Release 20210209 - a Windows desktop app

Windows key In this new release we’re shipping a beta for a new way of launching bliss in Windows. There are also some important bug fixes for the artwork rule.

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The new Windows app

The new Windows app doesn’t really change the UI; it just changes how bliss is launched.

Instead of running bliss in the System tray and having a browser connect to it, the app is an embedded Web browser which runs the bliss server. bliss can be shut down using the traditional close button at the top-right of the window. bliss doesn’t appear in the System tray - only the Taskbar. You can minimize and maximize as normal!

The Windows app

Down the years, repeated feedback has been that people trying the app would prefer a native desktop app over the current approach. In the new app you don’t have to worry about the System tray and running a browser and all the rest of it now.

This is in beta right now - if you are a Windows user I’d love your feedback. You’ll see it in the bliss Program Group on the Start Menu as Start bliss (desktop app - beta). It uses the same settings as running the app “normally”.

We’ll definitely be retaining the old daemon-style way of running bliss as an option on Windows. I know some of you prefer Windows as your platform for your home server. However, it’s likely we’ll push the new app as the default way of starting bliss going forwards, unless it turns out this was a bad idea all along!

More improvements

We’ve also got a few other improvements in this build:

  • Don’t create duplicate music files when the backup rule is enabled and image files are missing… and those image files are automatically fixed.
  • Don’t scan Windows recycle bin folders.
  • Don’t have distinct change art alternatives, from duplicate sources, for different image locations (e.g. embedded / image file).

Downloading and installing

You can download from the downloads page.

After you click through, installation instructions are available on the page following download.

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Dan Gravell

I'm Dan, the founder and programmer of bliss. I write bliss to solve my own problems with my digital music collection.