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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

Book Collector (Windows)

v16.3.5: Subtitle now appearing below Title and some tweaks to date fields

July 1st, 2016


Changes

  • Date Fields: Year field’s position now also depends on system’s shortdate setting
  • Carbon, Cobalt, Quicksilver Templates: Subtitle now below Title instead of behind

Fixed:

  • Edit Book:
    • Date fields didn’t clear their Month and Day values using next/previous when they weren’t filled in for the next/previous item
    • Delete key didn’t work in Month and Day fields to clear their values. Backspace did work normally.
    • Clicking stars to add rating didn’t set “read it” field according to setting

Book Collector (Windows)

v16.3.4: Updated date fields and fixed a couple of bugs

June 30th, 2016


Changes

  • Date fields now have dropdowns for Month and Day. Order of Month and Day dropdown depends on system’s shortdate setting now

Fixed:

  • Edit Book:
    • some fields didn’t keep their focus when using next/previous
    • Audio book length was limited to 999 minutes
  • Edit Multiple: F8 in date fields didn’t clear them
  • Main Screen:
    • horizontal scrollbar was sometimes showing in folder tree when it shouldn’t
    • Cards View: scrolling using the mouse wheel wasn’t working properly
    • layout wasn’t always restored properly when quick filter panel was showing
  • Quick Filter Panel: collection status filter wasn’t showing in filter description at bottom of the screen

Book Collector (Windows)

v16.3.3: Some fixes for the main screen and edit book screens

June 20th, 2016


Fixed:

  • Main screen: right click popup menu to customize toolbar didn’t show.
  • Edit Book: “List index out of bounds” error when deleting a local link could occur.
  • Main screen:
    • Right click popup menu to customize toolbar didn’t show.
    • Sometimes the screen layout wasn’t restored properly after start of program.
  • Filter panel: closing the filter panel didn’t reset the Collection Status filter.
  • Lookup Grid: filtering the dropdown then using the arrow keys to select name didn’t update the dropdown’s text.

Book Collector (Windows)

v16.3.2: Tweaks for the Quick Filter panel and some fixes

June 16th, 2016


Quick Filter panel tweaks

  • Quick Filter panel is now opened/closed using a new button on the toolbar (to the left of the folders button).
    No more automatic sliding when moving the mouse.

  • Smoother filter sliders (Ratings, Year, Running Time)

Fixed:

  • Edit Multiple Books:
    • Number of Pages field was always cleared.
    • “Cannot focus a disabled or invisible window” when clearing a check list with F8.
  • Edit Book:
    • Number of Pages field was limited to 999.
    • Author grid didn’t restore column widths properly.
  • Opening then closing the Quick Filter panel could change the width of the other panels.
  • Minimizing a full screen program, then restoring would not restore to full screen.
  • Weird problems while resizing program windows.
  • Main Screen: Cover flow had a white background with Light and Sytem Skin (now black again).
  • Switching to or starting in System skin didn’t always refresh Details Panel.

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 (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 (Windows)

v16.2.2: Improved Card View and quick search box

April 16th, 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

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

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)

v16.0.2: Fixed a crash in List View

February 17th, 2016


Fixed:

  • List View could crash after opening the program, making it seem like no database was open.

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)

v16.1.3: Improved loading backup files

December 22nd, 2015


Fixed:

  • Loading of backup.xml is now more robust

Book Collector (Windows)

v16.1.2: Better webcam scanning implemented

December 15th, 2015


Fixed:

  • Improved Webcam functionality for Webcam Barcode scanning:
    • Sometimes starting the webcam feature would hang the program
    • Some webcams didn’t show any video
    • A JPEG error could be thrown for some webcams
  • Add Automatically: when you didn’t want to move a book from your wish list into your collection, it wasn’t possible.

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)

v16.0.3: Got rid of some Access Violation errors

December 1st, 2015


Fixed:

  • Access Violation when starting the program after a fresh installation.
  • Access Violation when closing the program.

Book Collector (Windows)

v16.0.2: Delete Orphan Images now also works on Links/Local Files

November 30th, 2015


Fixed:

  • Delete Orphan Images tools didn’t account for images linked in the Links / Local Files tab.

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

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 v18.0.3: 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 v18.1.2: Maintenance build with lots of fixes January 18th, 2018 v18.1: Add Books screen: Better and faster Author/Title searches January 10th, 2018 v18.0.6: Various tweaks and fixes for version 18 January 4th, 2018 v18.0.5: Fixed sorting in the pick item screens and more December 21st, 2017 v18.0.4: Edit Screen: Updated the Genre and Subject fields December 20th, 2017 v18.0.3: Maintenance build with fixes December 18th, 2017 v18.0.2: Some fixes for the new Edit Book screens December 12th, 2017 v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing, revamped Edit screen, new “Clean” template and more! December 11th, 2017 v17.2.5: Fixed invisible queue entries October 11th, 2017 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 v17.2.4: Fixed Access Violation in Add from CLZ Core screen September 14th, 2017 v17.2.3: Fixed an issue with checking/unchecking in Add Screen September 14th, 2017 v17.2.2: New icons for the Add from CLZ Core screen and fixes August 24th, 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 v17.1.2: New: Sort your author/title results with right mouse click June 26th, 2017 v17.1.1: A completely new Add Books screen! June 1st, 2017