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The evolution of Audio Hijack

Rogue Amoeba designer Christa Mrgan details her huge overhaul of the interface of the new Audio Hijack:

Visually designing a software application that revolves around something inherently non-visual—like sound—is daunting. The immediate impulse is to lean on idioms and affordances from existing audio hardware (as our charming and easy-to-use Piezo does). The more complex a task becomes, however, the less convenient it is to refer to these real-world devices, which themselves can have steep learning curves and be a chore to use.

The new Audio Hijack is a triumph, and Christa’s interface design is the biggest reason why.