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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)

v16.1.5: 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 (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 (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 (Windows)

v16.3.1: New: Light, Dark and System skins and Quick Filter panel

June 15th, 2016


NEW: Choose between Light, Dark or System skins

Yes, We’re getting rid of the gray!

Book Collector now comes with a skin system, which affects the look of all screens in the program,
main screen, edit screens, add auto-screen, sync screen etc.. even the settings screens.

We have designed two different skins for you to choose from: Light and Dark.
The third option “System” is basically the old pre-v16.3 look.

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Book Collector (Windows)

v16.2.1: Introducing: Card View for the main screen

February 24th, 2016


New view for the main screen: Card View

Next to List View, Images View and Cover Flow, we have added a Card View, a multi-column view with little info cards for each book, showing the main book details and a small cover thumbnail.

Fixed:

  • Add Automatically: right click menu didn’t popup when there were no results showing
  • Content View: Folder grouping on a field with inheritance didn’t take the inherited book values into account

Book Collector (macOS)

v16.0.1: Book Collector V16: Quicksilver

February 17th, 2016

New view for the main screen: Card View

Next to List View, Images View and Cover Flow, we have added a Card View, a multi-column view with little info cards for each book, showing the main book details and a small cover thumbnail.


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Book Collector (Windows)

v16.1.1: Find Cover systems now all use Bing Image Search

December 3rd, 2015

Find Image Online tool now uses Bing Image Search

The Find Image Online tool previously used Google Images to find images.

However, it turns out that on December 1, Google terminated the free Google Image Search API
that we were using, causing our Find Image Online functionality to stop working.

Google provides a new paid version of the Search API, but it is limited to max 10K searches per day.
With the amount of customers we have, we need at least 20K daily searches (600K per month!) 🙁

The solution: Switch to BING!

Microsoft also offers a paid Bing Image Search API and this one has no limits.
Or, to be more precise, they let us pay more for higher limits.
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Book Collector (Windows)

v16.0.1: Book Collector V16: Quicksilver

November 30th, 2015

Webcam barcode scanning

Use your webcam as a barcode scanner, to add or find books by ISBN.

  • Scan barcodes with your webcam
    Just use the live camera view to point your webcam at a barcode
    and let our software detect the barcode that is in view.
  • Use the webcam scanner to add books by barcode
    Pop-up the scan window and scan ISBN barcodes,
    either using Direct Search or scanning into the Queue.
  • Or use it in the main screen to find books by barcode
    Scan an ISBN barcode while in the main screen,
    to quickly search your local database by barcode.
  • Works best with auto-focus or manual-focus webcams
    Fixed focus cameras will not work well (or at all).

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Recent changes

v20: Folder panel improvements + new Statistics screen January 13th, 2020 v20: Dark Mode support / Many new sync fields (inc back covers!) December 4th, 2019 19.3: Many more fields now sync with the CLZ Cloud (inc. Back Cover)! October 14th, 2019 v19.1: Now fully macOS Catalina compatible! October 9th, 2019 v19.2.1: New: Duplicate Finder tool April 15th, 2019 v19.1.2: More tweaks to the Add button March 25th, 2019 v19.1: Three cool tweaks requested by our users March 7th, 2019 v19.0: Multiple collections, auto-sync images and a new Flex template! February 19th, 2019 v19.0: multiple collections, auto-sync images, 64-bit and a new Flex template! December 17th, 2018 v18.3.1: Updated “Add Books from CLZ Core” screen September 18th, 2018 Success rate for ISBN searches now 97%! (was 90%) August 6th, 2018 v18.4.1: Secure HTTPS connections July 30th, 2018 v18.2.1: Secure HTTPS connections May 31st, 2018 v18.3.1: Selection checkboxes / New Action Bars May 30th, 2018 v18.2: Full support for High DPI screens / Large Fonts May 23rd, 2018 v18.1: New: 64-bit version of Book Collector! April 17th, 2018 v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing + Performance improvements March 29th, 2018 v18.1: Add Books screen: Better and faster Author/Title searches January 10th, 2018 v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing, revamped Edit screen, new “Clean” template and more! December 11th, 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 v17.2: Now sync your Loan Information to CLZ Cloud / Book Connect! July 20th, 2017 v17.1.1: A completely new Add Books screen! June 1st, 2017 v17.0.3: Added search-as-you-type to pick list fields March 16th, 2017 V17.0.1: Major updates to the Quick Search and Image Viewer popup! March 7th, 2017