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fre:ac discussion forums moving to GitHub Print
Saturday, 19 February 2022 17:24

fre:ac's discussion forums are moving to GitHub. Please post new questions and ideas in the new Discussions area and feel free to start discussions about anything releated to fre:ac and digital audio conversion over there.

The old discussion forums on SourceForge will be kept online for reference, but please use the GitHub Discussions page to start new topics from now on.

 
fre:ac v1.1.6 Print
Saturday, 22 January 2022 16:34

fre:ac version 1.1.6 has been released on 22nd January 2022.

This update adds native support for Windows on the ARM64 architecture which greatly improves the user experience on devices like the Surface Pro X, HP Elite Folio or certain Samsung Galaxy Book models. Most notably, conversions can be up to six times faster on many devices with ARM cores.

Besides this, the 1.1.6 update adds support for editing lyrics in the tag editor and creating cue sheets and playlists with freaccmd, fre:ac's command line interface. It also comes with minor workflow and performance optimizations, tagging improvements, updated codecs and the usual bug fixes:

  • New features
    • Added support for editing lyrics in the tag editor
    • Added support for creating cue sheets and playlists with freaccmd
  • Improvements
    • Improved performance of adding video and proprietary audio files (DTS, DSD etc.) to the joblist
    • Playlists can now be added to the joblist by drag & drop
    • Added <tempo> and <initialkey> placeholders for use in filename patterns
    • Added optional composer, conductor, tempo, musical key and ISRC columns to the joblist
    • Added initial key field to tag editor
    • Added support for lyrics in ID3v2, MP4, Vorbis Comment, APEv2 and WMA tags
    • Added support for parsing OverDrive MediaMarkers in ID3v2 tags
    • Added support for the pre-emphasis flag in cue sheets
  • Bug fixes
    • Fixed possible crash upon querying the CDDB database
    • Fixed possible crash in FAAD2 decoder when trying to open unsupported files
    • Fixed faulty decoding of certain AAC files caused by a bug in the FDK-AAC decoder
    • Fixed possible faulty output when decoding from non-zero positions using external decoders
    • Fixed issue ripping CD tracks when output filename pattern is <filename>
    • Fixed AccurateRip reporting verification errors for hidden track one audio
    • Fixed setting to replace spaces not being respected when writing cover art and log files
    • Fixed setting to suppress Unicode characters not being respected when writing cover art and log files
    • Fixed tag editor fields for media type, catalog number and barcode being limited to 12 characters
    • Fixed freeze when decoding certain WMA files on Windows
    • Fixed drag & drop not working after online update on Windows

Upgrading to fre:ac v1.1.6 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 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.

 
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