Helium 14 beta 2 now available

This version comes with the major change that automatic extraction of multiple album artists during add and tagging tasks is by default inactivated. The feature can be activated if perfered via Tools > Options.

We have also added the possibility to more easy manage album artists per album to be able to easily extract or correct multiple album artists per album. This feature is available by right-clicking an album and selecting Change album artists…

Apart from the above changes we have also fixed some minor bugs related to playlist sorting, remembering of last used folders and more.

For more details of how the beta version works click here.

Click here to download Helium 14 beta 2.

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Welcome to the first beta version of Helium 14!

The first beta version of Helium 14 is now available for testing.

Major new features and improvements

  • Multiple album artists – This is one of the most requested and unique features introduced in Helium 14. Multiple album artists allows you to tag albums with more than one artists – ideal for compilations created by more than one artist, covers albums and similar releases. Each artist that appears as an album artist will be browsable and the release will show up on all involved artists discographies. Best of all – you can concentrate on the tagging, Helium will perform the extraction of multiple album artists for you.
Clickable multiple album artists viewed from release details view
  • Web radio channels – Helium 14 comes with a new Web radio channel view available from the Music Explorer. Basic stream formats as well as ShoutCast, ICE-cast and http live streaming (HLS) are supported.
Web radio channels view
  • Column-filters in track lists – You can optionally select to display a filter for each column in the track lists. Click the filter icon to apply a simple or more complex, expression based filter. Multiple filters can be active at the same time.
Column filters with instant filtering
  • Preview tree in the Rename tool – To get a better visual overview of the rename result you can now toggle between a preview tree and a plain file list.
Toggle between folder and files view in the Rename tool
  • UI improvements – Action buttons comes with a more distinct look, some views are less cluttered due to removed borders, new and powerful file/folder dialogs and last but not least – it is possible to use smaller icons in the navigation bar to gain a couple of more pixles in width. Other UI improvements includes customizable colours for the toolbar buttons.
  • External applications – It is now possible to configure and run external applications on selected files directly from the context menu. External applications accepts various input parameter and starting modes.
  • The CD ripper comes with a slightly improved interface, better handling for CD’s with lead-out data and template support for the generated folders/filenames.
  • The Subtrack Editor comes with support for working with offsets for easier and quicker tagging. Enter the start offset and end offset for each song and the duration will be automatically calculated.
  • The Select columns dialog supports drag and moving of columns for quicker rearranging of columns.
  • The Player supports higher precision and more accurate skipping with the normal position bar. It also comes with updated drivers.
  • The Advanced Tag Editor comes with a new template control, File info. This control will display information about the current file and more.

Apart from the above major changes and improvements this version also comes with:

  • Revised plug-in engine which supports more and new datatypes as well a generic Id handling (track ids, artist ids and release ids)
  • A new translation system where languages are loaded from disk instead of being compiled into the application. This offers quicker and easier translating of Helium since a translator will be able to directly see the changes performed. (Only a release is required)

Working with this beta version

  • SQL Server Compact support is fully removed. It is therefore no longer possible to import Helium 11 databases.
  • 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 13 and 14 installed at the same time.
  • If you also use Helium Streamer, please be aware that there are two options available:
    1. Use the latest official version of Helium Streamer (3.4.0.1298). This version will be compatible with the database in Helium 13. If you upgrade this database you won’t be able to use this version of Helium Streamer any longer.
    2. Use the latest beta version of Helium Streamer (3.5.0.1307). This version needs to be configured to use a database that has been upgraded to Helium 14.
  • Any databases that are opened with Helium 14 will not be usable in Helium 13 since they will become upgraded.
  • Use your Helium 13 license details to register this version.

Please backup your database and settings before installing 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 beta 1

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.

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