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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 🙂 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] 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 🙂

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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[CLZ News] All CLZ mobile apps will go free with In-App purchases

January 30th, 2016

Welcome to the first 2016 CLZ Newsletter!
I (Alwin) and the rest of the CLZ Team are already well underway to make 2016 into a great year, with lots going on for all our online, desktop and mobile editions!

At this very moment, Ronald is working on 16.1 versions for all Windows programs, which will bring an extra new view for the main screen, ETA early March.
At the same time, Patrick is working on the same feature for the Mac OS X editions, to be released in the v16.0 updates, also planned for launch early March.

While Ronald and Patrick are working on future updates of the desktop software, our mobile dudes Pim and AJ are generating serious action on the mobile front.
In fact, the current and upcoming v4 updates are so important that the rest of this newsletter is all about the mobile apps. Here’s why:

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[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!

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Coming up: version 16 for PC & Mac, aka QuickSilver!

November 27th, 2015

This is the November 2015 edition of the Collectorz.com Newsletter, with two announcements for important December releases. But first …

It’s Black Friday! So don’t forget our CLZ Black Friday sale:
»» Get a 1 year Update Plan or Connect subscription and get 6 months FREE! ««
(this sale ends on Cyber Monday, so 4 days left!)

Okay, back to the CLZ News. These are today’s topics:

  • Coming up in December:
    • Version 16 aka QuickSilver for Windows and Mac OS X.
    • CLZ Movies 4.0 for iOS.
  • New CLZ.com website, the home of our mobile apps.
  • CLZ Server Upgrades: Faster title searches and image downloads.

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[CLZ News] What’s cooking for the holiday season?

October 30th, 2015

It’s the end of October, so the busiest months in the cataloging world are coming up. As usual, we have lots of cool stuff planned for December and January: big updates for desktop and mobile, server upgrades, maybe even a Sale.

Here’s an overview of this months releases, plus some insight into what’s going on at the CLZ HQ:

  • Music Collector v15.4 for Mac: More intuitive main screen behaviour
  • Comic Collector v15.5 for Windows: Better support for TPBs and Pull Lists
  • CLZ Server Upgrades: Progress Report
  • What else is cooking?

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New on my.clz.com: see the CLZ mobile apps you own

September 30th, 2015

This is Alwin, with your monthly dose of CLZ news. And it’s a big dose this time.
September was quite crazy for us, with multiple desktop and mobile releases, an ongoing server upgrade project and, unexpectedly, having to deal with problems caused by 3rd party software updates:

  • Five 15.4 updates for Windows, with re-designed Field Selection screens.
  • Three 15.4 updates for Mac, with a more intuitive behaviour of the main screen.
  • Updates to all movie-related tools, now syncing more fields to cloud and mobile.
  • Server upgrades: super-fast downloads for desktop software updates.
  • Movie/Game Collector 15.5.2: now uses HTML5 trailer player to fix Flash-problems.

But before I give you the full story on the above 5 topics, I want to tell you about an important change to your My.CLZ.com account page :

My.CLZ.com: now lists the CLZ mobile apps you own

When you login to your CLZ Account at my.clz.com you’ll find new boxes for the iOS and Android apps, with a black checkmark shown for the apps you own (for now, this excludes CLZ Barry, sorry).

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[CLZ News] What else is the CLZ Team working on?

August 31st, 2015

Alwin here, with the CLZ Newsletter for August 2015.
Unlike previous months, August only brought a couple of small feature releases:

  • Music and Book Collector: Alphabet Bar can now also be used on Title field.
  • All PC & Mac programs: New “Ignore Sort Title / Ignore Sort Names” settings.

So I am taking this opportunity to tell you about all the other stuff the 11 members of the CLZ Team are working on “behind the scenes”.
Here’s an overview of the things we do besides building new features:

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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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Is your CLZ Cloud visible yet? Here’s how.

May 30th, 2015

Welcome to the May 2015 edition of the Collectorz.com Newsletter.

This is CLZ Alwin, with a summary of last months happenings and an important tip for getting the most out of your free CLZ Cloud service: Make it visible!

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The top 5 reasons for using the CLZ Cloud

May 1st, 2015

Wow, what a week! 14 major releases (fourteen!) … After 4 months of programming and testing, we can finally bring you the results of our labour:
5 v15 versions for Windows, 4 v15’s for Mac, 5 v3 apps for iOS (and 5 Android v3’s coming up).

So what’s new in all these updates? What have we been working on all this time?

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CloudSync2 progress / faster Cloud/Connect browsing

March 31st, 2015

Welcome to the March 2015 edition of the CLZ Newsletter.
I (Alwin) have 3 topics for you today:

  1. First, a progress update on the new Cloud Syncing 2.0 system and the accompanying v15 updates for PC/Mac and v3 releases of the mobile apps.
  2. Then, news about our continuing improvements to Connect and the free Cloud viewers.
  3. Last but not least, I’ll tell you about our current work on our Core online movie database.

Here we go:

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[CLZ News] Coming up: Version 15.0 for desktop, version 3.0 for mobile!

February 28th, 2015

CLZ Alwin here, with an important heads-up on the upcoming big updates for ALL our software editions, Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

Please do not skip this newsletter!

I’ll try to keep it brief and “easily digestible” 🙂 Here we go:

Coming up soon:

  • Version 15.0 for all 5 Windows editions.
  • Version 15.0 for all 4 Mac OS X editions.
  • Version 3.0 for all 5 iOS apps.
  • Version 3.0 for all 5 Android apps.

ETA: we’ll be launching all book related editions on all platforms within 3 weeks, then all movie ones, etc…. All products should be live in about 2 months.

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[CLZ News] Lots of mobile news in CLZ Mobile Week

January 30th, 2015

It’s Alwin, of Collectorz.com, with the first CLZ newsletter for 2015.
2015 is gonna be the year where we’ll take our multi-platform cataloging solutions to a new level, with faster server solutions, better cloud-syncing and lots of cool and useful updates for all platform editions.

In the meantime, we have embarked upon the first step for this, one of the biggest projects in CLZ history and something that effects ALL our products and services: CLZ Cloud Syncing 2.0. More about that one in the last topic of this newsletter.

Next to the cloud project, we have also been able to bring several new releases, with many of them on the mobile front. Plus 4 big Mac releases are coming up soon:

  • Now Live: CLZ Books 2.0 for Android. Coming up: CLZ Games 2.0
  • Now Live: 5 updates for all 5 iOS apps
  • Coming up: big updates for all 4 Mac editions
  • In progress: CLZ Cloud Syncing 2.0

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[CLZ News] Happy collecting in 2015!

December 31st, 2014

CLZ Alwin here, bringing you the last CLZ Newsletter for this year!
2014 has been another great year for Collectorz.com, with the huge success of the Update Plan system for the desktop programs (52k subscribers!), new growth for Connect (7k subscribers) and steadily growing sales on iOS and Android (also because of our new FineDiner app).

Here’s an overview of this month’s updates, plus a preview of what you can expect from us early 2015:

  • Now live for Connect: further improvements to all Add screens.
  • Now live for Windows (and coming up for Mac):
    Better Edit and Manage Pick List screens.
  • Coming up in Q1 2015: CLZ Cloud syncing 2.0.

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Connect 2.0, CLZ Comics 2.0 for Android and more!

November 28th, 2014

CLZ Alwin here with lots of Collectorz.com news for you today. But before we dive into that, let me give you a quick reminder of our Black Friday Sale (4 days left):

Black Friday Update Plan Sale: buy 1 year and get 6 months free!

During the Black Friday sale, we’ll give you 6 months of updates FREE if you renew or extend your Update Plan with one year (priced at US $24.95 or EUR 19.95).

To take advantage of this offer, log in to the My.CLZ.com shop here.

(If you still have a running Update Plan, don’t worry, you won’t loose any days. The extra 18 months will just be added to your current expire date.)

CLZ News for November 2014

With that out of the way, on with the news. This month, two long-running projects have been completed:

  • The new Connect 2.0.
  • CLZ Comics 2.0 for Android.

Other news today:

  • Coming up: big time-saving Edit screen updates for all Windows and Mac editions.
  • New ticket system for customer support + new Live Chat Support!

Read on for full details on all of the above:

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