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Book Collector (macOS)

v18.2.1: Secure HTTPS connections

May 31st, 2018

As indicated in last week’s GDPR email, we are updating our software and services, to be more secure and to better protect your privacy.

Starting with version 18.2, Book Collector now uses secure HTTPS connections for all communications with our servers:

  • for logging in with your username and password
  • for syncing your data with CLZ Cloud
  • for sending your searches to Core.

To make this possible, we have created new secure “entry points” on our servers, that are only allowing secure HTTPS connections. The new Book Collector software only communicates with those secure entry points.

For your privacy and security, we strongly recommend updating to version 18.2.


Book Collector (macOS)

v18.1: New: 64-bit version of Book Collector!

April 17th, 2018

Never a dull moment at the CLZ HQ… Here we were, working on nice improvements for our software, when suddenly… the guys at Apple had a brainwave: In their ultimate wisdom, they decided to start phasing out 32-bit applications.

Since April 12, users of macOS High Sierra are getting a “not optimized for your Mac” warning when they start a 32-bit application. Which includes the Book Collector software for macOS 🙁

On top of that, Apple have already stopped allowing 32-bit applications in their App Store and rumours are that they may even stop supporting 32-bit applications in a future version of macOS, requiring every application to be 64-bit!

Of course, we were already aware that Apple would be going this route some day; the rumours have been around for quite a while. So we had already been working on a 64-bit version of our software, as a “back-burner project”.

But the introduction of last week’s “not optimized” warnings suddenly made this a high-priority project. So… we dropped everything we were doing and finalized our 64-bit project. And I am happy to report:

A fully 64-bit v18.1 version of Book Collector is available now!

Not exactly what we were planning to do this month, but hey, this is what the Update Plans are for: your guarantee that we deal with everything the world throws at us 🙂


Book Collector (macOS)

v18.0.3: Fixed various issues in the sync with CLZ Cloud

April 10th, 2018

Fixed:

  • Sync with CLZ Cloud:
    • Sometimes the “Local changes to be uploaded” counter didn’t show the correct number.
    • When a cover could not be downloaded during down syncing it would stop and not continue. Now it will continue and show a report of any possible errors that have occurred.
    • Sometimes covers weren’t uploaded when they should have.
    • The error: “This database is different from the one in CLZ Cloud” would show up in rare cases when it shouldn’t.
  • Main Screen:
    • There were still some cases where “follow edited item” option was not working.
    • Folder grouping on a credit role would show folders for all credit roles instead of just the one selected.
  • Add Books from CLZ Core: adding a book via the “Missing Barcode” popup would not set the “Last Modified” date.

Book Collector (macOS)

v18.0.2: Fixed a freeze caused by User Defined Fields

April 3rd, 2018

Fixed:

  • Main screen:
    • “None” folder for user defined fields didn’t display.
    • Main screen could freeze in some cases when folder grouping on a user defined field.
  • Auto sync could crash the program in some cases.
Book Collector (macOS)

v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing + Performance improvements

March 29th, 2018

Version 18 is finally here! And it not only bring the promised Auto-Cloud-Syncing, but also many improvements to the main screen, making it both faster and more stable.

NEW: Fully Automatic CLZ Cloud Syncing!

The free CLZ Cloud service is at the center of all our cataloging solutions (desktop, mobile and web), the glue that binds them all together.
Tens of thousands of users are using the CLZ Cloud syncing every day, to transfer data between their desktop, Connect and mobile software, to update their online collection list, or simply for keeping an online backup of their precious database.

Now, it is time to take the CLZ Cloud to the next level, with automatic syncing:
Add or edit books in Book Collector and these changes will auto-upload to the CLZ Cloud instantly. Did you make changes using the CLZ Books mobile app or directly in Book Connect? Just start your software and changes will download automatically.
No more need to go to the Sync with CLZ Cloud screen, ever.

With “Sync Automatically” switched on…

  1. Your online cloud backup is always up-to-date.
  2. Your cloud viewer always shows the current state of your collection.
  3. All your CLZ tools (desktop, mobile and Connect) will always be in-sync.

Automatic Cloud Syncing is an optional feature, switched OFF by default. If you don’t want to auto-sync, or don’t want to sync with the CLZ Cloud at all, just leave it switched OFF.

Main screen now faster and more stable

In the past few months, we have spent a lot of time rewriting important parts of the main screen. For instance, the code that refreshes the folder panel (which was slow, especially with the “counters” switched on) and also the part that restores your selection in the list after editing. At the same time, we reduced the program’s “memory footprint”, making it more stable overall.

The result is that the program is now a lot more enjoyable to use. It starts quicker, it refreshes much faster (after adding or editing) and switching between folder types is quicker.

The speed-up will be most noticeable on large collections, with thousands of books. Especially when having LOTS of folders in the folder panel (e.g. Author folders).

Fixes

  • Cloud syncing:
    • After duplicating a book, the duplicate would not be marked for syncing to cloud.
    • In some situations, a down-sync could update empty fields with data from Core.
    • In some situations, cover images would not upload automatically.
  • Main screen:
    • After editing, the edited items would not be selected after refresh.

Book Collector (macOS)

v17.1.3: Fixed a bug with the Quick Search and Alphabet bar

September 21st, 2017

Fixed

  • Quick Search suggestion box could crash the app.
  • Alphabet bar wasn’t working anymore.
Book Collector (macOS)

v17.1.2: Now compatible with macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”

September 21st, 2017

Next week, Apple will release the new macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”.
If you are planning to update your Mac to this new OS, then we strongly recommend to update your Book Collector software to today’s version 17.0.5!

Book Collector problems on High Sierra:
We have been testing our software on beta versions of High Sierra for quite a while, to make sure we were ready for it’s release. We found that most of the software seems to be working as normal.

Unfortunately, we found a big problem in the Preferences screen, it does not open at all anymore, making it impossible to make any changes to program settings.

Luckily, our Mac developer Ronald was able to fix the Preferences screen to make it work on the new macOS. A fix was released today, in version 17.1.2.

Fixed

  • Preferences screen didn’t load properly on macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”.
  • Upload Cover to CLZ Core: Images were not always uploaded properly even if they were within the 500KB file size limit.
  • Main Screen: Quick Search: Occasional crashes in the quick search when using the “Search-as-you-type” suggestions.
  • Sync with CLZ Cloud: Sometimes crashed during the upload of covers.
Book Collector (macOS)

v17.1.1: Now sync your Loan Information to CLZ Cloud / Book Connect!

July 27th, 2017

Now sync your loan information to the CLZ Cloud

  • Sync information about outstanding loans to the CLZ Cloud, directly visible in your CLZ Cloud viewer (just add the Loan columns to the list).
  • Sync your loan history to the CLZ Cloud (only visible in Book Connect’s new Loan Manager)

New in Book Connect: a really nice Loan Manager feature!

  • Loan books and return books, by scanning their barcodes with CLZ Barry.
  • Check outstanding loans and loan history in the Loan Manager

( Coming soon: sync loan information to the CLZ Books mobile app )

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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (macOS)

v16.0.8: Maintenance build

June 14th, 2016


Fixed:

  • Main Screen: 2 Panels Horizontal Layout: view sizes were not restored.
  • Add Automatically: By barcode: Sometimes a new book was added without barcode.
  • Manage Pick Lists: sometimes no warning was shown for duplicated items.
  • CLZ Cloud Sync: Fixed a crash when down-syncing a new book.
  • 2 Panels Mode: Folders were always sorted by article.
  • Folders: Preference “Ignore SortName of Person Item” was not working.

Book Collector (macOS)

v16.0.7: Added ISBN icon back into the template and some more fixes

May 10th, 2016


Fixed:

  • Templates:
    • Credits with role “Author” were not listed
    • Template: ISBN icon was missing
  • Duplicate Book: Stories were not copied
  • Main Screen: Edit in List
    • un(checking) checkbox lists didn’t trigger a “sync change”
    • changing “Read It” and “Changing Date” didn’t trigger a “sync change”
  • Cards View: the new cover was not displayed using Find Cover
  • Add Auto: sometimes not selected queue items were also added using “Add Selected” in queue mode

Book Collector (macOS)

v16.0.6: New menu option to open database location and some fixes

April 19th, 2016


Fixed:

  • User Defined Fields for Stories were not saved
  • Full Covers Template: Subtitle was not spaced correctly
  • New Maintenance tool: Tools > Maintenance > Open database location
  • Automatically Close Add Auto screen after queue is emptied was not working
  • List Sorting: Empty values were not sorted correctly
  • Pseudonym can not be selected in “Manage Pick List” screen if a quick search has been done.

Book Collector (macOS)

v16.0.5: Maintenance build

April 5th, 2016


Fixed:

  • Default Fields: “Read It” was missing
  • Add auto screen: “Collection Status” setting was not working properly
  • Images View: Newly added items with “Add Automatically” were not selected

Book Collector (macOS)

v16.0.4: Fixed some template issues and more

March 22nd, 2016


Fixed:

  • Templates: changing Read It/Rating didn’t trigger a change for syncing
  • Templates: 2 panels mode with selected folder: selection was lost after changing “Read It”
  • Edit in List: Edit Rating was not working
  • Templates: Online Links: “https” URLs didn’t open
  • Cover Flow panel now has a black background
  • Performance: Statistics are no longer updated if not necessary
  • Sort Sets selection was sometimes lost after restarting the app
  • Main Screen: “Collection status” filter selection was not remembered after restarting the app

Book Collector (macOS)

v16.0.3: Added menu item for Card View

March 7th, 2016


Fixed:

  • Menu: “View > Cards” item was missing
  • Cards View was not working on Mavericks

Recent changes

v18.2.1: Secure HTTPS connections May 31st, 2018 v18.1: New: 64-bit version of Book Collector! April 17th, 2018 v18.0.3: Fixed various issues in the sync with CLZ Cloud April 10th, 2018 v18.0.2: Fixed a freeze caused by User Defined Fields April 3rd, 2018 v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing + Performance improvements March 29th, 2018 v17.1.3: Fixed a bug with the Quick Search and Alphabet bar September 21st, 2017 v17.1.2: Now compatible with macOS 10.13 “High Sierra” September 21st, 2017 v17.1.1: Now sync your Loan Information to CLZ Cloud / Book Connect! July 27th, 2017 v17.0.3: Added search-as-you-type to pick list fields March 22nd, 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 v16.1.7: Fixed a problem with importing ISBNs via CSV/Text files February 2nd, 2017 v16.1.6: Maintenance build January 3rd, 2017 v16.1.5: New: Find Cover tool in “Unrecognized ISBN” screen December 22nd, 2016 v16.1.4: Maintenance build December 10th, 2016 v16.1.3: Fixed a crash on startup November 23rd, 2016 v16.1.2: Improved the Trial Edition flow November 22nd, 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 v16.0.8: Maintenance build June 14th, 2016 v16.0.7: Added ISBN icon back into the template and some more fixes May 10th, 2016 v16.0.6: New menu option to open database location and some fixes April 19th, 2016 v16.0.5: Maintenance build April 5th, 2016 v16.0.4: Fixed some template issues and more March 22nd, 2016 v16.0.3: Added menu item for Card View March 7th, 2016