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Changes - cdrtfe 1.5.8
release date: 01.01.2018

cdrtools updated to version 3.02a09
GUI, dialog for selecting multiple writers: CTRL-A selects all available writers.

Changes - cdrtfe 1.5.7
release date: 01.05.2017

DAE: Addes progress bar (per track).
Audio CD: Start writing process only if a CD-R(W) is inserted.
Disk Image
Fixed 'Invalid handle' error when verifying ISO images by avoiding a sharing violation.
Check ISO volume size before staring verification. If the volume size is smaller than the ISO image size, then limit the verification to the volume.
Allow raw writing mode for CUE images.

Changes - cdrtfe 1.5.6
release date: 15.09.2016

More adjustments for cygwin 1.7 and above.
Ask the user what to do if a disc could not be recognized.
(Un-)Installer now warns if a running instance of cdrtfe is detected.
Some BD-R(E) and BD/DL discs weren't recognized correctly.

Changes - cdrtfe 1.5.5
release date: 28.02.2016

Support for dpi awareness.
Only use system icons in tree- and listviews.
Removed old and unused icons.
New icons for buttons.
Several options which could be set with the cdrtfe.ini are now available via the GUI.
Support for LibParanoia options.
Disk image:
Added 'multisession' option for writing images.
Activate DEP and ASLR.
Changing the language in portable mode did not save this setting to the cdrtfe.ini in the program folder of the portable version. Instead the cdrtfe.ini in the user directory was used, if it existed.
When no cdrtfe.ini existed, the language setting was saved to the cdrtfe_lang.ini. In most cases a user doesn't have the privileges to do this. Now a new cdrtfe.ini will be created.
Added the cdrtools folder to the search path, so that the code pages can be found by mkisofs.

Changes - cdrtfe
release date: 10.10.2015

A variable was incorrectly initialized, which could prevent the start of the 'Disc image' project.

Changes - cdrtfe 1.5.4
release date: 08.08.2015

The drive selection now shows the drive letter for each drive.
Holding the Shift key during the start of cdrtfe activates the debug mode.
Prevent the message 'Invalid Handle' during disc verification with multiple retries. Clarify the error message.
Audio CD:
New option in cdrtfe.ini for a less strict format checking of sound files (only flac): section [Audio-CD], RelaxedFormatChecking = 1. This makes it possible to add source files which are not in Audio CD format when using user-defined commandlines (e.g. with ffmpeg) for audio decoding.
Audio CD: Tracks with identical filenames from different source folders caused problems because of name collisions of temporary files during conversion into wav format.

Changes - cdrtfe 1.5.3

Commandline option /img can now be used together with /load.
The exe installer can now handle a locked ShellExtension DLL when reinstalling, updating and uninstalling cdrtfe.
Correctly handle program paths when writing them to the registry.
Fix rare access violation when initializing file explorer.

Changes - cdrtfe 1.5.2

Corrected position of some controls.
Use bigger font size.
Use Vista style tree views, if possible.
Automatic disc type detection:
This feature can be activated via cdrtfe.ini by adding the line
to the section [General].
When a disc is inserted into the selected drive, cdrtfe will detect the size and type of the disc and set the space meter of the currently active project accordingly.
If the current project is 'Data disc', no files have been added yet and the options 'Multisession' and 'Import previous sessions' are enabled, the contents of the disc will be imported into the project and the space meter will show the space used by the previous session.
Ctrl-F5 forces a new detection of the disc.
Automatic TOC detection for project DAE:
This feature can be activated via cdrtfe.ini by adding the line
to the section [General].
If the current project is 'DAE' and the inserted disc is an Audio CD, the TOC will automatically be read and the track list will be displayed.
Commandline for decoding sound files can be changed via cdrtfe.ini or project file, section [Audio-CD].
Add a line starting with
and followed by the appropriate commandline. Example:
CustomConvCmdOgg=c:Programmecdrtfetoolssoundoggdec.exe --quiet -b16 -o %T %S
%T and %S are placeholders for target and source filename.

Changes - cdrtfe 1.5.1

Changed appearance of the message dialogs.
Use Segoe UI or Tahoma as font if available.
Corrected tab order on the cdrtfe main window.
Drive recognition failed with more than 10 SCSI host adapters.
Under Windows 7 PE the initialization of the task bar progress indicator failed and caused cdrtfe to crash.
Continuing a multisession CD with importing the previous session could make both sessions (the old and new) unusable. The mkisofs command to calculate the amount of data to be written was called with wrong parameters.
Registering and unregistering the ShellExtension failed on Windows x64.
Make cdrtfe compile with Delphi 7 again.
Use current versions of JCL, JVCL, Vampyre Imaging Library and Drag and Drop Component Suite.
Added possibility to compile cdrtfe with the Virtual Shell Tools instead of the Delphi Shell Controls.

Changes - cdrtfe 1.5

Detect the cygwin path prefix with an external cygwin program. This should work with all cygwin versions from 1.5.x to 1.7.x.
Projects 'Audio CD' and 'Disc image' can now simultaneously write to multiple burners.
Go to the project 'Audio CD' and add the audio tracks or go to the project 'Disc image' and select the image file (ISO, CUE/BIN image or audio CUE sheet).
If cdrtfe detects at least two disc writers, you can select 'multiple writers' from the drop down list as target.
Click 'Start'.
Select the writers you want to use. Then cklick 'Ok'.
Click 'Start'. The Tabsheets 'Device <x>' show the log for each writer, the Tabsheet 'Preparation' shows the log when compressed audio files need to be converted into wav format.

Temporary files will be kept until you close this window, so you can repeat the writing process several times without creating the temporay files again.

Currently, there is no verification for multiple discs after the writing process finished. You may, however, start the verification manually for a single drive. Right-click the 'Verify' option.

It is recommended to run tests in simulation mode or with simulation drivers before starting a real write.

Changes - cdrtfe 1.4.1

Selected task can be started with Ctrl-Alt-Enter.
Optional warning before closing cdrtfe, if the file compilation has been modified.
Workaround for the message dialogs to enable the screenreader NVDA to read the text.
Audio CD:
Only sound files which can be converted to Audio CD compatible wave files will be accepted:
wav, flac, ape: 44.1 kHz, 16 Bit, stereo
ogg : 44.1 kHz, 8 oder 16 bit, stereo
mp3 : any
Missing values for userdefined pauses will be interpreted as 0 seconds. Additional check for invalid values.
It is no longer required to start cdrtfe with admin privileges to (de)activate the ShellExtension under Vista/Win7. Required privileges will be requested, when needed.
When in portable mode cdrtfe does not allow any longer to activate the ShellExtension.
When starting cdrtfe the FileExplorer wasn't opened in the specified folder.
Current folder in the FileExplorer changed when tab was switched.
Continuing a multisession CD could make the disc unusable, if files from the previous session were to be hidden and no UDF filesystem was used.
The old version of files from previous sessions which should be replaced were additionally hidden, which caused mkisofs to fail.

Changes - cdrtfe 1.4

Added toolbar
bigger main window, more space for the project area
FileExplorer now located within the project area
Toggle output window (Alt-K)
Toggle output window and FileExplorer (Alt-J)
Access disc info and erase functions via menu
Close output window with Alt-L
Spacemeter shows selected disc type.
Portable mode:
Delete registry keys 'HKLMSoftwareCygnus Solutions' and 'HKCUSoftwareCygnus Solutions', if they did not exist at startup.
Indicate portable mode in splash screen and about box.
Change search order for cdrtfe.ini. Look first in cdrtfe's program folder. This allows to use both the portable and installed version on one system.
Driver options:
Support for Yamaha Audiomaster feature: cdrtfe.ini (or project file), section [cdrecord], Audiomaster=1
Support for additional cdrecord driver options: cdrtfe.ini (or project file), section [cdrecord], CustDriverOpts=...
First (still untested and incomplete) support for BD discs
Audio CD:
Convert mp3 files to wav using mpg123 instead of madplay
Possibility to sort the tracks by filename
CD info:
Show meta data (isoinfo -d -debug)
CD Image:
Check medium type before writing image to disc.
Workarounds for the Windows DLL (binary planting) vulnerability
SCSI interface setting (ASPI, SPTI, auto) was ignored during driveletter recognotion.
Pathnames with '=' weren't handled correctly
Workaround for problems when running cdrtfe with BB4win/BBLean.
Debug DLL: Catch possible exception when auto-saving log file and allow selection of alternative path. In portable mode log file will be saved to program folder.
DAE: Hidden audio track could cause wrong track numbering when saving to a compressed format.
DAE: Freedb information could lead to invalid filenames.
Relative paths can now be used in CUE sheets for compressed audio files.
Sometimes temporary CUE sheets were not deleted.

cdrtfe 1.3.9 [01.09.2010]
(3,04 MiByte, zip archive, includes: cdrtfe.exe, translations, cdrtfeShlEx.dll, readme and help files)

* Shell Extension for 64 bit Windows.
* Bugfixes:
o Filebrowser caused an access violation when there was no drive c:.
o Empty disc labels caused wrong error message (Invalid source file ":").

cdrtfe [01.08.2010]
(2,85 MiByte, zip archive, includes: cdrtfe.exe, translations, cdrtfeShlEx.dll, readme and help files)

* GUI:
o Paste files via context menu into cdrtfe.
o Allow FIFO buffer size up to 128 MiB.
* CD Image:
o Support readcd option retries=#.
* Bugfixes:
o Commandline options were completely ignored.
o Disc labels were ignored when loading project files.
o Button captions of the message dialogs weren't translatetd.

cdrtfe 1.3.8 [05.07.2010]
(2,85 MiByte, zip archive, includes: cdrtfe.exe, translations, cdrtfeShlEx.dll, readme and help files)

* GUI:
o Allow copy&paste via Ctrl-V from Explorer to cdrtfe (in treeview and listview).
o Progress display for mkisofs and readcd with progressbar.
o Use standard system symbls for folders in treeview.
o Improved message dialogs.
* Bugfixes:
o Fixed possible Access Violation when closing cdrtfe.
o Fixed Access Violation that occurred at startup when the execution of cdrecord/mkisofs failed.
o After writing a Cue image all controls remained locked.
o Under certain conditions the verification of a disc did not start.

cdrtfe 1.3.7 [01.05.2010]
(2,84 MiByte, zip archive, includes: cdrtfe.exe, translations, cdrtfeShlEx.dll, readme and help files)

* Audio CD:
o CD Text from tags: Workaround for UTF-8 coded tags.
o Show number of available characters for CD Text.
o Mark too long (>159 characters) CD Text strings.
o Keyboard shortcuts (Dialog 'Tracks'):
F4Performer from current row as album performer
Shift-F5Delete performer for all tracks
o Support for WaveGain.exe (normalize tracks before writing).
* DAE:
o Hidden tracks can be read an copied.
* CD Image:
o Verification of ISO images with disc.
* GUI:
o Windows 7: progress display in taskbar entry.
o Activity display when deleting RWs and fixating discs.
o FilexExplorer settings can be saved.
o Keyboard-Shortcut (Alt-Q) for fast switching between FileExplorer and project.
o The cdrtfe.ini can be directly displayed and edited.
* Recognize active cygwin1.dll and use it (if possible).
* Improved execution of commandline tools (timeout, abort).
* Bugfixes:
o Audio-CD:
+ FLAC file with ID3 tags will not cause access violations any longer.
+ Check CD Text data only when CD Text option is set.
o DAE: Track information (title, performer) were not displayed, if one of the fields was empty.

cdrtfe 1.3.6 [01.12.2009]
(2,82 MiByte, zip archive, includes: cdrtfe.exe, translations, cdrtfeShlEx.dll, readme and help files)

* Data CD:
o Warn, when trying to write a multisession CD in DAO mode.
* Audio CD/(S)VCD:
When adding multiple tracks these are alphabetically sorted first.
* GUI:
o Show subfolder sizes in file view.
o cdrtfe now has a file explorer to show and select source files (only possible if main program window has a sufficient height).
o Added keyboard shortcuts:
Alt-EFile Explorer
Alt-LOutput/Log window
Alt-SSettings dialog
o Changed appearance of some dialogs.
o Improved progress display (track/file and total).
o New program icon.
* Better drive lettter detection of drives connected via USB.
* Bugfixes:
o Audio CD:
+ Option 'overburn' now works.
+ BOM (Byte order marks) are removed from tags.
+ Loading a FLAC file could overwrite memory areas and crash cdrtfe.
o XCDs: Form2-Files were ignored when calculating the total size.
o DAE: With the option 'prefix file names' ID3 tags were not written.
o A wrong drive index could cause a access violation after loading a project file.

cdrtfe 1.3.5 [01.04.2009]
(2,09 MiByte, zip archive, includes: cdrtfe.exe, translations, cdrtfeShlEx.dll, readme and help files)

* Data CD:
o Warn, if Vol-ID is too long.
o Warn, if Meta Data entries are too long.
o Allow to write multisession discs wihtout Rock-Ridge filesystem. Setting via cdrtfe.ini: ForceMSRR=0 in [Data-CD]
* Audio CD:
m3u playlists can now have relative paths.
* DAE:
o Set reading and writing speed seperately for 1:1 copy.
o Warn, if reading the TOC failed.
* GUI:
o Improved keyboard navigation with Tab/Shift-Tab in many dialogs.
o Files in the Audio CD/(S)VCD project can now be opened with Enter.
o The Taskbar entry can show the number and the size of the files of a project (Data CD, Audio CD, XCD). Settings via cdrtfe.ini: FileInfoTitle=1 in [General]
o Folder selection dialog can now be closed with Esc.
o Context menu adjusted.
o Column width of ListViews can now be saved.
o SpaceMeter can be disabled. Setting via cdrtfe.ini: SpaceMeter=0 in [General]
* If calling ShellExecute fails, an error message is shown.
* Registering and unregistering the ShellExtension should now work on Windows Vista. Admin privileges are still necessary.
* Bugfixes:
o Data CD, Meta Data: It wasn't possible to use just a single field.
o DAE, 1:1 copy: Copy wasn't possible, if the path for the temporary files included spaces.

cdrtfe 1.3.4 [02.01.2009]
(2,07 MiByte, zip archive, includes: cdrtfe.exe, translations, cdrtfeShlEx.dll, readme and help files)

* DAE: Support for option -offset (via cdrtfe.ini, section [DAE], Offset=...).
* Minor GUI improvements.
* Bugfixes

cdrtfe 1.3.3 [30.11.2008]
(1,92 MiByte, zip archive, includes: cdrtfe.exe, translations, cdrtfeShlEx.dll, readme and help files)

* Data-DVD: Added multiborder DVD support (cdrecord 2.01.01a50 and newer) for DVD-R and DVD-RW. A DVD-RW which has been written in multiborder mode has to blanked fully to reuse it for another writing mode.
According to the cdrecord man page multiborder DVD writing is done in the same way like writing multisession CDs. So, cdrtfe has been adjusted to allow this for DVD-R(W) discs.
However, I haven't been able to successfully continue a multiborder DVD, cdrecord always complained about not having enough space left regardless how much data was to be written.
I am not sure what causes this problem (cdrecord, system, drive). If you want to use this new feature, try it with a rewritable disc first.
* Splashscreen can be disabled (Startoption /nosplash or cdrtfe.ini, Section [General] Nosplash=1).
* Show the remaining space in the status bar.
* Folders are now displayed in the file listview (Data CD, XCD).
* Added sliders to allow resizing of the folder treeviews and file listviews (Data CD, XCD).
* All dialogs for selecting files or folders now remenber the last selected folder.
* Bugfixes

cdrtfe 1.3.2 [05.09.2008]
(1,91 MiByte, zip archive, includes: cdrtfe.exe, translations, cdrtfeShlEx.dll, readme and help files)

* A 'space meter' has been added which displays the used space of a disc. The disc type can manually be selected.
* Multisession CDs: The session to be continued can now be selected, and the contents will be displayed in the file/folder view.
* DAE: The option -verboselevel=all will only be used for 1:1 copies.
* The CD image project now has a seperate option for CD text (when writing an Audio CD from a CUE Sheet).
* Files can be opened with the associated program. For sound and video files an alternative player can be defined.
* Bugfixes

cdrtfe 1.3.1 [24.03.2008]
(1,63 MiByte, zip archive, includes: cdrtfe.exe, translations, cdrtfeShlEx.dll, readme and help files)

DVD+RWs can now be blanked, if cdrecord 2.01.01a37 or newer is available.
cdrtfe can now detect some potential problems with cdrecord, mkisofs or the cygwin1.dll.
The use of the included cygwin1.dll can now be forced, even if the DLL is found in the system's search path.
New folder structure for the translations (cdrtfe and cdrtfe Shell Extension).
New commandline options /debug and /debugAS to start cdrtfe in debug mode.

cdrtfe 1.3 [29.12.2007]
(1,47 MiByte, zip archive, includes: cdrtfe.exe,, cdrtfeShlEx.dll, readme_en.txt, readme_dvd_en.txt)

Data CD:

Additional Meta data: Publisher, Preparer-ID, System-ID, Copyright-File.
Additional options: -T, -hide-joliet-trans-tbl, -no-limit-pathtables, -hide-rr-moved.
Data CD, XCD:
Improved folder selection dialog, which allows to choose multiple folders. Use Alt-Insert to add a folder to the list and Del to remove a folder from the list. A single folder can be selected just like before.
CD Image:

The CD Text information from Audio CD cue sheets will be written to disc, if the CD Text option from the Audio CD project is enabled.
1:1 copies can be created by using the function 'Create Image from CD' with the option 'Write copy' enabled.

1:1 copy function: automatic extraction and burning of all tracks
If available the folder 'My Music' will be used to save the tracks.

cdrtfe 1.3pre2 [29.07.2007]
(1,38 MiByte, zip archive, includes: cdrtfe.exe,, cdrtfeShlEx.dll, readme_en.txt, readme_dvd_en.txt)

* Data CD, continue multisession CDs:
o Show content of previous sessions in the file/folder view.
o Import is possible if the options 'multisession' and 'continue CD' are selected and the project is empty.
o Warnings that files and folders from previous sessions cannot be moved or renamed.
o Possibility to 'delete' files or folders from an existing session.
o Limitations:
Empty folders from previous sessions cannot be removed.
* Data CD: New/changed options for filesystem:
o output character set is now independent of ISO Level setting
o new option for input character set
o support for additional boot options: -boot-load-size, -boot-load-seg and -boot-info-table
* Audio CD:
Support for source files in ape format (Monkey's Audio). The necessary commandline tool (mac.exe) can be downloaded from
* Audio CD: Cue sheet support:
Audio CDs can now be created from cue sheets (*.cue). Use the project 'CD Image' and add the cue sheet file. Compressed audio files will be converted into wave format automatically.
* Auto-save on exit
* Automatical update of the second output window can now be switched off.
* context-sensitive help
* new commandline options /img und /dvd
* keyboard shortcuts
* Bugfixes

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