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Release 0.2

I’m very happy to announce our 0.2 release. As always, it was delayed a little past the expected release date as we squeezed in a few more features and schoolwork got in the way. Why can’t we just do RCOS all the time? Anyway, Universal Batch Converter alpha release 0.2 is now up. We have it in tarball, rpm, deb, and windows flavors. I”m looking for input on these, any bug reports or even just letting us know it worked would be great for feedback.

A quick rundown of some of the exciting features of this nerw version:

  • Checking for updates: our program now checks for a new version at startup, and lets you know if you’re out of date. This was to mitigate the cost of the other sites which are already hosting our program. We don’t want to be fielding support requests for 0.1 next year, with people not knowing there is a new version.
  • Converter detection: we check to make sure that converters exist now, rather than just blindly execing. This makes the program’s functionality much more clear, especially combined with the next feature…
  • Working console: Our output console now says more than “this is the console!” It notifies of updates, alerts you to converters you’re missing, and reports about the status and results of conversions.
  • Fully dynamic GUI. Adding new plugins will result in the creation of new tabs now, so our program is fully extensible and waiting for more converter types. We hope to add support for many more formats soon, now that the program has reached a (mostly) usable state.
  • Executable verification: In addition to checking for the presence of the converter, we now have some rudimentary support for determining if it’s actually the program we think it is. This was necessitated by our use of ImageMagick’s convert, which happens to share a name with the convert program windows has for converting filesystems.
  • More formats! I sat down one night and cranked out several more XML files, giving us support for several new audio formats, namely: AAC, MIDI(input only), OGA(Xiph.org’s up and coming audio codec celt), wavpack, and MP2. To use all of them you’ll need faac, faad, celt, timidity++, wavpack, and twolame.  We also have some document support courtesy of the Apache Tika project, although it’s a little finicky currently, as it depends on Java and we don’t have support for expressing that properly in the XML yet.

Without further ado, I give you download links:

Windows: http://sourceforge.net/projects/unibatchconv/files/releases/0.2/unibatchconv-0.2.zip/download

Linux:

RPM (64-bit):

http://sourceforge.net/projects/unibatchconv/files/releases/0.2/unibatchconv-0.2.1-Linux.rpm/download

DEB (64 bit):

http://sourceforge.net/projects/unibatchconv/files/releases/0.2/unibatchconv-0.2.1-Linux.deb/download

Cross Platform Source:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/unibatchconv/files/releases/0.2/unibatchconv-0.2.tar.bz2/download

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