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CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.14.1: New for iPad layout: Resizable panels

December 7th, 2018

A useful update of your app today, that is, if you are using the app on an iPad:

All panels in the main screen (folders, list and details) are now resizable using draggable separators between the panels, so that you can customize the layout to your own liking.


CLZ Books (Android)

v4.14.1: New for tablets: Resizable panels

December 5th, 2018

  • All panels in the main screen (folders, list and details) are now resizable using draggable separators between the panels, so that you can customize the layout to your own liking.
  • The resizable panels in the Add screen have been updated to use the nicer look of the draggable separators.


CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.13.1: Redesigned app icon

November 9th, 2018

New: Redesigned app icon

We designed new icons that give new users a better indication of what the app actually does (as opposed to just a different color CLZ logo), but still obviously belong together, when shown together.

Fixed:

  • List did not scroll to top when the status bar was tapped

CLZ Books (Android)

v4.13.1: Redesigned app icon

November 6th, 2018

New: Redesigned app icon

We designed new icons that give new users a better indication of what the app actually does (as opposed to just a different color CLZ logo), but still obviously belong together, when shown together.

And if you have Android 8.0 or higher, we’re also including an “adaptive app icon” as of today which are in line with all your other app icons!


CLZ Books (Android)

v4.10.4: Secure HTTPS connections

September 3rd, 2018

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 4.10.4, CLZ Books 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 CLZ Books app only communicates with those secure entry points.

For your privacy and security, we strongly recommend updating your app to v4.10.4

Changes

  • The buttons to switch folders, sorting and view options have been moved to more logical places to make them more accessible.
  • The skins and templates options are now only available from the settings screen.
  • The selection mode button has been removed, just tap and hold on an item to start selecting items.

Fixed:

  • Update from Core could (in some cases) overwrite manually entered information for the Authors, Publisher, ISBN, Series, Edition, Sub title, Dewey, Loc, Width and Height fields.
  • Re-added index field to book information cell

CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.11.1: Secure HTTPS connections

August 26th, 2018

Secure HTTPS connections, for your security and privacy

As indicated in our recent GDPR email, we are updating our software and services, to be more secure and to better protect your privacy.

Starting with version 4.11, CLZ Books 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 CLZ Books app only communicates with those secure entry points.

For your privacy and security, we strongly recommend updating your app to v4.11.

Changes:

  • The buttons to switch folders, sorting and view options have been moved to more logical places to make them more accessible.
  • The skins and templates options have been moved to the settings screen.
  • The selection mode button has been removed, just tap and hold on an item to start selecting items.

Fixed:

  • Last update made some settings disappear in the settings screen. They are back now.
  • Added bottom margin to the add auto screen on iPhone X to make the add button more reachable
  • The sync screen wasn’t logging local deletes.

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!


CLZ Books (Android)

v4.10.3: Bigger and easier to spot Add button!

May 14th, 2018

New for the Add Books screen:

  • Add button is now bigger and easier to spot (some new users missed the little round “+”).
  • Add button now “remembers” your collection vs. wish list selection. No need to pick from the Collection/Wish List popup menu every time you add anymore.
  • Remove from queue button is now bigger and easier to spot. Tap and hold on a barcode in the queue to select barcodes you want to remove.

Fixed:

  • Accented characters in sortnames/titles were sorted incorrectly.
  • Main screen: the over-sensitive quickscroll bar in the thumbnail view has been fixed.
  • Edit: ‘Done’- button doest not scroll from screen on manual scroll.
  • Edit: New ‘Unsaved changes’ dialog.
  • Cloud sync: Sync reporting ‘invalid xml’ in rare cases.

CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.10.2: Bigger and easier to spot Add button!

May 9th, 2018

New for the Add Books screen:

  • Add button is now bigger and easier to spot (some new users missed the little round “+”).
  • Add button now “remembers” your collection vs. wish list selection. No need to pick from the Collection/Wish List popup menu every time you add anymore.

Fixed:

  • Crash when sorting on Index field when a book didn’t have an index value.
  • Already added barcode results could reappear in the ‘add by barcode’ queue.
  • Adding a book would clear the collection status filter in the main screen.
  • The sorting option screen would sometimes not fully show the chosen sort option when opened.
  • iPad: Main screen: the details view did not refresh after changing the details template.
  • iPad: Main screen: the ‘edit my rating’ pop up was rotated when in landscape mode.

CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.10: New: Many new sort options and a redesigned Select Sort Order screen

April 3rd, 2018

We’ve added new fields to sort on to change the order in which your books are displayed in your list. Your book list will adapt to sort and show the field you’re sorting on. On top of that we’ve redesigned the Select Sort Order screen to make it more clear what you’re choosing.

Open the Select Sort Order screen by tapping the menu top right, then tap “Sort order”.

All available sort fields:

  • Author
  • Title
  • Publication Date
  • Number of Pages (New!)
  • Order of Entry (New!)
  • Index
  • Reading Date (New!)
  • My Rating (New!)
  • Purchase Date (New!)
  • Purchase Price (New!)
  • Current Value (New!)
  • Quantity (New!)
  • Dewey (New!)
  • LoC Classification (New!)
  • Series / Volume (New!)
  • Series / Issue (New!)

All fields can be sorted either ascending or descending. Tap the field you wish to sort on, then tap “Apply” to confirm.


CLZ Books (Android)

v4.10: New: Many new sort options and a redesigned Select Sort Order screen

March 12th, 2018

We’ve added new fields to sort on to change the order in which your books are displayed in your list. Your book list will adapt to sort and show the field you’re sorting on. On top of that we’ve redesigned the Select Sort Order screen to make it more clear what you’re choosing.

Open the Select Sort Order screen by tapping the menu top right, then tap “Sort order”.

All available sort fields:

  • Author
  • Title
  • Publication Date
  • Number of Pages (New!)
  • Order of Entry (New!)
  • Index
  • Reading Date (New!)
  • My Rating (New!)
  • Purchase Date (New!)
  • Purchase Price (New!)
  • Current Value (New!)
  • Quantity (New!)
  • Dewey (New!)
  • LoC Classification (New!)
  • Series / Volume (New!)
  • Series / Issue (New!)

All fields can be sorted either ascending or descending. Tap the field you wish to sort on, then tap “Apply” to confirm.


CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.9.3: New: Single Search Box for your Add Books screen

March 1st, 2018

What’s new in the Add Books screen?

  • 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 below 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)


CLZ Books (Android)

v4.9.3: New: Single Search Box for your Add Books screen

February 28th, 2018

What’s new in the Add Books screen?

  • 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 below 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:

  • Custom written plots could be overwritten with the default plot when books were updated from the online CLZ Core for Books database.
  • The app did not open the details page when a search result was selected in the quick search box while the [All Books] folder was active in phone mode.

CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.9: Improved search features

February 21st, 2018

Quick Search: Search-As-You-Type suggestions

Instantly find and select a particular book in your local database:

  • In the Quick Search box, just start typing the first few letters of the author or title you are looking for.
  • While typing, a drop-down list will appear, showing the first five matching books.
    (for most books, it only takes 2 or 3 letters before it shows up.)
  • Once you see the book you were looking for, tap it to bring up its detail page
  • TIP: Tap the search button on the keyboard or tap “View All Results” to perform the normal search.

Quick Search now searches more fields

Now also searches in:

  • Subtitle
  • Series
  • LoC Classification
  • LoC Control Nr
  • Dewey
  • Plot
  • Tags
  • Notes

Full list of fields that are now searched:

  • Title
  • Author
  • ISBN
  • Publisher
  • Subtitle
  • Series
  • LoC Classification
  • LoC Control Nr
  • Dewey
  • Plot
  • Tags
  • Notes

Fixed:

  • Faster loading of details screen.
  • Crash within a few seconds of opening the app.
  • Crash when pressing ‘Change account info’ in the sync screen.

CLZ Books (Android)

v4.9: Improved search features

January 23rd, 2018

Quick Search: Search-As-You-Type suggestions

Instantly find and select a particular book in your local database:

  • In the Quick Search box, just start typing the first few letters of the author or title you are looking for.
  • While typing, a drop-down list will appear, showing the first five matching books.
    (for most books, it only takes 2 or 3 letters before it shows up.)
  • Once you see the book you were looking for, tap it to bring up its detail page
  • TIP: Tap the search button on the keyboard or tap “View All Results” to perform the normal search.

Quick Search now searches more fields

Now also searches in:

  • Subtitle
  • Series
  • LoC Classification
  • LoC Control Nr
  • Dewey
  • Plot
  • Tags
  • Notes

Full list of fields that are now searched:

  • Title
  • Author
  • ISBN
  • Publisher
  • Subtitle
  • Series
  • LoC Classification
  • LoC Control Nr
  • Dewey
  • Plot
  • Tags
  • Notes

CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.8.1: Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing!

January 10th, 2018

A new v4.8.1 update for your app is available now, with:

Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing

Add or edit books and your changes will auto-upload to the CLZ Cloud instantly.
Made changes on the desktop or Connect side? Just start the app and changes will download automatically.

Note: Auto-Syncing is switched OFF by default. Switch it ON in the “Sync with CLZ Cloud” screen.

The CLZ Cloud syncing will let you:

  1. Sync your data between devices, e.g. between your phone and your tablet. Or from your old phone to your new phone.
  2. View your database online using the free CLZ Cloud viewer website.
  3. Make an online backup of your data. Better safe than sorry!

New: ‘None’ folder entries

  • Added ‘None’ entries to list of folders: The [None] folder groups the books you have not set the field for on which you’re currently folder grouping.

Fixed:

  • Add Screen: by ISBN: Very long book titles could overflow into the author name.
  • Search cleared when the X button was pushed in the search bar of the main screen.

CLZ Books (Android)

v4.8: Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing!

December 6th, 2017

A new v4.8 update for your app is available now, with:

Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing
Add or edit books and your changes will auto-upload to the CLZ Cloud instantly.
Made changes on the desktop or Connect side? Just start the app and changes will download automatically.

Note: Auto-Syncing is switched OFF by default. Switch it ON in the “Sync with CLZ Cloud” screen.

Don’t have a CLZ Cloud account yet?
If you don’t have a CLZ Cloud account yet, I strongly recommend signup up for one from the app. Using the CLZ Cloud is completely free!

The CLZ Cloud syncing will let you:

  1. Sync your data between devices, e.g. between your phone and your tablet. Or from your old phone to your new phone.
  2. View your database online using the free CLZ Cloud viewer website.
  3. Make an online backup of your data. Better safe than sorry!

CLZ Books (Android)

v4.5.7: Further improvements to the Add Books screen

November 22nd, 2017

In today’s update for the CLZ Books app, we have made further tweaks to the Add Books from CLZ Core screen, to make it clearer than previous versions:

  • Slightly smaller font for the book title, so that longer titles fit better.
  • Color high-lighting: Books already ‘on wish list’ now have an orange title, books already “in collection” show up with a blue title.

Fixes in this update:

  • After changing the sort order the list could sometimes scroll to a random position.
  • Small CLZ Cloud Sync tweaks.
  • After restarting the app it would sometimes repeatedly scroll to the last added book.
  • After manually typing a barcode in the add by barcode screen you weren’t able to search another one.

CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.5.13: Optimized layout for iPad Pro

October 21st, 2017

New

  • Optimized layout of main screen on 10.5 and 12.9 inch iPads
  • Optimized the performance of the main screen thumbnail view
  • Fresh placeholder cover images

Fixed

  • Black bars showing on 10.5 and 12.9 inch iPads
  • Add screen: ISBN button wasn’t working correctly
  • Disappearing floating add button when switching from list to thumbnail view

CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.5.11: Redesigned Selection Mode

October 15th, 2017

New:

  • Redesigned Selection Mode
    • Tap and hold on a book to select it, select as many books as you like (or select all, using the “Select All” top right).
    • Then use the blue action button to perform an action on the selected books (Remove / Update from CLZ Core).

Fixed:

  • Crash when saving a cover image to the camera roll
  • Odd scrolling behavior when scanning book ISBNs in the barcode scanning screen
  • Stuck keyboard after searching in main list
  • Autocorrect was enabled for the main list search bar
  • Small iOS11-related UI glitches

CLZ Books (iOS)

v.4.5.8: Added loan fields to the CLZ Cloud sync

August 29th, 2017

This update converts your database

In order for this update to work, your database has to be converted once. This happens automatically after starting the app for the first time after updating and can take a couple of minutes depending on the size of your database (amount of books) and the speed of your iPhone or iPad. This could take a couple of minutes on slower devices or with very large databases (5000 or more books).

New:

  • CLZ Cloud syncing: Added loan fields to the sync.
  • Edit Book: Autocorrect now works on the plot and notes fields.
  • New folder option: You can now group your books by reading year. To do this, tap the menu button top right, then “Folders”, then tap “Reading Year”.

Coming up:

  • A loan manager to loan and return books.

CLZ Books (Android)

v4.5.5: Added loan fields to the CLZ Cloud sync

August 16th, 2017

New:

  • Added loan fields to the CLZ Cloud sync.

Fixed:

  • After tapping the “Not Found?” button to add a book anyway, the app could crash on adding an author.

Coming up:

  • A loan manager to loan and return books.

CLZ Books (Android)

v4.5.4: Improved navigation in “All Books” folder

July 18th, 2017

New:

  • Added a new “All Books” folder with a back button to go back to your folders

CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.5.4: New preview templates and better navigation after adding

June 11th, 2017

New:

  • Add Books from CLZ Core: New skinned preview templates.
  • After adding/editing a book, the app will now always find and show your last added book in your main screen.
  • If you log in to your CLZ Account on a new or empty device, the app will now ask you if you wish to download your books from CLZ Cloud.
  • Added skinning to Sign up/Log in/In App Purchase screens.

Fixed:

  • After each CLZ Cloud sync the “Quick Search” and “Collection Status Filter” was cleared.
  • When a custom cover was downloaded via CLZ Cloud syncing, the thumbnail in the list wasn’t immediately updated.
  • When a book was removed, the list would scroll back to the top.
  • Various skinning, layout and color fixes.

CLZ Books (Android)

v4.5.2: Improvements to the barcode scanner

May 30th, 2017

Changed:

  • Made some improvements to the barcode scanner

Fixed:

  • Manual focus for barcode scanning
  • Crash in the add auto screen when adding a mix of new books and books on wish list by barcode
  • Crash in the pick cover option in the edit screen

Recent changes

v4.14.1: New for iPad layout: Resizable panels December 7th, 2018 v4.14.1: New for tablets: Resizable panels December 5th, 2018 v4.13.1: Redesigned app icon November 9th, 2018 v4.13.1: Redesigned app icon November 6th, 2018 v4.10.4: Secure HTTPS connections September 3rd, 2018 v4.11.1: Secure HTTPS connections August 26th, 2018 Success rate for ISBN searches now 97%! (was 90%) August 6th, 2018 v4.10.3: Bigger and easier to spot Add button! May 14th, 2018 v4.10.2: Bigger and easier to spot Add button! May 9th, 2018 v4.10: New: Many new sort options and a redesigned Select Sort Order screen April 3rd, 2018 v4.10: New: Many new sort options and a redesigned Select Sort Order screen March 12th, 2018 v4.9.3: New: Single Search Box for your Add Books screen March 1st, 2018 v4.9.3: New: Single Search Box for your Add Books screen February 28th, 2018 v4.9: Improved search features February 21st, 2018 v4.9: Improved search features January 23rd, 2018 v4.8.1: Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing! January 10th, 2018 v4.8: Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing! December 6th, 2017 v4.5.7: Further improvements to the Add Books screen November 22nd, 2017 v4.5.13: Optimized layout for iPad Pro October 21st, 2017 v4.5.11: Redesigned Selection Mode October 15th, 2017 v.4.5.8: Added loan fields to the CLZ Cloud sync August 29th, 2017 v4.5.5: Added loan fields to the CLZ Cloud sync August 16th, 2017 v4.5.4: Improved navigation in “All Books” folder July 18th, 2017 v4.5.4: New preview templates and better navigation after adding June 11th, 2017 v4.5.2: Improvements to the barcode scanner May 30th, 2017