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Re: audio editor

Dear Mehmet,

Thanks for your advice on getting ahold of a working version of
the Wavesurfer sound file editor. It looks like to me that my
easiest solution, for a lot of things, is to upgrade my OS to
10.3 or 10.4. I've been holding back for a long time because
things have been working well (although not perfectly) under
10.1, and I didn't want to have to go through a period of
adjustment after upgrading -- this always seems to happen. Now
that I'm nearly done with a certain "big project" that I didn't
want to upset, I think I'm just about ready for a new stage of
my life. (However, I'm not looking forward to the obsolescence
of all my software after Apple switches over to the Intel chip
software next year.)

By the way, I poked around under the WaveSurfer-1.8.3 directory
and found two executables, Tcl and Tk. Deeper down in the
directory structure I found a lot of files with .tcl extensions.
This seems to be some sort of scripting language, and the whole
organization of the WaveSurfer-1.8.3 directory lays open how the
program was developed. Quite a complicated affair! The Linux
version, on the other hand, comes as a single compact executable,
so "what you can't see doesn't hurt you".

Do you have any idea why the programmers would make Wavesurfer
available in this complex open structure for Mac OS X but just
as a simple opaque (but easy to use) binary executable for Linux?

Best regards,


You wrote:
>From: Mehmet-Ali Gulbol <mag@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Date: Thu, 07 Jul 2005 13:09:30 +0200
>To: beaucham <beaucham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: Re: audio editor
>CC: AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>beaucham wrote:
>> Rene',
>> I added '.app' at the end of the WaveSurfer-1.8.3 name, and indeed
>> my system (10.1.5) thinks it's an application. However, when I
>> double click on the icon, it gives an error message -- "The application
>> WaveSurfer-1.8.3 has unexpectedly quit". I have to conclude that it
>> requires an OS that's more advanced than what I have. Since 10.2.8
>> didn't work for one user that responded, it probably requires at least
>> 10.3.
>> Jim
> From my limited knowledge of computers, I understand that WaveSurfer is
>using libraries called Tcl/Tk to draw its windows. The latest WaveSurfer
>(1.8.3) comes with Tcl/Tk versions 8.4.9, which indeed works only on
>10.3 and later. There is a version (8.4.1) of Tcl/Tk that works on 10.1
>(see http://tcltkaqua.sourceforge.net), but I don't expect it's enough
>to install it to make WaveSurfer work. However maybe you should try to
>contact the developper (I don't see an email, but there's the WaveSurfer
>forum) to get an older version. The WaveSurfer website (under /download)
>states that older versions are available, but you have to know their
>name to be able to download them. And of course you need to know which
>one would work with 10.1.