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[CLZ News] No summer slowness here!

July 29th, 2015

Even though it’s been summer vacation time for several CLZ team members, we’ve been able to push out several huge releases, the most popular of which (by far) was the new Alphabet Bar. But don’t forget the huge book cloud update and CLZ Barry 2.0!

These are the topics of today’s newsletter, discussing all July releases and what’s cooking at the CLZ HQ at this very moment:

  • CLZ Cloud 2.1 for Books: Sync your *own* data for 8 extra book fields
  • CLZ Barry 2.0 for iOS and Android
  • New “Alphabet Bar” in all 15.3 versions for PC & Mac
  • Sharper Cover Thumbnails in all v15.3 versions for Windows
  • Further improvements to Connect and the CLZ Cloud viewers
  • What’s Cooking?

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[CLZ News] CLZ Music 3.0 / Core for Movies / What’s New in Connect?

June 30th, 2015

Despite the current heat wave in the Netherlands, the work on all our cataloging solutions is continuing.
This is the June 2015 edition of the CLZ Newsletter, with full details on last month’s releases, plus a quick overview of What’s Cooking:

  • The final 3.0 app for Android is live: CLZ Music!
  • Report movie data errors and missing movies to Core.
  • New: “What’s New” blog for Connect & the CLZ Cloud viewer.
  • What’s cooking? This is coming up next month.

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CLZ 101: Core, Cloud and Connect explained

December 16th, 2014

Flat Design

At Collectorz.com customer support, we’re regularly seeing confusion about Core, Cloud and Connect, the 3 C’s of Collectorz.com online. So I figured I’d write a clear explanation.

Here it is (including a sneak preview of next week’s Christmas Sale):

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Connect 2.0 is here!

November 21st, 2014

Connect 2.0
It’s been an ongoing project at our CLZ HQ for a long time, but now it is finally live, Connect 2.0!
Connect 2.0 is a completely revamped version of our web-based collection cataloging solutions.

The goal of this new version:

  • Introduce a more modern look and feel.
  • Support all screen sizes (desktop and mobile) with one app.
  • Re-think the user interface to make it more logical and intuitive.

Here’s an overview of what’s new:

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Connect re-design, iOS/Android updates and more

January 31st, 2014

The first CLZ Newsletter of 2014! So let me (Alwin) start with this month’s biggest news: We hired two new web-developers!

Early this month, we welcomed Bart and Dion to the CLZ team. Both are still students which means they will be working with us for just 2 days a week now. If all goes well, they will complete their studies later this year and will then join Collectorz.com full time.

Bart and Dion have joined senior developer Robbert on a huge project : a complete rewrite of Connect. All five Connect web-applications will get a more modern look and a responsive design that will automatically adapt to all screen sizes: desktops, tablets and phones.
We expect to be working on this for at least the next 3 months. I will try post regular updates on Facebook with screen shots of our progress.

Now, let’s go over this months releases:

  • Big 2.5 updates for all 5 CLZ iOS apps
  • CLZ Movies 1.6 for Android, with CLZ Cloud syncing
  • New Tools / Options screen for all Cobalt versions for Windows
  • Editing in main list now available for all Cobalt versions

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Free CLZ Cloud storage & syncing for everyone!

June 13th, 2013

CLZ Alwin here, with the June 2013 edition of the CLZ Newsletter.
Just 3 topics today and they’re closely related, it’s all about the CLZ Cloud!

  • New naming : CLZ Account and CLZ Cloud
  • CLZ Cloud storage and syncing is now free for everyone!
  • Coming soon: Improved CLZ Cloud syncing with custom images and more data fields

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CLZ for Android, Core for Comics and other news

May 30th, 2013

CLZ mobile apps for AndroidHectic times here at the CLZ office in Amsterdam. We’ve completed some big releases and started on a couple of huge other projects. Some of which I will disclose in this newsletter (we’re back on Android!!), but others I have to keep quiet about for now.

First, here’s the new stuff we’ve launched this month:

And this is what we’re working on now:

Let me go over these in more details (warning: it’s lllloooonnnnnggggg).

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Now live: Connect Sync & Share

March 12th, 2012

Most of you have probably heard all about this new service in the February 2012 edition of the Collectorz.com Newsletter, but here’s a short summary.

In October 2009, we launched Collectorz.com Connect, our fully online software for cataloging and sharing your collections. By now, many new customers are opting for just Connect to catalog their books, movies, CDs, comics or video games.
On top of that, a lot of users of the desktop software for PC & Mac have added a Connect subscription, to share and manage their collection data online.

However, we are so proud of Connect, that we want even more desktop users to experience the joys of accessing and sharing their collection data online.
I mean, how cool is this!

So we have made a BIG change.

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Free Connect “Sync & Share” for up-to-date PRO users

February 29th, 2012

Connect Sync & Share

Today, we have great news for our loyal Collectorz.com customers.
So don’t skip this blog post, it’s too important to miss. Here we go:

In July 2009, we launched Connect, our fully online cataloging and sharing software for movies, books, music, comics and video games. During the past 3 years, we have been continuously improving Connect, adding more features, improving performance and polishing the user interface.

By now, more and more new customers are opting for just Connect, using only the online software to catalog their collections.
On top of that, a lot of users of the desktop editions for PC & Mac, have added a Connect subscription, to share their collection list with friends and family and to manage their collection data from other computers and from mobile devices (e.g. their iPad).

However, we are so proud of Connect, that we want even more desktop users to enjoy Connect.
We want more users to experience the usefulness of accessing their database from anywhere, from any device and the joys of sharing their collection data online.

So we are going to make a big change (starting next week):

  • We will launch a new Connect subscription type, called Connect Sync & Share.
    Sync & Share is a basic Connect edition, created for desktop users who just
    want to sync their collection online and share it with friends, but wish to
    keep using their desktop software to manage (add/edit) their database.
    In short, Sync & Share is Connect without the adding and editing features.

  • Sync & Share will be FREE for PRO users of the *latest* desktop edition.
    That’s right, FREE! If you own a PRO license for the latest version of our
    desktop software you’re entitled to a FREE lifetime Sync & Share subscription!

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New on Connect: Find missing covers online

August 18th, 2011

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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It’s epidemic

July 1st, 2011

On June 28 one of our customers tweeted “@collectorz I am loving the Comic software and scanner. Cannot find in the instructions how to catalog without re-reading old issues ;-)”
This resulted in comments like ” I have that problem myself – though I’m not complaining about it” and “It must be an epidemic. I’m suffering that disease as well”.

Being a collector too, I suffer from that illness as well.

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Organizing your stuff: go Standard or Pro?

May 2nd, 2011

Our home organizing software for CDs, DVDs, books, comics and video games comes in two flavors: Standard and Pro.
Apart from the obvious difference in price (Standard is half the price), how exactly do they compare in terms of features?

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Organizing your movies, it’s not work but fun

April 29th, 2011

Are you procrastinating cataloging your DVDs and Blu-rays because you think it is way too much work? Well, don’t.
Let me share my experience cataloging our shelves when I finally decided to organize our own movie collection.

When I started on the task I did not know how many movies and series we had, nor how much time it would take me to list them all.
My set up: Movie Collector Pro for Windows on my Vaio laptop and the OPN-2001 laser scanner.

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