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

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

Faq updated about CCleaner and our error reporting feature

Today we've just updated the faq section of our web site with two new questions that in the past months our support staff received.

We've copied them here for your convenience

CCleaner or other uninstallers do not show your product. How I can uninstall it?

Some of our products uses an installation technology called ClickOnce from Microsoft. That technology prevents some cleaners to "see" them. To remove the application go to: Control panel - Programs and then choose remove a program, Windows will show our product in the list of installed programs. Select the program you want to remove, click uninstall and you're done.

I try to send an error report or another automatic signalation without success. Why?

Many modern antivirus (as well as firewalls) blocks by default any smtp connection (smtp is the outbound email protocol) because many malwares uses the email as preferred infection vehicle.

Also remember that many organizations may block specific traffic over their network.

Another BringBack update available

26. October 2012 19:27 by Administrator in BringBack  //  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments

We've just posted a new update for Revel BringBack.

It finally solves many focus and popup issues as well a huge performance improvement when you first start up.

Also we make easy to discover and use incremental search within any part of BringBack, just move the mouse cursor over the panel you want to search (the search results, the recent documents list or whatever), type anything and the search box will pop up.

As usual this preview release will stop work on 1st January 2013

This is just another step forward the final release, thanks to the huge feedback we've received in the past months.

Let's go ahead and download it!

Suzy Rossi - Revel Software
Support and Relations

BringBack just updated

5. October 2012 23:09 by Administrator in BringBack, Tech support  //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments

We've just released an update of Revel BringBack, the start menu for Windows 8.

In this release you'll find:

  • Improved cold-startup times. On our system we see a 10X speed up.
  • Better MRU management and auto-update algorithms. Anyway needs more work.
  • Fixed an annoying bug which causes BringBack to popup when was not necessary... a real pain for our users...
  • Solved a bug which causes BringBack to "forget" the customization done via drag'n'drop after a reboot.
  • Other small fixes.

You could download the update right now in our download page. Remember that you must uninstall the previous version, and only then upgrade to the downloaded version.

I take the opportunity to ask you to spread the news around, forums, a comment on a blog, facebook, you know... it's very important for us that more and more people use BringBack. This will guarantee a constant stream of feedbacks and suggestions, which will help us to improve BringBack.

Hope you'll enjoy the update!

Suzy Rossi - Revel Software
Support & relations

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