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

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

Last BringBack beta release

2. February 2013 15:53 by Administrator in BringBack, Design and style  //  Tags: , , , , , , ,   //   Comments

Our last post was of December 2012, quite long time without news.

Today I'm glad to share some big news.

BringBack 2013

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.

Suzy rossi,
Revel Software - Relations

A little fun from our staff

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.

Enjoy

First Breezer video posted

23. July 2012 10:56 by Administrator in Breezer 2012  //  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments

Yesterday, after one year of incubation, we've opened up our YouTube channel where we will publish product demos, previews and short tutorials.

The first video is an introduction to Breezer Professional features.

 

Please welcome Revel BringBack

Windows 8 Start page

Today we announce a new product on which, for the past two months, our team worked. It will target Windows 8 and it's called BringBack.

What is you may wonder? Well is a start menu replacement for Windows 8.

Why we choose to develop such application? There is another clone of the Windows start menu out there, but after we install it we got the browser homepage changed and a nice toolbar installed whitout asking anything, also it doesnt play well with Windows MRU and search. We think could do better.

In our team many of us uses Windows 8 for their day-by-day business and what we see is that the start page concept simply doesen't work. It is nice on a tablet but on a desktop, is just a mess. 

Take an example: turn off the pc. How many clicks you need in Windows 8? At least four! If you're into the desktop you need to switch back to the start page, then move the mouse cursor to the right side of the start page, wait for the settings menu pop up, choose the settings menu, the power options and finally you have the "Shut down" button.

On the good old start button? Click start then shutdown. Fast

Also finding a rarely used program, an old document, or some arcane tool is a pain, or quoting Woody Leonhard of InfoWorld:

As Sinofsky says, "After studying real-world usage of the Start menu through a variety of techniques, we realized that it was serving mainly as the launcher for programs you rarely use."

That's precisely why we need the Start menu! To make it easy to find and launch legacy programs that we don't use every day. The Start menu embodies a compact, multilevel heirarchy that's easy to navigate quickly. It has lots of shortcomings -- I've written chapters in several books about how to work around the problems -- but at its heart, the menu structure makes it easy to discover and launch programs I don't use every day.

Source: "Keep Windows Start Menu in Windows 8"

So we decided to re-used our skills and integrate BringBack deeply with Windows, so you will have your recent documents, full drag'n'drop, the all "Programs menu" and our super-fast search engine built in (taken from Breezer).

We will publish a beta version in the next few weeks, as well as an introductory video.

Product videos

Film

We want to share with you another small news with you: after more than a year Revel Software since its start we will publish some demo videos. That was a very common request from the press and potential users, so we decided to go.

First we will produce videos of existing products, like Breezer Pro and reView and then of other products (including beta/prerelease software).

We think that this will be another tool in the hand of our customers (or potential one) to better evaluate and understand our products and to take a look into future developments.

Regards,
Suzy Rossi - Revel Software

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