I understand the reluctance to call 1.3.x “stable”, so how about changing it from “1.3 (beta)” to “1.3 (better)” ?
Actually it’s only here on the Forum that 1.2 is still labelled “Stable” that was dropped a while back on the Adacity site down load page - see: http://audacityteam.org/download/
It is noticeable on that download page that the 1.3 Beta is now the “recommended” version for may moderin operating platforms. It is a great pity that the Beta labelling of 1.3 puts many users off installing it.
On my machines (runnning Windows XP-PRO-SP3 and XP-HE-SP3) 1.3.12 is a far superior release to 1.2.6 - more stable and much improved functionality.
+1 for removing the “(Stable)” labelling of 1.2.x here on the Forum.
1.3.x good enough ?
1.2 should be the stable version and labelled so
until some 1.3.x actually is stable
beta is a valid warning flag
why remove that if it really is a beta version ?
not fair to users to fool them that way
users want a stable version
not to play with the latest house of cards
instead of going for the grand 2.0 version so fast
it might be better to slow down and make a 1.4 rock solid version
make that the stable release until 2.0 comes out
developers can play a lot between 1.4 and 2.0
and users dont have to be the guinea pigs during that time
The problem is that 1.2 is actually not stable on many modern platforms - it doesn’t even work at all on some modern platforms.
It’s now over two years since the last 1.2 was released - and it still has bugs, none of which will ever be fixed.
1.3.12 is actually a pretty workable release - yes it does have a few bugs, but not enough to stop me (and many others) from using it as my full-time full-on day-to-day production version of Audacity. Where it lets me down occasionally is in timer recording overruns - but 1.3.13 Alpha does that too- and 1.2 never had that feature at all. 1.3.12 is probably the best ever Audacity to date.
Why not? Microsoft does that all the time
but joking apart, on most modern computers, Audacity 1.3.12 is more stable than Audacity 1.2.6
and on many Mac computers, 1.2.6 will not work at all.
I use Audacity 1.3.12 extensively at work and it is very stable and far more usable for my job than the 1.2 version. On the rare occasions that I venture back onto Audacity 1.2.6, my opinion is confirmed that it is well over retirement age. As waxcylinder wrote, I totally agree - in my opinion the “stable” word should be removed from the titles in the 1.2.x forums.