Chris Share-2 wrote
> 1 . Why does the playback cursor disappear and lose its position when
> playback
>      stops?

Because there is no playback any more. If you want the editing cursor
to advance to the position where playback stopped, use SHIFT + A
(Play/Stop and Set Cursor):
http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/playing_and_recording.html .

It seems unintuitive to me (and always has). I'm not criticising the design, I'm just curious as to whether there are design reasons for this behaviour. You say that "there is no playback any more" which I understand however isn't there still a "playback position" (the start of a selection). If I have a current selection and then stop playback, the Audio Position in the Selection Toolbar reads 0, even though when I start playback it begins from the start of the selection. I find that confusing.

Chris Share-2 wrote



> 2. Audacity supports plugins (great!) but how is it possible to monitor
>    what they're doing? For example, I often need to use compression
>    in my editing work but I can't figure out how to check the gain
>    reduction that's being applied - is it actually possible to do this?


You asked the same question on the Forum. If you are asking for
real-time preview of effects, so you can move the sliders and hear 
the result, Audacity doesn't have that yet for historical reasons
of how it was originally architected, but it may come eventually. 

You can always apply the effect and undo it, or change the
Playback Preferences so that you can hear a longer effect preview:
http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/playback_preferences.html .

I asked the question on the forum because I was interested to see if users had found a way around this problem, and I asked here because I was wondering whether there were design reasons for this behaviour, but if it's due to an original architectural choice then that explains it.

Cheers!

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