Helium 12.0.4 beta now available

Welcome to a new beta version of Helium 12!

This beta version contains a new improvements and bug fixes.
Our work with improvements to the application is continuing, follow the forum to see what we are currently are working on.

News in this release

  • Improvement Possibility to dock the Play queue in the right sidebar
  • Improvement Optimizations when navigating back and forth to the album view
  • Improvement Optimizations to the Artist details view, the page is no longer fully scrollable for better performance
  • Improvement Optimizations to loading of all tracks from an artist on Artist details
  • Improvement Image on Album details, Artist details and Label details now uses the selected thumbnail size
  • Improvement File properties will now show attached pictures
  • Improvement Possibility to execute a specific script via a shortcut
  • Improvement Possibility to inactivate detail page statistics. Useful to improve performance when using larger Sql Compact databases
  • Improvement User column links are available from Album details and Play queue
  • Improvement Translation fixes
  • Improvement Possibility to define how undefined release types should be ordered
  • Bugfix Importing of playlist folders and playlists in folders works correct
  • Bugfix When gropuing on rating in a tracklist the group header is properly displayed
  • Bugfix Capitalization fixes during first launch of Advanced Tag Editor
  • Bugfix Corrected a crash which could occur when dragging a column in the Duplicate finder
  • Bugfix User columns did not show data in the Playlist view
  • Bugfix Corrections when selecting a Smart playlist
  • Bugfix Drop indicator is properly removed in the Play queue when cancelling a drag operation
  • Bugfix Corrections to alternation coloring in Playlists and Smart playlists

Apart from the improvements and fixes above we have also handled issues reported via the forum and the automatic bug reporting tool. A big thanks to everybody that has helped us to report issues.

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

Click here to download this beta version of Helium 12.0.4

Helium 12.0.3 beta now available

Welcome to a new beta version of Helium 12!

This beta version contains a new improvements and bug fixes.
Our work with improvements to the application is continuing, follow the forum to see what we are currently are working on.

News in this release:

  • Improvement Play queue can be docked in the right sidebar. When docked in the right sidebar, you can drag tracks from tracklist to the Play queue as well as albums.
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  • Improvement Picture filter available in Labels view
  • Improvement Improvements to dynamic tagging in the Advanced Tag Editor
  • Bug fix Capitalization correctly handles words starting with numbers
  • Improvement Possibility to define what a user column in a track list should link to. Available link types are:
    -Artist detail page (main artist)
    -Genre
    -Label details
    -Release details
    -Track details
  • Improvement Backup of Sql Server databases requires user access due to Windows UAC handling
  • Bug fix CD information could be overwritten in the Tag editor when downloading track information
  • Improvement New statistics:
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  • Improvement Save ID3v2 album artist tag with full external compatibility. Some external applications only handles album artists defined in the TPE2 frame (Band/orchestra). When this option is enabled (default) the band/orchestra field will not be enabled.
  • Improvement Possibility to quickly exit Tag editor with ESC (tap twice if you are in edit mode)
  • Improvement Natural sorting used for grouping of CDs in album details to avoid sortings like:
    -CD 1
    -CD 10
    -CD 11
    -CD 2
    -CD 3
  • Improvement Natural sorting used on Music Explorer nodes
  • Bug fix It was previously not possible to use Apply/Apply down on the Album version field in the Tag editor
  • Improvement New language, Spanish
  • Improvement Updates to several components

Apart from the improvements and fixes above we have also handled issues reported via the forum and the automatic bug reporting tool. A big thanks to everybody that has helped us to report issues.

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

Click here to download this beta version of Helium 12.0.3

Helium 12.0.2 beta now available

Welcome to a new beta version of Helium 12!

This beta version contains a mixture of improvements and bug fixes. Our work with improvements to the application is continuing, follow the forum to see what we are currently are working on.

News in this release:

  • Improvement: Possibility to capitalize all text fields using the active capitalization rules via the script engine.
  • Bug fix: Blank elements in the Advanced Tag Editor template designer was not visible.
  • Bug fix: Selecting tracks from album details was not in correct order.
  • Improvement: Possibility to set rating to one or more tracks in a tracklist via the context menu.
  • Bug fix: Play in duplicate finder did not worked properly.
  • Improvement: Possibility to filter contents of tracklists from Music explorer, Genre view, Year view and search results.
  • Improvement: When saving lyrics from the Advanced Tag Editor the filename is defaulted to artists – title.
  • Bug fix: Corrections to filename collisions in the converter and the CD-ripper.
  • Improvement: Possibility to toggle between tracklist and albums in the Music explorer and tracks view.
  • Improvement: Better merging of data between different tag formats.
  • Improvement: Improvements to dynamic tagging support in the tag editors. Click here to read more about Dynamic tagging.
  • Improvement: Possibility to save album picture to tags.
  • Improvement: Possibility to save album picture to tags for all visible albums.
  • Improvement: Progress in the duplicate finder.
  • Improvement: Possibility to shuffle the contents of a platlist via the context menu.
  • Bug fix: Template editing in Rename tool should now react to new templates.

Apart from the improvements and fixes above we have also handled issues reported via the forum and the automatic bug reporting tool. A big thanks to everybody that has helped us to report issues.

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

Click here to download this beta version of Helium 12

 

New beta version of Helium 12 available

Welcome to this new beta version of Helium 12.

This beta version is the first beta we have released since Helium 12 was officially released a little more than a week ago.

This version contains mostly bug-fixes and small improvements, but also some new features. More new features will of course continue to be added, follow the forum to see what we are currently are working on.

News in this release:

  • Bugfix: Possible crashes in smart playlists if certain arguments were set
  • Improvement: Active folder are shown during add music operations
  • Improvement: Type in the artist view to jump to an artist matched by name
  • Bugfix: Several fixes related to editing of artist information
  • Improvement: Several improvements to importing of Helium 11 databases
  • Improvement: Several improvements to handle incorrect ID3v2 tag-frames
  • Improvement: Better error messages when trying to play unavailable files
  • Bugfix: Changing of artist, album and label pictures could not be performed due to locking of images
  • Improvement: Possibility to edit lookup data used in Tag editors from Options
  • Bugfix: Auto-lookup issues with the Album pane in the Tag editor
  • Improvement: Rename button is focused by default
  • Improvement: Release type is available in renaming and user defined columns
  • Improvement: Clickable label url shown on label details page
  • Improvement: Direct-editing can now be invoked with F2, cell-click or by directly typing
  • Bugfix: Certain locks could occur when adding files
  • Improvement: Three lines of playing information which can be fully customized
  • Improvement: Possibility to set shortcuts to calculate track gain and calculate album gain
  • Improvement: Window size and location are saved for more windows
  • Bugfix/improvement: Rename artist logic is rewritten to be quicker and more precise

As mentioned earlier, this is a beta version which is not fully tested in all scenarios.

Click here to download this version 

Warmly welcome to Helium 12!

We are today more than proud to present the result of the last one and a half years of hard work, a completely new digital music management tool.

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Helium 12 is rewritten from the ground up to be a more modern, expandable and powerful tool.

Compared to older versions of Helium, there are some major changes in Helium 12 worth to mention:

  • There are now only two versions, a free version and a Premium version.
  • The Premium version is required to be able to use the Helium Remote app, which is still fully free for iOS, Android and Windows 10.
  • If you would like to use the Streamer app, it is still free for iOS and Android, but it will require a license of Helium Streamer.
  • Helium Streamer is also rewritten from scratch and now resembles the interface of Helium 12 so it will be easier to switch between the two. We also plan on releasing a free version of Helium Streamer shortly.
  • The views in Helium 12 is not equal to older versions of Helium – instead they use album, artist and label graphics much more and adds interaction via hyperlinks.
  • There is no specific Music Browser view, instead all views works similar to the old Music Browser!
  • We have implemented a powerful scripting engine which comes with many example script for various operations, ranging from tag operations to list creation and importing of external playlists. Best of all – there’s a well-documented API available so that you can start to create your own scripts today!

The list of features can be long, the best way to find out more about them is to start to test Helium 12 today!

You can of course import your Helium 11 database automatically into Helium 12, please note that it will be upgraded and no longer usable with Helium 11 after the import.

Will Helium 12 be the correct tool for me?

That’s up to each one of you to decide – Helium has always offered many different workflows and cataloging possibilities, not all old functions are available in Helium 12, but instead new functions are available. More functions are also under construction already, you can follow what’s planned and their current status by visiting the forum.

Do you miss a feature from Helium 11? Kindly let us know in the forums. We welcome all feedback and will continue to deliver updates to Helium regularly.

What will happen to Helium 11?

One of the major reasons why we decided to create Helium 12 from scratch was because we needed to change the platform which Helium 11 and older versions were built on.

Helium 12 is built using the most modern platform and can therefore take advantage of things like hardware accelerated graphics, Windows Audio Service API, multi-core support when downloading data, most recent and optimized database drivers and much more.

This is something which Helium 11 could never do because of the architecture it was built on.

So, we will from now no longer update and maintain Helium 11.

Users with any old Helium version will have the possibility to get a discounted upgrade offer to Helium 12. Please note that there is only an import feature for Helium 11 available, not from prior versions.

Existing users – what about us?

All users that have purchased Helium 11 within the last year will as usual get a free upgrade. You can find your license information from our Customer center:

http://www.imploded.com/support/customer-center

Users that have a license of Helium Streamer can also find their license in the Customer center (link above).

Additional questions?

You can always contact us for additional questions, licensing information etc. Another way to get more information is via the online help and the user forums for which you can find links on our website, http://www.helium.fm

We would like to end this news post with giving all users that have helps us with testing, feedback, translation or in any other way a big thank you – without you it would not have been possible to deliver Helium 12 today!

New update for Neon available

Today we have released a new version of Neon with some new features and bug fixes.

As we are getting closer and closer to a release, please report any bugs found so that we can ensure maximum stability when the version is released.

This especially applies to importing of databases and similar features, if you experience a reproducible problem with this tool, please contact us at: dev@imploded.com.

Interested in translating Neon?

We are constantly looking for help with translations. Translating Neon is made with an external tool, Zeta resource editor, which makes the translation process simple.

Translators will get a free license of Neon and Streamer 3!

Contact us at dev@imploded.com for more information.

Improvements in this version

  • Possibility to edit, load and save Advanced Tag Editor templates
  • Right-click context menu for the Library node in the Music Explorer with commands for copying a folder and its sub-folders, moving of a folder and its sub-folders, Renaming a folder, Removing of a folder and its sub-folders and the possibility to explore the path of a library folder
  • Right-click context menu for artist and album nodes in the Music Explorer with possibility to rename a specific album/artist on both tags and in the library with just a simple click
  • Possibility to update an existing file in the Library from one format to another without losing tags and statistics. This function is available as a script and is very useful when migrating from a lossy format (e.g. MP3) to a lossless format (e.g. FLAC)
  • New functions in the scripting API
  • Possibility to rename artists and albums via the more/context menus.
  • Possibility to add a specific root path in the Update library tool
  • User interface adjustments for statistics
  • Possibility to remove artist, album and label pictures via the context menu
  • Artist, album, album-artist, genre, label and year nodes are linked in the Music Explorer
  • Title column in release details is shown by default
  • Improved performance in Remap path function
  • Updates to the Portuguese language
  • Various documentation updates

Bug fixes in this version

  • Corrected browsing of paths ending with specific latin characters (MySql only)
  • Sort order fixes in Music Explorer (Sql Compact, Sql Server only)
  • Fixes for statistics when using Sql Compact and Sql Server databases
  • See more link for top labels now works correct
  • Equalizer presets are not overwritten during a version update
  • Fixes for remap path (MySql only)
  • Fixes for importing of Helium 11 databases
  • Various fixes related to updating of the library

Downloading the new version

This version can either be downloaded via the Update checker of by clicking the link below:

Click here to download Neon build 14170