01 replaces 0.25 – that’s, like, twice more than twice as good, innit?
Chris Johnson has announced the release of version 0.50 of ID3TagEd and, since that announcement, he has updated the software yet again to version 0.51.
The tags in any given MP3 file can contain a wide range of information about that file – most commonly, the basic details such as the artist, and song and album titles, year of release, and so on – and is used by software such as RiscDJ for the purposes of organising and sorting collections of audio files. The purpose of ID3TagEd is to edit (or create) those tags, and the application supports both version 1 and 2 ID3 tags, and can operate on a batch of files – allowing certain tags to be filled from the data held in the path and file name.
The last ‘stable’ release of the software was version 0.25, and since then the software has seen a significant of work, with a number of its features having been substantially rewritten. The ‘no particular order’ list of changes Chris has given for the update to version 0.25 includes:
- The handling of tags with text frames in unicode format has been greatly improved, and the application now uses the Iconv module for all unicode decoding. Note that if you are using Netsurf you will already have this module installed – and that ID3TagEd can only read and decode unicode frames; those written are in Latin1 format.
- There is now a facility to add a wide range of text and linked frames.
- There is a ‘strip padding’ option when batch processing.
- The handling of ‘patterns’ for renaming and filling tags from file names has been improved.
- There are new editing options to strip a specified number of characters from the start or end of a text frame.
- All 148 v1 tag genres, as listed in LAME 3.98.4, are now used.
And the change from version 0.50 to version 0.51 is that the software can now optionally retain the file’s original time stamp.
Detailed instructions for using the software are found in the form of a HTML manual, accessed by clicking Help on the application’s icon bar menu, or via the application’s help entry in the filer menu, and it can be downloaded directly from Chris Johnson’s website (mirror). It can also be obtained using PackMan, for those who prefer their software packaged.