt)
- Fixed a crashing bug that would occur when mounting a CD with non-roman characters in the volume names while using a non-roman script system.
- Time stamps are now correct again (there were offset by a few hours depending on the difference to GMT).
Note that while this version appears to be still a beta test version, many people have tried it and no new problems have been found. So, I suggest that you use this new version 2.1b5 instead of the 2.0.3 version, and ignore the "beta" warnings in the accompanying note.
You may download 2.1b5 here.
Basically, this System Extension enhances the way your Macintosh computer can read CD-ROMs from other platforms, mainly Windows.
Note: This software is only suitable for Mac OS 9.2.2 and earlier (down to System 7.5.5), but can not be used in OS X.
Until now, if you inserted a Windows CD-ROM in your Mac, file names appeared to be crippled (in the so-called 8.3 format) or files may have been inaccessible. This Joliet extension is designed to solve these problems.
Especially, if you have CD-ROMs with the following contents you'll likely benefit from this enhancement:
- MP3 songs
- Files in PDF format with cross-references or indexes
- Java class and/or source files
- Web content with hyperlinks, such as HTML files.
- DirectCD CD-Rs created and closed under Windows
- Picture CDs created by some Sony digital camera
- AKAI sound sampler CDs
For more information, you can view the Read Me file of the freeware version 1.4.2 or read user's comments (and add your own).
Here's two pictures to show you the difference:
Before (basic Mac OS installation, after changing the View to "as List"):
After (with Joliet Volume Access installed):
Note that not only the file names are not mangled any more but that also all the files have proper Icons and Kind explanations, allowing you to open the files from the CD with a simple double click.
The current version 2.0 and later ones will not be free any more, but will cost a little. Still, you can download it and try it out, but if you want to use it, you are expected to pay for it.
I don't want to force you into paying for this, but I have put a lot of efforts into this software with the focus on providing you with a stable and enjoyable product, and I will be very happy about every individual who can make a financial contribution to me for my work.
Note (as of Mar 2008): This software is not Shareware any more - it is now free. So, ignore all the notes on requirement for payment and instead go here to get a free registration code
The regular single user/family price is US$15, with a discounted price of $9 for students and other low-income groups. See the order web page for more details.
Version 2.0 has a lot of improvements. A few of them are:
- RockRidge support
- A Control Panel to set many options on how you like your CDs viewed and handled
- Support for additionally installed script systems, such as the Cyrillic Language Kit
- Full access to Multi-session and Hybrid CDs, mounting any ISO volume on them
Planned features for the next major release (2.1)
If the interest for this new shareware version is big enough, I am going to release an improved version that will support long file names under Mac OS 9 even better:
While the Finder in Mac OS 9 is still limited to 31 characters in file names, more and more 3rd party applications start to support longer names (up to 256 characters). Examples are ZipIt and Kilometre Browser. The next version of Joliet Volume Access may support these applications so that they can use the full, unlimited names on Joliet and Rock Ridge CDs without the need of the comments field if the name if exceeding the 31 char limit.
If you can't afford the shareware version, you may still use the older free version 1.4.2. That version is, of course, a little limited in features compared to the new shareware version. However, the free version 1.4.2 is otherwise very stable and has apparently worked for many thousands of users without problems.
Version 2 is shareware (that means: you are expected to pay for it if you use it, but please download and try it first to see if it works for you!). Works with System 7.6 up to OS 9.2.2. This version is full-featured with the following restrictions: Changes to the settings will not be preserved between restarts of the computer and inserting a CD for the first time will display a shareware reminder. Both restrictions can be removed once you pay for this product.Download Version 2.0.3 here (631 KB)
Download Version 2.1b5 here (for new features see above, under News)
Version 1.4.2 is the last cost free version, released June 3, 2001. It works with System 7.1 or later (before Mac OS 7.5.5 you will have to install another extension, see the docs for details).Download the free Version 1.4.2 here (75 KB)
More previous versions are available here.
See here for known problems with all versions.
Since March 2008, this product is now released at no cost.
To register the program so that it stops showing reminders to pay for it, launch the Joliet Control Panel. In the Preferences window, under the "Registration" tab, press the "Enter Code" button.
In the new window that appears, enter the following information exactly as shown (make sure you use the proper upper/lower case letters, Copy & Paste works, too):
First field: Free Version
Second field: 36513
Press the OK button and you are done.
What about support for Mac OS X?
Apple is supposedly working on their own implementation for that. I have not tried it out myself yet, but others told me that it works somehow, although not perfectly, already. (Note: Do not ask me about OS X issues as I like to stay away from OS X as long as possible because I do not like Unix or the way how some Unix programmers mess with the good old Mac UI and philosophy)
I have a Windows network connection, Windows-formatted hard disks, ZIP, JAZ etc.
Can you make it possible to see the long file names on them, too?
Sorry, no. Those are different formats that are not compatible with ISO/Joliet, and it would require me to write a completely new software to handle those. Not an option currently.
Note: The original of this Joliet page is always at http://www.tempel.org/joliet/Thomas Tempelmann, last update: Mar 3, 2008