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Book Collector (Windows)

v18.1: Add Books screen: Better and faster Author/Title searches

January 10th, 2018

Our web-team has been working on this for a long time: a new search engine for Author/Title searches in our Core online book database.

And it is now available in your “Add Books from Core” screen!


What’s new?

  • Faster searches: Most Author/Title searches will give you results within a second. UNLESS our Core server decides to consult our “back-end” sources like Google Books, Library of Congress and other national libraries.
  • Better search results: The results are now more focussed, less fuzzy, as it will only show books containing ALL your search term words (as opposed to the old search that gave you books that matched ANY or your search term words).
  • 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”).
  • 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: Various font size and layout problems

This has been a long-standing problem: on Windows systems with the DPI or Font Size set to 125% or 150%, many screens had strange font size and layout problems, particularly visible in the Edit Book screen, but also affecting other screens.

This was a tricky one, but we have finally been able to fix these problems 🙂


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.

Book Connect

Faster browsing in Connect and CLZ Cloud

January 9th, 2018

We have just updated both the Connect web-application and the free CLZ Cloud viewers to make them a lot faster.

  • The folder panel now uses “lazy-loading” which makes it load (a lot) faster.
  • When selecting a folder, only the list panel is re-loaded, where previously the entire page was refreshed.

The above changes will make browsing your CLZ Cloud or Connect app a lot snappier and will prevent server performance problems (two birds with one stone!).

The performance improvements are especially noticeable for large book, music and comic collections, as these generally have loooonnnngggg lists of author, artist and series folders.

Book Connect

Add Books screen: Better and faster Author/Title searches

January 8th, 2018

Our web-team has been working on this for a long time: a new search engine for Author/Title searches in our Core online book database.

And Book Connect is the first to use the new engine, in it’s “Add Books from Core” screen!
(coming soon to the Book Collector desktop software and the CLZ Books mobile app)

What’s new?

  • Faster searches: Most Author/Title searches will give you results within a second. UNLESS our Core server decides to consult our “back-end” sources like Google Books, Library of Congress and other national libraries.
  • Better search results: The results are now more focussed, less fuzzy, as it will only show books containing ALL your search term words (as opposed to the old search that gave you books that matched ANY or your search term words).
  • 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”).
  • 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)

v18.0.6: Various tweaks and fixes for version 18

January 4th, 2018

Various tweaks and fixes, based on your v18 feedback:

Tweaks to the Edit screen:

  • Add Genre/Subject screen now has checkboxes to allow the addition of multiple Genres/Subjects in one go.
  • Author/Credit/Character/Genre/Subject lists: right click to directly access that specific Manage List screen.
  • Author/Credit/Character lists now show a “Sort Name” column again.

Fixes:

  • Edit Multiple: boolean fields would be reset to “No”.
  • Add from Core: Stopping a running search could cause an Access Violation.
  • Main Screen: Selected filter wasn’t restored on starting the program.
  • Select Column/Sort/Folder fields: adding/removing a field after changing the order of the fields, would reset that order again.
  • Various stability improvements.
Book Connect

Brand new Add Books from Core screen

January 2nd, 2018

Now live in your Book Connect software, a complete re-design of the Add Book screen, with a new look, easier interface and new features.

Adding Books by ISBN

Scanned ISBNs will be automatically added to your queue, with the book information populating instantly. Use the big blue Add to Collection button the bottom right to add the select book to your database, OR use the little blue “+” buttons to add straight from the queue.

Adding Books by Author and Title

Search by author and title to see a list of matching book results:

Not the right cover image? Use the built-in Find Cover tool to pick the correct one.

Book Connect

A complete re-design of the Connect interface

December 27th, 2017

In this “between Christmas and New Year” week, a huge update to the look and feel of our Connect web-based software.

  • We removed the tabs at the top that let you switch between the programs, to give you more screen space for the software you are in. (you can still switch using the app-switcher button top right).
  • Dark toolbars with white text and buttons everywhere, while keeping your list and details pages light and clear.
  • All tools and feature are now accessible from the “hamburger” menu on the top left.
  • Your account settings and log out options in a “user menu” on the right.
  • TIP: the new look is also available in your free CLZ Cloud viewer!

Book Collector (Windows)

v18.0.5: Fixed sorting in the pick item screens and more

December 21st, 2017

Fixed

  • Pick Item Screens: when using the quick search the list wasn’t always sorted correctly
  • Manage Pick List:
    • When using the quick search the list wasn’t always sorted correctly
    • “auto resort” check box didn’t work
  • Reassign Index fields sort fields were stored as “reassignindex” as sort fields preset
  • Manage Presets: removing all presets would cause an Access Violation after closing the screen
  • Edit Book: navigating Contents or Links using ALT+N or ALT+P would navigate the books instead
Book Collector (Windows)

v18.0.4: Edit Screen: Updated the Genre and Subject fields

December 20th, 2017

New:

  • Edit Book: Genres and Subjects can now be added and edited in a pick item grid
  • Pick Item Screens: adding a new item will now use the quick search string to pre-fill the name field

Fixed:

  • Edit Screen: ALT+N/ALT+P for Next/Previous played a Windows sound
  • Edit Screen: Adding a new item to a list sometimes displayed a popup that was too small
  • Reassign Index Fields: Saving your selected fields wasn’t possible sometimes
  • Export/Print field selection menus were missing “Manage Presets…” caption
  • Clean Templates:
    • “Genre” and “Subject” fields didn’t follow the field labels
    • The “Volume” field wasn’t always displayed correctly
    • Some improvements to the layout
Book Collector (Windows)

v18.0.3: Maintenance build with fixes

December 18th, 2017

New:

  • Edit Book: Add Author/Credits/Character: When searching for (example) an author and clicking “New Author”, the screen will now use the search words for the name of the new author you’re adding.

Fixed:

  • Edit Book:
    • Editing a book from the “Edit Book” screen would set the “Read Times” field to 1
    • Cancel in Edit Content/Story screen would cause an Access Violation
    • Add button for User Defined Fields comboboxes were not positioned correctly when resizing the Edit Book screen
  • Edit Series: “Generate” buttons were overlapping the front of “Display Name” and “Name” fields
  • Main Screen: the bread crumb at the top didn’t reflect the “Collection Status” filter from the quick filter panel
  • Add from Core: the program could freeze when experiencing connection problems
Book Collector (Windows)

v18.0.2: Some fixes for the new Edit Book screens

December 12th, 2017

Fixed:

  • Edit Book: plot field was too small.
  • Edit/Add Story:
    • You couldn’t directly start typing in the Title field when adding a new content entry.
    • Pressing “Enter” clicked “OK” which was wrong. It now presses the “Next” button like it should.

Book Collector (Windows)

v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing, revamped Edit screen, new “Clean” template and more!

December 11th, 2017

NEW: Fully Automatic CLZ Cloud Syncing!

The free CLZ Cloud service is at the center of all our cataloging solutions (desktop, mobile and web), the glue that binds them all together.
Tens of thousands of users are using the CLZ Cloud syncing every day, to transfer data between their desktop, Connect and mobile software, to update their online collection list, or simply for keeping an online backup of their precious database.

Now, it is time to take the CLZ Cloud to the next level, with automatic syncing:
Add or edit books in Book Collector and these changes will auto-upload to the CLZ Cloud instantly. Did you make changes using CLZ Books or directly in Book Connect? Just start your software and changes will download automatically.
No more need to go to the Sync with CLZ Cloud screen, ever.

With “Sync Automatically” switched on…

  1. Your online cloud backup is always up-to-date.
  2. Your cloud viewer always shows the current state of your collection.
  3. All your CLZ tools (desktop, mobile and Connect) will always be in-sync.

Automatic Cloud Syncing is an optional feature, switched OFF by default. If you don’t want to auto-sync, or don’t want to sync with the CLZ Cloud at all, just leave it switched OFF.

Revamped Edit Book screen

A huge refresh of the Edit Book screen, bringing the look and feel more in line with the recent Add Books from Core screen. But it’s not all just cosmetic changes, here’s what’s new:

  • Button bar is now at the bottom of the screen
    With OK button high-lighted in blue, nice Next/Prev arrow buttons, etc…

  • Re-designed user interface for adding and editing Authors
    • The Author list in the Edit Book screen is now a cleaner list, showing just Display Name and Pseudonym.
    • To add an Author, click the Add button top right. The new Select Author screen appears, showing your current Author pick list. Use the search box to find the author you’d like to add, typing just a few letters will make it appear. Select it, then click the big blue Add Author button at the bottom right. If your author is not in the pick list yet, use the New Author button to create it.
    • Right-click to Modify the name and sort name of an author in the list.
    • Drag the icon in the first column to change the order.
    • Click the “x” in the last column to remove entries.
  • Clearer blue + buttons for checkbox list fields (like Genres and Subjects)
  • Same blue + buttons for dropdown fields (like Publisher, Country and Language)
  • Revamped Edit screen for pick list items
    Button bar at the bottom with blue OK button, smaller generate buttons, etc..

Simplified: Edit Multiple Books screen

  • Now use checkboxes to explicitly indicate which field(s) you want set.
    Safer and clearer, no more unexpected changes.

  • To clear a field, just click the checkbox and leave the box empty.
    The box will highlight in red to indicate the CLEAR action. No more hidden F8 keys.

Simplified screens for selecting Column, Sort and Folder fields.

The ability to select your own Columns for the List View is an important customization feature of our Book Collector software. The same holds for selecting the sort order and the folder fields for the folder panel.

However, the “field selection” screens for doing these customizations have always been an area of confusion. So for v18 we decided to re-imagine both the field selection screens and the system for creating/managing your own presets.

  • Simplified Field Selection screen:
    • Available fields are now grouped, like the tabs in the Edit Book screen.
    • Easily find the field you want with the search box top left.
    • Use checkboxes on the left to select fields.
    • Use the “x” button on the right to remove fields.
    • Drag and drop fields on the right side to change the order.
    • Rename the field set at the top right.
  • Simplified system for managing your field presets:
    • Just click the Columns or Sort Order button to EDIT the current preset.
    • Click the little arrow to the right of the Columns or Sort Order button to open the preset menu and switch to a different preset.
    • Choose Manage Presets from the preset menu to edit your presets and create new ones.

NEW: “Clean” template for the details panel, in Light and Dark styles

A complete refresh, based on the recent Connect/Cloud details page updates. Clean, clear and modern, with some fresh layout ideas:

  • Cleaner look, in both Light and Dark styles.
  • Re-designed and more compact Author panel at the top.
  • Clearer display of Genres and Subjects.
  • Now uses the book cover image as a subtle background image. Or opt for the “Plain” style for a “quieter” background.

No more Standard edition: Pro-only features now available for everyone!

Since last week, we stopped selling the Standard edition of Book Collector. From now on, the Pro edition is the only edition we sell, and will just be called “Book Collector” now.

Our gift to all users on the Standard edition who have a valid Update Plan:
Starting with v18, you now get access to all Pro-only features:

  • Batch editing with the Edit Multiple feature:

    Save time by editing multiple items in batch, e.g. to fill in a field value for many items in one go.

  • Customizable pre-sets for sorting, columns and folders:

    Create your own pre-set field combination for sorting and columns. Define your own folder options, even multi-level folder combinations.

  • User Defined Fields:

    Create your own fields (text, number, pick list, checkbox or date) and rename pre-defined fields.

  • Export features:

    Export your database to a CSV or XML file.

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)

v4.5.14: Further improvements to the Add Books screen

November 11th, 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 and (hopefully) more stable 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.
  • Improved scroll behaviour.

Fixes in this update:

  • Full screen cover scroller on iPhone/iPod devices was not properly updating its title bar

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)

v4.5.12: Fixed a crash in iOS10 and lower

October 16th, 2017

Fixed:

  • Crash in add screen on devices running iOS10 or lower
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
Book Connect

New design and layout for book details page

October 11th, 2017

Now live, a new design and layout for the book detail page in both Book Connect and the free CLZ Cloud viewer.

Some highlights of the new look:

  • bigger cover image
  • backdrop (can be switched off in your settings)
  • circular author pictures
  • more logical layout and placement of all fields

Screen shot:

Book Collector (Windows)

v17.2.5: Fixed invisible queue entries

October 11th, 2017

Fixed:

  • Add Books from CLZ Core: failed barcodes search or submitted barcode would remain in barcode queue but would not be visible in the list
Book Connect

New: Manage your pick list entries

September 29th, 2017

All Connect apps: Manage Pick Lists, edit, merge and remove pick list entries.

A Manage Pick Lists screen is now available in Connect!
Finally, you can easily manage your pick lists for Artists, Authors, Series, Genres, Formats, etc… To edit your sort names, merge duplicate entries or remove entries.

The new Manage Pick Lists screen can be found in the Tools menu top right (the wrench icon).

Read more


CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.5.10: Added app icon for 12.9 inch iPad

September 27th, 2017

Fixed:

  • Missing app icons for 12.9 inch iPad
CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.5.9: Fixed a keyboard problem for iOS 11

September 24th, 2017

Fixed:

  • ”Show more” buttons weren’t working in the iPhone versions of the Symbols/Bookshelf detail templates
  • The on-screen keyboard was covering the lower input fields in the edit/add manually screens
Book Collector (macOS)

v17.1.3: Fixed a bug with the Quick Search and Alphabet bar

September 21st, 2017

Fixed

  • Quick Search suggestion box could crash the app.
  • Alphabet bar wasn’t working anymore.
Book Collector (macOS)

v17.1.2: Now compatible with macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”

September 21st, 2017

Next week, Apple will release the new macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”.
If you are planning to update your Mac to this new OS, then we strongly recommend to update your Book Collector software to today’s version 17.0.5!

Book Collector problems on High Sierra:
We have been testing our software on beta versions of High Sierra for quite a while, to make sure we were ready for it’s release. We found that most of the software seems to be working as normal.

Unfortunately, we found a big problem in the Preferences screen, it does not open at all anymore, making it impossible to make any changes to program settings.

Luckily, our Mac developer Ronald was able to fix the Preferences screen to make it work on the new macOS. A fix was released today, in version 17.1.2.

Fixed

  • Preferences screen didn’t load properly on macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”.
  • Upload Cover to CLZ Core: Images were not always uploaded properly even if they were within the 500KB file size limit.
  • Main Screen: Quick Search: Occasional crashes in the quick search when using the “Search-as-you-type” suggestions.
  • Sync with CLZ Cloud: Sometimes crashed during the upload of covers.

Recent changes

v18.1: Add Books screen: Better and faster Author/Title searches January 10th, 2018 v4.8.1: Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing! January 10th, 2018 Faster browsing in Connect and CLZ Cloud January 9th, 2018 Add Books screen: Better and faster Author/Title searches January 8th, 2018 v18.0.6: Various tweaks and fixes for version 18 January 4th, 2018 Brand new Add Books from Core screen January 2nd, 2018 A complete re-design of the Connect interface December 27th, 2017 v18.0.5: Fixed sorting in the pick item screens and more December 21st, 2017 v18.0.4: Edit Screen: Updated the Genre and Subject fields December 20th, 2017 v18.0.3: Maintenance build with fixes December 18th, 2017 v18.0.2: Some fixes for the new Edit Book screens December 12th, 2017 v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing, revamped Edit screen, new “Clean” template and more! December 11th, 2017 v4.8: Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing! December 6th, 2017 v4.5.7: Further improvements to the Add Books screen November 22nd, 2017 v4.5.14: Further improvements to the Add Books screen November 11th, 2017 v4.5.13: Optimized layout for iPad Pro October 21st, 2017 v4.5.12: Fixed a crash in iOS10 and lower October 16th, 2017 v4.5.11: Redesigned Selection Mode October 15th, 2017 New design and layout for book details page October 11th, 2017 v17.2.5: Fixed invisible queue entries October 11th, 2017 New: Manage your pick list entries September 29th, 2017 v4.5.10: Added app icon for 12.9 inch iPad September 27th, 2017 v4.5.9: Fixed a keyboard problem for iOS 11 September 24th, 2017 v17.1.3: Fixed a bug with the Quick Search and Alphabet bar September 21st, 2017 v17.1.2: Now compatible with macOS 10.13 “High Sierra” September 21st, 2017