Home News Reviews Shop Support

Collectorz.com News 2015

Newsletter

[CLZ News] Faster Core searches, better book data for EU books

December 30th, 2015

This is CLZ Alwin, with the last CLZ Newsletter of 2015, and it’s a loooong one.

Yes, we’re back from our 15-year anniversary celebration in London! We had a great time there, with lots of sightseeing, great food and of course, too many alcoholic beverages 🙂 Here’s a selection of photos from our trip.

In the meantime, we have processed the London backlog of support tickets and our help desk team is back to our normal level of support again.
And despite all anniversary and other holiday season celebrations, we’ve still been able to make progress on development too 🙂 Here’s an overview:

  • Version 16’s for Windows are live!
  • Server upgrades: Progress update.
  • Better book data for most EU countries.
  • Coming up: Version 4.0 for all iOS and Android apps.

Read more

News

CLZ 15-Year Anniversary in London – the photos

December 30th, 2015

This December, we celebrated our 15-year anniversary by taking the entire CLZ Team on a trip to London! Here’s are some photo’s of our sight-seeing, eating and drinking 🙂

Read more


Comic Collector (Windows)

v16.1.3: Improved loading backup files

December 22nd, 2015


Fixed:

  • Loading of backup.xml is now more robust

Book Collector (Windows)

v16.1.3: Improved loading backup files

December 22nd, 2015


Fixed:

  • Loading of backup.xml is now more robust

Movie Collector (Windows)

v16.1.3: Improved loading backup files

December 22nd, 2015


Fixed:

  • Loading of backup.xml is now more robust

Game Collector (Windows)

v16.1.3: Improved loading backup files

December 22nd, 2015

Fixed:

  • Loading of backup.xml is now more robust

Music Collector (Windows)

v16.1.3: Improved loading backup files

December 22nd, 2015


Fixed:

  • Loading of backup.xml is now more robust

Comic Collector (Windows)

v16.1.2: Better webcam scanning implemented

December 15th, 2015


Fixed:

  • Improved Webcam functionality for Webcam Barcode scanning:
    • Sometimes starting the webcam feature would hang the program
    • Some webcams didn’t show any video
    • A JPEG error could be thrown for some webcams
  • Add Automatically: when you didn’t want to move an issue from your wish list into your collection, it wasn’t possible.

Book Collector (Windows)

v16.1.2: Better webcam scanning implemented

December 15th, 2015


Fixed:

  • Improved Webcam functionality for Webcam Barcode scanning:
    • Sometimes starting the webcam feature would hang the program
    • Some webcams didn’t show any video
    • A JPEG error could be thrown for some webcams
  • Add Automatically: when you didn’t want to move a book from your wish list into your collection, it wasn’t possible.

Movie Collector (Windows)

16.1.2: Better webcam scanning implemented

December 15th, 2015


Fixed:

  • Improved Webcam functionality for Webcam Barcode scanning:
    • Sometimes starting the webcam feature would hang the program
    • Some webcams didn’t show any video
    • A JPEG error could be thrown for some webcams
  • Add Automatically: when you didn’t want to move a movie from your wish list into your collection, it wasn’t possible.

Game Collector (Windows)

v16.1.2: Better webcam scanning implemented

December 15th, 2015


Fixed:

  • Improved Webcam functionality for Webcam Barcode scanning:
    • Sometimes starting the webcam feature would hang the program
    • Some webcams didn’t show any video
    • A JPEG error could be thrown for some webcams
  • Add Automatically: when you didn’t want to move a game from your wish list into your collection, it wasn’t possible.

Music Collector (Windows)

v16.1.2: Better webcam scanning implemented

December 15th, 2015


Fixed:

  • Improved Webcam functionality for Webcam Barcode scanning:
    • Sometimes starting the webcam feature would hang the program
    • Some webcams didn’t show any video
    • A JPEG error could be thrown for some webcams
  • Add Automatically: when you didn’t want to move an album from your wish list into your collection, it wasn’t possible.

Newsletter

[CLZ News] 15 year anniversary, limited support for the next 4 days

December 9th, 2015

Wait, a CLZ Newsletter this early in the month?
Yep, because this week we’re celebrating our 15th anniversary!

As some of you know, I (Alwin) had been working on Music Collector in my spare time since 1996. But in December 2000, I quit my day job, founded the Collectorz.com company and finally got to work on the Collectorz products full-time!

Read more


Comic Collector (Windows)

v16.1.1: Find Cover systems now all use Bing Image Search

December 3rd, 2015


Find Image Online tool now uses Bing Image Search

The Find Image Online tool previously used Google Images to find images.

However, it turns out that on December 1, Google terminated the free Google Image Search API
that we were using, causing our Find Image Online functionality to stop working.

Google provides a new paid version of the Search API, but it is limited to max 10K searches per day.
With the amount of customers we have, we need at least 20K daily searches (600K per month!) 🙁

The solution: Switch to BING!

Microsoft also offers a paid Bing Image Search API and this one has no limits.
Or, to be more precise, they let us pay more for higher limits.

We immediately went to work and updated all our Windows and Mac programs
to use Bing Images for the Find Image Online tool instead.
Obviously, this generates considerable extra monthly costs (well over US $1,000),
but we have decided that we will NOT pass on these extra costs to our customers.

So here it is: the new Find Image Online, powered by Bing. Enjoy!

Fixed:

  • Freezes at start up for some users, caused by the webcam detection.

Book Collector (Windows)

v16.1.1: Find Cover systems now all use Bing Image Search

December 3rd, 2015

Find Image Online tool now uses Bing Image Search

The Find Image Online tool previously used Google Images to find images.

However, it turns out that on December 1, Google terminated the free Google Image Search API
that we were using, causing our Find Image Online functionality to stop working.

Google provides a new paid version of the Search API, but it is limited to max 10K searches per day.
With the amount of customers we have, we need at least 20K daily searches (600K per month!) 🙁

The solution: Switch to BING!

Microsoft also offers a paid Bing Image Search API and this one has no limits.
Or, to be more precise, they let us pay more for higher limits.

Read more


Movie Collector (Windows)

v16.1.1: Find Cover systems now all use Bing Image Search

December 3rd, 2015


Find Image Online tool now uses Bing Image Search

The Find Image Online tool previously used Google Images to find images.

However, it turns out that on December 1, Google terminated the free Google Image Search API
that we were using, causing our Find Image Online functionality to stop working.

Google provides a new paid version of the Search API, but it is limited to max 10K searches per day.
With the amount of customers we have, we need at least 20K daily searches (600K per month!) 🙁

The solution: Switch to BING!

Microsoft also offers a paid Bing Image Search API and this one has no limits.
Or, to be more precise, they let us pay more for higher limits.

We immediately went to work and updated all our Windows and Mac programs
to use Bing Images for the Find Image Online tool instead.
Obviously, this generates considerable extra monthly costs (well over US $1,000),
but we have decided that we will NOT pass on these extra costs to our customers.

So here it is: the new Find Image Online, powered by Bing. Enjoy!

Fixed:

  • Freezes at start up for some users, caused by the webcam detection.

Game Collector (Windows)

v16.1.1: Find Cover systems now all use Bing Image Search

December 3rd, 2015


Find Image Online tool now uses Bing Image Search

The Find Image Online tool previously used Google Images to find images.

However, it turns out that on December 1, Google terminated the free Google Image Search API
that we were using, causing our Find Image Online functionality to stop working.

Google provides a new paid version of the Search API, but it is limited to max 10K searches per day.
With the amount of customers we have, we need at least 20K daily searches (600K per month!) 🙁

The solution: Switch to BING!

Microsoft also offers a paid Bing Image Search API and this one has no limits.
Or, to be more precise, they let us pay more for higher limits.

We immediately went to work and updated all our Windows and Mac programs
to use Bing Images for the Find Image Online tool instead.
Obviously, this generates considerable extra monthly costs (well over US $1,000),
but we have decided that we will NOT pass on these extra costs to our customers.

So here it is: the new Find Image Online, powered by Bing. Enjoy!

Fixed:

  • Freezes at start up for some users, caused by the webcam detection.

Music Collector (Windows)

v16.1.1: Find Cover systems now all use Bing Image Search

December 3rd, 2015


Find Image Online tool now uses Bing Image Search

The Find Image Online tool previously used Google Images to find images.

However, it turns out that on December 1, Google terminated the free Google Image Search API
that we were using, causing our Find Image Online functionality to stop working.

Google provides a new paid version of the Search API, but it is limited to max 10K searches per day.
With the amount of customers we have, we need at least 20K daily searches (600K per month!) 🙁

The solution: Switch to BING!

Microsoft also offers a paid Bing Image Search API and this one has no limits.
Or, to be more precise, they let us pay more for higher limits.

We immediately went to work and updated all our Windows and Mac programs
to use Bing Images for the Find Image Online tool instead.
Obviously, this generates considerable extra monthly costs (well over US $1,000),
but we have decided that we will NOT pass on these extra costs to our customers.

So here it is: the new Find Image Online, powered by Bing. Enjoy!

Fixed:

  • Freezes at start up for some users, caused by the webcam detection.

Music Collector (Windows)

v16.0.3: Got rid of some Access Violation errors

December 1st, 2015


Fixed:

  • Access Violation when starting the program after a fresh installation.
  • Access Violation when closing the program.
Comic Collector (Windows)

v16.0.3: Got rid of some Access Violation errors

December 1st, 2015


Fixed:

  • Access Violation when starting the program after a fresh installation.
  • Access Violation when closing the program.
Book Collector (Windows)

v16.0.3: Got rid of some Access Violation errors

December 1st, 2015


Fixed:

  • Access Violation when starting the program after a fresh installation.
  • Access Violation when closing the program.

Movie Collector (Windows)

v16.0.3: Got rid of some Access Violation errors

December 1st, 2015


Fixed:

  • Access Violation when starting the program after a fresh installation.
  • Access Violation when closing the program.
Game Collector (Windows)

v16.0.3: Got rid of some Access Violation errors

December 1st, 2015


Fixed:

  • Access Violation when starting the program after a fresh installation.
  • Access Violation when closing the program.
Comic Collector (Windows)

v16.0.2: Delete Orphan Images now also works on Links/Local Files

November 30th, 2015


Fixed:

  • Delete Orphan Images tools didn’t account for images linked in the Links / Local Files tab.
  • Delete Orphan Images tools didn’t account for cover images linked at the Story level.

Music Collector (Windows)

v16.0.2: Delete Orphan Images now also works on Links/Local Files

November 30th, 2015


Fixed:

  • Delete Orphan Images tools didn’t account for images linked in the Links / Local Files tab.