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fre:ac v1.0.23 Print
Sunday, 30 November 2014 18:41

fre:ac version 1.0.23 has been released on 30th November 2014. This service release updates codecs and translations and fixes several bugs that have been found in earlier versions.

In particular, fre:ac 1.0.23 updates the FLAC codec to version 1.3.1 which includes some important fixes for security issues. The new release also fixes instabilities in the MP3 decoder and WMA tag writer and adds support for opening Windows Wave files with floating point data. The user interface is now available in Basque and Serbian (Cyrillic) language; several other translations have been updated.

Upgrading to fre:ac v1.0.23 is strongly recommended to all users of earlier versions. You can download it at the downloads section of this site.

 
fre:ac snapshot 20141005 Print
Sunday, 05 October 2014 20:05

A new development release, fre:ac snapshot 20141005, is now available for download!

This preview release fixes several problems found in snapshot 20140921:

  • Messed up sound when decoding Ogg Vorbis files in parallel mode
  • Problems related to writing chapter marks to FLAC and Ogg files (including Opus and Speex)
  • Incompatibility of the 32 bit Windows version with certain CPUs (at least Athlon 64 X2, but possibly others as well)
  • Failure to detect number of CPU cores on PowerMacs and FreeBSD

The new release also improves joblist sorting performance and makes the "Eject CD after ripping" option work in parallel mode.

Upgrading to snapshot 20141005 is strongly recommended to users of older snapshot versions. Everyone else, please remember that it is still an alpha version and not meant to be used for daily work!

The new snapshot is available in the downloads section.

 
fre:ac snapshot 20140921 Print
Sunday, 21 September 2014 20:23

fre:ac snapshot 20140921 is now available for download!

This new preview version features great performance, stability and usability improvements for OS X, general usability improvements such as the ability to sort the joblist as well as a libsndfile base encoder component that enables output of additional simple audio formats like AIFF, Wave64 or RIFF 64.

fre:ac 20140921 also adds an experimental parallel conversion mode that allows to make better use of multiple CPU cores. Using parallel conversions, the new snapshot can be several times faster than previous releases. At this time, the parallel mode is disabled by default and has to be activated in the configuration dialog. It will replace the standard sequential mode in a future release.

Besides these improvements, the new snapshot also fixes various bugs and other issues. Please remember that it is still an alpha version, though, and not meant to be used for daily work!

The new snapshot is available in the downloads section.

 
Please help translating fre:ac Print
Sunday, 17 August 2014 14:38

The fre:ac Translation Kit, a package containing everything needed to create, update and test translations for fre:ac, is now available at the Translation Status page.

Please help the fre:ac project to support more languages! Even though fre:ac is already available in 40 languages, many others are still missing and some existing translations are incomplete and need an update:

Languages that are missing (selection):

Filipino, Indian languages (Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil etc.), Indonesian, Kazakh, Malay, Persian, Thai, Uzbek

Currently incomplete translations:

Korean, Hebrew, Greek, Esperanto

fre:ac needs your help to fill that gap and make translations for these languages available to all users. If you would like to contribute an update or a new translation, please download the translation kit at the Translation Status page. It includes all the resources and instructions to edit existing and new translations for fre:ac and other components like the installer.

 
fre:ac v1.0.22 Print
Monday, 28 July 2014 14:22

fre:ac version 1.0.22 has been released on 28th July 2014. This service release updates codecs and translations and fixes several bugs that have been found in earlier versions.

In particular, the new release updates the Ogg Vorbis codec to the 2014 version of aoTuV 6.03 and adds Afrikaans language support. It fixes two possible crash issues, blurry text on Windows 8 computers with high DPI displays, the last track of CD-Extra discs being reported two seconds too long as well as several minor problems.

Upgrading to fre:ac v1.0.22 is recommended to all users of earlier versions. You can download it at the downloads section of this site.

 
fre:ac snapshot 20140609 Print
Monday, 09 June 2014 22:55

One day behind schedule, the latest fre:ac snapshot is now available for download.

Adding support for chapters in ID3v2, Vorbis Comment and Windows Media tags, this release greatly improves chapter support in fre:ac. Chapters are now available with all output formats that support them, including MP3, MP4/AAC, Opus, Vorbis, FLAC and WMA.

Other new features include support for spinning up CDs before ripping, up to date cdparanoia support on all systems as well as the ability to read ISRCs on non-Windows systems.

The new snapshot is also the first one to include all standard codecs with the Linux and FreeBSD packages. You will no longer have to install these codecs manually to make them available in fre:ac. The Linux packages also add support for international text input using an IME and restore support for some older distributions that the 20140223 release failed to start on. The FreeBSD version is now compiled for FreeBSD 10.0 and available in 32 and 64 bit flavors.

Users running recent versions of Windows on a high DPI display will notice a much clearer interface with better readable text compared to previous snapshots and fre:ac 1.0.21a. This improvement will also be included in fre:ac 1.0.22 which is to be released in a few weeks.

The OS X package is now digitally signed and runs on Mountain Lion and Mavericks without having to change the default Gatekeeper settings. It also improves memory management, so fre:ac will no longer use up all your system memory on larger jobs on OS X.

Besides those improvements, the new snapshot also fixes various bugs, glitches and stability issues. Please remember that it is still an alpha snapshot, though, and not meant to be used for daily work!

The new snapshot is available in the downloads section.

 
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