xACT
xACT
2.47

4.5

xACT

xACT

2.4717 September 2018

Audio compression toolkit.

xACT
Free
17 September 2018

4.5

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xACT

xACT

2.4717 September 2018

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 2.47:
  • Fixed washed out image issue in macOS High Sierra for AAC/ALAC

Requirements for xACT

  • Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later

138 Reviews

Rate this app:

22 October 2013

Most helpful

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.
Like (6)
Version 2.24
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.
Like
Version 2.47
02 August 2018
Average audio encoder tool with about worse GUI ever created. But hey, it is free so why complaining. ;-)
Like
Version 2.46
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.
Like
Version 2.46
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.
Like (1)
Version 2.44
1 answer(s)
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.
Like
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 :-)
Like
Version 2.44
1 answer(s)
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.
Like
28 December 2017
Like
Version 2.42
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.
Like (2)
Version 2.41
16 September 2017
Like
Version 2.41
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.
Like (1)
Version 2.39
2 answer(s)
hfso
30 March 2017
Clarifying "custom tags" not "custom tabs"
Like
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
Like (1)
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?
Like (1)
Version 2.39
1 answer(s)
VE
22 February 2017
OK, I've already found it:

http://www.videohelp.com/software/xAct-
Like
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4.5

Category:

Multimedia Design

Audio

Developer Website:
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Downloaded & Installed 783,375 times

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4.5

Category:

Multimedia Design

Audio

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Downloaded & Installed 783,375 times

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138 Reviews

Rate this app:

22 October 2013

Most helpful

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.
Like (6)
Version 2.24
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.
Like
Version 2.47
02 August 2018
Average audio encoder tool with about worse GUI ever created. But hey, it is free so why complaining. ;-)
Like
Version 2.46
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.
Like
Version 2.46
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.
Like (1)
Version 2.44
1 answer(s)
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.
Like
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 :-)
Like
Version 2.44
1 answer(s)
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.
Like
28 December 2017
Like
Version 2.42
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.
Like (2)
Version 2.41
16 September 2017
Like
Version 2.41
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.
Like (1)
Version 2.39
2 answer(s)
hfso
30 March 2017
Clarifying "custom tags" not "custom tabs"
Like
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
Like (1)
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?
Like (1)
Version 2.39
1 answer(s)
VE
22 February 2017
OK, I've already found it:

http://www.videohelp.com/software/xAct-
Like