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fre:ac v1.1.5 Print
Monday, 28 June 2021 00:33

fre:ac version 1.1.5 has been released on 27th June 2021.

This update adds support for verifying audio CD rips using AccurateRip technology. This compares a checksum of the ripped audio against other users' results for the same CD. When a match is found in the AccurateRip database, this basically certifies a perfect rip. And in case of a mismatch, fre:ac displays a warning to let you know something may be wrong.

Besides this major new feature, the 1.1.5 update comes with performance optimizations, further tagging improvements, updated codecs and a number of bug fixes:

  • Improvements
    • Improved DSP processing performance by up to 70% (mainly on Windows)
    • Added frequency bandwidth setting to FDK-AAC encoder configuration dialog
    • Added an option to toggle logging of complete paths in log files
    • Added options for specifying cover art files to freaccmd
    • Added support for reading Shift_JIS encoded CD-Text
    • Added support for writing album and track comments to cue sheets
    • Added support for ID3v2 tags in RF64 files
    • Added support for updating Vorbis Comment tags
    • Added support for updating ID3v2 tags in RIFF and AIFF files
    • Added support for updating LIST INFO tags in RIFF, RF64 and Wave64 files
    • Added support for ensemble field in Vorbis Comment and APEv2 tags
    • Added support for movement field in ID3v2, Vorbis Comment, APEv2 and MP4 tags
    • Added support for additional URL fields in APEv2 tags
    • Added a tag editor option to keep album artist even if identical to track artist
    • Added media type field to tag editor
  • Bug fixes
    • Fixed hotspot for genre edit field utility menu not covering the whole width of the field
    • Fixed occasional crashes when selecting codec subformat using the "Start encoding with" menu
    • Fixed chapter marks being offset by a few seconds when using DSP processing
    • Fixed playback not working when using certain combinations of DSP processors
    • Fixed incompatibility of FDK-AAC encoded HE and HEv2 AAC files with iTunes
    • Fixed issue decoding FLAC files with unknown length
    • Fixed glitches decoding transients in some Vorbis files
    • Fixed possible crashes when decoding Opus files
    • Fixed rare crashes in LAME encoder component
    • Fixed strings read from ID3v2 tags being limited to 1024 characters
    • Fixed crash when reading malformed CD-Text genre IDs
    • Fixed failure ripping with negative read offset
    • Fixed disc eject not working on macOS
    • Fixed crash when closing fre:ac via dock command on macOS
    • Fixed UI glitches and crashes on exit when running in a Wayland session
    • Fixed popup menu and dropdown list closing behavior on non-Windows platforms
    • Fixed issues with custom DPI settings on Xfce desktops
    • Fixed drag & drop working unreliably on X11 based systems

Upgrading to fre:ac v1.1.5 is strongly recommended for users of earlier releases.

The new release is available in the downloads section. Please report issues on the GitHub issue tracker or by email to support@freac.org.

 
Continuous builds of fre:ac for macOS Print
Saturday, 10 April 2021 13:28

Continuous builds of fre:ac are now available for the macOS as well, completing the effort to make these automated builds available for all major desktop operating systems. These builds give you a chance to try the latest changes without having to wait for the next release, for example to benefit from bug fixes or take a peek at the latest feature additions.

Continuous builds are currently provided as .dmg images for Intel Macs running macOS 10.9 or later. A variant optimized for Apple Silicon Macs and macOS 11.0 will be added later.

You can grab the latest continuous build from the downloads page or from GitHub.

 
Continuous builds of fre:ac for Windows Print
Tuesday, 23 February 2021 02:59

Thanks to GitHub Actions, continuous builds of fre:ac are now available for the Windows platform. These automated builds give you a chance to try the latest changes without having to wait for the next release, for example to benefit from bug fixes or take a peek at the latest feature additions.

The continuous builds are provided as .zip packages for the x86 (32 bit) and x86-64 (64 bit) architectures.

You can grab the latest continuous build from the downloads page or from GitHub.

 
fre:ac v1.1.4 Print
Monday, 15 February 2021 01:25

fre:ac version 1.1.4 has been released on 14th February 2021.

This is a service focussing on minor improvements and bug fixes. fre:ac 1.1.3 adds support for HDCD decoding, improves tagging support and usability of the tag editor, updates codecs to the latest versions and fixes several issues found in earlier releases:

  • Improvements
    • Improved support for reading CD-Text
    • Added an HDCD decoder DSP filter
    • Added catalog number and barcode fields to tag editor
    • Added file type associations to macOS app, so fre:ac is offered for opening audio files
    • Added quality (VBR) setting to FDK-AAC configuration dialog
    • Improved MP3, AAC and Opus encoding performance by up to 30%
    • Improved multi-monitor support on X11 based systems
    • Discs of multi-disc albums are now shown separately in tag editor album mode
    • Update only changed fields when making edits in tag editor album mode
    • Added support for Replay Gain values in MP4 and WMA metadata
    • Do not override settings with default values when using freaccmd's --config option
  • Bug fixes
    • Fixed invalid length written to very long Opus and Speex files (longer than 12 ½ hours at 48 kHz)
    • Fixed decoding of some very short Opus, Vorbis and Speex files
    • Fixed written MP4 chapters being invisible to some applications when using Nero AAC
    • Fixed hang/crash when opening WavPack, Musepack, TAK and OptimFROG files with chapters
    • Fixed issues submitting CDDB information for new CDs (without existing entries)
    • Fixed issues handling long path/file names on Windows
    • Fixed output sample rate being limited to 192 kHz
    • Fixed freaccmd randomly failing to process files in rare cases
    • Fixed bad user interface colors on some Linux distributions
  • Codec support
    • Switched from FAAC to FDK-AAC for AAC encoding

Upgrading to fre:ac v1.1.4 is strongly recommended for users of earlier releases.

The new release is available in the downloads section. Please report issues on the GitHub issue tracker or by email to support@freac.org.

 
fre:ac is now available for Apple Silicon Macs Print
Tuesday, 17 November 2020 10:35

Just in time for the first Apple Silicon Macs being delivered to end users, fre:ac is now available for this new generation of Macs.

To support the different types of Macs, the macOS version of fre:ac is now available in two flavors:

  • For Intel and PowerPC Macs running macOS 10.x, download freac-1.1.x-macos10.dmg
  • For Intel and Apple Silicon Macs running macOS 11.0, download freac-1.1.x-macos11.dmg

Head over to the downloads section to get the Apple Silicon version or any other variant of fre:ac.

 
fre:ac v1.1.3 Print
Sunday, 11 October 2020 15:55

fre:ac version 1.1.3 has been released on 11th October 2020.

This is a service with only minor feature updates and improvements. Instead, the focus is on compatibility and bug fixes. fre:ac 1.1.3 adds support for macOS 11.0 Big Sur, updates codecs to the latest versions and fixes several issues found in earlier releases:

  • General changes
    • Added support for macOS 11.0 Big Sur
    • Switched to using GNUdb as the default CDDB database service
  • Improvements
    • Command line codec configuration now allows specifying additional arguments
    • Improved cue sheet encoding detection to support system codepage and UTF-8 without BOM
    • freaccmd now splits cue sheets to individual tracks unless an output file is specified
    • freaccmd now supports a --split-chapters option to split files into individual chapters
    • Added <profile> placeholder for output folder configuration setting, resolving to user profile
    • Added file type and audio CD associations to Linux/FreeBSD and Windows Store app
    • Added an option to suppress "No entry found" messages for automatic CDDB queries
    • Improved detection of sampler CDs when querying CDDB information
  • Bug fixes
    • Fixed possible conversion thread hangs when using external encoders
    • Fixed possible crash related to drag & drop handling on Windows
    • Fixed crash when writing fields containing only whitespace to certain tag formats
    • Fixed glitches in WAV/AIFF output when processing samples outside the -1.0/+1.0 range
    • Fixed possible hangs when opening WAV/AIFF files > 2 GB or with a broken chunk structure
    • Fixed inability to open WAV/AIFF files with long paths on Windows
    • Fixed writing wrong offsets to single file cue sheets when the resampling DSP filter is enabled
    • Fixed writing invalid chapter offsets to Opus files with source sample rates other than 48 kHz
    • Fixed writing invalid MP3 bitstreams in rare cases in SuperFast mode
    • Fixed wrong length detection for MP3 files with invalid chapter data
    • Fixed parsing of cue sheets with minute/second values missing leading zeros or longer 99min
    • Fixed parsing of embedded cue sheets without FILE designations
    • Fixed ripping progress for other drives stalling while one drive is ejecting
    • Fixed inability to pause or stop single output file verification
    • Fixed log files being archived despite disabling the corresponding option
    • Fixed various issues with multi-monitor support on macOS
    • Fixed user interface glitches after closing dialogs in tabbed mode on macOS
    • Fixed Shift+Pos1/End shortcuts being interpreted by the joblist and edit fields simultaneously
  • Codec support
    • Switched from libav 12.3 to FFmpeg 4.3.1 for auxiliary format support
    • Added support for using the Core Audio codec of iTunes 12.10.9 and later

Upgrading to fre:ac v1.1.3 is strongly recommended for users of any earlier releases.

The new release is available in the downloads section. Please report issues on the GitHub issue tracker or by email to support@freac.org.

 
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