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Software and app updates released in 2011


Merry Christmas and a Happy 2012!

December 23rd, 2011

*** The entire Collectorz.com team wishes you Merry Christmas and a Happy 2012! ***

On Tuesday December 20 we celebrated Christmas at the office. The festive evening started with the unwrapping of presents.

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The Collectorz.com Christmas Newsletter

December 22nd, 2011

Alwin here, of Collectorz.com, with our December 2011 Newsletter.
But before I tell you about our current projects…

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Movie Collector 8 for Mac: 11 days to go

December 16th, 2011

Here is a progress update on our Mac development.
Currently, our focus (and therefore this news update) is on Movie Collector 8 for Mac, which is planned to be released on December 27.

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.

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Meet The Collector, this could be you!

December 2nd, 2011

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.

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Two V8’s (1 for Windows, 1 for Mac)

November 30th, 2011

Collectorz.com newsletter November 2011

This is Alwin, with a 4-headed November newsletter:

  • Barcode Scanner Sale (inc. CLZ Barry!) – only 18 hours left!
  • Book Collector 8 for Windows is live
  • Movie Collector 8 for Mac is coming soon
  • What’s New at Collectorz.com Connect ?

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It’s finally happening, a new major version of Movie Collector for Mac OS X!
And it’s *very* close now: We’re currently aiming for December 27.

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.

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An organized home is a happy home

November 29th, 2011

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.

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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?

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Book Collector 8 for Windows is live!

November 23rd, 2011

Book Collector 8It’s finally here, Book Collector 8 for Windows!
This may very well be the biggest Book Collector upgrade ever,
as we worked on both program features *and* on better automatic book data.

Here’s a quick overview of what’s new in V8:

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Book Collector 8Over 2,500 users have already expressed their interest in Book Collector 8
for Windows by joining the V8 Club (and getting access to lots of V8 screen shots).

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.

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Book Collector 8This is Alwin, the “head-librarian” at Collectorz.com,
with great news for all users of my Book Collector software:

Ronald, Robbert, Sven, AJ, Mark and I are working on
a major new version: Book Collector 8 for Windows!

Even better news: it’s gonna be released within 3 weeks (ETA is November 22).

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Collectorz.com Newsletter October 2011

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

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Mac OS X editions: Oct 2011 Status Update

October 19th, 2011

Collectorz.com Mac softwareLate 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).

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CLZ mobile apps for AndroidLast 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”.

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On a roll

September 30th, 2011

Collectorz.com Newsletter September 2011

Hi all,

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

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CLZ mobile apps for AndroidWe have just released version 1.1 updates for all our Androids apps.

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.

However: if you original bought your app via the shop on the Collectorz.com website, you will have to re-download from the Market to get version 1.1. Read on for more details about this.

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CLZ Barry for AndroidIt is live: the Android edition of CLZ Barry!

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.

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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!

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Great news: Barry for Android *will* do comics!

September 8th, 2011

CLZ Barry for AndroidIn 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:

CLZ Barry for Android *will* support comic book barcodes!

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CLZ Barry for AndroidA quick progress update on CLZ Barry for Android: The Android is coming along nicely. Almost all functionality has been implemented now.

The ETA is still: Tuesday September 13.

At the moment, Pim and AJ are focusing on the look and feel. Because of that, the app has finally reached a state where we could make a couple of screen shots that are quite close to the final look.

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What’s up at the CLZ HQ ?

August 29th, 2011

Collectorz.com Newsletter August 2011
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)

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Upgrading our database server (again)

August 28th, 2011

Database ServerYes, we’re upgrading the hardware of the Collectorz.com central online database server again.

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”.

You can imagine how important this server is to us and to you all, our customers 🙂 Ensuring this system is fast and always up and running is essential. So that’s why we’re giving it more powerrr !

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What about the Mac editions?

August 25th, 2011

Here’s a question we get a lot lately, in our support inbox,
on the Forum, on our Facebook page and on Twitter:

"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.

Well, I am happy to announce that this is all going to change. Read on for our Mac OS X plans.

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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.

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Here’s a cool video showing how CLZ Barry can be used with the Collectorz.com programs.

Like what you see? Then get CLZ Barry for iPhone/iPad here
or just to go the App Store on your iPhone or iPad and search for “clz barry”.