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This is CLZ Alwin, with the first 2023 CLZ Newsletter.
Remember that in last month’s newsletter I had no releases to report on, because of the quiet December month? Well, we’re back on track, with 6 big releases in January. Two for the Collector desktop software, 2 for the Connect web-based software and 2 for the CLZ mobile apps!

And we have some interesting projects going on that will result in even bigger releases soon (check under What’s cooking below):

  • Released in Jan 2023:
    • Book Collector 23.0 / CLZ Books 8.0 / Book Connect: 7 new data fields!
    • Comic Collector 23.3: Improved Pull List and new “Discover” mode!
    • CLZ Comics 8.2 / Comic Connnect: New report after Updating Key Info
  • What’s cooking?
    • More slab-related fields for all comic products
    • New “CLZ Scanner” app, to replace CLZ Barry
    • Translations for the Connect web-based software
    • Multi-level folders for the CLZ mobile apps
    • Two-factor authentication on CLZ Accounts

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Comic Connect

New report after Updating Key Info

January 30th, 2023

Introduced in November 2021, the Update Key Info tool is one the biggest and most popular features of the Comic Connect software. It automatically gives you crucial information about your collection, that is, which of your comics are major keys, which ones are minor keys. Of course, it also tells you why, for example: first appearances of characters, deaths, cameo appearances, first team appearances, origins, iconic cover art, etc…

However, since we introduced this feature, one of the most requested improvements has become:

“After updating my key info, I would like to see WHICH comics were updated and WHAT has changed.”

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CLZ Comics (Android)

v8.2: New report after Updating Key Info

January 24th, 2023

Introduced in November 2021, the Update Key Info tool is one the biggest and most popular features of the CLZ Comics app. It automatically gives you crucial information about your collection, that is, which of your comics are major keys, which ones are minor keys. Of course, it also tells you why, for example: first appearances of characters, deaths, cameo appearances, first team appearances, origins, iconic cover art, etc…

However, since we introduced this feature, one of the most requested improvements has become:

“After updating my key info, I would like to see WHICH comics were updated and WHAT has changed.”

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Book Collector (Windows)

v23.0: 3 completely new data fields and 4 new sync fields

January 16th, 2023

Here it is, the promised big v23.0 release of your Book Collector desktop software, in which we added 3 completely new data fields and 4 new cloud-sync fields.
All fields were added based on feedback from you all, the users of the app.

Three completely new fields (Signed By, Dust Jacket and Number Line) were added to all of our book database solutions (mobile, web and desktop).

Also, you can now finally sync these existing Book Collector fields through the CLZ Cloud to the CLZ Books mobile app (Cover Artist, Foreword Author, Ghostwriter and Box Set).

BTW: similar updates have also been released for the CLZ Books mobile apps and Book Connect web-based software so all 7 fields now nicely sync between all of them.

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Book Connect

v8.0: 7 new data fields!

January 16th, 2023

Here it is, a big release of your Book Connect web-based software, in which we add SEVEN new data fields.
All fields were added based on feedback from you all, the users of the app.

Four of these fields were already available in the Book Collector desktop software and can now finally be synced through the CLZ Cloud to the CLZ Books mobile app (Cover Artist, Foreword Author, Ghostwriter and Box Set).
The other three fields are completely new to all 3 of our book cataloging solutions (Signed By, Dust Jacket and Number Line).

BTW: similar updates have also been released for the CLZ Books mobile apps and the Book Collector desktop software, so all 7 fields now nicely sync between all of them.

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CLZ Books (Android)

v8.0: 7 new data fields!

January 16th, 2023

Here it is, the big 8.0 release of your CLZ Books app, in which we add SEVEN new data fields.
All fields were added based on feedback from you all, the users of the app.

Four of these fields were already available in the Book Collector desktop software and can now finally be synced through the CLZ Cloud to the CLZ Books mobile app (Cover Artist, Foreword Author, Ghostwriter and Box Set).
The other three fields are completely new to all 3 of our book cataloging solutions (Signed By, Dust Jacket and Number Line).

BTW: similar updates have also been released for the Book Collector desktop software and the Book Connect web-based software, so all 7 fields now nicely sync between all of them.

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Comic Collector (Windows)

v23.3.2: Fixed a couple of issues in the Add Comics screen

January 5th, 2023

Fixed:

  • The Add Comics screen didn’t immediately search the series that was selected in the main screen
  • The Add TPB Contents screen (opened from the edit screen) wasn’t working correctly

Comic Collector (Windows)

v23.3: Improved Pull List and new “Discover” mode!

January 4th, 2023

Woohoo, just barely into 2023 and we’re up to version 23.3 already!
Based on lots of feedback from members of the CLZ Comics group on Facebook, we decided to completely re-design and rewrite the Pull List feature.

This re-designed Pull List tool was already released for the CLZ Comics mobile app and for the Comic Connect web-based software a couple of months ago. Today, the new design has come to your Comic Collector desktop software, expanding it into a fully flexible way to browse recent and upcoming comic releases.

Here’s an overview of all the improvements:

  • Much faster Pull List tab
  • View releases per week
  • List releases in series folders or as one “flat list”
  • New “My Series” tab: view releases for your existing series
  • New “Discover” tab: browse ALL recent and upcoming releases!
  • Easier adding of series to your Pull List
  • Easily open the full issue list for any series

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Newsletter

[CLZ News] What’s coming up in 2023?

December 30th, 2022

It’s Dec 30, so this is CLZ Alwin with the final CLZ Newsletter for 2022. But first: A happy 2023 from the entire CLZ Team: Martin, Rowdy, Sven, Stijn, AJ, Pim, Joe, Bernard, Justin, Taco, Sytske and me, Alwin!

December has been a quiet month, with no releases at all! Most of the CLZ team has been taking vacation days this month (just 5 of us working today 🙂 ). On top of that, our focus has been on several BIG projects that should result in releases early 2023.

So this is the perfect opportunity to make this newsletter into a “What’s coming in 2023” overview:

  • New “CLZ Scanner” app, to replace CLZ Barry
  • Translations for the Connect web-based software
  • Big updates for all book products with new fields
  • Multi-level folders for the CLZ mobile apps
  • Two-factor authentication on CLZ Accounts
  • More slab fields for comic products

And much more of course, the above is just what’s at the top of our list now.

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CLZ Comics (Android)

CLZ Comics Wrap-up 2022

December 29th, 2022

We’re closing in on the end of the year, so it is time for the

CLZ Comics Wrap-up 2022!

CLZ Justin has been gathering some stats and has created some nice top 10 lists for you.
These are the most popular 2022 comics and series based on your usage of the CLZ software:

Enjoy!

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This is Alwin, with the CLZ News for November 2022.
After months of working on comic related updates only (for our CovrPrice partnership), the CLZ team has finally been freed up to work on our other products again, phew!!
Which instantly resulted in two big 23.0 updates for the Windows editions of Movie and Game Collector (and in the meantime, both have already been updated to v23.1 too!).

Of course, the work on our comic tools has not stopped, with important updates for Comic Collector, Comic Connect and CLZ Comics.

All releases this month:

  • Movie Collector 23.0: Report screen after Update IMDb Ratings
  • Game Collector 23.0: New: Updated Values report and more value data from PriceCharting
  • Movie / Game Collector 23.1.1: trailer videos now appear as clickable thumbnails
  • Game / Comic Connect: Improved “Update Values” Report
  • Comic Collector 23.2: Re-Link Core Variant
  • CLZ Comics 8.1.3: Improved Update Values report screen
  • What’s cooking: new “CLZ Scanner” app / translations for Connect

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Game Collector (Windows)

v23.1: Game trailers now appear as clickable thumbnails

November 25th, 2022

Another update for your Game Collector software, that could make using the software quite a bit faster and more responsive!

In this update, we are changing the way Youtube trailer videos are shown in the details panel. Instead of an embedded YouTube player (which can be very slow to load), the trailers are displayed as a list of video thumbnails and title. Just click to open the video on the Youtube site.

This new setup has the following advantages:

  • Browsing through your games is a lot faster now.

    No more annoying “hangs” while the Youtube video loads.
  • It resolves the problem of many videos not being “allowed” to be embedded nowadays.
  • Clicking a trailer will now always open it in your default browser!

    (previously it always opened in Internet Explorer)

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Movie Collector (Windows)

v23.1: Movie trailers now appear as clickable thumbnails

November 25th, 2022

Another update for your Movie Collector software, that could make using the software quite a bit faster and more responsive!

In this update, we are changing the way Youtube trailer videos are shown in the details panel. Instead of an embedded YouTube player (which can be very slow to load), the trailers are displayed as a list of video thumbnails and title. Just click to open the video on the Youtube site.

This new setup has the following advantages:

  • Browsing through your movies is a lot faster now.

    No more annoying “hangs” while the Youtube video loads.
  • It resolves the problem of many videos not being “allowed” to be embedded nowadays.
  • Clicking a trailer will now always open it in your default browser!

    (previously it always opened in Internet Explorer)

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CLZ Games (Android)

v7.5.2: Updated menu and several fixes

November 21st, 2022

New:

  • Menu now shows last “PriceCharting Values update” date
  • Menu now shows last “Sync with CLZ Cloud” date
  • Improved messaging for subscription status

Fixed:

  • After searching in your own collection by scanning a barcode, the result will now show instantly
  • Add Game: when scanning a barcode and then add manually, the barcode is now filled in

CLZ Movies (Android)

v7.5.2: Updated menu and several fixes

November 21st, 2022

New:

  • Menu now shows last “IMDb ratings/votes update” date
  • Menu now shows last “Sync with CLZ Cloud” date
  • Improved messaging for subscription status

Fixed:

  • After searching in your own collection by scanning a barcode, the result will now show instantly
  • Add Movie: when scanning a barcode and then add manually, the barcode is now filled in

CLZ Music (Android)

v7.4.2: Updated menu and several fixes

November 21st, 2022

New:

  • Menu now shows last “Sync with CLZ Cloud” date
  • Improved messaging for subscription status

Fixed:

  • After searching in your own collection by scanning a barcode, the result will now show instantly
  • Add Album: when scanning a barcode or adding by Cat. No., and then add manually, the barcode or Cat. No. is now filled in
  • Details page of album wasn’t always updating correctly when editing “in template”


New:

  • Menu now shows last “Sync with CLZ Cloud” date
  • Menu now shows last “CovrPrice values update” date
  • Improved messaging for subscription status
CLZ Books (Android)

v7.4.2: Updated menu, new folder option and more fixes

November 21st, 2022

New:

  • Folders: You can now group on Original Publication Year
  • Menu now shows last “Sync with CLZ Cloud” date
  • Improved messaging for subscription status

Fixed:

  • Sorting on issue number wasn’t always working
  • Details page of book wasn’t always updating correctly when editing “in template”
  • After searching in your own collection by scanning an ISBN, the result will now show instantly

CLZ Music (iOS)

v7.4.5: Improved messaging for subscription status

November 19th, 2022

Changed:

  • Improved messaging for subscription status
CLZ Games (iOS)

v7.5.3: Improved messaging for subscription status

November 19th, 2022

Changed:

  • Improved messaging for subscription status

Changed:

  • Improved messaging for subscription status
  • Update from Core could remove local web-links
CLZ Comics (iOS)

v8.1.5: Improved messaging for subscription status

November 19th, 2022

Changed:

  • Improved messaging for subscription status
CLZ Books (iOS)

v7.4.4: Improved messaging for subscription status

November 19th, 2022

Changed:

  • Improved messaging for subscription status

After months of working on comic related updates only (for our CovrPrice partnership), the CLZ team is finally freed up to work on our other products again, phew!

So today, we can release a nice update for your Game Collector software, in which we improve on the Pricecharting integration for getting game values.

  • New “Updated Values Report” after updating values from PriceCharting
  • Support for the separate Box Only and Manual Only values
  • Support for the Graded values (“Graded” is now an extra Completeness option)

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CLZ Comics (iOS)

v8.1.4: New features for the Update Values report screen

November 9th, 2022

New in Update Values report screen:

  • Now shows the “report date” at the top
  • Tap an entry to visit the CovrPrice page for that comic!
  • “no value” is now shown as a dash “-“, instead of $0

Improved:

  • Improved navigation animations in the main screen