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v23.1: Now supports our new CLZ Scanner barcode scanner app

March 27th, 2023

As announced last weekend, here it is, Book Collector version 23.1 for Windows, with full support for our new CLZ Scanner barcode scanner app!

And as indicated earlier, support for the old CLZ Barry scanner app has now been removed.

What is CLZ Scanner?

The aptly-named “CLZ Scanner” is a barcode scanner app, nothing more, nothing less. It is an app that you use on your phone to scan barcodes and then instantly send those scanned barcodes to the Add Books screen of the Book Collector software running on your computer. From there, you can then easily and comfortably add the scanned books to your computer software.

CLZ Scanner replaces the old CLZ Barry app.

What is it NOT?

To prevent confusion, let me also state what CLZ Scanner is NOT:

It is not a replacement of the CLZ BOOKS mobile app
CLZ Scanner is NOT in any way a replacement of the CLZ Books mobile app that you may be using. That app has a built-in barcode scanner for adding books directly to the app. You do not need CLZ Scanner for that.
In other words, if you are using the CLZ Books mobile app to scan items and add them to your app, NOTHING changes for you. No need to change the way you work.

It is not a replacement of your handheld scanner
The CLZ Scanner app does not replace any hardware handheld scanner you may be using. E.g. the CueCat, C37, OPN-2001 or any other HID scanner. Using actual physical scanners is still supported and it will stay that way!

How to get started with the CLZ Scanner app:

Getting started with CLZ Scanner is super quick and easy. Here’s how:

  1. Start Book Collector and use Help / Check for Update to update your software to version 23.1.
  2. In Book Collector, open the Add Books screen and go to the ISBN tab
  3. Click the CLZ Scanner icon on the far right of the ISBN box and follow instructions to: 1. download the CLZ Scanner app and 2. log in to the app.

When set up, just scan ISBN barcodes with the app and they will automatically appear in the ISBN queue of Book Collector’s Add Books screen!

Got questions or need help?

If you have any questions about the CLZ Scanner app or the removal of CLZ Barry support, please contact us here.

Better than Barry!

We have spent a lot of time designing and developing the CLZ Scanner app, to make it super easy to set up, super smooth to use and as problem-free as possible.

Here’s why CLZ Scanner is better than the old CLZ Barry app:

  • It is much easier to set up. No Barry ID needed, just use your existing CLZ Account.
  • No need to be “online” on both sites to send barcodes. CLZ Scanner can sync to your barcode queue even while you do not have Book Collector open. Later, open the Add Books screen in Book Collector and the barcodes will automagically be synced to your barcode queue.
  • You don’t even have to be online with your phone while scanning. You can still scan to your app’s queue while offline. The queue will then sync the first time you are online with the app again.
  • Or: you do have the Add Books screen open while scanning and the scanned barcodes will instantly sync to your ISBN queue there. And when you add a book, the ISBN will be removed from your queue on both sides automatically.
  • No more connection problems. CLZ Scanner uses standard HTTPS connections, so no more firewalls or routers blocking the connection.

Recent changes

v23.1: Now supports our new CLZ Scanner barcode scanner app March 27th, 2023 v23.0: 3 completely new data fields and 4 new sync fields January 16th, 2023 v22: Configurable Pre-fill & Update from Core + WebP support March 10th, 2022 v21.5 Improved Submit to Core system October 8th, 2021 v21.4: Bar chart in folder panel background September 14th, 2021 v21.3: New “Transfer Field Data” tool August 9th, 2021 v21.2: New Link Books with Core screen April 28th, 2021 v21.1: More fields now sync to CLZ Cloud / Book Connect March 22nd, 2021 v21.0.3 Various improvements and fixes March 4th, 2021 v21.0: New: Pre-fill fields while adding books January 18th, 2021 v20.5 Easier access to the Manage Pick Lists screen August 25th, 2020 v20.4: Changing your folder field is now much easier July 30th, 2020 v20.3: Faster image downloads, faster Update from Core June 25th, 2020 v20.2: Faster Shelves View + 2 new Shelf Styles June 8th, 2020 v20.1 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing! March 25th, 2020 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