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Music Connect

Improved search results, plus Search-As-You-Type suggestions

October 27th, 2017

A nice upgrade for the search feature today, in both Music Connect and the free CLZ Cloud viewer for music collections!

We have completely replaced the search engine, making the searches much faster and giving you better, more focussed, less “fuzzy” search results.

On top of that, we have now added our popular “Search-As-You-Type” mechanism to the search box for quick finding and selecting a particular album in your database:

  • In the Quick Search box, just start typing the first few letters of the title or artist you are looking for.
  • While typing, a drop-down list will appear, showing the first five matching album, with small cover images.
    (for most series, it only takes 2 or 3 letters before it shows up.)
  • Once you see the one you were looking for, use the up/down keys to select it, then hit Enter.
  • This will instantly take you the album you selected.

Comic Connect

Improved search results, plus Search-As-You-Type suggestions

October 10th, 2017

A nice upgrade for the search feature today, in both Comic Connect and the free CLZ Cloud viewer for comic collections!

We have completely replaced the search engine, making the searches much faster and giving you better, more focussed, less “fuzzy” search results.

On top of that, we have now added our popular “Search-As-You-Type” mechanism to the search box for quick finding and selecting a particular series in your database:

  • In the Quick Search box, just start typing the first few letters of the title you are looking for.
  • While typing, a drop-down list will appear, showing the first five matching series, with small cover images.
    (for most series, it only takes 2 or 3 letters before it shows up.)
  • Once you see the one you were looking for, use the up/down keys to select it, then hit Enter.
  • This will instantly take you the issue list for that series.

Book Connect

Improved searching in Connect and Cloud

June 13th, 2017

Previously, the search feature in the cloud viewer took you to a separate page showing the search results.

Now, the search is fully integrated into the regular collection viewer. Which means that you can now search, then further drill down using folders and/or the alphabet bar. Super handy, especially for large collections.


Movie Connect

New: “Search-As-You-Type” suggestions when adding movies by title

January 20th, 2017

If you are adding most of your movies “By Title”, then this will be a huge time-saver.

Here’s how the new “Search-As-You-Type” feature works:

  1. In the Add Movies Automatically screen, just start typing the first letters of the title you want to add.
  2. While typing, a drop-down list will appear, showing the five most popular titles that match, including the release year and a small thumbnail image.
  3. For recent / popular movies, it usually takes only 2 or 3 letters before it shows up. For older or less popular movies, type a few more letters.
  4. Once you see your movie appear, use the arrow keys to select it, then hit Enter.
  5. Then under Search Results, that exact movie will be listed, automatically Previewed on the right.
  6. Click the Add Selected button to add it to your database.

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Comic Connect

New: “Search-As-You-Type” suggestions when adding comics by title

January 12th, 2017

If you are adding most of your comics “By Title”, then this will be a huge time-saver.
Here’s how the new “Search-As-You-Type” feature works:

  1. In the Add Comics Automatically screen, just start typing the first letters of the series title you want to add issues for.
  2. While typing, a drop-down list will appear, instantly showing the five most popular series that match, including the date range, the number of issues contained and a small thumbnail image.
  3. For popular series, it usually takes only 2 or 3 letters before it shows up. For older or less popular series, type a few more letters.
  4. Once you see your series appear, use the arrow keys to select it, then hit Enter.
  5. Then under Search Results, that exact series will be listed, with its’ issue list.

Important: this is an *extra* tool, that makes it easier and faster to add popular series.
Just hit Enter or choose “Show all results for “..” to see the full search results.


Comic Connect

Faster searching for comics

January 9th, 2017

Searching your comic collection in Comic Connect or the CLZ Cloud viewer is now much faster.

However, to achieve this performance improvement, we have had to limit the searching to:

  • Series Name
  • Title
  • Barcode

Previously the search feature also searched creator and character names, but this turned out to cause server performance problems when searching large databases. That is, with the search engine we are now using.
We are currently working on the implementation of a different, much faster search engine, which may enable creator/character searching again in the future.


Movie Connect

Faster searching for movies

January 9th, 2017

Searching your movie collection in Movie Connect or the CLZ Cloud viewer is now much faster.

However, to achieve this performance improvement, we have had to limit the searching to:

  • Title
  • Barcode
  • Year

Previously the search feature also searched cast and crew names, but this turned out to cause server performance problems when searching large databases. That is, with the search engine we are now using.
We are currently working on the implementation of a different, much faster search engine, which may enable cast/crew searching again in the future.


Game Collector (Windows)

v16.4.2: Quick search with regular expressions and other tweaks

November 10th, 2016


New:

  • Quick search now also supports Regular Expressions. Enter “matches:” followed by regular expression in the quick search box.
  • Free Trial now has an information panel to show the user how to get started.
  • Trial Popup has been simplified to make it easier to pick one of the options.
  • The Trial Popup sometimes showed when it shouldn’t for existing users.

Music Collector (Windows)

v16.4.2: Improvements to trial version and quick search

November 10th, 2016


New:

  • Quick search now also supports Regular Expressions. Enter “matches:” followed by regular expression in the quick search box.
  • Free Trial now has an information panel to show the user how to get started.
  • Trial Popup has been simplified to make it easier to pick one of the options.
  • The Trial Popup sometimes showed when it shouldn’t for existing users.

Fixed:

  • Export to CLZ Music: track lengths were not exported

Comic Collector (Windows)

v16.4.2: Quick search with regular expressions and other tweaks

November 10th, 2016


New:

  • Quick search now also supports Regular Expressions. Enter “matches:” followed by regular expression in the quick search box.
  • Free Trial now has an information panel to show the user how to get started.
  • Trial Popup has been simplified to make it easier to pick one of the options.
  • The Trial Popup sometimes showed when it shouldn’t for existing users.

Comic Connect

Comic Connect: improved “Add by Title” searches

August 17th, 2016

We have completely rewritten our Core for Comics search engine, that is, the online code that gives you results when you search our Core by Title in your Add screen.

The new search engines will provide better search results that are more “to-the-point” and less “fuzzy”. Also, results will be returned much faster.


Movie Connect

Movie Connect: improved “Add by Title” searches

June 7th, 2016

We have completely rewritten our Core for Movie search engine, that is, the online code that gives you results when you search our Core by Title in your Add screen.

The new search engines will provide better search results that are more “to-the-point” and less “fuzzy”. Also, results will be returned much faster.


Game Connect

Game Connect: improved “Add by Title” searches

April 28th, 2016

We have completely rewritten our Core for Games search engine, that is, the online code that gives you results when you search our Core by Title in your Add screen.

The new search engines will provide better search results that are more “to-the-point” and less “fuzzy”. Also, results will be returned much faster.


Game Collector (Windows)

v16.2.2: Fixed some issues in the main screen and quick search

April 21st, 2016


Fixed:

  • Main Screen:
    • Cards View: selection wasn’t always restored properly
    • Scrolling the Details View with the mouse wheel would scroll the list when the scroll bar reached the top
  • Quick search:
    • pasting text into quick search box didn’t show the clear button
    • Escape button will now clear quick search
  • Sync with Cloud: cancelling sync didn’t always work

Music Collector (Windows)

v16.2.2: Improved Card View and quick search box

April 21st, 2016


Fixed:

  • Edit Album/Track: changing the instrument for a musician would mark all albums this musician appeared as “dirty”
  • Main Screen:
    • When composition composers weren’t filled in, the composer field would still show semicolons
    • Cards View: selection wasn’t always restored properly
    • Scrolling the Details View with the mouse wheel would scroll the list when the scroll bar reached the top
  • Quick search:
    • pasting text into quick search box didn’t show the clear button
    • Escape button will now clear quick search
  • Sync with Cloud: cancelling sync didn’t always work

Comic Collector (Windows)

v16.2.3: Improved cover flow loading and fixed other issues

March 23rd, 2016


Fixed:

  • Starting program in Cover Flow or switching to it was very slow
  • Main Screen: Cards View: selection wasn’t always restored properly
  • Update File Links: Story front cover paths were not updated properly
  • Quick search:
    • Pasting text into quick search box didn’t show the clear button
    • Escape button will now clear quick search when quick search is selected.

News

TIP: The best ways to get answers to your questions

January 17th, 2013

At Collectorz.com, we’re offering a range of cataloging solutions. First, there’s of course the different products for music, movies, books, comics and videogames.

But on top of that, our solutions are also available in multiple editions, for different platforms, like Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and online (Connect).

Today I’d like to give you some tips on how to get help for each of those editions. That is, how to get the answers to your questions (and the solutions for possible problems) in the fastest way possible.

If you follow these simple tips, not only will you have your answers sooner, but you’ll also help us more efficiently.
So that we can spend more time creating great software 🙂

Here we go:

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