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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.

fre:ac snapshot 20140223 Print
Sunday, 23 February 2014 23:48

fre:ac snapshot 20140223 has been released and is now available for download. This new release introduces support for the Core Audio AAC encoder on Windows and OS X and enables CD ripping on OS X.

The Core Audio encoder supports AAC and ALAC formats and is available on Windows if you have iTunes or QuickTime installed. Unfortunately, it can only be used with the 32 bit version of fre:ac as Apple does not provide a 64 bit version of the Core Audio framework for Windows, yet. The new encoder can be used without any prerequisites or restrictions on OS X.

Other new features in this release are support for ripping so called hidden track one audio (HTOA) that you can find on some audio discs and gapless encoding/decoding of AAC and Opus files.

This version of fre:ac also improves stability on Linux and OS X and should run much better on these systems than previous releases. However, please remember that it is still an alpha snapshot and not meant to be used for daily work!

The new snapshot is available in the downloads section.

fre:ac snapshot 20131217 Print
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 02:00

fre:ac snapshot 20131217 has been released and is now available for download. This snapshot focuses on improving the OS X version of fre:ac and on stability and reliability in general.

Speaking about OS X, the new snapshot now runs natively on Cocoa eliminating the need to start XQuartz with fre:ac. It also adds support for OS X Leopard (including G4 and G5 based systems) and Mavericks. Please note that for fre:ac to work properly on Mavericks you need to have the 10.9.1 update installed.

Other improvements include a slider to seek forward and backward while playing a track, support for Windows Media playlists as well as support for the Opus 1.1 and FLAC 1.3.0 codecs.

Please note that with this release binary packages for NetBSD, OpenBSD and Solaris are discontinued due to low download numbers. You can still build your own binaries on those operating systems.

A huge number of bugs have been fixed since the previous snapshot and the new version should be really stable now. However, please remember that it is still an alpha snapshot and not meant to be used for daily work!

The new snapshot is available in the downloads section.

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