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Changes for v1.1.2a - v1.1.2b

  • - Bug fixes
  • - fixed crash when decoding MP3 files on x64 Windows systems without AVX support
  • - Updated codecs
  • - updated mpg123 to version 1.26.2 (plus Windows x64 ASM patch)
  • Version 1.1.2a (June 2020)
  • - Bug fixes
  • - fixed font scaling with high DPI settings on Windows
  • Version 1.1.2 (June 2020)
  • Improvements
  • scale UI to adjust to system font size by default
  • added support for theme colors and dark mode on Linux/FreeBSD
  • improved handling of maximized window state on Linux/FreeBSD and macOS
  • try to keep the selected encoder the same when upgrading from fre:ac 1.0.x
  • removed non-working option to not lock CD trays while ripping
  • stop ripping before trying to eject a disc
  • write audio data CRC to log files when ripping
  • write MD5 checksums to log files when verifying files
  • write log entries when replacing existing files
  • Bug fixes
  • fixed length of last chapter of some audio books being detected as 0:00
  • prevent interpreting numerical IDs or dates at the beginning of file names as track numbers
  • fixed a possible source of random crashes when adding files to the joblist
  • fixed possible crash when importing MP4/M4A files
  • fixed possible crash when encoding in SuperFast mode
  • fixed some graphics glitches on macOS
  • Updated codecs
  • updated Monkey's Audio to version 5.44
  • updated mpg123 to version 1.26.1
  • updated FAAD2 to version 2.9.2
  • updated CDRip to version 2.4



Changes for v1.1.2 - v1.1.2a

  • - Bug fixes
  • - fixed font scaling with high DPI settings on Windows



Changes for v1.1.1 - v1.1.2

  • Improvements
  • scale UI to adjust to system font size by default
  • added support for theme colors and dark mode on Linux/FreeBSD
  • improved handling of maximized window state on Linux/FreeBSD and macOS
  • try to keep the selected encoder the same when upgrading from fre:ac 1.0.x
  • removed non-working option to not lock CD trays while ripping
  • stop ripping before trying to eject a disc
  • write audio data CRC to log files when ripping
  • write MD5 checksums to log files when verifying files
  • write log entries when replacing existing files
  • Bug fixes
  • fixed length of last chapter of some audio books being detected as 0:00
  • prevent interpreting numerical IDs or dates at the beginning of file names as track numbers
  • fixed a possible source of random crashes when adding files to the joblist
  • fixed possible crash when importing MP4/M4A files
  • fixed possible crash when encoding in SuperFast mode
  • fixed some graphics glitches on macOS
  • Updated codecs
  • updated Monkey's Audio to version 5.44
  • updated mpg123 to version 1.26.1
  • updated FAAD2 to version 2.9.2
  • updated CDRip to version 2.4



Changes for v1.0.33 - v1.1

  • Bug fixes
  • Fixed parallel processing being active for CD track reference files on Windows
  • Fixed freaccmd ejecting the CD after ripping 1 track with eject option is enabled in fre:ac
  • Fixed crash of freaccmd when DISPLAY variable is not set on Linux/FreeBSD



Changes for v1.1 RC1 - v1.1 RC 2

  • Bug fixes
  • Fixed inability to read raw AAC files with the FAAD2 decoder
  • Fixed inability to create WMA files with long path names
  • Fixed cursor positioning and text selection in right-to-left mode
  • Fixed cursor position calculation not respecting kerning on Windows 10
  • Updated codecs
  • updated Monkey's Audio to version 5.24
  • Updated translations
  • updated Serbian translations



Changes for v1.0.33 - v1.1 RC1

  • Improvements
  • now passing float samples to LAME encoder directly if sample format is float
  • made automatic ripping work when using the single output file option
  • added options to control chapter information and cover art to freaccmd
  • handle Ctrl+C in freaccmd to clean up temporary files when aborted
  • respect colorization tint color on Windows Vista, 7 and 8/8.1
  • improved HiDPI detection on Linux/FreeBSD systems
  • log CDDB information when ripping
  • Bug fixes
  • fixed drag & drop not accepting long file paths on Windows
  • fixed file modification time stamp getting lost when output verification is active
  • fixed file creation time stamp not being preserved despite option being enabled
  • fixed freaccmd not correctly handling relative output folders
  • fixed black title bar color on Windows Vista, 7 and 8/8.1
  • fixed online updater not working



Changes for v1.0.32 - v1.0.33

  • Improvements
  • the fre:ac installer is now digitally signed
  • prepared for freedb.org shutdown on 31st March 2020
  • rip only tracks from the newly inserted disc when auto-ripping
  • do not start ripping automatically if no freedb entry is found
  • improved compatibility with ADTS AAC files
  • use high resolution icons from fre:ac 1.1 branch
  • Bug fixes
  • fixed compatibility issues with Windows 10 UTF-8 codepage setting
  • fixed hangs when trying to open some Windows Wave files
  • fixed setup not running with elevated rights on non-administrator accounts
  • fixed freaccmd issues with files without metadata
  • Updated codecs
  • upgraded FLAC to version 1.3.3
  • upgraded FAAC to version 1.30
  • upgraded FAAD2 to version 2.9.1
  • upgraded mpg123 to version 1.25.13
  • upgraded Vorbis to version 1.3.6 + aoTuV beta 6.03
  • upgraded Ogg library to version 1.3.4
  • Updated translations
  • updated Chinese (simplified), Croatian, Danish, Portuguese, Spanish (Latin American) and Ukrainian translations
  • added Bulgarian translation for the installer
  • updated Spanish user guide



Changes for v1.1 Beta 1 - v1.1 Beta 3

  • Improvements
  • added support for dark mode on Windows 10
  • prepared for freedb.org shutdown on 31st March 2020
  • the fre:ac installer is now digitally signed
  • added separate Windows Wave File Output entry to encoder list
  • display current signal processing settings in status area
  • added a toolbar button to configure signal processing
  • added new tips to Tip of the Day dialog
  • Bug fixes
  • fixed compatibility issue with Windows 10 UTF-8 codepage setting
  • fixed FLAC decoding on macOS
  • fixed issues opening Opus files with a .ogg extension
  • fixed Monkey's Audio encoder not showing up in 64 bit builds
  • fixed some issues with freaccmd command line interface
  • Updated codecs
  • updated Monkey's Audio to version 5.18
  • Updated translations
  • updated Chinese (simplified) translation



Changes for v1.0.32 - v1.1 Beta 1

  • - implemented an extension component framework to modularize fre:ac
  • - ported to macOS, Linux and BSD operating systems
  • - added native 64 bit Windows platform support
  • - Multi threading support
  • - conversions are now done in parallel if possible
  • - integrated SuperFast encoding technology for multi-threaded processing
  • - adding files to the joblist can now use multiple threads
  • - Major new features
  • - added support for multi-channel audio
  • - added support for verifying lossless input and output files
  • - added support for processing input with DSP filters
  • - added support for writing conversion log files
  • - added support for managing multiple configurations
  • - added a tag editor component
  • - added multi encoder component for simultaneous output to multiple formats
  • - User interface improvements
  • - completely reworked configuration dialog
  • - added support for editing configurations during conversions
  • - added the ability to sort the joblist by clicking headers
  • - allow format selection from the encode menu for encoders supporting multiple formats
  • - new dialog to confirm overwriting of existing files before conversion
  • - redesigned progress display area
  • - added a button to open the output folder
  • - the time left indicator now shows hours if necessary
  • - the five last used output folders are now saved for later use
  • - the five last used file name patterns are now saved for later use
  • - File conversion improvements
  • - added support for automatic sample format conversions to match encoder requirements
  • - added support for joining tracks with different sample formats into a single output file
  • - added options for playing notification sounds on finished conversions
  • - added an option to append sequential numbers to otherwise identical filenames
  • - added , and filename patterns
  • - added configuration option to keep converted tracks in joblist
  • - added configuration option to add encoded files to joblist
  • - added a warning when converting from lossy to lossless formats
  • - skipping tracks is no longer possible when converting to a single file
  • - conversion progress is now shown in the taskbar on Windows 7 and later
  • - added support for setting process priority on Windows
  • - CD ripping improvements
  • - added support for ripping hidden tracks (HTOA)
  • - added support for reading ISRC codes from CDs
  • - added CD read offset configuration option
  • - upgraded CDRip to version 2.3 (with cdparanoia III version 10.2)
  • - CDDB support improvements
  • - added preview to CDDB match selection dialog
  • - added an option to automatically select the first CDDB match
  • - added support for CDDB queries using HTTP GET
  • - allow CDDB queries even when no CD drive is present
  • - allow CDDB dialogs to be resized
  • - Playback improvements
  • - allow playback while a conversion is running
  • - added a slider for seeking during playback
  • - the button to open the CD tray now closes it if already open
  • - New and updated codecs
  • - added support for command line encoders/decoders
  • - added Core Audio AAC/ALAC encoder
  • - added Opus audio encoder/decoder
  • - added Speex speech encoder/decoder
  • - added Monkey's Audio encoder/decoder
  • - added Musepack encoder/decoder
  • - added WavPack encoder/decoder
  • - added OptimFROG encoder/decoder
  • - added TAK lossless encoder/decoder
  • - added support for the Fraunhofer FDK AAC encoder/decoder
  • - added support for the VisualOn AAC encoder
  • - added support for the TwinVQ VQF decoder
  • - added support for Ogg FLAC files
  • - added support for RF64 and Wave64 files
  • - added support for libsndfile for reading simple audio files
  • - added support for reading and writing Vorbis files with .oga extension
  • - New DSP components
  • - added DSP components for resampling, channel up-/downmixing and sample format conversion
  • - added RNNoise speech noise reduction DSP component
  • - added Rubber Band time stretching DSP component
  • - Tagging improvements
  • - added support for chapters in ID3v2, MP4, WMA and Vorbis Comment tags
  • - added support for handling gapless playback information
  • - added support for changing album art
  • - added support for MCDI frame in ID3v2 tags
  • - added support for ID3v1 tags in AAC files
  • - added RIFF tagging support (using LIST INFO and Cart chunks)
  • - improved metadata extraction from path names
  • - improved title info editing user friendliness
  • - added context menu for text edit fields
  • - greatly improved case conversion functions
  • - the FLAC encoder now writes seektable metadata blocks
  • - Playlist and cue sheet improvements
  • - added support for XSPF, Windows Media and PLS playlists
  • - added support for creating one playlist or cue sheet per album in a single conversion
  • - fixed creation of cue sheets for multiple tracks in a single file
  • - added support for loading cue sheets
  • - freaccmd improvements
  • - completely reworked arguments of freacmd
  • - added support for selecting configuration in freaccmd
  • - added support for encoding to a single file with freaccmd



Changes for v1.0.29 - v1.0.30

  • - minor improvements for CDDB submit dialog
  • - guard against disc insert notification being received multiple times
  • - upgraded FAAC to version 1.29.7.4



Changes for v1.0.28 - v1.0.29

  • - now using the mpg123 library for MP3 decoding
  • - changed default FLAC blocksize to 4096 samples to match official FLAC tools
  • - removed support for obsolete Main and LTP AAC profiles
  • - fixed progress not being updated for long running conversions
  • - fixed handling of stray tabs in title info
  • - upgraded CDRip to version 1.26 to fix handling of drives with letter A:
  • - upgraded FAAC to version 1.29.7
  • - upgraded FAAD2 to version 2.8.1



Changes for v1.0.26 - v1.0.28

  • - updated Chinese (traditional) translation
  • - configuration is now saved in freac.xml
  • - fixed crash on some invalid cover art
  • - upgraded FLAC to version 1.3.2



Changes for v1.0.25 - v1.0.26

  • The new release improves detection of concatenated MP3 files and fixes several issues handling Ogg Vorbis files with cover art. It also fixes a graphics issue where text did not appear in edit fields on some systems.



Changes for v1.0.24 - v1.0.25

  • The new release adds support for MP4/AAC and Ogg Vorbis cover art and fixes an issue where cover images had not been written to WMA files in certain situations. Playlist and cuesheet files are now put in the same place as the output file in single file mode. Also, fre:ac 1.0.25 fixes a problem where not all out of multiple CD drives were detected. In addition, it fixes several stability issues and other bugs.



Changes for v1.0.23 - v1.0.24

  • The new release updates the Ogg Vorbis codec to version 1.3.5 with added aoTuV 6.03 patches and introduces a flat titlebar style for Windows 8.x and 10. In addition, fre:ac 1.0.24 now retains the disc number metadata field when converting, fixes CDs being ejected automatically even if a conversion was cancelled and adds mouse jitter tolerance to tooltips to make them display more reliably.



Changes for v1.0.22 - v1.0.23

  • - added Basque and Serbian (Cyrillic) language support
  • - updated Chinese (traditional) and Czech translations
  • - added Basque user guide
  • - added support for reading Windows Wave files in IEEE float format
  • - added additional genres as defined by Winamp 5.6
  • - the main window is no longer closed when pressing escape
  • - fixed stability issues when decoding MP3 files
  • - fixed crash when writing cover art to WMA tags
  • - fixed drag & drop target area not matching joblist
  • - fixed failure to delete read-only files with "Delete files after encoding" option
  • - fixed interpretation of non-standard UTF-16 strings in ID3v2 tags
  • - upgraded FLAC to version 1.3.1



Changes for v1.0.21a - snapshot 20131217

  • re: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.



Changes for v1.0.21 - v1.0.21a

  • This release fixes several bugs that have been found in fre:ac v1.0.21, the most important being one to make the WMA encoder work again.
  • Upgrading to fre:ac v1.0.21a is strongly recommended to all users of fre:ac v1.0.21 and recommended to users of previous versions.



Changes for v1.0.21 Beta - v1.0.21

  • The beta release published a few weeks ago proved to be very stable and so there are only minor changes in the final v1.0.21. The new release provides translation updates for Romanian and Swedish languages and fixes the default settings for the FLAC encoder to match those of the command line FLAC utility.
  • Of course it also incorporates the changes introduced with fre:ac v1.0.21 beta 1 which include support for large fonts as well as general performance and stability improvements.



Changes for v1.0.20a - v1.0.21 Beta

  • A new fre:ac beta release is now available for download. Version 1.0.21 beta 1 features an updated runtime library that lets it benefit from several improvements previously limited to fre:ac development snapshots.
  • Notable improvements are support for large fonts in the user interface, context menus for text edit fields as well as general performance and stability improvements.
  • The new release also introduces Bulgarian language support, updates the FLAC codec to version 1.3.0 and fixes some minor bugs.



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