XFORGE 0.2.2 review

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Xforge is a graphical wave editor for UNIX systems with X11 and Motif

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 46K
Developer: Pekka Honkanen
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Xforge is a graphical wave editor for UNIX systems with X11 and Motif. The name is derived from popular PC/Windows wave editor Sound Forge, and the goal of Xforge project is to provide similar wave editing facilities to UNIX world, but as free software.

Though Xforge supports multiple wave formats, it is not a wave format converter or encoder/decoder; there exists a wonderful utility called Sox for that purpose. You will find that Xforge supports very few wave formats at the moment. Are you interested in coding decoders / encoders for your favourite file formats?

For install you just need to do the following:

xmkmf -a

Xforge requires X11R5 and Motif - lesstif will also work (versions 0.83, 0.85 and 0.88.9 at least). For audio playback, OSS drivers are required (they exist at least on Unixware, and Linux kernel includes the free version). You will also want plenty of memory for editing large files, since Xforge currently operates only in core. Data is handled in floating point values, with buffer specific undo buffers, so you can account for much more memory than the wave consumes disk space.

Xforge is made of C, so a C compiler is of course required unless you can find someone who can provide you a binary. The Xforge project won't.

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