This time we blog about our release cycle and the new licensing policy.
Thanks to the experience we made with previous Breezer releases and the feedback we received with Breezer 2013 we decided to speed up the release cycle and the licensing policy.
Speeding up things
One problem we face with our past releases was the slow release cycle. This problem impacted on the time necessary to release a bugfix but also impacts on the time needed for a new feature to be available.
So we automate our build and release procedures lowering the time-to-release to just few hours (testing apart) and we also improve the development with new collaboration tools and a general code optimization.
Speeding things up means also that with next version of Breezer we will be able to continuously deliver new features, bug fixes and improvements opening up a new range of licensing schemes.
For example we plan to introduce user-defined metadata fields, better multi-database support and VST effects hosting. We will blog about the roadmap in the next months.
Changes to the product licensing (aka per-user license)
With Breezer 2013 we will deliver two editions, one made for professional users and one for home and audio enthusiasts. Obviously those two editions will be priced differently (we can't disclose now the final prices) but the major news (and welcomed by many, we think) is the license that the pro edition will have.
The professional edition will ship with a per-user license, which means that no matter how many workstations you have, you could install Breezer 2013 Pro on each one, load the license file and start to work. This is a huge improvement since the past and is a step toward our professional users that asked for a per-user license since Breezer 2012 launch.
The Express edition will continue to ship with a per-machine license. (see update below)
Breezer 2013 Beta Update 7
Both testers and developers worked hard to deliver a much more stable update to Breezer 2013. The features are all here, but we found some hard to replicate bugs that delayed the update release.
The release date of Update 7 is now set to: 21 September 2013 if the testers give us the ok.
Update 18 Sept. 2013 after a huge feedback we decided to ship Breezer Express 2013 with a per-user license and not a per-machine license.
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.
Few days ago we've updated the blog with a new theme and refined layout. The new theme is smaller and more fast than the previous one, and more clear. We hope you'll enjoy.
Also we released a small update to Revel Breezer 2012 to address some bugs that our users reported in the past. The worst of them is a bug that under some circumstances Breezer Pro and Express editions were unable to start because the trial days counter, since first installation, displays 0 remaining trial days. Even on a fresh install!
That no longer happens also we fixed some problems with the audio engine to better handle some file types.
Just a small update about the web site refresh: we got the final graphic and we're working on the contents.
Our last post was of December 2012, quite long time without news.
Today I'm glad to share some big news.
We work hard and we listen to our users, so in this release we've fixed what our users asked to fix. Here's the list:
- Improved the windows key handling. Now standard windows key shortcuts like win+D or win+pause works just fine with BringBack.
- Cursor key support, you could move up and down with keyboard arrow keys.
- Improved start-up time, now the start menu opens in 1-2 second after a cold boot.
- UI effects like blur and kinetic scrolling are disabled by default, if you want you could re-enable it via the options panel.
- Auto-updating engine and licensing engine are now part of BringBack, for the moment they are disabled.
- Many tweaks to the user interface to make it more functional.
- Better focus management, now just stop the mouse cursor over a panel (like most used programs or links), start typing, and voilà the incremental search will pop up.
- Windows colour accent support: which means that now BringBack colour theme will change as Windows theme change.
- This update will work until 1st June 2013.
- And more...
As usual remember to give your (precious) feedback via our form here. Also is worth to note that this will be the last beta release. Soon we release the final version with a tag price of 2.90€
Go and download the beta here!
Web site redesign
We're also busy with the HUGE update to the web site which will be redesigned with a fresh stile. Also we're moving to a new cms which will help us to update and publish new content faster than ever.
The new web site will be online on 1st march 2013.
Revel Breezer 2013 beta program
Our much appreciated sample library manager will enter into public beta on 1st march 2013, when the new web site will be online. We will publish a new post covering it in details.
Revel Software - Relations
Just a little fun from our staff...
On 1st may 2011 Hitler discovered Revel Breezer, but someone didn't think that a sample library manager for audio professionals even exists on Windows.
Revel Software was hit by the 6 Degree earthquake that recently shaken northern Italy and as a consequence we've stopped our development work. We count to restart it in 2-3 weeks.
Now we're slowly returning to normality because fortunately nobody died or had his house torn down anyway our support department and product update/release will slow down so please understand any delay from our support staff.
For more information about the earthquake and its effects: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/30/world/europe/italy-earthquake/index.html
Thank you for your understanding.
Umberto Giacobbi - Revel Software
I and every component of Revel Software which to thank every user that in those weeks understands our troubles and for every message of solidariety that they've sent to us.
Thank you, those are the things that makes our users so special!
Again thank you.
P.S. We're managing to return back to normality in 2-3 weeks, I'll keep you updated.