Under The Microscope

Archive for January, 2012

Airfoil for Windows 3.2 Is Nearly Complete

As we posted about before, Airfoil for Windows 3.2 is currently in development. We’re just about ready for release. If you’d like to test what we believe will be the last 3.2 beta, get it here.

Feedback

If the beta works, excellent – that’s just what we expected! Keep using it until the official Airfoil 3.2 arrives. However, if you run into any problems, use the in-app support form in the Help menu to let us know.

Ars Technica’s In-Depth Look at Airfoil

Late last month, the fabulous Jacqui Cheng did an in-depth review of our own Airfoil over at Ars Technica. If you’ve never had a chance to take Airfoil for a spin, Jacqui’s post is a great guide.

Of course, we always recommend simply downloading our free trials to test drive our software. But if you’d like to come see Airfoil in person, or just say hello, don’t forget we’ll be at Macworld-iWorld next week, in booth #742.

A Plethora of Prizes for Piezo

Piezo is just over one month old, but in such a short time, it’s already garnered several major awards and recommendations. It’s always gratifying to have our work recognized by others, and we thought we’d share some of that recognition here.

Very Short List Pick

First, on December 28th we were honored to have Piezo selected as the pick of the day by The Observer’s Very Short List. Very Short List is a free, daily e-mail that recommends a single must–see treasure each day, so being chosen for December 28th, 2011 was quite the honor. If you’re interested in joining Very Short List, subscribe right here.

Macworld Gem of the Year

Just two days later, we learned of another award, this one from Macworld. We’d already received a very positive 4-mouse review, but on the 30th, we learned we’d been selected as one of the Mac Gems of the year, alongside other great apps like TextWrangler, Printopia, Fantastical, and several others. Airfoil 4 also received a nod, as an honorable mention. Not too shabby!

MacBreak Weekly Pick of the Week

We’ve also started off 2012 in style, as Piezo was selected as Leo LaPorte’s pick of the week, on the most recent episode of MacBreak Weekly. This marks the fourth application of ours which has been so honored, alongside Airfoil, Audio Hijack Pro, and Fission, and we’re certainly delighted to be garnering such praise.

Ultimately though, what the critics think doesn’t matter nearly as much as what you think. We hope you’ll love Piezo, but first, you have to check it out. If you haven’t yet done so, hopefully these recommendations will convince you to take a look.

Still Time to Exhibit at Macworld-iWorld 2012

Each time Rogue Amoeba exhibits at Macworld (don’t forget, we’ll be there this year, in booth #742), we met thousands of excited, interested Mac users. And every year, we hear the same excited question: “What other Mac developers are here?”. While iOS has risen in popularity (to the point that it’s now part of the show’s name), users still love the Mac and want to learn about Mac software. I share the desire to see more Mac developers at Macworld. I love getting a chance to see what’s new and what’s cool, to meet with new developers and catch up with old friends too.

This year, it’s easier than ever to exhibit. There’s a special area of the show floor called the OS X Zone, and it already features several dozen Mac developers, including our friends at BusyMac, Flexibits, and Smile. For $2000, you get almost everything you need – just bring a laptop, and a friend or two to help exhibit. Print up a simple flyer to hand out, and you’re all set.

With the ascendency of the Internet, and now things like the Mac App Store, a lot of folks think trade shows have lost their relevance. They may not be as big as they once were, but they still have plenty to offer. Demoing your product on the show floor is a great way to get exposure while simultaneously learning all sorts of new things about your own work. If you’re a Mac developer, exhibiting at Macworld is the way to get face-to-face contact with both tens of thousands of users and hundreds of members of the press. If you’re interested, there’s still time to sign up. I certainly hope to see many Mac OS X developers at the end of the month.