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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

Faster browsing in Connect and CLZ Cloud January 9th, 2018 Add Books screen: Better and faster Author/Title searches January 8th, 2018 Brand new Add Books from Core screen January 2nd, 2018 A complete re-design of the Connect interface December 27th, 2017 New design and layout for book details page October 11th, 2017 New: Manage your pick list entries September 29th, 2017 You can now sort your books on 4 more fields August 7th, 2017 Improved “Edit Multiple” screen with new fields August 2nd, 2017 New: Use Book Connect to keep track of loaned books! July 20th, 2017 Improved handling of Author Sort Names July 4th, 2017 New: Set a default view for friends June 22nd, 2017 New: Easier ways to share your collection or a single item with friends! June 21st, 2017 Private Cloud Sharing June 13th, 2017 Improved searching in Connect and Cloud June 13th, 2017 New: Improved Edit Screen and Duplicate feature June 9th, 2017 Add by Barcode: Now directly connect to your CLZ Barry barcode scanning app! June 2nd, 2017 New: Improvements to “Selection Mode” and added “None” folders, May 22nd, 2017 Faster editing, updated Statistics and other tweaks May 16th, 2017 New: Print your list to a PDF file May 1st, 2017 New: Back up / Restore your database March 27th, 2017 New: Flexible import from Text/CSV files March 14th, 2017 New: Import text / CSV files January 3rd, 2017 New Collectorz.com Help Center December 14th, 2016 New Collectorz.com shop at Shop.CLZ.com November 8th, 2016 Export to Text feature now available in CLZ Cloud viewer September 7th, 2016