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xACT 2.0
« on: September 29, 2010, 04:09:13 PM »
xACT 2.0 
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/14246/xact

-rewritten entirely from scratch in Objective C
-many bug fixes
-updated UI, new icons
-added auto-update via Sparkle
-multithreaded - can execute multiple tasks at once (see application preferences to set the number of threads). Dock icon will show number of tasks in queue.
-can cancel tasks already in progress
-progress bars for most tasks
-option to specify the format of custom "by disc" and "fileset" shntool len output text (see application preferences)
-tags tab can now tag FLAC and M4A (aac, Apple Lossless) files
-converting flac > Apple Lossless will now copy Flac tags to the Apple Lossless files
-splitting tracks from a CUE sheet will now rename tracks based on TITLE info in the cue sheet
-updated shntool to 3.0.10
-updated wavpack to 4.60.1
-updated ttaenc to 3.4.1
-updated cdda2wav to 3.0
-"fix" option will now process files even if they need no fixing
-user can drop a directory on a file list or dock icon to process all of the known file types in the directory and subdirectories
-added shntool "pad" and "strip" functions
-added ability to add or remove Flac Replay Gain (Util tab)
-added ability to trim characters from beginning or end of lines when entering track names
-Checksum files can be saved in source directory.
- Requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Intel processor

huge thanks to greenone for helping test
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2010, 04:20:28 PM »
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2010, 09:48:28 PM »
I love this release...multithreading is absolutely huge. And thanks to Scott for tolerating my constant pesters for the ability to custom-format the shntool len output. ;D
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2010, 10:04:54 PM »
thanks to dave for telling me all the ways i screwed things up :)

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2010, 08:05:30 AM »
the ability to custom-format the shntool len output.

This is great although I have to admit I was hoping for the ability to leave off the milliseconds as my track markers are always placed on the second. So I'll still have to go and delete the ":00" by hand but I'm happy now I won't have to add the [brackets] by hand!

(i.e. 1:00 vs. 1:00:00)

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2010, 09:13:50 AM »
the ability to custom-format the shntool len output.

This is great although I have to admit I was hoping for the ability to leave off the milliseconds as my track markers are always placed on the second.
(i.e. 1:00 vs. 1:00:00)

really?  that always works out for you?

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2010, 09:46:31 AM »
really?  that always works out for you?

Yes. I've been processing this way for ~ 5 years now and I've never a problem with it. I use Sound Studio, set the grid to 1 second, snap to grid, and add markers. The tracks always align on sector boundaries (since each second is on a boundary) so I eliminate that step as well.

I realize this is probably too highly specialized of an issue for you to deal with so that's why I never mentioned it. I'd be seriously surprised if anyone else processed shows the way I do even though I've posted about it before. It's the absolute quickest and easiest workflow I've ever used.

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2010, 09:58:46 AM »
it works even for bands that do a lot of songs flowing into each other? you never have a track split that seems a half second too soon or too late? 

it's not a hard thing to implement.  I just never thought of doing it...

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2010, 12:25:40 PM »

- Requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Intel processor


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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2010, 01:16:30 PM »

- Requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Intel processor


damn...  :(

sorry.  some of the things I used in the code are 10.6 only...

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2010, 04:38:40 AM »
Great stuff - a great program becomes even better - the multithreading is sweet!

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« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2010, 11:40:19 PM »
Awesome!
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« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2010, 11:58:27 AM »
Definitely faster, and it now converts the FLAC tags to MP3s completey (used to chop off longer titles)....  Also love the "Queue" that it shows now so one knows how much progress has been made.  Thanks so much!
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2010, 01:26:43 PM »
I've personally never worried about SBE & don't know that I'd notice a CD plagued by it. 1/75th of a second? I say meh :)

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2010, 10:03:44 PM »
I've personally never worried about SBE & don't know that I'd notice a CD plagued by it. 1/75th of a second? I say meh :)

Used xact 2.0 for the first time the other day to rip flac24->mp3 for someone at work. Freaking awesome stuff Scott!

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« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2010, 10:57:29 PM »
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #16 on: October 08, 2010, 12:33:54 AM »
I've personally never worried about SBE & don't know that I'd notice a CD plagued by it. 1/75th of a second? I say meh :)

Used xact 2.0 for the first time the other day to rip flac24->mp3 for someone at work. Freaking awesome stuff Scott!

Blasphemy! And blasphemy again! Time to turn in your lossless audio badge and gun, sir. :P

Yeah, but I mean who really has the time to try and explain lossless audio & all things not-iTunes to a marketing person? :P

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2010, 09:29:29 AM »
I've personally never worried about SBE & don't know that I'd notice a CD plagued by it. 1/75th of a second? I say meh :)

Used xact 2.0 for the first time the other day to rip flac24->mp3 for someone at work. Freaking awesome stuff Scott!

it all depends on your player.  some players make an audible click between tracks if they're not cut on sector boundaries.  you'd notice that...

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« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2010, 09:32:45 PM »
I've personally never worried about SBE & don't know that I'd notice a CD plagued by it. 1/75th of a second? I say meh :)

Used xact 2.0 for the first time the other day to rip flac24->mp3 for someone at work. Freaking awesome stuff Scott!

it all depends on your player.  some players make an audible click between tracks if they're not cut on sector boundaries.  you'd notice that...

True that.  Both my work computer and the stereo in my truck make the audible click if I somehow miss and sbe.  I use the "snap to" function in Audacity now, though, so no sbe problem any longer either way.  Still always check for sbe just out of habit.
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2010, 01:31:37 PM »
- Requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Intel processor
Yeah yeah yeah. . . I'm building an intel Hackintosh, so I'll get to enjoy 2.0 soon enough.  :'(

I've personally never worried about SBE & don't know that I'd notice a CD plagued by it. 1/75th of a second? I say meh :)
Oh, you WOULD notice if you heard one.
it all depends on your player.  some players make an audible click between tracks if they're not cut on sector boundaries.  you'd notice that...
I always thought it depended more on the burning software. I've never once noticed an SBE with orangebook CD's burned in Toast.
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #20 on: October 09, 2010, 02:26:59 PM »
Toast automatically fixes errors when burning and has for years.  but it'll also pad the last track with zeros

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #21 on: October 10, 2010, 06:44:23 PM »
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/14246/xact

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #22 on: October 10, 2010, 06:57:23 PM »
i just put in a new update in the past 5 minutes.  maybe they took it down?

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« Reply #23 on: October 10, 2010, 07:15:59 PM »

- Requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Intel processor


damn...  :(

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #24 on: October 10, 2010, 11:35:14 PM »
Toast automatically fixes errors when burning and has for years.  but it'll also pad the last track with zeros
Ok, that makes perfect sense. Then you just have to watch out for the SBE at each disc change of a ripped fileset burnt with toast. That would be the only place it would be noticeable. Point being, it's easy enough to use xACT to do the job on the whole fileset at once;D

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #25 on: November 12, 2010, 05:11:59 AM »
thanks to the developper

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2011, 12:01:52 PM »
I just noticed 2 things (xACT 2.06):

1. When encoding to FLAC and with the "Delete original files" box checked, the files are actually deleted completely from the hard drive. In previous versions the files would just be moved to the Trash Bin. Is it possible to change this back so it just moves the files to the Trash Bin?

2. It says "Delete original files after decode" on both the decode and encode tabs.

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #27 on: January 22, 2011, 12:27:13 PM »
I just noticed 2 things (xACT 2.06):

1. When encoding to FLAC and with the "Delete original files" box checked, the files are actually deleted completely from the hard drive.
In previous versions the files would just be moved to the Trash Bin.
Is it possible to change this back so it just moves the files to the Trash Bin?

I kind of like that feature myself

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« Reply #28 on: January 22, 2011, 11:54:02 PM »
I just noticed 2 things (xACT 2.06):

1. When encoding to FLAC and with the "Delete original files" box checked, the files are actually deleted completely from the hard drive.
In previous versions the files would just be moved to the Trash Bin.
Is it possible to change this back so it just moves the files to the Trash Bin?

I kind of like that feature myself

Fair enough. I can understand why. I was just used to the old way and the built in "idiot proofing"....I guess I just need to be more careful!

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #29 on: January 24, 2011, 10:55:08 AM »
I just noticed 2 things (xACT 2.06):

1. When encoding to FLAC and with the "Delete original files" box checked, the files are actually deleted completely from the hard drive. In previous versions the files would just be moved to the Trash Bin. Is it possible to change this back so it just moves the files to the Trash Bin?

Just going from memory here, but I think that was a really old version that just moved files to the trash.  I had a bunch of people complain that they thought files were being deleted when they were just in the trash.  They bitched at me saying I was killing their hard drive space.  So I changed it to delete the files.

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« Reply #30 on: January 24, 2011, 12:03:40 PM »
It was like that in 1.69 for sure. I think that may have been the most recent version I was using until I upgraded to 2.0.

I guess you aren't going to change it back which is fine...I'll deal with it. But I don't see how someone could not know the files were going to the Trash Bin. It even made the sound effect when it happened. "killing their hard drive space" ??? :lol: That's a little dramatic...

Thanks for your reply about this though!

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #31 on: January 24, 2011, 11:07:20 PM »
you're right...1.69 moved to the trash

I guess I'll at least put the warning "are you sure?" message back in when you have the delete option checked

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #32 on: January 24, 2011, 11:35:40 PM »
Scott, is source code available? I kinda want to see if I can compile in linux just for giggles.

In all likelihood, I'll play around for an hour or 2, get all pissed off and scrap the idea.

But I still usually learn a thing or 2 in the process.  ;D

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #33 on: January 25, 2011, 07:24:27 AM »
it relies heavily on os x stuff.  I don't know how you'd get it working in linux without just starting from scratch

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #34 on: January 25, 2011, 10:45:09 AM »
Gotcha. Thanks though.

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #35 on: February 01, 2011, 01:04:38 PM »
you're right...1.69 moved to the trash

I guess I'll at least put the warning "are you sure?" message back in when you have the delete option checked
I think even 1.71 moved 'em to the trash.

Yeah, the "are you sure" seems a little annoying, but I'd rather be safe. I guess you could make it a preference, to ask or not, but that's more work too.
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #36 on: February 03, 2011, 08:55:51 AM »
"yes" would be the default, so a quick hit of enter/return will proceed

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #37 on: October 14, 2012, 09:02:52 PM »
I was hoping for a feature that parses the txt file, adding tracknumber, artist, date, song to the flac fileset. also has the ability to add/create other tags like album and comment. the ability to edit/create tags and to add album/cover art automatically (if the proper sized jpg was present in the folder) would be sweet, too.

thx for asking.

There is already a feature 'Load track names from file' located in the File Menu.
this option ("load track names from file") is greyed out. what am i doing wrong..? (v 2.20)

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #38 on: October 15, 2012, 08:48:32 AM »
it's only relevant to the filenames window, so it's only active when that window is open

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #39 on: October 15, 2012, 11:12:01 AM »
I am confused. what is the file names window?
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #40 on: October 15, 2012, 02:16:23 PM »
is there a way to generate .ffp from the fix sbe tab??
I know you can generate from the encode tab and that you can generate .md5 from fix sbe
not that it takes more then 30 sec to do but sometimes i'm lazy
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #41 on: October 15, 2012, 08:54:02 PM »
I am confused. what is the file names window?

the one you enter track names in (from the shntool len "names" button, or the "autoname" checkbox on the tags tab)

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #42 on: October 15, 2012, 08:54:48 PM »
is there a way to generate .ffp from the fix sbe tab??
I know you can generate from the encode tab and that you can generate .md5 from fix sbe
not that it takes more then 30 sec to do but sometimes i'm lazy

I can add that

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #43 on: November 02, 2012, 12:27:11 PM »
is there a way to generate .ffp from the fix sbe tab??
I know you can generate from the encode tab and that you can generate .md5 from fix sbe
not that it takes more then 30 sec to do but sometimes i'm lazy

I can add that

had a little time yesterday to do this.  I can probably give you a version to test this weekend

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #44 on: November 02, 2012, 03:07:25 PM »
is there a way to generate .ffp from the fix sbe tab??
I know you can generate from the encode tab and that you can generate .md5 from fix sbe
not that it takes more then 30 sec to do but sometimes i'm lazy

I can add that

had a little time yesterday to do this.  I can probably give you a version to test this weekend
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #45 on: January 12, 2013, 01:59:28 PM »
thx again for the program-it makes what we do very easy on the apple platform...

three requests, if i may be so bold...

1-can you make it so the checksums can be done recursively..? tlh does this, for example. I ask because when doing four channels with the r-44, the machine names ch1-2 wav "1" and ch 3-4 wav "2" and then puts these into directories; every time the wav splits at 2gigs, the r-44 creates a new directory, and drops the 1.wav and 2.wav files in. when recording two sets at 24/96, this makes at least four directories. so I then have to make st5 files four+ times from the card on the r-44, and then check each one seperately from the hard drive. if the checksums were made recursively, I could make one checksum (dragging all pjt dirs in at once), save it to the parent dir on the hd, and the just run that same checksum once to check the transfer went correctly. I tried doing this, but all the checksums showed the same, so I think it just ran the first set of wavs four times...

2-is there a way to add replaygain for 24 bit files? I get an error when I try to add replaygain to those files now...

3-is there a way to view tags, and subsequently add/edit them..?

thanks so much for reading. like I said, the program is an indespensible tool for the apple platform.

now, if I can just find a way to make my txt files format line returns properly, without having to open them on windows wordpad and then saving, i would be done with windows forever...
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #46 on: January 12, 2013, 02:52:33 PM »
3-is there a way to view tags, and subsequently add/edit them..?

Select the tags tab and drop a file in the area there, the tags show up (at least it does on mine; v2.21)

now, if I can just find a way to make my txt files format line returns properly, without having to open them on windows wordpad and then saving, i would be done with windows forever...

look into a converter app. You're not the first person to run into that.
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #47 on: January 12, 2013, 03:40:31 PM »
3-is there a way to view tags, and subsequently add/edit them..?

Select the tags tab and drop a file in the area there, the tags show up (at least it does on mine; v2.21)

now, if I can just find a way to make my txt files format line returns properly, without having to open them on windows wordpad and then saving, i would be done with windows forever...

look into a converter app. You're not the first person to run into that.

Textedit works fine with a twist. If you start from scratch it wants you to save as rtf, but if you open a txt you can rename it etc. and it will still stay txt. So I just open the last one I used, make changes, rename and it works fine. LMA never recognized my MS Office txt files, but ones made this way work perfectly.
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #48 on: January 12, 2013, 10:02:53 PM »
goto textedit prefs and you can change it to save as .txt (plain text) instead of .rtf (rich)
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #49 on: January 12, 2013, 11:33:54 PM »
goto textedit prefs and you can change it to save as .txt (plain text) instead of .rtf (rich)
i have done this, but it still doesn't fix the line return issue...
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #50 on: January 13, 2013, 09:38:51 AM »
goto textedit prefs and you can change it to save as .txt (plain text) instead of .rtf (rich)

Good to know, thanks!

goto textedit prefs and you can change it to save as .txt (plain text) instead of .rtf (rich)
i have done this, but it still doesn't fix the line return issue...

My workaround should still work though. It actually makes life a little easier in a way, since I don't have to recreate the overall layout or source and lineage info. Just open one that you know uses correct returns, and that LMA recognizes for importing the metadata and edit.
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #51 on: January 13, 2013, 11:59:18 AM »
I get it, and thanks. And I have done this in the past. this issue affects the checksums made by xact, too (which is why I mentioned it in this thread). i wish there was a setting somewhere in osx to properly rectify this in both this program and textedit, but I guess there isn't. Thx for the suggested workaround-I will implement it more frequently, as it seems to be the only option atm.

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #52 on: January 15, 2013, 06:52:12 PM »
thx again for the program-it makes what we do very easy on the apple platform...

three requests, if i may be so bold...

1-can you make it so the checksums can be done recursively..? tlh does this, for example. I ask because when doing four channels with the r-44, the machine names ch1-2 wav "1" and ch 3-4 wav "2" and then puts these into directories; every time the wav splits at 2gigs, the r-44 creates a new directory, and drops the 1.wav and 2.wav files in. when recording two sets at 24/96, this makes at least four directories. so I then have to make st5 files four+ times from the card on the r-44, and then check each one seperately from the hard drive. if the checksums were made recursively, I could make one checksum (dragging all pjt dirs in at once), save it to the parent dir on the hd, and the just run that same checksum once to check the transfer went correctly. I tried doing this, but all the checksums showed the same, so I think it just ran the first set of wavs four times...

2-is there a way to add replaygain for 24 bit files? I get an error when I try to add replaygain to those files now...

3-is there a way to view tags, and subsequently add/edit them..?

thanks so much for reading. like I said, the program is an indespensible tool for the apple platform.

now, if I can just find a way to make my txt files format line returns properly, without having to open them on windows wordpad and then saving, i would be done with windows forever...

1 - are you saying have files from multiple directories in 1 md5/stf/flac fingerprint?  Is that "standard?"  I've never seen directory names in these files, but maybe I'm totally wrong about this

2- flac documentation:
--replay-gain    Calculate ReplayGain values and store them as FLAC tags, similar to VorbisGain. Title gains/peaks will be computed for each input file, and an album gain/peak will be computed for all files. All input files must have the same resolution, sample rate, and number of channels. Only mono and stereo files are allowed, and the sample rate must be one of 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, or 48 kHz. Also note that this option may leave a few extra bytes in a PADDING block as the exact size of the tags is not known until all files are processed.

Note that this option cannot be used when encoding to standard output (stdout).

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #53 on: January 28, 2013, 08:11:44 AM »
now, if I can just find a way to make my txt files format line returns properly, without having to open them on windows wordpad and then saving, i would be done with windows forever...
In my experience, if you do Shift+Return as opposed to just Return for linebreaks, you get the "Windows-linebreak" on a Mac. It's how I do most of my .txt files for shows because otherwise there are no linebreaks in the info fields if I upload to torrent sites like Dime.

Otherwise, as I think I recommended in another topic before (at least I planned on doing so), there is the editor Smultron which is freeware up until version 3.5.1, it let's you chose your standard linebreak (Unix LF, Mac CR, Windows CRLF).

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #54 on: August 09, 2013, 03:49:13 AM »
Xact 2.23

Am I missing the setting to decide what format CDs are extracted to..? Is there a way to set it to rip a cd to mp3, and specify the encoding setting..?

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #55 on: August 09, 2013, 07:27:47 AM »
it's just wav.  I would love to remove the cd ripping code from xACT, but it's probably too late. I put it in years ago when there wasn't another cdparanoia alternative for OS X. It was always a horrible hack but it worked for basic extraction.

But even I don't use it.  I use XLD for extraction since he uses the latest paranoia libraries and even wrote his own paranoia/eac like extraction

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #56 on: August 09, 2013, 09:46:27 AM »
I use XLD for extraction since he uses the latest paranoia libraries and even wrote his own paranoia/eac like extraction

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #57 on: August 09, 2013, 09:49:58 AM »
Thanks for the info. I am a relative Mac OS n00b-either of you have a link to the developer site..? Thanks, in advance.
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« Reply #58 on: August 09, 2013, 09:52:13 AM »
Thanks for the info. I am a relative Mac OS n00b-either of you have a link to the developer site..? Thanks, in advance.

download link:
https://code.google.com/p/xld/

left hand side of that is a link to their homepage;
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #59 on: August 09, 2013, 05:21:12 PM »
+t

Thanks so much. I have a stack of discs to rip, including a few double disc sets, so I will get cracking with this new (to me) program this weekend. I appreciate the help, and i am sorry to have bombed your xact thread, scb.

 
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #60 on: May 22, 2016, 10:53:08 PM »
Me again.

Any chance we can implement a write with replay gain output, specifically track gain..? Used to do this with Fb2k, but I have been mac only for years...

Trying to make a mix and to be able to load a track in to the window and have the output be a wav file with replaygain- track gain applied.

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #61 on: May 23, 2016, 09:23:46 AM »
Me again.

Any chance we can implement a write with replay gain output, specifically track gain..? Used to do this with Fb2k, but I have been mac only for years...

Trying to make a mix and to be able to load a track in to the window and have the output be a wav file with replaygain- track gain applied.

Many thanks.

Does the "add flac replay gain" in the util tab not do what you need?

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #62 on: May 23, 2016, 09:29:09 PM »
Thanks for getting back to me. No, it does not because it simply adds the info to the metadata, which is what we want in most cases...


But to make a mix of various sources, I would like to add track gain, and then write a wav file with the gain applied, not simply write a flag with the metadata included...

Thanks.
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #63 on: May 26, 2016, 09:32:56 AM »
so you want the files processed with actual gain increases? i guess i could add that to the list

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #64 on: May 26, 2016, 08:34:40 PM »
so you want the files processed with actual gain increases? i guess i could add that to the list
A linear calculation to raise levels to a selectable threshold would be cool. Maybe I want to max at -0.0, maybe -0.1, maybe -0.2!?? This could replace the "normalize" step in some folks' workflow. It could also be useful when converting older filesets to a favorite jukebox filetype. (e.g. convert to aac128 and set max levels at -0.2!?)

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« Reply #65 on: May 26, 2016, 11:51:58 PM »
so you want the files processed with actual gain increases? i guess i could add that to the list
yes. With the track gain, not album gain...

Thanks so much!
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« Reply #66 on: October 15, 2016, 08:11:36 PM »
so you want the files processed with actual gain increases? i guess i could add that to the list
yes. With the track gain, not album gain...

Thanks so much!

Bump.

I actually just used home brew to install flac and i can do this from the terminal window / command line using the "apply replay gain which is not lossless" command.

Sorry to have bothered you, and Again, thank you very much.
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #67 on: June 10, 2018, 05:41:46 PM »
Hello Scott! I would like to bump this topic because I have a feature request.

Could you please implement something like rsync so that I can use xACT to securely move files from my sd card, with verification?

Thanks for all the great work! For reference, I'm currently on xACT v2.44, under Yosemite, or perhaps I'll try my High Sierra install if I have to.

This is why I have started making MD5 checksums on the original files on the SD cards. If a FLAC operation could go wrong, so could a file transfer (copy).

You know, those files on your hard drive are COPIES of the masters, unless you are saving the SD cards or something!?

To be truly paranoid, I would want to run the checksum operation twice on the original to be sure that THOSE are the same.

My reasoning ,no matter how perfect it  is  (flac) I’d prefer the wav vs flac. Flac is compression ,and things *can go wrong*  would you rather have a dat master Or a dat clone? They are identical but most people would choose the master I think.
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #68 on: June 14, 2018, 03:47:30 PM »
Hello Scott! I would like to bump this topic because I have a feature request.

Could you please implement something like rsync so that I can use xACT to securely move files from my sd card, with verification?

Thanks for all the great work! For reference, I'm currently on xACT v2.44, under Yosemite, or perhaps I'll try my High Sierra install if I have to.

This is why I have started making MD5 checksums on the original files on the SD cards. If a FLAC operation could go wrong, so could a file transfer (copy).

You know, those files on your hard drive are COPIES of the masters, unless you are saving the SD cards or something!?

To be truly paranoid, I would want to run the checksum operation twice on the original to be sure that THOSE are the same.

My reasoning ,no matter how perfect it  is  (flac) I’d prefer the wav vs flac. Flac is compression ,and things *can go wrong*  would you rather have a dat master Or a dat clone? They are identical but most people would choose the master I think.

You basically want an rsync wrapper to choose a file or files to read and a location to copy to?

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #69 on: June 14, 2018, 04:14:14 PM »
Nothing to add, except thank you.

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #70 on: June 14, 2018, 10:45:36 PM »
Nothing to add, except thank you.

yup. I use it every day.

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #71 on: June 14, 2018, 11:52:04 PM »
I use it almost every day and I am so glad it exists. On my blog I always link to the download page.
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #72 on: June 15, 2018, 01:21:40 AM »
You basically want an rsync wrapper to choose a file or files to read and a location to copy to?
Yes, please!

"rsync" would probably be it's own new tab, and have radio button check box options for the user to control a few of the key flags? (recursion, delete original, etc)

The main thing I'd be looking for is some sort of verification feature, but the rsync manual page seems to indicate that rsync does what I would want as a matter of course!
"rsync always verifies that each transferred file was correctly reconstructed on the receiving side by checking a whole-file checksum that is generated as the file is transferred"

I guess it would be cool to spit out the stats in a new window, in case the user wanted to copy them down or save them.

xACT is already indispensible, but this would be a very handy feature for me. Thanks!!
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #73 on: June 16, 2018, 04:29:37 PM »
Crucial app.

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #74 on: June 16, 2018, 06:06:59 PM »
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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #75 on: Yesterday at 03:10:44 PM »
You basically want an rsync wrapper to choose a file or files to read and a location to copy to?
Yes, please!

"rsync" would probably be it's own new tab, and have radio button check box options for the user to control a few of the key flags? (recursion, delete original, etc)

The main thing I'd be looking for is some sort of verification feature, but the rsync manual page seems to indicate that rsync does what I would want as a matter of course!
"rsync always verifies that each transferred file was correctly reconstructed on the receiving side by checking a whole-file checksum that is generated as the file is transferred"

I guess it would be cool to spit out the stats in a new window, in case the user wanted to copy them down or save them.

xACT is already indispensible, but this would be a very handy feature for me. Thanks!!

Ok, I'll look into how much work it would be.

I have a *lot* less time to work on it these days, and often when I do get some time, I'd rather relax and do nothing. That's what 4 kids does I guess.

But I should get some time in a few weeks when I'm home alone for a week to try to fix some old stuff and put some new stuff in. I may even go tape a show then!

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Re: xACT 2.0
« Reply #76 on: Yesterday at 11:29:42 PM »
I may even go tape a show then!
Oh, I can make random requests all day. I would MUCH rather you went and taped a show and had some relaxing fun and let me copy my own dang files! I can tweeze rsync if I really don't trust Mac OS to copy some files!?

So, speaking of random requests, how weird would it be to have a preference option to allow the user to choose upper or lower case file extensions?

PS thanks for v2.45, with the staying in the background thing! That's a nice help.
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