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[CLZ News] Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

February 28th, 2018

Alwin here, with your monthly dose of CLZ News.
This month, with our Windows/Mac developer Ronald on vacation, the focus has been on both the mobile apps and the Connect web-based versions. Don’t worry, next month there will be macOS and Windows news again ๐Ÿ™‚

For now, this is what happened in February:

  • Core for Music: Better and Faster results when adding by Artist/Title
  • iOS: Improved search, with Search-As-You-Type & more search fields
  • Connect web-based editions:
    • Re-designed Edit screens
    • Music Connect: New Add Albums screen
    • Game+Book Connect: Easily add items that come up as โ€œUnrecognized Barcode/ISBNโ€
    • Game+Book Connect: Search box now searches more fields

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[CLZ News] Hitting the ground running

January 30th, 2018

This year, the CLZ Team hit the ground running. Many updates were released, in quick succession. If you are following our Collectorz.com Facebook page you’ve probably seen the news go by as we launched, but here’s your action-packed monthly summary:

  • Connect web-based editions:
    • New Add screens for Book-, Game-, and Comic Connect
    • Faster collection browsing (also in the free CLZ Cloud viewer!)
    • Book Connect Add screen: Single Search Box for Author/Title searches
    • Coming up: new Edit screens / details panel in main screen
  • Windows editions:
    • Various tweaks and fixes for the V18 versions
    • Book Collector Add Screen: Single Search Box for Author/Title searches
    • Fixed: various layout problems on โ€œ125% DPI/Font Sizeโ€ systems
  • Mobile apps:
    • iOS: Automatic CLZ Cloud Syncing
    • Android: Improved search: Search-As-You-Type / more search fields
    • Coming up: More sorting options

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[CLZ News] V18 for Windows / big updates for Connect / Year End Sale

December 29th, 2017

This is Alwin, with the final CLZ Newsletter for 2017. December is always a busy month here at the CLZ HQ, but this December was particularly crazy, with all the v18 for Windows releases.
Our support guys and gal have been handling over 100 support requests every day since early December. Add to that this week’s Connect updates plus a Year End Sale and we’re up to 150 tickets each day ๐Ÿ™‚

But no worries, it’s not just all work and no play ๐Ÿ™‚ On December 23, the entire CLZ Team and their families visited the local Dutch theme park “De Efteling”! We had a great day, with cool rides, great food and a lot of laughter.

More pictures of the CLZ Family here.

Our newsletter topics for December 2017:

  • Now live: version 18 for all Windows editions
  • Now live: a new look for all Connect editions
  • Now live: a new Add Movies screen in Movie Connect
  • Year-End-Sale: Get Connect for 1 year, get 6 extra months free
  • Coming up: Auto-Cloud-Syncing for all iOS and macOS editions

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The CLZ Team and their families at theme park De Efteling

December 29th, 2017

On Saturday December 23, the entire CLZ Team and their families visited the local Dutch theme park “De Efteling”! We had a great day, with cool rides, great good and a lot of laughter.


[CLZ News] Coming up: Automatic CLZ Cloud Syncing!

November 30th, 2017

2018 is coming closer, which means: version 18 is coming up! First, for the Windows editions (early December), then for all Mac editions (early January). For both, the main attraction will be: Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing! Full details below.

The topics of this November 2017 CLZ Newsletter:

  • Coming up: Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing
  • Coming up: version 18 for all Windows editions
  • Now live: updates for all mobile apps, with several Add screen improvements

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[CLZ News] Gearing up for 2018

October 31st, 2017

This is CLZ Alwin, with your October 2017 CLZ news.
2018 is getting closer, so work has started on v18 for Windows (v18 for Mac will follow in 2018). Next to that, regular updates for all mobile apps and continuous improvements for the Connect editions:

  • Movie Collector 17.2 for Windows: Automatically add multi-movie box-sets
  • All 5 iOS apps: new “Selection Mode”, for easy batch removing and updating
  • Connect and CLZ Cloud: Re-designs of all detail pages
  • Connect and CLZ Cloud: improved search, plus Search-As-You-Type suggestions
  • What’s cooking at the CLZ HQ?

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[CLZ News] Recent releases and current projects

September 28th, 2017

Welcome to the September 2017 edition of the Collectorz.com Newsletter. In this issue, an overview of the September releases and some behind-the-scenes insights into our current projects.

Released in September:

  • All Mac editions: now compatible with macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”
  • CLZ Games (iOS/Android): download game values from PriceCharting.com
  • All Connect apps: Manage Pick Lists, edit, merge and remove pick list entries
  • Movie Connect/Cloud: Improved search results, plus Search-As-You-Type suggestions

Current projects:

  • Movie Collector for Windows: better support for multi-movie box-sets
  • iOS apps: new “Selection Mode”, for easier batch removing/updating
  • Connect: Redesigns of all detail pages and Add from Core screens

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[CLZ News] Discounts for renewing multiple Update Plans in one go

August 29th, 2017

CLZ Alwin here, with the CLZ News for August 2017. Today I wanna start with news about our CLZ Shop that may save you quite a bit of money.

You see, we are now offering various new discounts, that is, volume discounts for buying multiple similar products (e.g. on 3 mobile apps) and bundle discounts for buying multiple products within the same group (e.g. Movie Collector plus CLZ Movies).

For the loyal users of our desktop software, the most interesting change may very well be that we now offer discounts on renewing multiple Update Plans in one go:

  • Buy two 1-year Update Plans in one go: US $8.00 off
  • Buy three 1-year Update Plans in one go: US $18.15 off
  • Buy four 1-year Update Plans in one go: US $29.20 off
  • Buy five 1-year Update Plans in one go: US $40.75 off

Explore the various discounts and create your own CLZ bundle here.

In other news:

  • Comic Collector for Windows: A completely new Add Comics from Core screen
  • CLZ Games (iOS/Android): more editable fields, plus new Loose/CIB/New field
  • Connnect: Revised Edit Multiple screen, now allowing the clearing of fields.

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[CLZ News] New releases for desktop, mobile and web

July 31st, 2017

Summer has arrived, even in Amsterdam. But even though part of the CLZ team was, is or will be on vacation, we’re keeping up a steady stream of releases, on desktop, mobile and web:

  • Music Collector for Windows: A completely new Add Albums from Core screen
  • Book Collector (PC/Mac): Sync your loan info to CLZ Cloud and Connect
  • Book Connect: Loan Manager / Improved Author sorting
  • CLZ mobile apps (iOS/Android): lots of small tweaks

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[CLZ News] Two v17.1 for Windows releases, plus many improvements for Connect

June 28th, 2017

Alwin here, with the CLZ Newsletter for June 2017. With news about two big updates for the Windows editions of Book- and Game Collector and many improvements for the Connect editions.

But there’s a lot more going on at the CLZ HQ. Read all about that in the 3rd topic of this newsletter, a What’s Cooking overview. Enjoy!

  • New Add from Core screen now live in Book and Game Collector 17.1.
  • Further improvements to Connect and the free CLZ Cloud viewer
  • What’s Cooking & Coming Up?

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[CLZ News] Progress on Connect, Movie Collector 17.1, free CLZ Barry, etc…

May 31st, 2017

CLZ Alwin here, with an action-filled May 2017 Newsletter.

Lots of new releases and big ones too! Here we go:

  • Movie Collector v17.1 for Windows: A completely new Add Movies screen
  • v4.5 for all 5 CLZ Android apps, with improved Add screens
  • Major progress for all 5 Connect editions
  • The CLZ Barry barcode scanner app is now free! (was US $10)

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[CLZ News] Huge make-over for the CLZ apps for iPhone & iPad!

April 27th, 2017

April 27 is King’s Day in the Netherlands and a national holiday. With the CLZ office closed, this gives me, Alwin, the time to write this month’s CLZ Newsletter.

Two main events this April:

  • Five huge v4.5 updates for the CLZ apps for iPhone & iPad:
    All 5 have received a huge make-over, with a fresh new look that is cleaner and brighter, plus Light and Dark Skin options.
  • Game Collector v17.1, with several improvements for serious collectors:
    A new Loose/CIB/New field, automatic PriceCharting price updates and 10 more fields being synced to the CLZ Cloud.

(BTW: the updates for the Add screens of the Android apps are still a work in progress. This project got delayed because our Android developer Pim had to do some emergency assistance on other projects. But, almost done now, ETA within 2 weeks.)

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[CLZ News] This month’s updates for Windows, Mac and Connect

March 31st, 2017

CLZ Alwin here, with the March 2017 edition of the CLZ newsletter.
Of course, the main event this month was the launch of the new www.collectorz.com website. But there was more, and even more coming up (as always):

The topics today:

  • Live: Version 17 for all Mac editions.
  • Live: Enhanced search-as-you-type suggestions for all v17s (Win+Mac).
  • Live: Flexible Import from Text and local Backup/Restore tools for Connect.
  • Coming up: Game Collector 17.1 with Loose/CIB/New field and price updates.
  • Coming up: v4.4 for iOS: with a new user interface, plus Light and Dark Skin options.
  • Coming up: v4.4 for Android: several Add screen improvements.

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[CLZ News] Now live: the new Collectorz.com website!

March 14th, 2017

This is CLZ Alwin, with an extra edition of the CLZ Newsletter.
Today, I am proud to announce that our new Collectorz.com website is LIVE!

»» Check out the new site at www.collectorz.com ««

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[CLZ News] Introducing the new CLZ Help Center: Help.CLZ.com

December 29th, 2016

CLZ Alwin here, with the final 2016 edition of the Collectorz.com newsletter. I have 3 news topics for you today:

  • New Collectorz.com Help Center at Help.CLZ.com.
  • New “Unrecognized Barcode” tools are a huge success!
  • New iOS Add screens now live for CLZ Music and CLZ Games.

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[CLZ News] Manage your software on the new My.CLZ.com

November 30th, 2016

This is CLZ Alwin. After a crazy Black Friday Sale, everything’s quieting down here again ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you all for renewing or extending your Update Plans!
(tip: watch your inbox for news on further holiday season deals)

These are this month’s releases:

  • New Collectorz.com shop at Shop.CLZ.com
  • New MyCLZ site at My.CLZ.com
  • Book Collector and CLZ Books: Dealing with “Unrecognized ISBNs”
  • New Add screens for iOS editions of the CLZ mobile apps
  • Entering/editing track lists in CLZ Music

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[CLZ News] Track list syncing for music / 2 new CLZ team members

October 27th, 2016

Nowadays, most CLZ projects are related to Core, Cloud and Connect, so it’s about time we extended our web-dev team. This month we welcomed two new junior web-developers, Eline and Joe, which brings the CLZ team to 12 people!

A perfect example of a huge web project, completed this month: CLZ Cloud syncing of your track lists, of course resulting in updates of all our music cataloging tools, for desktop, mobile and web.

If you’re using Music Collector and CLZ Music, these are must-have updates!

All topics for today:

  • Eline and Joe have joined our web-development team
  • Music Collector + CLZ Music: Cloud Sync your own track lists!
  • Book Collector for Windows: Easily add books that come up as “Unrecognized ISBN”
  • Movie Collector for Mac: more improvements to Add Automatically screen.
  • Search-As-You-Type suggestions for movies/comics/games now live in more apps

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[CLZ News] Material for Android / Comic search improvements / macOS Sierra

September 29th, 2016

This is CLZ Alwin, writing to you from sunny Italy. Sytske and I are on a 7-day road trip in the the Dolomites, in the north-east of Italy.

Here’s a picture of us in our temporary “office” ๐Ÿ™‚

So… I’ll keep it short today. Here’s the news for September 2016:

  • The new “Material” look and feel is now live for all Android apps!
  • Comic Collector: Search-As-You-Type suggestions for adding comics By Title.
  • All Mac editions now macOS Sierra compatible.

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[CLZ News] We’re on a roll, lots of releases coming up!

August 31st, 2016

At the CLZ HQ, the vacation period is over, so we’re back on track. A stream of cool new releases has already started, with many more to come:

  • Movie Collector 16.4 (PC) / 16.1 (Mac): a quicker way to add movies by title.
  • CLZ Books 4.3 for Android: a new “Material” look, plus Light and Dark skins.
  • Coming up for iOS: complete re-design/re-build of the Add from Core screen.
  • The FAQ’s this month.

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[CLZ News] v4.2 for Android + iOS / Try our new movie search tool

July 29th, 2016

At the CLZ HQ, we are in the middle of the holiday season. Most CLZ team members are having a few weeks off these months, one after the other mostly. However, with a bit of planning, we’re still managing to make good progress in all areas.

These days, the focus is on mobile (iOS and Android) and on the new “Search As You Type” for movie title searches. So not surprisingly, these are the main topics for today.
Next to that, I am introducing a new recurring newsletter section: The FAQ’s this month.

  • Now live, v4.2 for Android and iOS: Manage Pick Lists, Edit SortNames and more.
  • Try it live now: Search-as-you-type suggestions for movie titles.
  • The FAQ’s this month.

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Preparing our servers systems for 2 future features

June 29th, 2016

All our software editions (online, desktop and mobile) revolve around two important online services: CLZ Core and CLZ Cloud. Which means that many new software features start with months and months of preparation by our web-development team.

At the moment, our web guys have two of these “preparation” projects going on, both preparing for a future feature, one for the music editions only (track list syncing!), one that will make adding new entries much quicker (search-as-you-type). Read about both below…

The news topic today:

  • Now live: v16.3 for all Windows versions, with Skins and a Quick Filter Panel.
  • Coming up: Manage Pick Lists screen for all mobile apps.
  • Preparing: Track list editing and syncing for CLZ Music and Music Connect.
  • Preparing: Search-as-you-type in all Add screens.

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[CLZ News] What’s live? What’s cooking?

May 31st, 2016

CLZ Alwin here, with the CLZ News for May 2016.
This month we saw great progress in some areas, but delays in others:

A nice feature update for iOS, but some technical difficulties on Android, causing delays in getting the same features out for droid fans. (we did add the requested No-Limits packs for both though!).

An improved Core search engine for movies (now live in all movie editions), but further delays in launching the new v16.3 versions for Windows.

Here’s what’s live and what’s cooking:

  • Live: Better Add By Title searches for movies.
  • Live: Easier editing and Field Defaults for the iOS apps.
  • Live: new “No Limits” purchase option for all iOS and Android apps.
  • Cooking: Quick Filter panel + Light vs Dark Skin options for the Windows programs.

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[CLZ News] Get ready for these upcoming updates

April 28th, 2016

This is Alwin, of Collectorz.com, with this month’s CLZ Newsletter.

April was a quiet month, that is, in terms of big releases. However, at the CLZ HQ it has not been quiet at all, as we’re working on some great updates, all to be released within the next 4 weeks:

  • Windows editions: Quick Filter panel + Light vs Dark Skin options
  • iOS apps: Field Defaults screen + Re-designed Edit screens.
  • Android apps: new folder options.
  • Core : improved “Add by Title” searches for all editions.

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[CLZ News] V4 apps for Android / What’s cooking ?

March 31st, 2016

This is Alwin, bringing your the CLZ News for March 2016.

This month, something extraordinary happened, something rarely seen in the software world: We finished a project 1 month earlier than planned! (the v4 apps for Android).
We were planning to release CLZ Movies 4.0 early April, then use the rest of April to bring the rest of the Android apps to v4 level. But it’s March 31 today and all of the v4 updates are live already ๐Ÿ™‚

This newsletter gives you all you need to know about these v4 releases, plus I’ll tell you what’s cooking for our desktop and mobile editions:

  • Five v4.0 updates for Android, now free to try.
  • What’s cooking for Windows?
  • What’s cooking for Mac?
  • What’s cooking for iOS and Android?

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[CLZ News] Fourteen big updates for iOS, Mac and Windows now available!

February 27th, 2016

This is Alwin, of Collectorz.com. In this Feb 2016 newsletter, I have news for you about 14 (!!!) new software versions!

  • Five v4.0 updates for iPhone/iPad, finally live (phew…).
  • Four v16.0 updates for Mac, with a Card View, a new clean-up tool, better backups, etc..
  • Five v16.2 updates for Windows, also bringing the new Card View.

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