Swinsian version 1.13.0 is now available. This is largely a bug fix release but there are a couple of notable new features. It’s now possible to use membership of other playlists as a rule in smart playlists.Read on →
Swinsian version 1.12.0 has been released today. This update adds support for several new metadata fields: date modified, description, conductor, catalog cumber, and disc subtitle. The update fixes a large number of bugs as well as numerous improvements to existing features. For a full list of changes see the changelog.
As of version 1.12.0 Swinsian no longer supports running on Mac OS X 10.6.
Swinsian version 1.10.10 has been released and brings support for MusePack files. The update also fixes several potential crashes as well as other minor bug fixes to iTunes smart playlist importing and gapless playback of very short tracks.
Swinsian version 1.10.4 is now available. This is largely a bug fix release but there are a couple of notable enhancements:
For a full list of changes see the changelog.
Swinsian 1.10 was released recently and came with a lot of bug fixes and new features. The full list of changes is in the changelog. People using watched folders should note that adding a new watched folder now also imports any files in the folder when watching begins, which was not the case in previous versions.
The latest update to Swinsian brings several new features. Firstly support for publisher, total number of tracks and BPM tags has been added. To make the inspector more usable with the growing number of tags it is now possible to customize what fields are visible: click the gear icon in the top right of the inspector to hide or show fields and show the ones that are most important to you.Read on →
Version 1.8.6 of Swinsian is now available to download and should show up in the in-app updater shortly. Changes include fixes for a variety of bugs including a couple of rare crashes. Selecting a playlist folder will now show the contents of all the playlists within the folder. See the changelog for the full list of changes.
Swinsian 1.8.1 has just been released. It’s mainly a bug fix release: several causes of crashes as well as a problem playing back some Apple Lossless albums in gapless mode are now fixed. See the change log for the full list of fixes.
Swinsian 1.6.2 is available today. This is mostly a bug fixing update (see the change log), but there is one new feature. Tracks can now appear under multiple genres in the browser. To enable this turn on the ‘Recognise multiple genre tags per track’ option in the general tab of the preferences. To add multiple genres to a track enter them in the genre field, separated by commas. For example if you enter “Rock, Pop” as the genre that track will show up under “Rock” and “Pop” in the genres browser column.
A preview build of Swinsian 1.6.0 is now available for people who would like to help test the new release. This release includes some substantial rewrites (the library is now stored in a different format) but most of the interface is unchanged. The improvements should be noticeable in a few areas, firstly app launch is about twice as fast now (from about 3.8 seconds down to about 1.8 seconds for a library of 15k tracks). Secondly, memory use is lower. Idle memory use (Real Mem/RSIZE) is about 20% lower, depending on how large your library is (from about 102MB to about 83MB for a library of 15k tracks). Memory use when importing tracks is also substantially lower, which was one of the motivations for the rewrite.Read on →
Swinsian 1.5.0 is out and it comes with several new features. The biggest change is the removal of the search menu, which has been replaced with the quick controller window. Other new features include a new duplicate finder, find and replace for bulk tag editing and regex support in the search field.Read on →
The latest update to Swinsian (1.3.3) includes a new feature that many people have been asking for: the ability to display album art for the currently playing track on the desktop. Enable ‘Show current track on desktop’ in the general panel of the preferences to turn it on. A couple of basic themes come built in that let you pick from a variety of different transition effects: fade, flip or slide.Read on →
Swinsian 1.2.0 is now out and it includes support for AirTunes, which means you can play back music over an Airport Express (and in the future hopefully other devices that support Airtunes such as an AppleTV). This feature is still experimental; it has only been tested with Airport Express devices so far. If you are interested in using Swinsian with other Airtunes compatible devices, please get in touch and let me know what works or doesn’t work. To enable Airtunes playback, select the device from the list in the ‘Controls’ menu, to switch back to normal playback select ‘None’.
A new update to Swinsian has just been released and brings several new features as well as a large number of bug fixes. When transferring tracks to iPods/iPhones or iPads, it is now possible to automatically transcode files to a lower bitrate, or to convert files in formats that are not supported on those devices into a compatible format. The transcoding preferences allow a variety of rules to be set up for different files types and different bitrates to be converted into different formats.Read on →
Version 1.0.5 of Swinsian is now out and fixes a variety of stability issues and improves support for cue files. To mount iOS devices Swinsian will now use Fuse4X instead of MacFUSE, if Fuse4X is installed. Fuse4X is a new fork of MacFUSE, since the original official project has not been updated for several years and lacks support for 64bit kernels. This new project is great news, so thanks to all the Fuse4X contributors who have kept Fuse alive on OS X.
Swinsian has just been updated to version 1.0.4. This release adds support for cue files, so albums ripped as a single audio file + cue file will show up as multiple tracks in Swinsian. Also added is an option to save downloaded album art to a central folder, rather than embedding it in the file or creating a cover file in the same folder as the tracks. 1.0.4 also fixes several bugs and glitches.
A new update for Swinsian is out today. The main improvement is the ability to watch folders on network volumes. Due to technical limitations this means regularly rescanning the watched folder rather than being able to let the OS tell Swinsian when files were added, but the scanning interval can be changed in the preferences.Read on →
After requests from several people, Swinsian now reads album artist tags from files. There is also a new option to use the album artist tag (when set) in place of the artist tag in the main table and browser views. For those who imported their iTunes library, reimporting the library again will update the album artist tags.
A public beta trial version of Swinsian is now available to download for free. Please take a look and let us know what you think. We are keen to hear any feedback about features you would like to see or improvements that could be made.
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