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Book Collector (Windows)

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

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Book Collector (Windows)

v19.0.6: Fixed a freeze problem and improved trial experience

February 21st, 2019

We’ve made several tweaks to improve the trial mode experience and fixed a freeze problem:

  • Trial mode improvements:
    • Bigger “+ Add Books” button on the default toolbar.
    • Improved “My CLZ Account” messaging when logging in with a CLZ Account.
    • New hints to Sync with CLZ Cloud after adding some movies.
    • Removed the ugly blue “hint box” that appeared when starting with an empty database.
  • Fixed:
    • Occasional freeze/hang problems after a period of program inactivity.

Book Collector (Windows)

v19.0.5: Images were uploading when they shouldn’t

February 12th, 2019

Fixed:

  • Automatically syncing cover images could happen too often
  • Edit Screens:
    • While using Next/Previous, the cursor position wasn’t always retained
    • After scanning an image, some of the buttons would sometimes not be enabled

Book Collector (Windows)

v19.0.4: Image Scanning and webcam barcode scanning for 64-bit versions

January 29th, 2019

Right after the release of v19, we started receiving reports from users that their image scanners would not be found when using the 64-bit version. Other users reported that the web-cam scanning would not work anymore.
A temporary work-around has been to use the 32-bit version of version 19.

In the meantime, our Windows developer Joe has been working hard to get both of these problems resolved and we are happy to report that both have been fixed in today’s version 19.0.4:

  • 64-bit version now uses WIA to connect with image scanners. When acquiring, make sure to select the WIA driver for your scanner, not TWAIN.
  • Scanning barcodes with your webcam scanner is working again.

If you have been using the 32-bit version as a workaround, please switch to the 64-bit version again (this is a choice during installation).

Then, please let us know your findings, is everything working again?


Book Collector (Windows)

v19.0.3: Custom Image now checked in more situations

January 17th, 2019

Fixed:

  • Custom Image checkbox wasn’t always checked in certain situations (e.g. unrecognized barcode screen, drag/drop image on the details panel)
  • Images for items that don’t have a cover in Core didn’t upload automatically
  • Images for items that don’t have a cover in your CLZ Cloud didn’t upload automatically
  • Got rid of a couple of access violations in the main, filter and find cover screens
  • Edit Screen: Covers tab: tabs weren’t high enough
  • Import from Other Database:
    • Added 2 progress bars to keep track of the import
    • In rare cases you could get an empty extra collection tab after an import
  • Fixed a rare “Range Check Error” happening for big databases
  • Filtering of content items of books didn’t work correctly for databases with multiple collections

Book Collector (Windows)

v19.0.2: Various stability fixes and 32-bit/64-bit option

December 19th, 2018

Stability

We have fixed various stability issues in the program to get rid of some more access violation errors that were happening for a couple of users. We also fixed a problem where “File > Open Database” didn’t refresh the main screen to show the opened file.

  • Got rid of some Access Violation errors
  • “File / Open database” could show an empty screen

32-bit and 64-bit option

We’ve found that when running our program in 64-bit mode, some 3rd party external devices will not work or talk to the program such as:

  • TWAIN image scanners
  • Some barcode scanners
  • Webcams (for barcode scanning)

If you run into issues where you your TWAIN image scanner, or your barcode scanner won’t connect or work, this is usually caused by the drivers of these devices which are not 64-bit compatible, and thus can’t talk to your Collectorz program.

We’re trying to look for a way to make them talk to the 64-bit version, but for now, to work around this, redownload the software from your CLZ Account page and during installation choose to install the 32-bit version!


Book Collector (Windows)

v19.0: multiple collections, auto-sync images, 64-bit and a new Flex template!

December 17th, 2018

Book Collector version 19 has arrived! Here’s what’s new:

  • Manage multiple “collections” within one database file
  • Automatic Cloud-syncing of your own “custom” images
  • A new super-adaptive “Flex” template for the Details Panel
  • 64-bit version for 64-bit Windows versions

Read on for the full details:

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Book Collector (Windows)

v18.4.3: Access Violation fixes for the Add Screen

October 16th, 2018

We still had a couple of persistent Access Violation and List Index Out of Bounds errors happening in the Add Books screen. We managed to capture them and the Add Screen should be more stable now.

We also fixed a problem with the quick search in the main screen that could throw an error.

Should you still get such errors, please contact us and let us know!


Book Collector (Windows)

v18.4.2: More images now available in Find Cover screen

September 17th, 2018

We received reports that the Find Cover screen was giving quite a few “image could not be loaded” errors lately, and we’ve found an issue in the program that caused this. We’ve fixed this and you should be able to load almost any image you find now.

We also changed some background code in the Add, Edit and Main screens to make the program more stable.

Improved:

  • Find Cover screen: now allows more images to be shown and downloaded

Fixed:

  • Stability: We fixed a couple of Access Violation errors that could pop up
  • Add screen: Fixed a false “Barcode already in queue” error
  • Add screen: “Change Cover” could break the preview panel
  • Edit Screen: Year dropdown for dates would scroll all the way to the top, now uses current year
  • Edit Screen: Date Pickers would sometimes not be able to pick today’s date if next/previous was used
  • Edit Screen: User Defined Fields: Date Picker button was in the wrong place
  • Sync with CLZ Cloud: Fixed syncing issues if the currency of Windows was set to something with a period (such as “kr.”)

  • Book Collector (macOS)

    Success rate for ISBN searches now 97%! (was 90%)

    August 6th, 2018

    Great news for all users of our book database solutions, on any version (old or new), on any platform (Connect, Windows, Mac, iOS and Android):

    Our Core online book database now recognizes 97% of all ISBNs searched!

    In the past few weeks, our web-developers have been working on several improvements to our Core online book database system, which has increased the success rate for ISBN searches to 97 percent!

    Basically, this means that on average, for every 100 ISBNs you scan into the Add Books screen, our Core online book database will recognize 97, leaving only 3 as “unrecognized”.
    (in the past, the success rate has always been around 89% to 90%.)

    Note that this 97% is a world-wide average, over all users from all countries.

    For US and UK books, the results are even better, at 99%. In other countries, the hit-rate will be slightly below 97%. But for everyone, it will definitely be better than before!

    How can you start enjoying the improved ISBN searches?

    The above is a “server-side” change, so you don’t need to do anything 🙂

    You can now instantly experience the benefits, in the Book Connect web-based software, the Book Collector desktop software (Windows or Mac) and the CLZ Books mobile app (iOS or Android).

    Whatever version you have! No update needed, no payment needed!


    Book Collector (Windows)

    v18.4.1: Secure HTTPS connections

    July 30th, 2018

    A BIG update for your Book Collector software today, with an important change:

    Secure HTTPS connections, for your security and privacy

    As indicated in our GDPR email from a couple of weeks ago, we are updating our software and services, to be more secure and to better protect your privacy.

    Starting with version 18.4, Book Collector now uses secure HTTPS connections for all communications with our servers:

    • for logging in with your username and password
    • for syncing your data with CLZ Cloud
    • for sending your searches to Core.

    To make this possible, we have created new secure “entry points” on our servers, that are only allowing secure HTTPS connections. The new Book Collector software only communicates with those secure entry points.

    For your privacy and security, we strongly recommend updating to version 18.4.


    Book Collector (Windows)

    v18.3.3: Fixed display problem in two panel mode

    June 28th, 2018

    We fixed an issue in two panel mode where, on start-up, the items in your database sometimes wouldn’t show up correctly.


    Book Collector (Windows)

    v18.3.2: Several fixes for “Access Violation” errors

    June 27th, 2018

    Fixes:

    • Several Access Violation errors in the main screen.
    • List View: Double clicking on checks would make list unresponsive.
    • Edit Screen: Using Next/Prev would cause strange effects with checkboxes in main screen.
    • Main Screen: The width of the columns wasn’t remembered correctly sometimes.

    Book Collector (Windows)

    v18.3.1: Selection checkboxes / New Action Bars

    May 30th, 2018

    Book Collector offers powerful batch commands, for performing actions on multiple books in one go, e.g. editing, removing or updating from Core.
    However, we are finding that many users have never use these these batch actions, either because they are not aware of their existence or because they don’t know how to actually select multiple books (by Shift or Ctrl-clicking).

    In today’s update we addressed these issues:

    New Selection Checkboxes in the List View, for easy selection of multiple books

    The List View now features checkboxes on the left. Use the checkboxes to easily select multiple books, no Shift or Ctrl-clicking needed. Of course the classic Shift/Ctrl-clicking still works too, this is just an extra method.

    Don’t need the checkboxes? You can hide them using Tools / Options / Customization.

    A new Action Bar with batch actions

    As soon as multiple books are selected (that is, more than 1), a new Action Bar appears above the list. It shows how many are selected, plus offers buttons for the most popular batch actions.

    Also new: Action Bar above Details Panel

    At the same time, we also added a new Action Bar above the details panel, for quick access to commands operating on the selected book.

    TIP: The commands in this new Action Bar have been removed from the main toolbar, to make that one a bit cleaner. However, if you are upgrading from an older version, it will remember your toolbar. To get the new clean main toolbar, choose View / Toolbars / Reset.

    Don’t need or want this new bar? You can hide it using Tools / Options / Customization.


    Book Collector (Windows)

    v18.2: Full support for High DPI screens / Large Fonts

    May 23rd, 2018

    With super hi-res 4K (or even 5K) screens becoming quite common, more and more people are running Windows with the Font Size (DPI scaling) set to 125% or 150%, to keep text readable. So earlier this year, we released maintenance builds for all Windows editions to fix various layout problems when running Windows with “large fonts”.

    Today, with version 18.2 we’re taking the next step: Book Collector is now fully “DPI Aware”. Starting with this version, if you have increased your font size in Windows, all screen texts will look sharper, less fuzzy, making full use of your hi-res screen.

    To give you an idea, here are 2 close-up screenshots of what it looked like in the old version versus the new version:

    Old version:

    New version:

    New collection status icons

    We added new collection status icons to the main screen’s list view and card view to make the screen less clogged up and easier on the eye.

    Fixed:

    • Edit Book:
      • Index field didn’t have localized or custom caption
      • Clicking next or previous could create a second + button in the User Defined Fields tab
    • Templates:
      • Fixed an issue where the template could become “white” if arrow keys were used on the keyboard.
      • Clicking an image would show a drag/drop menu. The image now opens properly.
    • Quick Search: Fixed normalization for quick searches so words with umlauts/accents etc. are now easier to be found.
    • Fixed a problem with folder paths for users that have their Documents folder rooted to an external drive (program wouldn’t install properly).
    • Link Screen could show “Link Selected” button even if there were no matches.
    • Manage Column presets:
      • Clicking in certain parts of the screen could cause Access Violations.
      • Clicking the Edit menu could break the focus in the screen.
    • Light Skin: Better visibility for selected items in your lists.
    • User Defined Fields: It was possible to create invisible User Defined Fields which would then never show up in the edit screen.
    • Add Screen: Scrollbar position wouldn’t update sometimes.

    Book Collector (Windows)

    v18.1.2: Maintenance build with lots of fixes

    January 18th, 2018

    Fixed:

    • Edit Multiple Books:
      • it wasn’t possible to set “Read It” to Yes
      • boolean radiogroups (Yes/No) were placed too high in Light Skin
      • Link Books with CLZ Core: searches were not using the author
    • Main Screen:
      • using CTRL to deselect items would not update the selected counter at the left bottom
      • showing/hiding the quick filter panel would expose the details view when it was closed
      • when the details view image popup was scrolled down, opening it again would scroll down again
      • quick search suggestions: selecting a suggestion would not clear the previous quick search
      • selecting the window’s “restore” option when running full screen could hang the program in some cases
      • refresh of the statistics view could fall back to the currently active folder instead of selected statistics field
    • User Defined Fields: fields with an ampersand (‘&’) in their name weren’t always displayed correctly throughout the program
    • Edit Book: clicking OK while uploading cover would cause a crash. Buttons are disabled now during upload.
    • Clicking OK/Next/Previous in an edit pick list item screen without editing its details would trigger unnecessary cloud changes
    • Using “search” in some file open dialogs for images wouldn’t find .png files
    • Syncing with CLZ Cloud: locally inserted items would update empty fields with Core fields after syncing
    Book Collector (Windows)

    v18.1: Add Books screen: Better and faster Author/Title searches

    January 10th, 2018

    Our web-team has been working on this for a long time: a new search engine for Author/Title searches in our Core online book database.

    And it is now available in your “Add Books from Core” screen!


    What’s new?

    • Faster searches: Most Author/Title searches will give you results within a second. UNLESS our Core server decides to consult our “back-end” sources like Google Books, Library of Congress and other national libraries.
    • Better search results: The results are now more focussed, less fuzzy, as it will only show books containing ALL your search term words (as opposed to the old search that gave you books that matched ANY or your search term words).
    • Single Search Box: Just one box for search (e.g. like Google or Amazon). No more separate Author and Title boxes. Just enter (part of) the author’s name and (part of) the title and you will get the best matching results. (see the screen shot above with “crichton jurassic” results”).
    • Search by Publisher and Year: Getting a lot of results? Filter down to the book edition you’re looking for by adding the publisher and/or publication year to your search! (see screen shot below)

    Fixed: Various font size and layout problems

    This has been a long-standing problem: on Windows systems with the DPI or Font Size set to 125% or 150%, many screens had strange font size and layout problems, particularly visible in the Edit Book screen, but also affecting other screens.

    This was a tricky one, but we have finally been able to fix these problems 🙂


    Book Collector (Windows)

    v18.0.6: Various tweaks and fixes for version 18

    January 4th, 2018

    Various tweaks and fixes, based on your v18 feedback:

    Tweaks to the Edit screen:

    • Add Genre/Subject screen now has checkboxes to allow the addition of multiple Genres/Subjects in one go.
    • Author/Credit/Character/Genre/Subject lists: right click to directly access that specific Manage List screen.
    • Author/Credit/Character lists now show a “Sort Name” column again.

    Fixes:

    • Edit Multiple: boolean fields would be reset to “No”.
    • Add from Core: Stopping a running search could cause an Access Violation.
    • Main Screen: Selected filter wasn’t restored on starting the program.
    • Select Column/Sort/Folder fields: adding/removing a field after changing the order of the fields, would reset that order again.
    • Various stability improvements.
    Book Collector (Windows)

    v18.0.5: Fixed sorting in the pick item screens and more

    December 21st, 2017

    Fixed

    • Pick Item Screens: when using the quick search the list wasn’t always sorted correctly
    • Manage Pick List:
      • When using the quick search the list wasn’t always sorted correctly
      • “auto resort” check box didn’t work
    • Reassign Index fields sort fields were stored as “reassignindex” as sort fields preset
    • Manage Presets: removing all presets would cause an Access Violation after closing the screen
    • Edit Book: navigating Contents or Links using ALT+N or ALT+P would navigate the books instead
    Book Collector (Windows)

    v18.0.4: Edit Screen: Updated the Genre and Subject fields

    December 20th, 2017

    New:

    • Edit Book: Genres and Subjects can now be added and edited in a pick item grid
    • Pick Item Screens: adding a new item will now use the quick search string to pre-fill the name field

    Fixed:

    • Edit Screen: ALT+N/ALT+P for Next/Previous played a Windows sound
    • Edit Screen: Adding a new item to a list sometimes displayed a popup that was too small
    • Reassign Index Fields: Saving your selected fields wasn’t possible sometimes
    • Export/Print field selection menus were missing “Manage Presets…” caption
    • Clean Templates:
      • “Genre” and “Subject” fields didn’t follow the field labels
      • The “Volume” field wasn’t always displayed correctly
      • Some improvements to the layout
    Book Collector (Windows)

    v18.0.3: Maintenance build with fixes

    December 18th, 2017

    New:

    • Edit Book: Add Author/Credits/Character: When searching for (example) an author and clicking “New Author”, the screen will now use the search words for the name of the new author you’re adding.

    Fixed:

    • Edit Book:
      • Editing a book from the “Edit Book” screen would set the “Read Times” field to 1
      • Cancel in Edit Content/Story screen would cause an Access Violation
      • Add button for User Defined Fields comboboxes were not positioned correctly when resizing the Edit Book screen
    • Edit Series: “Generate” buttons were overlapping the front of “Display Name” and “Name” fields
    • Main Screen: the bread crumb at the top didn’t reflect the “Collection Status” filter from the quick filter panel
    • Add from Core: the program could freeze when experiencing connection problems
    Book Collector (Windows)

    v18.0.2: Some fixes for the new Edit Book screens

    December 12th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Edit Book: plot field was too small.
    • Edit/Add Story:
      • You couldn’t directly start typing in the Title field when adding a new content entry.
      • Pressing “Enter” clicked “OK” which was wrong. It now presses the “Next” button like it should.

    Book Collector (Windows)

    v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing, revamped Edit screen, new “Clean” template and more!

    December 11th, 2017

    NEW: Fully Automatic CLZ Cloud Syncing!

    The free CLZ Cloud service is at the center of all our cataloging solutions (desktop, mobile and web), the glue that binds them all together.
    Tens of thousands of users are using the CLZ Cloud syncing every day, to transfer data between their desktop, Connect and mobile software, to update their online collection list, or simply for keeping an online backup of their precious database.

    Now, it is time to take the CLZ Cloud to the next level, with automatic syncing:
    Add or edit books in Book Collector and these changes will auto-upload to the CLZ Cloud instantly. Did you make changes using CLZ Books or directly in Book Connect? Just start your software and changes will download automatically.
    No more need to go to the Sync with CLZ Cloud screen, ever.

    With “Sync Automatically” switched on…

    1. Your online cloud backup is always up-to-date.
    2. Your cloud viewer always shows the current state of your collection.
    3. All your CLZ tools (desktop, mobile and Connect) will always be in-sync.

    Automatic Cloud Syncing is an optional feature, switched OFF by default. If you don’t want to auto-sync, or don’t want to sync with the CLZ Cloud at all, just leave it switched OFF.

    Revamped Edit Book screen

    A huge refresh of the Edit Book screen, bringing the look and feel more in line with the recent Add Books from Core screen. But it’s not all just cosmetic changes, here’s what’s new:

    • Button bar is now at the bottom of the screen
      With OK button high-lighted in blue, nice Next/Prev arrow buttons, etc…

    • Re-designed user interface for adding and editing Authors
      • The Author list in the Edit Book screen is now a cleaner list, showing just Display Name and Pseudonym.
      • To add an Author, click the Add button top right. The new Select Author screen appears, showing your current Author pick list. Use the search box to find the author you’d like to add, typing just a few letters will make it appear. Select it, then click the big blue Add Author button at the bottom right. If your author is not in the pick list yet, use the New Author button to create it.
      • Right-click to Modify the name and sort name of an author in the list.
      • Drag the icon in the first column to change the order.
      • Click the “x” in the last column to remove entries.
    • Clearer blue + buttons for checkbox list fields (like Genres and Subjects)
    • Same blue + buttons for dropdown fields (like Publisher, Country and Language)
    • Revamped Edit screen for pick list items
      Button bar at the bottom with blue OK button, smaller generate buttons, etc..

    Simplified: Edit Multiple Books screen

    • Now use checkboxes to explicitly indicate which field(s) you want set.
      Safer and clearer, no more unexpected changes.

    • To clear a field, just click the checkbox and leave the box empty.
      The box will highlight in red to indicate the CLEAR action. No more hidden F8 keys.

    Simplified screens for selecting Column, Sort and Folder fields.

    The ability to select your own Columns for the List View is an important customization feature of our Book Collector software. The same holds for selecting the sort order and the folder fields for the folder panel.

    However, the “field selection” screens for doing these customizations have always been an area of confusion. So for v18 we decided to re-imagine both the field selection screens and the system for creating/managing your own presets.

    • Simplified Field Selection screen:
      • Available fields are now grouped, like the tabs in the Edit Book screen.
      • Easily find the field you want with the search box top left.
      • Use checkboxes on the left to select fields.
      • Use the “x” button on the right to remove fields.
      • Drag and drop fields on the right side to change the order.
      • Rename the field set at the top right.
    • Simplified system for managing your field presets:
      • Just click the Columns or Sort Order button to EDIT the current preset.
      • Click the little arrow to the right of the Columns or Sort Order button to open the preset menu and switch to a different preset.
      • Choose Manage Presets from the preset menu to edit your presets and create new ones.

    NEW: “Clean” template for the details panel, in Light and Dark styles

    A complete refresh, based on the recent Connect/Cloud details page updates. Clean, clear and modern, with some fresh layout ideas:

    • Cleaner look, in both Light and Dark styles.
    • Re-designed and more compact Author panel at the top.
    • Clearer display of Genres and Subjects.
    • Now uses the book cover image as a subtle background image. Or opt for the “Plain” style for a “quieter” background.

    No more Standard edition: Pro-only features now available for everyone!

    Since last week, we stopped selling the Standard edition of Book Collector. From now on, the Pro edition is the only edition we sell, and will just be called “Book Collector” now.

    Our gift to all users on the Standard edition who have a valid Update Plan:
    Starting with v18, you now get access to all Pro-only features:

    • Batch editing with the Edit Multiple feature:

      Save time by editing multiple items in batch, e.g. to fill in a field value for many items in one go.

    • Customizable pre-sets for sorting, columns and folders:

      Create your own pre-set field combination for sorting and columns. Define your own folder options, even multi-level folder combinations.

    • User Defined Fields:

      Create your own fields (text, number, pick list, checkbox or date) and rename pre-defined fields.

    • Export features:

      Export your database to a CSV or XML file.

    Book Collector (Windows)

    v17.2.5: Fixed invisible queue entries

    October 11th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Add Books from CLZ Core: failed barcodes search or submitted barcode would remain in barcode queue but would not be visible in the list
    Book Collector (Windows)

    v17.2.4: Fixed Access Violation in Add from CLZ Core screen

    September 14th, 2017

    Fixed

    • Add Books from CLZ Core: Access Violation when adding several books by isbn

    Recent changes

    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 v18.0.4: Edit Screen: Updated the Genre and Subject fields December 20th, 2017 v18.0.3: Maintenance build with fixes December 18th, 2017 v18.0.2: Some fixes for the new Edit Book screens December 12th, 2017 v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing, revamped Edit screen, new “Clean” template and more! December 11th, 2017 v17.2.5: Fixed invisible queue entries October 11th, 2017 v17.2.4: Fixed Access Violation in Add from CLZ Core screen September 14th, 2017