DatWorkshop Pro

November 18th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

DatWorkshop v2.3.0

Various DatFile Manipulation Tools.


Version 2.3.0



Some core changes to handle different types of line termination when reading files
  required for some dats
More little changes and bugs fixed

Quick fix Release (the archive managment code need to be revised)
Fixed an issue when loading compressed datfiles stored with the path

Fixed a bug that prevented the loading of the latest FBA Dat (xml)
Adjusted the link to maws to reflect recently domain change
Some changes to recognize “-” in Rom CRC’s

Added a Mini Browser
Added a Profiler with www support
CustomDat now works with MESS datfiles too
Added Sets Limit options to CustomDat
Solved an issue with DragAndDrop on the main Form
Added the ability to copy or move a file by dragging it from explorer to the file list
Added FlashFXP Queue Maker
Updated mamediff to 2.30 and datutil to 2.45
Added the ability to modify the DatFiles Path and Name to Realdiff and Realmerge Lists
Fixed ‘Remove clone Sets’ in Custom Dat when source is xml
Fixed a bug with the Dat autoselect in Zip menagement code
Added MRU support to CheckArchive
Added ‘Delete’ button to CheckArchive
Added two new entry to the help menu, homepage and board links
Added support for Progetto EMMA and MAWS to Dat Explorer
Added support for KeyUp and KeyDown to all Combo Lists
Realdiff and Realmerge remove more ListXml Tags for more cleaned Results
Realdiff now keep the original header name, description, version and options

Re-enabled translation support (Incomplete)
Added a function to automatically add created dats to CMP profiler
Setup updated with datutil v2.42
New (hidden) options to enable/disable graphics menu and xp style
Fixed a bug in realdiff with Inverted CRC check
Now is possible to hide output format (Change structure) related options
Added chd support to realmerge
Added chd-regions support to CustomDat
Added Batch Mode to DatUtil FE
Realmerge now works with mixed DatFile Formats (Listinfo – XML)
Added two options (check size and check inverted crc) to SHA1 tool
Fixed a bug in 7z code
Added two options buttons (format and target) to some tools
Realmerge: Fixed “Skip Last DatFile” with XML Dats
Now is possibile to create DatFiles from RAINE and M1 emulators
Other GUI Improvements

Starting with a new versioning system
General: Now you can choice a preferred dat format (ListInfo or Generic XML) for generated DatFiles.
Realdiff: Fixed Sha1 Check when the older dat not contain the sha1 value for a roms and the newer dat expose it
Realdiff: Improved Auto Dest. Name facility
Hash-Calc: Fixed a possible crash
GUI: Right Toolbar can be hidden by uncheck ‘Show Description’ for the Main Toolbar
GUI: New custom icon
Library: Updated unrar.dll to version
Misc: Fixed a crash in the Option Form when ‘Maximize on startup’ is selected (introduced in v0.125.2)
Misc: New Modern Setup
Misc: Added Logiqx tools (MAMEDiff v2.29 and DatUtil 2.41) in the setup
Misc: Version Check for Main application and Logiqx tools
Misc: Added ‘Import’ button to DatFile Header editor

As a result of the use of more advanced programming techniques,
the speed of Realdiff was significantly increased even with check sha1
Added a simple Archive Integrity Checker (only zip and 7z)
more bugs fixed

XML Support : All Tools can now manipulate XML DatFiles
Added Logiqx DatUtil FrontEnd
GUI : Some changes in Wish List
GUI : New Xp Style Buttons
GUI : UnRar ProgressBar
Wish List : INI Category Support
Wish List : Now remeber custom extensions
Create Dat : Now Support Drag&Drop for the Exe Name
RealDiff : Added some options for Tag Removing
RealDiff : Changed ‘Preserve Listinfo Tags’ with ‘Remove Other Tags’
Ash-Calc : Fixed a crash
Misc : DoubleClick on the tray icon now remember the previous state

Rar support (only for decompression)
Optimized the 7-Zip(and Zip) Support
New Vertical Toolbar
New Tool : Ash Calc
Extended Windows System Menu
New Error detections code when reading Bad DatFiles
Some bugs Fixed (As always)

Customizable Toolbar
You can now associate .dat files with Dat Workshop Pro
Some New Options and GUI changes
Some bugs Fixed (As always)

New 7-zip32.dll (solve many compression issue)
New Tools
A lot of bugs fixed
much more…


Added CHD Support to Realdiff
Some Bugs Fixed

Some bugs fixed

Added Multi-Language Support





  1. Joseph
    August 5th, 2018 at 18:59 | #1

    Hello, is there a chance to provide on this site also setups for previous versions (especially 2.2.4 or even 2.2.1) ? I tried to use version 2.3.0 on two different PCs (with different SOs) and it doesn’t work, also using Windows compatibility feature 🙁

  2. gauth
    June 18th, 2018 at 08:24 | #2

    Great tool! But would it be possible to have only DatExplorer in a single standalone exe? Or is there a way to extract it from the main DWP exe?

  3. Simtwo
    January 26th, 2015 at 11:58 | #3

    Any progress? 🙂

  4. February 10th, 2013 at 16:00 | #4


    I do not understand what you want to know, can you be more specific?

  5. johnsanc
    February 10th, 2013 at 06:25 | #5

    How do you use datutil switches within the DatUtil FE?

  6. Mike
    April 29th, 2011 at 00:04 | #6

    Mike :
    Just after install and first run: Runtime error 481
    The program is not starting… Any ideas? Runnning Windows XP SP3 at res 1280×1024

    Add: I tried 2.2.1. When updating to 2.2.4 same error happens 🙁

  7. Mike
    April 29th, 2011 at 00:02 | #7

    Just after install and first run: Runtime error 481
    The program is not starting… 🙁 Any ideas? Runnning Windows XP SP3 at res 1280×1024

  8. February 17th, 2011 at 10:51 | #8

    how can I express my feeling to read this bolg.

  9. August 31st, 2010 at 11:14 | #9

    It’s a very very very good tool.

  10. edison658
    June 1st, 2009 at 12:08 | #10

    Hello Simone,

    I think DEP, Data Execution Prevention who crashes DatWorkshop Pro with Vista

  11. May 27th, 2009 at 18:37 | #11

    I’m happy for that, btw i have it installed on two virtual machines running Vista 64 bit and another with Windows 7 beta and never encountered problems.

    if you can figure out what is the problem let me know so i can try to find a solution…

  12. edison658
    May 27th, 2009 at 18:19 | #12

    Hi Simone,

    I’ve good news.
    I’ve updated vista sp1 to sp2 and now DatWorkshop Pro works.

  13. edison658
    May 26th, 2009 at 18:14 | #13

    I’ve downloaded the full setup before and installed it properly.

    Version 2.2.1 not working on vista but working on XP
    Version 2.2.4 not working on vista but working on XP

  14. May 25th, 2009 at 22:22 | #14


    Have you downloaded and installed the full setup before trying the last exe ? if no do it …

  15. edison658
    May 25th, 2009 at 18:07 | #15

    Hi Simone,
    problem i have : after splashscreen vista closes dat work shop pro and shows warning :

    detail about this problem
    Signature du problème :
    Nom d’événement de problème: BEX

    Even with sp2 compability and admin rights it crashes.

    I could send you more informations by mail if you want.

  16. May 24th, 2009 at 15:16 | #16


    It works under Vista for me, what problem you have ?

  17. edison658
    May 24th, 2009 at 09:06 | #17

    Very very good tool, thank you. But not working under vista ultimate x86

  18. edison658
    May 24th, 2009 at 09:05 | #18

    Very very good tool but not working under vista ultimate 🙁

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