Revel Breezer 2013 Update 4 available for download

1. July 2013 22:52 by Administrator in   //  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments

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

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

Revel BringBack, first beta online!

9. September 2012 16:51 by Administrator in BringBack  //  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments

Within hours we will release to the public the first beta of Revel BringBack, the start menu for Windows 8.

Freely downloadable by anyone it is intended to be an early preview and a way for you to test our work.

Obviously this is for us a very important milestone. We have some issues to deal with like some problems with mouse right-click, the configuration UI which is not polished and more... but we decide to go as we already use it on our workstations.

What is BringBack

Revel BringBack is not a copy of the good old start menu. We kept the philosopy of the Windows 7 menu, but we've improved in many ways. For example:

  • True, modern and clear metro-inspired UI
  • Zero-hack approach, which means that we cooperate with windows rather than hijacking the system.
  • Resuse of existing Windows features, like Windows search, the application and document usage statistics and more.
  • Integration with the task bar with clear, supported, Microsoft API (read deskband interfaces which were around since Windows 2000 era).
  • Recent document grouping (by type, like pictures, applications, documents, source code files etc) and real time search whithin them, just click inside the menu and start typing to see it in action.
  • Full drag'n'drop support to/from the start menu. As an example you could drag any item out of the start menu to the desktop. You could also reorder items with friendly and intuitive drag'n'drop gestures.
  • Gpu accelerated rendering.

What we expect

As usual, we expect a great amount of feedback from the community about errors, glitches, UI inconsistencies and feature requests. So don't be afraid to share your thoughts with us via email or via our contact form. Your contribute will help us to deliver a better and useful start menu!

Please remember that this is beta software, an unfinished product, not refined so expect some bugs or inconsistencies. We've integrated an automatic error reporting system, so please when requested send us the error report. This will help us to better track down the bug and solve it.

Also you could help us by sharing on forums, facebook, voice or by any other means Revel BringBack.

Important: integrate BringBack with Windows taskbar

On some systems Windows will incorrectly resizes BringBack start button (only the first time you show it). To help you we've prepared a short video which will explain how to show and hide the start button, as well as how to resize it.

What's next

In the next two months we will work to resolve all the know problems and we will improve the application following user's feedback.

Last part of the work will be an heavy optimization targeted on speed and memory comsumption. We hope to deliver the final product by the end of october.

Lastly thank you in advance for your support and interest in Revel BringBack.

 

Go to: Revel BringBack Download page

 

Regards,

The BringBack team

 

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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