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CLZ Books (Android)

v5.3.1: Search folders, sort folders by count and and faster syncing

February 14th, 2020

In this update we introduce a new quick-search for your folders, sorting your folders by the counters, and more stable cloud syncing through our brand-new dedicated Sync-server.

Quick-search your folders

Grouping in folders is a powerful way to browse and filter your collection. Just group by Author, or Publisher, etc… tap a folder and the list will give you all books for the selected Author or Publisher.

However, if your collection spans thousands of books, that “tap a folder” part is sometimes easier said than done. It may require lots of scrolling in the folder list.

But not anymore! This version introduces a new search box right above the folder list, that lets you instantly search/filter the folder list as you type! Just typing a few letters is often enough to bring the folder you are looking for into view:

Sort folders by count

By default, the folders are sorted alphabetically. But as of today, there is another option: sort your folders by the counter, that is by the number of books contained.

Sorting by the counters is a nice way to find the most popular Authors, Publishers, Genres, Subjects, etc..

Switch between the Alphabetical and By Count sorting using the sort toggle at the top:

Improved barcode scanning

We have improved the scan engine and gave it a larger “scan area”. This should help scan barcodes faster and easier.

Now uses our brand-new CLZ Cloud Sync-server

Previously one big server was handling the Connect website, the CLZ Cloud website AND the CLZ Cloud syncing from the desktop programs and the mobile apps.
But this week we have set up a brand-new dedicated Sync-server to handle just the CLZ Cloud syncing.

In today’s update, CLZ Books has been updated to sync through this new server, which should result in faster syncing and a more stable syncing experience during high load times (weekends).


CLZ Books (iOS)

v5.3.1: Search folders, sort folders by count and and faster syncing

February 14th, 2020

In this update we introduce a new quick-search for your folders, sorting your folders by the counters, and more stable cloud syncing through our brand-new dedicated Sync-server.

Quick-search your folders

Grouping in folders is a powerful way to browse and filter your collection. Just group by Author, or Publisher, etc… tap a folder and the list will give you all books for the selected Author or Publisher.

However, if your collection spans thousands of books, that “tap a folder” part is sometimes easier said than done. It may require lots of scrolling in the folder list.

But not anymore! This version introduces a new search box right above the folder list, that lets you instantly search/filter the folder list as you type! Just typing a few letters is often enough to bring the folder you are looking for into view:

Sort folders by count

By default, the folders are sorted alphabetically. But as of today, there is another option: sort your folders by the counter, that is by the number of books contained.

Sorting by the counters is a nice way to find the most popular Authors, Publishers, Genres, Subjects, etc..

Switch between the Alphabetical and By Count sorting using the sort toggle at the top:

Improved barcode scanning

We have improved the scan engine and gave it a larger “scan area”. This should help scan barcodes faster and easier.

Now uses our brand-new CLZ Cloud Sync-server

Previously one big server was handling the Connect website, the CLZ Cloud website AND the CLZ Cloud syncing from the desktop programs and the mobile apps.
But this week we have set up a brand-new dedicated Sync-server to handle just the CLZ Cloud syncing.

In today’s update, CLZ Books has been updated to sync through this new server, which should result in faster syncing and a more stable syncing experience during high load times (weekends).

Fixed:

  • Field Defaults: It wasn’t possible to set the rating field back to zero.
  • Manage Pick Lists: Merging list items caused too many sync changes.

Book Collector (Windows)

v20.0.3: Fixed a DPI issue in Statistics screen

February 6th, 2020

Fixed:

  • Some statistics weren’t shown correctly on screens with higher DPI settings.

Book Collector (Windows)

v20.0.2 Better Tag editing / Faster syncing

February 4th, 2020

In this update a re-design of the Tag editing interface and faster and more stable cloud syncing through our brand-new dedicated Sync-server.

Edit Book: improved interface for adding/editing Tags

In version 20, we changed the user interface for adding/editing Tags to a checkbox list. Of course, we did so thinking we were improving this, making it easier for you all. Instead of having to type in the box, just checkbox from your existing tag list, quick and easy 🙂

Boy, were we wrong here. After the v20 release, we received complaint after complaint about this change. Most users were very upset about not being able to copy/paste tags in anymore, others criticized having to scroll through long tag lists to find the ones they want, yet others, found it way too difficult to add new tags (some even missing the possibility) and finally some even reported it as a serious database corruption that they now suddenly saw all tags in all their books (which was of course not the case).

Anyway, to cut a long story short, we made a big boo-boo there :-).
Our sincerest apologies!

So in today’s v20.0.2, we have again re-designed the tag adding/editing interface, to take away all complaints, to resolve all problems. We are convinced that with the new design, we are giving you the best of both worlds:

  • Clear overview of which tags are currently set.
  • Easy adding of existing tags, using the Add Tags popup screen, which lets you:
    • Find existing tags using a search box,
    • Checkbox tags to add them.
    • Even lets you checkbox multiple tags in one go.
  • The big “paste-box” is back for easily adding multiple tags by copy/pasting.

Now uses our brand-new CLZ Cloud Sync-server

Previously one big server was handling the Connect website, the CLZ Cloud website AND the CLZ Cloud syncing from the desktop programs and the mobile apps.
But this week we have set up a brand-new dedicated Sync-server to handle just the CLZ Cloud syncing.

In today’s update, Book Collector has been updated to sync through this new server, which should result in faster syncing and a more stable syncing experience during high load times (weekends).

Fixed:

  • Add Books: Region settings weren’t included in the search.
  • Solved several different “Access Violation” errors.
  • Statistics:
    • Added number of pages.
    • Author count could be of because of books with multiple authors
    • Changed colors of statistics screen for Light Skin.

Book Collector (macOS)

v20.0.4 Now syncs through our brand-new CLZ Cloud Sync-server

February 4th, 2020

Now uses our brand-new CLZ Cloud Sync-server

Previously one big server was handling the Connect website, the CLZ Cloud website AND the CLZ Cloud syncing from the desktop programs and the mobile apps.
But this week we have set up a brand-new dedicated Sync-server to handle just the CLZ Cloud syncing.

In today’s update, Book Collector has been updated to sync through this new server, which should result in faster syncing and a more stable syncing experience during high load times (weekends).

Fixed:

  • For some users, the database conversion of version 20.0.3 caused the loss of data in their User Defined Fields. This problem has been resolved now.

    If you lost UDF data, please contact us so that we can help you get the data back.

Book Connect

Faster loading of images through WebP image format

January 27th, 2020

WebP is a new image format, developed by Google, that is producing smaller images compared to JPG and PNG, while preserving image quality. All modern browsers fully support the new WebP format so many websites are now using WebP for a faster browsing experience, consuming less bandwidth.

Of course, our Connect web-based software and the free CLZ Cloud viewer sites are quite heavy on cover images, especially in the Image and Card Views. So we figured switching to WebP could produce a nice boost in performance!

So today, we switched over and are now delivering all cover images and backdrops in WebP format, on all browsers that support it (older browsers still get JPG images).

You will find that your Image View and Cards View will load faster now. The difference is especially noticeable on slower internet connections and mobile devices (if you have a very fast internet connection, the difference will be minimal).

Noticeable on all connection types is the faster loading of the details panel after selecting a different item in your list. Because of the huge difference in the backdrop image sizes, viewing item details is now a lot snappier.

Enjoy!


Book Connect

Improvements to Edit and Add screens

January 17th, 2020

Multiple small tweaks to your Connect software today, improving both the Edit Book screen and the Add Books screen.

Editing pick list fields: checkbox multiple values in one go

The Edit screen is where many users are spending most of their time, so we’re always trying to make your editing life faster and easier.
Today, we improved all multi-value pick lists fields (e.g. Authors, Genres, Subjects) by letting you add multiple values in one go. In the Select Value screen we have introduced checkboxes now, that let you checkbox multiple values and add them instantly.

This is now available for the following fields:

  • Authors
  • Illustrators
  • Genres
  • Subjects
  • Extras
  • Narrators
  • Tags

Adding Books by ISBN: instant adding to queue

Previously, when you searched by ISBN (either by typing or scanning), the barcode instantly disappeared from the search box, but only appeared in the queue when the search was complete. Also with no “loading” indicator showing in the meantime. Not a problem when searches are instant, but it could lead to confusion in situations where it took a bit longer for the search to complete.

So we got to work and made it better: after hitting search, the ISBN now instantly appears in your queue, showing a “Searching” indicator. This gives you instant feedback the ISBN was accepted and is searching. Then, when the search has completed, the queue entry is filled in with the book details and cover image.

The above tweak also applies to the opening of the screen while you still had some ISBNs in the queue. This saved queue list will now populate faster.


Book Collector (macOS)

v20.0.3: Custom cover sync problem fixed and more

January 14th, 2020

This update fixes an issue with the sync where it would always re-upload the custom front/back covers if such a book had any change at all. This resulted in many unneeded re-uploads of custom front/back covers.

Important: After updating to this version:

  • the program will run a process to index your custom covers
  • all books with custom front/back covers will re-upload

Both processes might take a while!

Fixed:

  • Custom front/back covers were re-uploaded too often
  • Quick Search: using arrow buttons and clicking results wasn’t working correctly

Book Collector (Windows)

v20: Folder panel improvements + new Statistics screen

January 13th, 2020

We are 2 weeks into 2020, so it’s time for Book Collector 20! Today in v20, we’re bringing you 2 super useful and time-saving improvements for the folder panel, plus a brand new Statistics screen.

Read more


CLZ Books (Android)

v5.2.2: Sync time-out issue fixed

January 7th, 2020

Fixed:

  • Rare incident where timeouts occurred during CLZ Cloud sync.

CLZ Books (iOS)

v5.2.2: Sync time-out issue fixed

January 7th, 2020

Fixed:

  • Rare incident where timeouts occurred during CLZ Cloud sync.

CLZ Books (iOS)

v5.2.1: New Statistics screen

December 19th, 2019

A big update for the CLZ Books app again, introducing a new Statistics screen, a cool “infographic” style screen, showing totals and statistics about your book collection.
To open it, just choose “Statistics” from the menu.

In this new screen, you can find:

  • The number of books in your collection, and how many authors.
  • A top 5 list of your most recent additions.
  • A nice pie chart showing the distribution of your books over formats (Hardcover, Softcover, etc..).
  • A bar chart of your books by author.
  • A bar chart of your books by publisher.
  • A bar chart of your books by genre.
  • A bar chart of your books by subject.
  • A pie chart showing your how many of your books are marked as read.


CLZ Books (Android)

v5.2.1: New Statistics screen

December 19th, 2019

A big update for the CLZ Books app again, introducing a new Statistics screen, a cool “infographic” style screen, showing totals and statistics about your book collection.
To open it, just choose “Statistics” from the menu.

In this new screen, you can find:

  • The number of books in your collection, and how many authors.
  • A top 5 list of your most recent additions.
  • A nice pie chart showing the distribution of your books over formats (Hardcover, Softcover, etc..).
  • A bar chart of your books by author.
  • A bar chart of your books by publisher.
  • A bar chart of your books by genre.
  • A bar chart of your books by subject.
  • A pie chart showing your how many of your books are marked as read.


Book Collector (macOS)

v20.0.2: Small fix build

December 17th, 2019

A couple of fixes today for Book Collector macOS:

Fixed:

  • Manage Pick List screen could crash on the box set field
  • Printing a list while in dark mode would print a black page

Book Connect

Sort your folder panel by the numbers

December 6th, 2019

A useful and fun new option in your Book Connect software today!
By default, the folders in your folder panel are sorted alphabetically. But as of today, there is another option: sort your folder panel by the numbers, that is by the number of books contained.

Sorting by the numbers is a nice way to find the most important Authors, Publishers, Genres, Subjects, etc.. in your collection.

Switch between the Alphabetical and Number sorting using the new toggle to the right of the search box:


Book Collector (macOS)

v20: Dark Mode support / Many new sync fields (inc back covers!)

December 4th, 2019

The year “twenty-twenty” is coming up, so here’s Book Collector v20 for macOS!

In this release we added support for the macOS Dark/Light Mode and enhanced the CLZ Cloud syncing system with many new fields and back cover images.

Read more


CLZ Books (iOS)

v5.1.3: Fixed a crash during sync

December 3rd, 2019

The app could crash during syncing of certain items. Shouldn’t happen anymore now!

Fixed:

  • App could crash while syncing with CLZ Cloud

Book Connect

Create your own multi-level-folder favorites

November 25th, 2019

Roughly a month ago we introduced the ability to use multiple levels of folders in the folder panel. At the time, limited to several built-in field sensible field combinations.

Today we’re giving you the next logical step: the ability to create and save your own multi- and single-level favorites for the folder panel.

The Favorites are shown at the top of the Folder menu, with the single-field options still available at the bottom.

Read more


CLZ Books (iOS)

v5.1.2: New folder option: Purchase Year

November 25th, 2019

New:

  • Group by “Purchase year”

CLZ Books (Android)

v5.1.2: New folder options and some fixes

November 22nd, 2019

New:

  • Group by “Purchase year” and “Reading year”

Fixed:

  • Details panel showed “publication date” where it should show “original publication date”
  • Grouping on “publisher” didn’t always work correctly

CLZ Books (Android)

v5.1.1: Many more editable fields

November 14th, 2019

A big step forward for the CLZ Books app today, in which we add many new editable fields:

  • Illustrator
  • Cover Price
  • Extras
  • For audiobooks:
    • Narrator
    • Length
    • Abridged Yes/No
  • About the original book:
    • Original Title
    • Original Subtitle
    • Original Country
    • Original Language
    • Original Publisher
    • Original Publication Date

Of course, all the new fields sync to/from the CLZ Cloud too.


CLZ Books (iOS)

v5.1.1: Many more editable fields

November 14th, 2019

A big step forward for the CLZ Books app today, in which we add many new editable fields:

  • Illustrator
  • Cover Price
  • Extras
  • For audiobooks:
    • Narrator
    • Length
    • Abridged Yes/No
  • About the original book:
    • Original Title
    • Original Subtitle
    • Original Country
    • Original Language
    • Original Publisher
    • Original Publication Date

Of course, all the new fields sync to/from the CLZ Cloud too.


Book Connect

Improved Statistics page, plus new breadcrumb/filter bar

November 4th, 2019

Two updates for your Connect software today. An improved Statistics screen, with cool new charts and lists, plus a re-designed toolbar that clearly shows your currently selected folders and filters.

Read more


CLZ Books (iOS)

v5.0.11: Fix for uploading custom covers

October 26th, 2019

Fixed:

  • Custom images were uploaded too often

CLZ Books (Android)

v5.0.12: Fix for uploading custom covers

October 26th, 2019

Fixed:

  • Custom images were uploaded too often

Recent changes

v5.3.1: Search folders, sort folders by count and and faster syncing February 14th, 2020 v5.3.1: Search folders, sort folders by count and and faster syncing February 14th, 2020 v20.0.3: Fixed a DPI issue in Statistics screen February 6th, 2020 v20.0.2 Better Tag editing / Faster syncing February 4th, 2020 v20.0.4 Now syncs through our brand-new CLZ Cloud Sync-server February 4th, 2020 Faster loading of images through WebP image format January 27th, 2020 Improvements to Edit and Add screens January 17th, 2020 v20.0.3: Custom cover sync problem fixed and more January 14th, 2020 v20: Folder panel improvements + new Statistics screen January 13th, 2020 v5.2.2: Sync time-out issue fixed January 7th, 2020 v5.2.2: Sync time-out issue fixed January 7th, 2020 v5.2.1: New Statistics screen December 19th, 2019 v5.2.1: New Statistics screen December 19th, 2019 v20.0.2: Small fix build December 17th, 2019 Sort your folder panel by the numbers December 6th, 2019 v20: Dark Mode support / Many new sync fields (inc back covers!) December 4th, 2019 v5.1.3: Fixed a crash during sync December 3rd, 2019 Create your own multi-level-folder favorites November 25th, 2019 v5.1.2: New folder option: Purchase Year November 25th, 2019 v5.1.2: New folder options and some fixes November 22nd, 2019 v5.1.1: Many more editable fields November 14th, 2019 v5.1.1: Many more editable fields November 14th, 2019 Improved Statistics page, plus new breadcrumb/filter bar November 4th, 2019 v5.0.11: Fix for uploading custom covers October 26th, 2019 v5.0.12: Fix for uploading custom covers October 26th, 2019