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Apple's woes with Logic Pro 7

The endless cycle of software upgrades continues with Apple's Logic version 7. The promise, as usual, is high. But the reality might not necessarily be as good as you hoped it might be, and the recently released Logic Pro 7 is no exception, according to many first hand reports...

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The endless cycle of software upgrades continues with Apple's Logic version 7. The promise, as usual, is high. But the reality might not necessarily be as good as you hoped it might be.

The problem is generic to all software. It is impossible to test software fully to make sure that it will always work as expected, under all conditions of input and use, and with all hardware configurations. Although there might be an extensive program of beta testing before a software is released, this still may be insufficient to expose all bugs and weaknesses.

And the recently released Logic Pro 7 is no exception, according to many first hand reports. The initial conflict may be with hardware. Logic works as an excellent front end for a variety of hardware including Pro Tools Mix and HD systems. But will it work on your hardware now, or will you have to wait for an update?

Then there are the plug-ins. Inevitably, many plug-ins will be from third-party software companies and you should not be at all surprised to find that some may not work. This could be the fault of Logic, or the plug-in. Perhaps there will be an update that solves the problem eventually. Perhaps there will not, and your plug-in will never work again.

It has to be said that Digidesign in comparison are very reliable in releasing software that works from the word go, with only the occasionally niggle. Apple obviously need to realize how important this is and not rush into releasing software before it is fully ready.

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By David Mellor Thursday January 1, 2004
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