[Ardour-Dev] Ardour 2.8.5 released

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Fri Jan 22 15:19:21 PST 2010

Ardour 2.8.5 has been released and can be found as usual at

Although I had hoped that the next release would be an alpha version
of 3.0, we have
accumulated too many critical bug fixes and a few nice to have
features to let 2.8.5 wait
any longer. OS X users of Ardour are STRONGLY recommended to
immediately upgrade
to fix a number of nasty problems that should now be gone. Similarly,
anyone using MIDI
control surfaces with a "Stop" transport button should upgrade NOW to
avoid data loss
when recording and using that button.


    * MMC (and other remote control protocols) no longer causes Ardour
to discard recorded material when stopping transport.
    * fix latency compensation when punching in (which was a
regression in 2.8.2)
    * fix crash when loading a session with certain kinds of crossfades
    * fix "crashes" caused by an endless loop of events related to the
editor track "big text cursor"
    * don't cause clicks and/or possible plugin problems when editing
while the transport is stopped
    * load plugin presets at the right time
    * an implementation of "Save As" (result is still saved within the
session folder)
    * new option in editor track list context menu to show only tracks
that have regions under the playhead
    * initialize the export folder name correctly
    * initialize system template folder name correctly
    * fixes for 64 bit build with some versions of gcc (ensures that
assembler optimizations will be used)
    * plugin "favorites" file format modified for portability. We are
sorry that you will lose your list of favorites (and/or hidden
plugins) after upgrading.
    * updated translations for Italian, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian

OS X only

    * fix potential (and observed) crash in AudioUnit plugins caused
by Ardour's incorrect setup of data buffers
    * fix crash when using AudioUnit plugins that use tempo/meter
information from Ardour
    * fix discovery of AudioUnit factory presets
    * reimplement integration with the OS X main menubar
    * make all shortcuts work (Ardour used to ignore many or most
Alt/Option- combinations)
    * fix issues with the cache of AudioUnit configuration data, and
ensure that the file can be safely updated in the future.
    * fix display of AudioUnit GUI's written in Carbon (no more "white
windows of death")
    * make international language support work on OS X (Ardour will
try, and generally succeed) to follow the preferences you specify in
System Preferences).


Ben Loftis, Lincoln Spiteri, Paul Davis


Valerio Orlandini, Emanuele Costantini, Alexandre Prokoudine, Petter
Sundlöf, Eivind Ødegård

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