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Archive for March, 2016

Hear All About Us: Rogue Amoeba Apps in the News

We started off 2016 with a bang, releasing our brand-new audio routing tool Loopback, and we haven’t slowed down. Below we’ve linked to several mentions and stellar reviews our software has recently received!

Airfoil

Airfoil IconFebruary brought with it major upgrades to our home audio streaming solution Airfoil, with new versions of both Airfoil for Mac and Airfoil for Windows. These updates have been very well-received, as users have been delighted to be able to use Bluetooth speakers along with AirPlay devices. In addition to praise we’ve received via email and Twitter, we’re honored to have earned a coveted 5 mouse review from Macworld magazine!

Macworld 5 Mice

Just look at all those mouses in their houses! Or maybe it’s mice in their hice? Whatever! It’s a stellar review for Airfoil and we’re thrilled to have received it.

For more Airfoil coverage, including an in-depth look at just how you might use our tool for sending audio all around your house, see John Voorhees’s Airfoil review for MacStories. He pushed Airfoil to the limit, and it worked like a champ!

Loopback

Loopback IconAirfoil isn’t the only app to get a workout, however. Over on the Mac Power Users podcast, Katie Floyd and David Sparks took Loopback for a spin to help them create their newest episodes. It worked so well for them, that Katie made it her software pick of the week. It’s always gratifying to hear about our products being used on the podcasts we enjoy. We’re always thrilled when something we created assists behind the scenes!

Macworld 5 Mice

Audio Hijack

Airfoil IconFinally, speaking of podcasters, audio expert Dave Hamilton just posted a great tutorial on getting the lowest latency possible when recording with Audio Hijack 3. Most users don’t need to worry about, or even consider, audio latency. However, for some podcast setups, reducing latency as low as possible is ideal. Audio Hijack 3.2.3 introduced a hidden preference to help with this, and we let Dave in on the secret. He’s been so thrilled with the update that he’s now written about it so other podcasters can take advantage. We’re currently working on moving this setting into the main UI for Audio Hijack 3.3, but you can read more about how to access it now.

Lots More to Come

We’ve got plenty more in the way of updates due out soon, so as always, keep an eye on our site!

Airfoil and Chromecast Devices

Update (October 28th, 2016): Airfoil for Mac 5.5 and higher now offer support for Google Chromecast! Read all about it in the Airfoil for Mac 5.5 blog post.

Windows users, stay tuned. We’re hard at work on adding Chromecast support to Airfoil for Windows as well.


Airfoil and ChromecastSince Google introduced their first Chromecast device, we’ve been receiving requests for Airfoil to support sending audio to this hardware. While initially the devices were heavily focused on video, recent updates, including the new Chromecast for Audio, made this a better fit.

At the end of last year, we began research on enabling Airfoil to send audio to Chromecast devices. We’re now wrist-deep in code to implement support for streaming via the Chromecast (v2) protocol. We’ve got the basic groundwork laid, but there’s still a lot more to do. We need to sort out all the intricacies of a new protocol, integrate it with Airfoil’s existing user interface, and make it robust enough to ship out. The final product is still some time off, but given the high demand we’ve seen for Chromecast support, we wanted to let you know that we’re actively working on it. When this work is finally ready, we plan to include it in a free update to Airfoil 5.

For now, you can use the newest updates to Airfoil for Mac and Windows to send audio to AirPlay and Bluetooth outputs. To hear more news on both Airfoil’s Chromecast support and other big updates from Rogue Amoeba, subscribe to this blog’s RSS feed, follow us on Twitter, or even like us on Facebook. As always, stay tuned!

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