Helium Streamer goes free

As of the latest version of Helium Streamer (3.3, released today) there will be a free version and a Premium version just like for Helium.

We want everyone to be able to get remote access to their music and we’re glad to finally release an entry-level version of Helium Streamer for free.

The limitations in the free version of Helium Streamer follows the same pattern as in Helium. Here is a short list of what is locked in the free version:

  • Labels view
  • Genres view
  • Years view
  • Statistics view
  • Changing thumbnail sizes (the Free version comes with the “small” thumbnail size)
  • Managing users (the Free version only allows for one user. If you have Helium Premium you can manage users from there, which will work also in the Streamer)
  • Multiple database support (the Free version comes with the default SQL Server Compact database). If you use a different database in Helium, it will work in Helium Streamer also, but you cannot create SQL Server or MySql/MariaDb from Helium Streamer free.
  • Remote access for the mobile apps for iOS and Android. If you want to connect the Helium Streamer app for iOS or Android to Helium Streamer you need a Premium license of Helium Streamer.

Click here to download the free version of Helium Streamer 3.3!

News in Helium Streamer 3.3

So, apart from the awesome news about a free version of Helium Streamer, what’s new since last release?

One big focus with this release has been to move towards multi-platform support. The ultimate goal is to make Helium Streamer available on Linux and macOS apart from Windows. Even though we’re not yet there we have made significant progress. Let us know what you think about this in the comments.

Helium Streamer comes with a couple of new features in this release. Here are the most important news:

User permissions (Premium version only)

Helium Streamer now uses the same permission system as Helium does. The permissions set on a user in Helium is used in Helium Streamer and vice versa. Not all permissions makes sense to support in Helium Streamer, but most does. You can edit permissions for a user from the Settings page.

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Album collection management

It was previously possible to filter for album collections in Helium Streamer but you could only use album collections set from Helium. It is now possible to add and remove collections from an album, as well as create, edit and delete album collections (available from Settings).

 

Multiple thumbnail sizes (Premium version only)

It is now possible to switch to medium or small sized thumbnails from Settings. Small thumbnails will be the new default. The free version can only show small thumbnails.

New statistics view (Premium version only)

The all-new statistics view will let you get a better understanding of your music library. Many of the popular statistics from Helium have now been incorporated into Helium Streamer.

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Click here to download the free version of Helium Streamer 3.3!

We would very much like to hear your thoughts about this new free version of Helium Streamer. Do you like it? Do you miss any important features? Does the free version have enough unlocked content? Let us know in the comments!

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Helium 13 is now officially released!

We are today very proud to present you the first official version of Helium 13!
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Major news in Helium 13

  • Rewritten Music Explorer, offering more nodes, better performance and refreshes
  • Audio joiner tool
  • Much more possibilities to restrict user policies
  • Advanced filtering support for the Music Explorer, Releases, Artists, Labels, Tracks, Genres and Years. These new filters are per-view and replaces the old global filter.
  • Support for Collections and volumes
  • Fully customized toolbar for quick access to the tools you prefer
  • Support for General purpose plug-ins with a fully open API and sample code
  • File synchronization tool with full MTP device support
  • Shared playlists support
  • Major performance improvements when tagging files
  • New versions of our mobile apps

To read more about all changes in detail, please see the following links:

Upgrading to Helium 13

If you purchased Helium 12 less than a year ago you will get the Helium 13 update for free.
For users that purchased Helium 12 more than a year ago or if you are using an older version, you can upgrade to Helium 13 for a rebated price from our Customer center.

New keys will automatically be send to users that will have the update for free.

Downloading Helium 13

Download Helium 13 from our official website, http://www.helium.fm

 

Updated Helium 13 RC available

An update to Helium 13 RC is now available.

This update comes with various fixes and minor improvements as well as one major new feature – it is possibly to synchronize to devices supporting the Media Transfer Protocol (MTP). The MTP protocol is supported by almost all Android devices as well as other media players.

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The synchronization process works just the same as when synchronizing to a folder and it supports devices with multiple storages such as an SD card and internal memory.

The transcoding process in the synchronization has been rewritten to support multiple CPU-cores to execute quicker.

Click here to read more about the synchronization tool

Download Helium 13 RC

Click here to download Helium 13 RC

Please note that all licenses for Helium 12 will still work with this release.

Working with the RC versions

Please note that these versions are still not officially released meaning that all tools and features are not yet 100% tested.

The release candidates will install into a specific folder so that you can have both Helium 12 and 13 installed at the same time, as well as previous versions of Helium Streamer 3 together with the 3.3 RC release.

Any databases that are opened with Helium 13 will not be usable in Helium 12 or previous releases of Helium Streamer 3 since they will become upgraded.

Please backup your database and settings before installing any of these versions.

If you find any bugs or other problems with these releases, click here to let us know!

Helium 13 RC now available

Welcome to Helium 13 Release candidate (RC)!

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Major changes in this version

  • Convert files will use multiple CPU cores for better speed
  • Possibility to add tracks, albums, playlists and folders to the File synchronization tool via the context menu
  • Release type mapping support. It is now possible to map a specific text-frame to a release type for MP3 and MP4/M4A files
  • Filter improvements in similar artists view
  • Release type overlays uses dynamic sizes and more consistent looks
  • Updated components
  • Better handling of FLAC files with seektables
  • Various refresh improvements
  • Improvements to subtrack tagging
  • Improvements for Quick tag editor tag writing
  • Improvements for WAV tag writing and reading
  • Improvements when removing tags

Helium Streamer 3.3 RC

Helium Streamer comes with a couple of new features in this RC release. Here are the most important news in this release:

  • User permissions
    Helium Streamer now uses the same permission system as Helium does. The permissions set on a user in Helium is used in Helium Streamer and vice versa. Not all permissions makes sense to support in Helium Streamer, but most does. You can edit permissions for a user from the Settings page.2017-11-09_2054_001
  • Album collection management
    It was previously possible to filter for album collections in Helium Streamer but you could only use album collections set from Helium. It is now possible to add and remove collections from an album, as well as create, edit and delete album collections (available from Settings).
  • Multiple thumbnail sizes
    It is now possible to switch to medium or small sized thumbnails from Settings.
  • More statistics
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Download Helium 13 RC

Click here to download Helium 13 RC

Please note that all licenses for Helium 12 will still work with this release.

Download Helium Streamer 3.3 RC

Click here to download Streamer 3.3 RC

Please note that all licenses for Streamer 3 will still work with this release.

Working with the RC versions

Please note that these versions are still not officially released meaning that all tools and features are not yet 100% tested.

The release candidates will install into a specific folder so that you can have both Helium 12 and 13 installed at the same time, as well as previous versions of Helium Streamer 3 together with the 3.3 RC release.

Any databases that are opened with Helium 13 will not be usable in Helium 12 or previous releases of Helium Streamer 3 since they will become upgraded.

Please backup your database and settings before installing any of these versions.

If you find any bugs or other problems with these releases, click here to let us know!

Helium 13 beta 2 now available

Welcome to Helium 13 beta 2!

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Major changes in this version

  • Performance optimizations in the Albums, Artists and Labels view
  • Shared playlists support – share playlists between multiple Helium users
  • Release type overlay shown on album thumbnails
  • New language: Russian
  • Updated German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch languages
  • General purpose plug-ins code repositories for plug-in development together with documentation is now available. Please see the following links for more information:
  • Improved drag and move handling to track lists
  • Improvements to drag and drop handling of pictures
  • Improvements to the file synchronization tool
  • Various bug fixes and minor improvements

 

Download Helium 13 beta 2

Click here to download Helium 13 beta 2.
Please note that all licenses for Helium 12 will work with this release.

Working with beta versions

Please note that these are beta versions meaning that all tools and features are not 100% tested.

The beta version will install into a specific folder so that you can have both Helium 12 and 13 installed at the same time.

Any databases that are opened with Helium 13 will not be usable in Helium 12 since they will become upgraded.

Please backup your database and settings before installing this version.

If you find any bugs or such with these releases, click here to let us know!

 

Welcome to the first beta of Helium 13

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The first beta version of Helium 13 is now available for downloading.

Major features and improvements

  • Rewritten Music Explorer with new nodes and better features.
  • Audio Joiner tool.
  • File synchronization tool.
  • Possibility to customize which views a specfic user shall have access to .
  • File format type support for releases and filters as well as displaying in releases.
  • Possibility to lock playlists from modification.
  • Support for tracklists below the content pane for the releases, artists and labels view.
  • Advanced filtering support for Music explorer, Releases, Artists, Labels, Tracks, Genres and Years views.
  • Improvements to backup and restore
  • Possibility to create your own toolbar with frequently used tools.
  • Major speed improvement when tagging MP3 and FLAC files.
  • Collection/volume support is back and with new powerful features.
  • Support for General plugins as well of he possibility to develop own general plugins
  • Editing and displaying of lyrics with support for HTML formatted content.

Click here to see a detailed description of some of the new major new features and improvements.

Helium Streamer 3.3

Helium Streamer 3.3 will be the next release of Helium Streamer. It will only be compatible with databases created with Helium 13. The main focus with this release has been to move towards multi-platform support. The ultimate goal is to make Helium Streamer available on Linux and Mac OS apart from Windows. Even though we’re not yet there we have made significant progress.

Statistics

We have added a first version of a statistics view to Helium Streamer 3.3. It currently displays the following graphs:

  • Releases by release year
  • Tracks by recording year
  • Top artists
  • Top genres
  • Top labels
  • Release types
  • File types
  • Track ratings
  • Album ratings
  • Artist ratings

More statistics is planned and will come in an upcoming release.

Downloads

Download Helium 13 beta

Click here to download Helium 13 beta.
Please note that all licenses for Helium 12 will work with this release.

Downloading Helium Streamer 3.3 beta

Click here to download Helium Streamer 3.3 beta.
Please note that all licenses for Helium Streamer 3.2 will work with this release.

Working with beta versions

Please note that these are beta versions 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 12 and 13 installed at the same time, as well as Helium Streamer 3.2 and 3.3.

Any databases that are opened with Helium 13 will not be usable in Helium 12 since they will become upgraded.

Please backup your database and settings before installing this version.

If you find any bugs or such with these releases, click here to let us know!

 

General purpose plugins

A new feature in Helium 13 will be support for General purpose plugins.

A general purpose plugin can be seen as any additional feature that can be started at any time.
Examples can be a mini-player, notification tray rating feature, a kareoke function and anything else.

We will ship some free general plugins with Helium 13 as well as their source code.

General purpose plugins can be developed by anyone in any .NET language, plugin samples written in C# and VB.NET will be available.
The plugins will be able to consume all functions in the Scripting engine, plus that we have added many new functions.
Full documentation will soon be available.

If you are interested in starting to develop general plugins today, feel free to contact us for more information.