We are proud to announce that Breezer 2013 Express is finally out!
When we first release Breezer to the public (was around June 2010) we realized that some users do not need the full range of commands and features that Breezer can offer, so we decided to release an "Express" edition, which is a simpler (and affordable) sample library manager that could help audio enthusiasts and home users to take the most out of their sample libraries.
Breezer Express 2013 lacks some features like folder pre-scan, multiple database support, filesystem operations, waveform annotations, loop export to DAW and more.
Two other notable features are somehow limited: Express edition workspace layout is locked to hybrid view and the maximum tag nesting depth is limited to three levels.
For a detailed list of the features, which are not available in Breezer Express, please check out this page.
Also take into account that some new features that we have on our radar (like preview history and file/folder rename) are accessible only to Professional users.
Pricing, avaibility and download
Express edition will be available for purchase tomorrow, 8th December, priced at 54.00 €
To get it all you have to do is go to our download page and download the universal installer which contains all the bits, 32/64 bits and Express/Pro bits. After the purchase the license file you'll receive will set Breezer with the appropriate license and feature-set.
Breezer Pro Update to 2.0.9
Since both Breezer Express and Professional share the same code base we take the opportunity to improve Breezer stability under some circumstances. Those fixes are available for Pro and Express users.
For a detailed list of the bugs fixed please read the full changelog here.
Revel Software - Support and relations
Today we are proud to release another major update to Breezer 2013, the number eight to be precise.
This time we focus on what our users asked. Better usability and stability. The entire user interface gone under review first by us, and then our testers. From the feedback we received, we think the results are good.
Widgets and commands reorganization
We grouped and reorganized most of the commands, unified the file metadata panel and the waveform view, inside a tabbed panel placed below what matters: your library. The panel itself can be collapsed or resized as needed, maximizing the space available for your files.
Thanks to this reorganization, we could introduce a new workspace layout called “Files only”. As it name states in this mode the file list fills the workspace entirely. The file list has another new feature that in Breezer 2012 passed quite unnoticed, the file list incremental search. Start typing inside the small search box and Breezer will highlight matched files directly in the list, useful when your search returns hundreds of files or when digging into very big folders.
While working on the UI we also re-organized and increased the number of keyboard shortcuts available. See the attached document for a complete list of them. The most welcome will be surely the ALT+Number gesture, which make easier than ever to switch between favourites. For example, press ALT+3 keys, Breezer will switch immediately to favourite number three. It works with up to nine favourites, and remember that you could reorder or edit them under the program options.
What we fix
We work hard with our users and testers to solve some bugs introduced with the last RC release.
The bigger one are:
- Sometimes Breezer crashes with an "Infinite loop detected" error.
- Problems with REX files playback.
- Solved an ASIO sound driver detection bug (Breezer can't see ASIO devices).
- Pin folders to favourites, now you could add an arbitrary paths, like \\myserver\myshare. Breezer will pin that folder to favourites and will quickly available.
Also we do a little more fixing a couple of bugs. For a complete list of what we've done in this release read the release notes.
Next update will focus on stability and UI/workflow cleanness. Another thing we hope to integrate is our auto-update engine, very important to us, because we want make sure that you have always the latest bits.
Another interesting news is that contacts are underway with VST plugin makers to see if we could add to Breezer (after final release) an industry standard EBU 128/K-Meter plugin.
We take the opportunity to answer to some questions that we received in the last few weeks, because we think that the answers below could be of some interest for many of you.
Q: I'm organizing my library with Breezer 2013, with final version I could use the same database or it will change?
A: The database format will stay the same. That was a precise choice done when we released the first beta.
Q: When Breezer 2013 final will be released, it will be priced the same as Breezer 2012?
A: We do not know the pricing strategy for sure prices will stay in the "affordable" area (< 100€).
Q: If I purchase Breezer 2012 I can upgrade for free to Breezer 2013
A: No, we plan a discounted price for existing customers, but not a free upgrade.
Q: When Breezer 2013 final will be available?
A: In January 2014
You could download RC bits here.
Revel Software - Relations
Revel Breezer 2013 - Keyboard shortcuts.pdf (285.29 kb)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After the signalation by some users we've posted an update to BringBack which addresses a performance issue at startup.
On some system the first load of BringBack was very slow. Now the problem is fixed.
Go and download the update here.
Regards, Suzy Rossi