JUCE 6.1 Released

A new JUCE release with accessibility support and much more

The JUCE team has been working hard on some great new tools to further support you in creating some of the best software available. 

We are delighted to announce the next iteration of JUCE 6.

JUCE 6.1 provides numerous updates focused on introducing accessibility support and the adoption of new platform and plug-in SDK features.

We feel sure these new tools will ensure greater productivity and open up new possibilities; we always welcome your feedback.

Accessibility Support

JUCE-based software is now navigable by the native accessibility frameworks on macOS, Windows, iOS and Android. This system integration increases your software's usability and widens your potential user base to a valuable but sometimes overlooked section of society. Software built on top of JUCE 6.1 is accessible by default.

VST3 Plug-in Extensions

JUCE's VST3 backend has been redesigned, offering greater compatibility with the VST3 specification and enabling access to VST3-specific extensions. Plug-in developers can now access a much richer interface to any DAWs that provide their own set of extensions, such as those published by Presonus, Cockos and others.

New MIDI APIs on macOS 11 and iOS 14

JUCE now uses Apple's new MIDI APIs when running on the most recent Apple platforms. This development paves the way for broader MIDI 2.0 support across the JUCE framework as other platforms publish MIDI 2.0 APIs.

OpenGL function loading

OpenGL functions and constants are now generated from the OpenGL Registry, providing access to much more of the OpenGL API and low-friction source compatibility with GL code written in C or C++.

macOS 12 and iOS 15 Compatibility

JUCE 6.1 supports macOS Monterey and iOS 15.

New Xcode Build System

Xcode projects created using the Projucer use the most current Xcode build system.

Lots more foundational framework improvements

We have implemented new async alternatives to all functions requiring modal loops, and overhauled our inter-process communication (IPC) classes. We've also tightened up our CoreGraphics invalidation regions, made our container classes interoperable with the standard library, and implemented many more minor features and bug fixes. You can see the whole list of changes here.

JUCE 6.1 is available now from our public repository or downloads page.

Best wishes,

The JUCE Team

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