Under The Microscope

Welcoming Our New Designer!

A portrait of NealeBack in July, we posted about a job opening for a new designer here at Rogue Amoeba. After many years of faithful service, our previous designer Christa Mrgan was leaving to work at a new company aiming to clean up online comments. Even as we were sad to see her go, we were also excited with the idea of bringing in someone new to shake things up. After a long interviewing process and a successful test contract, we now have our newest employee.

Today, we’re delighted to welcome aboard Neale Van Fleet as our new designer! Neale’s a recent refugee from the corporate world, but over the years he’s also done excellent work designing independent Mac OS X and iOS apps. He’s already begun putting that experience to work for us, and his efforts will begin to show up in our apps (and elsewhere) in short order. We can’t wait for you to see!

All Rogue Amoeba Applications Are Now Compatible With Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)

El Capitan IconWe released Airfoil 4.9 yesterday, concluding a fortnight of updates for our Mac applications. These releases all bring compatibility with Apple’s forthcoming Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan). Since El Capitan was first announced in June, we’ve kept our Status page up to date with the latest details. Today, we’re pleased to be able to announce that, as the title of this post indicates, all of our current applications are compatible with the forthcoming operating system.

As always, you can (and should!) download the latest versions by choosing “Check for Updates” from within each application. Then, when El Capitan is officially released next Wednesday, you can safely update without issue!

Long-Term Support

Rogue Amoeba has been around for almost 13 years, and in that time we’ve been fortunate to work with phenomenal employees, some of whom have stuck with us for many years. Most recently, our technical support lead Chris Barajas celebrated his five year anniversary with the company. After half a decade of helping customers with our products, we now take a moment to express our gratitude to Chris.

Technical support is a demanding role here at Rogue Amoeba. It requires answering emails rapidly and continuously, so that customers and potential customers alike get the answers they need. In addition to providing helpful and polite responses, there’s a great deal of problem solving required. Tracking down bugs and issues based on reports from users is also a key part of the job. We’ve had a half-dozen people handle the role over the years, and none have lasted as long as Chris. We’re tremendously grateful for the work he’s done and the stability he’s provided. We know that the many, many, many users he’s helped are grateful as well.

It’ll Last and Last

When an employee reaches the five year mark with us, we present them with a distinctive gift we hope will be meaningful to them specifically. Given that Chris can work from just about anywhere where he has an Internet connection, he’s done quite a bit of traveling over the years. He’s also spent a good amount of time refining what he carries with him. With this in mind, we set out to find Chris a great bag to travel with, ultimately deciding on a gorgeous briefcase from Saddleback Leather:


(Out of focus dog not included)

When a company offers a 100 year warranty and uses the slogan “They’ll fight over it when you’re dead”, you know they’re worth checking out. It’s clear that the folks at Saddleback care as much about their products as we do about ours, and Chris has been delighted with the bag. We hope he has decades more use of it.

Of course, there was also a custom made card, as well as one of the 5 year challenge coins we’ve had minted. All of this is just a small way to show our appreciation for the work Chris has done.

Challenge Coin


Thank You!

Chris is often fortunate to be able to receive appreciative feedback from those users he’s helped, but it’s important to publicly acknowledge the milestone as well. We want to thank Chris for his hard work since 2010. He’s helped thousands upon thousands of customers with our products, and then guided us to improve those products based on that feedback. So thank you Chris, and here’s to more great work in the future!


We’ve previously celebrated the five year anniversaries of four other employees here at Rogue Amoeba: Christa, Lee, Jeff, and Mike.

Beta Test A Brand-New App

Loopback IconWe’re currently working on an entirely new product aimed at simplifying some complex audio needs. It’s called Loopback, and it gives power users incredible control over audio routing between applications on their Macs. We can’t divulge any more just yet, but we know some of our pro users are absolutely going to love this one, and we can’t wait to get it in your hands.

Testing in Progress

Before the release (sometime later this year), we’re looking for some skilled beta testers on Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) to try it out.

Update (August 9th, 2015): We’re all full up for now, so we’ve taken down the link. If you’ve already applied, keep an eye on your inbox to see if you’ve been selected.

We obviously haven’t given you much detail yet, but if even the scant details above pique your interest, get in touch to give Loopback a spin. We’re planning to send out a private beta to a select group of testers shortly, so if you’re interested, send us an emailwith the following info:

  • Your full name

  • Your postal code

  • A list of any audio devices you have connected to (or nearby) your Mac

Be sure to include all of the above information if you want to be test!

We’ll be in touch with those folks who are selected within a few days. If you don’t hear from us, just keep an eye on this blog for more details.

Audio Hijack 3.2 Has a Great New Companion, Along With Great New Features

Audio Hijack IconWould you believe that it’s time for more Audio Hijack? We’ve just released version 3.2 of our popular audio recording tool, and it adds some killer new features, while also killing some old bugs. Today also sees the release of an exciting new companion to Audio Hijack which we’d like to introduce.

Audio Hijack’s New Companion

Take Control ArtworkAudio Hijack is extremely powerful, and few users are aware of all that it can help them do. That’s why we’re delighted to be able to introduce Take Control of Audio Hijack, a brand-new downloadable eBook. It’s been independently produced as part of the Take Control series, which has helped countless users get more out of their software.

This new title is the work of Mac and audio expert Kirk McElhearn, who provides an encyclopedic guide to Audio Hijack. Whether you’re a new user who wants a detailed primer on the app, or you’d just like some more information on specific aspects of the software, this book can help you make the most of Audio Hijack!

The full Take Control of Audio Hijack eBook is just $10 right through our store.

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For more information and to get a free sample of the book, visit this page.

Major Updates in Audio Hijack 3.2

In conjunction with the new eBook, we’ve also got a great new version of Audio Hijack.

The update starts with useful refinements to the Time Shift Block, which provides a pause button for audio on your Mac. One rather unexpected use case for Time Shift is using it to assist in transcribing audio. Mac writers Serenity Caldwell and Jason Snell have each written about using Time Shift to transcribe Apple’s earnings calls. After hearing about this, we set about improving Time Shift to make transcribing all types of audio even easier. We began by giving Time Shift a powerful popover:

Time Shift's popover
Time Shift’s popover

The popover provides a long slider which makes it easier to move around the buffer, along with buttons for discrete jumps of 3, 10, or 30 seconds in each direction. Like all popovers in Audio Hijack, you can tear it off for easy access. Better yet, you can pin it to make it float above other windows for access from within other applications.

Perhaps best of all, however, are the new global keyboard shortcuts. Open up Audio Hijack’s preferences, and you’ll see that you can set hotkeys for Time Shift’s controls. Now your hands won’t even have to leave the keyboard when transcribing audio to text.

Sync BlockYou’ll also find two brand new Blocks in Audio Hijack 3.2. First up is the new Sync Block. If you’ve ever needed to adjust the “A/V Sync” on a stereo receiver, you’ll understand the Sync Block. It allows you to add a precise delay to any audio. While Sync is similar in concept to Time Shift, it works at much smaller scale: up to 1000 ms (1 second) per Block. It’s perfect for syncing an audio stream with video that’s lagging behind.

Peak/RMS Block PopoverNext up, the new Peak/RMS Meters provide a fully-calibrated visual of your audio, showing both RMS and Peak Levels, as well as a helpful clipping indicator. The existing VU Meters and Menu Bar Meters are handy for a quick look, but the new Peak/RMS Meters are the way to go if you want precise audio analysis. The popover, seen at the right, offers a particularly precise view.

Note that we’ve reorganized the Block Library slightly. Look for the Advanced section to find the Sync Block (and Time Shift as well). The Peak/RMS Meters are in the Meters section as you’d expect.

The last big feature to mention in this update is shareable Sessions. Audio Hijack 3.2 makes importing and exporting Sessions a snap. You already know you can configure Audio Hijack to get exactly the setup you need, then use it over and over again. But what if you want to share your settings with someone else? Now you can, just by exporting a Session! Just highlight it in the Home window, then select “Export Session” from the Session menu.

An Exported SessionWhen you export, Audio Hijack will save your Session out as a .ahsession file. Once you have that, you can email it to a friend, publish it on your website, or share it however you like. When another Audio Hijack user opens the file, the Session will be automatically imported into their copy. It’s a great way to show off your custom setup!

There are plenty of smaller feature improvements in this update too. One that old-school users of Audio Hijack will appreciate is the return of the “Session Name” and “File Counter” variables, for use in both tags and file names. We’ve also improved the way popovers work, added additional support for FLAC, and much more.

This update is also notable because it offers general support for using Audio Hijack fully on Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan). We expect further updates will be necessary when the official release of the OS occurs, but at this time, users on El Capitan can now make full use of Audio Hijack, including the Instant On extra.

Get It Now

This update is free for all current owners of Audio Hijack, so get it now. Download the latest Audio Hijack from our site or just choose “Check for Update” from within the app. Happy hijacking!