Panic has released a new OS X-compatible version of its popular digital music software, Audion. Audion 2.1 PR 2 for Mac OS X is now available for download from links on Panic’s Web site.
Audion is a full-featured digital music playback and encoding application for the Mac. It costs US$19.95 to register — more than Apple’s free iTunes software, admittedly — but the software sports more features, too.
Audion supports the use of “skins,” customized interface elements; it also enables users to encode digital music using a variety of different methods, including Fraunhofer, LAME, and AIFF. Audion also features crossfading to produce DJ-like effects; an equalizer, a ratings system, karaoke support and much more.
Panic says that they’re working on a “total overhaul” of Audion for Mac OS X, to be made version 2.5. “… but we wanted to release a little something to celebrate the launch of Apple’s Mac OS X,” said the developers.
This version of Audion is, according to Panic, the first Mac OS X application to incorporate custom, native Quartz interfaces. Quartz is the graphics engine developed for Mac OS X — it’s based on the portable document format (PDF) standard.
“Now your favorite Audion faces can look all gorgeous and shaded and transparent, live, in real-time,” said Panic.
Audion is made available as an unencumbered 15 day demo. After 15 days, sessions are limited to 30 minutes until the software is registered.
Download Audion 2.1 PR2 for Mac OS X