xACT

Flexible audio compression toolkit

Audio compression tools don't come much more powerful than xACT. View full description

PROS

  • Powerful audio compression features
  • Supports a wide range of formats
  • Drag and drop files into Dock icon

CONS

  • No developer site or help guide

Good
7

Audio compression tools don't come much more powerful than xACT.

xACT stands for X Audio Compression Toolkit. It is based on a simple GUI written in AppleScript Studio and supports everything from FLAC to, Md5Sum. It can be not only be used for compression, but also for cutting and joining files such as SHN, FLAC, WAV and AIFF. You can even edit meta data in FLAC tags one by one or or in batches. Apart from compress, you can also obviously decompress between various lossless audio formats.

To process a file, simply drag it to the xACT icon in the Dock. Be warned however that xACT is quite a technical application with absolutely no help file. There doesn't seem to be any developer site either so beyond simple compression and decompression, you may have problems with it.

xACT is a very powerful audio compressor and decompressor but it can be a little difficult to work-out without any kind of user guide.

Changes

  • Added option to auto-create ffp file when fixing sector boundary errors and outputting to FLAC format
  • Fixed bug when fixing sector boundary errors and outputting to SHN format with md5.
  • xACT now reads album art from AIFF files.
  • Fixing AIFF or FLAC files now retains all of the metadata tags.
  • Custom tags now saved on each keystroke
  • Very primitive support for encoding to Opus format (lossy tab)
  • xACT will prevent the computer from going to sleep while there are tasks running

— User reviews — about xACT

  • lostinmedia

    by lostinmedia

    "great update!"

    Since I did the upgrade, I can't decode any files, any suggestions??? Restarted my computer, still didn't work. More.

    reviewed on May 17, 2012

  • dpa4022

    by dpa4022

    "does exactly what it says it does"

    to the reviewer who said it's not multithreaded: yes it is. it uses multiple threads and multiple cores. to the review... More.

    reviewed on May 24, 2011

  • simweb

    by simweb

    "Great App, but needs CPU multi threading and 64 bit code."

    Your app is supiriour for audio conversion on the Mac. I have a Mac Pro , dual CPU. Your app only use one CPU thread! I... More.

    reviewed on May 22, 2011

  • Dire Wolf

    by Dire Wolf

    "dyld: unknown required load command 0x80000022"

    dyld: unknown required load command 0x80000022 dyld: unknown required load command 0x80000022 dyld: unknown required loa... More.

    reviewed on February 16, 2011