Beta time-bomb shifted to 1st june '14

We've just published a new update for Revel Breezer 2013 RC which shifts beta time bomb to 1st june 2014 and fixes some bugs.

You could download RC bits here.

Suzy Rossi
Revel Software - Relations

Breezer 2013 update 13 is out!

2. February 2014 17:36 by Administrator in Breezer 2013, Tech support  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments

We've just uploaded a new, and big update of Breezer 2013 RC the 13rd update since June.

This time we focus on:

  • Bug fixing
  • Improve search predictability. 
  • Upgraded audio engine (now we use NAudio 1.7).

Bug fixing

The vast majority of the bugs we fix were related to the search engine and the docking features.

Search engine changes

We fix a few things. First of all now the tag library panel has it's own configuration box containing any setting that can alter tag engine behavior.

File-hash calculation is now a little bit faster (a file hash is a digital signature of your files).

Updates audio engine

NAudio 1.7 fixes many bugs and improves ASIO compatibility (an area which created some problems in the past) and improves engine performances in many scenarios.

You could download RC bits here in the same page you'll find a complete changelog.

Suzy Rossi
Revel Software - Relations

Breezer 2013 Update 5 available for download

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.

Tag creation

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.

What's next

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.

Regards,
Suzy Rossi

Revel Breezer 2013 Update 4 available for download

1. July 2013 22:52 by Administrator in   //  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments

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.

 


The new search menu


 

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.

Regards,
Suzy Rossi

Breezer 2013 Beta start

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.

Suzy Rossi,
Revel Software - Relations

What happens?

Since March we didn’t post anything here and we know that many of you are waiting for the first beta of Revel Breezer 2013 and want to know what happens, we stayed in touch with you thru this blog, Facebook an forums even within few days after the earthquake (which destroyed our offices) so what happened?

Focusing on what matters

First of all we can officially inform you that Revel reView 2012 and Revel BringBack 2013 found a new home. We decided to sell the IP and rights to another company which, we are sure, and we got a precise commitment, will continue to develop and improve them in the future. We make that decision because we want to deliver the best sample library manager for Windows, and we want to do it with our users, listen to their needs and focus on what matters. You know, we’re a small dev company so the passion is our driving force.

We decided to keep in-house Revel Ignito 2010 because is one of the most important piece of Breezer: the tagging/meta engine. So we didn’t let it go.

As you may imagine, during the negotiation we cannot talk about it, and even more we cannot share any information about our strategic decisions. We even stop the site update. Now we take the opportunity here to say: please excuse us!

One of the driving force behind our products was (and is) the direct contact with users, their feelings and feedbacks, so that silence had, and will have a cost. Many of you were very disappointed and we understand that.

Since users are our first priority technical support to all customers who have purchased, or will purchase, a license of reView up to June 2013 will get tech support until the end of 2013 then our staff will divert requests to the purchasing company. For business customers extended support, which means QFE (quick fix engineering support) will continue till 30 June 2014.

Ok, and now where is Breezer 2013?

First of all we got the final UI, please see below. Obviously during alpha, and beta stage we eill tweak it a little (more clear and polished) but it is near the final stage.

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Fully scalable and vector UI

Many users with giant monitors asked us: "please, please make that button bigger, the text bigger, this icon bigger etc." now you could scale the UI up or down as you like. With that solution, we satisfy laptop users as well as studio users with multiple monitors and usually quite far from their point of view. Every icon was converted from bitmap to vector so you do not loss any clarity, we’re working on text clarity.

In the screen capture you could also see the redesigned options window.

Wave annotation support

A friend of us work for a big broadcaster which works mostly with interviews and very long samples so he need a way to add a text note where needed (as many other radio users). You may say “hey wave files had riff metadata for that” which is, of course, true, but remember that we need to support, WMA, MP3, AIFF, REX and more formats looking forward. A nice plus (thanks to Ignito, the underlining database engine) is that annotations can be shared across the network, if the database file is on a network disk.

Other improvements

Here you'll find a short list of other changes or features:

+ File/folder cut, copy, paste, delete and move (via drag'n'drop) features. Be carefull when playing with those things.
+ Standalone layered player, it can work without Breezer active.
+ Windows XP 32 or 64 bit compatible (report if not).
+ A database manager with diagnostic and backup tools.
+ Handling of WMA files (experimental).
+ Tons of fixes in the playback engine.
+ Standard MSI installer (bye bye clickonce). So your preferred uninstaller will work as expected.
+ Built-in news feed support and auto update. Here we need your help to test it.
+ Better error reporting system (bye bye email) now we have a cloud service which handles error reports and updates.
+ Refined user interface and many typo errors were fixed.
+ Improved activation dialog.
+ Faster note detection both in the layered player and Breezer.
+ Redesigned options window, now much more clear.
+ Windows 7 taskbar progress and jump list support.
+ Since the tag library can be quite big we added a full text search feature inside the tree.
+ New play from the middle option.

Also internally we've automated many processes so we can deliver faster and without common errors a new release.

Looking forward

We have tons of other things that we want to share with you but the main two areas in the coming weeks where we will work on:

1) Upgrade the site, which will be much more clear, modern and useful. Also looking forward we have a collaborative space where anyone could suggest a feature or signal a bug in our software.

2) Kick out the first Breezer 2013 Alpha. Too many things slowed the development (see above) and we're excited to launch it.

That's all for today. Hope that we've clarified the situation.

Best regards,
Suzy Rossi

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