xACT
xACT
2.50
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xACT free download for Mac

xACT for Mac2.50

09 June 2020

Audio compression toolkit.

What is xACT for Mac

xACT stands for X Audio Compression Toolkit, an application that encodes and decodes FLAC, SHN, Monkey's Audio, TTA, Wavpack, and Apple Lossless files. It also can encode these formats to MP3, AAC, or Opus, and do various other utility functions, in addition to a full set of shntool functions. Under the hood, xACT is a GUI based front end for the unix applications Shorten (3.6.1), shntool (3.0.10), Monkey's Audio Compressor (3.99), flac (1.3.1), wavpack (4.70.0), TTA (3.4.1), Opus 0.1.6, and cdda2wav 3.0 (with paranoia support). It also uses SoX ( 14.4.2), LAME (3.99.5), AtomicParsley (0.9.0), TagLib (1.9.1) and MP4v2 (2.0.0). It executes the basic commands of these applications and adds other features to speed up productivity in creation/use of etree.org standard filesets.

What's new in xACT

Version 2.50:
  • Converting AIFF > Wav and WAV > AIFF will now copy tags
  • Batch Rename can rename based off tags in the file. Hover over Prefix textbox to see how
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tonyarabish
tonyarabish
Oct 30 2020
2.50
4.0
Oct 30 2020
4.0
Version: 2.50
With Avdshare Video Converter, users can easily join as many FLAC files as they want into one FLAC file.
TomLoredo
TomLoredo
Jan 19 2019
2.47
0.0
Jan 19 2019
0.0
Version: 2.47
Note that the release notes for version 2.47 (build 7974), released on 09/15/2018, reports that the washed-out color issue for artwork has been fixed.
DJSquint
DJSquint
Aug 2 2018
2.46
4.0
Aug 2 2018
4.0
Version: 2.46
Average audio encoder tool with about worse GUI ever created. But hey, it is free so why complaining. ;-)
Anthony Jr.
Anthony Jr.
Aug 1 2018
2.46
5.0
Aug 1 2018
5.0
Version: 2.46
I use this app for every audio mixing project I work on, exporting from ProTools out as a WAV file and creating all of my LAME-encoded MP3s to send out to the artists for review. The MP3 tagging function is also incredibly easy. Really wish I could convince more people to add xACT to their toolkit.
joe-m-noel
joe-m-noel
Apr 30 2018
2.44
3.0
Apr 30 2018
3.0
Version: 2.44
This is an excellent app that I use daily. Thank you. Sadly, a troubling bug has appeared since OSX has updated its lates version of High Seirra (10.13.4) with the the artwork being stripped of its color. This is a big problem for me as I make custom artwork for concerts. While it will be okay on my end as I can reinsert it into my library. The 100's of folks that download the music don't have that luxury.
pettifogger0712
pettifogger0712
Feb 25 2018
2.44
4.0
Feb 25 2018
4.0
Version: 2.44
Awesome app BUT one small quibble - I usually edit the tags of any files ripped into FLAC via xAct and add the cover art myself [600x600px, JPG format] but whenever the FLAC audio files are exported/converted into ALAC or MP3 format using xAct, the artwork of any files originally ripped into FLAC has a faded/washed out appearance when converted...However, this is a minor glitch as the artwork can always be manually reinserted via iTunes once added to your music library and it then looks OK :-)
scott-133
scott-133
Dec 21 2017
2.41
5.0
Dec 21 2017
5.0
Version: 2.41
awesome. this app did exactly what I needed and without any frustration. I had a whole folder of audio files in one format and needed to convert them to another. easy as 1,2,3. wonderful.
hfso
hfso
Mar 30 2017
2.39
5.0
Mar 30 2017
5.0
Version: 2.39
Hey Scott, this is a great app. Thank you! Is there a way to add additional metadata? I click on custom tabs and it does nothing. It is important that we are not only able to add the composer name, we must be able to add the publisher's (aka rights holders) name. Thanks for any help you can provide.
VE
VE
Feb 22 2017
2.39
5.0
Feb 22 2017
5.0
Version: 2.39
I've been using xACT since years and I find it absolut top! That said... The download link to the latest v. 2.39 says "The requested URL /xACT2.39.zip was not found on this server." Anybody know where to find it?
george-flaxman
george-flaxman
Oct 28 2015
2.36
0.0
Oct 28 2015
0.0
Version: 2.36
Hi, I have used xAct for some time, and today my Mac Mini told me that "PowerPC" applications are no longer supported ?. I've just tried to download the latest version and it just hangs. Can anyone advise ?.
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
Aug 7 2015
2.36
0.0
Aug 7 2015
0.0
Version: 2.36
Can someone other than the clearly biased Markoh provide a comparison as to why this is better than XLD for transcoding? I see it does checksumming, but that's something I don't use. I do a lot of FLAC to AAC conversions and have used XLD almost exclusively, but I've also tried Switch and others. I've found XLD easy to use including splitting with .cue files, so why might I prefer using xACT (other than the rad icon)?
Markoh
Markoh
Jun 11 2015
2.36
0.5
Jun 11 2015
0.5
Version: 2.36
The latest version of xACT still hasn't convinced me that it's better than another better alternative, which has 67 likes in the "Similar Software" section. As one reviewer already mentioned, xACT isn't intuitive when it comes to splitting a single file with a CUE sheet. I even tried this but failed. Is there a way? If so, could the developer give a hint as to how it's accomplished with xACT? Cheers in advance!
RogerMP
RogerMP
Jan 26 2015
2.35
5.0
Jan 26 2015
5.0
Version: 2.35
Great App
musiclover408
musiclover408
Dec 26 2014
2.35
0.0
Dec 26 2014
0.0
Version: 2.35
I've heard that you can use this program to take a single flac file and split it into the individual tracks. I do have the cue sheet. I just can't seem to figure out how to easily use this program to accomplish this mission. Thanks so much for the help and Happy Holidays!!
Markoh
Markoh
Dec 11 2014
2.35
0.5
Dec 11 2014
0.5
Version: 2.35
I had another shot with xACT (2.35) to see if the CD extraction is better than that of another application (which I won't mention so that the xACT DEV won't have another breakdown). Extracting CDs with xACT seems to be slower. What could I be doing wrong? Is it a simple pref thingy, or is xACT not as good with CD extraction compared to a similar application?
Markoh
Markoh
Aug 29 2014
2.33
0.5
Aug 29 2014
0.5
Version: 2.33
Nope. Sorry. I tried out xACT but it still doesn't beat X Lossless Decoder.
Milmascaras
Milmascaras
Aug 18 2014
2.33
5.0
Aug 18 2014
5.0
Version: 2.33
Still my "go to" app for the "Fix SBE" function to process my needledrops, and for the "Checksum" operations, to verify audio files, and to verify checksum files. (These very essential and necessary options are Not handled by XLD, which is still my "other" go to app.) As an advanced user, I give both xACT and XLD 5 stars, as each has its own unique place in my workflow, and much respect to both developers, for all these years of fantastic FREE tools!!
Markoh
Markoh
Aug 18 2014
2.33
0.5
Aug 18 2014
0.5
Version: 2.33
Is there a distinguishable difference between "LAME VBR -q 2 V0" & "LAME VBR -q 0 ? xACT offers the highest quality (-q 0,0) while XLD only offers (-q 2). I ripped a CD using -q 0,0 (xACT) and -q 2 (XLD), and the end result were the exact same bitrates but -q 0,0 did spit out slightly larger files (MBs). Is there an audible difference?
Markoh
Markoh
Aug 12 2014
2.32
0.5
Aug 12 2014
0.5
Version: 2.32
xACT still doesn't beat X Lossless Decoder.
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Aug 1 2014
2.31
4.0
Aug 1 2014
4.0
Version: 2.31
xACT is a perennially great audio format interchange app for Mac. I've been using it for many years and enjoy all its features. The only complaints I have about xACT at this time are: 1) It can't handle compressed AIFF files, aka AIFC. That's odd. 2) It can only create Joint Stereo MP3 files, never Stereo. That's odd. It's terrific that in includes LAME MP3 compression by default as LAME provides the best quality MP3s. But it should also provide a check box to allow for full stereo files. I have never liked Joint Stereo results. Meanwhile, for other purposes, what a great application for free! It's a must have.
Dellsuxx
Dellsuxx
May 30 2014
2.28
5.0
May 30 2014
5.0
Version: 2.28
Been using xAct for over 10 years and highly recommend this free powerful program to all. IMHO xAct is way better than most paid apps I've tried.
Markoh
Markoh
May 20 2014
2.28
0.5
May 20 2014
0.5
Version: 2.28
http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/23430/x-lossless-decoder
Oliv!er
Oliv!er
May 6 2014
2.27
5.0
May 6 2014
5.0
Version: 2.27
I use both and xAct has very important functionnalities for me to archive pro audio files
Markoh
Markoh
May 6 2014
2.27
0.5
May 6 2014
0.5
Version: 2.27
YAY! X Lossless Decoder 20140504 was released on 04.05.2014 :)
Markoh
Markoh
Apr 28 2014
2.26
0.5
Apr 28 2014
0.5
Version: 2.26
Just stick to X Lossless Decoder (XLD). Much better than xACT imho
bowlerboy-jmb
bowlerboy-jmb
Feb 11 2014
2.25
0.0
Feb 11 2014
0.0
Version: 2.25
The description of this software is a classical example of a programmer attempting to talk about his product, and it fails miserably because, as is typical of geeks who are too close to their work to really understand its value to others, the description discusses the product ONLY in terms of how he constructed it but never in terms of what the product does for a buyer. Developers (and others) who fail to understand that buyers don't really care what is under the hood, for they rarely understand the technical gobbledegook anyway. What buyers want to read is information that tells them in no uncertain terms how the product will serve the problems they have, how it will make their life better, why it is worth using. This inability to empathize with the customer is not limited only to software programmers. It occurs in all fields of business where product manufacturers fail to hire a professional copywriter to translate the features and benefits of the client's product into language that the rest of the world can understand. If the producer can't afford to hire a copywriter, it would be worth his time to at least buy a book, or do a Google search, for tips on how to promote one's work to others. No matter how well this product may work, its description does not do it justice. Take a different tack, developer. Talking about your product by listing all of the esoteric technologies you tossed into its engine will impress no one but the three other people on the planet who know what the hell you're talking about. You made an audio converter? Fine. Now figure out a way to convert your product description into something that makes sense.
Clifford
Clifford
Oct 22 2013
2.24
5.0
Oct 22 2013
5.0
Version: 2.24
Don't let the two dancing gremlins in front of a green iTunes icon fool you…this is a superb audio compression app. Thanks to the developer for maintaining and offering it completely free of charge.
Oliv!er
Oliv!er
Jun 24 2013
2.23
5.0
Jun 24 2013
5.0
Version: 2.23
Juste the best, the more acurate and complete audio compression application.
Oliv!er
Oliv!er
Jun 6 2013
2.23
5.0
Jun 6 2013
5.0
Version: 2.23
A very reliable encoder / decoder. For the pro audio users, the metadata of the bwf files will survive to a compression/expansion cycle with this soft. This is the best I know
marlow2689
marlow2689
Jan 19 2013
2.21
5.0
Jan 19 2013
5.0
Version: 2.21
Works exactly for the purposes I'd like. Straightforward and pretty thoughtful of the user in every process for which I've used it.
paulicca
paulicca
Nov 10 2012
2.20
4.5
Nov 10 2012
4.5
Version: 2.20
Always useful for converting flac to mp3 or aac. Constantly updated to new os! Thanks to the developer :-) Paolo
FZP
FZP
Oct 4 2012
2.20
0.0
Oct 4 2012
0.0
Version: 2.20
The download of version 2.20 results in a zip within a zip within a zip and so on file... on my macbook pro 10.7.5
Albabe
Albabe
Aug 8 2012
2.20
0.0
Aug 8 2012
0.0
Version: 2.20
Thanx for still supporting Snow Leopard!
Robotank
Robotank
Dec 28 2011
2.15
0.0
Dec 28 2011
0.0
Version: 2.15
Very useful app for me. primarily use XLD for ripping and transcoding, but xACT is my go-to app for editing metadata and verifying checksums for my FLAC collection. xACT seems to be a very capable ripper and transcoder as well, though I haven't tested these features extensively. Thanks to the dev for this free utility.
mrbrookman
mrbrookman
Dec 18 2011
2.15
5.0
Dec 18 2011
5.0
Version: 2.15
The app is working great. The multithreading works too, but why is it limited to 10 threads? Please adjust the limit to 24 threads. Thank you
Detto
Detto
Nov 9 2011
2.13
5.0
Nov 9 2011
5.0
Version: 2.13
This is such a gem! I always used shntool on Linux and OS X but stumbled upon this GUI for it, lucky me. It can decode and encode from/to almost any file and has many useful tools on board, just check it out. Basically I only use it for decoding FLAC files to WAV so I can import them into iTunes and convert them there into iTunes Plus AAC. Try it out, it's free! Decoded nearly 2000 songs with this application and never crashed on me or produced an error or faulty files.
Fixx
Fixx
Nov 6 2011
2.13
4.0
Nov 6 2011
4.0
Version: 2.13
Very nice tool. Only "complaint" is that I wish I could join files, embed at work and encode to mp3 at one go. Now I have to do it at stages, join to lossless first, tag the resulting file and finally use lossy tab to encode.
Barbieri13
Barbieri13
Oct 12 2011
2.13
0.0
Oct 12 2011
0.0
Version: 2.13
I am getting a large volume of music files from a friend and he said I will need something to decode .flac and .shn files and suggested a windows application, Traders little helper. Well I don't have Windows. Is this the software that I need? My husband is committed to getting every existing audio file for the Grateful Dead and JGB. I have little time for such things and need an easy way to help. Thanks
RavenNevermore
RavenNevermore
Jun 28 2011
2.13
5.0
Jun 28 2011
5.0
Version: 2.13
A wonderful and very useful application. I use it constantly. And, it's free! :)
brooksbruce
brooksbruce
Jun 22 2011
2.12
0.0
Jun 22 2011
0.0
Version: 2.12
Hi Scott. Let the laughter begin... I shamelessly refuse to purchase a new Mac, partly due to economic factors and partly due to pride, so therefore cannot run your wonderful app on my PowerBook G4 even though I am running OS 10.5.8 Do you have an older version available for download that is friendly to PowerPC? Would be greatly appreciated. All the Best, Brooks
Maelcum
Maelcum
May 1 2011
2.11
5.0
May 1 2011
5.0
Version: 2.11
Perfect. Could not live without it. Have not found anything that makes it so easy (under OS X) to switch from flac to mp3. Am following this through most incarnations since 1.71 (and OS X 10.4.something) and have not had a single problem with it. ever. thanks, Scott, for providing it in the first place. and even as a free app as well! much (!) appreciated.
Ian-R
Ian-R
Mar 27 2011
2.08
1.0
Mar 27 2011
1.0
Version: 2.08
dyld: unknown required load command 0x80000022 This is all I get, over and over again. I can't figure out for the life of me why. I wish I would have never updated this now. I can't do one single thing without it crashing on me. This was a great software. Now it's junk to me.
Michel-louette
Michel-louette
Mar 21 2011
2.08
4.5
Mar 21 2011
4.5
Version: 2.08
Great tool, i need it on a daily basis. But today's update (2.08) zip file seems to be corrupted: can't unzip it…
UrFauzt
UrFauzt
Mar 2 2011
2.07
5.0
Mar 2 2011
5.0
Version: 2.07
great tool for convert my recordings from wav to flac and to mp3, the new version also can handle metadata :)
Dire-Wolf
Dire-Wolf
Feb 17 2011
2.07
0.0
Feb 17 2011
0.0
Version: 2.07
First of all; Thanx Scott. This program IS "indispensable for the mac Audiophile". I used it all the time for a various number of tasks. I have thoroughly enjoyed, and appreciated its use up until now. This program was the backbone of my .shn music conversions. I'm on a mac mini (2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo) running 10.5.8. What do I have to do now to get this thing running? Maybe I missed the answer to Mvetter's and pzosa's comments on problems with the new build? A third of my music library is in .shn's and I desperately want it back. I'm getting the same error message. A little help or a pointer to a solution would gratefully improve my musical enjoyment. Thanx, Dire
Shallowp
Shallowp
Feb 13 2011
2.07
4.5
Feb 13 2011
4.5
Version: 2.07
Mainly use this for FLAC. Didn't tested the other codecs but I guess they are working.
natebeaty
natebeaty
Feb 5 2011
2.06
5.0
Feb 5 2011
5.0
Version: 2.06
Obviously designed by an engineer, but so what? As the developer says, it does what you need it to do, and it does it fast. I've been using 1.6.x for ages and didn't realize there was an update. 2.x is a huge step forward speed-wise, and keeps the utilitarian, straight-forward interface. Very much appreciate the software.
Mvetter
Mvetter
Nov 18 2010
2.05
0.0
Nov 18 2010
0.0
Version: 2.05
This program doesn't work at all. I have tried it on two separate OS's and nothing - error after error... too bad, i like the interface. common error: dyld: unknown required load command 0x80000022 dyld: unknown required load command 0x80000022 dyld: unknown required load command 0x80000022 dyld: unknown required load command 0x80000022 thanks!
mistacabbage
mistacabbage
Oct 31 2010
2.05
4.0
Oct 31 2010
4.0
Version: 2.05
Loving the new 64 bit Cocoa version. Hitting encode and watching the queue window popup using all the cores to the max = an awesome update. Now if only the FLAC fingerprint files would use the name of the .Txt file that exists in the directory and use only the .ffp extension instead of .ffp.txt
Dejmac
Dejmac
Oct 8 2010
2.03
1.0
Oct 8 2010
1.0
Version: 2.03
It is not a great app, but use it from time to time. One big problem - it doesn't keep tags intact! So, after using xACT, I have to write all tags again one after another. With this update came big surprise - xACT 2.03 is for 64-bit Intel processor only!? Why, there is no reason to quit 34-bit?! I tried to update my xACT version 2.02 to 2.03 and - what a surprise - I cannot run it!!! So, I had to download version 2.02 again, and to become very dissapointed... Once again - why this update is for 64-bit Intel only?!
SickTeddyBear
SickTeddyBear
Oct 4 2010
2.02
0.0
Oct 4 2010
0.0
Version: 2.02
xACT 1.71 (compatible with Leopard and PPC machines) can still be downloaded here: http://macfiles.brothersoft.com/Audio/audio_tools/xACT1.71.zip
Guest
Guest
Oct 1 2010
2.0
0.0
Oct 1 2010
0.0
Version: 2.0
I'm a longtime fan of xACT, and like most folks I love freeware developers. But I'm kinda shocked that they rewrote it "entirely from scratch in Objective C" and claim an "updated UI, new icons," etc., but it looks almost exactly the same as the previous version - as if designed by a committee that couldn't agree on anything, so they compromised by NOT designing anything. Even worse, it's just as unfathomable to noobs and even intermediate users as the previous version was, but amazingly, there's still no help files - not even online! It's as if they rewrote it only for the experts who already know how to use it, and they don't have any interest in making it accessible to a new generation of users. How hard would it be to put a little Help button in each section that yields a popup with 1 or 2 paragraphs describing that section's function? 1 or 2 days work? I'm disappointed.
Albabe
Albabe
Oct 1 2010
2.0
0.0
Oct 1 2010
0.0
Version: 2.0
Probably just a mistake... The RELATED LINK says it goes to 1.62... I assume it's there because it's supposed to be the last PPC version... except I have xACT 1.71 and it works on a PPC.
mistacabbage
mistacabbage
Sep 30 2010
2.0
4.0
Sep 30 2010
4.0
Version: 2.0
NIIIIIIIIIIIICEEEEEE!!!! I thought you were dead Scott!
Anomia
Anomia
Mar 4 2010
1.71
0.0
Mar 4 2010
0.0
Version: 1.71
This program, XLD, EasyWMA and Switch are my go to apps for music file conversion etc. thanks!
Aikousha
Aikousha
Mar 3 2010
1.71
0.0
Mar 3 2010
0.0
Version: 1.71
I'm quite confused with the yahoo-group routing as none of the questions seem to have anything to do with xACT... so... I was thrilled to see the "Auto-Name" function in the FLAC Tags area, until I tried to use it. It has major problems with double-quotes and Unicode characters. Unicode tends to get converted to "###" for each character, and quotes bollux the whole thing, and return error messages saying the tag writes to those files failed, due, most likely to a "missing file." Unfortunately, I'm not that familiar with FLAC tags, to know if double-quotes and unicode are forbidden. If there are limitations inherent in the actual tag layout, it might be best to include those in the dialog box that the title list goes into. On top of that, titles tend to get truncated quite frequently, and with no discernable reason (unless there are multiple reasons... characters, length, etc.). The Title "My, Oh My" was truncated to "My, " for example. And to continue with the automatic functions for tagging, maybe you could also add an "Auto-Number" for the track numbers. This would be massively helpful when I am archiving soundbites (as they tend to be short and easily can fit 99 on a CD). Things seem to be wonderful, otherwise. Thanks.
Alamak
Alamak
Dec 30 2009
1.71
4.0
Dec 30 2009
4.0
Version: 1.71
This program is excellent for splitting flac-cue or ape-cue files using the shntool frontend. This makes it a perfect addition to X Lossless Decoder (XLD) which I prefer for converting the splitted files to MP4 (.m4a). The user interfade is not self-explanatory but still much more comfortable than the naked UNIX tools behind the scenes. Thanks a lot to the programmer(s)!
Guest
Guest
Oct 18 2009
1.62
5.0
Oct 18 2009
5.0
Version: 1.62
Awesome!
Autodidact
Autodidact
Apr 9 2009
1.64
5.0
Apr 9 2009
5.0
Version: 1.64
I needed a program to convert .flac to something that iTunes could play. This met my needs and the program is free!
Demogorgon
Demogorgon
Dec 22 2008
1.64
0.0
Dec 22 2008
0.0
Version: 1.64
Running 10.5.6, MacBook Pro 15" Clicked shntool tab Clicked split button Selected wav output added my .ape file ... then clicked Call Shntool and got this odd output: sh: shntool: command not found How is this possible? I have shntool installed BOTH in my /opt/local/bin AND in the Contents/Resources/Binaries/bin of the app itself?
Verycarla
Verycarla
Aug 6 2008
1.64
0.0
Aug 6 2008
0.0
Version: 1.64
The CD ripping feature doesn't seem to work. I'm working with a clean, unscratched CD which I want to rip. I've had xAct 1.64 working for half an hour, and it's produced zero results. I don't hear any noise coming from the drive at all, and there should be something, as it's a fairly noisy drive. MacOS X 10.5.4, MacBook 1.83ghz Core Duo, 2gb RAM. Ripping to internal hard drive from internal CD-RW.
Iamnoskcaj
Iamnoskcaj
Sep 30 2007
1.62
0.0
Sep 30 2007
0.0
Version: 1.62
Does anyone know WHY Growl support was removed from v1.61?? From the notes of 1.62, it wasn't added back. Strange!
Jetcurieux
Jetcurieux
Aug 23 2007
1.62
5.0
Aug 23 2007
5.0
Version: 1.62
Excellent app. Concise and to the point. Makes transcoding a snap. Plus now LAME is integrated. To sum up in one word. Indespensable.
Anomia
Anomia
Aug 21 2007
1.62
0.0
Aug 21 2007
0.0
Version: 1.62
This and X Lossless Decoder are indispensable for the mac Audiophile! Thanks to both authors for jobs well-done, at a price everyone can afford!
Alidoro
Alidoro
Jun 9 2007
1.59
0.0
Jun 9 2007
0.0
Version: 1.59
Love it, great application
Aldorr
Aldorr
Feb 6 2007
1.59
0.0
Feb 6 2007
0.0
Version: 1.59
Thanks so much. I was trying to figure out what to do with some shn files! You're a big help.
Tobes
Tobes
Jan 21 2007
1.59
0.0
Jan 21 2007
0.0
Version: 1.59
Truly fantastic. Dear Developer, please don't stop!!!
Mbhockey
Mbhockey
Jan 5 2007
1.59
0.0
Jan 5 2007
0.0
Version: 1.59
This is a great program. I do not know what I'd do without it. Keep up the great work!!
Ca
Ca
Dec 15 2006
1.59
5.0
Dec 15 2006
5.0
Version: 1.59
Support for flac v1.1.3 and the possibility to create standard md5s for flac files? Cool! Thanks Scott!
Dan33185
Dan33185
Nov 4 2006
1.58
0.0
Nov 4 2006
0.0
Version: 1.58
I love this program,its one of the best ever for FLAC/SHN conversion,one feature I would like to see implemented is the ability to convert to MP3 as well.
Omniphipus
Omniphipus
Aug 22 2006
1.58
0.0
Aug 22 2006
0.0
Version: 1.58
a guide to ripping lossless FLAC files on mac. http://puddletowndesign.com/FLAC/macRipping.html
Mthhurley
Mthhurley
Jun 26 2006
1.58
0.0
Jun 26 2006
0.0
Version: 1.58
For someone that has just migrated from PC to Mac, one of my biggest concerns was finding good tools to deal with SHN's and FLAC's. Well this is it! Awesome interface. Thanks Scott! (and thanks for taping too, assuming this is the same Scott Brown).
jcraig
jcraig
May 30 2006
1.58
5.0
May 30 2006
5.0
Version: 1.58
Excellent tool. Universal as well!
Aanhorn
Aanhorn
May 7 2006
1.58
4.8
May 7 2006
4.8
Version: 1.58
xACT has replaced both Shorten and FLACer in my audio toolkit, also, it's native on Intel Macs for a degree of future compatibility, unlike other tools. Other than some rare stability issues, xACT does what it says well and is a valuable tool for any Mac users wrestling with the myriad lossless audio formats on the internet.
Macmusicman
Macmusicman
May 1 2006
1.57
5.0
May 1 2006
5.0
Version: 1.57
Simply invaluable. All my shn & flac converting needs in one place. And free, taboot! Now, if only someone would write QT plugins for shn & flac so I can play them directly in iTunes.
Buhbye
Buhbye
Dec 21 2005
1.55
5.0
Dec 21 2005
5.0
Version: 1.55
Elegant, slick, fast, reliable, and free! It does the job when three or four other FLACistic utilities fail to do anything but launch and endlessly spin a "busy" indicator. The smooth fade-in at launch is nice. I love simple utilities that do exactly what they're supposed to do, but have the grace to look pretty while doing it. If it only had built-in TiVo support, could mix chocolate martinis, and troubleshoot my car's braking issues, it would be perfect.
Guest
Guest
Nov 20 2005
1.5b3
5.0
Nov 20 2005
5.0
Version: 1.5b3
great product, does exactly what it says quickly, efficiently, and I've not had a single problem using it (except for bad files, which isn't the fault of the app), and I've used it for over a year... thanks guys for such a great program!!!
Guest
Guest
Oct 27 2005
1.5b3
5.0
Oct 27 2005
5.0
Version: 1.5b3
Hello I am still using xAct 1.4b24, but noticed something odd when playing around with the Flac Tag tool of this pack. All the available tagging fields matched up with the equivalent fields found within the MediaRage tag utility except "disc". When a .flac "disc" field is edited in xAct, the changes do not show up in the "disc" field after the same file is opened in MediaRage. In a similar fashion, when a .flac file's "disc" field is edited in MediaRage the changes do not show up in xAct. All other fields of the tag will modify appropriately, why not "disc"? Thanks for sharing the free application!
Guest
Guest
Oct 4 2005
1.5b3
5.0
Oct 4 2005
5.0
Version: 1.5b3
I love this app. It does exactly what it is supposed to do which is to decode/encode a bunch of lossless audio files. Thanks.
Guest
Guest
Sep 19 2005
1.5b3
5.0
Sep 19 2005
5.0
Version: 1.5b3
OK this is so great! Thanks
Guest
Guest
Sep 17 2005
1.5b3
5.0
Sep 17 2005
5.0
Version: 1.5b3
easy, simple, fast, free: great.
Guest
Guest
May 8 2005
1.4b28
0.0
May 8 2005
0.0
Version: 1.4b28
An excellent application! only grievance: it doesn't accept when there are letters with accents in filenames. It's rather a bother having to un-accent every single file when converting French music, for example... Otherwise: I wish all utilities were as stable, fast, and inexpensive as this. PS - I AM aware that it is mostly a UI for routines that are already built into OS X. But it is great that Xact enables non-CLI nerds to use them, too.
Guest
Guest
May 5 2005
1.4b27
5.0
May 5 2005
5.0
Version: 1.4b27
Please add TTA support, TTA is a lossless audio compressor under the GPL license. here more information: http://www.true-audio.com/ It will be great.
Guest
Guest
May 2 2005
1.4b26
5.0
May 2 2005
5.0
Version: 1.4b26
Cool App! Please, add ability to split ".ape" or ".wav" files by ".cue". After that it will be 100% coolest app for this role.
Guest
Guest
Feb 10 2005
1.4b23
5.0
Feb 10 2005
5.0
Version: 1.4b23
What more can I say, simply the best!!!
Guest
Guest
Feb 10 2005
1.4b23
5.0
Feb 10 2005
5.0
Version: 1.4b23
Any chance normalize could be put inthe feature set - as far as I can tell, it's the only reliable way to get audio files truly batch normalized, but for now, it's Terminal only.
Guest
Guest
Feb 9 2005
1.4b23
5.0
Feb 9 2005
5.0
Version: 1.4b23
Please add TTA support please!!
Guest
Guest
Feb 3 2005
1.4b21
5.0
Feb 3 2005
5.0
Version: 1.4b21
bug fixes to come in new b23 version
Guest
Guest
Jan 30 2005
1.4b21
5.0
Jan 30 2005
5.0
Version: 1.4b21
How about Musepack (MPC) support?
Guest
Guest
Jan 29 2005
1.4b21
5.0
Jan 29 2005
5.0
Version: 1.4b21
can you include TTA (a GPL lossless audio compressor)? http://www.true-audio.com/ it would be amazing!
Guest
Guest
Jan 27 2005
1.4b20
5.0
Jan 27 2005
5.0
Version: 1.4b20
The new archive works perfectly. The author was very fast!! Great!
Guest
Guest
Jan 27 2005
1.4b20
5.0
Jan 27 2005
5.0
Version: 1.4b20
I deleted it and re-uploaded. try again not sure what happened
Guest
Guest
Jan 27 2005
1.4b20
5.0
Jan 27 2005
5.0
Version: 1.4b20
seems to be corrupted, app won´t start after download.
Guest
Guest
Jan 15 2005
1.3
5.0
Jan 15 2005
5.0
Version: 1.3
Wonderful App, unfortunately the MacUpdate link though doesn't seem to be working. I did a little reasearch you should be able to find it here http://etree.org/software/xACT.dmg.gz
Guest
Guest
Nov 18 2004
1.3
5.0
Nov 18 2004
5.0
Version: 1.3
Perfect to convert APE files in AIFF files
Guest
Guest
Oct 9 2004
1.3
5.0
Oct 9 2004
5.0
Version: 1.3
just downloaded. great program, thanks!
Guest
Guest
Jun 30 2004
1.3
5.0
Jun 30 2004
5.0
Version: 1.3
I used to use MacFlac and Shorten, but it looks like this is all I'll ever need from now on. I haven't tested everything out yet, but I ran a test decoding some flac files against MacFlac. With the three files I used, this took under a minute and MacFlac took over two and a half minutes! Wow, huge difference! I'm glad I found this.
Guest
Guest
Jun 26 2004
1.3
5.0
Jun 26 2004
5.0
Version: 1.3
with the help of the author I finally worked out the problem. Great application for checking sector boundaries.
Guest
Guest
Jun 26 2004
1.3
5.0
Jun 26 2004
5.0
Version: 1.3
I like this easy and good working client xACT. But I am very sorry about some disfunction: with the shntools I check the sector boundary, very helpful to burn CDs in the right way. With 10.3.4. I am not able any more to check on aiff files which I newerly imported to HD this boundaries. The result window is empty. This shntools is soo useful for me. Are there any hints what went wrong?
Guest
Guest
Jun 6 2004
1.3
5.0
Jun 6 2004
5.0
Version: 1.3
Xact is great!! It does what it's supposed to do very well and even supports Monkey's Audio. The one feature I'm hoping for is conversion to the new Apple Lossless format.... .shn -->applelossless would be the mutz nutz!!
Free
4.3
0.0
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  • OS X 10.9.0 or later
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