Semplice - Changelog

This page describes the changes made in each point release of Semplice since its first release as version 1.00 in November 2022.


Release 1.01 - January 2023

  • Enhancement: Embedded cuesheets can now be edited by taking the 'c' option from the main menu.
  • Enhancement: Embedded album art can now be extracted & saved by taking the main menu's 'a' option
  • Enhancement: Spectrum Analyser functionality now callable from main menu using 's' option.
  • Bugfix: Cursor visibility issues when cleaning tags and/or merging files now fixed.

Most of the changes in Version 1.01 arise from adding new lettered menu options to the program's main menu: Options "c", "a" and "s" are new.

Embedded cuesheets are created when you use Semplice Option 11, to merge separate per-track FLACs into single per-composition ones. The cuesheet describes where each 'virtual track' within the composition begin and end. They also describe the composer, the performers and recording year. If you ever edit the metadata tags directly associated with the per-composition FLAC after you've created it, the embedded cuesheet will not agree with the information contained within the FLAC's metadata tags. You therefore will want to manually adjust the cuesheet to bring it back into line. Taking the 'c' option when an embedded cuesheet is present will open the cuesheet in editable format within a text editor. Edit the text, save as normal and Semplice will write your changes back to the cuesheet stored within the FLAC. Semplice will use your system's default editor to open and write the cuesheet: by default, that's whatever your EDITOR environment variable is set to. If EDITOR is not set for some reason, then the nano text editor will be used as the backstop default.

Album art which has been embedded within a FLAC (by taking Semplice Option 6) can now be re-extracted at any time by taking the new "a" option. The album art extracted will be that embedded in the first FLAC contained within the current working directory. It will be written to the current working directory as a file called albumart.jpg. Optionally: if you add DISPLAYONEXTRACT=1 to the end of your semplice.conf file, the album art will not only be written to a file but will also be displayed in the centre of your monitor. Set DISPLAYONEXTRACT to anything other than a value of 1 to suppress the automatic display of the extracted album art.

As I discussed in this blog piece, it can sometimes be useful to see a frequency analysis graph of the audio signal contained within a FLAC (to see if it's a genuine FLAC, or a hires one and so on). The new "s" options analyses the first FLAC in the current working folder and displays a spectrum analysis graph once it has completed its frequency analysis of it. The option makes no changes to the file at all, it simply assesses the audio signal contained within it.

Various minor bugfixes were also made in this version, chief amongst which was a bunch of visual glitches and clumsiness when cleaning tags or merging files into SuperFLACs: program display should now be tidier in consequence.

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