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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.