What's new in Book Collector for Windows?
Book Collector (Windows)
January 13th, 2020
We are 2 weeks into 2020, so it’s time for Book Collector 20! Today in v20, we’re bringing you 2 super useful and time-saving improvements for the folder panel, plus a brand new Statistics screen.
Quick-search the folder panel
The folder panel is a powerful way to browse and filter your collection. Just group by Author, or Publisher, etc… click a folder and the list will give you all books for the selected Author or Publisher.
However, if your collection spans thousands of books, that “click a folder” part is sometimes easier said than done. It may require lots of scrolling in the folder panel.
But not anymore! Version 20 introduces a new search box right above the folder panel, that lets you instantly search/filter the folder panel as you type! Just typing a few letters is often enough to bring the folder you are looking for into view:
Sort the folder panel by the counters
By default, the folders in your folder panel are sorted alphabetically. But as of today, there is another option: sort your folder panel by the counter, that is by the number of books contained.
Sorting by the counters is a nice way to find the biggest author in your collection, your most popular publisher, etc… Switch between the Alphabetical and By Count sorting using the two sort buttons to the right of the new search box:
BTW: another small (but visually very nice) tweak to the folder panel is that the counters are now in a separate column on the right (previously these were listed between parentheses right behind the folder name).
Brand-new Statistics screen
Next to the above 2 functional improvements, we have also added a brand-new infographic-style Statistics screen. This replaces the old “textual” Database Totals screen. Open the screen from the Tools menu, then “Statistics”.
In the new Statistics screen you can find totals for your collection, top 10 lists and cool statistics in the form of pie charts, line charts and bar charts.
- total nr of books and authors
- total cover price
- total purchase price
- total current value
Charts and Lists:
- Top 10 list: most recent additions
- Pie chart: read it (Yes/No)
- Bar chart: books by author
- Bar chart: books by publisher
- Line chart: books by publication year
- Bar chart: books by subject
- Pie chart: books by format
Please note: the new Statistics screen only shows data for “In Collection” books (so excludes Wish List items) and takes into account the Quantity values!
Edit Book screen: Tags is now a checkbox list
Previously a free-form text entry box, the Tags field in Edit Book is now a checkbox list for quick and easy checkboxing of applicable tags: