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Archive for May, 2019

Update to Piezo 1.6 Now

We’ve just posted a fresh update for our charmingly simple audio recorder Piezo, now up to version 1.6. Piezo remains the easiest way to record audio from any application on your Mac, as well as from input devices like microphones. Read on to see what’s changed in our one-click recording tool.

Enhancements in Piezo 1.6

There are several small, but worthwhile, improvements in this update. Most importantly, we’ve worked to make recording even more robust under very heavy loads. Piezo has always worked well even when your CPU is burdened by other tasks, but with this update, even the busiest Mac will produce perfect recordings free from skips or dropouts.

As part of work we’re doing across our product line, we’ve also made small refinements to Piezo’s Source selector. This includes new organization and an enhanced look, as well as an update for the input device icon. These changes and more will be coming to the rest of our line-up soon.

Finally, the Audio Capture Engine (ACE) backend has been updated to version 10.0.1, for the most robust and reliable audio capture. We’re constantly refining and fine-tuning ACE, so be sure you’re running the latest version by checking “Install Extras” in the Piezo menu.

Bug Fixes

This update also fixed a couple small bugs. On MacOS 10.14 (Mojave), Piezo’s popover could get a little…funky. While, the connector should point toward the Gear button, Mojave has some issues which meant that with enough clicking and dragging, you could get the popover looking like this:


The old Piezo, misbehaving on Mojave

Once we discovered this issue, we couldn’t sleep until it was corrected. Thankfully, we were able to work around these Mojave issues, and all is again right with Piezo’s popover:


Piezo 1.6, looking great on Mojave

We also fixed a very rare bug, where some unlucky timing could cause the aforementioned popover to get stuck out of position. Internally, we dubbed this the “wiggle freeze”, as it required a lot of wiggling to make the popover freeze.

We’re not aware of any users actually running in to this issue in the wild, but it’s worth mentioning because it has a fun name.

Update Now

This is a free update for existing users, so if you already own Piezo, just open it up and select “Check for Update” from the Piezo menu to download the latest. If you’ve never used Piezo before, now’s a great time to learn more about it, and download the free trial.

Looking for More Power?

Piezo is incredibly easy to use, but you might be looking for additional features from your recording tool. We’ve got you covered there too, with Piezo’s big brother Audio Hijack. Piezo is great for simple recordings, while Audio Hijack is great for users who need more power.

You can always review our brief comparison between Piezo and Audio Hijack, then download a free trial of both apps to test things out.

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