Minor update for Helium 13.6 now available

A minor update for Helium 13.6 is now available.

The update contains the following major changes:

  • Possibility to download lyrics for multiple files from the Tag editor
  • Two new lyrics plug-ins. Note that one of them, ApiSeeds, needs to be configured before it can be used
  • Row indicator in the Tag editor which improves the visual feedback of which row that’s beeing edited
  • Improvements to the Copy tags tool
  • Better removal of deprecated Vorbis tag-frames
  • Pre-validation of databases that are about to be imported
  • Improvements to importing
  • Proper updating of calculated BPM in the Playlists view
  • Improvements to subtrack replaying from the Subtracks editor
  • Performance improvements when changing between views that has been intialized
  • Various SQLite fixes.

As always, more things has been fixed and improved in this release and we therefore recommend all Helium 13.x users to update to this release.

Click this link to download this new release.

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Helium 13.6 is now available!

Welcome to a new release of Helium 13.
This version focuses on performance optimzations, mainly for SQLite but also for the other database types that can be used with Helium.

Multiple improvements and fixes has been implemented in this release.
Click here to read about some of the more major changes.

We have also released updated iOS applications of Helium Streamer and Helium Remote.

We recommend all users to update to this version as soon as possible. This is especially important if you are working with SQLite.

Click here to download the new version

Helium 13.6 beta 1 is now available!

The major goal with Helium 13.6 is SQLite optimizations. Since the release of Helium 13.5 we have noticed that SQLite can act slow on:

  • Larger add operations
  • Larger update library operations
  • Importing of databases
  • Larger tag updating operations
  • Calculating of various statistics

We have therefore focused on optimizing the above functions which has resulted in huge speed improvements when working with SQLite. The most of the optimizations also applies to other database types.

Because of the above improvements for SQLite we recommend all users which have performance issues with Helium 13.5 to try this release.

If you work with SQLite and find a specific workflow that still seems to run slow, click here to contact us so that we can analyse that further.

Other major changes in this release

  • Support for word replacements in the Find duplicates tool. It is possible to define a list of words that should be replaced when the tool is executed. For example feat. shall always be replaced with ft. so that “The Prodigy feat. Other artist” shall be treated as a 100% match with “The Prodigy ft. Other artist”. This setting is accessed from the Settings button the the Find duplicates tool.
  • It is possible to remap picture paths stored in the database if the source folder is moved. The tool can be accessed from Tools > Options > Pictures and by clicking the Remap button for the picture type that shall be remapped.
  • Support for new fields in subtracks:
    • Lyricist
    • Language
    • All custom fields
    • Lyrics
  • Possibility to optimize SQLite databases (index de-fragmentation and compressing)
  • Column sorting in track lists are preserved during sessions. This also applies on sortings made with multiple columns by pressing shift whilst clicking the column.
  • Corrections to picture handling when updating pictures (SQLite)
  • The Action manager can now remove attached pictures.
  • Optimizations when parsing multiple artists. During reading and writing of tracks.
  • Corrections to displaying of item type for albums with subtracks.

Apart from the above improvements and corrections we have as always included several minor fixes and improvements.

Working with this beta version

Please note all functions in this beta version is not fully completed. Functions might not have passed all QA testing and translation texts can be missing.

This beta version cannot be installed parallel to the official Helium 13 version.

If you find any bugs or if you have feedback, please let us know by clicking here.

Click here to download Helium 13.6 beta http://dl.imploded.com/neon/helium_13.6.15156.0-BETA.exe

Helium 13.5 is now released

Welcome to a new Helium 13 release!

This version comes with the following major changes:

  • SQLite replaces SQL Compact as the default database type
  • Integrated F1 help for the most tools and views and many new help topics
  • Playlist node for quick browsing and managing of playlists in the Music Explorer
  • Drag and drop support in the Music Explorer
  • Possibility to update selected tracks in the database via the context menu in track lists
  • Playlist drop-zone allowing dropping of albums and tracks for any view to quickly be able to add items to a specific playlist from any view
  • Real time tempo change during playback (-30% to +30%)
  • Automatic calculating of BPM during playback
  • Create harmonic mixed playlists using tonality and BPM
  • New fields related to artists in filters, Advanced searches and Smart playlists
  • Various user interface improvements

Click on the links below to read about the details of the improvements

We recommend all users to update to this version as soon as possible.

Click here to download the new version

Helium Streamer 3.4 beta 2 now available

Helium Streamer 3.4 beta 2 is now released.

News in the beta 2 version (apart from the ones listed for the first beta release) is that we have enabled support for multi-selection in the play queue to allow for easier cleanup of the play queue:

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There are a couple of ways to select or deselect tracks from the play queue:

  1. Manually select tracks you want to remove by using the checkboxes.
  2. Clicking the Select all (or Select none) button to select all tracks. You can then deselect any tracks you don’t want to remove by using the checkboxes.

Click on the Remove selected button or use the context menu by right clicking in the play queue and clicking on the Remove action.

Click here to download Helium Streamer 3.4 beta 2.