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Airfoil and Audio Hijack Pro Updates Bring 100% Snow Leopard Compatibility

Audio Hijack Pro IconToday we’ve got two big releases, Airfoil 3.3.3 and Audio Hijack Pro 2.9.3. These updates bring us to full compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), so we’re now encouraging all our users to upgrade both our software and if they like, their OS as well.

Both updates feature a new version of Instant Hijack, version 2.2.1, for grabbing audio from already-running applications. Also included is a Snow Leopard-compatible version of SoundFlower, the extra needed for capturing all System Audio. You should be prompted to update Instant Hijack and Soundflower if you have them installed, but you can also install by choosing Install Extras… from the Airfoil or Audio Hijack Pro menu.

Airfoil IconThe Airfoil update also fixes several small but important issues that cropped up on Mac OS X 10.6. DVD Playback in Airfoil Video Player will now play with proper colors, and the Mute option in Airfoil Speakers now remembers the previous state.

Of course, these are free updates for all licensed owners of Airfoil and Audio Hijack Pro, so everyone (on Mac OS X 10.5 or higher) should update. Just choose Check For Update from the Airfoil or Audio Hijack Pro menu, or download from our site. Of course, if you haven’t used Airfoil to send audio all around your house, or Audio Hijack Pro to record any audio, you can download free trials as well.

Additional Notes

If you use the Instant Hijack functionality to grab audio from already-running applications, you may notice a small difference on Mac OS X 10.6. When hijacking Safari and QuickTime Player, the application will still need to be restarted in order to have its audio grabbed, even if Instant Hijack is installed.

This occurs because these applications run with multiple processes in 64-bit mode, preventing us from grabbing their audio. Restarting forces them in to 32-bit mode, and their audio can again be grabbed. We’re currently investigating ways to better handle this, but it’s not clear if it will be possible to hijack multi-process apps in 64-bit mode in the foreseeable future. For more information, please see this page.

It’s also worth noting is that both Airfoil and Audio Hijack Pro now require Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It’s been our general policy to support the current OS as well as the previous OS, and with the release of Snow Leopard, that means we’ll be support Mac OS X 10.6 and Mac OS X 10.5. So if you’re still on Mac OS X 10.4, be sure to stick with Airfoil 3.3.2 and Audio Hijack Pro 2.9.2 until you update your OS.

14 Responses to “Airfoil and Audio Hijack Pro Updates Bring 100% Snow Leopard Compatibility”

  1. John Thomson says:

    If I quit airfoil & restart Safari, does it then run in 64 bit mode once again?
    Thanks for these updates.

  2. Jeff says:

    John, yes, if you restart Safari yourself, it will run in 64-bit mode again.

  3. Dave says:

    Thank you! and thanks for making great Apps. for the Mac.

  4. ATDD says:

    Thank you for the update. Don’t have to quit and restart apps again when using Audio Hijack in Snow Leopard.

  5. Mike S says:

    I downloaded Airfoil 3.3.3 and it wont run on my MAC OS X 10.4.11
    In your post you recommend sticking with Airfoil 3.3.2. How do I download Airfoil 3.3.2, it does not seem to be available on your site?

  6. Jeff says:

    Mike S, you can download Airfoil 3.3.2 from our Legacy page.

  7. Mike S says:

    Thanks a bunch, that worked

  8. JP says:

    Just downloaded the update. Love you guys!

  9. John H says:

    You guys made my day. Thank you for the Hi Jack update.

  10. Ian says:

    @ Mike S: the web page says you need 10.5 or above, which is why it’s not working on 10.4

    I updated and it runs great on Snow Leopard — thanks to everyone who worked on this and got it out so quickly….LOVE this program…a must have in my book.

  11. John H says:

    I just notice when I delete a scheduled recording I get an error. No biggie but just to let you guys know.

  12. Ted B says:

    Having to run Safari or Quicktime in 32 bit mode doesn’t exactly sound like “100% Snow Leopard Compatibility” to me.

  13. Adam says:

    Im curious to know if hi jack can be setup like flash player is being a 32-bit plugin and a 64 bit application. The same is true for Quicktime.

  14. Paul says:

    Yeah, that seems like a far cry from “100% compatibility,” being forced to degrade the performance of Safari and other apps. I don’t want to run Safari in 32-bit mode just for Airfoil–but it’s a drag to no longer be able to play, say, Pandora to my speakers since upgrading to Snow Leopard. Please keep up the investigations into hijacking multi-process apps.

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