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[CLZ News] Good progress on v19 for Win/Mac / 3 new Connect features

October 31st, 2018

This is CLZ Alwin, with a summary of all Oct 2018 news.

But first, thank you all for all the birthday wishes and for the amazing CLZ Stories that we received from you all (over 250!). My wife Sytske and I (and the rest of the team) really enjoyed reading them. The 50 winners of the CLZ Merch Pack should have received their package by now, congrats to you!

Read all the CLZ Stories at the Trustpilot site here.
Wanna send me your own CLZ Story? Send it through the CLZ Help Center here.

All of today’s topics:

  • “Collector” downloadable desktop software:
    • Comic Collector for macOS: Updated “Add Comics from CLZ Core” screen
    • Good progress on the upcoming v19 versions, for Windows & macOS
  • “Connect” web-based software:
    • Customize your software with four Skin choices!
    • Comic Connect: New for the Add Comics screen: Pull List
    • Movie Connect: Add Box Sets as a single database entry
    • Other Connect enhancements (folders / alphabet bars)
    • Reminder: Switch from Collector to Connect, with our trade-in offer!
  • “CLZ” mobile apps:
    • Coming up for CLZ Movies: Add Box Sets as a single database entry
    • Coming up for all CLZ mobile apps: new app icons!
    • Don’t own the CLZ mobile app(s) yet? Get them today!

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News

Coming up for all CLZ mobile apps: new icons!

October 30th, 2018

It’s time for a refresh of the icons of the CLZ mobile apps. Our in-house design guy AJ has been working on a fresh look for quite a while, doing many iterations.
We designed new icons that give new users a better indication of what the app actually does (as opposed to just a different color CLZ logo), but still obviously belong together, when shown together.

Here’s a sneak preview of the new icons, coming soon to an App Store / Play Store near you!

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Game Connect

Customize your software with four Skin choices!

October 29th, 2018

Do you like to customize your software to suit your needs or just your personal taste? Then we have big news for you today, as we have just introduced four “Skin” choices in your Game Connect software:

  • Default (the standard look, as it was before, so dark toolbars, light content)
  • Dark (dark toolbars, dark content)
  • Light (light toolbars, light content)
  • Blue (shades of blue, with yellow highlights)

On top of that, we have given you 3 template style choices for the Game Details area: Dark, Light and Blue. Either to match your Skin choice, or to mix to up, it’s up to you.

Both the Skin and Template selectors can be found in the Settings screen, under Customization.

Screen shots:

Default Skin:

Dark Skin:

Light Skin:

Blue Skin:


Music Connect

Customize your software with four Skin choices!

October 29th, 2018

Do you like to customize your software to suit your needs or just your personal taste? Then we have big news for you today, as we have just introduced four “Skin” choices in your Music Connect software:

  • Default (the standard look, as it was before, so dark toolbars, light content)
  • Dark (dark toolbars, dark content)
  • Light (light toolbars, light content)
  • Blue (shades of blue, with yellow highlights)

On top of that, we have given you 3 template style choices for the Album Details area: Dark, Light and Blue. Either to match your Skin choice, or to mix to up, it’s up to you.

Both the Skin and Template selectors can be found in the Settings screen, under Customization.

Screen shots:

Default Skin:

Dark Skin:

Light Skin:

Blue Skin:


Comic Connect

Customize your software with four Skin choices!

October 29th, 2018

Do you like to customize your software to suit your needs or just your personal taste? Then we have big news for you today, as we have just introduced four “Skin” choices in your Comic Connect software:

  • Default (the standard look, as it was before, so dark toolbars, light content)
  • Dark (dark toolbars, dark content)
  • Light (light toolbars, light content)
  • Blue (shades of blue, with yellow highlights)

On top of that, we have given you 3 template style choices for the Comic Details area: Dark, Light and Blue. Either to match your Skin choice, or to mix to up, it’s up to you.

Both the Skin and Template selectors can be found in the Settings screen, under Customization.

Screen shots:

Default Skin:

Dark Skin:

Light Skin:

Blue Skin:


Book Connect

Customize your software with four Skin choices!

October 29th, 2018

Do you like to customize your software to suit your needs or just your personal taste? Then we have big news for you today, as we have just introduced four “Skin” choices in your Book Connect software:

  • Default (the standard look, as it was before, so dark toolbars, light content)
  • Dark (dark toolbars, dark content)
  • Light (light toolbars, light content)
  • Blue (shades of blue, with yellow highlights)

On top of that, we have given you 3 template style choices for the Book Details area: Dark, Light and Blue. Either to match your Skin choice, or to mix to up, it’s up to you.

Both the Skin and Template selectors can be found in the Settings screen, under Customization.

Screen shots:

Default Skin:

Dark Skin:

Light Skin:

Blue Skin:


Movie Connect

Customize your software with four Skin choices!

October 29th, 2018

Do you like to customize your software to suit your needs or just your personal taste? Then we have big news for you today, as we have just introduced four “Skin” choices in your Movie Connect software:

  • Default (the standard look, as it was before, so dark toolbars, light content)
  • Dark (dark toolbars, dark content)
  • Light (light toolbars, light content)
  • Blue (shades of blue, with yellow highlights)

On top of that, we have given you 3 template style choices for the Movie Details area: Dark, Light and Blue. Either to match your Skin choice, or to mix to up, it’s up to you.

Both the Skin and Template selectors can be found in the Settings screen, under Customization.

Screen shots:

Default Skin:

Dark Skin:

Light Skin:

Blue Skin:


Movie Connect

Add Box Sets as a single database entry

October 25th, 2018

In June this year, we introduced the new Box Set adding feature in the Add Movies screen, where it automatically “knows” which movies are in the box, then creates separate entries in your database for all the movies contained, then “links” them using the Box Set field:

Most users love this new way of adding Box Sets. However, since the introduction we have learned that some people absolutely hate it.

So as of today, the “multiple movies entries” behaviour is now optional.

When adding a box set, found by title or barcode, you can now choose between:

  • Add box as 1 entry
  • Add box as [x] movies

using the two big blue buttons at the bottom right.

Add box as 1 entry:

Add box as 3 movies:


Comic Connect

New for the Add Comics screen: Pull List

October 24th, 2018

New in your Add Comics screen: a Pull List tab, a useful tool for listing your favorite comic series, so that you can easily find them when you add your weekly purchases, or for quickly adding upcoming releases to your wish list.

To add a series to your Pull List, first find it using your Series or Barcode tab. Once you found your series, hover your mouse over the series cover to reveal a white star icon. Click the star to add this series to your Pull List.

Then, click the Pull List tab to reveal the series on your Pull List! Expand a series to see which issues have been released in the last 2 weeks, or still have to be released, and if you want, add them to your wish list!


Comic Connect

New: Group your comics in creators folders

October 22nd, 2018

We just added 6 new folder options to your Comic Connect software, for grouping your comics in 6 different creator folders!

You can group your comics in folders based on:

  • Writer
  • Artist
  • Cover Artist
  • Editor
  • Inker
  • Colorist

Example: Click the folder icon top left and select Cover Artist to see all your comics neatly grouped in cover artist folders. Click a cover artist to see all comics that have that person as a cover artist!


Comic Collector (macOS)

v18.3.1: Updated “Add Comics from CLZ Core” screen

October 18th, 2018

The Add Comics Automatically screen is now called “Add Comics from CLZ Core” and includes improvements to make it both easier-to-use and easier-on-the-eye:

  • Renamed the “by Title” tab to “by Series”
  • Big blue buttons for the main actions, Searching and Adding, can’t miss ’em 🙂
  • Use the checkboxes in front of found issues to reveal a big blue “Add x as TPB” button!
  • Automatic Preview, just select a result (no more need for double clicking)
  • Right click on a Series title to Add Series to Pull List
  • Right click the results list to enabled In Collection filtering

In the main screen under View > Folders > Select Folder Fields you can now folder group on “My Rating”.


Book Connect

New: Group your collection on Release/Publication Year

October 16th, 2018

A new grouping option is now available in your Connect!

Click the folder icon top left and select Release / Publication Year to see all your items neatly grouped in a year folder. Click on a year to see all items that were released/published in that year!


Music Collector (Windows)

v18.4.4: Access Violation fixes for the Add Screen

October 16th, 2018

We still had a couple of persistent Access Violation and List Index Out of Bounds errors happening in the Add Albums screen. We managed to capture them and the Add Screen should be more stable now.

We also fixed a problem with the quick search in the main screen that could throw an error.

Should you still get such errors, please contact us and let us know!


Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.4.7: Access Violation fixes for the Add Screen

October 16th, 2018

We still had a couple of persistent Access Violation and List Index Out of Bounds errors happening in the Add Movies screen. We managed to capture them and the Add Screen should be more stable now.

We also fixed a problem with the quick search in the main screen that could throw an error.

Should you still get such errors, please contact us and let us know!


Book Collector (Windows)

v18.4.3: Access Violation fixes for the Add Screen

October 16th, 2018

We still had a couple of persistent Access Violation and List Index Out of Bounds errors happening in the Add Books screen. We managed to capture them and the Add Screen should be more stable now.

We also fixed a problem with the quick search in the main screen that could throw an error.

Should you still get such errors, please contact us and let us know!


Game Collector (Windows)

v18.3.3: Access Violation fixes for the Add Screen

October 16th, 2018

We still had a couple of persistent Access Violation and List Index Out of Bounds errors happening in the Add Games screen. We managed to capture them and the Add Screen should be more stable now.

We also fixed a problem with the quick search in the main screen that could throw an error.

If you do still get such errors, please contact us and let us know!


Comic Collector (Windows)

v18.4.3: Access Violation fixes for the Add Screen

October 15th, 2018

We still had a couple of persistent Access Violation and List Index Out of Bounds errors happening in the Add Comics screen. We managed to capture them and the Add Screen should be more stable now.

If you do still get such errors, please contact us and let us know!


News

CLZ Alwin is turning 50! -> CLZ Birthday GiveAway!

October 4th, 2018

This is CLZ Alwin and I am turning 50 today, the big FIVE OH! To celebrate my birthday with our loyal Collectorz.com customers, we’re doing a CLZ Merch Pack GiveAway:

We’ll be giving away FIFTY CLZ Merch Packs, containing the famous Collectorz.com mousepad *and* the ultra-cool Collectorz.com black beanie!

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Newsletter

[CLZ News] PC/Mac edition updates + first news about v19!

September 26th, 2018

CLZ Alwin here, with a September Newsletter filled with updates about our “Collector” desktop editions for Windows and macOS, including the first news about the upcoming version 19!

All of today’s topics:

  • Book/Music Collector for macOS: Improved Add from Core screens
  • All Windows editions: Improved stability + better Find Cover tool
  • All Windows/Mac editions: Version 19 is coming soon!
  • CLZ apps for Android: Easier to find Folder and Sort options
  • FIVE (!!) extra CLZ servers = no more daily backup slowness!
  • Connect: new customization settings, Dark/Light Skin selection coming up
  • Reminder: Switch from Collector to Connect, or vice versa, with our trade-in offer

Read more


Music Collector (macOS)

v18.4.1: Improvements to the Add Albums from Core screen

September 19th, 2018

The Add Albums Automatically screen is now called “Add Albums from CLZ Core” and includes improvements to make it both easier-to-use and easier-on-the-eye.

  • Single Search Box: Just one box for searching (e.g. like Google or Amazon). No more separate Artist and Title boxes. Just enter (part of) the artist’s name and (part of) the title and you will get the best matching results. (see the screen shot below with “metallica justice” results”)
  • Big blue buttons for the main actions, Searching and Adding, can’t miss ’em 🙂
  • Automatic Preview, just select a result (no more need for double clicking)
  • Use the popup in the “Add” button to change it to add to “Collection” or “Wish List”

  • Easier way of adding multi-disc albums: Add multi-disc albums by selecting multiple results from your search. Just check the boxes next to the results to compile a multi-disc album and add it to your collection straight away:

Adding Multi-Disc Albums by Artist and Title:

Adding Multi-Disc Albums by Barcode:


Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.4.6: Stability improvements

September 19th, 2018

We’ve changed some code in various screens to make the program more stable and even less prone to random Access Violations.

After many support conversations with helpful users, we finally found out what the problem was: a dodgy 3rd party HTTPS component.
So we have now completely replaced that component with a better, more modern one, which seems to have resolved all Access Violation problems.

Fixed:

  • Stability: Took care of Access Violation errors that could pop up because of the old HTTPS component
  • Add screen: “Change Cover” could break the preview panel

Music Collector (Windows)

v18.4.3: Stability improvements

September 18th, 2018

We’ve changed some code in various screens to make the program more stable and even less prone to random Access Violations.

After many support conversations with helpful users, we finally found out what the problem was: a dodgy 3rd party HTTPS component.
So we have now completely replaced that component with a better, more modern one, which seems to have resolved all Access Violation problems.

Fixed:

  • Stability: Took care of Access Violation errors that could pop up because of the old HTTPS component
  • Add screen: “Change Cover” could break the preview panel

Comic Collector (Windows)

v18.4.2: More images now available in Find Cover screen

September 18th, 2018

We received reports that the Find Cover screen was giving quite a few “image could not be loaded” errors lately, and we’ve found an issue in the program that caused this. We’ve fixed this and you should be able to load almost any image you find now.

We also changed some background code in the Add, Edit and Main screens to make the program more stable.

Improved:

  • Find Cover screen: now allows more images to be shown and downloaded

Fixed:

  • Stability: We fixed a couple of Access Violation errors that could pop up
  • Add screen: Fixed a false “Barcode already in queue” error
  • Add screen: “Change Cover” could break the preview panel
  • Edit Screen: Year dropdown for dates would scroll all the way to the top, now uses current year
  • Edit Screen: Date Pickers would sometimes not be able to pick today’s date if next/previous was used
  • Edit Screen: User Defined Fields: Date Picker button was in the wrong place
  • Sync with CLZ Cloud: Fixed syncing issues if the currency of Windows was set to something with a period (such as “kr.”)

Book Collector (macOS)

v18.3.1: Updated “Add Books from CLZ Core” screen

September 18th, 2018

The Add Books Automatically screen is now called “Add Books from CLZ Core” and includes improvements to make it both easier-to-use and easier-on-the-eye:

  • Single Search Box: Just one box for search (e.g. like Google or Amazon). No more separate Author and Title boxes. Just enter (part of) the author’s name and (part of) the title and you will get the best matching results. (see the screen shot above with “crichton jurassic” results”).
  • Big blue buttons for the main actions, Searching and Adding, can’t miss ’em 🙂
  • Automatic Preview, just select a result (no more need for double clicking)
  • Use the popup in the “Add” button to change it to add to “Collection” or “Wish List”
  • Search by Publisher and Year: Getting a lot of results? Filter down to the book edition you’re looking for by adding the publisher and/or publication year to your search! (see screen shot below)


Movie Collector (macOS)

v18.3.5: Fixed Update from Core for movies

September 18th, 2018

Fixed:

  • Update from Core for movies wasn’t downloading new details