Collectorz.com News 2011
As soon as Movie Collector 8 is live, we’ll start on Book Collector 8 for Mac, which we hope to release before the end of Q1 2012. Next up after that is of course Music Collector, planned for launch late Q2 2012.
Anyway, back to Movie Collector.
We have been sending out our monthly email newsletters since June 2007. One of the best read topics have always been the Meet The Collector stories.
These were short stories from collectors themselves and how they use our software to organize their valuables. Some were long, some short, but they were always a great read.
Completely rewritten *from scratch*, with a faster database system
a more Mac-like user interface and of course, many new features.
What’s New in V8 for Mac?
- More and better automatic data for MOVIES :
IMDb ratings, movie trailers, movie posters, movie backdrops and
more plot summaries (in english, dutch, french, german and spanish).
- More and better automatic data for TV SERIES and their episodes :
Full episode lists with: titles, air dates, plots, runtimes,
writers, directors, guest cast and screen grab images.
Way back when in 1996 Alwin Hoogerdijk, founder of Collectorz.com and my hubby, was sitting on a stack of CDs that were driving him insane. He finally got fed up with trying to remember what he had and where it was. So, he locked himself in a room and started writing a program that would keep track of everything for him.
You see, Alwin is a music lover by nature and a computer programmer by profession.
Inventory is hot. To know exactly what you have is both fun and gives peace of mind. You probably know this already since you have cataloged your shelves and can find your way in your DVDs, books, comics, CDs or games. Of course it took you time and effort to do so, but time well spent.
But did you know that there are people out there who can do it for you?
If you’re interested in possibly upgrading to the best Book Collector ever, I recommend becoming a member of the V8 Club too (it’s free). This way, you will have the best information available to make the upgrade decision.
Ronald, Robbert, Sven, AJ, Mark and I are working on
a major new version: Book Collector 8 for Windows!
Last day of the month, so it’s Collectorz.com Newsletter time.
Here’s an overview of what we’re working on at the moment
(and will be working on for the next months, since these are all enormous projects).
- Taking Connect to the next level
- Adding & editing features for mobile apps
- Movie Collector 8.0 for Mac – first screen shots
- Comic Collector 5 for Mac updates
Late August, I told you about our plans for the Mac editions.
In the past 2 months, a lot has happened so it’s time for an update on our Mac OS X development. And I can even show you the first screen shots of the upcoming Movie Collector 8 for Mac OS X!
We’ve got 4 developers on this 4-product-project now. Two full-time programmers: Ronald (who is leading the project) and Patrick (our new Mac programmer, started on October 1st). Plus two parttimers: Bernard (working as a hired freelancer for 2 days a week) and Dinh (still working 2 days a week until the end of December).
Last week, we released version 1.1 updates for all CLZ data viewer apps.
These version 1.1. updates, and all future app updates,
are *only* available through the Android Market.
If you originallly bought your app(s) via the shop on the Collectorz.com site, you can switch to the Market edition for US $0.99. This deal, originally planned to end on October 2, has now been extended to October 31!
Re-download your apps for US $0.99 (or equivalent) on the Android Market here,
or just search for “collectorz” in the Market on your device itself.
IMPORTANT: Before you download the new version from the Android Market,
you MUST remove the old version. If you don’t, you will get an error that says:
“Package file was not signed correctly”.
Yep, we’re definitely on a roll.
Lots of releases this month (eight of em!) and more coming up next month. On Windows, on Android, on iOS, and yes, we even have a release coming up for Mac OS X (gasp!).
- CLZ Barry for Android is live!
- Comic Collector 5.1 for Windows
- Movie Collector 8.1 for Windows
- v1.1 updates for all Android apps
- Update on Mac OS X development
- Server upgrade completed
These 1.1 updates are *only* available in the Android Market.
If you originally purchased your Android app(s) via the Android Market, then you can just use the Market on your device to update to v1.1.
Finally you can scan barcodes with your Android’s camera and wirelessly send them to your PC or Mac, to any program, any text box, including of course all Collectorz software!
Buy the CLZ Barry app for Android ( US $7.99 ) here,
or just search for “clz barry” in the Android Market on your device itself.
On February 15 2011, we launched Comic Collector 5 for Windows. It introduced the possibility to add comics by barcode, an improved Add Auto screen, automatic Preview Art, the new Find Cover Online tool and much more.
Of course we continue to improve our software, so yesterday we released version 5.1.
And by the way, the image above is the New startup “splash” screen featuring CeCe!
In last week’s Barry for Android update we told you that,
because of the less than perfect Android edition of the Red Laser engine,
CLZ Barry for Android would not support UPC+5 barcodes and thus could not be used for comic books.
But today I have great news:
The ETA is still: Tuesday September 13.
Busy days at the CLZ HQ. Finalizing Barry for Android, 4 programmers working on the Mac software, rewriting the clz websites… and in the meantime also moving our database and millions of cover images to new hardware. Fun!
In today’s news summary for August:
- Using a Mac? Then join the CLZ Mac Club!
- CLZ Barry for iOS is live!
- Upgrading our database server (again)
- Other news (Connect, CLZ.com, Features pages)
This server is the host of all five online media databases, for movies, books, music, comic books and video games.
In other words, this central machine is the source of all search results, the items details and all cover images that you get when using your Add Automatically screen.
Our Connect web-apps, the online editions of our software, are also located on this database server.
And finally, it runs the online part of the CLZ Barry system. It is this machine that generates your Barry ID for you and what lets Barry and Buddy “talk to each other”.
"What about the Mac editions?"
Or: when will there finally be an update for my Mac software?
Of course, the question is fully justified. The Mac editions of Music, Movie and Book Collector haven’t had a serious update for a long time.
Also, the new Comic Collector for Mac has not yet received the features left out of the 5.0 release.
In last year’s major upgrades for all Windows edition, we introduced the Find Cover feature. A simple way to find missing cover images using a Google Images search. Just point and click to add found images to your database entries.
This feature has proven to be very popular, so this week we added it to all Connect editions.