DOS-ADT Compatibility

A goal of ADTPro is for the server to remain compatible with the vast majority of ADT and ADT-derived clients currently in use, while providing a superset of functionality in its own client. Below is some information about what capabilities lie where.

Related Programs

First of all, there are several pieces of software that are related in various ways. A quick survey of the major players:

Program Latest Client Version Client Platforms Server Platforms Comms Notes
ADTPro v.r.m II,+,e,c,GS,Laser,/// Linux, OS/2, OSX, Solaris, Windows (Java) Serial, Uthernet, Audio Nibble capable
ADT (Shipped with ADTPro v1) 2.4 II,+,e,c,GS,Laser,/// ADTPro or Virtual ][ A2V2 on OSX Serial (115.2k) Nibble/half-track capable
ADT (GitHub) 1.33 II,+,e,c,GS,Laser PC DOS, Windows Serial (115.2k)
A2V2 (Shipped with Virtual ][) 2.1 II,+,e,c Virtual ][ A2V2 on OSX Serial (19.2k) Nibble/half-track capable
MacADT 1.21 II,+,e,c Mac OS9 and earlier Serial (19.2k)

Generally speaking, the client program (the part that runs on the Apple II) for any of these programs is compatible with the ADTPro server. Version 1.0.4 of ADTPro started shipping with a new offshoot of the original ADT client, based in part on the 1.33 version and in part on the A2V2-embedded version. The result is a superset of all the function that came with the latest historical ADT client, plus the nascent nibble/half-track extensions from the A2V2 project. The Nibble extensions have since been incorporated into ADTPro, and the versions of ADTPro after the v1 line will no longer include the DOS-based ADT client.

ADT Nibble/Half-track Usage

ADT versions 2.3 and later introduce nibble and half-track disk extraction. Half-track capability is only present in the ADT client (i.e. the ADTPro client only has nibble capability). The Virtual ][ A2V2 server is the only server that can actually reconstitute disk images based on these technologies so far.

Starting ADT

Booting the DOS ADT disk image brings up the DOS ADT program:

Sending Disk Images

From the main ADT screen, hitting the "S" key brings up a send sub-menu:

From the send sub-menu, you can choose to send normal ("Simple") sector-based images (i.e. .dsk, .po) to the server with "S", nibble-based images with "N", or half-track-based images with "H". Selecting "N" brings up the Nibble send window, where you enter the name of the nibble image to save at the host. Nibble images should be saved with the file extension .nib:

Alternatively, selecting "H" brings up the half-track send window, where you enter the name of the half-track image to save at the host. Half-track images, usable only with the Virtual ][ emulator, should be saved with the file extension .v2d: