Helium 14.2 beta now available

The main goal with this version is support for case-sensitive MySql/MariaDB databases.

Previously Helium has required a specific flag to be set to force table names to be case-insensitive, something that was not always easy nor possible to change for example when having the database located on a NAS running on a Unix based operating system.

Helium 14.2 should adress this and allow MySql/MariaDb databases to be created on “any” supported platform.

This beta version also comes with some other major improvements such as:

  • Improved read support for legacy ID3v2.2 tags (often used from iTunes). The main ID3v2.2 tags shall now be properly read and usable in Helium.
  • Improved support for MediaMonkey ratings which uses another range compared to the standards.
  • Threading improvements and progress improvements in the Joiner tool
  • Various component upgrades

As usual, we have also corrected issues reported from users and made some minor improvements.

Working with the beta version

Please note that this version is not 100% tested yet, if you find anything that does not seems to work as it should, please let us know.

If you submit an issue, please be sure to include as much reproduction information as possible so that we can assist you as quickly as possible.

This version does WILL perform database upgrades, meaning that it WILL NOT work with the current official version of Helium 14 and Streamer 4. We recommend you to take a backup of your database before working with this version.

Windows 7 users:
Make sure that you have the following hot-fix installed:
https://github.com/Microsoft/dotnet/issues/599

Click here to download Helium 14.2 beta

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Helium 14.1 now available

Helium 14.1 is now available for download.

For a list of major changes in this version, please read the following articles:

Click here to download Helium 14.1

Helium 14.1 beta 2 now available

This beta version comes with the following major changes and improvements:

  • Possibility to sort on the filename column in the Tag Editor
  • Catalog number can be edited in tracklists direct editing mode
  • It is possible to edit drop-down contents for comments
  • Updates to file/folder dialogs
  • New datbase providers for SQLite and SQLServer
  • User interface enhancements
  • Improvements to AIFF handling
  • Bug fixes when editing label pictures
  • Bug fixes when adding files with multiple ratings

Apart from the above fixes, many small fixes and improvements are included in this release.

For more information of how the beta version works, click here.

Click here to download Helium 14 beta 4

Helium 14.1 beta now available

The revised splitter tool in Helium 14.1

Major changes in this version

  • Support for adding, tagging, playing and converting AIFF files. The AIFF support is seamless in Helium meaning that it will behave just like any other supported formats.
  • Waveform view in the Splitter tool which allows a more visual and precise method to adjust start and end offsets for a track that shall be splittered.
  • Updated SQLite and MySQL database drivers.
  • Improvements when loading actions in the Action manager.
  • Sorting improvements in Album details
  • Possibility to update original fields via scriping
  • Translation updates

As usual, we have also corrected issues reported from users and made some minor improvements.

Working with the beta version

Please note that this version is not 100% tested yet, if you find anything that does not seems to work as it should, please let us know.

When working with AIFF files, we recommend that you use copies of your files, since the handling of AIFF files is a totally new feature.

This version does NOT perform any database upgrades, meaning that it will work with the current official version of Helium 14 and Streamer 4.

Windows 7 users:
Make sure that you have the following hot-fix installed:
https://github.com/Microsoft/dotnet/issues/599

Click here to download Helium 14.1 beta

New Helium 14 version released

A new version of Helium 14 is now available. This version containes bugfixes and some minor improvements.

The major changes are listed below:

  • Corrections to MySql backup. Due to recent driver changes the previously used backup tool stopped to work. The new solution is using the native mysqldump.exe file which needs to be located when the tool is started the first time. mysqldump is shipped with MariaDB and MySql and is generally located in the applications <bin> folder.
  • Updated SQLite providers
  • Improved housekeeping of orphaned artists
  • Possibility to disable tooltips for album/artists items
  • Corrections to the rename tools tree preview
  • Minor improvements to migrations of Helium 13->14
  • Corrected displaying of releasetypes overlays for albums
  • Minor improvements to editing of artists
  • Filter fixes for Albums, Artists and Labels views
  • Various corrections to caching of album images

We recommend all Helium 14 users to update to this version as soon as possible.

Click here to download the new release.

Welcome to Helium 14 and Helium Streamer 4!

We are today very proud to present you the first release of Helium 14 and Helium Streamer 4!

Major news in Helium 14

  • Multiple album artists – a unique feature that allows tagging of one or more album artists per release
  • Web radio channel support – manage and play webradio channels in this new Music Explorer view
  • Column filters in track lists – a quicker way to filter contents in track lists
  • Preview tree in the Rename tool – allows you to see the resulting folder and filename structure before renaming
  • Support for external applications – easy integration with all tools you need
  • User interface improvements – multiple changes in the user interface to make Helium more pleasant to work with plus more customization possibilities

Apart from the above changes a lot of other improvements has also been added to this new release.

To read about the changes in detail, please visit the following links:

Upgrading to Helium 14

If you purchased Helium 13 less than a year ago you will get the Helium 14 update for free.

We have sent out e-mail with license information to these customers. If you feel you should be eligible for the free upgrade our e-mail might have been caught in your spam folder. You can always find your license in the Customer center.

You can upgrade to Helium 14 for a discounted price from our Customer center.

Downloading Helium 14

Download Helium 14 from our official website, https://www.imploded.com

Major news in Helium Streamer 4

  • Multiple album artists – a unique feature that allows browsing of one or more album artists per release
  • Quick filters in Genre and Year views – No more endless scrolling for that specific track while in the genre or year view. Just type parts of the artist name or track title and the list will be immediately filtered.
  • Small navigation bar – after popular demand, Helium Streamer now has an option to show a small navigation bar just like in Helium. This saves some vital space on smaller screens which will make the browsing experience even better.
  • More in line with Helium – Helium Streamer now uses more of the common settings from Helium which for example makes adding of music simpler. It no longer matters if you add music to your library from Helium or from Helium Streamer.
  • Auto calculate BPM setting – If this setting is turned on BPM will be automatically calculated on all played tracks. It it also saved to the tags of the files so it will easy to search, sort and filter tracks on BPM in the future.
  • Many other small improvements – We have been working a lot on performance in Helium Streamer 4 so you should notice a great improvement in speed.

Upgrading to Helium Streamer 4

If you purchased Helium Streamer 3 less than a year ago you will get the Helium Streamer 4 update for free.

We have sent out e-mail with license information to these customers. If you feel you should be eligible for the free upgrade our e-mail might have been caught in your spam folder. You can always find your license in the Customer center.

You can upgrade to Helium Streamer 4 for a discounted price from the Customer center

Downloading Helium Streamer 4

Download Helium Streamer 4 from our official website, https://www.imploded.com

Helium 14 beta 4 available

This new beta version comes with the following major changes:

  • Improvements to the installer/uninstaller. All data is now properly removed when uninstalling Helium.
  • Possibility to customize Music Explorer nodes via the context menu.
  • Improvements to database connecting/handling and upgrading.
  • Various UI improvements. Picth control is default hidden in the player, cleanup in genre view and undefined release type is hidden for albums.
  • Changes for default settings.
  • Restructured context menues for tracks and albums.
  • Improvements to importing of Helium 13 databases.
  • Setting for clearing the Play queue when playing music.

Apart from the above fixes, many small fixes and improvements are included in this release.

For more information of how the beta version works, click here.

Click here to download Helium 14 beta 4