1) Possibility to adjust tags on files without the need of adding them to the database
2) Folder synchronization for more simplified synchronization with external devices
3) Gapless playback
Please rank your answers in order 1-4, with most important first, e.g.:
For other features not included in this survey, please post them as separate tickets.
Thank in advance you for your participation!
@Mikael your workflow is good that way but what I disliked also in previor versions is that by importing all information that is in Tags is guarded to Helium too, example I have more defined music styles than Rock Pop Folk but after import all this nonsense that I am correcting in my Tags, appears in Helium Pull-down menus from then. And I like to have just the keywords that I am really using there. Also once imported "Alternative rock" instead of "Alternative Rock" there is no way to correct it again to my capital spelling.
This was since I use Helium the reason why I edited Tags by Drag and Drop to actual playlist and imported music to database after everything was right.
@zax: This file-based architechture simply does not fit into the tree in a good way since the rest of the tree is database driven from behind (a so-called view mode).
Possibly an entirely new can be used for this which allows for both a tree and a track-list. We'll see. The other way is to do something like MP3 tag where you set a specific folder to work with.
@Gunnar: You can correct/remove invalid entries from Tools > Options > Contents. Applies to any editable field with a drop-down selector.
Thanks for all input. We will do some more tests to see how performance and function will be, but if it will be tree-based it will most likely be a new view, with some tool support as in earlier Helium versions.
Gapless playback and crossfade is now available in an alpha state.
If you are interesting in testing it now already, please contact us.
We have some news on these topics, more details will appear in a post on our blog soon.
Gapless playback and crossfading is almost completed. We are still working on some things, but the most is OK.
The entire playback engine has been rewritten to use hardware mixing (when Wasapi is used) to achive these functions.
Parallell to this we have started to work on a completely new view for browsing of files not in the Library.
At the moment it lets the user select a folder to scan recursively for files, which will be displayed in a tracklist.
The tracklist will show via a column if the file exists in the Library or not since the view can display both files that are in the library and files that are not in the library.
What we are focusing on now is to add compatibility to several tools so that they can work with files that are not in the library(adjusting of tags, analysing etc.). It should be possible to edit a mixture of files that are not in the library and in the library at the same time - Helium will automatically update items the library for items in the library and just tags on other items.
A tree view is not in the scope for the initial release, direct editing (Premium feature) will possibly be allowed.
When it comes to a folder synchronization tool we are reviewing a couple of design ideas to identify a good workflow.
As Mikael mentions, we are currently reviewing design ides for the device/folder synchronizarion feature. We want your feedback on this. Please go to the following post and let us know what the critical features are in this function:
>>Gapless playback and crossfading is almost completed. We are still working on some things, but the most >>is OK.
>>The entire playback engine has been rewritten to use hardware mixing (when Wasapi is used) to achive >>these functions.
i would say you are a great Developer :) i whould say you are a great Developer :)
Thanks Emil :)
Ok, gapless playback, crossfading and the My computer view can now be tested in our new beta:
Visualization works after Change to Wasapi?
i have not test the last beta.
@Emil: I tested some visualizations that works on my machine (not all of them did earlier) and they still works with the beta.
If you fins any oddities, please report it via the support.