[Ardour-Users] OS-X options

Josh Parmenter josh at realizedsound.net
Tue Nov 4 23:01:51 PST 2008

I'm pretty sure 10.3 isn't supported in the current versions. He would  
need to update to at least 10.4... then:

On Nov 4, 2008, at 10:56 PM, John Emmas wrote:

> Yesterday I was talking to a guy about DAWs and I recommended Ardour  
> which
> he wants to try on his Apple laptop (running OS-X 10.3).  However,  
> he's not
> a programmer and doesn't want to build anything from source.
> 1)  Am I right in telling him that binaries are available for BOTH the
> native version and the GTK version?

yes - but he would need to go to IRC to get the links.
> 2)  Is the 'native' version native in the sense that it uses Apple's  
> native
> GUI (Aqua?) or is it native in some other sense?

No - it uses a native OS X port of GTK. Runs like any other Mac based  
app though.
> 3)  If the two versions look different is there anywhere where he  
> can see a
> screenshot of the native version so he can decide which one he  
> prefers?

They look similar, but the X11 version has menu items INSIDE the  
windows (not the menu bar).

> 4)  Are there any reasons to favour one version, rather than the  
> other?
In general, at this point, I would suggest the native version. Drag  
and drop, and AudioUnit plugins are supported, and it doesn't need X11  
to run, so it feels more like your standard Mac app. If your friend  
has never used X11, installing it and running within it (no native  
menus... they are all in the GUI's window rather then the menu bar)  
may seem strange.

So - I would suggest
update to 10.4
use native
get a three button mouse.



> In particular, if either of them can be installed without him  
> needing to
> configure things manually (e.g. environment variables) or use a  
> command
> line I think he'd prefer it.  When I spoke to him yesterday he  
> didn't even
> know what 'source code' is or what 'binaries' are or what a 'command  
> line'
> is - so this is someone with zero technical ability.  Ideally he'd  
> need something that automatically loads any dependencies, such as  
> Jack / Coreaudio etc.
> Thanks,
> John
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