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XTractor Release Notes

Release notes include changes, enhancements and corrections by date and version number of the application.

Version - 07/05/2006

  1. Fix. If encoding with apt-X and either the OS or XTractor terminated abruptly, XTractor would not properly clean up left-over temporary files. Further efforts to rip audio to the same cart number associated with the temporary file failed.

Version - 06/14/2006

  1. Fix. Audio header information was being incorrectly written for certain storage methods. The cart Description field, for instance, displayed all zeros.

Version - 03/02/2005

  1. Change. Maestro 3.3 versions using the new version 1.4 audio file header would not import or play audio created with XTractor due to the newer versions of Maestro enforcing a strict 32K file boundary. XTractor has been revised to meet the new requirement.

Version - 02/13/2004

  1. Fix. A bug that prevented users from auditioning audio after ripping an initial track has been corrected. The problem was introduced inadvertently in version

  2. Enhancement. An enhancement has been made to save the finished .DAF file to its target location initially as a temporary file, then rename it to the appropriate name on completion of the save. This prevents an ACP server from recognizing the file while it's being saved. Now, ACP will see the ripped track only after it is completely saved in the target folder. This is also the case for files sent directly to a Maestro unit's shared audio folder (applies to v3.1+ Maestro).

  3. Fix. A correction has been made in the Preferences display. The selected sample rate is now correctly maintained.

  4. Fix. When ripping a cut to an MPEG file, the wrong temporary file location was being used. This has been corrected.

  5. Fix. Corrections have been made for the PCM and apt-X files that are sent to DAFIE.

    It has been observed that the DAFIE NLM (NetWare) does not properly handle files of sample rates greater than 32kHz.

Version - 01/05/2004

  1. Fix. The main display was not properly updating to show the correct options when the end-user changed the format of the output file. This has been corrected.

Version - 12/14/2003

  1. Enhancement. Higher sample rates - 44.1 and 48 kHz - are now supported for PCM (linear) output files.

  2. Enhancement. XTractor no longer has separate versions for MPEG-specific and apt-X™ specific encoding. Functionality for both types is supported in this version. You must have the appropriate encoder software, either the QDesign MPEG encoder or APT's apt-X™ encoder (or both) installed on your PC. The XTractor installation optionally installs a trial version of apt-X™ encoding. To encode with MPEG, you must purchase the encoder software (sorry, no trials available at this time).

  3. Fix. Users of the Dyna^Level feature reported noise in finished audio. This has been corrected.

  4. Fix. A change in MPEG encoding at higher bit rates has been made to correct problems with incorrect finished audio content.

  5. Fix. If the default encoding is MPEG, the parameters were not being set properly at startup. This has been corrected.

Version - 01/16/2003

  1. Enhancement. Support for apt-X™ encoding has been added to XTractor as an option. In order to use apt-X™, you must install the "apt-X™" encoder using the "CUSTOM" install option. If you did not install this option initially, you can run the setup program again. It will offer the option to change the installation. Select the "apt-X™ Encoder" option and update your installation. The encoder will run as a trial version for 10 days following installation.

  2. Enhancement. Users can now define a temporary file directory in Preferences. This directory location is used by XTractor when creating temporary files. It is useful if XTractor is installed on a network drive or the XTractor install drive is short on disk space. For optimum performance, the temporary file directory should be located on a local drive.

  3. Enhancement. The user interface has be slightly reorganized for better readability and efficiency.

  4. Change. XTractor now saves all information (preferences, registration) in an ini file named XTRACTOR.INI. This file is located in the application directory - the folder where you installed XTractor. If you are upgrading from a previous version of XTractor, you will need to re-enter your registration key the first time you launch XTractor.
To function properly in Windows NT4, Windows 2000 or Windows XP, XTractor requires ASPI be installed. ASPI is a communications layer between XTractor and the CR-ROM device. The installation of XTractor now includes the necessary files and notes for installation, should you need to install the ASPI layer.