Exponential Audio have announced that by the end of 2015 they will no longer be supporting the RTAS plug-in format. Michael Carnes told us...
RTAS had a great run, but that run is coming to an end. While there are still many Pro Tools 9 users, that number is dwindling rapidly. Mixers have moved on to PT10, PT11 and even PT12. RTAS has taken time to support, and we would rather spend that time on new development and support for more current formats. This means that RTAS support and development will be ending by the time the curtain falls on 2015.
However Exponential Audio are not completely abandoning legacy Pro Tools users, running Pro Tools 9 or earlier, because RTAS versions of the plug-ins will remain available in the download area. Those versions will be frozen at the last stable build of 2015. If you're not ready to move away from Pro Tools 9, you'll still be able to download and use these versions.
How To Handle A Legacy Announcement Well
When we asked Michael why he is making this announcement now he told us...
It seems only fair to announce this change well in advance. If you're still running an older version of Pro Tools, you'll need some time to plan for system upgrades. If you're considering a purchase from Exponential Audio, this could affect your decision. That's why this change is being announced over half a year in advance.
Hats off to Michael and his team for showing how an announcement of this kind should deb handled.