xACT
xACT
2.48

4.5

xACT free download for Mac

xACT

2.48
09 October 2019

Audio compression toolkit.

Overview

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 2.48:
  • Made fully 64 bit (and notarized) for macOS Catalina support
  • Fixed multiselect bugs on the Tags tab
  • Added preference to open last used tab on launch
  • Fixed Year and Total Tracks bug for mp3 files
  • Fixed mp3 “Album Artist” bug
  • Album artwork on the tags tab is limited to 16MB in size. If an image is larger, xACT will shrink it down.
  • DVD-AUDIO support is on hold until I can get it fully 64 bit. If you still need dvd-audio, use a previous version or use Fabrice Nicol’s new front end.

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Clifford
22 October 2013

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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.
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Version 2.24
TomLoredo
19 January 2019
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.
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Version 2.47
DJSquint
02 August 2018
Average audio encoder tool with about worse GUI ever created. But hey, it is free so why complaining. ;-)
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Version 2.46
Anthony-Jr-
01 August 2018
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.
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Version 2.46
joe-m-noel
30 April 2018
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.
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Version 2.44
1 answer(s)
joe-m-noel
joe-m-noel
30 April 2018
I forgot add that this happens with both JPEG & PNG type flies. JPEG when inserted one track at a time works without stripping the color. PNG does not work with way.
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pettifogger0712
25 February 2018
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 :-)
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Version 2.44
1 answer(s)
joe-m-noel
joe-m-noel
30 April 2018
Has this bug been fixed?? It never use to happen till the;latest version of High Sierra (10.13.4) I have been able to get around this big by adding the artwork one track at a time, but now that seems to not work.
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scott-133
21 December 2017
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.
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Version 2.41
hfso
30 March 2017
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.
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Version 2.39
2 answer(s)
hfso
hfso
30 March 2017
Clarifying "custom tags" not "custom tabs"
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Scott Brown
Scott Brown
25 August 2017
"Custom Tags" should bring up a second window where you can enter in tag info. Then you still click "write tags" in the main window
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VE
22 February 2017
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?
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Version 2.39
1 answer(s)
VE
VE
22 February 2017
OK, I've already found it:

http://www.videohelp.com/software/xAct-
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george-flaxman
28 October 2015
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 ?.
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Version 2.36
2 answer(s)
Markoh
Markoh
02 March 2017
You should give XLD a shot. I find it to be a tad superior than xACT
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Scion777
Scion777
17 September 2018
works fine in Snow Leopard -- High Sierra, so it's you, somehow - try reinstalling Mac OS X and update to the latest version of xAct
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Big Johnson
07 August 2015
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)?
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Version 2.36
2 answer(s)
RavenNevermore
RavenNevermore
09 February 2017
One is not better than the other. They both use the built in UNIX tools. It depends on which interface you like. I use xACT most of the time, and sometimes I use XLD. xACT has a nicer GUI in my opinion. XLD is good for batch tagging while decoding, and splitting up CUE files. Use whichever one you like.
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
12 February 2017
Thanks for the reply.

Just from the screenshot, I can say I prefer XLD’s GUI.
There are no screenshots on the dev’s site (and only one ancient one on the XLD website).
I don’t even know what TTA is.
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4.5

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.9.0 or later
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