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New FLAC frontend beta, Remake of the 10-year old classic
ktf
post Mar 6 2013, 23:32
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Hi everyone,

Because of the recent activity surrounding the FLAC project, the number of bugs in the FLAC sourceforge tracker regarding the frontend (which actually has never been part of the FLAC project at all) and the observation that the last version of this frontend was released 10 years ago (2003-01-26 according to W. Speek's homepage), I thought it was a good idea to remake it to make FLAC accessible to Windows-users not used to a command line as well.

It's very similar to the original, the only feature that I skipped was the tagging because I think it's a little complicated for such a 'low-level tool' and there are plenty FLAC-supporting tagging tools that perform much better these days. edit: one improvement, this tool has drag-and-drop support so it can replace FLACtester as well.

The first beta is available here. After thorough testing (Windows 7 32-bit), I couldn't find any bugs left.
https://sourceforge.net/projects/flacfronte...ad?source=files

Comments regarding the usefulness of this tool (regarding there are a lot more FLAC tools than there were at the time of the release of FLAC 1.2.1), bugs, features etc. are appreciated.

Thanks in advance!



P.S.: I'm not really sure what to do with the copyleft stuff. Making this frontend was no rocket science, so I thought it would be easiest if I released the code and binaries in public domain (Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication) but is that even possible, because the binaries include linked Visual Studio stuff I guess. (But then again, FLAC itself is using this MSVC stuff too, so it should be at least GPL compatible?) The bundled flac.exe and metaflac.exe are GPL'd of course. Feedback on this would be most welcome.

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- ktf   New FLAC frontend beta   Mar 6 2013, 23:32
- - saratoga   QUOTE (ktf @ Mar 6 2013, 17:32) P.S.: I...   Mar 7 2013, 01:04
- - testyou   Appreciated! Working fine for me.   Mar 7 2013, 03:31
- - Wombat   Nice! After so many people complaining about t...   Mar 7 2013, 03:39
|- - ktf   QUOTE (Wombat @ Mar 7 2013, 03:39) We may...   Mar 7 2013, 09:01
- - Wombat   QUOTE (ktf @ Mar 7 2013, 10:01) Indeed. I...   Mar 7 2013, 17:17
- - eahm   RE: New FLAC frontend beta   Mar 7 2013, 17:34
- - korth   "FLAC frontend.exe is not a valid Win32 appli...   Mar 7 2013, 18:16
- - ktf   QUOTE (Wombat @ Mar 7 2013, 17:17) Ok. Wh...   Mar 7 2013, 18:43
- - ktf   I've upgraded MSVCe 2012 to update 1 which has...   Mar 7 2013, 19:57
- - Wombat   QUOTE (ktf @ Mar 7 2013, 19:43) It's ...   Mar 7 2013, 21:21
- - korth   Well it starts in both versions of XP now. .NET 4....   Mar 7 2013, 21:28
- - ktf   QUOTE (Wombat @ Mar 7 2013, 21:21) Indeed...   Mar 7 2013, 21:40
- - Wombat   QUOTE (ktf @ Mar 7 2013, 22:40) QUOTE (Wo...   Mar 7 2013, 22:09
- - korth   QUOTE (ktf @ Mar 7 2013, 20:40) Firewall?...   Mar 7 2013, 22:21
- - ktf   QUOTE (korth @ Mar 7 2013, 21:28) Well it...   Mar 7 2013, 23:02
- - Wombat   Weird trick but works   Mar 7 2013, 23:10
- - korth   Unfortunately the batch file terminates immediatel...   Mar 8 2013, 01:46
- - korth   These do work on XP though CODE@ECHO OFF ( chcp 6...   Mar 8 2013, 18:34
- - korth   ktf, I've built a local copy of FLAC frontend....   Mar 9 2013, 22:48
|- - ktf   QUOTE (korth @ Mar 9 2013, 22:48) ktf, I...   Mar 12 2013, 11:35
- - ktf   I still don't understand what these parenthese...   Mar 12 2013, 12:24
- - korth   The parentheses just group or nest multiple comman...   Mar 12 2013, 14:53
- - agentk7   Wow, I was wondering if anyone would ever take up ...   Mar 15 2013, 21:20
|- - agentk7   QUOTE (agentk7 @ Mar 15 2013, 15:20) - Th...   Mar 16 2013, 00:24
- - ktf   QUOTE (korth @ Mar 12 2013, 14:53) Maybe ...   Mar 17 2013, 23:06
- - robert   Just curious, why does it need to write a batch fi...   Mar 18 2013, 08:29
|- - ktf   QUOTE (robert @ Mar 18 2013, 08:29) Just ...   Mar 18 2013, 09:08
- - robert   I've to admit to never having tested it myself...   Mar 18 2013, 09:48
- - robert   This little exercise showed me, there is a bug in ...   Mar 20 2013, 09:42
- - ktf   Nice stuff! Thanks for trying! I'll de...   Mar 20 2013, 18:24
- - ktf   It took a while (some bumps on the way) but it...   Mar 26 2013, 18:46
- - korth   Nice. Not a big deal but text not clearing complet...   Mar 27 2013, 00:19
|- - ktf   QUOTE (korth @ Mar 27 2013, 00:19) Not a ...   Mar 27 2013, 08:38
- - Wombat   Thanks! Works fine here. One thing i noticed ...   Mar 27 2013, 01:43
- - robert   Am I right, you are not setting the console output...   Mar 27 2013, 08:42
|- - ktf   Indeed, I didn't set a codepage because chcp 6...   Mar 27 2013, 08:48
- - Case   Good find, korth. It seems I still had missed plac...   Mar 27 2013, 13:02
- - robert   I'll have to check my test code again later, f...   Mar 27 2013, 13:13
- - Case   Codepage doesn't matter, it's doing the pr...   Mar 27 2013, 13:31
- - robert   Ok, I've just looked again at my test program....   Mar 27 2013, 14:01
- - Case   This is curious. I had made a silly mistake in my ...   Mar 27 2013, 14:40
- - ktf   I have just uploaded a new version, beta 4. It is ...   Apr 8 2013, 18:58
- - ktf   Once more a new version, beta 5. Download here: ht...   Apr 17 2013, 11:16
- - Case   I noticed that Ctrl+C or closing the encoding wind...   Apr 17 2013, 14:50
|- - ktf   Why not? Ctrl+C or closing the window are usually ...   Apr 17 2013, 16:48
- - Case   The scenario where I noticed the problem was that ...   Apr 17 2013, 17:04
|- - ktf   I think this will get a little tricky. Now the out...   Apr 17 2013, 21:14
|- - ktf   QUOTE (Case @ Apr 17 2013, 18:04) The sce...   Apr 19 2013, 10:39
- - robert   You can set a console control handler to react on ...   Apr 17 2013, 21:50
- - ktf   That's just what I've come up with before ...   Apr 18 2013, 05:23
- - ktf   Once more a new release, beta 6. It can be downloa...   Apr 30 2013, 22:03
- - ktf   Finally, the first stable. You can download it her...   May 28 2013, 08:29
|- - dissnite   QUOTE (ktf @ May 28 2013, 08:29) Finally,...   Jul 12 2013, 12:26
|- - ktf   QUOTE (dissnite @ Jul 12 2013, 13:26) Hel...   Jul 12 2013, 12:36
|- - Daffy   QUOTE (ktf @ Jul 12 2013, 07:36) QUOTE (d...   Jul 13 2013, 07:12
|- - ktf   QUOTE (Daffy @ Jul 13 2013, 08:12) Why sh...   Jul 13 2013, 08:25
|- - skamp   QUOTE (ktf @ Jul 13 2013, 09:25) The thin...   Jul 13 2013, 11:08
- - Daffy   ktf....my apologies. Apparently you take feedback...   Jul 13 2013, 10:45
- - ktf   QUOTE (Daffy @ Jul 13 2013, 11:45) Appare...   Jul 13 2013, 13:31
- - skamp   I find it strange that you resist a very old and v...   Jul 13 2013, 14:22
- - bilbo   Thank you ktf for your program! You have laid ...   Jul 13 2013, 14:25
- - Elbart   I think I found two bugs 1.) When clicking "A...   Dec 26 2013, 19:14
|- - ktf   QUOTE (Elbart @ Dec 26 2013, 19:14) I thi...   Dec 26 2013, 22:41
- - andrew_berge   Ooh! About time the old frontend was updated/r...   Dec 26 2013, 23:42
- - JJZolx   It's kind of a shame that the old FLACTester.e...   Dec 27 2013, 04:51
- - ktf   QUOTE (andrew_berge @ Dec 26 2013, 23:42)...   Dec 27 2013, 09:19
- - JJZolx   No, I created the Explorer integration myself. Wha...   Dec 27 2013, 11:31
- - Elbart   QUOTE (ktf @ Dec 26 2013, 22:41) Thanks f...   Dec 27 2013, 18:32
- - StanVanDam   The original FLAC Front End 1.7 from 2003 used a ....   Jan 26 2014, 05:11
- - knarf   If it matters, add me to the list who would love t...   Mar 25 2014, 06:10


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