We are proud to announce Helium Music Manager 9 official beta. This release comes with new features, simplifications and many improvements. All to make this new version of Helium Music Manager smoother, faster and more polished.
One of the biggest improvements in this version of Helium Music Manager is the joining of the Playlist view and the Search view which is now fully integrated into the Music Explorer.
The main idea is to eliminate switching between views and create a more flexible Music Explorer view.
The Search element in the Music Explorer allows you to create new advanced searches and will give you access to your twenty most recent searches. Just click on either a recent search query or an advanced search query to see the results directly.
The Playlists element in the Music Explorer allows you to create and manage all your playlists per user (Network version) with full folder support, just like in the "old" Playlists view.
Smart Playlists, Webradio channels and Podcasts are also fully integrated with full multi-user support (Network version) and folder support, just like Playlists.
We have worked hard to make the integration as seamless as possible and easy to use. Full drag and drop support is of course available.
The Music Browser has finally got support for selecting of multiple tracks for several pages, which allows you to very quickly select one or more tracks for playing and enqueing. This has been a very requested feature.
Support for selecting of multiple tracks are available from the Artist pages, Album pages, Track charts and search results.
Discovering your music library from the Music Browser has never been as powerfull as it is now!
Helium Music Manager 9 is fully ready for Windows 8.
We have made much testing with Windows 8 to ensure that you can use Helium Music Manager 9 with Windows 8 without problems or additional software components.
The Network version of Helium Music Manager 9 also has full support for Azure cloud databases if you prefer to store your music library in "the cloud".
A new cool fully automatic feature in Helium Music Manager 9 is the support for background scanning and generating of so-called AcoustIDs.
AcoustID is a digital music fingerprint which is used by many of Helium Music Managers tools and features.
For example, if the files on an album is missing tags, but has AcoustIDs, you can download full album and track information for all tracks from the album with one simple click. Everything from album art to release year as well as track titles and much more will be downloaded fully automated.
Two new roles (groups) are available in this version of Helium Music Manager:
These new roles takes Helium Music Managers unique multi-user system to a completely new level. It is now possibel to enable full access-control for users of your Helium Music Manager database and your music library.
The support for our three database types, SQL Server Compact, SQL Server and MySQL has been revised.
Performance and stability has been strongly improved with this version of Helium Music Manager. SQL Server Compact (default database type) has been optimized and improved to give a much better experience.
For SQL Server database types, all database methods are now threaded and handled with SQL Servers own connection pool to take advantage of Microsofts own optimizations. The revised database model allows full connectivity with Microsofts cloud database system Azure.
MySQL is now also fully threaded and is using revised connection drivers. This gives MySQL users highly improved performance and stability as well as allowing better and easier connectivity with NAS servers/devices and Linux based systems.
The CD Ripper has been revised to support better automated downloading of track information. If you perfer to use an alternative freedb server - MusicBrainz for example - it is now possible to change this from the CD Rippers Options page.
When an album cover is downloaded or selected to be applied to the resulting album, the album picture can now be automatically embedded in the resulting files meta data, for the formats that support embedded pictures.
We have also improved the automated track numbering logic used in the CD Ripper to ensure that 100% proper metadata always will be set.
Apart from the key changes listed above Helium Music Manager 9 comes with the following changes and improvements:
We are very proud to present this version to all of our users which is the most stable and quick version we ever have released.
Apart from all new major and minor improvements we have focused to solve all reports our users have reported to us, no matter if they are reported via our Customer Center, our user forum or via our auto-reporting feature.
All fixes and new features as been tested with all supported database types and on multiple operating systems to ensure that the user experience should be as good as possible.
We really hope that you will be satisfied with this version and if you find something that does not seem to work as it should, if you miss something or just would like to suggest a change, please let us know!
First an important health warning; this is a beta version and so you are very strongly recommended to only test using copies of your database(s) and music.
This beta version is able to automatically upgrade existing Helium Music Manager 8 databases, but please note that an upgraded database is NOT backward compatible with Helium Music Manager 8.