Rogue Amoeba has released Piezo 1.6.0, improving the reliability of audio recording under heavy loads. The simple audio recording app also also improves Piezo’s Source selector, updates the Audio Capture Engine backend to version 10.0.1 for enhanced reliability, corrects an issue with Piezo’s popover incorrectly displaying multiple connectors in macOS 10.14 Mojave, and fixes a “ridiculously” rare bug where jiggling windows could cause the Settings popover to get stuck out of position. ($19 new with a 20% discount for TidBITS members, free update, 8.8 MB, release notes, macOS 10.11+)
I have a number of useful apps from Rogue Amoeba. But this one lacks what I view as an an important function that RA knows is missing & for some reason just doesn’t seem to think important.
The missing function is the ability to set an end time to a recording. In other words, you can’t start Piezo & tell it to stop recording after a particular time period. It just records until you stop it.
An end recording option wouldn’t have to be fancy - just something like a drop down that specified ending the recording in 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours, or never. Right now, “never” is the only choice - you have to manually stop the recording.
This function would make Piezo very useful for casual timeshifting. You could be listening to a stream, find yourself having to leave for a while, & just Piezo the rest of it.
RA has another app - Audio Hijack - which can be used for this purpose, but it has a learning curve that makes it awkward to use infrequently, and is in no fashion a “push & play” app like Piezo.
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