Breezer 2013 RC 8 is out

26. October 2013 13:39 by Administrator in Breezer 2013  //  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments

Today we are proud to release another major update to Breezer 2013, the number eight to be precise.

This time we focus on what our users asked. Better usability and stability. The entire user interface gone under review first by us, and then our testers. From the feedback we received, we think the results are good. 

Widgets and commands reorganization

We grouped and reorganized most of the commands, unified the file metadata panel and the waveform view, inside a tabbed panel placed below what matters: your library. The panel itself can be collapsed or resized as needed, maximizing the space available for your files. 

Thanks to this reorganization, we could introduce a new workspace layout called “Files only”. As it name states in this mode the file list fills the workspace entirely. The file list has another new feature that in Breezer 2012 passed quite unnoticed, the file list incremental search. Start typing inside the small search box and Breezer will highlight matched files directly in the list, useful when your search returns hundreds of files or when digging into very big folders.

Keyboard shortcuts

While working on the UI we also re-organized and increased the number of keyboard shortcuts available. See the attached document for a complete list of them. The most welcome will be surely the ALT+Number gesture, which make easier than ever to switch between favourites. For example, press ALT+3 keys, Breezer will switch immediately to favourite number three. It works with up to nine favourites, and remember that you could reorder or edit them under the program options.

What we fix

We work hard with our users and testers to solve some bugs introduced with the last RC release.

The bigger one are:

  • Sometimes Breezer crashes with an "Infinite loop detected" error.
  • Problems with REX files playback.
  • Solved an ASIO sound driver detection bug (Breezer can't see ASIO devices).
  • Pin folders to favourites, now you could add an arbitrary paths, like \\myserver\myshare. Breezer will pin that folder to favourites and will quickly available.

Also we do a little more fixing a couple of bugs. For a complete list of what we've done in this release read the release notes.

Looking forward

Next update will focus on stability and UI/workflow cleanness. Another thing we hope to integrate is our auto-update engine, very important to us, because we want make sure that you have always the latest bits.

Another interesting news is that contacts are underway with VST plugin makers to see if we could add to Breezer (after final release) an industry standard EBU 128/K-Meter plugin.

Q&A time

We take the opportunity to answer to some questions that we received in the last few weeks, because we think that the answers below could be of some interest for many of you.

Q: I'm organizing my library with Breezer 2013, with final version I could use the same database or it will change?
A: The database format will stay the same. That was a precise choice done when we released the first beta.

Q: When Breezer 2013 final will be released, it will be priced the same as Breezer 2012?
A: We do not know the pricing strategy for sure prices will stay in the "affordable" area (< 100€).

Q: If I purchase Breezer 2012 I can upgrade for free to Breezer 2013
A: No, we plan a discounted price for existing customers, but not a free upgrade.

Q: When Breezer 2013 final will be available?
A: In January 2014

You could download RC bits here.

Suzy Rossi
Revel Software - Relations

 

Attached files:

Revel Breezer 2013 - Keyboard shortcuts.pdf (285.29 kb)

Breezer 2013 QFE (quick fix engineering)

3. October 2013 10:15 by Administrator in Breezer 2013  //  Tags: , , , , , , ,   //   Comments

Some users reported many problems while dealing with the layered player. Unfortunately we can confirm that a tool which we use to protect our IP (intellectual property) break the communication between Breezer and the Layered Player.

This morning we've published a small update which fixes those errors.

Also we do a little more fixing a couple of bugs. For a complete list of what we've done in this QFE release go here

You could download RC bits here.

Suzy Rossi
Revel Software - Relations

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

Continuous delivery value to customer

Sunset

This time we blog about our release cycle and the new licensing policy.

Thanks to the experience we made with previous Breezer releases and the feedback we received with Breezer 2013 we decided to speed up the release cycle and the licensing policy.

Speeding up things

One problem we face with our past releases was the slow release cycle. This problem impacted on the time necessary to release a bugfix but also impacts on the time needed for a new feature to be available.

So we automate our build and release procedures lowering the time-to-release to just few hours (testing apart) and we also improve the development with new collaboration tools and a general code optimization.

Speeding things up means also that with next version of Breezer we will be able to continuously deliver new features, bug fixes and improvements opening up a new range of licensing schemes.

For example we plan to introduce user-defined metadata fields, better multi-database support and VST effects hosting. We will blog about the roadmap in the next months.

Changes to the product licensing (aka per-user license)

With Breezer 2013 we will deliver two editions, one made for professional users and one for home and audio enthusiasts. Obviously those two editions will be priced differently (we can't disclose now the final prices) but the major news (and welcomed by many, we think) is the license that the pro edition will have.

The professional edition will ship with a per-user license, which means that no matter how many workstations you have, you could install Breezer 2013 Pro on each one, load the license file and start to work. This is a huge improvement since the past and is a step toward our professional users that asked for a per-user license since Breezer 2012 launch. 

The Express edition will continue to ship with a per-machine license. (see update below)

Breezer 2013 Beta Update 7

Both testers and developers worked hard to deliver a much more stable update to Breezer 2013. The features are all here, but we found some hard to replicate bugs that delayed the update release.

The release date of Update 7 is now set to: 21 September 2013 if the testers give us the ok.

 

Best regards,
Suzy Rossi

Update 18 Sept. 2013 after a huge feedback we decided to ship Breezer Express 2013 with a per-user license and not a per-machine license.

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

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