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Recent updates - June 2024

In case you missed it, here are some recent software updates for our products.

Pro Maintenance Tools 2.4.4 - May 27 2024

  • Plugin Manager - More user-friendly error messages if notarizing a plugin installer fails
  • Updated Crash Analyzer definitions
  • Minor bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations
Posted by Jon Chappell on Jun 7 2024 to DR News
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Recent updates - April 2024

In case you missed it, here are some recent software updates for our products.

Kollaborate Server 3.7.3 - Mar 28 2024

Important: The Docker image is configured to convert the current database to your MariaDB version automatically. As such, we would recommend backing up the database before upgrading to any version as you may be unable to downgrade otherwise. You can download the current database as a .sql file from the Tools section of the Admin Area. We recommend doing this before copying the newer version's files over.

Changes:

  • Improved performance on the Projects page
  • Improved performance on the Files page
  • Files - File size is updated dynamically when dragging files into a folder or department
  • Player - Removed the feature that showed a user's last playback position. Heatmaps should be used for this purpose instead
  • Player - Pressing the L key to fast forward now ramps up the speed slowly
  • Projects - When creating a new project, it will now allow you to import the team and folder structures from any project where you are an admin, not just projects you created
  • Files - If showing the Views column, it will update dynamically when using Quick Look or Open in New Tab on a file
  • Files - If showing the Downloads column, it will update dynamically when clicking the Download button
  • Comments - Add Copy Text context menu option
  • The nudge feature has been removed from the player and share pages
  • Files - Column text is now left-aligned
  • Adobe Panel - Fixed an issue where it may not display the comment import icon
  • Adobe Panel - Removed erroneous context menus
  • Adobe Panel - Fixed the hoverscrub thumb being the wrong size
  • API - Fixed the first version of a file not having a version title
  • API - Don't show My Private Files in projects list if it's disabled
  • Comments - Improved autologin if the user's session has expired
  • Files - Fixed an issue where departments may not show that they contain unviewed files
  • Multiple improvements to support for accented characters throughout the site
  • Projects - Fixed an issue where tags would not be displayed for projects loaded dynamically
  • WebHooks - More event information is being logged, especially for events triggered from shared links
  • History - Improved event descriptions with more information, especially for events triggered from shared links
  • Comments - Improved error handling if submitting a comment fails
  • Trash - Fixed an issue where site / super admins couldn't delete trashed projects
  • Files - Fixed an issue where files in My Private Files could not be accessed from a shared link
  • UI - Tweaked size and position of thumb view and Adobe Premiere Panel view
  • Workflows - Fixed an issue where admin user could not edit global workflows
  • Workflows - Fixed an issue where default approval workflows would not be connected to their approve / reject workflows when creating a new project
  • Player - Fixed a crash when signing up for view receipts
  • Player - Limit the number of markers shown in the marker bar if they are close together
  • Projects - Allowed site admins to modify projects they didn't create
  • Files - Fixed an issue where it could fail to delete a folder if deleted files exist in the folder being deleted
  • Email - Fixed an issue where the custom logo may not display in some instances
  • Files - Fixed an issue where using Quick Look on a file multiple times will only add 1 to the view count due to browser caching
  • Comment Importing - Fixed a crash when importing markers from Reaper
  • Admin - Fixed an issue where rebuilding folder structures would not reset a folder's size if the folder was empty
  • Player - Fixed an issue where captions may not display for links to files in My Private Files
  • Roles / Permissions - Clarify wording to show that admin status only applies to the project
  • Comments - Comment delete events are now logged for each comment when deleting all comments on a file
  • Share - Fixed an issue where only the first 40 links would be shown
  • Email - Fixed an issue where connections might be automatically upgraded to TLS even if you selected unencrypted
  • Files - Fixed an issue where dragging a file into a department may not show the unviewed icon immediately
  • Player - Don't scroll the video into view when clicking a comment on small screen sizes
  • Installer - Fixed an issue where it may say you have the wrong database version installed when running on MariaDB
  • Player - Fixed a layout issue when disabling comments through an approval workflow
  • Minor bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

Post Haste for Mac 2.8.3 - Mar 9 2024

Update: This build fixes a hang some users were experiencing at startup.

Variables can now be entered into parameter values on the New Project page, as well as default values and prefixes / suffixes in the Parameters pane of Preferences.

This allows you to create more complex naming conventions with repeating values, without having to enter redundant information. For example, you could add "[project number]-" as a prefix to all other parameters so that every subfolder in the path contains the project number.

Post Haste for Windows 2.4.3 - Mar 8 2024

Variables can now be entered into parameter values on the New Project page, as well as default values and prefixes / suffixes in the Parameters pane of Preferences.

This allows you to create more complex naming conventions with repeating values, without having to enter redundant information. For example, you could add "[project number]-" as a prefix to all other parameters so that every subfolder in the path contains the project number.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Apr 7 2024 to DR News
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Post Haste now supports variables in parameter values

In Post Haste for Mac 2.8.3 / Post Haste for Windows 2.4.3, variables can now be entered into parameter values on the New Project page, as well as default values and prefixes / suffixes in the Parameters pane of Preferences

Variables allow you to take the value of a parameter and use that value as part of the path. To do this, surround the name of the parameter in square brackets, for example [client]. (Capitalization is not important but spacing is.)

Extending variable support to parameter values and prefixes / suffixes allows you to create more complex naming conventions with repeating values, without having to enter redundant information. For example, you could add "[project number]-" as a prefix to all other parameters so that every subfolder in the path contains the project number.

Post Haste is a free app for Mac and PC that makes it easy to create new projects from templated folder structures. To find out more, check out the feature list, read the user manual or download the app for Mac or PC.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Mar 8 2024 to DR News, Front Page News, Post Haste
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Recent updates - March 2024

In case you missed it, here are some recent software updates for our products.

Kollaborate Encoder 1.7 - Mar 6 2024

Note: This update requires a minimum of Kollaborate Server 3.7.2.

  • The Docker image now uses Ubuntu 22.04 and FFMPEG 6.1.1
  • Added extra configuration options to send additional flags to FFMPEG
  • Fixed an issue that could sometimes cause files to be converted multiple times
  • Fixed an issue that could cause complex overlay text to fail
  • Prevent clipping when downmixing audio tracks
  • Minor bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

Kollaborate Server 3.7.2 - Mar 6 2024

Important: The Docker image is configured to convert the current database to your MariaDB version automatically. As such, we would recommend backing up the database before upgrading to any version as you may be unable to downgrade otherwise. You can download the current database as a .sql file from the Tools section of the Admin Area. We recommend doing this before copying the newer version's files over.

Changes:

  • Security - Fix issue where MFA prompt could be bypassed in certain situations
  • Sharing - Show comment count and the name the user commented as in the link stats
  • Uploading - Finishing is now slightly faster
  • Comment Importing - Support for importing comments from Reaper
  • History - Support for filtering out your own events and only showing events since your last visit
  • Files - Allow displaying Comments column in links
  • Email Testing - Switch debug mode on when sending a test email while bypassing the queue
  • Projects - Use higher quality placeholder icon when no project thumbnail exists
  • Server admins and project owners will now receive digest emails even if they're not directly added to a project's Team
  • Comment Importing - Fix issue where author name might not be detected when importing from CSV / TSV
  • Files - Overhauled file subscriptions to improve performance
  • Files - Unsubscribing from instant alerts for a project now removes individual per-file subscriptions too
  • Fixed a rare issue that could prevent logging in on Firefox
  • Player - Select the currently selected transcription language in the Export Captions dialog instead of defaulting to English
  • Files - Visually indicate if a file has a transcript attached
  • Workflows - Fixed an issue where special characters in statuses might not show correctly
  • Moving - Fixed an issue where an error could appear saying you don't have permission to move files if deleted files exist in that folder
  • UI - Fixed logo being clickable across the entire header when viewing a link
  • API - Match revisions by title when uploading from Premiere or FCPX
  • Upgrader - Fixed an issue that could prevent upgrading from very old Kollaborate Server versions
  • Admin - Increased the speed of the thumbnail regeneration tool
  • Files - Fixed an issue where previewing a file would not register in the context menu that it had been viewed
  • Comments - Fixed an issue where comment edit / delete events wouldn't be logged
  • Navigation - Fixed an issue where the link to the Admin Area URL wouldn't redirect correctly for some URLs
  • Minor bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations
Posted by Jon Chappell on Mar 7 2024 to DR News
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Recent updates - February 2024

In case you missed it, here are some recent software updates for our products.

Kollaborate Server 3.7.1 - Jan 10 2024

Important: The Docker image is configured to convert the current database to your MariaDB version automatically. As such, we would recommend backing up the database before upgrading to any version as you may be unable to downgrade otherwise. You can download the current database as a .sql file from the Tools section of the Admin Area. We recommend doing this before copying the newer version's files over.

Changes:

  • Heatmaps are now recorded when using Quick Look
  • Player - Right-click the player to access Playback Settings - allows settings to be adjusted even on shared links
  • Upload Workflows - Support for matching by frame rate
  • Dates are now relative to the current user's timezone when displaying absolute dates on files or comments
  • Files - Dropdown / right-click menus are now generated dynamically, which fixes several issues that could occur where the menu gets out of sync with the current status of the file
  • CSV import / export - Improved parsing of CSVs to handle more complex files
  • Workflow Import - Automatically create linked departments if they don't exist
  • Workflow Import - Fixed a crash when importing workflows from a different project
  • Player - Hide visible line on shared links when no action buttons are present
  • Files - File pin icons now respect page text color
  • Tasks - Fixed a crash when importing tasks
  • Tasks - Fixed an issue where task couldn't be modified if the priority was set to Low
  • Share - Fixed an issue where File Request links could display as invalid
  • Share - Fixed an issue where password input might not display
  • Share - Fixed an issue where the password might not update in the Quick Share dialog
  • Share - Password fields on the main page are now read-only
  • API - Better feedback if API authorization fails
  • UI - Fix incorrect URL for Apps page when accessed from the Admin Area
  • Installer - Simplified installing scheduled tasks for manual installations
  • Email - Fixed an issue where the custom site logo may not display in emails in certain instances
  • Player - Fixed an issue where CC button doesn't display captions when viewed by a link recipient
  • Servers - Ensure IP and port are specified in server URLs
  • Encoding - Fixed an issue where overlays would not be applied to a file when manually converting it
  • Heatmaps - Fixed an issue where heatmap data might not be logged on the player page
  • Upload Workflows - Fixed an issue where "greater than or equal to" and "less than or equal to"  match types might not work as expected
  • Minor bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations
Posted by Jon Chappell on Feb 7 2024 to DR News
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Recent updates - December 2023

In case you missed it, here are some recent software updates for our products.

Post Haste for Mac 2.8.2 - Nov 24 2023

  • Fixed an issue where Kiosk Mode might not be able to be switched off on macOS Sonoma
  • Fixed an issue where color-coding might not be respected when creating a project from a template

Kollaborate Server 3.7 - Nov 20 2023

Kollaborate Server 3.7 is a major update with thousands of code changes, mainly on the backend, to modernize and improve reliability. It also contains many new features and quality-of-life improvements.

Important: We're now using MariaDB instead of MySQL and the Docker image is configured to convert the database to your MariaDB version automatically. As such, we would recommend backing up the database before upgrading to any version as you may be unable to downgrade otherwise. You can download the current database as a .sql file from the Tools section of the Admin Area. We recommend doing this before copying the newer version's files over.

Major Changes:

  • PHP 8.1 support
  • MySQL has been replaced with MariaDB, which improves performance
  • Deleting a file now moves it to the Trash, which can be accessed at the bottom of the screen. Project admins can restore or empty the trash, otherwise those files will be removed automatically after 30 days.
  • Major backend overhauls to file handling, workflows, versions and tasks
  • Numerous UI improvements including new user interface controls for entering timecode, copying links and displaying thumbnails
  • UI styling has been overhauled and you may therefore need to regenerate the style from the Admin Area
  • The App Storage feature has been removed
  • The long-deprecated Python scripting feature has been removed
  • Many color and theming changes, including better support for light color schemes. Note that you may need to rebuild your custom style from the Admin Area for it to display correctly in the new version.
  • Admins can view stats for a user, including the projects they are part of, how many files they have uploaded, etc
  • Users can be suspended, preventing them from logging in, but making sure their projects, files, commments, etc, are intact
  • When importing comments, you can now map timecode, author and comment to specific columns within a CSV, as well as getting the author name from the file if the format supports it
  • You can now require the user to have Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) activated before they can access a project. Edit a project to switch this option on.
  • Project titles must now be unique when creating a new project
  • Support for importing and exporting comments as TSV (Tab-Separated Values)
  • Link recipients can now view (but not edit) captions

Minor Changes:

  • History can be filtered and exported to a CSV file
  • Many improvements to the reliability of the installer
  • Admin - Dashboard page now shows the current license type
  • Admin - Added the ability to rebuild folder structures from the Tools page. This is helpful if a move operation is interrupted and things get out of sync.
  • Files - Added Open in New Tab to context menu
  • Player - Added an option to the Actions menu to regenerate file metadata (frame rate, resolution, etc)
  • Player - Hovering over the encoding icon now shows the file's current position in the queue
  • Admin - When adding a user, their last name is now optional
  • Admin - My Private Files can now be disabled from the Configure page of the admin area
  • Comments - Project admins can now delete all comments for a file from the player page
  • Share - Show all links for a particular file by clicking the file name on the Share page. Ctrl-click (or Cmd-click on Mac) to launch the player for the file
  • Tasks - Show all tasks for a particular file by clicking the file name on the Tasks page. Ctrl-click (or Cmd-click on Mac) to launch the player for the file
  • Player - Don't show the "file needs converting" banner unnecessarily
  • Quick Share - Improved UI if sharing fails
  • Sharing - Links can now be deleted as a batch
  • Captions - Support for relative / absolute caption timings when importing from a file
  • Search - Additional file type options are available in Advanced Search: Folder, Comment Stream, Compressed Archive
  • Admin - Added an option for alternate page text color to custom colors page
  • UI - Navigation bar adjusts more intelligently to the page you're currently viewing
  • Admin - Admin authorization now times out after 30 mins of inactivity instead of when accessing a non-admin section of the site
  • Users - Tasks the user is assigned to are now unassigned when deleting a user
  • Users - The last selected role is remembered when adding new users
  • Player - Show the file title when hovering over truncated titles
  • Files - Fixed an issue where comment exports to Reaper may produce the wrong type of file

Bug Fixes:

  • Files - Fixed an issue where resize handles wouldn't appear on table headers
  • Login - Fixed an issue where the captcha wouldn't work correctly
  • Workflows - Fixed an issue where saving a workflow could incorrectly require an admin login
  • Projects - Fixed an issue where it would interpret a search such as "5.0" as a number and match every instance of the number "5" instead of interpreting the search literally
  • Better support for extremely long filenames
  • Adobe Panel - Fixed an exception that could occur if the file contains comments from a link recipient
  • Admin - Fixed an issue where default strings in database dumps would be incorrectly quoted
  • Files - Fixed an issue where departments wouldn't show a value in the Date column
  • Player - Fixed a layout issue if comments are disabled but the file needs approval
  • Users - Fixed an issue where a user could be added to the wrong project if another one was loaded in a different tab
  • Comments - Fixed an issue where uploading a file with a comment wouldn't work correctly
  • User Importing - Fixed an error if a user already exists in the project
  • Projects - Fixed an issue that could prevent users from importing folders from another project when creating a new one
  • Files - Fixed an issue where the workflow dropdown icon could be cut off if the workflow name is long
  • API - Fixed an issue where apps would be unable to get the current user's name
  • Folder Downloading - Better error handling if the user lacks permissions
Posted by Jon Chappell on Dec 7 2023 to DR News
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Kollaborate Server 3.7 - new pricing, major architectural overhaul, trash, UI improvements and more

Kollaborate Server 3.7 is a major update to our self-hosted workflow platform with thousands of code changes, mainly on the backend, to modernize and improve reliability. It also contains many new features, bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements.

PHP 8.1 and MariaDB

This version updates PHP to version 8.1 and uses MariaDB instead of MySQL, both of which improve performance.

Trash

Deleting a file now moves it to the Trash, which can be accessed at the bottom of the screen.

Project admins can restore or empty the trash, otherwise those files will be removed automatically after 30 days.

User interface improvements

New controls for entering timecode and copying text.

Color and theme changes

Many optimizations to theming, including better support for light-colored interfaces. (You may need to rebuild your custom theme from the Tools section of the Admin Area for it to display correctly in this version.)

User administration

View stats for a user, such as the projects they are part of and how many files they have uploaded.

You can now suspend users, preventing them from using the site but keeping their files, comments, etc, intact.

Comment importing improvements

You can now map timecode, author and comment to specific columns within a CSV, as well as getting the author name from the file if the format supports it.

Comments can be imported and exported as TSV (Tab-Separated Values).

Require MFA

You can now require the user to have Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) activated before they can access a project. Edit a project to switch this option on.

There are many more changes and fixes; view the full list here.

Updated pricing

We've overhauled our pricing. Kollaborate Encoder is significantly cheaper and we've added new low-end packages with lower user counts to reduce the barrier to entry for smaller companies. (Existing customers are grandfathered into their old packages.)

At the current time of writing, we're offering a Black Friday Sale with 30% off all packages. This sale lasts through Cyber Monday (November 27th 2023).

If you'd like to try out Kollaborate Server before buying, please contact us for a trial.

Kollaborate is an essential cloud workflow platform that allows you to share files with clients and team members while integrating with Digital Rebellion apps and services. Kollaborate Server allows you to host the platform in-house on your own servers and storage. To find out more, see the Kollaborate Server overview, register for the free cloud trial or contact us for a server trial.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Nov 20 2023 to DR News, Front Page News, Kollaborate
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Recent updates - November 2023

In case you missed it, here are some recent software updates for our products.

Kollaborate Server 3.6 B6 - Nov 4 2023

This is a pre-release version of Kollaborate Server 3.7.

Please see previous betas for a full list of changes from 3.6.x.

Important: this version upgrades the database to MariaDB 10.11 to fix issues when upgrading databases from much older versions of MySQL. Please use the database download tool in Admin Area > Tools to backup your database beforehand.

Changes in this version:

  • Major backend overhaul and modernization of the Files page
  • Deleting a file now moves it to the Trash, which can be accessed at the bottom of the screen. Project admins can restore or empty the trash, otherwise those files will be removed automatically after 30 days.
  • Project titles must now be unique when creating a new project
  • Projects - Added an option to require the user to have MFA set up before they can access a project
  • Support for importing and exporting comments as TSV (Tab-Separated Values)
  • Sharing - Links can now be deleted in a batch
  • Captions - Support for relative / absolute caption timings when importing from a file
  • Search - Additional file type options are available in Advanced Search: Folder, Comment Stream, Compressed Archive
  • Admin - Additional user stats added to the Profile page
  • Admin - Added an option for alternate page text color to custom colors page
  • UI - Navigation bar adjusts more intelligently to the page you're currently viewing
  • Comments - Fixed an issue where uploading a file with a comment wouldn't work correctly
  • User Importing - Fixed an error if a user already exists in the project
  • Share - Fixed an issue where a file request would expire immediately if no expiration date was set
  • Admin - Admin authorization now times out after 30 mins of inactivity instead of when accessing a non-admin section of the site
  • Projects - Fixed an issue that could prevent users from importing folders from another project when creating a new one
  • Users - Tasks the user is assigned to are now unassigned when deleting a user
  • Admin - Pages now work better on light color schemes
  • Files - Fixed an issue where the workflow dropdown icon could be cut off if the workflow name is long
  • API - Fixed an issue where apps would be unable to get the current user's name
  • Uploads - Fixed a crash when uploading to My Private Files
  • Player - Fixed a crash when accessing files in My Private Files
  • Player - Fixed an issue where the comment bar would be semi-transparent in full screen
  • Users - The last selected role is remembered when adding new users
  • Folder Downloading - Better error handling if the user lacks permissions
  • Encoding - More accurate calculation of the current queue position
  • Player - Show the file title when hovering over truncated titles
  • Files - Fixed an issue where comment exports to Reaper may produce the wrong type of file
  • Various minor UI tweaks
  • Various code modernizations and overhauls

Post Haste for Mac 2.8.1 - Oct 25 2023

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when launching the app
Posted by Jon Chappell on Nov 7 2023 to DR News
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Recent updates - October 2023

In case you missed it, here are some recent software updates for our products.

Post Haste for Windows 2.4.2 - Sep 20 2023

  • Prevented users from creating completely blank project titles

Kollaborate Server 3.7 B5 - Sep 18 2023

This is a pre-release version of Kollaborate Server 3.7.

Please see previous betas for a full list of changes from 3.6.x.

Be aware that we're now using MariaDB instead of MySQL and that the Docker image is configured to convert the database to your MariaDB version automatically. As such, we would recommend backing up the database before upgrading as you may be unable to downgrade otherwise.

Changes in this version:

  • Admin - When adding a user, their last name is now optional
  • Admin - Allow site admins to view all users' profiles and access user stats
  • Admin - My Private Files can now be disabled from the Configure page of the admin area
  • Admin - Support for suspending users
  • Comments - Project admins can now delete all comments for a file from the player page
  • Share - Show all links for a particular file by clicking the file name on the Share page. Ctrl-click (or Cmd-click on Mac) to launch the player for the file
  • Tasks - Show all tasks for a particular file by clicking the file name on the Tasks page. Ctrl-click (or Cmd-click on Mac) to launch the player for the file
  • Import Comments - Support for getting the author name from the file if supported by the format
  • Import Comments - Added the ability to map timecode, author and comment to specific columns within a CSV
  • Admin Dashboard - Fixed an issue where deleted projects could not be cleared
  • Admin - Fixed an issue where default strings in database dumps would be incorrectly quoted
  • Files - Fixed an issue where departments wouldn't show a value in the Date column
  • Player - Don't show the "file needs converting" banner unnecessarily
  • Player - Fixed an issue where HTML content in the Description field may not render correctly
  • Player - Fixed a layout issue if comments are disabled but the file needs approval
  • Users - Fixed an issue where a user could be added to the wrong project if another one was loaded in a different tab
  • Workflows - Fixed an issue where workflow edit page would not show the correct status of the "allow comments" option
  • Projects - Fixed an issue where it would take you to My Private Files after creating a project instead of the newly-created project
  • Projects - Fixed an issue where apostrophes would not be displayed correctly in project titles
  • Files - Fixed an issue that could prevent folders being downloaded
  • Quick Share - Improved UI if sharing fails
  • Tasks - Fixed an issue where it could sometimes show a random file on the Tasks page if no file was assigned to a task
  • Upgraded several third-party packages for better PHP 8.1 compatibility
  • Various minor UI tweaks
  • Various code modernizations and overhauls

Compressor Repair 2.4.2 - Sep 18 2023

 

  • Removed opt-in telemetry from the app
  • Minor bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

 

FCS Remover 3.2.2 - Sep 18 2023

  • Removed opt-in telemetry from the app
  • Minor bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

Pro Maintenance Tools 2.4.3 - Sep 18 2023

  • Removed opt-in telemetry from all apps in the suite
  • Plugin Manager - Support for choosing your team ID from a list when creating a plugin installer
  • Plugin Manager - Fixed an issue where plugin names in the format "01.PluginName" would behave incorrectly
  • Plugin Manager - Moved plugin installer notarization to new notarytool service
  • All apps, including plugin installers, now require at least macOS 10.13
  • General bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations
Posted by Jon Chappell on Oct 7 2023 to DR News
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Recent updates - September 2023

In case you missed it, here are some recent software updates for our products.

Pro Media Tools 2.2 - Aug 29 2023

  • Removed opt-in telemetry from all apps in the suite
  • Video Check - Support for detecting if an audio track is completely blank
  • Batch Renamer - Show item count in window
  • Video Check - Audio problems are now identified by channel and track (if a problem exists across several channels, more than one error message may therefore appear)
  • QT Edit - Color and Gamma atoms can coexist in a QuickTime movie
  • QT Edit - Fixed a crash that could occur after conforming a movie
  • Performance and stability improvements across the suite
  • Various small bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations
Posted by Jon Chappell on Sep 7 2023 to DR News
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