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Book Collector (macOS)

v17.0.3: Added search-as-you-type to pick list fields

March 22nd, 2017

We’ve expanded the quick search box to now also allow “search-as-you-type” with suggestions for pick list fields.

How does it work?

In the quick search box top right of your screen you should see a “dropdown” button. Use this to select which field you wish to perform a search on. If “search-as-you-type” is available for that field, it will instantly work once you start typing in the box.

Example

You can now select the field “Author” in the quick search box, start typing an author name, and instantly see suggestions (based on what you typed) of authors you have in your database. Click on an author to see all his/her books.

Try it with the “Publisher” field too! Instantly see which books you own from a specific publisher you type in the quick search box.


Book Collector (Windows)

v17.0.3: Added search-as-you-type to pick list fields

March 16th, 2017

Search-As-You-Type for pick list fields

We’ve expanded the quick search box to now also allow “search-as-you-type” with suggestions for pick list fields.

How does it work?

In the quick search box top right of your screen you should see a “dropdown” button. Use this to select which field you wish to perform a search on. If “search-as-you-type” is available for that field, it will instantly work once you start typing in the box.

Example

You can now select the field “Author” in the quick search box, start typing an author name, and instantly see suggestions (based on what you typed) of authors you have in your database. Click on an author to see all his/her books.

Try it with the “Publisher” field too! Instantly see which books you own from a specific publisher you type in the quick search box.

Fixes in this version

We also fixed some issues with the program in this version:

  • Images Popup:
    • “size window to picture” showed image slightly smaller
    • .tiff images were not showing

Book Collector (macOS)

v17.0.2: Some quick v17 fixes

March 8th, 2017

Fixed:

  • Program would crash at startup on macOS 10.9 or older
  • Search-As-You-Type tweaked to search first letters of each word only, making the results more precise
  • Add Books Automatically : image popup for cover was showing the images of the selected item in main screen
Book Collector (macOS)

V17.0.1: Major updates to the Quick Search and Image Viewer popup!

March 7th, 2017

Quick Search: Search-As-You-Type suggestions

Instantly find and select a particular book in your local database:

  • In the Quick Search box, just start typing the first few letters of the author or title you are looking for.
  • While typing, a drop-down list will appear, showing the first five matching books.
    (for most books, 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.
  • The book will now be selected in your list, with the details showing in the Details Panel.

NOTE: this Search-As-You-Type feature replaces the old “filter-as-you-type” behaviour of the Quick Search box. If you want to go back to the old behaviour, you can do so in the Preferences screen, on the Behaviour page using the setting called “When typing in Quick Search box”.

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Book Collector (Windows)

V17.0.2: New image popup method and updates to the quick search

February 16th, 2017

New:

  • Images popup now also supports “Size Picture to Window without stretching” option
  • Quick search: suggestions now also are shown when searching on “Title” field

Fixed:

  • Main Screen:
    • Quick Search: applying a filter could cause unexpected behaviour
  • Images Popup:
    • the status bar wasn’t always showing the right image path when opening
    • .bmp images were not showing
  • CueCat scanner wasn’t working properly any more

Book Collector (Windows)

V17.0.1: Major updates to the Quick Search and Image Viewer popup!

February 14th, 2017

Quick Search: Search-As-You-Type suggestions

Instantly find and select a particular book in your local database:

  • In the Quick Search box, just start typing the first few letters of the author or title you are looking for.
  • While typing, a drop-down list will appear, showing the first five matching books.
    (for most books, 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.
  • The book will now be selected in your list, with the details showing in the Details Panel.

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Book Collector (macOS)

v16.1.7: Fixed a problem with importing ISBNs via CSV/Text files

February 2nd, 2017


Fixed:

  • Import CSV: author sort names were filled in with ISBNs.
  • Main screen: crash when sorting by “First Edition” column.
  • Edit Screen: Cover Popups were not always prompted on macOS Sierra.

Book Collector (Windows)

v16.4.6: Fixed crashes during Check for Update

January 4th, 2017


Fixed:

  • Submit Missing ISBN: for some users the popup would look messed up with the “OK” and “Cancel” buttons out of sight
  • Crashes during Check for Update process

Book Collector (macOS)

v16.1.6: Maintenance build

January 3rd, 2017


Fixed:

  • Cards View: Quick Search didn’t filter the cards in the list.
  • First Letter folder option was not using the Sort Names.
  • Loan Manager Screen: Search was not working.
  • Sierra: Full Screen Mode: “Add Cover” popup appears under the Edit Screen.
  • Internal Images: Templates images were not updated after editing an item.
  • When no internet connection was available, app was launched in Trial Mode.

Book Collector (Windows)

v16.4.5: Maintenance build: various fixes

January 2nd, 2017


Fixed:

  • Import from other collection could cause a crash in rare cases
  • Edit Book:
    • On User Defined Fields tab, “_[Add pick list item]_” didn’t work for comboboxes
    • Changing the role for a credit would mark all books dirty where that person appeared instead of just the edited book
  • Manage Pick Lists: removing pick list items didn’t mark their corresponding books as modified
  • Main Screen: accelerator keys in main menu (like “ALT+F” for files menu) didn’t work

Book Collector (macOS)

v16.1.5: New: Find Cover tool in “Unrecognized ISBN” screen

December 22nd, 2016

Improved “Unrecognized ISBN” screen

  • NEW: integrated Find Cover tool.
    Easily pick a cover images from internet search results for the ISBN.

  • Two extra fields: Publisher and Year.
  • Author box now has drop-down with your Author list for easy entry of existing author names.

Fixed:

  • Main Screen: after resizing the first column too much, the text was no longer readable
  • Edit Book: Closing the edit screen could cause a crash on El Capitan

Book Collector (macOS)

v16.1.4: Maintenance build

December 10th, 2016

Fixed:

  • Main screen: switching from details to statistics would crash the program
Book Collector (Windows)

v16.4.4: Improvements to “Unrecognized ISBN” screen

December 8th, 2016


Improved “Unrecognized ISBN” screen

  • NEW: integrated Find Cover tool.
    Easily pick a cover images from internet search results for the ISBN.

  • Two extra fields: Publisher and Year.
  • Author box now has drop-down with your Author list for easy entry of existing author names.

Fixed:

  • Dragging and dropping cover images did not work for HTTPS URLs.
  • Person grids: problems adding authors when multiple authors exists with the same display name.

Book Collector (macOS)

v16.1.3: Fixed a crash on startup

November 23rd, 2016

Fixed:

  • Program would crash on startup or load incorrectly for OS older than Sierra
Book Collector (macOS)

v16.1.2: Improved the Trial Edition flow

November 22nd, 2016


New:

  • 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.

Book Collector (Windows)

v16.4.2: Added Unrecognized ISBN feature to Link/Update Book screen

November 4th, 2016


New

  • Link/Update Books now also supports the “Unrecognized ISBN” screen
  • Quick search now also supports Regular Expressions. Enter “matches:” followed by regular expression in the quick search box.

Book Collector (Windows)

v16.4.1: Easily add books that come up as “Unrecognized ISBN”

November 4th, 2016

  • In Add Books Automatically, when an ISBN is not recognized, a new “Unrecognized ISBN” screen will appear.
  • In this screen, just type the Author and the Title, then click Add Book.
  • This will:
    1. Instantly add the ISBN/Author/Title entry to our Core online book database.
    2. Add the book to your own database with ISBN, Author and Title filled in AND linked to the new Core entry.

In other words, this new screen not only helps you in adding unrecognized books,
but it also helps your fellow Book Collector users by adding the missing ISBN to the CLZ Core.

( BTW: this screen replaces the “Report Missing ISBN to Core” web-form. Of course, you can still provide more info for the added ISBN using the Submit to Core button in the Edit Book screen. )


Book Collector (macOS)

v16.1.1: New: Easily add books that come up as “Unrecognized ISBN”

November 3rd, 2016


Easily add books that come up as “Unrecognized ISBN”

  • In Add Books Automatically and Link Books, when an ISBN is not recognized, a new “Unrecognized ISBN” screen will appear.
  • In this screen, just type the Author and the Title, then click Add Book.
  • This will:
    1. Instantly add the ISBN/Author/Title entry to our Core online book database.
    2. Add the book to your own database with ISBN, Author and Title filled in AND linked to the new Core entry.

In other words, this new screen not only helps you in adding unrecognized books,
but it also helps your fellow Book Collector users by adding the missing ISBN to the CLZ Core.

( BTW: this screen replaces the “Report Missing ISBN to Core” web-form. Of course, you can still provide more info for the added ISBN using the Submit to Core button in the Edit Book screen. )


Book Collector (macOS)

v16.0.9: Fixed “Check for Updates” on Sierra and more

September 19th, 2016


Fixed:

  • Check for Updates was broken for macOS Sierra.
  • Templates were broken when User Defined Field headers contained special characters.

Book Collector (Windows)

v16.3.11: Export to XML is now more efficient and some fixes

September 13th, 2016


Changes:

  • Export to XML is now a lot more memory efficient, writing the xml directly to hard disk (can be more slow though)

Fixed:

  • Sync with Cloud: First Edition and Abridged fields were cleared when syncing down from the cloud
  • Add/Modify Filter: “Contains” filters were always case insensitive even when “case sensitive” was checked
  • Edit Multiple: F8 didn’t clear price and dimension values

Book Collector (Windows)

v16.3.10: Fixed “Handle is invalid” error that could pop up

August 17th, 2016


Fixed:

  • Program could throw an “Handle is invalid” error after multiple edits

Book Collector (Windows)

v16.3.9: Maintenance build with improvements to the main screen and more

August 16th, 2016


Fixed:

  • Main Screen:
    • The folder tree was wrapping the values in the list
    • A double hint was showing for the thumbnail slider to resize thumbnails in Images View
  • When working offline, closing the program could cause Access Violations
  • Edit Book:
    • It was possible to sort the stories list where it shouldn’t which caused drawing issues
    • Moving story up or down could make selected story look empty
  • Edit Story: some buttons were missing icons
  • User Defined Fields: values of check box lists were not loaded correctly in some cases

Book Collector (Windows)

v16.3.8: Improvements to Cloud Syncing, Edit Book screen and Dark Skin

August 8th, 2016

Improvements:

  • Cloud Syncing: Now does up to 5 retries when a sync action fails because of a temporary connection problem.
  • Edit Book: Improved “search as you type” behaviour of search boxes for adding authors, credits and characters.
  • Dark Skin: active window now has a light grey border, making it stand out more when windows overlap.

Fixed:

  • Screen started to “flicker” after leaving the program inactive for a few minutes.
  • Add Automatically: adding a checked result would sometimes uncheck a result from another search in the queue.
  • Main Screen / Two Panel Mode: selection status text would sometimes show an invalid text when no books were showing in the list.
  • Edit Multiple: F8 to clear didn’t work for memo fields like Plot and Notes.

Book Collector (Windows)

v16.3.7: Small fixes to the Edit Book screen

July 19th, 2016


Fixed:

  • Edit Book:
    • Changing collection status sometimes would uncheck a radiobutton but not check the selected one
    • Previous/Next/Ok could mess up data when the edit screen was still loading

Book Collector (Windows)

v16.3.6: Maintenance build: Fixed an access violation bug and more

July 7th, 2016


Fixed:

  • Export to HTML: access violation could occur in some cases when using a custom index template
  • Edit Screen: Checkbox List hints would sometimes not disappear
  • Main Screen: changing font size could make some screen elements disappear
  • Quick Filter Panel: filters weren’t applied directly at startup when panel was closed but “Keep Active” was checked

Recent changes

v17.0.3: Added search-as-you-type to pick list fields March 22nd, 2017 v17.0.3: Added search-as-you-type to pick list fields March 16th, 2017 v17.0.2: Some quick v17 fixes March 8th, 2017 V17.0.1: Major updates to the Quick Search and Image Viewer popup! March 7th, 2017 V17.0.2: New image popup method and updates to the quick search February 16th, 2017 V17.0.1: Major updates to the Quick Search and Image Viewer popup! February 14th, 2017 v16.1.7: Fixed a problem with importing ISBNs via CSV/Text files February 2nd, 2017 v16.4.6: Fixed crashes during Check for Update January 4th, 2017 v16.1.6: Maintenance build January 3rd, 2017 v16.4.5: Maintenance build: various fixes January 2nd, 2017 v16.1.5: New: Find Cover tool in “Unrecognized ISBN” screen December 22nd, 2016 v16.1.4: Maintenance build December 10th, 2016 v16.4.4: Improvements to “Unrecognized ISBN” screen December 8th, 2016 v16.1.3: Fixed a crash on startup November 23rd, 2016 v16.1.2: Improved the Trial Edition flow November 22nd, 2016 v16.4.2: Added Unrecognized ISBN feature to Link/Update Book screen November 4th, 2016 v16.4.1: Easily add books that come up as “Unrecognized ISBN” November 4th, 2016 v16.1.1: New: Easily add books that come up as “Unrecognized ISBN” November 3rd, 2016 v16.0.9: Fixed “Check for Updates” on Sierra and more September 19th, 2016 v16.3.11: Export to XML is now more efficient and some fixes September 13th, 2016 v16.3.10: Fixed “Handle is invalid” error that could pop up August 17th, 2016 v16.3.9: Maintenance build with improvements to the main screen and more August 16th, 2016 v16.3.8: Improvements to Cloud Syncing, Edit Book screen and Dark Skin August 8th, 2016 v16.3.7: Small fixes to the Edit Book screen July 19th, 2016 v16.3.6: Maintenance build: Fixed an access violation bug and more July 7th, 2016