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  • InqScribe macOS Big Sur Support

    Posted on November 18th, 2020 Alex No comments

    Those of you thinking of updating to macOS Big Sur (11.0), fear not. The InqScribe 2.5 beta works great on macOS Big Sur. It will of course also continue running on macOS Catalina (10.15) and most older versions of macOS going back to 10.8.

    While the 2.5 beta runs on Catalina and Big Sur, our current official release, version 2.2, will not. In other words, you will need to use the 2.5 beta if you want to run InqScribe on macOS Catalina or Big Sur.

    For anyone new to the beta, version 2.5 is free to download and works with your existing InqScribe license. In addition to being compatible with Catalina and Big Sur, it brings a number of new features and improvements, including:

    • Native spell check
    • Sleek new design, in Retina-compatible high definition
    • New, more versatile media engine
    • More responsive, fully native text field
    • Emojis
    • Improved USB device management
    • Option to restore a previous session’s document windows
    • New “Mute” and “Skip Forward” shortcut commands
    • Various bug fixes

    What’s not included in this beta:

    • Windows support. Currently, the 2.5 beta is limited to macOS, but we are working on a Windows version.
    • The “Save Subtitled QuickTime Movie” feature. InqScribe 2.5 moves away from QuickTime as its media player in favor of a more modern counterpart. While this change brings a host of performance benefits, it means that saving custom subtitled QuickTime movies is no longer an option. Instead, you can use a variety of alternative methods to create subtitled movies, explained in further detail here.

    Download the InqScribe 2.5 beta from our website here.

    2022 Update: Since releasing our initial 2.5 Beta, we’ve added more improvements. These include:

    • InqScribe is now a macOS Universal build with native support for Apple Silicon
    • Support for the VEC Infinity 3 USB foot pedal
    • Better support for multiple-monitor configurations
    • More detailed error messages
    • Various bug fixes and UI refinements

    For a full list of features, please see the Public Beta Version History page.

    If you have any questions about the 2.5 beta, feel free to email us at

  • InqScribe Beta Update

    Posted on October 16th, 2020 Alex No comments

    We’ve just released another update to our ongoing 2.5 Beta for macOS! This release includes further refinements and bug fixes. Here’s what’s new:

    • Use of emoji no longer causes inaccurate Find/Replace results, timecode coloring, or timecode selection.
    • XML exports do a better job filtering out invalid XML characters.
    • Better auto-deactivation of USB devices that aren’t really input devices.
    • Better window placement in certain multiple-monitor configurations.
    • Rapid play rate changes no longer lead to actual and reported play rate getting out of sync.
    • Minor UI improvements and bug fixes.

    Download the update from our website here. Or, update your existing 2.5 Beta by opening the app and selecting “InqScribe > Check for Updates.”

    New to the InqScribe 2.5 Beta? Check out our initial InqScribe 2.5 release announcement for more information on what to expect. For further questions or comments, send an email to us at

  • InqScribe Beta Update Available Now for macOS!

    Posted on January 28th, 2020 Alex No comments

    A new version of our InqScribe 2.5 beta is now available for macOS. As you may already know, version 2.5 is an upcoming update that brings a new HD interface, an improved media engine, and full Catalina/Big Sur support. Both this public beta and the soon-to-come official release will be free to current InqScribe license holders (more detailed information about the 2.5 beta here).

    This new beta update is mostly concerned with bug fixes and small tweaks. Here’s what’s new:

    • Fixed a bug where InqScribe wasn’t saving to external hard drives
    • You can now click the volume “speaker” icon to mute and unmute audio
    • “Mute” has been added as a shortcut command
    • “Skip Forward” is another new shortcut command– it lets you move the current play position ahead by a specified number of seconds

    If you’re already using the 2.5 beta, you can get the new update by selecting “InqScribe > Check for Updates” within the app. If you’re new to the 2.5 beta, download it beta fresh from Windows users, hold tight! The 2.5 Windows build is coming soon.

    For more information about the 2.5 beta, read our initial release post here. If you encounter any issues with the beta, or if you have any questions, contact us at

  • Announcement: InqScribe 2.5 Coming Soon!

    Posted on August 27th, 2019 Alex No comments

    If you’re on a Mac, you’re probably wondering how InqScribe will handle the release of Catalina (macOS 10.15). After all, InqScribe 2.2.4 is a 32-bit app, and Catalina phases out support for 32-bit apps.

    We’ve got you covered!

    Yes, we are currently preparing a new release, InqScribe v2.5, due out next month as a free update. This 64-bit version is focused mainly on Catalina compatibility and bug fixes.

    A robust v3 release, which will be packed with a host of new features, is still in the works. But since v3 is not ready yet, we’re putting out v2.5 to bridge the gap. With that said, v2.5 is not without some significant refinements of its own.

    We’ll announce the release on this blog and in our newsletter once it lands. To sign up for our newsletter, simply fill out the form here. Interested in joining our beta-testing group? Contact us at