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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 (Android)

v4.10.2: Fixed a bug in the Add Books screen

March 14th, 2018

Fixed:

  • Crash in the Add Books screen on tablet devices.
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 (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 (Android)

v4.9.2: Secondary author added to Quick Search

January 24th, 2018

Fixed:

  • Secondary author could not be found in the quick search.
  • App shortcut not working in the Android launcher.

You may need to re-add your app shortcut to your launcher screen by tapping/holding the app in your list of apps!


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 (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 (Android)

v4.5.6: Fixed an issue with syncing loan information

August 24th, 2017

Fixed:

  • Loan information could be cleared during an upsync of a loaned book if that book was recently edited on your device.
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 (Android)

v4.5.3: Improved navigation after adding or restarting the app

July 12th, 2017

New:

  • After adding/editing a book, the app will now always find and show your last added book in your main screen.
  • Main screen will now always remember navigation state, even after device reboot.

Fixed:

  • Add auto screen not obeying the device’s rotation lock.
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
CLZ Books (Android)

v4.5.1: Improved Add Books screen

May 8th, 2017

This update to the CLZ Books app for Android brings user interface improvements to the Add Books screen:

  • All panels are now resizable (list, details, camera)
  • When adding a book that is already on your wish list, the app now lets you change its status to “In Collection”.
  • Adding By ISBN barcode:
    • Camera scanner is now integrated in Add screen, not a separate screen
    • Tap the keyboard icon in the camera panel to enter an ISBN manually
    • ISBN Barcode queue is now remembered between sessions
    • Press and hold to delete an ISBN barcode from the queue
  • Adding By Author/Title:
    • Book not found? Easy add it manually using the special entry in the results list

CLZ Books (Android)

v4.3.10: Fixed an issue where “deletion changes” sometimes didn’t sync

February 2nd, 2017

Fixed:

  • Local book deletes sometimes not synchronized to the CLZ Cloud

CLZ Books (Android)

v4.3.9: Easily add books that come up as “Unrecognized ISBN”

January 18th, 2017

An important v4.3.9 update for your CLZ Books Android app is now available.

This update introduces an easier way to deal with “Unrecognized ISBNs”.
A new screen that not only helps you to add the book to your database anyway, but also helps your fellow CLZ Books users by instantly adding the missing ISBN to the CLZ Core central online book database.

(this feature was introduced for our Windows, Mac and iOS versions earlier, and in the meantime, people have used this new tool to add over 22 thousand new books to our Core!)

  • In the Add screen, when a scanned ISBN is not recognized, a new “Unrecognized ISBN” screen will appear.
  • In this screen, just enter the Author, Title, Publisher and Year, then click Add Book.
  • This will:
    1. Add the book to your own database, with the information you filled in.
    2. Add the book to our Core central online book database.

The result: for the next user who searches for this particular ISBN, it will be recognized 🙂

Read more


CLZ Books (Android)

v4.3.8: New “split” edit screen

November 17th, 2016

New:

  • Split edit screen, easily switch between main and personal fields

    Fixed:

  • App respects the system screen orientation lock
  • Background color for the searchbar on certain Lollipop tablet devices
  • Long loading in manage pick list screen

  • CLZ Books (Android)

    v4.3.7: Fixed a problem with CLZ Account registration

    October 27th, 2016

    • Fixed app closing on CLZ Account registration

    CLZ Books (Android)

    v4.3.6: Added more folder options, Sync Status indicator and more

    October 20th, 2016

    • Added Folder options for Country and store
    • CLZ Cloud Sync button now indicates “out of sync” status using red exclamation mark
    • App now automatically restores the Unlock Full App in-app purchase
    • Fixed hardware keyboard enter not working in tablet search field
    • Fixed screen rotation not working on phones

    CLZ Books (Android)

    v4.3.5: New way of adding/editing dates

    September 22nd, 2016

    New data entry interface for date fields:

    • Allows manual entry of year/month/day
    • Allow “partial dates”, e.g. just year and month
    • Open the calendar tool with the calendar button.

    CLZ Books (Android)

    v4.3.4: New: “None” entries in folder section

    September 20th, 2016

    • When using folders, a new [None] entry contains the items that have no value (yet) for the selected folder field.
    • Tablets: New always available search box in top bar.
    • Add screen: some performance improvements.

    CLZ Books (Android)

    v4.3.3: Added floating button to add book to collection or wish list

    September 8th, 2016

    • Redesigned Selection Mode screen.
    • New floating “+” button with in Add screens, with “Add to Collection” / “Add to Wish List” options.
    • Fixed: empty menus on some devices.

    CLZ Books (Android)

    v4.3.2: Maintenance build

    August 26th, 2016

    • New: App now remembers the last opened tab in the add automatically screen
    • Small details template adjustments
    • Fixed local search not working on tablet devices
    • Fixed auto selection in main list not working on tablet devices
    • Fixed several crashes on smaller tablet devices

    CLZ Books (Android)

    v4.3.1: New “Material”-based interface with skins

    August 25th, 2016

    A huge v4.3 update for your CLZ Books app is now available.
    And prepare to be shocked 🙂 (in a good way, don’t worry):

    The app looks completely different now, with a cleaner brighter look and an improved user interface.

    What’s new in CLZ Books 4.3 for Android?

    • New “Material”-based interface, with two skins/themes: Light & Dark.
      (The app now starts in the Light skin. If you prefer the Dark look, just use the View menu top right)

    • Big floating blue “+” button for adding books.
    • Access all other features and tools from “hamburger” menu top left.
    • Clear and easy switch between All / In Collection / Wish List at the top.
    • Access all other view options from menu on top right.
    • Add screen: tabs at the top to switch between Author/Title and ISBN modes.
    • Add Manually is now a separate menu item in the menu on the left.
    • Redesigned book list entries.
    • Old Import from Book Collector has been moved to Settings screen!

    Recent changes

    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: Fixed a bug in the Add Books screen March 14th, 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 February 28th, 2018 v4.9.2: Secondary author added to Quick Search January 24th, 2018 v4.9: Improved search features January 23rd, 2018 v4.8: Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing! December 6th, 2017 v4.5.7: Further improvements to the Add Books screen November 22nd, 2017 v4.5.6: Fixed an issue with syncing loan information August 24th, 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 v4.5.3: Improved navigation after adding or restarting the app July 12th, 2017 v4.5.2: Improvements to the barcode scanner May 30th, 2017 v4.5.1: Improved Add Books screen May 8th, 2017 v4.3.10: Fixed an issue where “deletion changes” sometimes didn’t sync February 2nd, 2017 v4.3.9: Easily add books that come up as “Unrecognized ISBN” January 18th, 2017 v4.3.8: New “split” edit screen November 17th, 2016 v4.3.7: Fixed a problem with CLZ Account registration October 27th, 2016 v4.3.6: Added more folder options, Sync Status indicator and more October 20th, 2016 v4.3.5: New way of adding/editing dates September 22nd, 2016 v4.3.4: New: “None” entries in folder section September 20th, 2016 v4.3.3: Added floating button to add book to collection or wish list September 8th, 2016 v4.3.2: Maintenance build August 26th, 2016 v4.3.1: New “Material”-based interface with skins August 25th, 2016