When we first released Descript in December 2017, we introduced a desktop app for Mac — the culmination of over three years of work. The response was fantastic, but there was a recurring pain point: we needed Windows support too.

Since then, we’ve rebuilt Descript using modern cross-platform technologies that allow us to offer the app on both Mac and Windows, while harnessing the power of their respective operating systems. For more background, read our blog post announcing the transition.

This document is meant to help you figure out what it means for you. 

What’s with the names? My app is just called Descript.

  • Descript Classic is the original version of Descript, available for Mac only. It is no longer under active development, but we still support it because it has some features that New Descript doesn't yet. You can download it here.

  • New Descript is available for Mac and Windows. It is under active development and improving quickly, though it doesn’t have some of the features available in Descript Classic yet. You can download it here.

When you open either version of the app, it'll just be called Descript. We’re using Classic and New here for the sake of convenience and clarity.

How do I tell if I’m using Descript Classic or New Descript?

Click on the Descript menu in the top-left corner of the screen, then About Descript.

  • If the version number is Version 1.4.3 or below — you’re using Descript Classic.
  • If the version number is 1.5 or above — you’re using New Descript. 

Which Descript is right for me?

  • If you’re using Descript for its super-fast transcription, along with its suite of transcript-correction tools — and you don’t need to edit the audio — New Descript is for you.
  • If you’re using Descript’s White Glove service (which provides professional human transcription at a highly-competitive price) — and you don’t need to edit audio — New Descript is for you.
  • If you’re editing audio: use Descript Classic. 

What can’t I do with Descript Classic?

  • White Glove Transcription -- Descript Classic no longer supports White Glove transcription. New Descript has full White Glove support. If you want to use White Glove — but you also need to edit audio — it’s possible to do so. See the section below titled, How can I use New Descript and Descript Classic together?
  • Import Transcript -- A new feature only available in New Descript, Import Transcript lets you take a transcript you got elsewhere and sync it with its corresponding audio, free of charge.

What can’t I do with New Descript?

  • Edit audio -- This is a big one, and it will be coming very soon to New Descript. But for the time being, anyone editing audio should use Descript Classic.
  • Multitrack Transcription -- Descript Classic lets you import multiple tracks from the same recording session (e.g. an interview recorded one-speaker-per-track) and create a combined transcript from them. This feature will be available soon in New Descript.

What’s going to happen in the future?

We’ve stopped actively developing Descript Classic. 

We’ll continue to support it for the time being, but once New Descript’s feature-set meets and surpasses it, we’ll retire Descript Classic and encourage everyone to move to the new version. We’ll give plenty of notice before we do.

How can I use New Descript and Descript Classic together? Why would I want to?

If you need to...

  • Use White Glove transcription — and edit audio on the same Project.
  • Work with collaborators who are using New Descript, while you’re using Descript Classic.

... Then you’ll want to use both New Descript and Descript Classic. We’ve written this guide on using them in tandem. (The title of the article refers to using Descript across Mac and Windows; it also applies to people using Descript across New Descript and Descript Classic on Mac).

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