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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


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