A few weeks back I released TRASHER 3 to coincide with the new features in Pro Tools 2018.1 such as Pro Tools Presets and full implementation of Track Presets. The biggest issue was that I did not have any representation for when a function was in action. So this build is mainly a maintenance release. A progress bar is now added along with buttons to tick or untick all the boxes in the main home tab. There is also a bit of code cleanup and optimization. The UI has been slightly modified a bit as well for the changes.
Avid released Pro Tools 2018.1, with quite a few new features added. I decided to update TRASHER in order catch all the new settings and files. For many reasons, I ultimately decided to rewrite the entire application and go for macOS while I was at it.. I made some other changes internally such as backing up Plug-in Settings for instance is now "smarter". It will cycle through the folder recursively (folder by folder, file by file) and compare names. If a file name matches in an existing folder during a backup or restore, it will replace the file. Otherwise no files are at risk of being lost through a folder dump for example. Anything and everything being replaced or trashed is sent to the recycle bin, so it is recoverable.
The easiest way to format and partition a drive is to connect it to a “working” system, then format, and create the partitions through Windows Disk Manager (or other 3rd party software). The other option is to connect the drive into the new system, format and create the first partition as you install windows. Then after the system is up and going, you would come back and create the rest of the partitions.
One of the actual downsides of Pro Tools for Windows (yeah, yeah, insert sarcastic remarks here!) is the ability to have multiple versions of Pro Tools on the same system. This is thinking beyond having just Pro Tools 10 and 12 on the same system, But having different versions of 12 or 11 as examples. The way I have always dealt with this, is by having multiple partitions on the same hard drive.
Trasher has been updated to build 3. There is only a few minor fixes and additions from the previous version. The installer is available here http://www.pro-tools-pc.us/category-s/1514.htm
Redstone 2 huh ! - Well as We mentioned in a previous article here on the Pro Tools PC blog, We are not in the habit of posting news about incremental Windows updates beyond the usual warning of creating safe backups and ensuring you have no mission critical outstanding work to get finished before taking the plunge and performing the updates. However (As the great BBC quiz show Mastermind states ) "I've started so I'll Finish and publish this post detailing the feature list for the upcoming Windows 10 Redstone 2 update due to be released into the wild at the end of March / Early April 2017.
Since the launch of Windows 10 Microsoft has ceased the traditional "Service Pack" update roll outs and instead tried to usher in a somewhat nameless Windows 10 updates procedure that to my experience doesn't actually seem all that different to what we had before the most notable being the 1st year "Anniversary" update fairly recently.
Windows 10 has been a full public release now for over a year. Its biggest complaints seem to be about its heavy handed security model and intrusiveness. This seems to have been slowly ramping up more and more in every Windows release. These telemetry and data collecting features ARE present in Windows 7-8, but its not nearly as intrusive and baked in the OS.
Windows 10 no longer gives us the ability to turn off system updates. Here I have a way to turn off the automatic download of updates and quickly turn it back on when you are ready.
Are you going to Upgrade to Windows 10 ?
You Really won't need me to remind you of this after all Microsoft have been trying to hammer it home for the last year but it's finally come to crunch time. If you are going to do it, you had better do it now.
I'm not going to try and convince you one way or other it's your choice hence why we have been relatively quiet about the subject but have always been open to offering advice to those of our customers who have asked for it.