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Connect 2.0 is here

November 21st, 2014

Connect 2.0
It’s been an ongoing project at our CLZ HQ for a long time, but now it is finally live, Connect 2.0! Connect 2.0 is a completely revamped version of our web-based collection cataloging solutions.

The goal of this new version:

  • Introduce a more modern look and feel.
  • Support all screen sizes (desktop and mobile) with one app.
  • Re-think the user interface to make it more logical and intuitive.

Here’s an overview of what’s new:

A more modern look and feel

For the new look, we aimed for a cleaner feel, in a more modern “flat design:

Flat Design

Flexible layout for all screen sizes
(desktop, tablet, phablet and phone)

In the “old” Connect, we had a separate read-only site for mobile viewing, with the regular interface only usable on big screens (tablet and desktop). Not anymore.
Version 2.0 is one “responsive” app that automatically adapts to the size of the screen you’re using it on, whether that is a huge desktop screen, a laptop screen, a tablet, a phablet or a phone.

This also means that you can now add and edit items on your mobile phone!

Responsive Design

New Cards view, improved Images and List Views

To get a cleaner, simpler look we dropped the old “information overload” 1-column Panel View and replaced it with a nice and clean multi-column Cards View.
The small clickable cards automatically fill the width of your screen and show just the main information you need to identify your collection items:

The look of the existing Images and List View have also been improved:

Infinite scrolling
All three views now use modern “infinite scrolling” techniques (e.g. like your Facebook time-line). No more browsing through pages each showing only 50 items. Just scroll down to see more items.

Simpler, more intuitive main screen

Browsing, searching and sorting your collection is now easier than ever:

  • All “filtering” options are now in the left part of the toolbar
    • All filtering is now done using a simple folder panel. Choose the folder field using the leftmost button on the toolbar.
    • Show All, Collection only or Wish List items using the Collection Status filter.
    • Finally, add a first letter filter using the A-Z button.
  • All “view” options are now in the right part of the toolbar:
    • Switch between Cards, Images and List Views.
    • Select the field you want to sort on and in which direction.
    • Select the columns for the List View.
  • The main “+ ADD” button in the center.

Redesigned Add en Edit pages

The two main screens where you manage your collection, the Add and Edit screens, have also received a make-over. The new versions are easier on the eye (bigger texts, bigger edit boxes) and are fully usable on any screen size, even on your phone.

View or Share your collection list on Cloud.Collectorz.com

From now on, the connect.collectorz.com site is just for YOU, to login and manage your collection.
Sharing your public collection online is now done on the new cloud.collectorz.com site, just send your friends to “cloud.collectorz.com/[YourUserName]”.

( of course, this view-only site is also for your own use, to check your list while on the road)

Recent changes

Improved search behaviour May 24th, 2024 Improved managing and editing of pick list fields April 8th, 2024 Connect is now available in Swedish! February 21st, 2024 Connect is now available in Danish! January 30th, 2024 Improvements to the Collections and Edit Multiple features November 20th, 2023 Complete re-design of Edit Multiple feature October 30th, 2023 Pre-fill screen: Orange highlights and a Clear button October 30th, 2023 Improved search results in the Link with Core screen October 12th, 2023 Connect is now available in French, Spanish and Hungarian! September 29th, 2023 Improved Import from CSV/TXT screen August 16th, 2023 Printing / Exporting a selection is now much easier August 10th, 2023 Connect is now available in German! July 4th, 2023 Re-designed collection tab-bar May 4th, 2023 Connect is now available in Dutch! April 27th, 2023 v8.0: 7 new data fields! January 16th, 2023 New collection view : Vertical Cards! July 7th, 2022 Lots of new features and tweaks in one go! June 29th, 2022 Improved Pre-fill screen: choose your own fields! March 4th, 2022 New “Add from Core” settings: select which fields you want to download from Core November 25th, 2021 New: Progress bars for slower actions November 24th, 2021 Search by Barry / Cloud Visibility per Collection September 21st, 2021 Easier Columns & Sorting / remove Core covers / more Field Defaults September 1st, 2021 Enhanced Collection Status filter and more Update from Core fields August 13th, 2021 New fields! Translator, Editor, Photographer, web-links, etc… March 17th, 2021 3 new settings to save screen space February 19th, 2021