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v20: Folder panel improvements + new Statistics screen

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.

Totals:

  • 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:


Recent changes

v20.0.2 Better Tag editing / Faster syncing February 4th, 2020 v20: Folder panel improvements + new Statistics screen January 13th, 2020 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