Helium 15.1 now available!

Helium 15.1 is now available.

This version of Helium comes with all minor improvements and bugfixes which has been released since Helium 15 was officially released.

This version also comes with updated database drivers, possibility to deactivate elements in the Now playing page and many other minor improvements.

We recommend all our uses to update to Helium 15.1 today.

Click here to download Helium 15.1

Welcome to Helium 15!

We are proud to present the first release of Helium 15!

Major news in Helium 15

  • Possibility to open Playlists in new windows which floats on top of the application. Opened Playlists will remain visible during view changes and allows drag and drop from other views to queue up tracks as well as drag and drop between playlists.
  • Reorganized main and context menus for a more optimized workflow. Menus are now much more logical in their order and what names that are being used on menu items.
  • Active track view (available from the visualizations menu), a new “fullscreen” view that shows rotating (optional) album and artist art with controllable speed plus lyrics for the track currently playing
  • Changed MariaDB/MySql database providers for better performance and stability.
  • Multiple improvements to the CD Ripper.
  • The Biography tab for the playing track contains artist and album image, linked artist information and editing shortcuts.
  • Rewritten Helium Remote and Streamer apps with multiple improvements.
  • Big improvements to the Optimize library feature:
    • Possibility to select which database optimization steps to be performed. This can greatly speed up the optimization on large databases, if you only wish to run certain optimizations.
    • A new optimization step that will remove all unused artists in the database. Unused artists can be left in the database either if they have previously been in the database but has been removed, or if an incorrectly names artist have been renamed (the old incorrectly named artist may still be there in that case). Some of these problems have only arised for users who have used Helium for a long period of time, through many different releases.
    • For long-time users of Helium, running a full library optimization can now greatly improve the stability and speed of the program since unused data can be removed while the actual database files are also optimized for best performance.

Apart from the above changes a lot of smaller improvements and corrections have also been added to this new release.

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

Upgrading to Helium 15 Premium

If you purchased Helium 14 less than a year ago you will get the Helium 15 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 15 for a discounted price from our Customer center.

Downloading Helium 15

Download Helium 15 from our official website, https://www.imploded.com

Helium Streamer 5

To accompany Helium 15, we are also releasing Helium Streamer 5 which are fully compatible with each other. Helium Streamer 5 is needed if you want instant access to your entire music library wherever you are. It has an interface both for web browsers and for iOS and Android apps.

Download Helium Streamer 5 from our official website, https://www.imploded.com

Upgrading to Helium Streamer 5 Premium

If you purchased Helium Streamer 4 less than a year ago you will get the Helium Streamer 5 update for free.

You can upgrade to Helium Streamer 5 for a discounted price from our Customer center.

Helium 15 beta 6 now available

This version contains some minor improvements/fixes:

  • Corrected/improved FLAC reading
  • Improved column handling in track lists and list-based Tag editors
  • More improvements to menus/context menus
  • UI fixes

Working with the beta version

Please note that this version is a beta, meaning that all tools and features are not 100% tested.
Any databases that are opened with Helium 15 will be usable in Helium 14 since they will not be upgraded.

Click here to read the news for Helium 15 beta 1

Click here to read the news for Helium 15 beta 2

Click here to read the news for Helium 15 beta 3

Click here to read the news for Helium 15 beta 4

Click here to read the news for Helium 15 beta 5

Click here to download Helium 15 beta 6

Helium 15 beta 5 now available

Welcome to Helium 15 beta 5.

This version contains various fixes and new features since Helium 15 beta 4 was released.

Changes in this version

  • Reorganized the main menu and context menus for a more optimized workflow. Menus are now much more logical in their order and what names that are being used on menu items.
  • Various improvements to the CD Ripper. Downloading of data, parsing of data and other fixes.
  • Big improvements to the Optimize library feature.
    • Possibility to select which database optimization steps to be performed. This can greatly speed up the optimization on large databases, if you only wish to run certain optimizations.
    • A new optimization step that will remove all unused artists in the database. Unused artists can be left in the database either if they have previously been in the database but has been removed, or if an incorrectly names artist have been renamed (the old incorrectly named artist may still be there in that case). Some of these problems have only arised for users who have used Helium for a long period of time, through many different releases.
  • A help button is available at the title bar for all tools that supports help (pressing F1 on the keyboard still works as before)
  • Active track view (available from the visualizations menu), a new “fullscreen” view that shows rotating (optional) album and artist art with controllable speed plus lyrics for the track currently playing:
  • Various bug fixes and minor improvements.

Working with the beta version

Please note that this version is a beta, meaning that all tools and features are not 100% tested.
Any databases that are opened with Helium 15 will be usable in Helium 14 since they will not be upgraded.

Click here to read the news for Helium 15 beta 1

Click here to read the news for Helium 15 beta 2

Click here to read the news for Helium 15 beta 3

Click here to read the news for Helium 15 beta 4

Click here to download Helium 15 beta 5

Helium 15 beta 4 now available

Welcome to beta 4 of Helium 15.

This version contains fixes found during testing of the prior beta versions as well as some improvements.

Changes in this version

  • New feature: Open playlists in new windows, available from the Playlists view and the Music Explorer view.
    When a playlist is opened in a new window, it will remain visible during view changes. It’s possibile to drag and drop tracks between playlists as well as from other lists.
  • Improved reading for FLAC files with seektables
  • Possibility to toggle visibility for Quick mood and drop to default playlist in the player pane. (Default hidden)
  • Possibility to repeat the Play queue. This can be activated by clicking a new button in the player.
  • Removed dependency for Mysqldump when taking a MySql backup
  • Bugfixes for advanced searches using Last played
  • Smart playlists can be shared between users (from the context menu)
  • Upgraded UI components
  • Various bugfixes

Working with the beta version

Please note that this version is a beta, meaning that all tools and features are not 100% tested.
Any databases that are opened with Helium 15 will be usable in Helium 14 since they will not be upgraded.

Click here to read the news for Helium 15 beta 1

Click here to read the news for Helium 15 beta 2

Click here to read the news for Helium 15 beta 3

Click here to download Helium 15 beta 4

Helium 15 beta 3 now available

Welcome to beta 3 of Helium 15.

This version contains fixes found during testing of beta 1 and 2 as well as some improvements.

Changes in this version:

  • Extended content in the Biography pane. Artist picture and details are shown (if available)
  • More years available from the playing trends
  • Improved compatibility for rating tag-frames for Vorbis tags (Ogg Vorbis and FLAC)
  • Various improvements for artist editing tool
  • Improved formatting in plug-ins
  • Various fixes for issues found in prior beta versions

Working with the beta version

Please note that this version is a beta, meaning that all tools and features are not 100% tested.
Any databases that are opened with Helium 15 will be usable in Helium 14 since they will not be upgraded.

Click here to read the news for Helium 15 beta 1.

Click here to read the news for Helium 15 beta 2.

Click here to download Helium 15 beta 3.

Helium 15 beta 2 now available

Welcome to beta 2 of Helium 15.

This version contains fixes found during testing of beta 1 as well as some improvements.

Some of the changes are listed below:

  • It is possible to disable one or more download plug-ins.
  • It’s possible to play a song in repeat mode. Can be activated from the players context menu.
  • Last.fm can be enabled/disabled from the players context menu.
  • Mini-player general plugin updated with artist information.
  • Correted and activated migration from Helium 14.
  • Possibility to show existing MySql databases in Open MySql database window.
  • Possibility to use album subtitle and release year for naming of album pictures.
  • Corrected leaking of connections.
  • Corrections in the backup tool.
  • Sort order fixes related to views.
  • Updated UI components.
  • Various minor fixes and improvements.

Working with the beta version

Please note that this version is a beta, 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 14 and 15 installed at the same time.

Any databases that are opened with Helium 15 will be usable in Helium 14 since they will not be upgraded.

Click here to read the news for Helium 15 beta 1.

Click here to download Helium 15 beta 2.

Welcome to Helium 15 beta 1

The first beta version of Helium 15 is now available for testing.

Major changes in this release

  • Changed MySql/MariaDb database providers for better performance and stability.
    This is a major change which affects everything that relates to MySql/MariaDb in Helium.
  • New API framework for the Helium Remote apps with better stability and performance
  • Re-rip: A tool which helps you to re-rip your CDs (note that this tool is still under active development)
  • The Helium Remote apps for iOS and Android are rewritten to use an improved realtime update system to be much more responsive
  • Updates to various user-interface components
  • Possibility to import iTunes libraries
  • Multiple new methods and properties available for scripts
  • Multiple new fields available in Action manager commands
  • Possibility to analyse and view properties for the active file in the Advanced Tag Editor
  • Possibility to use external tools for the active file in the Advanced Tag Editor
  • Possibility to disable rich-text editing in biography and lyrics fields
  • Setting to ignore default grouping of multiple CD albums
  • Setting which allows reading of TPE2 ID3v2 fields for album artist (external compatibility)
  • Support for more fields in download plugins

Working with the beta version

Please note that this version is a beta, 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 14 and 15 installed at the same time.

Any databases that are opened with Helium 15 will be usable in Helium 14 since they will not be upgraded.

Microsoft SmartScreen

If a blue window appears when you start the installer titled “Windows Protected Your Computer”, Windows Defender has prevented the installer from running automatically.

The reason for this is that we had to create a new signing certificate for Helium 15 which Windows Defender has not registered yet.

To resolve this, click “More info” and then “Run anyway”

Mobile apps

Our current mobile apps, Helium Remote and Helium Streamer will not work with this release of Helium 15 and the new Streamer version.

When Helium 15 is released officially, we will release the new apps, but since Apple and Google only allows one active app version at the same time in their stores, we cannot release them now.

The new apps uses updated so called APIs to communicate with Helium and the Streamer. These new APIs are not compatible with the APIs in Helium 14 and the current version of the Streamer.

If you plan to use Helium 14 and the current version of the Streamer for a while, please make sure that you do not update the mobile apps.

Please backup your database and settings before installing this version.

Click here to download Helium 15 beta

Helium Streamer 5 beta 1

We have made many improvements to Helium Streamer as well. Below are the most significant news:

  • Changed MySql/MariaDb database providers for better performance and stability. This is a major change which affects everything that relates to MySql/MariaDb in Helium.
  • New API framework for the Helium Streamer app with better stability and performance
  • The Helium Streamer apps for iOS comes with improved streaming as well as full support for background audio

Please note that Helium Streamer 15 will install on top of any previous Helium Streamer release. This is because Helium Streamer is a background service and there can only be one instance running at any specific time.

Click here to download Helium Streamer 5 beta.

Update for Helium 14 and our apps

A new version of Helium 14.9 is now available.

This versions comes with corrections for audio playback buffering, tag-compatibility handling and other corrections.

We have also released brand new applications of Helium Streamer and Helium Remote for both iOS and Android.

The apps are fully rewritten to be more stable and future proof.

Click here to download Helium 14.9

The apps can be download from AppStore (iOS) and Google Play (Android)

Helium 14.9 now available

Helium 14.9 is now officially available and comes with the following major changes:

  • Support for month/day in year fields in the Tag editor
  • Support for month/day in year fields in download plug-ins
  • Support for month/day in year fields in scripting
  • Mood quick tagging – manage “working moods” and quickly set one or more moods for the playing tracks.
  • Updated database drivers for MySql/SQLite
  • Improved mapping for AAC tag fields for compatibility
  • Sorting fields available in download plug-ins
  • Possibility to select to use the native system file dialogs
  • Various bugfixes

Please note that this release of Helium will not upgrade your database although we still recommend you to create a backup of your database before installing this version.

Click here to download Helium 14.9