Archive for May 12, 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Logic Pro X 10.5

Apple (MacRumors, Hacker News):

Apple today unveiled a major update to Logic Pro X with a professional version of Live Loops, a completely redesigned sampling workflow, and new beat-making tools. With its collection of powerful creative features, Logic Pro X 10.5 will be a massive release for all musicians, including those producing electronic music.

The “biggest update to Logic since the launch of Logic Pro X” seven years ago is a free update that doesn’t bump the version number to 11. Apple hasn’t figured out App Store upgrade pricing yet. It has detailed release notes.


Update (2020-05-28): Jason Snell:

I had to use GarageBand last night for a project and was reminded that seven years ago I wrote about three features Apple could add (that Logic already has!) that would make it perfect for podcast editing.

Seven years later: Nope.

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Manuel Grabowski:

iMessage is eight years old. Never once in its entire existence has search on macOS (it’s such a long time that it wasn’t even called macOS back then!) worked properly. It is so ridiculously bad, there’s actually a third-party app that provides a functioning search.


When I need to find something in my iMessages I just grab my iPhone. And let’s not forget that this option has only become viable since iOS13, before which it was just as bad on there as well.

It doesn’t work very well in iOS 13, either. Many times, I’ll type the exact text that appears in the app, and it won’t find it. So I mostly just scroll and read. A long time ago, I reverse-engineered the transcript file format for EagleFiler, so that’s how I search older messages. Unlike in Messages, the matches are highlighted, and you can select the text.

Update (2020-05-14): Nick Heer:

Second, while transcripts are named and categorized as you might expect — by chat participants and chronologically — attachments have an opaque organizational system. Third, SMS transcripts are not stored here; they only exist locally within a SQLite database. Fourth, you cannot use Quick Look to preview a transcript; and, fifth, when you open the transcript in Messages, it may be comprised of many days of discussion and will default to the most recent message, leaving you to scroll back and manually hunt for the chat in question. And, no, you cannot use ⌘-F in a chat preview window.

The search function within Messages itself is even worse. It is inaccurate, hard to use, and somehow incomplete.

See also: AAPL of Discord.

Update (2020-05-19): Noel Cornell:

The juxtaposition of Apple allowing you to store theoretically infinite amounts of messages and providing no good way whatsoever to access/review/search them will never not be ponderous for me. It’s literally impossible to recognize the value of former due to latter.