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dBpoweramp Music Converter (dMC): Version Changes

Release 15.1

Changed overwrite page so works on non-standard windows (onshow was called twice)
Can enter a dynamic naming string of more than 1000 characters
Acquire from scanner, works on 64 bit system where does not have 64 bit scanner drivers
Batch Converter: auto expands tree item on selection
Batch Converter: if started from a location cannot find in network, it is added anyhow
Conversion error and info page now accepts escape key to close
64 bit installation will clean parts of the 32 bit install which would cause a conflict if left
FLAC ID tags updated to preserve all \r in lyric tag
m4a decoder optimized for fast property reading
Professional Frequency conversion enabled for all routines
Popup info tip no longer shows a negative compression ratio (was previously possible with rounding errors)
CD Ripper: artist column always shown, even if not a compilation
CD Ripper: submit to AMG and AMG settings page removed as no longer relevant
Comments with multi lines, for mp3 are written to a single comment tag (was previously multiple comment tags)
m4a decoder update is now compatible with converting audio from video m4a files

Bug Fixes

Property handler dll (64 bit) had a msvcrt100.dll dependency which has now been removed
mp3 files which were very short (mili seconds) would not decode
Batch Converter, if press space to select check in folder, it did not toggle correctly
CD Ripper: manual meta review page, if change an item such as artist when in compilation mode, then click the composer to all button the old artist value would appear
AIFF was possible for id tagger to corrupt the file
ALAC decoder would not work if file was 24 bit and 6 or more channels
if set dynamic naming to [origpath]\[origfilename] in music converter then list / rename, the output to filename would be blank
id3v2 tag writer would read a written rating of 1 as 0.5 (also 2 was affected)
wave-mp3 encoder now more compatible with other applications
cd ripper could crash whilst encoding
cd ripper >> column menu >> Default Columns works once more
Could lockup explorer whilst the edit tag page was shown on 64 bit Windows



Release 15

64 bit version
Has new configuration option to set location of temporary files (used for non-live DSP effects), new -tmpfolder="" option for CoreConverter.exe
m4a album art reader able to read incorrectly written art (from MAX)
m4a new FDK decoder is used
Batch Converter no longer checks drives for content on load.
new flac 1.3.0
flac has rating tagging option of 0-5 0-10 and 0-100 ranges
flac able to detect corrupted files without md5
new Wavpack 4.70.0
Monkeys Audio updated to 4.12
mp3 decoder is able to read through stream errors
mp3 id3 able to read and write TIPL (Involved People) and TMCL (Musician Credits)
mp3 id3 tagger writes COMMENT ITUNNORM for ITUNNORM
mp3 id3 fixed mapping of release time to release date
mp3 tagger will auto upgrade id3v1 tag to id3v2 if storing album art
Album Art (internet search) is able to search more art
Added a new [origdrive] naming variable, can be used instead of 'To Folder' in Music Converter
New Naming items [FRONTFOLDER] and [BACKFOLDER]
New Naming option: [IF]tag,condition,match,stringmatch,stringnomatch[]
Music Converter is more memory efficient with large number of tracks
Music Converter dmc - if converting 3 files and have 16 cores, only shows 3 conversion lines
Compatible with CUE Image Codec / DSP
Multi-Encoder will enable multi-core encoding in CD Ripper

Popup info tip is limited to 34 lines to stop the deletion dialog for Windows being off screen (top and bottom)
transform codecs (mp3, etc) do not show sample depth

Batch converter: only hides when Music Converter is ready to take over (previously with 100K tracks nothing would show whilst loading the tracks to music converter)
batch converter: Refresh detects deleted folders

All programs which write tags, now retries for longer

CD Ripper

musicbrainz album art supported
musicbrainz multiple artist names supported
new option 'ANSI (ISO-8859) Characters Only in Filename' on 'Filename Restricted Characters Page'
allow review metadata page even if did not get from internet
sort tags are now tied to a unsort tag (in that if perfectmeta chooses an element from amg, the corresponding sort tag would be used)
on metadata review page new captialize button (just first char) next to smart cap
new option to process fingerprints for accuraterip

Bug Fixes

m4a possible decoding deadlock / crash
m4a able to read 24 bit ALAC files where the file is incorrectly indicated as both 16 bit and 24 bit
m4a able to tag files with multiple trak chunks
aiff tagger - was possible to write a blank tag to the file which had the incorrect size
aiff tagger - writes unicode tags
wave ID3 tagger would not read tags which were indicated of a less size
was possible for encoding to lockup at 99% encoding (especially if using [multi-encoder])
cd eject code would not function correctly on some systems, taking 16 seconds to complete
core converter - a DSP effect removed the conversion will no longer silently fail
CD Ripper would truncate the album tag if contained '; '
CD Ripper if using File Name Restricted Characters to remove . from filename, the . for extension is no longer removed
CD Ripper custom tags would replace saved edited custom tag from dbcache
CD Ripper changing encoder or profile on 2nd CD ripper would effect first CD ripper


Release 14.4

Allows multi item tags to be stored in non standard fields, for example Arranger Item1; Item2 would be split when stored into FLAC
m4a tagging could set an Explicit or other rating by mistake
m4a tagging would display a title of 'ABC/DEF' as 2 split titles
mp3 tagging, better compatibility for ANSI & date with year
mp3 tagging, standard compliant behavior that most software does not support is now opt-in
mp3 tagging lyrics mapping fixed
mp3 tagging 'initial key' implemented
new command line -sourceisfloat for coreconverter.exe (also allows multi-encoder to send floating point to an encoder)
AIFF tagging fix (could indicate file was corrupted)
FLAC tagging bug fix, was writing ';' for comment when had multi-lines
FLAC tagging METADATA_BLOCK_PICTURE read as artwork (outside the flac tagging spec...)

Bug Fixes

[IF!EQUALS] was not working correctly
Wave id3 tagging fix (where could write an extra byte to the end of the file, giving a warning on wave decode)
Converting wave (LIST + id3 tagged file) >> wave would only write (id3 tag)
m4a tag writer was inefficient when trying to trim a huge tag (image as base64, for example) down to the allowed 255 chars
A badly corrupted FLAC file could cause the converter to terminate encode based on timeout, not reported errors
CD ripper - if reading ISRC and was not present for a track, then track+1 would not have ISRC read either
CD ripper, batch converter, would default their positions if moved to a certain display (on multi monitor systems)


Release 14.3

mp3 able to read / write v2.4 tags
mp3 decoder faster at decoding
mp3 Lame updated to 3.99.5
Versions for bundled codecs linked to dBpoweramp release
dbshell and other shell DLLs - code signed
mp3 Lame possible to supply custom extra cli values, also displays on advanced the final cli
FLAC defaults to not map Comment, Conductor, also new TRACKTOTAL and DISCTOTAL tags are written
FLAC better handles custom multiple item tag values
AIFF able to decode id3v2.4 tags
CD Ripper - prevent auto run removed in Windows 7 (not needed any more as cds are not autorun by default)
m4a Codec updated, Apple open source codec, improved iTunes tagging

Bug Fixes

CD Ripper - code to stop multiple access to drive query at same time
CD Ripper - correct musicbrainz ngs mapping ' to '
mp3 decoder could lockup with corrupted streams
AIFF tag reading (if tag was smaller than chunk)
Fixed issue causing BSOD on systems with Intel Storage Matrix driver installed (actually is a bug in Intels driver...)
64 bit tag editor, if file cannot be written then says so
Configuration Property Handler, it was still changing the explorer tag pane for disabled extensions


Release 14.2

Album Art Search from Internet Updated
MusicBrainz working with NGS changes, also updated to our new MusicBrainz server
CD Ripper - when showing Review Metadata page will indicate if cannot show for various reasons (metadata came from HDD cache, or PerfectMeta is disabled)
CoreConverter debug shows the file size after conversion and tagging
CoreConverter passes EXIT_SUCCESS or EXIT_FAILURE on exit
Music Converter remembers last 10 folders
ID Tag >> Album Art >> Load From File - defaults to the directory the file is
Added MusicBrainz ID tag to CD ripper
Added [discunique] to cd ripper naming
Added Pre-Emphasis & HDCD tags to CD ripper (requires Track Technical Column showing in CD Ripper)
Bug Fix: ALAC encoder writing correct internal sample count
Bug Fix: Uninstall could leave the Windows Property details page for previously registered formats (such as mp3) inoperable
Bug Fix: Ogg Album Art embedding, no longer base64 encodes with short text lines (\r\n)


Release 14.1

Property Handler by default does not register certain extensions (such as .mp4), these exclusions can be set in dMC Configuration
Property Extension now registers 'Title' for viewing in explorer
Added Period to Property Handler
Shell Extension, old popup info tip stored so when uninstalled is restored
Explorer ID Tag writer - if cannot write the tags has Retry, Cancel not just OK

CD Ripper

Improved Insert CD page (in relation to main form)
New option to set a maximum file size in KB, defaults to 256KB
Shows AccurateRip matches from other pressings in the log, upto 6 matches
Default secure output log named as: [rippedtopath]\[IFVALUE]album artist,[album artist],[IFCOMP]Various Artists[][IF!COMP][artist][][] - [album].txt
Default secure output log written as unicode
Click art work to review shown art at maximum size
Album art shown in display without the surrounding case
Meta Drop Menu - option to clear metadata
8KB Transfers (C2 Pointers over USB / Firewire) should work now in more instances
Multiple Sort Values shown in CD Ripper and Tag Editor as Item1; Item2 (previously was Item1{CR}Item2)
If CD Ripper is moved to another desktop then will retain the correct background
PerfectMeta downgrades an artist if is: Various Artist Various Artists Various
PerfectMeta downgrades when the number of tracks returned does not match the number of tracks on the disc
AccurateRip.dll v4 (collates disc TOCs, updated message about key disc cannot be used)

Batch Converter


Better Network browsing
Was possible to drag headers, but should not have been possible
Works with 'dBpoweramp Batch Convert' and UNC paths
Added the ReplayGain tags to the list page
Music Converter <> Multi-Encoder, now show true encoding speed when encoding to multiple formats
Multi-Encoder allows use of [encoder] in dynamic naming
Multi-Encoder works with Playlist Writer, Album ReplayGain (should be most items which previously did not work with multi-encoder)
Internet Album Retrieval Page optimized, also has a 'Sort Largest to Smallest' button
Manual Meta Review window has alternating white and light gray background rows, so is easier to compare words on the same row
Manual Meta Review: drawing speed enhancements
Background for Value-List fixed on White
ID3v2: mp3 tagging option: to store YYYY MM DD in the date
ID3v2: mp3 ArtistSort, ComposerSort - have to store multiples with '/' not CR
FLAC encoder wording changed, also includes a FLAC Uncompressed encoding option (which stores audio uncompressed, for those who want WAVE PCM but with better ID Tagging).
FLAC: ComposerSort, soloists, split internally correctly
m4a Tagging splits multi ComposerSort, artist sort correctly

Bug Fixes

Com Scripting in x64 - .ReadIDTag and .WriteIDTag would previously not work
Corrupted Album Art could freeze conversion
dBpoweramp Configuration can save settings for limited user account

Release 14

Major Features

  • CD Ripper - AccurateRip v2: able to check across pressings & improved CRC implementation

  • Reference can support up to 16 simultaneous CPUs when encoding

  • Choose Album Art button in CD Ripper - searches the internet for album art

  • Windows 7 & Vista audio property & thumbnail support (Details tab on properties, details section in Explorer & Explorer Columns)

  • Reference comes complete with time unlimited PerfectMeta

Music Converter & CD Ripper shows % on a Windows 7 taskbar
Encoder settings stored at start of conversion and used through-out conversion (allows a 2nd conversion to take place at the same time with different settings)
Multi-encoder added as standard
mp3 Sort Tags supported TSOA - Album, TSO2 - Album Artist, TSOP - Artist, TSOC - Composer and TSOT - Title (sam as iTunes)
mp3 year tag written as YYYY only
Scripting now 64 bit compatible
Explorer Shell - Audio Property tab shows correctly in X64 Windows
Professional Frequency Conversion enabled by default (option to disable removed)
.bwf added to wave decoder
Batch Converter supports Windows Libraries on Windows 7
PerfectMeta - matches [xxx] & (xxx), ' / ' & '/' as same
Naming - [IFCOMP] tests against anything that is not 'no' and 'false' rather than '1'
mp3 Lame Encoder - quality settings expanded to include half quality values (ie -V 4.5)
m4a Apple Lossless encoder and decoder included as standard
AIFF encoder & decoder included as standard
mp3 ID Tagging - Comment Tags (other than simple comment, such as iTunesNorm) are preserved, also language code correctly set for comment
mp3 ID Tagging - Lyrics ID3v2 tag (unsync) supported
Profiles for music converter (have to first enable in dBpoweramp Configuration >> Music Converter >> Enable Profiles in Converter), create profiles by selecting [Create New Profile] in the encoder box
Edit ID Tag page redesigned, Album art can be added to multiple files in one go, the add button allows adding art from: Internet, File, Scanner, etc
CD Ripper & Batch Converter - if move the page to another larger display the page is drawn correctly

CD Ripper

Secure Options >> new option: Cancel Disc Ripping After any Insecure Track
Right click on a track >> Detect Artists from Track Names
Gap detection and index detection implemented (new columns to add these items to the display), also used for the [Cue Sheet Image] and Audio CD - Gap Removal DSP
Options >> file name character replacement
Can drag and drop album art onto it
Default naming now: [IFVALUE]album artist,[album artist],[IFCOMP]Various Artists[][IF!COMP][artist][][]\[album]\[track] [artist] - [title]
freedb can split track specific artists when only indicated on a single track
Retrieves sort tags (does not write by default)
Added extra meta data fields
Added +50 and +100 offset to track number
Any metadata which came in Artist, the is replaced The Artist (before the rule to put to Artist, The)
New settings page for Meta >> dBpoweramp cache, option so can set size of cache (defaults to 6MB)
Info display defaults to on for first run
If have the technical column on then write to the log file (ie pre-emph will be written to the log)
Shows SonataDB when classical data comes from SonataDB (in manual meta review and popup meta info)

Bug Fixes

Xclass where make legal filename - where shorten a folder, this can leave a ' ' or . on the end which is not allowed
CD Ripper >> Review Metadata >> if 'To All' was clicked would only do for items on screen
CD ripper if enabled to over read but drive could not then it was possible to ask for 26 frames but the drive would return all 0's for the 26 frames, new code to ask for
all Bug Bug Fix: mp3 - if had id3v1 & apev2 tag at the end, could lead to reported stream errors
Checksum written to FLAC & mp3
Reads Blocks outside of lead out separately so even if the drive cannot over read it would not give zero data back for a large number of frames (and fail AR check)
When adding Album Art from a png file in the CD Ripper the picture is gray and show size 0x0 in the GUI. The written tag is OK.

Release 13.5

mp3 Lame updated to 3.98.4   (3.98.3 had issues creating corrupted mp3 files at certain bitrates)

Release 13.4

mp3 Lame updated to 3.98.3
FLAC: if 'AlbumArtist' and 'Album Artist' contain the same item duplicated, it only appears once
id3v2 tags split Soloist tag on '/' not \r
Resample can now convert 192Khz to 44.1KHz and 44.1 to 192Khz
CD Ripper - eject and media detection works with BluRay drives under Windows 7

Bug Fix: Single Track CDs detected again in CD Ripper
Bug Fix: CD Ripper could change CD drive assignment when a device removal or addition took place
Bug Fix: Batch Converter if clicked 'Convert' on the list page would not exclude unchecked files from conversion

Release 13.3

Secure ripper - fixed issue which could lead to 18KB files from an unsecure rip with c2 pointers
MusicBrainz performance improved
New option: CD Ripping >> Options >> Secure Settings >> 8KB Transfers (c2 Pointers over USB / Firewire)
All programs - menu selection improved (grey bar removed, uses light blue with a tick mark on end)
mp3 decoder - switched and now supports network streaming (for Renaissance) ****** FREEFORMAT SUPPORT YET TO BE ADDED ******
FLAC decoder able to stream from network (for Renaissance)
wave decoder able to stream from network (for Renaissance)
Core Converter when writing ID Tags after conversion, retries for 3 seconds (in-case another program has the file open)
CD Ripper - allowed to remove disc 1/1 number manually
CD Ripper - perfect meta review page - always show even if no meta matches
CD Ripper - after ripping encoder is reloaded (as might be to audio cd where showing % used)
CD Ripper - improvement in isrc surviving perfectmeta get (if ISRC or UPC are read from disc).
CD Ripper - meta >> retrieve from >> ISRC after will not clear existing metadata in view
CD Ripper - able to detect drive names of cd/dvd/br drives with poor firmwares
CD Ripper - replace the artist with artist, the - did not work in cd ripper with featured artists, also changed to ', the'
CD Ripper - column default widths, if large fonts then made

Bug Fix: - in previous version was possible to reboot the PC without asking on install (upgrade)
Bug Fix: CD Ripper - Perfect Meta review - when unchecking (or checking) the compilation checkbox, this change was not brought to the main window

Release 13.2

FLAC codec included as standard, is default codec for CD Ripper
FLAC codec - internal update to allow 'Front Cover Art' as default

DSP Effects updated to R4

CD Ripper: MetaDataGD3 Symphony - extended classical fields
CD Ripper: naming sections max length increased from 1000 to 10000 chars
CD Ripper: metadata review - red miss-matches shown in bold (for color blind)

mp3 Lame updated to 3.98.2
mp3 Lame added 'Forced Stereo' option on advanced

GetPopupInfo enhanced so can no longer 100% CPU if audio file is corrupted

dBpoweramp Configuration Program Versions redesigned (dAP + Sveta removed, Asset Added)

Bug Fixes

Batch Converter if Listed files, sorted on a column and excluded certain items, when click Ok the wrong items would be excluded
mp3 ID Tag writing, if unicode selected would crash if setting a 'www' element
CD Ripper has code to stop 2 filenames being the same (from the same disc), this would not work if the naems were case-independant, where as Windows is not...
Music Converter, when dropping files, was checking allowed extensions on encoder extensions, not decoder

Release 13.1

mp3 (Lame) updated to v3.98
PerfectMeta enhancement - album artist could override various artists from other providers

CD Ripper
 

Better handling of display when starting program
Copy to clipboard can copy the filename
Default naming is having Various\xxxx Disc 1 Disc 1\ because album name has disc number (from perfect meta), so removed from naming default
Default naming removed album from the filename
Much faster as skipping a track on a damaged disc (if user skip)
Now supports c2 error pointers over firewire
Fail safe detection of drives (will return Unknown for name)
folder.jpg changed to Folder.jpg as default
Mouse wheel scrolls in manual meta review page

ID Tag + CD Ripper: Better handling of comments with CRLF and display of such. In Tag Editor carriage breaks shown as {CR}{LF}
GetpopupInfo faster when tags contain a huge binary encoded as UUEncoded text (200KB single txt element)

File Naming - [MAXLENGTH] naming element to set the maximum length of items such as folder, or file names
File Naming - Now possible to do: [ifvalue]artist[] [ifvalue][artist][] [ifvalue][tag]artist[][] [IfEQUALS]artist,[album artist],bob[] [IfEQUALS][artist],[album artist],bob[] [IfEQUALS][tag]artist[],[album artist],bob[] [IfEQUALS]The ,[MAXLEN][album artist],3[],bob[]

All Programs - internally can access network filenames with Unicode characters (also requires Codec Update)

Core Converter can send over replaygain tags at request of DSP Effect
Core Converter attempts to write ID Tags, even if there was an error

Bug Fixes
 
All programs - folder creation able to correct folders ending in '... '
Edit ID Tag would stall if a huge binary encoded as UUEncoded text (200KB single txt element)
mp3 lame any abr mode was vbr -v4
Batch Converter, if folder had an . it would read the folder on refresh
CD Ripper - changed scanner to only load, get around 16 bit errors people are seeing (also ntvdm)
CD Ripper - was possible a device change (new drive appearing) could effect existing CD Ripping
CD Ripper could say Encoding CPU1, CPU2 even when only 1 CPU on system
CD Ripper - if viewing manual review page and eject CD now auto close the page
CD Ripper - in file log could show the wrong number of 'xx Could Not Be Ripped'

Release 13

Major Improvements

CD Ripper is enhanced by the addition of 3 new meta data providers (GD3, MusicBrainz & TrackType), GD3 offers album art up to 500x500 pixels. These new providers allowed for the creation of PerfectMeta™.

PerfectMeta

PerfectMeta™ uses 4 Internet meta data providers simultaneously, this allows any inevitable errors, such as spelling mistakes to be self corrected. In addition, there are 100's of internal rule sets to ensure that the metadata returned is consistent across discs & providers. Last year Illustrate were proud and confident R12 issued in a new era of secure-rippers (securest of the secure), R13 offers the best metadata solution obtainable today.

Reference R13 also includes: CD Writer and Batch Ripper. CD Writer allows for burning of audio CDs, whilst Batch Ripper is designed for those with large collections to rip (and commercial Ripping houses).

All Changes

CD Ripper

PerfectMeta data added - uses commercial AMG and GD3 as well as MusicBrainz and freedb simultaneously to correct meta data errors, up to 500x500 album art
Rip as One makes a return!
New reference feature: Defective by Design Ripping mode
Support for ripping Hidden First Track (HTOA)
Album Art: Load (from File), Paste (from Clipboard), Acquire (from Scanner)
Added SCSI Read(D8) mode for Plextor PX-40
Improved CD Eject
Improved album art display
Compatible with Batch Ripper
Should fix the issue of disappearing CD drives
Added new options to write cover.jpg, [filename].jpg or user choice
Using Multi-Encoder R2 it is possible for CD Ripper to write Album Art + AccurateRip ID Tags to multiple encoded files
New AccurateRip - no limit to submission size, no email submission, no messages if disc not in database
Genre list uses %appdata%\dbpoweramp\genres.txt
Album Art: Click to show full size
Options > Meta >> added option to resize album art down if above pixel size (AMG album art sizes removed, maximum always read)
Meta Data - Added new meta data providers: GD3 (requires AMG license), MusicBrainz (requires AMG license), TrackType
Meta Data - Album Artist is always set (except for Various Artists).
Meta Data - Disallow Multi xxx split into individual options
Added 'Profile' id tag / naming option
Shows AccurateRip Disc ID on secure info page
Added shortcut keys ALT+M (perfect meta review), ALT+R (rip), ALT+E (eject)
Added Filename Column (filename shown red if exists)
Makes sure filenames are unique (ie not same as another tracks filename)
Added 'Track Technical' column will show if CD is HDCD (install DSP Effects to rip as 24 bit), or has Pre-Emphasis set
Added secure options 'Abort if over Maximum Frames to Re-Rip' and 'Maximum time to spend Ripping a Track'
Saves meta data to cache if only album or artist edited
Detects new CD drives added to system
Naming - option to use the current disc meta data
AMG expiry, also say GD3 and MusicBrainz on the window
Default naming, added \album\ folder to default
Any setting which is drive specific (not profile specific) is shown in light yellow
Write album art to path can use [album].jpg, etc

Batch Converter

'List' button added to show files converting
Much faster at opening folders / showing files
Many new columns to add (right click on column to select)
Detects new drives (USB) on insert
Network drives added
Hides hidden folders

Music Converter: can drag drop files to converting page
Music Converter: if there is a converter waiting to convert then RC >> Convert To will add to that one which is waiting

All Programs: Better Vista aware pathnames (ie Music Public Music)
All Programs: new button style

CoreConverter: Has the ability to read filenames when encoded with Multi-Encoder
CoreConverter: can pass ReplayGain tags to encoders which need them (such as [audio info])
CoreConverter: updates the 'Source' 'Encoder' 'Encoded By' and 'Encoder Settings' tags when converting
CoreConverter: Tries for 2 seconds to write IDTags after encoding (in case another program has the file locked, such as virus checker)

Compatible with DSP Effects: Multi-CPU Force & Audio CD - Silence Track Deletion

mp3 (Lame) Encoder: Changed to an optimized lame encoder, upto 150% the speed of the old one (R13 alpha)
mp3 Tagging: Rating more compatible with Windows
mp3 Tagging: URL tags can be saved
mp3 Tagging: iTunes Compilation (TCMP) supported
mp3 Tagging: Style tag mapped to 'Content Group Descriptor'
mp3 Tagging: Subtitle tag added
mp3 Tagging: idv2.3 Unicode used by default

Wave: Compatible with 'id3 ' ID Tags (including MusicMatch-out-of-RIFF-Chunk-Wave-Breaking ID3 chunk)
Wave: List tags more compatible with WMP11, also stores CD TOC

Popup Info & Audio Properties: Shows Compression as % compressed, not of original

Configuration has ability to check program versions (update check) for CD Writer, Sveta, dAP, Batch Ripper, DSP Effects
Configuration will offer AMG Activation if installed registered version
Configuration option not to drop ReplayGain Tags or update 'Encoder', etc Tags when encoding

DSP Effects in DMC + CD Ripper: can move selected up or down by dragging

Scripting: Added new ReadIDTagElementValue property (needed for BV scripting) returns "Element: Value"

Bug Fixes

freedb meta data for multisession (where DATA is before audio) will not have DATA as track2
[length_mmss] if used in naming was wrong length from CD Ripper
CD Ripper giving out CD Extra Adjusted CD TOC for ID Tags
mp3 tagging - certain fields could not be deleted if stored as COMMENT
CD Ripper - CD Text reading could crash CD Ripper
CD Ripper: AMG works with Kaspersky Internet Security

Release 12.4

Popup info tips, also written to additional registry key to make sure no other program would override
mp3: Album Art handling improvement (handles art description field)
update checker - if program is registered then point to registration retrieval page not dmc download.
CD Ripper - secure mode defaults to a 1 MB cache
CD Ripper - AMG - album art defaults to 250x250
CD Ripper: New AccurateRip - no limit to submission size, no email submission, no messages if disc not in database

Bug Fixes

Right click >> Edit Tags in Windows x64 works again
CD Ripper - If you have all the tracks on the CD highlighted (i.e CTRL-A) and click the mouse anywhere in the rating column the program will crash.
If use UPPERCASE for naming for a string which has ',' then would set , to <CoMMA_>

Release 12.3

CD Ripper

Compilation tag (also used in naming) taken from compilation check, not by checking for differing artists
When create a new profile offers to use the current one as template
Compilation, conductor & style tags created by default
All meta data items are shown in meta section, excluded (for id tags) are shown in light gray
All meta data items list shows [x] instead of [Remove]
If the option to disable autoplay is enabled, then every second the status of the CD drive is polled, to autorefresh when CD is inserted, auto press eject button when CD draw is open, also stops windows autoplaying the CD when closing CD ripper
Pressing the eject button when the draw is open, closes it
Auto eject CD should function more reliably

Win98 the convert window cli from CD ripper, or music converter was not closing after rip, plus was shown
Edit id tag (from right click >> edit tag) no longer locks explorer window whilst editing
Edit id tag displays common id elements blank if a track has no tags
Edit id tag - remembers the last position of the window + if window is large enough (starting from last time only), the elements have extra room to show
Naming added [length_mmss], [length_hhmmss], [composer] & [conductor]
Reference: Pro Frequency Conversion enabled by default
All programs: if running in debug mode, the debugging information will show even if program crashes
Music Converter: No longer creates ARTIST id tags for naming if one does not exist (TITLE is created from filename if does not exist)
Audio Properties page: Visually more smarter
Wave decoder - if a wave file is PCM then does not use the fact chunk (could be wrong)

Bug Fixes

CD Ripper - if using the abort after 1 unrecoverable then is marking the track as secure i, not insecure
Windows 98 + ME: have weak bitmap drawing routines, even Internet explorer 5 can crash when drawing, R12 uses advanced drawing techniques and Windows 98 is just falling over, for Windows 98 + ME we replace the graphical buttons with standard buttons. Also applies to the % complete bar
Windows 98 + ME: core converter would wait around (at 99%) after a conversion (when source was pipe, ie from CD Ripper)
If wave encoder supplied last buffer as NULL and using frequency / ACM converter then last block might not be flushed
CD Ripper - selecting a profile with the same encoder as last profile was not loading the settings for new profile encoder
Music converter, finish button was not showing if window was minimized

Release 12.2

Reading / Writing (reference only) of wave BEXT ID Tags, bext tags are: Description, Originator, OrigReference, OrigDate, OrigTime, TimeReference, CodingHistory
Vista: Popup info lines up better aligned
Tag Editor (shell right click): Standard items are listed first, others alphabetically sorted, when adding new tag is a drop list of standard names
Tag Editor: helper drop lists for year, track number + genre (remembers unique genres, saved in appdata)
Popup info shows track number as "Track" in line with rest of programs
Switched Lame to NASM encoding, slightly slower, but more crash resistant (tried on > 1GB of audio)
.mpeg added to decodable file types
If encoding only one file, then multi cpu section is not created (so is not tied to a single cpu)
CD Ripper title bar shows album name when ripping
CD Ripper submission of meta data back to freedb and AMG

Bug Fixes

Corrupt id3v2 tags could crash tag writer, will now break without overwriting corrupt id tag
Corrupt wave list id tag would stop the wave file from being decoded, now tag error is reported as info so wave file can decode
Corrupt wave list id tag can be read if they have unofficial end padding in the list chunk
Folders can contain a space ' ' as first character
Filenames ending in .. are preserved
CD Ripper would show amg expired message even if unchecked (and had expired)
When auto completing a valuelist combo box, the auto complete was being removed
mp3 (Lame) might not encode the last frame depending on feeding data
When encoding using non live dsp effects, the action is shown in music converter
Can encode to certain wave ACM formats which would previously fail
All codecs - sample rate of high frequency audio files might be read wrong
When using DSP effects (both live and non-live, and 32 bit float + high sample rate) the effects could introduce white noise every 1/4 of a second
CoreConverter if overwriting an already existing filename of maximum allowed length (260 chars) then .tmp.ext temp file would go over the allowed 260 char length
Music Converter, if existing audio file had a 3 char extension (ie .ape), and converted to .flac, was possible for flac file to have more than the allowed 260 chars length
Further fixes to make sure dMC + CD Ripper + Batch Converter appear on screen, even after resolution changes

Release 12.1

CD Ripper - when add meta item, has drop list of artist, album etc
CD Ripper - if no artist name then for file naming only is set to 'Unknown Artist'
CD Ripper - can access meta menu drop down evenif no cd is in drive
CD Ripper - Genre, Composer, Comment columns always show (even if not a compilation)
Music Converter - remembers the last used path when selecting files
Mp3 lame shows -vbr-new on the info line

Bug Fixes

Mp3 Lame Encoder: Forcing Frequency or Channels (on advanced) can crash CoreConverter
If getpopupinfo froze (corrupt audio file, would incorrectly report getpopup.exe could not be found)
If using non-live dsp effects which altered the length, other live DSPs were being passed old length
CoreConverter could trigger a 'watchdog timeout possible coreconverter crash' if using the CLI encoder or DSP effect which took more than 60 seconds (temp wave files used in both cases)
Any valuelist when editing an element (example meta in cd ripper) if click away on same line (ie not enter) then the edit stays for edit!!
Wave Enocder was not writing IEEE float if source as float and bit=as source (only forcing float would write)
If manually set a file association then RC >> 'Convert To' and other shell related items would not appear
If dBpoweramp batch converter had been added to folder right click, it was not removed when uninstalling
Was lucky to have a CD drive which when asked to overread would return No Error, but really not rip (so the data from a previous frame rip could be used, now zeros the memory to be sure)
CD Ripper - was possible for at the end of a cd the ripper to try to rip 0 frames and report an error
CD Ripper - if previewing a track and skip to next then could crash
CD Ripper - if re-ripping a cd, then click cancel half way through the CRCs (shown on screen) for the tracks that were to be ripped are not preserved (so no green / red next rip)
Changing (Naming, or Path in CD Ripper) to My Documents\Music1 would save to Documents\Music\1 instead
dMC - When using List / Rename was showing extension, if renamed file then would add another extension to end
Was offering a Power Pack Trial when installing registered Power Pack
If using a non-live DSP effect, they are now used in correct order (previously would do non-live, then live effects in that order)
If using DSP effects to reduce bitdepth or channels, then might incorrectly report 'Audio data contains incomplete samples'
Fixed edit tag crashing explorer
Internal low level Thread manager could create with an already used unique identification, which could cause crashes (found with Channel Splitter which creates 9x coreconverters)
mp3 Tag writer would crash if supplied CD TOC (a binary item) which was text instead of binary
Dynamic Naming (or naming in CD Writer) could enter a recursive condition, if Adding an album 'Example Album [Album]' when naming contained [album]
Was possible for dMC Converting Window to go off-screen
If using the Grabber 10 seconds from CD Ripper then freezes cd ripper at 5%

Release 12

Complete rewrite, new design, every aspect updated & improved. Full Unicode support, Windows 98 to Vista support.

Rather than a line by line change, which would stretch to 10000's of lines (as with previous releases) an overview:

CD Ripper - Secure Ripper, c2 support (reference), AMG meta data with Album art & rating, ultra secure ripping mode (reference).

All Codecs updated to latest versions, all improved.

Multi-CPU encoder support (reference).

New Batch Converter, new scripting engine, new Reference version,

New DSP design allows for live effects,


Release 11.5

First run a configuration wizard is shown, dMC Configuration redesigned.

DSP Silence removal - can now specify lower -db values (a 0.1 percentage number) which might be needed for early cd releases (with wide dynamic range)

mp3 decoder was requiring msvcrtp60.dll - now compiled static
mp3 decoder huge update: rewritten, now can read (once more) freeform mp3 files, mp2+mp1 files.
mp3 decoder now reads lame tag and shows compression type used
mp3 decoder better bitrate calculation for non-vbr header files
mp3 decoder options in dMC Configuration: Ignore CRC errors + output as (16, 24, 32 bit)

mp3 lame compression, if > 16 bit or 8 bit then transforms to 16 bit. If > 2 channels then lower to 2 channels in the compressor - shouldn't now be possible to get an error mp3 encoding about not opening compressor

Smart install WMA 9 updated to 9.1

XP & 2000 - if have no admin rights then ripping method 'Windows Internal' is selected automatically

Music Converter will self detect decoded buffer overrun (if a bug in decoding codec)
Music Converter will self detect data not block aligned (if a bug in decoding codec)

dmc - when setting priority to above average, only warns if ripping a CD (not for normal conversion)
dmc - if clear dsp is checked then next time go onto dsp page is unchecked

Wave Compression - option to write WaveformatExtensible (only for more than 16 bits, or 2 channels) older programs couldn't read WFXEX

CD Input - ASPI was set as default if installed, Direct SCSI Pass is better and used instead
CD Input - when previewing a track, shows track playing in bold with a |> icon
CD Input - 3rd Artist column extended length of screen
CD Input - when editing a track title (F2) does not show old text under (looked scruffy)
CD Input - Can set [- minus] compilation number & more than 99
CD Input - When select a compression codec (rip to menu) it auto shows the compression settings page
CD Input - toc detection only work for 1 rip then is auto off
CD Input - redesigned freedb options page, added proxy auto detect button, first run of dmc config will autodetect proxy
CD Input - when 2nd instance starts the first tries to set focus (will flash in xp)
CD Input - freedb proto6 compatible (utf-8) - will have to wait for dmc R12 for full unicode compatible (currently will convert to current code page)
CD Input - if using Power Pack option 'Auto Rip' will not autorip if cd is not found in cddb
CD Input - added better detection of damaged audio cds

Aux Input: Sound recording volume meter opened with full windows path

dMC Configuration redesigned - added a copy to clipboard [version info and installed codecs], split encoder and decoder list new Options and Tag Options tab
Two new Explorer columns added: Album - Track Number   and   Artist - Album - Track Number  allowing sorting of albums in Explorer!, other items no longer -Artist- but ' Artist '

dMC Scripting rewritten, new values to set codec settings (see updated developer scripting page after r11.5 full release)

Bug Fixes

Files which contains id3v1 + ape2 tags (but tag info was not in both, ie artist just id3v1, then artist was not being read)
Data was being lost converting small length samples 750ms from 11KHz to 44KHz with wave
CD Input >> options: couldn't change Rip to path, or File Arrangement on first try, also Rip to Path limited characters could type.
dmc - shutdown option from Power Pack page not used correctly
if play a sound in dmc is on and skip finished is checked, sound was never played
Adaptive Normalize bug that could jumble up an audio file (bits at the end in the middle)
A corrupt audio cd could crash CD ripping (non rip to ram)
Wave - certain PCM waves incorrectly have CBextra !=0 (which was causing problems later)
cd input - select last track (edit track name) then straight away click artist - the last track looses focus and typing the artist sets for all tracks
mp3 decoder was not working on mp2 decoding
When calling getpopupinfo.exe (is separate so if audoi file reading crashes it crashes getpopup not the shell!), if selected a ram drive it would call getupupinfo indefinitely, now caches last
Rip to Ram was taking cpu cycles when shouldn't have, now more efficient (now when ripping to wave on mine cpu is 10% usage)
Unicode popup info in Explorer had problems
Explorer columns now displays unicode characters (R12 will be required to read from filenames containing unicode letters)

Release 11.1

Bug Fix: CD Input > options: couldn't change Rip to path, or File Arrangement on first try, also Rip to Path limited characters could type. 

Release 11

Significant changes: Auxiliary Input and File Selector included as standard. Higher quality mp3 decoder, Lame 3.96.1 encoder. Wave IEEE 32 bit support, dbpoweramp can supply column information in Windows Explorer (much more refined than Windows standard audio columns) , Unicode tagging transfers, Power Pack trial included as standard and mp3 encoder License on power pack trial. Smart install Codecs and New DSP effects (Graphic Equalizer, dithering down bit depth).

dMC can add entries to Windows Explorer Columns 
CD Input - copy track names to clipboard no longer requires powerpack
M3u & pls playlist popup info - now displays total length for playlist even if is more than 50 entries
Added 'Tagging Options' on dMC Configuration - for updated codecs
Added unicode tagging transfer abilities (for updated codecs), for R11 characters can only be entered as compatible with current user codepage.
Popup info will display unicode of tags correctly (for updated codecs)
Open file dialog, file types drop list is alphabetic sorted
Configuration Page - sorts the codecs alphabetically on the config page
Power Pack included in default install
Bad News: Mp3 encoder is now on a License & trial with Power Pack, 
Good News: Aux Input and File Selector now standard
mp3 Encoder is new Lame 3.96.1
Default install switches Power Pack options 'skip finish' and Rip to Ram on
CD Input - if autodial is on then first try to talk to freedb - if cannot then autodials
CD Input - on file arrangement form - if a fixed text is entered - ie 'bob-knob' then complain it should be '[artist]...'
Freedb Smart formatting - if have 'Feat. Bob' was changed to 'FeaT. Bob'
Codecs (such as WMA, Ogg, Monkeys, FLAC) are always present in dMC, selecting offers to install said codec
Scripting: if user cancel then added to log file (getwaserror will return true)
Scripting: WMA Settings removed (can no longer access them for WMA v9), Wave settings now work again, Mp3 blade setting removed
Configuration page changed slightly (show if dAP is installed)
If select a high priority then warnings are given about slowing CD ripping, or making windows unresponsive
file selector: 'keep path when convert' checked state is remembered
file selector: remembers files excluded
file selector: added uncheck button to remove all selections
file selector: added date modified column
file selector: warns in dMC if 'keep path' option and 'original folder' in dmc are used together
DSP - All DSP effects are 24 + 32 bit compatible, plus many have speed improvements
DSP - Add silence - option to add at beginning of track
DSP - added new to 24 bit, 16 bit dither, 8 bit dither
DSP added Graphic Equalizer dsp - say in help need is best to lower other bars than increase otherwise will clip, or for best - run to 24 bit dSP, volume quieten (say 10%), graphic EQ, then to 16 bit (dither)
DSP - Volume Quieten - say in help that should now use volume normlize to reduce a loudness (based on normalize)
DSP - new looper dsp (loop xTimes or loop to a certain length)
DSP - channel move revamped - can downsample or upsample number of channels (with various channel combining options) and move any channel to any other
DSP - adaptive normalize big speed increases
Wave - support for IEEE 32 bit float decoding

Bug Fixes

DSP - remove silence could mixup channels (ie left channel to right)
DSP - adaptive volume normalize - fixed freeze if had large silence in file
Sorted out CD Eject (should no longer suck drive draw back in after eject)
Can display version numbers for Input DLLs
Put catch exception trapping on tag tranfers
mp3 (lame) added specific error about trying to change the frequency if compression codec could not be opened.
mp3 (lame) writes lame header for CBR files (and xing vbr header)
mp3 lame: vbr header was not being written to certain presets
mp3 XIng VBR Header, searched more in file
mp3 XIng VBR Header length calculation now takes off header
mp3 parser, huge speed increases
Open file dialog was adding .SHUTDOWN (from dAP), causes windows not to display files
Memory leak when compressing the Wave ACM
Crash when file could not be opened (later in converter)
TCPConnection Socket (freedb) upgraded to fix connection issues
Rip as one - whole CD to Wave - it was getting the PC way wrong!!
Scripting: retrieving the error log list would only return 1st line
When converting huge number, the 2nd line says 'calculating size' but the top line is some funny characters
Aux Input (or CD Input) could still have the 'Delete Source File(s)' option checked (obviously it cannot do this)
All programs - buttons could disappear if a sub dialog was opened

Release 10.1

Bug fix - AccurateRip: end calculation length (also requires new accuraterip.dll)
Bug fix - Freedb submission fix for CD-Extra discs
Bug fix - CD Input bug fix - will not display Compression settings for Sveta Devices

Release 10

Significant changes: Over a year in the making & testing, Release 10 offers: AccurateRip compatible, Large Fonts Compatible, Unicode 8 compatible, integration between dBpoweramp Audio Player and Audio CD Input, smart on demand install of Codecs, 24 Bit compatible, [as source] option for frequencies and bits, Convert To menu replaced with selection box on next options page (quicker), customizable explorer popup information.

Large Fonts Compatible
Includes a 'Test Conversion (no write)' compression option

dMC Configuration - shows Sveta Device drivers installed
dMC Configuration - new ID3 Tag option of APE2

Rip to Ram page now removed, it shows the speed and status on the action line
Mp3 popup info now displays id3v1/2 version number (ie ID3v2.2)
Mp3 is now Unicode8 compatible (Windows NT/2000/XP only)
Mp3 Compression [as source] option for frequency and channels
Displays version number of CD Writer (beta 3 onwards)
Added special code required for CD Writer conversions
CD Input - Drive Offset replaced by Drive Sample Offset...for AccurateRip
CD Input - AccurateRip written, 100% accurately ripped CDs.
CD Input - New Icon
CD Input - Previous used folders (output to and File Creation) saved in Options
CD Input - When converting CD to Portable the options page is always shown (needed for Nomads)
CD Input - Freedb Server page access on freedb drop down menu
CD Input - Power Pack when playing active track is selected
CD Input - Power Pack when playing inserting another device into the system does not mess up any check marks
CD Input - only 1 instance can be started at once
CD Input - Power Pack when preview a CD dAP playback is paused, on Rip dap is unpaused
CD Input - if using the option 'Add to dAP MMC' then the tracks are highlighted in light blue if they are already in dAP
CD Input - if playing CD in dap, or CD is enqueued, then is skipped + removed from enqueue when ripping
CD Input - Rip Menu has 'Add New Codecs' option
CD Input - Power Pack - On dMC Overwrite page, now a 'No to All', also possible to select multiple items to uncheck
CD Input - can now set on options: write tags, add to dap, as well as Power Pack short cuts to dMC Power Pack and dMC DSP effects
CD Input - better protected (read damaged) CD TOC detection - options menu, damaged CD, TOC Detection #1
CD Input - Can add custom Genres, just type it and it is remembered. 
CD Input - freedb - works with an IP number
CD Input - freedb - if connection does not work, 2 known good ones are tried
CD Input - Enhanced keycontrols (ie play skip) control CD input when has focus (power pack)
CD Input - freedb - saves track names locally before submit (incase it locks up)
CD Input - Added CD Text reading (Options, Advanced), only works on MMC command set

Wave - Compatible with WaveFORMATExtensible wave files, rewritten to support 24 bit & high frequency multi-channel creation & reading.
Wave - New 24 Bit output for Wave Compression
Wave - writes PCM wave files without WAVEFORMATEX extra two bytes (if anything to stop all the emails your output is different to EAC or Winamp)

dMC - New Value List for Configuration and Edit tag
dMC - Convert To Menu replaced with all conversion options on music converter page
dMC - 2nd dmc is not launched when adding files to convert, files are added to existing
dMC - Power Pack, when setting priority for certain levels the Process Priority level is set
dMC - no longer shows finish message when converting in Sveta Portable Audio, or Audio CD Writer
dMC - Converting page - remembers last position, or minimized state.
dMC - Power Pack - so can do a run before conversion of each file, or after pass filenames on command line: [InFile] [OutFile] - [InFileShort] [OutFileShort]
dMC - Certain Power Pack options are saved per Codec (on Power Pack button - below the line)
dMC - Shows the real time compression speed
dMC - Power Pack DSP - added an option 'Clear All DSP Effects after this conversion' - if \dBpoweramp\DSPEffects\default.dds exists (DSP Saved) then it is loaded
dMC - Power Pack - added shutdown options 'hibernate, suspend and shutdown atx', as well as a one time shutdown that can be selected from the 'Priority' box whilst converting
dMC - Smart Install of Certain codecs

added configurable popup file information, to customize run: regedit.exe, browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Illustrate\dBpoweramp create a String Value called dBPopup, the default value is: File :[tab][tab][justfileName][ret]Location :[tab][path][ret]Type :[tab][tab][description][ret]Extension : [tab][ext][ret]Length (m:ss) :[tab][length][ret]Size :[tab][tab][size][ret]Original Size :[tab][origsize][ret]Compression Ratio :[tab][ratio][ret][ret][audioinfo][taginfo][ret]______________________[ret] dBpoweramp

Bug Fixes

Windows 95 was not adding 'Edit Tag' on right click
Mp3 (Lame) encoder not setting up ABR encodings correctly
Mp3 (Lame) encoder now produces -alt preset files identical to lame.exe
dMC - Professional Frequency Conversion was always on for Wave conversions, even if option was switched off in config
dMC - fixed a slow down when conversion starts
dMC - any pathnames over 260 are shortened
dMC - 'add to dap' option is not used for .IGNORE file types
dMC - Scans and removes any spaces in folder names at end - ie \A Folder \
dMC - when writing to a portable player the sending percentage does not stay for next conversion
When saving tags, read only files are set to writable
Buffer overflow was occurring for Track names longer than 100 characters
mp3 could return a Track Number of 0 in certain circumstances
mp3 tagging, fixed crash for ID3v2 on Xfer tag info
Does not create blank Folders for Test write or other write formats such as Audio CD
If no file was written (ie an error) then source files are not deleted (error was only for CLI)
Writes tags for special non-conversion codecs
CD Input - Various artist CDs, when use keyboard to select next track it was not setting the right artist at top
CD Input - If Eject CD option then shouldnt suck in the disc straight after eject anymore
CD Input - if editing the title and click convert, the edited value is now saved
CD Input - Smart Freedb Formatting, for compilations such as 'Madonna / oh father' the oh was not being capitalized
CD Input - if do not edit a track name and press enter then still go to edit next track
CD Input - compilation offset number reset to 0 on a new disc insert or refresh
CD Input - Getting Multi Artists from CDPlayer / Registry Cache
Mp3 decoder - now gets the right track lengths for difficult samples (large metadata, vbr)
Wave - could crash if converting and couldn't open output file