Helium 13.3 and new apps released

Helium 13.3 is now officially released.

For details about the major changes, please read the following post:

Helium 13.3 beta news

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

Click here to download the new version

We have also released new versions of our mobile applications for iOS and Android.
Please be sure to update to them also from AppStore and Google Play.

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Helium 13.3 beta now available

A new beta version of Helium 13 is now avalable for testing.

This version focuses on changes under the hood, mainly related to MySql.

Major changes in this release

  • New MySql drivers and changes/improvements to queries. This affects the most of the application.
  • Threading fixes.
  • Setting for using year fallback, if release year is not specifically contained in tags (e.g. ID3v1 tags which only supports recording year), a fallback to recording year will be used when this setting is active.
  • Capitalization fixes in the Tag editor.
  • Improvements to FLAC reading and writing

Apart from the above improvements, this version comes with minor bug fixes and improvements.

Working with the beta version

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

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

We recommend all uses which are using MySql/MariaDb to test this version.

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

Click here to download Helium 13.3 beta.

Helium 13.2 now released

Helium 13.2 is now officially released.

For details about the major changes, please read the following posts:

Please note that scripts written in prior versions will no longer be directly compatible without the need of doing a small change; The namespace declaration must be removed.

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

Click here to download the new version

New beta of Helium 13.2 available

A new beta version of Helium 13.2 is now available for pre-testing.

This version is not ready for official release yet, but you can start to test the new features today if you like. Just install it on top of your current Helium 13 release and start to work with it. The version does not contain any database changes so it will be fully compatible with the current official release.

Major changes

  • Smart play function for the Tag editors: Easily skip between intro, break and outtro positions (configurable) with just one click.
  • Volume change button added to the Tag editors
  • Song position label added to the Tag editors
  • Support for multiple track-download plugin-ins in the Tag editor
  • New plug-in, MusicBrainz. Supports album pictures and tracks
  • Tag editor stores and updates MusicBrainz album and track IDs on tags and in the database (when downloaded or previously existing)
  • Updates and improvements for MySql backup tool
  • Various updates and minor improvements for the Action manager tool
  • Support for Tag-to-filename codes in the Action manager tool
  • Improvements to the Update library process, sync dates are handled better thus reducing unnecessary synchronization jobs
  • Updates of multiple components
  • Improved compatibility for album artist TXXX tag-fields (read/write)
  • Possibility to access Capitalizer and Word replacer settings from the Tag editors
  • The script engine uses a new compiler which supports c# v6 and v7.
    NOTE: Previously existing scripts will no longer be compatible without a small change, the namespace declaration must be removed from the script.
  • Full timestamps included on backup filenames
  • Bugfix: Subtracks are ont properly added to the database after editing
  • Bugfix: The Duplicate finder could not always be properly started
  • Bugfix: Multiple genres could sometimes create an extra empty genre
  • Bugfix: Writing of FLAC tags with multiple application tag-blocks did not worked properly
  • Bugfix: Simple search does not show artists with pictures as matches

Apart from the above improvements, this version also contains bug corrections and minor improvements.

Working with the beta version

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

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

Please work with backup files when working with new tools such as the Action manager in this version.

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

Click here to download Helium 13.2 beta.

Helium 13.2 beta now available

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A new beta version of Helium 13.2 is now available for pre-testing.

This version is not ready for official release yet, but you can start to test the new features today if you like. Just install it on top of your current Helium 13 release and start to work with it. The version does not contain any database changes so it will be fully compatible with the current official release.

Major changes

  • New tool, Action manager – The scripting support introduced in Helium 12 is very powerful when it comes to created automated tasks with custom logic. It is a bit complex though, since it requires that the end-user has knowledge of basic programming within the .NET language. The Action manager is similar to the tool which existed in older Helium versions which allows you to automate tasks without the needing of scripting knowledge. Please note that this tool is not fully completed, it is missing some translations and QA testing.
  • MySql 8 support. Several SQL statements has been updated to support MySql 8. This version of Helium also comes with updated MySql drivers.
  • Visual icons has been added for several columns. You can control if you would like to display icons only for this columns or icons together with text.
  • Quality column introduced.
  • ¬†The window (task-bar) title can scroll to show the full information about the song currently being played.
  • Possibility to multi-select suggested tracks and perform actions against them.
  • A specific artists age is calculated and shown in artist details. (requires that at least born date is filled)
  • Possibility con control how downloaded track-information should be merged/overwritten more in detail.
  • Extended error logging when adding tracks to the Library.
  • Possibility to set favourite from scripts.
  • Possibility to work with multiple artists from scripts.
  • Track download plugins can use multiple artists.

Apart from the above improvements, this version also contains bug corrections and minor improvements.

Working with the beta version

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

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

Please work with backup files when working with new tools such as the Action manager in this version.

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

Click here to download Helium 13.2 beta.

 

 

Helium 13.1 now available

Helium 13.1 is now available with the following major changes and fixes:

  • Support for UTF8 encoded CUE files
  • Bits per sample shown in file properties overview
  • Various fixes to the scripting enging when commiting tags
  • Component updates
  • Bug fix: After adding tracks to a playlist, adding tracks to the same playlist will not work until a restart of Helium
  • Major improvements and fixes to reading and writing FLAC tags
  • Custom nodes in Music Explorer properly updated when changing language
  • Possibility to hide time-markers in waveform/spectrogram
  • Improvements to editing of Involved peoples/Musician credits list
  • Improvements to view refreshing after editing tags in the Artist view, split mode
  • Progress when applying tags is properly shown
  • Progress dialog when deleting files from the Duplicate finder tool
  • Compability impovement, support for reading null-separated genres as multiple genres
  • Improvements and corrections to the Tag to filename engine
  • Recording year can be properly removed with the Advanced Tag Editor
  • Corrections when creating new users
  • Theme fixes for light theme related to lyrics and biography
  • Update corrections when editing artist biographies
  • Possility to select which formats to add when using¬† the Add tool
  • Favourites column will show a heart icon
  • Possibility to mark/unmark one or more tracks as favourite from tracklists

As usual, more than the above fixes we have also corrected reported bugs and added minor requested improvements.

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

Click here to download the new version

New update for Helium 13 available

A new update for Helium 13 is now available with the following major changes:

  • Bug fix: Russian language not set properly
  • Bug fix: When the current song was changed in statistics view, Helium could stop
  • Bug fix: Corrections for selection handling when no files were selected
  • Improvement: Sorting is used for albums in the Now playing view
  • Improvement: Improvements to persisting of columns between sessions
  • Improvement: Duplicate items with the worst quality is auto selected in the Duplicate finder
  • Improvement: Minor improvemens to the UI when importing a Helium 11 database
  • Improvement: Possibility to auto-set total tracks in the Advanced Tag Editor
  • Bug fix: Better restoring of prior view when navigating between views
  • Bug fix: Track list not properly shown in Labels view
  • Bug fix: Current track not always properly set when using the Auto inc/dec track in the Advanced Tag Editor
  • Improvement: Selected files shown in statusbar
  • Improvement: Better error handling and logging in the File Synchronize tool
  • Bug fix: MP4 encoding settings not used properly
  • Improvement: BASS library updated to the most recent version
  • Bug fix: Various fixes when converting to WAVE files
  • Improvement Column sorting rememered in track lists
  • Bug fix: ID3v2 specific tag settings could affect other tag formats
  • Bug fix: When converting to VBR files, clicks could be appended to the start of the resulting file
  • Improvement: Capitalizer will not affect lock fields in the Advanced Tag Editor
  • Improvement: Updated MySql connector
  • Improvement: Updates to graphical components

Apart from the above listed changes, we have also corrected all reported bugs and fixed some minor improvements.

We recommend all users to update to this version.

Click here to download the new version.