xACT
xACT 2.25
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xACT stands for X Audio Compression Toolkit. It 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 (1.3.0), wavpack (4.60.1), TTA (3.4.1), Opus 0.1.6, cdda2wav 3.0 (with paranoia support) and dvda-author (v09.05). It also uses sox (14.3.1), LAME 3.99.5, AtomicParsley 0.9.0, TagLib and mp4v2. 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
Version 2.25:
  • Tags tab now shows common tags if multiple files selected.
  • Apple Lossless > AIFF copies tags
  • When tagging files, if the selected files contain no album art tag and are all in the same directory, xACT will look for a single image file in that directory and prompt the user to use it. If there are multiple images in the directory, xACT will not try use any image.
  • Speed improvement when encoding to AAC, Apple Lossless and MP3
  • Fix for channel layout when converting multichannel (> 2) files to AAC
  • Fixed bug where track total didn’t clear out on flac files when "write empty tags" selected
Version 2.25:
  • Tags tab now shows common tags if multiple files selected.
  • Apple Lossless > AIFF copies tags
  • When tagging files, if the selected files contain no album art tag and are all in the same directory, xACT will look for a single image file in that directory and prompt the user to use it. If there are multiple images in the directory, xACT will not try use any more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later





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xACT User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Bowlerboy_jmb commented on 11 Feb 2014
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.
[Version 2.25]

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Oliv!er replied on 09 Mar 2014
there are no buyers for this software as it is a freeware.
The xACT developper show you the codecs used in his application, what do you want more ? If you attempt about devs they take your hand on the mouse you should watch about payware that they do not make a better job but without use your brain.
Last thing, Scott, the dev, is a very nice guy and if you have an idea for a new feature, do not hesitate to ask him.
I am french, excuse for my poor english.
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Scottbrown replied on 31 Mar 2014
I'm not sure how calling me a geek is really going to solve your problem.

xACT is also 100% free, so no one is forced to "buy" anything.

If you have a problem or a suggestion with the software, all you have to do is email me. There's a link right there when the app launches to do that. No need to go on a tirade on macupdate.

People email me all the time with suggestions. If a suggestion makes sense and will benefit users, I usually try to put it in a future version.
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Clifford reviewed on 22 Oct 2013
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.
[Version 2.24]


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Oliv!er reviewed on 24 Jun 2013
Juste the best, the more acurate and complete audio compression application.
[Version 2.23]


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Oliv!er reviewed on 05 Jun 2013
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
[Version 2.23]


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marlow2689 reviewed on 19 Jan 2013
Works exactly for the purposes I'd like. Straightforward and pretty thoughtful of the user in every process for which I've used it.
[Version 2.21]


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Paulicca reviewed on 10 Nov 2012
Always useful for converting flac to mp3 or aac.
Constantly updated to new os!

Thanks to the developer :-)

Paolo
[Version 2.20]


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Albabe commented on 08 Aug 2012
Thanx for still supporting Snow Leopard!
[Version 2.20]


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Robotank commented on 28 Dec 2011
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.
[Version 2.15]

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RavenNevermore replied on 26 Dec 2012
It's easier to use for transcoding than XLD IMO.
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mrbrookman reviewed on 17 Dec 2011
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
[Version 2.15]


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Detto reviewed on 09 Nov 2011
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.
[Version 2.13]

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Echorob replied on 06 Dec 2011
Why not just use XLD is far superior to this it can also go straight to iTunes plus from Flac.
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Detto replied on 06 Dec 2011
@Echorob: why is XLD superior? I don't need ripping, auto tagging and all that. Back in the days I always used and still use shntool because it' simple, can be used in scripts and always worked without a problem. Without xAct I'd still use the terminal shntool.
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Penguirl replied on 06 Dec 2011
Like Echorob said, it's better to transcode a file once than twice.
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Detto replied on 06 Dec 2011
@Penguirl: Please elaborate on this (false) assumption.
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Penguirl replied on 06 Dec 2011
@Detto Sounds like you've already got your mind made up, I'm not going to argue with you in the comments. Contact me on twitter if you want to go back & forth.
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Echorob replied on 06 Dec 2011
There is no need to decode FLAC to Wav then add to iTunes and convert to AAC (iTunes Plus) then have to delete the WAV files from iTunes. XLD can turn your FLAC files into AAC and add them to iTunes keeping all metadata.
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Detto replied on 06 Dec 2011
@Echorob: Yeah I'm aware of that, but thanks anyway. I just prefer shntool because keeping metadata is sth I never do anyway. I integrate those fresh clean AAC Plus files myself into my growing library and tag manually. I hate searching and reorganizing every single file because of missing or wrong tags. Made too many bad experiences that way, thus my statement in the beginning that I don' need XLD's features.
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Echorob replied on 07 Dec 2011
Just say that you prefer to do things the long way around. XLD will make your process simpler. Thats your choice though if you prefer to use xACT and do it the longer more complicate way.
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RavenNevermore replied on 10 Dec 2011
I have to agree with everyone here. I use xACT to convert FLAC to AAC, and there's no need to convert to WAV first, because in fact, that's exactly what xACT does while it's converting.

So Detto, it's superior because it's doing it all in one step and saving you time. xACT is doing the same terminal commands for you. Just because it has features you don't need doesn't mean you have to use them.

I don't have xACT out them in iTunes. I do that myself, but it's way faster having this do all the work.
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(developer) replied on 13 Dec 2011
not sure why Echorob is so against xACT. XLD doesn't do shntool commands...
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Fzp had trouble on 04 Oct 2012
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
[Version 2.20]


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Barbieri13 had trouble on 12 Oct 2011
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
[Version 2.13]


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brooksbruce had trouble on 21 Jun 2011
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
[Version 2.12]


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Demogorgon had trouble on 21 Dec 2008
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?
[Version 1.64]


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VeryCarla had trouble on 05 Aug 2008
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.
[Version 1.64]



RodrigoT7166 rated on 03 Dec 2013

[Version 2.24]



Wombatman rated on 17 Nov 2013

[Version 2.24]



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Oliv!er rated on 20 Oct 2013

[Version 2.24]



Johnc119 rated on 05 Aug 2013

[Version 2.23]



Halber-Mensch rated on 23 Jul 2013

[Version 2.23]



Oolong rated on 05 May 2013

[Version 2.23]



+27

Curdaneta rated on 09 Apr 2013

[Version 2.22]



+8

Widber rated on 06 Apr 2013

[Version 2.22]



-9

xefned rated on 06 Mar 2013

[Version 2.21]



+87

Masterminter rated on 27 Dec 2012

[Version 2.21]


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Version Downloads:8,755
Type:Multimedia Design : Audio
License:Free
Date:10 Feb 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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xACT stands for X Audio Compression Toolkit. It 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 (1.3.0), wavpack (4.60.1), TTA (3.4.1), Opus 0.1.6, cdda2wav 3.0 (with paranoia support) and dvda-author (v09.05). It also uses sox (14.3.1), LAME 3.99.5, AtomicParsley 0.9.0, TagLib and mp4v2. It executes the basic commands of these applications and adds other features to speed up productivity in creation/use of etree.org standard filesets.


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