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Book Collector (Windows)

v20.3.3: Couple of fixes

June 30th, 2020

Fixed:

  • If cover downloads were disabled, the program would still download a cover URL
  • If no rating was set, it would show with rating “0” in the rating column. It now shows “nothing” in the column again.
  • If no rating has been set for a book, it would show in a “0” folder, and now shows in a “[None]” folder in your folder panel.

Book Collector (Windows)

v20.3.2 Several fixes

June 26th, 2020

Fixed:

  • In some case, new entries added through Add from Core would get images with .tmp extensions, instead of .jpg.
  • Editing pick list items directly from the folder panel did not work anymore.
  • Dragging items between folders did not work anymore.

Book Collector (Windows)

v20.3: Faster image downloads, faster Update from Core

June 25th, 2020

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger!

Here’s another big update for your Book Collector software, with two further performance improvements:

Faster image downloads

We were able to make several improvements to the way images are downloaded (covers), making it much faster than before.

This change affects all places where images are downloaded from our servers, that is, when Adding Books from Core, when Updating from Core and when down-syncing from CLZ Cloud.

Faster Update from Core

On large collections the old Update from Core feature was quite slow, as it updated your books one by one, that is, doing separate requests to our server for each and every book.

So for this update, we also complete rewrote the Update from Core feature to do the updates in batches of 100 books at a time, making it much much faster! (roughly 4 times as fast).

Remember: Update From Core can be used to update your local book entries with possible extra data from our Core online book database. To use this feature, select some books, right click, then choose Update from Core.

Fixed:

  • Add Books from Core: when adding by ISBN and the ISBN is not found, it now automatically pops up the Unrecognized ISBN screen, so that you can 1. add the book anyway and 2. report the missing ISBN to our Core.
  • When using My Rating as the folder field, the “0” folder was missing.
  • When using multiple levels of folders in the folder panel, sometimes the displayed counters were wrong.
  • Images View: it is now possible to change thumb size using Ctrl + mouse wheel.
  • Templates: Audio book length was missing in certain situations.
  • Templates: Better visibility of authors that have a wiki-link if a book has multiple authors

Book Collector (Windows)

v20.2.2: Maintenance build

June 10th, 2020

Fixed

  • Images View: Improved spacing between thumbnails
  • Images View: Mouse over on images didn’t show the title of the item
  • Cover Flow: Now uses big sharp images instead of the small thumbnails
  • Find Cover: Could give an Access Violation when finding GIF images
  • Templates: Improved visibility of authors if a book has multiple authors

Book Collector (Windows)

v20.2: Faster Shelves View + 2 new Shelf Styles

June 8th, 2020

When users send us screenshots during support conversations, we are seeing that many of you are using the Shelves View when browsing your collections. And we can’t blame you, that IS a cool looking view 🙂 However, it *could* be a bit slow and jerky, especially when displaying many cover images in one list.

So our Windows guy Joe has spent several weeks to make this Shelves View faster and smoother. At the same time, our in-house graphics man AJ has created two new Shelf styles. Here’s what’s new:

  • Images are now loading a lot faster.
  • Scrolling is faster and smoother.
  • Shelves background is smoother, no more visible tile edges.
  • Shelves now always continue over the full width, even when a row is not full.
  • Two new Shelf Styles are now available: White and Concrete.

TIP: here’s how to get to Shelves View:
in your program’s book list panel, click the vertical Images tab on the right, then from the toolbar above the list panel, choose a Shelf Style. Use the slider to control the size of the images.

The new “White” style:

The new “Concrete” style:


Book Collector (Windows)

v20.1.2 : Fixed some Access Violations

April 20th, 2020

Fixed:

  • Fixed several issues with AutoSync that could cause Access Violation errors

Book Collector (Windows)

v20.1 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing!

March 25th, 2020

Faster CLZ Cloud syncing!

We have made several structural changes to the CLZ Cloud syncing, making it much much faster than before, especially when syncing large amounts of entries up to the CLZ Cloud or down from the CLZ Cloud.

To enjoy the faster syncing, you need to use the actual Sync with CLZ Cloud screen.
(The Auto-Syncing in the background is also slightly faster now, but if you need to sync many entries up or down, please use the Sync with CLZ Cloud screen.)

Improved stability when using Auto-Syncing

At the same time, we have resolved several issues with the Auto-Syncing in the background, problems that could cause Access Violations in some situation. So this 20.1 version should provide a more stable experience too.


Book Collector (Windows)

v20.0.3: Fixed a DPI issue in Statistics screen

February 6th, 2020

Fixed:

  • Some statistics weren’t shown correctly on screens with higher DPI settings.

Book Collector (Windows)

v20.0.2 Better Tag editing / Faster syncing

February 4th, 2020

In this update a re-design of the Tag editing interface and faster and more stable cloud syncing through our brand-new dedicated Sync-server.

Edit Book: improved interface for adding/editing Tags

In version 20, we changed the user interface for adding/editing Tags to a checkbox list. Of course, we did so thinking we were improving this, making it easier for you all. Instead of having to type in the box, just checkbox from your existing tag list, quick and easy 🙂

Boy, were we wrong here. After the v20 release, we received complaint after complaint about this change. Most users were very upset about not being able to copy/paste tags in anymore, others criticized having to scroll through long tag lists to find the ones they want, yet others, found it way too difficult to add new tags (some even missing the possibility) and finally some even reported it as a serious database corruption that they now suddenly saw all tags in all their books (which was of course not the case).

Anyway, to cut a long story short, we made a big boo-boo there :-).
Our sincerest apologies!

So in today’s v20.0.2, we have again re-designed the tag adding/editing interface, to take away all complaints, to resolve all problems. We are convinced that with the new design, we are giving you the best of both worlds:

  • Clear overview of which tags are currently set.
  • Easy adding of existing tags, using the Add Tags popup screen, which lets you:
    • Find existing tags using a search box,
    • Checkbox tags to add them.
    • Even lets you checkbox multiple tags in one go.
  • The big “paste-box” is back for easily adding multiple tags by copy/pasting.

Now uses our brand-new CLZ Cloud Sync-server

Previously one big server was handling the Connect website, the CLZ Cloud website AND the CLZ Cloud syncing from the desktop programs and the mobile apps.
But this week we have set up a brand-new dedicated Sync-server to handle just the CLZ Cloud syncing.

In today’s update, Book Collector has been updated to sync through this new server, which should result in faster syncing and a more stable syncing experience during high load times (weekends).

Fixed:

  • Add Books: Region settings weren’t included in the search.
  • Solved several different “Access Violation” errors.
  • Statistics:
    • Added number of pages.
    • Author count could be of because of books with multiple authors
    • Changed colors of statistics screen for Light Skin.

Book Collector (Windows)

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.

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Book Collector (Windows)

19.3: Many more fields now sync with the CLZ Cloud (inc. Back Cover)!

October 14th, 2019

With all the big comic and game related releases going on, it has been a few months since the last Book Collector update. But we didn’t forget you! In the background, we have been “secretly” working on a big update, which is available now as version 19.3!

Here’s what’s new:

  • Many more fields now sync with the CLZ Cloud / Book Connect:
    • Audiobook length, Abridged (yes/no), Narrator
    • Illustrator, Edition, Extras, Cover Price
    • “Original” fields: Title, Subtitle, Publisher, Publication Date, Country, Language
    • AND the Back Cover image!
  • The Location field has been moved to the bottom of the Edit Screen
  • Collection Status field is now a dropdown menu

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Book Collector (Windows)

v19.2.3: Fixed issue in link screen

June 11th, 2019

Today’s fix version repairs the link screen that yielded no results when only searching for author and title. It’s also the first version built with our updated developer tools.

If you’re encountering any new issues with this version, contact us through support.

Fixed:

  • Link Screen sometimes gave no results at all

Book Collector (Windows)

v19.2.2: Added more blue buttons and some fixes

May 2nd, 2019

Changed:

  • Bigger buttons for the find cover screen and options screen,

Fixed:

  • Filter Screen: Drag/Drop of pre-set filters could give an Access Violation error
  • Duplicate Finder:
    • Updated the standard set of columns (you can also pick your own using the column button top right)
    • After searching for duplicates twice, the screen could show “0 found” even if it found duplicates
  • When running the program on 2 or more screens with different DPI settings, you could get a “List Index out of Bounds” error
  • You can now bypass the “Lock File” warning if it appears on start up
  • Add buttons in the Add Screen are now disabled while data is being downloaded to prevent an Access Violation

Book Collector (Windows)

v19.2.1: New: Duplicate Finder tool

April 15th, 2019

Based on user feedback we found out users were looking for and expecting a tool to find duplicate entries in their database. Some way to find out if you’ve accidentally added multiple versions of the same book, but perhaps with a different ISBN.

After quite a few requests and discussions with users about this, to find out how they got duplicates and what they would expect from such a Duplicate Finder tool, it’s here today: Find Duplicate entries in your database!

New: Find Duplicate Books

Click menu Tools > Maintenance > Find Duplicates to begin.

Then select which field to find duplicates on. You can find duplicates based on:

  • Title
  • Title & Author
  • ISBN
  • Index
  • All Fields

Click “Find Duplicates” and see what it comes up with. Use the blue “Keep” button to keep a group of duplicates, or use the red “Remove” button to remove a duplicate!

If you click “Remove all duplicates automatically” the program will remove all duplicate entries and will only keep 1 single entry (the oldest one) in your database.

Tip: use the columns button, top right, to set up the columns you’d like to see!


Book Collector (Windows)

v19.1.2: More tweaks to the Add button

March 25th, 2019

We already worked on this area in the previous update, but we were still not completely satisfied. So more tweaks to the Add button in the Add Games from Core screen today:

Tweaks to the Add button:

  • All Collection Status values are now available, including “For Sale” and “On Order”!
  • The little popup menu now indicates the selected value with a checkmark.
  • The Add button itself now says “Add to Collection” or “Add to Wishlist”.

Screenshot from the Add button in Movie Collector:

Fixed:

  • Flashing starting the program (especially visible on very big screens)
  • Selected x from x items in the status bar and the total items at the top now have a bit more space
  • Clicking the add button twice didn’t give an “Already in collection” warning
  • Opening the program in full screen on a secondary screen didn’t work
  • Add Screen: On high DPI screens, search results could take up too much space

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:

Read more


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!


    Recent changes

    v20.3.3: Couple of fixes June 30th, 2020 v20.3.2 Several fixes June 26th, 2020 v20.3: Faster image downloads, faster Update from Core June 25th, 2020 v20.2.2: Maintenance build June 10th, 2020 v20.2: Faster Shelves View + 2 new Shelf Styles June 8th, 2020 v20.1.2 : Fixed some Access Violations April 20th, 2020 v20.1 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing! March 25th, 2020 v20.0.3: Fixed a DPI issue in Statistics screen February 6th, 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 v19.2.3: 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