The best got better – Welcome to Helium 16

Helium 16 is now available as a first beta with many new changes and improvements.

Major new features

  • Support for PostgreSQL databases. PostgreSQL are free, easy to install, powerful and scalable as well as very performant.
  • The My Computer view is no longer limited to a specific files list,it now has a full tree to the left allowing much more flexibility when browsing files in and not in your library. It’s also possible to pin favourite folders to be able to access them more quickly.
  • The Music Explorer comes with support for new root-node types:
    • Tempo
    • Preference
    • My Computer – Including pinned favourite folders
    • Relations – Browse through an artists similar artists, related artists and all other relation types
    • Unavailable tracks
  • Possibility to configure which fields that should be active and the order of them in the Tag Editor and CD-Ripper album pane. Some new editing fields are also available.
  • Highly redesigned and improved download pictures tools (artist and albums). The tools are more effecient and easy to work with plus that they support new features such as saving selected pictures to tags.
  • New plugin: iTunes plugin with support for downloading of album images, artist images and artist information
  • A general user interface polish for better accessibility and smoother workflows
  • Options are better organized
  • Large parts of Heliums database access code was rewritten for this version which increased both performance and stability.
  • Use Helium for your parties and prevent that users mashes up your Play queue. Use the new Party mode feature to lock the Heliums tools and still allow users to browse the collection and queue tracks last in the play queue.
  • Support for up to 10 user defined columns.
  • Quickly browse similar artists and albums from the Music Explorer

Minor features

  • Move tracks to album reintroduced, available from Track lists
  • You can configure if the graphic positionbar should be auto hidden unless a song is playing or is paused.
  • New user interface when selecting artists and albums from various tools
  • Import an existing library from MediaMonkey5
  • If an import fails, Helium will revert to a new clean database
  • Possibility to quickly select an artist using a powerful graphic user interface when editing artist relations.
  • Copy folder will execute in a background thread to avoid blocking Helium
  • Improvements to the Music Brainz plugin
  • Improvements to subtrack handling
  • A new script which will send the tracks currently shown to a printer

Working with the beta version

Please note that this version is a beta, meaning that all tools and features are not 100% tested.

These beta versions will install into a specific folder so that you can have both Helium 15 and 16 installed at the same time.

Any databases that are opened with Helium 16 will be usable in Helium 15 since they will not be upgraded.

Please backup your database and settings before installing this version.

Click here to download Helium 16 beta

Helium Streamer

Helium Streamer has been updated to work well with Helium 16. Support for PostgreSQL should be fully working, but please remember that his is a first beta release.

Click here to download Helium Streamer 5.2

Helium 15.4 now available!

Helium 15.4 is now released as a stable version.

Major news in Helium 15.4

  • Powerful inplace tag editing in the track lists; the most features from the Tag Editor are directly available from the track lists, without the need of opening a Tag Editor.
    Click here to read more about this feature.
  • Bits per sample added as a database field and a visual column.
  • Run action manager scripts directly from the menu/a toolbutton.
  • Multiple improvements to the re-rip tool.
  • New variables added to the Tag to filename tool.
  • Translation updates.
  • Improvements for reading several audio formats.
  • Possibility to paste pictures from clipboard in the Tag Editor and the Advanced Tag Editor.
  • It’s possible to select channel encoding mode for MP3 files.

Click the links below to read more about the updates in detail:

Click here to download Helium 15.4

Helium 15.4 beta 4 now available

Major changes in this version

  • Run action manager scripts directly from the Automation menu or by adding a toolbutton.
  • Prompts when removing playlists
  • Upgrade database fixes for MSSQL and MySQL
  • Various bugfixes

Click here to read about the changes in Helium 15.4 beta 1

Click here to read about the changes in Helium 15.4 beta 2

Click here to read about the changes in Helium 15.4 beta 3

Working with the beta version

Please note that this version is a beta, meaning that all tools and features are not 100% tested.

A database upgrade will be performed with this version so databases will not be compatible with Helium 15.3.

Please backup your database and settings before installing this version.

Click here to download Helium 15.4 beta 4

Helium 15.4 beta 3 available

This version contains fixes found during testing of the prior beta versions as well as some improvements.

Changes in this version

  • Renaming of files with F2 is reintroduced and improved
  • Setting to manually control playlist changes (Apply, Cancel)
  • Component upgrades
  • Sorting improvements in the Music Explorer
  • Improvements to refreshing of the file list in the My Computer view

Click here to read about the changes in Helium 15.4 beta 1

Click here to read about the changes in Helium 15.4 beta 2

Working with the beta version

Please note that this version is a beta, meaning that all tools and features are not 100% tested.

A database upgrade will be performed with this version so databases will not be compatible with Helium 15.3.

Please backup your database and settings before installing this version.

Click here to download Helium 15.4 beta 3

Helium 15.4 beta 2 now available

This version contains fixes found during testing of the prior beta versions as well as some improvements.

Changes in this version

  • Component upgrades
  • Improvements for the Remote API
  • Improvements for statistics
  • Bug fixes

Click here to read about the changes in Helium 15.4 beta 1

Working with the beta version

Please note that this version is a beta, meaning that all tools and features are not 100% tested.

A database upgrade will be performed with this version so databases will not be compatible with Helium 15.3.

Please backup your database and settings before installing this version.

Click here to download Helium 15.4 beta 2

Welcome to Helium 15.4 beta 1

Helium 15.4 comes with many improvements on what Helium is best at – tagging!

Our focus has been to improve the tagging in track lists so that you do not need to open the tag editors if you only need quick and easy or batch tagging tools.

To edit tags from a tracklist, you can either click the rightmost cog icon and select Enable edit mode, select it from the context menu, Track list > Enable edit mode or by pressing Shift+F2.

When edit mode is enabled, you will see a toolbar below the tracklist with the following content:

  • A Tools button with mutiple available commands, more on that topic later.
  • A button which will toggle the Capitalizer/word replacer on/off
  • A button which will allow you to undo all changes and reload the original data for the tracks in the view.
  • A button that will apply the changes to the changed tracks.

Tagging works much as in the Tag Editor: Select a cell, press F2 or start to typ to change the contents.

Pressing delete will remove the contents for the selected cells, meaning that you can quickly remove unwanted content this way.

Some cells will have gray background to mark that they cannot be edited. Examples of such cells are typical read only values such as song length, bitrate and similar fields.

New batch tools available in the track list editors

To make the tagging just as quick as in the Tag Editor, we have exposed the following batch tools:

  • Apply down, also available by pressing Ctrl+D
  • Auto-track, also available by pressing Ctrl+T
  • Multiple switch commands which will switch the content of the selected cells with the target cell.
  • Multiple extract commands which will extract one or more values from the selected cells.
  • Custom extraction command which will let you visually extract contents from the selected cells using a template.
  • A possibility to capitalize the selected cells using the capitalizer/word replacer logic.
  • A filename to tag feature which will allow you to extract one or more fields from the filenames of the selected cells.
  • Possibility to download track information on album level (based on selected tracks) for really quick tagging. For albums with multiple CDs, be sure to select the files for each CD for each download batch.

These batch tagging tools are available under the Tools button from the toolbar below the track list and from the context menu under Tagging tools.

Track list editing is available from the following views:

  • Music Explorer
  • Album details
  • Label details
  • Tracks
  • Genres
  • Years
  • My Computer

For the My Computer view, you do not need to have the files added to your library (but it will of course work with files in your library also)!

Note: It’s not possible to edit subtracks from the track lists. You will need to use the Subtrack editor for that.

Other changes in this version

  • Bits per sample added as a database field. You can view this field in track lists, search on it as well as view it on album tool tips. It’s also when using scripts.
  • Multiple improvements for the Re-rip tool.
  • We have added support to download picture from the Advanced Tag Editor.
  • It’s possible to paste pictures from the clipboard in the Tag Editor and the Advanced Tag Editor.
  • Improvements to downloading of album pictures from the Album details view.
  • You can now save attached pictures from the Tag Editor and the Advanced Tag Editor.
  • It’s possible to copy the Album picture in the Tag Editor to the opened files tags.
  • An iterator variable is implemented in the Tag to filename tool.
  • A new variable, {{filenamenoext}}, has been added to the Tag to filename tool. This variable returns the filename of the file without path and extension.
  • Channels are displayed in File properties
  • It’s possible to select channel encoding mode when converting/encoding MP3 files.
  • Polish translation has been added.
  • Updated German translation.
  • Tooltips in the Music Explorer has been added to display truncated text better.
  • When ripping files, the album picture is properly copied and named using the naming rules.
  • Corrections to tool buttons in the CD ripper.
  • Improvements to reading of APE files.
  • Improvements to reading Ogg bitrate.
  • Improvements to Subtrack playback.
  • Helium’s version is included in backup filenames for a better overview.
  • BASS libs are updated.

Working with the beta version

Please note that this version is a beta, meaning that all tools and features are not 100% tested.

A database upgrade will be performed with this version so databases will not be compatible with Helium 15.3.

Please backup your database and settings before installing this version.

Click here to download Helium 15.4 beta 1

Helium Streamer

If you use Helium Streamer and update to this Helium beta, the old version of Helium Streamer will stop working since your database is updated to a newer version. If you want to continue using Helium Streamer you need to install the latest beta version which is available from the link below.

Click here to download Helium Streamer 5.2 beta.

Helium 15.3 now available

Helium 15.3 is now available.

This version of Helium comes with all minor improvements and bugfixes which has been released since Helium 15.2 was officially released.

This version also comes with updated database drivers, rewritten database connectivity and stability handling, improvements to column auto-sizing, possibility to control database connections on a more detailed level and many other minor improvements.

We recommend all our uses to update to Helium 15.3 today.

Click here to download Helium 15.3

Welcome to Helium 15.3 beta 1

One of the main goals with this version has been to improve database connectivity and reduce possible timeouts and related issues.

This change has affected the most of the code, therefore we decided to release this version as a beta initially.

Major changes in this version

  • Rewritten database connectivity and improved transaction handling
  • Exposed more database settings
  • Improvements to column auto-sizing, a global setting is available for this.
  • Possibilities to filter extended logging
  • Improved shortcuts in the Advanced Tag Editor
  • Improvements to Remote API communication
  • Improvements and fixes for multiple artist mapping in the Releases view
  • Corrections to split file tool
  • Corrections to restore MySql and better progess
  • Various bugfixes and minor improvements

Working with the beta version

Please note that this version is a beta, meaning that all tools and features are not 100% tested.

No database upgrades will be performed with this version so databases will still be compatible with Helium 15.2.

Please backup your database and settings before installing this version.

Click here to download Helium 15.3 beta

Update for Helium 15.2 now available

An update to Helium 15.2 is now available, please read about the details below.

Major updates in this version

  • Improved error handling in the File synchronization tool
  • Improvements to WavPack reading
  • Rename tool invokes album handling when needed
  • Corrections to database upgrading
  • Corrections to Genre style management
  • Updated database drivers
  • Retry failover for MySql when a connection is lost from the server
  • Update user defined fields after a rename operation
  • Auto-size columns improvements
  • Rearranged the Play queue context menu
  • Auto-size columns are saved between sessions
  • Various Quick tag editor fixes
  • Improvements to import playlists
  • Artist shown in mini-player
  • Corrections to max lyrics lengths during adding
  • UI fixes for the Convert to tool
  • UI fixed for the Advanced search tool
  • Possibility to export multiple playlists from the Playlists view
  • Possibility to select multple playlists in the File synchronization tool
  • Improvements to album handling
  • Possibility to logout (reauthorize) to Last.fm
  • Setting for disabling Windows overlay
  • Possibility to set WASAPI period
  • Smart play available from the player
  • Multiple elements in the player can be hidden by the user

As usual, there are also a lot of minor things corrected in this version.

We recommend all users to update to this release since it contains important corrections.

Click here to download the updated Helium 15.2 version

Update for Helium 15, Helium Converter and Helium Streamer

Today we have released new version of Helium, Helium Converter, Streamer and the Streamer App.

Major news in Helium 15.2

  • Possibility to show user defined columns in the Tag Editor
  • ID3v1 is saved as ISO-8859-1
  • Improvements for fetching of Smart playlist tracks
  • New field in tag to filename engine, RATING_INTEGER
  • Updated database drivers
  • Updated UI components
  • Multiple improvements to the File-sync device, updated MTP-drivers.
  • Improved error handling for picture management and adding files to the library.
  • Artists with relations are not removed when optimizing library
  • Prevent duplicate genres when updating library
  • Optimize library can remap and remove duplicate genres
  • Many minor improvements and bug-fixes

Major news in Streamer

  • Various bug-fixes related to filters when using the app
  • The apps support Last.fm scrobbling properly when enabled

Major news in Helium Converter

  • Updated components and bug-fixes

Please note that the most recent Streamer apps requires that the most recent Streamer version is installed.

Download the applications from our official website and the app stores.