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xACT for Mac

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xACT for Mac serves as a graphical wrapper for several Unix command line audio utilities. It includes tools such as encoders, decoders, checksum verifiers, tag editors, batch filename editors, CD extractors, and more. Overall, the utility feels snappy and performs well, being a handy all-in-one solution for audiophiles.

xACT for Mac separates its different command line utilities into tabs. Since these are completely independent of each other, you can run operations in several tabs, simultaneously. Here's what we did: in the first tab we decoded a three-minute FLAC file to a WAV, in the second we converted the WAV file to an M4A, and in the third we successfully checked the integrity of the original FLAC file by analyzing its FLAC fingerprint. The next two tabs contain utilities that generate various reports and fix errors such as sector boundaries. In the Tag tab you can edit the different tags in a track. The utility tab contains functions like batch file renaming and CD extraction. The last tab contains a lossy encoder where you can convert files to MP3 and AAC.

If you're an audiophile and want to convert your audio library to a different format or check file integrity, you'll find xACT for Mac extremely useful, since it saves you the trouble of fiddling with terminal and command line applications. Due to its streamlined interface, even casual users may find the app useful, especially the tag editor. The processing and conversion speeds won't disappoint you, either.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy .flac to mp3"

    December 29, 2008  |   By saustrabeck

    Version: xACT 1.62

    Pros

    Easy tool to convert .flac audio to mp3 on Mac OS X with iTunes using instructions from here: http://www.simplehelp.net/2006/07/15/how-to-convert-flac-files-to-mp3-using-os-x/

    Cons

    None so far as I could tell.

    Summary

    Easy tool for converting .flac audio files.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great, great . . ."

    November 13, 2006  |   By jenningsaske

    Version: xACT 1.58

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    A great application . . . .

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Essential ..."

    November 2, 2006  |   By Herwig Henseler

    Version: xACT 1.58

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    for me since I decode lots of FLAC/SHN. Easy to use, no problems encountered. Has a permanent place in my dock.

    Thanks for supplying such a great utility for free!

    Herwig

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  • 5.0 stars

    "excellent program"

    April 24, 2006  |   By zepplin100

    Version: xACT 1.57

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Big thanks to the program's developer, you rock! I use this program a lot and I really can't think of too many complaints. Its been mostly used for decoding (FLAC to AIFF), and I've never had this application quit, nor have I had any file errors after converting, ever. It is very fast too - on my 1.67GHz Powerbook, I can decode an entire album in seconds! My old 1Ghz iMacG4 takes longer about 5 minutes or so. Although not perfect, I don't hesitate to give xACT a 5 star rating, although 4.8 would be more appropriate.

    improvement suggestions:
    1. see other posts
    2. when busy decoding, xACT seems like its locked up - I can't minimize/hide or bring it to the front by clicking dock icon. Its not a big deal when I do it on the Powerbook since its so fast, on the iMac however, it can get a little annoying. One solution/feature, would be to allow simultaneous [decoding] processes. This would be especially great for older machines. Perhaps allowing the user to at least queue up a set of files to be decoded - matter of fact, I think this would be great feature to add. Currently, I feel like I babysit xACT. I have to wait until its done with current decode to load it with more files, this gets irritating since dock icon acts funny.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Super Job!"

    February 9, 2006  |   By paulc

    Version: xACT 1.56

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This is an excellent tool that bundles a bunch of tools into one seamless GUI package. Not only that, but the developer is quick to respond and is very helpful... all the while not making a dime off us!

    Absolutely should be in the arsenal of anyone who every does anything with audio files.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great app"

    October 22, 2005  |   By ma meeshka mow skwoz

    Version: xACT 1.5b3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This is the only GUI app I'm aware of wich kan convert .ape files to iTunes readable files (.wav/.aiff). Now I don't have to use VPC or the terminal anymore to convert .ape files. Thanx!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A Lifesaver!"

    September 14, 2005  |   By key-lime

    Version: xACT 1.4b28

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    What a fantastic app. Simple, easy-to-use interface lets me convert all my FLAC files into formats that iTunes understands -- all without a loss in sound quality.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Nice piece of kit."

    September 5, 2005  |   By jef van rijswijk

    Version: xACT 1.4b28

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This application does it's job superbly, quickly and without fuss.

    I don't know what the previous poster's problem is, but I suggest he perform a radical maintenance overhaul of his System.

    I for one am very impressed with xACT. Recommended!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "thankyou..."

    July 7, 2005  |   By c_freq

    Version: xACT 1.4b28

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    free software that's brought sound-board quality Trey, right into my bedroom? decoded entirley in less than 10 min?
    im wicked f#*kin'n impressed.
    thankyou. From the bottom of my phish lovin' heart.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Finally"

    June 18, 2005  |   By Quagerq

    Version: xACT 1.4b28

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Finally a flac decoder that works,

    after trying macflac and FLACer

    xACT did the job

    seems to be the only Free flac decoder that
    "just works" on Tiger

    Thanks for the great app

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