Work is going on pretty well, but I have to say that it is most probably, that CDDB submission will not be in 0.8beta.
I am sorry for that, but if I would implement it right now, the release date will move at least a month… So I decided to put it back until 0.9beta.
All other features are implemented in time, at least I hope so. There will be plenty of new features in version 0.8beta, also some that are not named in the list above :)
But furthermore there will be some annoying bugs removed, at first the bug, that the last sector of a CD is not read in any case. So the last track will be one sector too short always. This was a really silly bug and I am sorry for that. Moreover there are error poping up like Assign Range at Utils.2593 and that the system slows down totally when starting EAC. So please do not mail me if you encounter any of these bugs, I know them already and I work on their removal. I don’t know if I am able to remove them all completly, but I will try so.
I have to say, that NOBODY mailed me regarding my last news entry (a few lines down) from the 5-November. :( If you are not getting pops, you probably made a CDDB database by yourself…
There is one more favour, I would like to ask. If you encounter any new link of a really big shareware site to my page, please tell me. And moreover if you find any review of EAC (or something similar) in a computer magazin, I really would like to have a copy of it (or at least the according pages, or if postage is too expansive, also a scan of that page would be sufficient)… Thanks in forward!

I am already working on the next version, and for that I want to ask everybody who often got pops on extraction to send these to me to test my routines… I am in need of some real pops! 😉
Furthermore I will start a EAC database project now. If you have build up your own database (perhaps also some with lyrics), please send it to me. I will build one huge database of all your CDs and put it somewhere in the web. This will help those, who don’t have internet access (or not always).
Please send me a short mail if you want to send me WAV files or databases that are over 10 kb in size… Thanks in forward!
Don’t expect any program updates until christmas, only if big bugs have to be removed :)

Release Date of version 0.7beta
This version mainly bugfixes many small and some bigger problems, also the hanging on some systems and some CDDB problems…
The new version includes

  • CRC checksum calculation for tracks
  • Test read function, allowing to calculate CRC checksums without using disk space
  • Disabling CD Autostart feature for runtime of EAC
  • Lyrics support (first try 😉
  • External MP3 compression support (including long filenames and ID3 tagging)
  • Automatic CUE Sheet creation of CD’s (including all track indices!)
  • Time format could be changed from hundredth seconds to frames
  • Leaving out WAV header (optional) for true MP3 files or raw audio data
  • Batch CDDB queries
  • Lots of bug fixes, and as always some new bugs
    (drive reset, speed selection and CDDB bugs should be fixed now)

One of the main bugs still in EAC reported by my beta testers is that after extraction the system is not really stable anymore at least on some systems. I don’t know why yet, because on my system everything seems to be ok. But to be on the safe side you should reboot if you need a real stable system. Sorry!
By the way, my Plextor came back like new after a week of repair… But I decided to sell that one and bought a new Plextor 32TSI already. Furthermore today I bought a Soundblaster Live! :)