Breezer 2013 Update to 2.1

5. February 2015 18:58 by Administrator in Breezer 2013  //  Tags: , , , , , ,   //   Comments

Today we release a new update the 2.1 (or number 10 since Breezer public availability), which is focused on a new useful feature: the preview history widget, that can be seen below. 

Why a playback history?

Well, good question! As you can imagine it keeps track (by date and play count) of every sample you previewed. That because sometimes you could remember that one week ago, few days ago or even yesterday you hear an audio file which could be the right one, but now! So how to locate it? Browsing the entire audio library is not a solution, so we think about the problem and how to find a solution.

We found a solution, which is easy to use and understand: the preview history. It is basically a list which shows (in chronological order) the samples you played, and tells you how many times you played them.

Please remember that to limit the number of media stored, Breezer marks as previewed a media only if the total playback time is about 40% of the entire media.

The list can be grouped by date and supports full-text search, just type something in the search box and each occourence will be highlighted, instantly. 

For each item in the list you can:

  • Remove the entry.
  • Start the playback.
  • Locate the media on your system. Breezer take you to the folder which contains the sample.

The preview history widget is available only for Breezer 2013 Pro edition. Also remember that if you have any suggestion about Breezer and this new feature just drop us an email or use Breezer built-in feedback form!

Other changes

This release fixed some bugs (most notably the spacepar play/stop keyboard shortcut which now works as expected) and improves some UI details.

So don't wait any more, go and download the new bits!

Final words

We take the opportunity to send our thanks to FileCluster which gived us a very positive review here. Thank you guys.

Next update will be available in April 2015.

Suzy Rossi
Revel Software

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

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

Breezer 2013 Beta 3 new features and bug fixes

We just released a new update which fixes some bugs, adds some handy shortcuts and contains many UI tweaks.

The most important thing here is the re-introduction of the custom looping regions (aka click and drag on the wave view to make a loop). In this release is also possibile the export of the looping region to a wave file, or and thanks to Mikie for the feature request, you could also drag directly the loop region to your favourite daw.

We work hard also on XP compatibility side, which is now quasi-complete.

For a complete list of changes read the change log here.

Download the update here. Remember that you'll 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

Blog and Breezer 2012 updated

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.

Regards,
Suzy Rossi

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