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Archive for July, 2011

Airfoil for Windows Version 3 Brings Massive Improvements

Airfoil for Windows IconLast November, we detailed our plans to improve Airfoil for Windows. Today we’re pleased to unveil the fruits of that labor. Version 3 of Airfoil for Windows has arrived, and it’s a fantastic update. If you’re eager to try it out immediately, head over to the Airfoil for Windows page. Otherwise, read on to learn what’s new!

Enhanced Playback and Remote Control

The most obvious changes are visible in the new Airfoil Speakers, which can now display metadata from supported sources, including track titles and album art. Better yet, Airfoil Speakers can now remotely control the playback of select sources, so you can pause audio, and even skip tracks!

Airfoil Speakers for Windows - Receiving Audio with remote control

Airfoil Speakers, showing track titles, album art, and remote controls

Reverse Connect

Airfoil Speakers has long enabled you to turn any computer on your network into a remote audio receiver. But have you ever launched Airfoil Speakers on one computer, then had to dash back to the computer running Airfoil for Windows in order to start sending audio? Never again! Airfoil Speakers for Windows can now initiate a connection to Airfoil! Tune in from across the house, or across the office. This feature is great for running office-wide radio stations, letting people tune in or out with a single click whenever they like.

Airfoil Speakers Reverse Connect

Just click Receive to start streaming

A New Look Too

We’ve also improved many internal bits of Airfoil itself. While you won’t see these changes, the application should work better across the board. One improvement that is visible is the completely redesigned user interface, which makes Airfoil a joy to use.

Airfoil for Windows 3

Airfoil’s sleek new UI

Come and Get It!

By now, you should be convinced that you want to move to version 3 of Airfoil for Windows. If not, there’s one more detail which should do the trick: all of these great new features come at absolutely no additional charge. That’s right, this is a free update. So head over to the Airfoil for Windows page to download it right now.

Finally, if you’re a Mac user as well, be sure to check out the newest version of Airfoil for Mac, which has also shipped today!

Pulsar 2.3 Offers Take Five Support and More

Pulsar IconLate last month, we released a small but important update for Pulsar, our Sirius/XM radio player. This update provides extended AppleScript support of Pulsar, providing more control to scripts and external applications.

Pulsar IconThe first application to take full advantage of this new functionality is Icon Factory’s Take Five on the Mac. With Take Five, you can pause your music and have it automatically unpause after a predetermined amount of time. Initially working only with iTunes, Take Five’s newest release now works with several audio players on the Mac, including Pulsar!

Pulsar 2.3 also includes preliminary support for Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), as well as several minor fixes and improvements. If you’re a Pulsar user on Mac OS X 10.6 or up, run Check For Update from the Pulsar menu right now and you’ll get the latest. If you haven’t checked out Pulsar yet, you can learn more and download the free trial over on the Pulsar page.

Finally, if you’re a developer who’d like to control Pulsar via AppleScript, please see this page.