Thursday, May 08, 2008

AcetoneISO2: The CD/DVD image manipulator for Linux

According to the AcetoneISO2 website,

AcetoneISO2, is a feature-rich and complete software application to manage CD/DVD images. Thanks to powerful open source tools such as fuseiso, AcetoneISO2 will let You mount typical proprietary images formats of the Windows world such as ISO BIN NRG MDF IMG and do plenty of other things. Everything will be done inside a handy GUI.

Their website as of now does not offer a .deb package for Ubuntu and I wanted to try it out so I compiled and built a .deb package for Ubuntu 'Hardy Heron'. My .deb package can be downloaded from here.

** Users who are to use AcetoneISO2 should be added to the group 'fuse'
This is done with the command:
sudo addgroup *your-username* fuse
(example: "sudo addgroup johndoe fuse")

The only downside I can see to this application is that it depends on Qt libraries which means that it will be a rather big download including dependencies. Otherwise, the interface is simple to use and makes mounting of the more dubious image formats a breeze. However, it did not mount the DAA format the reason for which I installed this program. Some other functions include image encrypting and compression, md5sum file creation and verification, converting from other formats (including Mac OS images) to ISO, floppy drive emulation and Video/DVD ripping and encoding.

The project's homepage is

P.S. The obligatory disclaimer: Use this package at your own risk!

[EDIT] I made some changes to the package on 2nd June, 2008 at the request of the AcetoneISO2 team. Basically, the change was concerning dependencies so that KDE4 users do not have to download KDE3 libraries. I have updated the link above.