SHN: SHORTEN LOSS LESS COMPRESSION
Shorten is an audio compression scheme that is used to compress WAV audio files losslessly.
Contrary to MP3 this means that after you decompress a Shorten (.shn) file, everything that was in the original .wav is
there. That makes the Shorten audio compressor ideal for music traders working
over the Internet. For distribution and archiving purposes, the Shorten files themselves can also be burned onto a CD-R as data. One big advantage to archiving Shorten files is that you'll never have to deal with digital audio extraction (DAE) from an audio disc, which can sometimes produce clicks and other undesired artifacts.
|Product: Shorten v3
Author: Tony Robinson, SoftSound Ltd. and Wayne Stielau (Seek
Platform: Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000
Obtain the Shorten external encoder
At the moment of writing Shorten 3.1 is the latest version. Download
Shorten 3.1. Check the official distribution site etree.org for new updates of the encoder!
It's recommended to put shortn32.exe in the c:\windows\command
folder on a Windows 95/98/ME system, and c:\winnt\system32 on
Windows NT/2000 systems. Why? Files put in these directories can be accessed
from every directory on your system. Thus you don't have to change the path to
Shorten's location every time you want to use it from the command prompt.
If you already had installed the Shorten executable and want to find out its
version, open a command prompt and type shortn32 -h, followed by a
press on the Enter key. Note that if you did not put Shorten in
the above mentioned folders you'll have to set the path to shortn32.exe
first! The output of Shorten should look like the screenshot below.
The version used in this example is thus Shorten version 3.1.
Configuring EAC for the Shorten external encoder
Make sure you have Configured The Compression Options
in Exact Audio Copy.
From The EAC menu select Compression Options...
or press F11.
This opens the Compression options window.