Today we released another Breezer 2013 update, the counter is now set to 5 updates since 1st June.
We are very proud of this release, because our testers (both internal and external) have reported many bugs as well as suggestions about the user experience. With this release we hope to solve most of their complaints.
Also we take also the opportunity to integrate changes that in previous release weren't ready in the beta bits.
Changes to the tag engine
We work hard to improve the predictability and usability of the tag-related features, we solve circa 30 major/minor bugs plus we add some interesting features. The first change is that now a single click selects the tag for search, usual keyboard gestures (ctrl+click or shift+click to remove or add a tag to the filter) are still here, but now with one click you can select a folder, preview a sample and select a tag.
Now you could limit the search scope to a specified folder or to the entire tag database. When browsing only by tag the file system view is automatically disabled.
Another important feature is the file view grouping which groups the tag-search result by folder. Also we make easier to extend, or not, the search to the selected tags and their child.
Those options are grouped in the new "Tag options" panel, available in the tag library. It's a popup, so when you don't need it will not eat up precious screen real estate.
Another element we improved a lot is the "Tag properties" window, which didn't work well in previous releases. Now you could choose when creating a new tag to create it as a child of the selected tag or as a root via a simple check box. The name and its properties are now always in sync between the library an the properties window, and when using the "save and create new" button the new window opens centered in the screen (and not elsewhere).
Below you could see how the above features look like.
General usability improvements
The usability was a top priority in the Update 5 time frame so we review nearly every aspect of Breezer for usability problems. We make clear some UI elements like the check boxes and radio buttons, the text search options panel was improved a lot, and the file view header is now more clear with a more smart column auto-sizing algorithm.
A huge work was done in the audio engine which is now more fast and less resource hungry, and I can anticipate that the engine is now ready to support VST effects. Were working with other companies to deliver in the future (after Breezer 2013 RTM) an update with VST effect support. When things are more clear we will post about.
As usual the the update is available here. Remember that you must uninstall previous version, don't worry for your database, it will be preserved while upgrading.
In the next release we concentrate to performances, bugs and the usability. We will also shift the time bomb from September to November so you'll have more time to try Breezer freely.
Next update is scheduled for August 31.
It is time for another Breezer 2013 update. This time we focus on the search features. Surely we fixed many bugs and improved the performance but now you could do a partial word search which means that you could search your samples not only by one single word (or part of it), now you breezer will search for every partial word you enter.
For example, querying for "amb guit D" will match files called "Guitar Ambient D.wav" as well as "Ambient Guit. D-78.wav" you could also choose to search for every word you enter or just one.
Just click on the gear icon near the search box to open the search menu, it needs some polishing work in the future, but it does its job.
Another area where we work was the installer, it now compile Breezer executables to your cpu, which means that if you have an advanced processor you could take advantage of its features. That move will also improve application startup times.
Here is the complete list of what we've done since update 3.
- Added support for configurable searches.
- Exact: the file will be shown only if matches exactly.
- Any word: Match if just one word is present in the file name.
- All words: Matches only if all folders are present in the file name.
- Improved audio driver soft-reset error handling.
- Many small UI refinements.
- Many small performance improvements and code clean-up/optimization.
- Solved a bug with the widgets windows. Now their behaviour is more predictable.
- Better start-up times of the application, now the installer generates native images (aka optimized) on install.
- Better search feedback (in application's status bar).
- Activation code improved and tweaked.
- Search engine improvements (in both speed and extensibility).
- Window docking code now works as expected.
- Fixed many bugs with the search bar auto suggestion list.
- Now is possible to do a case sensitive/insensitive search.
- Solved a bug revealed after the activation of custom looping functionalities.
Download the update here. Remember that you will need to uninstall previous version, don't worry for your database, it will be preserved while upgrading.
We just released a new update which fixes some bugs, adds some handy shortcuts and contains many UI tweaks.
The most important thing here is the re-introduction of the custom looping regions (aka click and drag on the wave view to make a loop). In this release is also possibile the export of the looping region to a wave file, or and thanks to Mikie for the feature request, you could also drag directly the loop region to your favourite daw.
We work hard also on XP compatibility side, which is now quasi-complete.
For a complete list of changes read the change log here.
Download the update here. Remember that you'll need to uninstall previous version, don't worry for your database, it will be preserved while upgrading.
Many asked us where to find the backgrounds we use in our Breezer 2013 demos, like the one you see above. Well if you have installed the beta you alredy had them. They are in the "Installation folder/Backgrounds".
To find the installation folder the fast way is to go in the Options > Tools > Open program location this command opens a Windows Explorer window where Breezer was installed.
Revel Software - Relations
Today I can announce that Breezer 2013 beta program starts now. For those who didn’t know Breezer is a digital audio asset manager which helps you to search and organize your library.
Go and download Breezer 2013 here.
This is the very first release so please understand if you encounter an installation error. Please give us a feedback via our feedback centre and we will fix it.
The objective for this release is to catch any installation and first-run bug.
What’s new list is just too long we try to summarize the highlights below:
- Hierarchical tag library, and advanced file tagging features. File rating is supported.
- Note guessing and new widgets.
- GPU Accelerated vector user interface.
- Transparent, background scanning of the files.
- Copy/paste files or folders. Be careful with that feature, try those functions on a backup copy of the library.
- Full drag’n’drop support for file move operations and tagging.
- Keyboard gestures support: for example keep CTRL key down when dropping a tag in the tag library to duplicate it, alt makes the tag top-level or keep CTRL key down when dropping a tag on a file/folder or a selection to remove the tag from the files.
- And more…
From now on we will post and discuss the development progress with regularity.
Go, download the installer, try and tell us what’s wrong.
Revel Software - Relations
Yesterday the new web site was published online. Developing it was a big task, but necessary looking forward. The old site was quite limited and do not allow us to publish new content, alter it or change the layout with the speed we need today.
The new site was built on strong foundations: Orchard a small, but powerful, CMS (content management system) which allows us to alter any aspect of the site and edit its contents in much less time than before. It also allow a much deeper customization than previous site.
Together with the front end you could see at www.revel-software.it, we take the opportunity to publish the web services needed by Breezer 2013. In Breezer 2012 the update, news and error reporting engine was in fact composed by three separated modules. Starting from Breezer 2013 we unified every service under one single web service. This will allow us to receive and send data without being blocked by a firewall or antivirus solutions.
We also added two new sections here, where you and other users of Breezer could share and comment their feedbacks (in one section) and in the other one the bugs that inevitably may are still present in our releases.
About Breezer 2013 beta
We're about (05 june to be precise) to send the first closed beta invites by email, to selected users that in the past had helped us a lot with Breezer 2012 beta with feedbacks, feature requests and more.
This short private beta period will help us to track down the biggest bugs, which usually prevents the program to run or even install.