Breezer 2013 Release Candidate is out!

Today we are proud to announce the release candidate of Breezer 2013! There is some work to do, but our testers give us the green light for the release!

We call it: the fall edition.

What we've done since beta 7

I try to summarize:

  • Stability, predictability, usability. The entire staff (developers, testers and the support staff) put all the energies to make this release more stable and to fix every user interface inconsistency we found.
  • Fix every hard-to-replicate bug. It's a tiring job we know, but we receive many feedbacks about errors which prevent Breezer to run correctly, or at all. We contact each tester to find out what's going on on their workstations and we finally solved every bug we were aware of.
  • Improve browsing and previewing experience. We know since Breezer 2012 that some audio cards (especially the chipset-integrated found in laptops) behave differently, causing clicks, pops, misalignment and such problems, we tried to mitigate those problems with a new option (found in the options window) which, when active, tells Breezer to be more gentle with the audio card. Obviously turning on this option has a small performance impact.
With this release we also updated the user interface with the final theme which is more clear and easy on the eyes.

Looking forward

We already shifted the beta time bomb (since beta 6) to 1st january 2014, so you have plenty of time to check it out. In the meantime we hope to release Breezer 2013 on 23 November 2013. I'll keep you update here and via our Facebook page.

Also we confirm here that both Express and Pro editions will use a per-user licensing scheme, which means that the license we sent to you (simply a text file) could be used to activate any number of workstations you may have. We think this is a more fair licensing scheme, obviously each license is watermarked so any abuse could be tracked, and the license revoked.

For the most curious one a complete list of what we've done is here

You could download RC bits here.

Suzy Rossi
Revel Software - Relations

Continuous delivery value to customer

Sunset

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.

 

Best regards,
Suzy Rossi

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.

Breezer Update 6 now online

Another update for Breezer. In short in this release we clean things up (code and UI) but the most important change is how we handle errors on startup. We gather many feedback of users that after few seconds sees Breezer crash. We weren't able to reproduce the error on our system (from Xp to 8) but we are confident that the problem is localized in our web service engine (updates, news feeds and error reporting).

We hope we're right.

Here's the complete list of changes:

  • Improved web services management (update, news feed and more).
  • After users feedback we improve the error management on startup.
  • [Layered player] Added a new option "Mute on window minimization".
  • Improved the UI of the custom loop region.
  • Added expand or contract of the loop region commands.
  • Improved error handling from background tasks (thanks to Rich who reported the error).
  • Added a visual feedback if a file has an annotation (or more).
  • Increased browsing performances (now we reuse some DB connections more efficiently).
  • Solved a performance bug that causes some playback problems (click and pops).

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.

Regards, 
Suzy Rossi 

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

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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

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