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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Mac progress...?

We get asked "what about the mac version?" once in a while and yes, it's the eternal problem.

Aegisub can build on Mac and it can run, but unfortunately it's quite hard to make it useful, not to mention the numerous GUI bugs and glitches.

Tonight I managed to make my first running build of Aegisub for PPC (G4/G5) architecture which was (of course) the first thing people started screaming for when I put out my first Intel builds some time last year!

So far this build is essentially useless! It can't load video, can't load audio, has no Automation support, the libass build can't render anything (because Fontconfig is misconfigured) and even the PCM WAV audio provider that otherwise always works, won't. (The PCM WAV problem is due to endianness.)

If you really want to try it anyway, here's a download link:

Remember: You have no right to complain about this build. I know it's horrible and useless and I'll try to make something better. This is just a proof of concept, it is (still) possible to get Aegisub on Mac and PPC.

Also, while it does run on Intel machines, it's quite slow, especially during startup, as it's not a Universal binary but a PPC-only one. Of course it's also possible to make an Intel version and it shouldn't be a major problem to lipo them together, I just haven't bothered to try yet.

There's no ETA for the next useful version. (But oh, by the way, I have added a new script to the SVN repository. It's called and can create Application bundles. Quite useful if you're building for Mac yourself! Yes I used it for this build.)

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  1. As a small update, I managed to build Aegisub with FFmpeg now. It works fine, also loading audio (it seems to ignore the PCM WAV provider, haven't checked why) but the pixel format the video provider supplies doesn't match what the video display expects so the colours are quite funky. I'm not going to release a build with that kind of bugs...

  2. Thanks!

    I'll wait for your 'final' build.

  3. I'm glad something is being done!
    I'll wait patiently for the final program to come out. Thank you so much!!!!

  4. As a primary Intel Mac user, I'm waiting with bated breath for a binary release :)

    Thanks jfs for the work you've done, and I'm looking forward to a release at some point! Aegisub is one of the only programs that makes me have to reboot into Windows!

  5. i was a pc user for years and since i work on fansubbing, aegisub has always been my friend but i switched to mac lately and freaked out when i found that aegisub for mac is so primary (can just open , type and save subtitle)
    i really can t live without aegisub !!! and now am runnning xp on dualboot just to use aegisub

    i hope there will be a new version of aegisub that works perfectly on mac.... that would be the best thing ever

    please continue working on it hoping that you ll make it soon ;)

  6. Any eta for a better, at least marginally working aegisub?

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