Got a Linux CD you want another copy of, but don’t want to download it again? Got a CD that needs to be in the computer to play your game, but you don’t want to risk scratching the original? Need to make backups to protect against kids? ISOlator is for you. ISOlator takes a CD, DVD, or other mounted volume and makes an ISO out of it. The ISO can then be burned to CD, stored on your backup disk (you DO backup, right?), or put to use however you like. ISOlator uses the Unix command line program ‘dd’ to make the copies, and is very easy to use, just drag and drop!
Way back when in 2005, I wrote this little program. It’s just a thin wrapper around the unmount command and dd, but it has been quite popular. It doesn’t do anything fancy like decrypting encrypted CDs/DVDs, it just copies what it can. If that’s useful for you, great!
NOTICE: This program is OLD (but probably still works fine!). Mac OSX is a rapidly changing platform which I am no longer using. I have no way of testing or supporting this software!
UPDATE/NOTICE (September 2011):
- ISOlator does not work with OSX Lion due to changes in Applescript. It is NOT a PowerPC / binary issue. It is related to these bugs in other programs.
- The fixes would probably be trivial. The script inside the ISOlator.app bundle is not encrypted
- I don’t have a Mac these days, so there will be no update to ISOlator
- If someone else does update/fix it, I’d be happy to host it or link to their site
- If someone buys me a Mac with Lion on it, I’d be happy to update ISOlator