Revel Breezer 2013 Update 4 available for download

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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 reView just updated

UpdateToday we released a new version of Revel reView, the Outlook file viewer.

In this release you'll find:

  • Now you can copy sender address or every address in copy.
  • Fixed a bug in the "Reply to" and "Reply to all" functions.
  • We add build date/time to the version information.
  • Fixed a bug with image display when dealing with HTML files.
  • Some minor performance improvement.
  • Better (and more clear) activation dialog.

The new auto-update engine

With this release we launch a much improved auto-update engine. It will now check every day if a new version is available. When it founds one it now displays the download progress in a discrete window (which can be hidden).

Also we remove a limitation which has followed us for many months. Now the auto update engine works, whatever you install the application via a zip file of via our online installer.

That new auto-update engine will be extended also to Revel Breezer 2012 which will be updated tomorrow.

Best regards,
Suzy Rossi - Revel Software Relations

Breezer 2013 Series - The harmonics analyzer

Hi guys, I'm Michael Shlepp and I'm part of the Breezer development team.

I have the honor to introduce a series of (bi-weekly) posts. A series which has only one goal: explain what you'll find in the next version of Breezer codenamed 'White fox' (seriously, we're using that name internally).

Those posts are also the right place where you can partecipate to the development process by sharing your comments and suggestion! And trust me, we listen, we listen a lot to our user base, so that your feedback will count!

For the grand opening I want to talk about one feature: the harmonics-anlyzer.

The harmonics analyzer: why and for what?

Well the why part of the question is quite easy to explain: because it's useful and when you get used to you cannot come back! How many times you listen to a sample, but you didn't know how it will blend with the others? Sure you have the layered player which helps a lot, but it cannot tell you what are the predominant notes in a sample.

That's the job of the harmonics anlyzer: represent graphically the frequency distribution inside the sample you're playing, and it goes a step forward: it guesses (with an extraordinary precision) the two strongest note in the sample. So you could drop it into your DAW software, and you can be sure, it will mix good.

Obviously is a quite expensive task for the cpu so do not expect that a pc from 2004 will shine, it will be usable but less precise. Also we see that under Windows XP the performaces (not only of the harmonics analyzer) drops by a 25% or even 30% on the same hardware configuration.

Now that we introduced it, let's take a look.

The harmonics analyzer window

Cool eh? As you can see the window is dominated by the spectrum anlyzer which shows the various frequencies that make up the sample. We add an exageration filter which emphasizes only the most dominant frequencies. Also the peaks are a little bit lazy so your eye has the time to follow the frequency shifts (very common with voice and wind instruments).

But we go even deeper and directly in the spectrum view we add two small labels that shown the exact note that falls in the two peaks. Internally it uses a table of known notes and frequencies to speed up the note lookup, and even better, it makes the guess much more precise.

In the command bar (the bottom of the window) you can control the input-sensibility and frequency/intensity scaling algorithm. For your convenience the analyzer can stay above every other window.

How much I have to wait?

To be honest the first condition imposed to me, when I proposed a new post about Breezer 2013 was quite clear "Do not talk about any release date". Why? because we are quite far from even the first beta. In my opinion we will see Breezer 2013 only next year... but it's quite hard to predict.

I hope that you enjoyed that article and I'll wait you for my next article where I will explore the new user interface of Breezer 2013.

Regards,
Michael Sclepp - Revel Software Developers 

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