Ardour in 2012: what to look forward to
As 2011 draws to a close, I wanted to point people toward the future with a brief summary of what to expect from Ardour in 2012.
- 3.0 finally released
- Its been a long time coming, but two or three more beta releases, and we should be ready to go.
- Video tracks added
- Robin Gareus (xjadeo and so much more) has been working on this for some time, and as soon as 3.0 is released, we'll merge his work into the mainstream code.
- New track canvas
- This will improve overall efficiency in the GUI and allow us to do some nice visual things that are either too tricky or not worth implementing until we switch.
- At least 400 bug fixes
- This one is guaranteed unless Carl Hetherington finds better things to do with his time!
- Hopefully make our way through half or more of this list
- Unless Chris doubles it in size as time progresses, of course.
- New Website
- ardour.org will be migrating to Amazon web services early in 2012, for a more responsive website. There will be more improvements and features added to the site after that migration is complete.
- Windows Release
- Tim Mayberry has had a set of patches for Ardour 3 on Windows for some time. At some point during 2012, I hope we can figure out the logistics of a Windows release along with a community of people who can support the program on that platform.
Of course, very little of this will happen without the continued support of our users and donators. I would like to personally thank everyone who made it possible for me to continue working full time on Ardour during almost all of 2011. Thanks to a little institutional support, it was even possible to divert a (very small) amount of money towards Carl, who has done an astounding amount of work on Ardour over the last year. Whenever people are paid to work on software, that software is made possible by its users, and this is no less true of Nuendo or Reaper than it is of Ardour. But it has always been a real privilege and delight to be so close to the user community, and I continue to look forward to interactions (for all the right and all the wrong reasons) with all of you, both on IRC and via email during 2012. Happy New Year!