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Book Collector (macOS)

v19.0.7: Fix for link book screen and drag/dropping images

August 15th, 2019

Fixed:

  • Link books screen didn’t correctly search for ISBNs
  • Link books screen size and position is now remembered between sessions
  • Drag/Drop image would put image in Downloads folder when using “just link to dropped file”
  • Fixed a display issue with shelf-view background

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 (macOS)

v19.0.6: Fixed: Drag & drop images from webbrowser

May 16th, 2019

Got rid of some bugs today for your program, check it out:

Fixed:

  • Drag & drop of images from a webbrowser was broken
  • Grouping on “My Rating” didn’t work sometimes
  • Some year entries weren’t set correctly
  • Removing entries from the Link screen was not possible with keyboard
  • Edit in List behaviour modified for dropdown field types

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 (macOS)

v19.0.5: Sync fix for Read It field and more

April 25th, 2019

Small bug fix build today for your Book Collector on macOS:

Fixed:

  • Syncing the Read It field wasn’t always working correctly.
  • Export to XML: Some issues with export of characters
  • Editing the personal rating in the template and edit screens missed the star images
  • Better handling of the filename in the export screens

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 (macOS)

v19.0.4: Fixed display and export issues

April 4th, 2019

Because the version we released yesterday was built with a new Xcode, the program automatically supported Mojave’s “Dark Mode”. Unfortunately, we all run “Light Mode” here, and we didn’t see that the program looked completely wrong in Dark Mode!

We do plan to support Dark Mode on Mojave, but this is a different project and will be addressed later this year.

Fixed:

  • Mojave’s Dark Mode made the program look bad so we switched the program to light mode for now.
  • Export to XML, Text, and other export functions were broken
  • Images Shelves styles were broken.

Book Collector (macOS)

v19.0.3: Improvements to trial mode experience

April 3rd, 2019

Trial Mode improvements:

  • Bigger “+” 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 items.
  • Removed the ugly blue “hint box” that appeared when starting with an empty database.

Only supports macOS 10.9 or higher

This is the first version to not support macOS 10.8 Mountain Lion anymore.

To stay current with Apple we’ve just updated to Xcode (the software used to create Book Collector for macOS). In order to do this we had to drop support for macOS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) from 2012 as Apple doesn’t support it anymore in Xcode.

If you still use macOS 10.8, make sure to not upgrade Book Collector to this version.

Fixed:

  • Auto-mark custom images didn’t flag items as “dirty” for the sync.
  • Drag and drop image on Details Panel to change the front cover was broken.
  • Index number sometimes didn’t increment correctly.

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

Read more


Book Collector (macOS)

v19.0.2: “Read It” and “Times Read” fields now connected

March 6th, 2019

Based on user feedback we’ve updated the “Read It” flag and connected it to the “Times Read”, fixed a bug in the conversion from v18 to v19 and some other new things and fixes:

New:

  • When setting “Read It” to yes/no, the “Times Read” field will update accordingly
  • The Flex template is set as default for new installations
  • More intuitive interface for the “Remove Collection” popup

Fixed

  • Fixed a crash in v18 to v19 database conversion
  • XML import could lead to duplicate images

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 (macOS)

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

February 19th, 2019

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

Read on for the full details:

Read more


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 (macOS)

v18.3.2: Now fully macOS Mojave compatible!

November 1st, 2018

Some of you reported some issues in the Edit Screens in Book Collector using macOS Mojave, which have now been addressed and fixed!

Fixes:

  • Searching for a credit or character wasn’t working (dropdown wasn’t opening to show all options)
  • The dropdown to choose a role for a credit wasn’t working
  • Dragging and dropping of images on the template or edit screen didn’t do anything

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 (macOS)

v18.3.1: Updated “Add Books from CLZ Core” screen

September 18th, 2018

The Add Books Automatically screen is now called “Add Books from CLZ Core” and includes improvements to make it both easier-to-use and easier-on-the-eye:

  • 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”).
  • Big blue buttons for the main actions, Searching and Adding, can’t miss ’em 🙂
  • Automatic Preview, just select a result (no more need for double clicking)
  • Use the popup in the “Add” button to change it to add to “Collection” or “Wish List”
  • 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)


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.


    Recent changes

    v19.0.7: Fix for link book screen and drag/dropping images August 15th, 2019 v19.2.3: Fixed issue in link screen June 11th, 2019 v19.0.6: Fixed: Drag & drop images from webbrowser May 16th, 2019 v19.2.2: Added more blue buttons and some fixes May 2nd, 2019 v19.0.5: Sync fix for Read It field and more April 25th, 2019 v19.2.1: New: Duplicate Finder tool April 15th, 2019 v19.0.4: Fixed display and export issues April 4th, 2019 v19.0.3: Improvements to trial mode experience April 3rd, 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 v19.0.2: “Read It” and “Times Read” fields now connected March 6th, 2019 v19.0.6: Fixed a freeze problem and improved trial experience February 21st, 2019 v19.0: Multiple collections, auto-sync images and a new Flex template! February 19th, 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 v18.3.2: Now fully macOS Mojave compatible! November 1st, 2018 v18.4.3: Access Violation fixes for the Add Screen October 16th, 2018 v18.3.1: Updated “Add Books from CLZ Core” screen September 18th, 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