Joliet Volume Access is a File System that allows you to read Windows formatted disks
in a certain format. It is functionally a replacement for Apple's ISO 9660 File Access
extension, with the following advantages over Apple's extension:
- Supports Joliet, RockRidge
and ISO 9660 Level 3 formats
- Uses Internet Config's
- Mount previous sessions
of a multi-session CD
- Browses directories faster
- Supports PBCatSearch,
thus making searches using Sherlock (aka Find File) on ISO or Joliet formatted disks
- If a file name is longer
than 31 characters, you can still see the full name in the comments field of the
Finder's Information window
- Folder view is "as
List" instead of "as Icons", which makes ISO CDs more pleasant to
- Access the ISO representation
of a hybrid CD instead of just the HFS side
- Make hidden files visible
- Choose the default view
for the Finder (as List, as Icons, large or small, etc.)
- Play Video CDs without
the need to switch to Apple's ISO File Access
- Choose the default File
Type for files without a specific name extension
- Improved naming options
for long file names, especially for MP3 CDs
I installed Joliet on
an iMac 17" Flat-Panel 800MHz system using OS 9.2.2 in a dominantly Windows
XP/NT Network environment (government).
Joliet installation was simple - just drop the extension and control panel onto the
system folder and let the OS put them away properly. There have been no apparent
conflicts with other application extensions, and I have a significant number of applications
installed (over 40).
Joliet is a shareware product, so you'll need to register the product using the Joliet
preferences. Until you register, Joliet will disable the saving of settings and show
a shareware reminder message each time a CD is inserted.
NOTE: At the time of this
review, version 2.1 was still in beta. This review was actually for version 2.1b5,
but I found it completely stable and reliable, not like typical beta software.
Joliet runs only on OS 9 systems, making it an attractive choice for me since I often
get CD's that are purely Windows formatted files. I usually fire up Virtual PC in
order to read these files and copy them to the Windows Desktop, then drag them out
to the Mac environment to use them, because of the Mac OS tendency to mangle the
The Control Panel included with this extension seems pretty complete, and initially
contains a window to enable the extension, display the volumes accessible with their
format and location, select whether to show all disks (including hard drives, floppies,
Zip, or Jaz) or only DVD's, and open the preferences for setting features.
The Preferences panel in Joliet has convenient tabs for setting various features:
- General - name handling
and display options
- View - typical Finder
view options, with an extra "Window Bounds" set of parameters
- Advanced - Joliet and
RockRidge format selection when mounting a disk, Compatibility for Iomega FindIt,
pre-5.0.1 QuickTime, limited Apple behavior support, and an option to set default
type and creator codes for unspecified extensions
- Register - registering
the product to enable the saving of settings and disable the shareware reminder when
inserting a CD
Joliet uses the Internet
Config preferences for file mappings, so there is no preference option in Joliet
for viewing or editing these mappings. The ability to configure the settings from
Joliet is preferable so that I don't have to find and open a separate application.
File mappings is an integral part of how Joliet works, so editing the file mappings
really should be accessible through Joliet (even if it is just launching the preference
panel for you).
Inserting a Windows -
created CD-ROM into my SuperDrive brings up the usual CD icon with a new twist -
it has the word "Joliet" on it telling me that the extension is now active.
As I open the CD and browse the contents, I can see that it is working as advertised.
All of the filenames are fully listed and not abbreviated as they were on the native
Mac OS, up to the 32 character limit. After that, there is a pound sign and a serial
number which helps me since I receive many files with nearly identical filenames.
This is especially useful for me as I use the phone to frequently discuss the differences
between versions with colleagues on Windows platforms, and we use the filename extensively
to identify various versions of a document under revision.
I also now get appropriate icons when viewing lists containing folders and files
with the following extensions: .pdf, .html, .mpg, .mpeg, .exe, .gif, .jpg, and .psd,
although files with the following extensions appear as blank document icons: .inf,
.pl, .dll, .ppt, .pps, avi, .wav, .rm, and .jbf, and documents with the .olb and
.lst extensions appear with TeachText icons. Joliet uses the Internet Config preferences
for file mappings, so it is likely that my desktop database is the cause of some
of these icons not showing up correctly.
Joliet Volume Access
is a powerful little tool for Mac OS 9.2.2 and earlier, providing a simple solution
for viewing files and folders on Windows formatted disks (or ISO 9660 disks in general).
In my environment, having the same name available to me as the Windows users not
only helps my productivity, but it also lessens the perception among the Windows
users that the Mac just cannot see the things the Windows system can. Joliet is easy
to setup and use, and is a very useful tool that I will continue to use. I highly
recommend it to all Mac OS 9 users working in a Windows network.
- Installs effortlessly
with no conflicts
- Helps the Mac user integrate
into a Windows network
- Wide variety of name
handling options for the advanced user
- File mappings cannot
be viewed or edited within Joliet
4 1/2 out of 5 Mice