When run, it goes to the main setup/title screen where you can choose resolutions etc, and you can choose your Mac roms (I think I am running 128kb ROMs which came with this version of Amax).
I'm going to guess you have the cracked version, too, because usually when you load A-Max off of original disks there is a point and time where it seeks the ROMs and loads them. If it can't find them I don't think you can load the next screen which would be waiting for the system disks. That's my recollection anyway.
So, is Amax able to run off mounted ADF's?
No idea because I've only ever used original disks. But I don't see why not. You'd save your preferences to that A-Max ADF I guess when you boot. Should work.
If so, is there place/way to get hold of some Mac System disks that have been converted to Amiga ADF?
Again, this is kind of the tricky part to explain. The Mac System disks have to be either 1) original (and loaded via an attached drive) or 2) A-Max format
. I actually have an Amiga tool that converts the Mac "IMG" format to A-Max format.
Starting to remember some of this... as I haven't' thought about it deeply in several months.
It used to be folks would use CrossMac in combination with TransADF. You would put a floppy in your Amiga and write out a disk image to it.
(Using CrossMac - v1.05 is on Aminet - and TransADF, for example:
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TransADF MAC0: BootDisk_608.img WRITE
And do that for all 6 system 6.0.8 disks. This all gets really complicated, but you have to write the disks under Amiga OS 2.0 because CrossMac requires it. Also, TransADF knows about the CrossMac mfm.device, and that's why it works for creating A-Max format floppies with an Amiga floppy drive.
So to reiterate, you'd need CrossMac and TransADF to write these images to floppy on your Amiga.
CrossMac is made up of two primary components: the filesystem, which interprets the raw data on a disk, and extracts files, directories, and data from it; and the mfm.device, which controls the placement and format of raw data on the magnetic media. Now, the CrossMac filesystem requires OS 2.0+, but it occurred to Chris that the same might not be true for the mfm.device. He ran a test, and was able to successfully read the raw data from an A-Max formatted disk using the mfm.device under 1.3
Therefore, Chris realized, he would be able to write a tool that could create disk images from AMax formatted disks, and A-Max formatted disks from disk images under 1.3.
There's still no way see the files on those disks under 1.3, but the point here was to create A-Max format disks that can be used with A-Max.
And he got it working. I don't believe he ever published it, but I have his program. It is called Img2Amax.
So now we can write Mac disk system images to A-Max disks on our A1000's. No need for TransADF and a full CrossMac installation.
In other words, all that backfill info up there ^ not necessary (except for context, because I don't think you were fully grasping the A-Max format being so weird and unique to the original process). It took me a long time to wrap my head around it, too!
Oh - and this program is not StarDrive specific. Anyone could use it.