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News - October 2008

Ardour v2.6 released (Mac OS X and Linux)          28th October 2008

Version 2.6 of Ardour is now available. This version is notable mostly for many dramatic improvements to GUI performance on Mac OS X (native) and a few very important crashing fixes. But, it also contains several interesting and useful new features and some non-crashing bug fixes that are nevertheless extremely significant.

New Features:

  • Make libsndfile work with newer versions of FLAC (enables building a version that can open FLAC files).
  • Tracks in active edit groups now perform playlist operations (create, copy, select) in unison for playlists created for the group.
  • Embedded LV2 GTK GUI support.
  • Allow translated version use on OSX.
  • Add session file type icon for OSX.
  • Shift-click now works to extend marker selections (click one, then shift-click another to select all markers between them).
  • Marker drag moves all selected markers.
  • Add initial-program-change support (Ardour can send a MIDI Program Change command on startup to set up external equipment; it can do this at any later time too).
  • Add move-selected-tracks-{up,down} commands.
  • Add global option to enable/disable region fades.
  • Enable activate/deactivate fades in all selected regions.
  • Global option to hide/show region fades.

Fixes and Improvements

  • Massive improvements for OS X GUI speed and responsiveness.
  • Eliminate the double-draw during zoom on linux.
  • Fix track+strip ordering issues when sync editor+mixer order is enabled.
  • Fix for bad synchronization with other JACK transport-aware clients.
  • Fix reload & use of MIDI port configuration, so that per-session setup is actually used.
  • Fix URLs for freesound access.
  • New swedish translation.
  • Fix handling of MIDI pitchbend message.
  • Handle missing pixmap files more gracefully.
  • Fix import dialog clocks to display times that are correct in the current session.
  • Fix up generation of BWF field contents to avoid truncation and use correct date.
  • Stop AU plugins that fail to load (e.g. missing dongles) from crashing ardour.
  • Handle JACK stopping without crashing.
  • Fix audio glitches caused by plugin automation events.
  • Fix crash when clicking on certain region list items.
  • Security fix for libsndfile FLAC handling.
  • Fix position of canvas "time cursor" during dragging.
  • Make fonts smaller on location dialog buttons.
  • Improve performance when dragging multiple regions on the same track.
  • Reduce some redrawing of clocks.
  • Speed up track resizing.
  • Fix disappearing automation controls when automation track has been made minimum size.
  • Change design for how certain region list items operate if there are multiple regions selected.
  • Allow glue-to-bars-and-beats to be toggled for all selected regions.
  • Set add route dialog non-resizeable so that Window Managers size it more sensibly (looked ridiculous in ion3).
  • Repeated time stretches/pitch shifts on the same region now use the correct original data.
  • New grid line cache to speed up scrolling and grid display in general.
  • Fit-tracks now ignores (and hides) "in-the-middle" unselected tracks.
  • Fix possible crash and/or mis-setting of end-marker during session load.

Developer Improvements:

  • Compile with gcc 4.3.
  • Support building on Leopard.

Ardour is a digital audio workstation. You can use it to record, edit and mix multi-track audio. Produce your own CDs. Mix video soundtracks. Experiment with new ideas about music and sound. Generate sound installations for 12 speaker gallery shows. Have Fun.


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