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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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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

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 (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 (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 (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.

Recent changes

v17.0.3: Added search-as-you-type to pick list fields March 16th, 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 v16.4.6: Fixed crashes during Check for Update January 4th, 2017 v16.4.5: Maintenance build: various fixes January 2nd, 2017 v16.4.4: Improvements to “Unrecognized ISBN” screen December 8th, 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 v16.3.11: 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 v16.3.5: Subtitle now appearing below Title and some tweaks to date fields July 1st, 2016 v16.3.4: Updated date fields and fixed a couple of bugs June 30th, 2016 v16.3.3: Some fixes for the main screen and edit book screens June 20th, 2016 v16.3.2: Tweaks for the Quick Filter panel and some fixes June 16th, 2016 v16.3.1: New: Light, Dark and System skins and Quick Filter panel June 15th, 2016 v16.2.2: Improved Card View and quick search box April 16th, 2016 v16.2.1: Introducing: Card View for the main screen February 24th, 2016 v16.1.3: Improved loading backup files December 22nd, 2015 v16.1.2: Better webcam scanning implemented December 15th, 2015 v16.1.1: Find Cover systems now all use Bing Image Search December 3rd, 2015 v16.0.3: Got rid of some Access Violation errors December 1st, 2015