USB Image Tool 1.58

October 8th, 2011

Version 1.58 fixes a bug in the gzip image size check and the detail info of the command line tool. Additionally you can now activate a completion message after a successful backup/restore.

Update 1: Version 1.58 seems to have an issue with the usbit32.dll. I will look into this as soon as possible.

Update 2: Looks like the first version didn’t work on Windows XP machines. This should be fixed now. The version still remains 1.58.

New support forum

July 30th, 2011

After struggling with all the disadvantages of bbPress and constantly broken permalinks I have decided to switch to phpBB3 for the new support forum. The link to the new forum is http://www.alexpage.de/forum/. The old forum will still be accessible for a while. I will move all relevant content to either the FAQ or the new forum. The rest including the old forum users will be deleted afterwards. For now the link to the old forum is http://www.alexpage.de/forums/forum.php?id=2.

USB Image Tool 1.57/1.56

October 1st, 2010

The new version fixes some problems with the creation of large zip files by implementing new versions of zlib (1.2.5) and minizip (1.1). Additionally to version 1.56, it uses 64 bit functions for zip file handling. This should fix the issue with broken zip files. When working with zip files, updating to 1.57 is strongly recommended.

USB Image Tool 1.55

February 2nd, 2010

The new version fixes two technical issues. The first one is the error code 3 (“The system cannot find the path specified”), that occured when you tried to restore your backup image after using your flash drive with the atv patchstick creator. Windows couldn’t detect the volume on the flash drive, resulting in an empty volume path. Locking this path failed and resulted in the error. This should be fixed with this version.

The second fix prevents USB Image Tool from restoring invalid images in device mode. A valid device mode image has to be multiple of 512. If that’s not the case, the write operation will fail with error code 87 close to the end of the process. To prevent this, USB Image Tool now checks, if the image file size is a multiple of 512.

USB Image Tool support forum

January 29th, 2010

Because it became more difficult to reply on feedback and error messages just by the WordPress comment function, I have setup a small forum for support questions. I would like you to ask questions there, because it’s easier to keep track of the issues there. Also please make sure that you check the FAQ first. You can find the forum here.

USB Image Tool 1.54

January 6th, 2010

The new version allows shared read access on the source image file, when using the Restore function. With this it is possible to write the same image file to different flash drives from one instance of USB Image Tool (or different instances as well).

It also catches a strange exception, that seems to happen when clicking on a link in the GUI. In some cases Windows can’t open the browser when just passing a URL to execute. For some reason my workstation seems to be affected since I re-installed it before christmas. Couldn’t find a reason for that on the web, only some workarounds. If calling the URL directly fails, it uses IE now.

Bug reporting

November 30th, 2009

Over the time I got plenty of  feedback regarding USB Image Tool. Some of it were bug reports or questions about (at first) unexplainable program behaviour. While a lot of the feedback was well described so I could immidiately figure out, what the author meant, some were in the way “It doesn’t work! Why?”. After 10 years of professional software development and 15 years of programming at all, I can only recommend you reading this document: How to Report Bugs Effectively by Simon Tatham. It’s really worth the time, funny to read and will benefit bug reporter as well as programmer. So before you report something, I would like to ask you to read there first.

USB Image Tool 1.53

November 29th, 2009

Version 1.53 comes with the new option to truncate oversize image files to write it to smaller flash drives. Before using this option, read the FAQ about the way it has to be done and be aware of the consequences if you do it without the method described. This definitely isn’t an “always-on” setting. The FAQ also adresses the “smaller image file on larger flash drive” and “changing partition size” questions, so please read there first.

Also it fixes some issues with the automatic file name generation (replaces “:” and “/” with “-“)  and makes the device mode the default selection, when available (see FAQ as well).

USB Image Tool 1.52

November 9th, 2009

Because of more comments asking for what a specific error code means, I decided to add a more detailed error message. It shows the text provided by Windows. Most of the error codes are usual code 5. In that case you most likely forgot to close the window, that got opened when you plugged in the USB flash drive. In that case the device can’t be locked and you can’t use Backup or Restore on this device. You have to close the opened window first.

USB Image Tool 1.51 released

September 26th, 2009

Version 1.51 is a minor update and just fixes two interface flaws.