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

Helium 14.9 beta 1 available

Helium 14.9 beta 1 is now available.

This release comes with some new features that did not make it to the last Helium 14.8 update.

Support for month and day in year fields in the Tag editor

When using the quick editing of a year field, only year will be edited just as before for quick editing of year values.
To the right of each year field, there is a button which will allow you to edit the full date.
When using Apply commands, month and day will of course be applied as well.

Year fields refers to release year, recording year and original year.

Support for month and day in download plug-ins

The plug-in API now allows setting of month and day in year type fields.

Scripting support for month and day for year fields

The scripting engine allows setting of month and day values for year fields.

This release also comes with updated database drivers for SQLite and MySql as well as some minor bug-fixes.

Click here to download Helium 14.9 beta 1

Helium 14.8 now available

Today we have finally released Helium 14.8.

The major changes in Helium 14.8 are:

  • Support for month/day in year fields.
  • BPM fields supports decimals by default, both for tags and in the database.
  • The CD Ripper now downloads release and track information again.
    Since freedb discontinued their service earlier this year we have been working on getting a good replacement in place.
  • Support for long-paths which will allow you to have filenames longer than 260 characters. Please note that this feature needs to be activated in Windows 10. Click here for more information.
  • Switch custom fields using templates in the Tag editor.
  • Play, enqueue next and enqueue last available from Music Explorer context menus
  • It is now possible to delete pictures in AIFF files with the tag editors.
  • Possibility to extract featured artist in the Tag editor.
  • Possibility to auto calculate BPM in the Advanced Tag Editor.
  • Support for playing files from Windows Explorer when Helium is running.
  • Space will toggle play/pause in the main window (when no other control is focused).
  • Various improvements to filtering in the track lists.
  • Improvements to multiple CD handling when adding albums with multiple CDs to the library.
  • Play queue will be auto-populated when auto enqueue is activated.
  • Formatting is kept when downloading lyrics.
  • When a template is edited in the Advanced Tag Editor, data is not cleared.
  • Improved tag reading compatibility.

For more details about the changes, please see the following articles:

Please note that this release of Helium will upgrade your database why we therefore recommend you to create a backup of your current database before installing this version.

Click here to download Helium 14.8

Helium Streamer 4.1.1

Along with this release of Helium we also release an update of Helium Streamer. As Helium and Helium Streamer share much of the code – such as the tag editor and add to database features – Helium Streamer also benefits from the improvements made to Helium.

Other important news in Helium Streamer 4.1.1

  • Corrections to transcoding. There were sometimes problems with transcoding flac and other formats for replaying in Helium Streamer for iPhone and Android. These problems are corrected in this release.

Click here to download Helium Streamer 4.1.1.

Helium 14.8 beta 2 now available

Welcome to beta 2 for Helium 14.8. This beta contains corrections and improvements found and reported in beta 1.

Some major changes are listed below:

  • The CD Ripper now downloads release and track information again.
    Since freedb discontinued their service earlier this year we have been working on getting a good replacement in place. We are happy to say that this beta release contains a first version of this. Disc information is now downloaded from the MusicBrainz database which have lots of information available. We hope that this new plug-in will work well for the vast majority of users. Please let us know if there are any issues or something that we can improve on.
  • Improvements to multiple CD handling when adding albums with multiple CDs to the library.
  • Corrected issues with creating new databases.
  • Improved refresh handling in multiple views when downloading pictures.
  • Component upgrades.

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 Helium Streamer 4.

We recommend you to take a backup of your database before working with this version.

Since Windows 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft, we no longer test Helium on Windows 7. It may work but we cannot guarantee that it is 100% stable.

Click here to download Helium 14.8 beta 2

Helium Streamer

Helium Streamer has also been updated to be compatible with this beta version.

Click here to download Helium Streamer with Helium 14.8 compatibility

Helium 14.8 beta 1 now available

Welcome to a new Helium 14 version with many new features and improvements.

Some major changes are listed below:

  • It is now possible to delete pictures in AIFF files with the tag editors.
  • When a template is edited in the Advanced Tag Editor, data is not cleared.
  • Various improvements to filtering in the track lists.
  • Support for long-paths which will allow you to have filenames longer than 260 characters. Please note that this feature needs to be activated in Windows 10. Click here for more information.
  • BPM fields supports decimals by default, both for tags and in the database.
  • Support for month/day in year fields.
  • Switch custom fields using templates in the Tag editor.
  • Space will toggle play/pause in the main window (when no other control is focused).
  • Support for playing files from Windows Explorer when Helium is running.
  • Possibility to extract featured artist in the Tag editor.
  • Corrected invoking of actions from artist and album hover buttons.
  • Formatting is kept when downloading lyrics.
  • Possibility to auto calculate BPM in the Advanced Tag Editor.
  • Play queue will be auto-populated when auto enqueue is activated.
  • Play, enqueue next and enqueue last available from Music Explorer context menus
  • Improved tag reading compatibility.

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.

Since Windows 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft, we no longer test Helium on Windows 7. It may work but we cannot guarantee that it is 100% stable.

Click here to download Helium 14.8 beta

Helium Streamer

Helium Streamer has also been updated to be compatible with this beta version.

Click here to download Helium Streamer with Helium 14.8 compatibility