I have an U1MB-SIDE2 combination and a SIO2SD. I am also seriously thinking about picking up an IDE+ v2.0 if they are still available. All of these allow a pretty decent degree of floppy emulation. However they don't--quite--do everything I would like.
My ideal scenario would be a setup where you can in some way create and mount a new floppy image of your specification in regards size and type without leaving the A8. I can envision something like a button to press that would freeze the Atari, bring up a menu on-screen whereby you specify and create an *.ATR image and then mount it. Another press of the button un-freezes the A8 and you can go on to use the new floppy image as if you had just latched a new disk in to your 1050.
Is there any hardware available that has this 'on the fly menu' type system for creating disks? I seem to think maybe the 'Black Box' did/does something like this? Any others?