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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 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: 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 v19.2.3: Fixed issue in link screen June 11th, 2019 v19.2.2: Added more blue buttons and some fixes May 2nd, 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 v19.0.6: Fixed a freeze problem and improved trial experience February 21st, 2019 v19.0.5: Images were uploading when they shouldn’t February 12th, 2019 v19.0.4: Image Scanning and webcam barcode scanning for 64-bit versions January 29th, 2019 v19.0.3: Custom Image now checked in more situations January 17th, 2019 v19.0.2: Various stability fixes and 32-bit/64-bit option December 19th, 2018 v19.0: multiple collections, auto-sync images, 64-bit and a new Flex template! December 17th, 2018 v18.4.3: Access Violation fixes for the Add Screen October 16th, 2018 v18.4.2: More images now available in Find Cover screen September 17th, 2018 Success rate for ISBN searches now 97%! (was 90%) August 6th, 2018 v18.4.1: Secure HTTPS connections July 30th, 2018 v18.3.3: Fixed display problem in two panel mode June 28th, 2018 v18.3.2: Several fixes for “Access Violation” errors June 27th, 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 v18.1.2: Maintenance build with lots of fixes January 18th, 2018 v18.1: Add Books screen: Better and faster Author/Title searches January 10th, 2018 v18.0.6: Various tweaks and fixes for version 18 January 4th, 2018 v18.0.5: Fixed sorting in the pick item screens and more December 21st, 2017