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v19.1: Three cool tweaks requested by our users

March 7th, 2019

With the big feature updates behind us (multi-collections, image syncing, 64-bit support, Flex template, etc…), it is time for some smaller tweaks that were requested by our loyal users:

  • More compact toolbar layout, to save screen space
  • No more annoying Add to Collection / Wish List popup in Add Books screen
  • New “Transparent” styles for the Flex template, to show off your backdrops

More compact toolbar layout, to save screen space

In version 18.2 we introduced the selection checkboxes and the extra Selection Action Toolbar above the list view. A big improvement by itself, but some users complained that now a lot of screen space was taken up by various toolbars.

In today’s update, we have redesigned the toolbar to reduce the toolbar height, and at the same time made it more logical:

  • The “550 books” counter is now included inside the Selection Action Toolbar.
  • The Quick Filter and Folder buttons are now integrated inside the folder panel.
  • The Bread Crumb has been completely removed (wasn’t very useful anyway).

No more annoying Add to Collection / Wish List popup in Add Books screen

After the introduction of the new Add Books from Core screen, a common annoyance reported by users was the little “Add to Collection vs Add to Wish List” popup that appeared every time you used the Add button.

Of course, we never stop searching for the optimal solution, so today’s update to the Add Books screen resolves this annoyance:

  • No more annoying popup menu when you click Add.
  • Easily switch the button action between “Add to Collection” and “Add to Wish List” using the extra little arrow button on the right.
  • The Add button now changes color between blue and orange to clearly indicate which mode it is. in.

See it in action:

New “Transparent” styles for the Flex template, to show off your backdrops

With most major updates we are introducing a new template for the Details Panel, each time improving on the old one. With v19’s Flex template, we took the book details to a new level, with the template fully adapting to the width and height of your panel, always making the best use of available space.

However, in our daily conversations with users, we encounter many users who are still using the 8 year old “Vee Eight Backdrop” template. When we started asking why, most of them replied something like “because I like how it clearly shows the backdrop between the data areas”.

So we figured, why not make some extra versions of the Flex template that do exactly the same?
Now available “Flex / Light Transparent” and “Flex / Dark Transparent”.

Fixed

  • Fixed a DPI issue in the CLZ Login Screen.
  • The “checkbox” column in the main screen could be replaced by a “True/False” text.
  • Pressing SHIFT or Arrow Down in the Filter Screen could give an Access Violation error.
  • In the template selection menu, the different styles for a template are now listed alphabetically.
  • Main Screen: Disabled open/close animations for the Quick Filter panel (too slow).

Recent changes

19.3: Many more fields now sync with the CLZ Cloud (inc. Back Cover)! October 14th, 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, 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