Pro Tools 2020.5 brings some handy options for project sharing, plus enhanced EUCON integration.
May 2020 brought the second Pro Tools release of the year. There were no big, headline-grabbing additions like the Folder Tracks we've spent so long considering since Pro Tools 2020.3, but although the 2020.5 release didn't add much, it was accompanied by a long-anticipated EUCON update and a hint towards the shape that Pro Tools development might take in the future.
The list of bug fixes was as varied as these things usually are. Bug fixes are a necessary but thankless pursuit for software companies, but taking it as read that bugs are inevitable in software, the order in which they get addressed potentially offers some insight into what is being worked on. In light of the global events of 2020, the fact that at the top of the list of fixes are a series of bugs to do with cloud collaboration can't be seen as coincidental.
With the industry having had to adapt so quickly to remote and online workflows, it is little surprise that the cloud collaboration features introduced in Pro Tools 12.5 — see www.soundonsound.com/techniques/part-1-cloud-collaboration-pro-tools-125 — have come to renewed prominence. These online collaboration features received a mixed reception when launched in 2016 but in hindsight they could be seen as being ahead of their time, and they mean Avid have already done the groundwork necessary to prepare Pro Tools for collaborative workflows.
Now that Standard Pro Tools users are happily using what were previously Ultimate-only features such as VCA Masters, it's easy to forget that a lot of the motivation for...