I just realized the single biggest feature enhancement you could introduce that would improve my editing efficiency enormously.
Instead of keeping the waveform fixed on the screen as the play point moves left to right, leaping the waveform ahead discontinuously when the play point hits the right edge of the screen, have a mode where the play point stays fixed on the screen and the waveform continuously scrolls right to left.
We don’t currently have beta versions but we do have “nightly” versions (“alpha” versions).
As expected with alpha versions, there may be bugs and we don’t recommend using alpha versions for production work. Using an alpha version is at your own risk, and unlike the release version where we provide technical support, alpha versions are where users get involved and help us, so are only really suitable for people that feel comfortable and competent using experimental software. If that’s you, then scroll down this page for the “Nightly Builds” link: http://www.audacityteam.org/download/windows/
The (incomplete) alpha manual is here: http://alphamanual.audacityteam.org/man/Main_Page
Hmm. I’m a bit wary of alpha software. Is it possible to download the test code on the same machine as the 2.1.2 production version without compromising the latter? This would let me play around with it without risking production.