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== FTP release files glossary ==
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Author:  mrpijey [ Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:21 pm ]
Post subject:  == FTP release files glossary ==

Ever wondered why we keep all the different files on the FTP and what they all mean? Here's a quick glossary...
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Main binary files:

media_*.rar: Main release file. Suffix indicates type of media:
  • media_iso.rar: ISO9660 image format. Contains only a single session, no copy protections. Often distributed originally by Microsoft.
  • media_esd.rar: Electronic Software Delivery. A compressed image format meant for digital distribution. Contains the full installer with additional features. Only distributed by Microsoft.
  • media_mdf.rar: Alcohol 120% image format. Supports all kind of tracks, even some copy protections. Also created and supported by Daemon Tools. Preferred disc format on BetaArchive!
  • media_mdx.rar: Same as above, but both .mdf and .mds file merged into single image file. Created by Daemon Tools, supported by Alcohol 120%.
  • media_ccd.rar: CloneCD image format.
  • media_bincue.rar: Multisession image file, originally created by CDRWin but supported by many tools. Supports multiple tracks.

  • media_img.rar: Raw floppy images. Supported by many tools like Winimage, Rawread, dd etc. Doesn't support custom sectors or copy protections.
  • media_kryoflux.rar: Kryoflux stream files. Contains track per track magnetic flux information for the entire floppy. Preferred floppy format on BetaArchive!
  • media_cp2: Central Point Copy II PC image files.
  • media_scp: SuperCard Pro image files.
  • media_tc: TransCopy image files.


Main artwork files:

artwork.rar: Contains all the scanned artwork for the release. Discs, floppies, boxcovers, media covers etc. All artwork is required to be scanned at 600dpi (or better) and saved as PNG or TIF format.
artwork_ref.rar: Contains unprocessed artwork only meant for reference. These are usually substandard scans/photos and not meant for preservation.

Main documentation files:

documentation.rar: Contains all the scanned documentation for the release. As above, 600dpi (or better) and saved as PNG or TIF.
documentation_pdf.rar: Compiled PDF files of the documentation. Optional.


Release support files:

extras_*.rar: Contains all kind of bonus materials and additional content and files:
  • extras_patches.rar: Contains official patches for the release.
  • extras_fixes.rar: Minor fixes and unofficial patches for the release.
  • extras_bonus.rar: Bonus material for the release.
release_readme.txt: Contains extra information about the release, custom info by the leaker or special instructions.
release_altname.txt Official alternative filenames for the release.
release_serial.txt: Contains license information about the release. Available only for freeware and beta releases, not for abandonware!

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This list will updated whenever there are changes to the FTP layout or additional information is available.

Author:  computebrute [ Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: == FTP release files glossary ==

(Politely) To me, it was pretty obvious. Thank you for keeping the files distinguishable, yet they still have a technical term to identify them.

Author:  mrpijey [ Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: == FTP release files glossary ==

Well it may not be obvious to everyone, and it's always good to keep a clear cut guide to how we package our releases.

Author:  marceg16579 [ Sun Apr 12, 2015 7:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: == FTP release files glossary ==

I never see freeware with serial...

Author:  mrpijey [ Sun Apr 12, 2015 8:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: == FTP release files glossary ==

Then you haven't seen enough...

Author:  Converseallstar95 [ Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:29 am ]
Post subject:  Re: == FTP release files glossary ==

I know its a little thing, but for consistency how about the addition of "media_esd.rar" to the list?

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