June 17, 2011

More Update News...

by Chris Randall

Okay, we've now put new installers for Replicant and Eos in the store, in addition to Panstation. If you were experiencing any problems whatsoever with getting 64-bit versions of our plugs to validate/instance/whatever, on all three platforms, these updates should sort you out.

Another thing that is worth mentioning, since it is contextual: I just got an email from the AU group at Apple informing me that Lion will be fucking up 32-bit AudioUnits. They mentioned Tattoo and Ricochet specifically, but I imagine that they didn't do a thorough test, and whatever problems those two have will be endemic to our entire product line. This makes the 5th time, if I'm counting correctly, that an OS X update has totally crapped all over the AU kit.

I also don't know what other manufacturers will be affected, but I can certainly guess and say "most of 'em." So if you rely on 32-bit AudioUnits, and are, say, in the middle of a mix or something, updating to Lion should be very, very low on your list of priorities, at least until Audio Damage and other manufacturers have had a chance to put things through the ringer and figure out what's fucking off where. This is, of course, good advice for any major OS update, but naturally most people will ignore it. So when you install on the first day, and find out that Lion fucked up your music shit, you can refer to this blog post as an official "I told you so."


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Jun.17.2011 @ 5:04 PM
I'm always an extremely late adopter (I'm still running Leopard), but even then, I always install the new OS on an external drive until all the kinks are worked out. I can't understand anyone--even a hobbyist--overwriting their system with a new one in the hopes that everything will work. When has THAT ever happened!?

Not to mention the fact that it takes me at least a day or two to reinstall all the plugins and crap I've amassed over time.

So kids, if you didn't hear Chris the first time, WAIT to install Lion on your music machine. And if you can't wait, at least install it on a separate drive or partition or something.

Jun.17.2011 @ 5:18 PM
To be honest I haven't seen anything about Lion that has made me want to install it on day one anyway, it just seems to be pulling osx toward ios.

Jun.17.2011 @ 5:28 PM
Not to mention that Apple is awful at point-zero OS updates.

Jun.17.2011 @ 5:36 PM
Chris Randall
Yeah. I always (ALWAYS) wait two before updating. For this instance, I'll have to update day of, obviously, since our shit is demonstrably fucking off. But as a user, rather than a developer, I'm very much of the "if it ain't broke" school of thought with respect to OS updates.

On my music PC, I managed to get a highly tuned 32-bit Vista install going, and I still haven't updated it.


Jun.17.2011 @ 6:01 PM
congratulations. who at apple should i address the thank you note to?

this is great news for AI readers since it means at least one funny acidic rant will erupt on this here domain.

srsly though.. wtf. can't they keep their own house in order and not turn the screws on the very people that go along with their AU insanity?

every time they remodel the house they tweak the foundation and rip up all the carpet and change the locations of all the shitters which is a bummer because most people just figured out how to find them when the lights are out.

Jun.17.2011 @ 7:14 PM
Adam Schabtach
I'm with boobs.

Jun.17.2011 @ 8:14 PM
Adam: Best "IWB" ever

Jun.17.2011 @ 8:26 PM
@boobs: Apple does this because it makes software vendors other than Apple look bad, and Apple wants the users to think that they are the only company that knows how to competently write code.

Personally, I say that if you are dumb enough to install *anything* on a production system on launch day than you get what you deserve. That should be in every software EULA.

Jun.18.2011 @ 1:03 AM
I couldn't be less excited about 10.7. Everything I saw concerning 10.7 just made me think "why would I want to do that?". Except the network drop thing. I'm old and cranky though, and getting worse by the day.

My prediction for the future; Apple Open Source's what we now think of as the Mac OS and goes with the hybrid IOS for all of it computing devices. Or something like that.

Jun.18.2011 @ 2:07 AM
At the moment, I couldn't really care less about updating my OS, I'm just thankful my favorite AD plugins work with my studio Mac - again. (Thanks, CR!)

I understand people have been suing companies for lesser reasons (than rendering devs' and customers' lives more difficult)? Being a non-US non-dev I unfortunately have no actual understanding of legislation, but... hey, if you're going to barricades, I'm joining the troops with a banner.

But when it comes to boobs, I'm with.

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