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Our Software and Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)

El Capitan LogoOn Thursday, Apple released the first public beta of the newest version of Mac OS X. While the official release won’t come until this fall, an unfinished version of El Capitan, as Mac OS X 10.11 is called, is now available for users to install. Apple strongly cautions users about this beta, stating that it should be installed “only on non-production devices that are not business critical”. They also “strongly recommend installing on a secondary system or device, or on a secondary partition on your Mac”. We second those warnings, and suggest that most users are best served by avoiding the beta altogether.

Of course, we know some of our users will install El Capitan ahead of its official release. While all of our applications (except Intermission) already offer basic functionality on Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), they are not yet fully supported. As a safety precaution, our public releases preemptively disable the Instant On extra with pre-release versions of Mac OS X. That means that at present, Airfoil, Audio Hijack, and Nicecast will not capture audio from running applications, nor will they capture all System audio. Our internal tests indicate that everything can be made compatible with El Capitan, and we’re in the process of certifying everything for use. Other small cosmetic issues are also present in the apps, and we’ll be working to clean those up in the coming weeks as well.

We’ve already updated our Status page (and linked to it from our site’s front page) with full details on current compatibility. As usual, we’ll keep the Status page updated over the coming months, so be sure to keep an eye on it. Better still, leave the “Automatically check for software updates” preference on, and you’ll be rapidly alerted to updates as they come.

For now, we recommend users stick with their current version of Mac OS X. If you do run the beta of El Capitan, be sure you have the latest versions of our software, and watch for additional updates over time.

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