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===Important note===
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'''From EAC 1.0 beta 2, the replacement strings changed'''. For example:
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* "%s" is now "%source%"
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* "%d" is now "%dest%"
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* "%a" is now "%artist%"
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* "%l" is now "%islow%"
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* "%h" is now "%ishigh%"
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See the full list in the [http://wiki.hydrogenaud.io/index.php?title=EAC_placeholders EAC Placeholders] page, the [http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=EAC_Compression_Options#External_compression EAC Compression Options guide] or in the original [http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/en/index.php/support/faq/ EAC FAQ].
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===Software Needed===
 
===Software Needed===
 
* [http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/en/index.php/resources/download/ Exact Audio Copy]
 
* [http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/en/index.php/resources/download/ Exact Audio Copy]
 
* [http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=Recommended_LAME Recommended LAME version]
 
* [http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=Recommended_LAME Recommended LAME version]
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'''Note:''' This guide has now been amended to reflect changes made to LAME as of 3.98.  --vbr-new is now the default setting and is no longer explicitly required.  In addition, non-standard genres are now handled more elegantly.
  
 
===Installation===
 
===Installation===
 
'''Note:''' This guide assumes that EAC has been configured for secure ripping, if not please follow [[EAC_Drive_Configuration | this]] guide.
 
'''Note:''' This guide assumes that EAC has been configured for secure ripping, if not please follow [[EAC_Drive_Configuration | this]] guide.
 
* Unzip the chosen LAME version into the same directory as EAC.
 
* Unzip the chosen LAME version into the same directory as EAC.
* If you would like to tag with APEv2 tags please download [http://www.saunalahti.fi/cse/files/wapet.zip wapet.zip] and unzip it into the '''same folder'''.
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* If you would like to tag with APEv2 tags please download [http://www.rarewares.org/files/others/wapet.zip wapet.zip] and unzip it into the '''same folder'''.
  
===Configuration===
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===General Configuration===
  
 
* Open EAC and insert a CD into the drive.
 
* Open EAC and insert a CD into the drive.
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* Click the '''Browse''' button and locate the '''lame.exe''' that you unzipped into the EAC directory earlier.
 
* Click the '''Browse''' button and locate the '''lame.exe''' that you unzipped into the EAC directory earlier.
 
'''Note:''' If you want to tag with APEv2 tags using Wapet  please locate '''wapet.exe''', not lame.exe.
 
'''Note:''' If you want to tag with APEv2 tags using Wapet  please locate '''wapet.exe''', not lame.exe.
* Don't worry which bit rate is shown in the '''Bit rate''' drop down box, as this will not have any effect on the resultant MP3 file (See Note 4 at the bottom of this page).
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* Don't worry which bit rate is shown in the '''Bit rate''' drop-down box, as this will not have any effect on the resultant MP3 file unless the %bitrate% placeholder is used (see end of the [[EAC_and_Lame#Advanced_Command_Line_Usage| Advanced Command Line Usage section]]).
 
* Don't worry about the '''Use CRC check''' setting; it won't affect the resultant MP3 file either.
 
* Don't worry about the '''Use CRC check''' setting; it won't affect the resultant MP3 file either.
 
* It's a good idea to tick '''Check for external programs return code'''.
 
* It's a good idea to tick '''Check for external programs return code'''.
  
* If you want to let EAC tag your files, you can safely tick '''Add ID3 tag'''; and in the '''Additional command line options''' box, copy and paste the following string:
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===Configuring the Additional command line options===
<font style="color:green">'''-V 2 --vbr-new'''</font> '''%s %d'''
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* The <font style="color:green">'''green'''</font> portion in the examples following this section is where you configure the [[LAME#Encoder_Presets| LAME preset]].
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* The '''%source%''' (formerly '''%s''') and '''%dest%''' (formerly '''%d''')  in the examples following this section are placeholders for EAC. '''%source%''' means '''source''' filename and  '''%dest%''' means '''destination''' filename.  These are absolutely necessary!
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* For specifics see the LAME [http://lame.cvs.sourceforge.net/viewvc/lame/lame/USAGE usage instructions].
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===Adding Tags===
  
* If you prefer not to let EAC tag your files, untick '''Add ID3 tag'''; and in the '''Additional command line options''' box, copy and paste one of the strings below, based on the tag format you prefer:
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Note: Always use the '''[Test Encoder]''' Button to check your Command Line string. With EAC V1.0 beta 3 if you get a message: "Invalid replacement tag found !" try replacing<br>
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each occurence of "%" with "%%" since you need to use double percent so one can be escaped and allow the second one to be passed to Lame.
  
'''No Tags:'''
 
  
<font style="color:green">'''-V 2 --vbr-new'''</font> '''%s %d'''
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'''Let EAC create tags (Recommended)'''
  
'''ID3v1:'''
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To have EAC tag your files, tick '''Add ID3 tag'''; and in the '''Additional command line options''' box, copy and paste the following string:
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<font style="color:green">'''-V2'''</font> '''%source% %dest%'''
  
<font style="color:green">'''-V 2 --vbr-new'''</font> --id3v1-only --ta "%a" --tt "%t" --tg "%m" --tl "%g" --ty "%y" --tn "%n" '''%s %d'''
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'''Create files with no tags'''
  
'''ID3v2:'''
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If you do not wish to have tags, untick '''Add ID3 tag'''; and in the '''Additional command line options''' box, copy and paste the following string:
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<font style="color:green">'''-V2'''</font> '''%source% %dest%'''
  
<font style="color:green">'''-V 2 --vbr-new'''</font> --id3v2-only --pad-id3v2 --ta "%a" --tt "%t" --tg "%m" --tl "%g" --ty "%y" --tn "%n" '''%s %d'''
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'''Let Lame create tags'''
  
'''ID3v1 and ID3v2:'''
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If you prefer to have Lame tag the files based on information shown in the EAC GUI, '''untick''' the checkbox next to '''Add ID3 tag'''. This is recommended in the article about [http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=EAC_Compression_Options#External_compression EAC Compression Options].
  
<font style="color:green">'''-V 2 --vbr-new'''</font> --add-id3v2 --pad-id3v2 --ta "%a" --tt "%t" --tg "%m" --tl "%g" --ty "%y" --tn "%n" '''%s %d'''
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Here are some examples providing different tag types:
  
'''Automatic:'''
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* ID3v1 only:
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<font style="color:green">'''-V2'''</font> --id3v1-only --ta "%artist%" --tt "%title%" --tg "%genre%" --tl "%albumtitle%" --ty "%year%" --tn "%tracknr%/%numtracks%" '''%source% %dest%'''
  
  <font style="color:green">'''-V 2 --vbr-new'''</font> --ta "%a" --tt "%t" --tg "%m" --tl "%g" --ty "%y" --tn "%n" '''%s %d'''
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* ID3v2 only :
''Automatic'' means that by default only ID3v1 will be created. In case the length of at least one of the entries exceeds the permitted length of ID3v1, ID3v2 will be created in addition.
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  <font style="color:green">-V2</font> --id3v2-only --pad-id3v2 --ta "%artist%" --tt "%title%" --tg "%genre%" --tl "%albumtitle%" --ty "%year%" --tn "%tracknr%/%numtracks%" %source% %dest%
  
'''Note on ID3 tagging:''' Lame will exit with an error if you try to write a non-standard genre to either of the ID3 tags.  If you experience this issue, either remove '''--tg "%m"''' from, or add '''--ignore-tag-errors''' to the command line; or simply allow EAC to tag since it doesn't have this problem.
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* ID3v2 only (before EAC version 1.0b2 - for comparison):
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<font style="color:green">'''-V2'''</font> --id3v2-only --pad-id3v2 --ta "%a" --tt "%t" --tg "%m" --tl "%g" --ty "%y" --tn "%n" '''%s %d'''
  
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* ID3v1 and ID3v2:
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<font style="color:green">'''-V2'''</font> --add-id3v2 --pad-id3v2 --ta "%artist%" --tt "%title%" --tg "%genre%" --tl "%albumtitle%" --ty "%year%" --tn "%tracknr%/%numtracks%" '''%source% %dest%'''
  
'''APEv2: (This requires [http://www.saunalahti.fi/cse/files/wapet.zip wapet.exe]. Remember to browse for wapet.exe instead of lame.exe as the external encoding program.)'''
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* Automatic:
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<font style="color:green">'''-V2'''</font> --ta "%artist%" --tt "%title%" --tg "%genre%" --tl "%albumtitle%" --ty "%year%" --tn "%tracknr%/%numtracks%" '''%source% %dest%'''
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With Automatic, ID3v1 will always be created. If any ID3v1 field exceeds the length allowed by the ID3v1 specification then a complete ID3v2 tag will also be added.
  
'''%d''' -t "Artist=%a" -t "Title=%t" -t "Album=%g" -t "Year=%y" -t "Track=%n" -t "Genre=%m" <font style="font style="color:blue">LAME.exe</font> <font style="color:green">'''-V 2 --vbr-new'''</font> '''%s %d'''
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'''Use Wapet to create APEv2 tags'''
  
<font style="color:blue">'''Note 1:''' lame.exe needs to be in the same directory as wapet.exe.</font>
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If you prefer instead to have APEv2 tags based on information shown in the EAC GUI, '''untick''' the checkbox next to '''Add ID3 tag'''
  
<font style="color:green">'''Note 2:''' If you wanted to change the [[LAME#Encoder_Presets| LAME preset]], the green text denotes the part that needs to be altered.</font>
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'''Note:''' Creating APE tags requires [http://www.rarewares.org/files/others/wapet.zip wapet.exe]. Remember to browse for wapet.exe instead of lame.exe as the external encoding program. Also, lame.exe needs to be in the same directory as wapet.exe.
  
'''Note 3:''' The '''%s''' and '''%d''' at the end of each string are placeholders for EAC. '''%s''' means '''source''' filename and '''%d''' means '''destination''' filename.
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Use the following string:
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'''%dest%''' -t "Artist=%artist%" -t "Title=%title%" -t "Album=%albumtitle%" -t "Year=%year%" -t "Track=%tracknr%/%numtracks%" -t "Genre=%genre%" LAME.exe <font style="color:green">'''-V2'''</font> '''%source% %dest%'''
  
<font style="color:Red">'''Note 4:''' The '''%l...%l''' and '''%h...%h''' placeholders are used to add text according to whether the High quality or Low quality radio button is selected, as shown below:</font>
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===Advanced Command Line Usage===
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* The <font style="color:Red">'''%islow%...%islow%'''</font> and <font style="color:Red">''''%ishigh%...%ishigh%'''</font> placeholders are used to add text according to whether the High quality or Low quality radio button is selected, as shown below:
  
  '''<font style="color:red">%l</font><font style="color:green">--preset 128</font><font style="color:red">%l%h</font><font style="color:green">--preset standard</font><font style="color:red">%h'''</font> '''%s %d'''
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  '''<font style="color:red">%islow%</font><font style="color:green">-V5</font><font style="color:red">%islow%%ishigh%</font><font style="color:green">-V0</font><font style="color:red">%ishigh%'''</font> '''%source% %dest%'''
  
 
Therefore, if you select '''Low quality''', EAC will invoke the LAME encoder with the following command line parameters:
 
Therefore, if you select '''Low quality''', EAC will invoke the LAME encoder with the following command line parameters:
  
  LAME.exe --preset 128 '''%s %d'''
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  <font style="color:green">'''-V5'''</font> '''%source% %dest%'''
  
 
..and if you select '''High quality''' EAC will invoke LAME with these command line parameters:
 
..and if you select '''High quality''' EAC will invoke LAME with these command line parameters:
  
  LAME.exe --preset standard '''%s %d'''
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  <font style="color:green">'''-V0'''</font> '''%source% %dest%'''
  
You can access the bitrate value in the dropdown list using the '''%r''' placeholder, For Example:
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* You can access the bitrate value in the drop-down list using the <font style="color:blue">'''%bitrate%'''</font> placeholder, for example:
  
  --preset %r '''%s %d'''
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  <font style="color:green">'''-b'''</font><font style="color:blue">'''%bitrate%'''</font> '''%source% %dest%'''
  
 
So, if you selected '''192 kBit/s''' in the '''Bit Rate''' drop-down list, the command line would be:
 
So, if you selected '''192 kBit/s''' in the '''Bit Rate''' drop-down list, the command line would be:
  
  LAME.exe --preset 192 '''%s %d'''
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  <font style="color:green">'''-b'''</font><font style="color:blue">'''192'''</font> '''%source% %dest%'''
  
It is a generally accepted fact that the bitrate selected in the drop-down list doesn't affect the command line. In essence this is true, as it will not affect the command line ''unless you use the %r placeholder''. However, using ABR or CBR over VBR is not recommended, and therefore you should never have to use the '''%r''' option.
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It is a generally accepted fact that the bitrate selected in the drop-down list doesn't affect the command line. In essence this is true, as it will not affect the command line ''unless you use the '''%bitrate%''' (formerly '''%r''') placeholder''. However, the bitrate needs only be set when using ABR or CBR over VBR, which is not recommended for better quality audio.
  
  
<center>[[Image:EAC_LAME02.png|frame|center|LAME configured with ID3v1 tagging]]</center>
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<center>[[Image:EAC_LAME02.png|frame|center|LAME configured with ID3v1 tagging (and replacement strings used before EAC version 1.0 beta 2)]]</center>
  
 
[[Category:Guides]]
 
[[Category:Guides]]
 
[[Category:EAC Guides|LAME & EAC]]
 
[[Category:EAC Guides|LAME & EAC]]
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[[Category:EAC Compression Guides]]

Latest revision as of 20:12, 23 March 2020

Important note[edit]

From EAC 1.0 beta 2, the replacement strings changed. For example:

  • "%s" is now "%source%"
  • "%d" is now "%dest%"
  • "%a" is now "%artist%"
  • "%l" is now "%islow%"
  • "%h" is now "%ishigh%"

See the full list in the EAC Placeholders page, the EAC Compression Options guide or in the original EAC FAQ.

Software Needed[edit]

Note: This guide has now been amended to reflect changes made to LAME as of 3.98. --vbr-new is now the default setting and is no longer explicitly required. In addition, non-standard genres are now handled more elegantly.

Installation[edit]

Note: This guide assumes that EAC has been configured for secure ripping, if not please follow this guide.

  • Unzip the chosen LAME version into the same directory as EAC.
  • If you would like to tag with APEv2 tags please download wapet.zip and unzip it into the same folder.

General Configuration[edit]

  • Open EAC and insert a CD into the drive.
  • Click the EAC menu and select Compression Options.
  • Click the External Compression Tab, and put a check box in Use external program for compression.
  • Change Parameter passing scheme to User Defined Encoder (see this thread for reasoning).
  • Change Use file extension to .mp3.
  • Click the Browse button and locate the lame.exe that you unzipped into the EAC directory earlier.

Note: If you want to tag with APEv2 tags using Wapet please locate wapet.exe, not lame.exe.

  • Don't worry which bit rate is shown in the Bit rate drop-down box, as this will not have any effect on the resultant MP3 file unless the %bitrate% placeholder is used (see end of the Advanced Command Line Usage section).
  • Don't worry about the Use CRC check setting; it won't affect the resultant MP3 file either.
  • It's a good idea to tick Check for external programs return code.

Configuring the Additional command line options[edit]

  • The green portion in the examples following this section is where you configure the LAME preset.
  • The %source% (formerly %s) and %dest% (formerly %d) in the examples following this section are placeholders for EAC. %source% means source filename and %dest% means destination filename. These are absolutely necessary!

Adding Tags[edit]

Note: Always use the [Test Encoder] Button to check your Command Line string. With EAC V1.0 beta 3 if you get a message: "Invalid replacement tag found !" try replacing
each occurence of "%" with "%%" since you need to use double percent so one can be escaped and allow the second one to be passed to Lame.


Let EAC create tags (Recommended)

To have EAC tag your files, tick Add ID3 tag; and in the Additional command line options box, copy and paste the following string:

-V2 %source% %dest%

Create files with no tags

If you do not wish to have tags, untick Add ID3 tag; and in the Additional command line options box, copy and paste the following string:

-V2 %source% %dest%

Let Lame create tags

If you prefer to have Lame tag the files based on information shown in the EAC GUI, untick the checkbox next to Add ID3 tag. This is recommended in the article about EAC Compression Options.

Here are some examples providing different tag types:

  • ID3v1 only:
-V2 --id3v1-only --ta "%artist%" --tt "%title%" --tg "%genre%" --tl "%albumtitle%" --ty "%year%" --tn "%tracknr%/%numtracks%" %source% %dest%
  • ID3v2 only :
-V2 --id3v2-only --pad-id3v2 --ta "%artist%" --tt "%title%" --tg "%genre%" --tl "%albumtitle%" --ty "%year%" --tn "%tracknr%/%numtracks%" %source% %dest%
  • ID3v2 only (before EAC version 1.0b2 - for comparison):
-V2 --id3v2-only --pad-id3v2 --ta "%a" --tt "%t" --tg "%m" --tl "%g" --ty "%y" --tn "%n" %s %d
  • ID3v1 and ID3v2:
-V2 --add-id3v2 --pad-id3v2 --ta "%artist%" --tt "%title%" --tg "%genre%" --tl "%albumtitle%" --ty "%year%" --tn "%tracknr%/%numtracks%" %source% %dest%
  • Automatic:
-V2 --ta "%artist%" --tt "%title%" --tg "%genre%" --tl "%albumtitle%" --ty "%year%" --tn "%tracknr%/%numtracks%" %source% %dest%

With Automatic, ID3v1 will always be created. If any ID3v1 field exceeds the length allowed by the ID3v1 specification then a complete ID3v2 tag will also be added.

Use Wapet to create APEv2 tags

If you prefer instead to have APEv2 tags based on information shown in the EAC GUI, untick the checkbox next to Add ID3 tag

Note: Creating APE tags requires wapet.exe. Remember to browse for wapet.exe instead of lame.exe as the external encoding program. Also, lame.exe needs to be in the same directory as wapet.exe.

Use the following string:

%dest% -t "Artist=%artist%" -t "Title=%title%" -t "Album=%albumtitle%" -t "Year=%year%" -t "Track=%tracknr%/%numtracks%" -t "Genre=%genre%" LAME.exe -V2 %source% %dest%

Advanced Command Line Usage[edit]

  • The %islow%...%islow% and '%ishigh%...%ishigh% placeholders are used to add text according to whether the High quality or Low quality radio button is selected, as shown below:
%islow%-V5%islow%%ishigh%-V0%ishigh% %source% %dest%

Therefore, if you select Low quality, EAC will invoke the LAME encoder with the following command line parameters:

-V5 %source% %dest%

..and if you select High quality EAC will invoke LAME with these command line parameters:

-V0 %source% %dest%
  • You can access the bitrate value in the drop-down list using the %bitrate% placeholder, for example:
-b%bitrate% %source% %dest%

So, if you selected 192 kBit/s in the Bit Rate drop-down list, the command line would be:

-b192 %source% %dest%

It is a generally accepted fact that the bitrate selected in the drop-down list doesn't affect the command line. In essence this is true, as it will not affect the command line unless you use the %bitrate% (formerly %r) placeholder. However, the bitrate needs only be set when using ABR or CBR over VBR, which is not recommended for better quality audio.


LAME configured with ID3v1 tagging (and replacement strings used before EAC version 1.0 beta 2)