Posted By Paul Kafasis on October 30th, 2009
Just over two weeks ago, we released a major update to Airfoil, the first version built on our new AudioHijackKit2 framework. We’ve been very happy with how well it’s done in the wild, but there were some bugs. Airfoil 3.4.1, immediately available, aims to squash those bugs.
To start, Safari hijacking is much improved when the Instant Hijack component is installed. Users with non-English systems will now be able to properly hijack Safari. As well, if Safari is already running, Airfoil will always grab from it, without needing to relaunch.
As well, hijacking of other apps has also been made more robust. Airfoil will now properly pull audio from Front Row, by simply selecting it in the Source list. Dashboard hijacking has also been improved to fix several bugs that could prevent Airfoil from getting audio.
Pulling audio from VMWare Fusion and Parallels Desktop has also been updated. To grab their audio you’ll need the Instant Hijack component installed, via the Install Extras… window in the Airfoil menu. Once that’s installed, launch Fusion or Parallels, then hold the option key when clicking the Source pop-up at the bottom of the Airfoil window to show hidden processes. For Fusion, the process you need to select is called vmware-vmx and for Parallels it’s called prl_vm_app. Select that, and Airfoil will pull all audio from the virtual machine.
There are lots of other rare and minor bug fixes, and this is a free update for all licensed owners of Airfoil for Mac, so be sure to update if you’re on Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. Just choose Check For Update from the Airfoil menu, or click to download from our site. If you haven’t used Airfoil before, grab the free Airfoil trial.