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Book Collector (Windows)

v19.0: multiple collections, auto-sync images, 64-bit and a new Flex template!

December 17th, 2018

Book Collector version 19 has arrived! Here’s what’s new:

  • Manage multiple “collections” within one database file
  • Automatic Cloud-syncing of your own “custom” images
  • A new super-adaptive “Flex” template for the Details Panel
  • 64-bit version for 64-bit Windows versions

Read on for the full details:

Manage multiple “collections” within one database file

In Book Collector, it has always been possible to use multiple database files and switch between them. However, the CLZ Cloud, the Connect software and the CLZ mobile apps only supported ONE database, so you could only cloud-sync one of them.

But now, starting with version 19, Book Collector allows multiple sub-collections within one database file. The collections will appear as little tabs at the bottom (e.g. like in Excel), so that you can easily switch between them.

  • Use File / Manage Collections to:
    • Create new collections
    • Rename existing collections
    • Remove collections
    • Change their order (drag and drop)
  • Already have multiple database files? Use File / Import from / Other Database to import them into one master database, as separate collections.
  • Sync multiple collections to the CLZ Cloud and get collection tabs in the CLZ Cloud viewer too.

Note: the CLZ Books mobile app currently does not support multiple collections yet (coming soon!). For now, you CAN sync multiple collections to the mobile app, but they will appear mixed together, as ONE database.

Automatic Cloud-syncing of your own “custom” images

Before, if you replace the automatic Core front cover with your own image, it would not automatically sync to the CLZ Cloud and the CLZ mobile app. You had to “force” the upload by right clicking your entry and choosing “Upload to CLZ Cloud”. Which could only be done “one by one”.

For version 19 we made this more automatic. We introduced a new checkbox “Custom Image” in the Edit screen. This checkbox will be automatically checked when you replace the Core image, e.g. by using Find Cover Online, by dragging and dropping or by using the Browse button to add a local image.

Once this Custom Image box is checked, that cover will automatically sync to and from the CLZ Cloud, no more need to manually do the “Upload Cover to CLZ Cloud” (in fact, that command is now obsolete and has been removed).

Also, they will always stay marked as custom, so that even if you clear your cloud and sync everything again, they will re-upload automatically.

You can automatically check your database for custom images by clicking menu Tools / Maintenance / Auto Mark Custom Images.

A new super-adaptive “Flex” template for the Details Panel

A flexible layout that always makes the best use of your available detail panel space, whether it is “wide and low” or “high and narrow””. The new Flex template is available in Dark, Light and Blue styles.

64-bit version for 64-bit Windows versions

Starting with version 19, is now available as a 64-bit version. If you are using a 64-bit Windows on your computer, running the 64-bit version of our software will allow it to use more memory, resulting in a more stable experience, especially for very large databases.
Of course, a 32-bit version is still available too. The Book Collector installer will automatically install the 32-bit or 64-bit version, depending on your Windows version.

In the 64-bit version, the program’s start-up splash screen indicates “64-bit” on the right, just below the “Book Collector” title:


Recent changes

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, 64-bit and a new Flex template! December 17th, 2018 Success rate for ISBN searches now 97%! (was 90%) August 6th, 2018 v18.4.1: Secure HTTPS connections July 30th, 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: 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 v17.2: 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! February 14th, 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 v16.3.1: New: Light, Dark and System skins and Quick Filter panel June 15th, 2016 v16.2.1: Introducing: Card View for the main screen February 24th, 2016 v16.1.1: Find Cover systems now all use Bing Image Search December 3rd, 2015 v16.0.1: Book Collector V16: Quicksilver November 30th, 2015