- Wednesday, August 15, 2012
- Soundcloud and M4A files
As many of our users have noticed, in trakAxPC Version 4 we no longer support exporting files to MP3 (although we do of course support importing MP3 files). After much debate internally, we decided to make the M4A file format, our preferred format (this is also the desired file format for iTunes, iPods and many sites on the web).
Now for the technical bit - M4A stands for MPEG 4 Audio which is a popular file extension used to represent audio files and is compressed using MPEG-4 technology which is an algorithm with lossy compression. It is primarily associated with “MPEG-4 Audio Layer” and files in this extension are the audio layer of MPEG-4 movies (non-video).
Most people are familiar with MP3 and how it shrinks down the file size of songs and other audio files. M4A and MP4 do the same thing as MP3, but even better. Quality is better and file sizes are usually smaller than MP3 files. But unlike MP3, no licenses or payments are required to be able to stream or distribute content in M4A format (unlikeMP3 which requires you to pay royalties on content you distribute in MP3 format). This fact alone, is more than enough reason (due to the extreme cost savings) to use M4A files instead of MP3 files. In addition, M4A files tend to sound much better than MP3 files encoded at the same bitrate.
Now although we mainly market trakAxPC as a video tool, we know lots of our customers actually use trakAxPC as a audio editor and audio creation tool - especially for DJ mixes. Soundcloud is the number one place to share your mixes, get feedback and discover new music.There is some confusion on whether Soundcloud accepts M4A files or not. We have had no problem uploading and playing M4A files on Soundcloud in the past and just did a test earlier today to confirm this. The file below is a M4A mix Colm uploaded to Soundcloud:
As M4A is not listed officially on their website, I decided to ask Soundcloud for some clarification - I’ll let you know when we hear back.
For those users who really need their files in MP3, you can always convert your audio files to MP3 in iTunes. Full details are available from the link below:
If you’d uploaded something to Soundcloud recently, let us know in the comments - would love to check out your work.
- Wednesday, August 08, 2012
- New Maintenance Update Available To Download
We have just released a maintenance update which includes some bug fixes and performance improvements.
The update can be downloaded directly from the application. When you open up trakAxPC, you should be prompted to download and install the new update. You can also go to “Help” in the main toolbar and select “Check for Updates..” from the drop down menu.
The trakAx Team.
- Thursday, August 02, 2012
- Illinois High School Chooses trakAxPC
We are delighted that the Lyons Township High School - a large high school in Illinois, USA (Home of the Lions!) - has chosen trakAxPC as their multimedia software application for their PC labs. We are really looking forward to seeing what the kids in LTHS will produce with trakAxPC and we hope it will be a great resource for both students and teachers.
Many thanks to Lyons Township High School and if your school is interested in using trakAxPC in the classroom, please see our education page for more information and to avail of our educational pricing.
- Thursday, July 12, 2012
- User Feedback - “Amazing Program, Big ups!”
We received an email yesterday on our trakAx Facebook page from one of our users, Anna Wavep. She wrote to say “Hey TrakAx Team! As you were asking for feedback - this is my vimeo channel with all the videos I made using trakax PC. Thank you for creating such an amazing program! Big ups!”. The videos she has made are really cool and interesting and created using different camera’s such as the GoPro camcorder.
Why not check out her video channel on Vimeo and watch some of her videos below. Also, if you have created any great media content or videos, please feel free to share them with us. We would love to see and share them.
- Thursday, July 05, 2012
- Finally the wait is over - trakAxPC 4 is Live!
Version 4 is now available!!! We’re still working on the site, so a few things may look slightly off for a little while. Will post a full update later! Exciting times! ....See http://www.trakax.com/
We will also be sending details to all our current users in the next few hours with all the download details. However, if you can’t wait - download Version 4, there is no need to uninstall Version 3 and your copy will remain licensed.
We hope you enjoy and look forward to hearing your feedback,
The trakAx Team
- Wednesday, July 04, 2012
- Free Version no longer available if you download trakAxPC 4!
We are completing the final tests on the new installer for trakAxPC 4 and everything is on track for release later today. Thank you all for your continuing patience. Current paid users will receive an email with the new download link and instructions for upgrading to trakAxPC 4 shortly after the release.
We just want to clarify that all users who are currently using the free version of trakAxPC 3.01, will not be eligible for the free upgrade to trakAxPC 4. Users availing of the free version of trakAxPC 3.01 who wish to download the new trial of trakAxPC 4, will lose their free version (forever) and will have 15 days to purchase the new version of trakAxPC 4. Once trakAxPC 4 is downloaded, you will not be able to re-install the free version of trakAxPC 3.01.
We hope you thoroughly enjoy the new version and look forward to hearing your feedback,
All the best and we’ll have an update later today,
The trakAx team
- Thursday, June 21, 2012
- ***Major Update Announcement*** - trakAxPC 4 will be released on Friday 29th June.
We are really excited to announce that trakAxPC 4 will be released to the public on Friday the 29th June. Due to some administration issues outside of our control with have had to push the release date back a few days but rest assured the software is looking great and feedback from our Beta testers has been excellent.
We have also had a lot of enquiries from users wishing to purchase the software at our current price of $24.95. We want to give anyone a final chance to get their hands on trakAxPC before the price increases on the 29th. trakAxPC 4 will be a free upgrade to all customers who have purchased the current version of trakAx. If you have not purchased the current version of trakAxPC before the 29th June, trakAxPC 4 will cost $54.95. We will be contacting all users directly on 29th to let them know when trakAxPC 4 is available for download.
We know a lot of people can’t wait for this new version to be released, and if you would like to try the Beta version before the 29th of June, please send us an email at and we will be happy to set you up with the Beta.
Thanks for your continuing patience and support.