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New: Improvements to “Selection Mode” and added “None” folders,

May 22nd, 2017

Improvements to “Selection Mode”

You can now enter selection mode and use the “Select All” button top left to select all items in a list, or use “Shift clicking” to select a bunch of items in one go (hold the Shift button on your keyboard and click a couple of items to select/deselect them).

Use these selection mode improvements to select a subset of your database and quickly export them to PDF for instance!

New “None” folder added

We added a new “None” folder to your folder group view. The “None” folder will display when the field you’re folder grouping on is empty for that item.

Example: if you folder on “Genres” but you have one item where the Genre is not filled in, that specific item will appear in your “None” folder!

Print to PDF: Field Names on every page

We added a new checkbox in the settings for Print to PDF to include the field names column header on every single page.

New statistics added

We added some more collection statistics to the statistic screen. In your Connect page, click the “wrench” icon top right and then “Statistics” to check them out!

CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.5.3: Navigation and View settings now correctly restored

May 22nd, 2017

New:

  • On restart the navigation state and view settings are restored

Changed:

  • Old Import from Book Collector has been moved to Settings screen

Fixed:

  • Crash in search-as-you-type box
  • Added new review popup
Book Connect

Faster editing, updated Statistics and other tweaks

May 16th, 2017

At the moment our entire web-team, 3 developers, is working full-time on our Connect editions. And it shows: lot of improvements and small tweaks are being released in rapid succession.

An overview of last week’s updates, now live in your Connect account:

Faster editing

This is a big one, as it makes editing your entries in Connect a lot quicker (and less annoying!).
Previously, after editing an entry, the entire list refreshed which A. was slow and B. caused you to lose your place in the list.

Now, the list does not refresh anymore. After an edit action, the edited item is simply updated with the new field values. Which is super quick and leaves you right where you were before you opened the Edit screen.

NOTE: this change has one implication: If your edit action would cause the item to be sorted in a different place in the list, or even to be moved to a different folder, that will not happen immediately. A simple manual refresh is all it takes in that case.

Updated Statistics screen

We re-wrote the Statistics screen using different charting tools, which makes them look and animate nicer AND solves several browser-specific problems.

Print to PDF enhancements

The new Print to PDF feature can now be used on a selection of items. So just go to Select mode, select some items, then choose Print to PDF in the toolbar top right.

Also, we have added a Margin setting, that lets you control the width of the margins of the generated PDF output.

More column and sort fields

We are regularly receiving requests for more fields to be available as column and sort fields. If technically feasible, we are adding these as we go. Some recent additions:

  • Comics: Release Date and Cover Price are now available as column fields.
  • Comics: Read It is now available in the Field Defaults settings.
  • Movies: Director and Format are now sortable fields.
  • Movies: Title Sort is now available as an Export field.
  • Games: Genre is now available as a sort field.

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

Book Connect

New: Print your list to a PDF file

May 1st, 2017

New in the CLZ Cloud viewer and Book Connect: a Print to PDF feature!
Generate a PDF file from your book list, ideal for printing.

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Book Collector (Windows)

v17.0.7: Fixed the “Update” button in the Edit Screen

April 26th, 2017

Fixed:

  • Edit Screen: clicking “Update” would cause an Access Violation
CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.5.2: New “Clear” templates added

April 26th, 2017

New in 4.5.2:

  • New Details View templates which are easier on the eye:
    • Clear Light template
    • Clear Dark template
  • Changed layout in some templates (repositioned “Subtitle” to make more room for “Title”).

Fixed:

  • The last book in a list could not be selected.
  • Covers were not updated in the main list after editing a book.
  • Login now does a receipt check.
  • “Change Template” button moved to right sidebar in the main screen.
  • Better thumbnail layout in Landscape Mode.
  • After closing the add books automatically screen, it now selects the latest added book.
  • After syncing “collection status” no longer reverts to “all”.
  • Improved “tap” area of hamburger menu so you can back out of a folder more easily.
Book Collector (Windows)

v17.0.6: Fixed a “Cannot focus window” error.

April 25th, 2017

Fixed:

  • Edit Screen: switching tabs could throw a “Cannot focus a disabled or invisible window” error when the screen was still loading
Book Collector (Windows)

v17.0.5: Fixed an error and added new links to the What’s New page

April 13th, 2017

New:

  • Links to renew your update plan will now automatically log you into your account on the website.
  • Check for Updates: now has a link to the “What’s New” blog on our website.
  • My CLZ Account popup: now has a link to the “What’s New” blog on our website.

Fixed:

  • Edit Book: using ALT+N or ALT+P to navigate to Next or Previous Book could throw a “Cannot focus a disabled or invisible window” error
CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.5: A completely new look!

April 13th, 2017

A huge v4.5 update for the 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 4.5 for iOS?

  • A completely new look, that is cleaner and brighter.
  • The choice between two skins/themes: Light & Dark.
  • No bottom toolbar means more screen space for your book collection.
  • Big floating blue ‘+’ button on bottom right for adding new books.
  • Access all other features and tools from ‘hamburger’ menu top left.
  • Access all view settings from menu on top right.
  • Quickly switch between All / In Collection / Wish List at the top.

How to update your CLZ Books app to version 4.5:

  • On your device, open the App Store app.
  • On the bottom, switch to the Updates tab.
  • Find the CLZ Books entry and tap “UPDATE” on the right.

Do you like the new look?
Then please let the world know by posting a nice review in the App Store!

Book Collector (Windows)

v17.0.4: Maintenance build with lots of fixes

April 10th, 2017

Fixed:

  • Quick Search Suggestions:
    • selecting an item from the suggestion list would sometimes do nothing with a grouping on more than one field active
    • clicking the “show all results for…” label after pasting a search string with the mouse didn’t always perform the search
  • Quick Search: “matches:” followed by nothing would result in a “regular expression required” error
  • Scaled images for thumbnails, CLZ Movie export, etc. are now saved without metadata for smaller file sizes and better performance
  • Main Screen:
    • Images Popup didn’t show box set covers
    • Nothing would show when switching to Cards view after applying the quick filters
    • Select random didn’t always work properly in a filtered list
  • Manage Pick Lists: deleting text from the search box would initiate “remove item”
  • Import from XML: price and value fields weren’t always imported correctly
  • Import from Text: fields were not properly imported when delimiter appeared in field value
  • Sync with Cloud: HTML in plot and notes fields didn’t always sync down properly
  • Editing/Adding Pick List items: it was possible to create duplicate items with identical Display Names
  • User Defined Fields: adding a user defined field will now add it to the same group as the one currently selected
CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.3.7: Final iOS7 compatible version

April 5th, 2017

Important: this is the FINAL iOS 7 compatible version.
Support for iOS 7 will be dropped for future versions.

Fixed:

  • iOS 7: Crash in Add screen when opening the Add by Barcode tab.

Coming up: Fresh look and layout

Please look forward to the next build coming up in a couple weeks with a complete new fresh look and layout!

Book Connect

New: Back up / Restore your database

March 27th, 2017

Whilst we make daily backups for you on our own servers, you can now create your own backup of your Connect database and download it to your computer!

If you ever make a big mistake and lose valuable data, you can upload a previously downloaded backup file and restore it to your current database.

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Book Collector (macOS)

v17.0.3: Added search-as-you-type to pick list fields

March 22nd, 2017

We’ve expanded the quick search box to now also allow “search-as-you-type” with suggestions for pick list fields.

How does it work?

In the quick search box top right of your screen you should see a “dropdown” button. Use this to select which field you wish to perform a search on. If “search-as-you-type” is available for that field, it will instantly work once you start typing in the box.

Example

You can now select the field “Author” in the quick search box, start typing an author name, and instantly see suggestions (based on what you typed) of authors you have in your database. Click on an author to see all his/her books.

Try it with the “Publisher” field too! Instantly see which books you own from a specific publisher you type in the quick search box.


Book Collector (Windows)

v17.0.3: Added search-as-you-type to pick list fields

March 16th, 2017

Search-As-You-Type for pick list fields

We’ve expanded the quick search box to now also allow “search-as-you-type” with suggestions for pick list fields.

How does it work?

In the quick search box top right of your screen you should see a “dropdown” button. Use this to select which field you wish to perform a search on. If “search-as-you-type” is available for that field, it will instantly work once you start typing in the box.

Example

You can now select the field “Author” in the quick search box, start typing an author name, and instantly see suggestions (based on what you typed) of authors you have in your database. Click on an author to see all his/her books.

Try it with the “Publisher” field too! Instantly see which books you own from a specific publisher you type in the quick search box.

Fixes in this version

We also fixed some issues with the program in this version:

  • Images Popup:
    • “size window to picture” showed image slightly smaller
    • .tiff images were not showing

Book Connect

New: Flexible import from Text/CSV files

March 14th, 2017

Import from TXT or CSV

Import any Text or .CSV file into your collection

You can now import any text file (.txt) or comma separated value file (.csv) into your collection on Connect using the new import page in your Connect account.

With this new import tool you are able to quickly import a list of books from for instance an existing collection you may have in a spreadsheet or different software. All you have to do is export those books from your other software to a text or CSV file and follow the steps on the new Import page in your Connect account.

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Book Collector (macOS)

v17.0.2: Some quick v17 fixes

March 8th, 2017

Fixed:

  • Program would crash at startup on macOS 10.9 or older
  • Search-As-You-Type tweaked to search first letters of each word only, making the results more precise
  • Add Books Automatically : image popup for cover was showing the images of the selected item in main screen
Book Collector (macOS)

V17.0.1: Major updates to the Quick Search and Image Viewer popup!

March 7th, 2017

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 one you were looking for, use the up/down keys to select it, then hit Enter.
  • The book will now be selected in your list, with the details showing in the Details Panel.

NOTE: this Search-As-You-Type feature replaces the old “filter-as-you-type” behaviour of the Quick Search box. If you want to go back to the old behaviour, you can do so in the Preferences screen, on the Behaviour page using the setting called “When typing in Quick Search box”.

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Book Collector (Windows)

V17.0.2: New image popup method and updates to the quick search

February 16th, 2017

New:

  • Images popup now also supports “Size Picture to Window without stretching” option
  • Quick search: suggestions now also are shown when searching on “Title” field

Fixed:

  • Main Screen:
    • Quick Search: applying a filter could cause unexpected behaviour
  • Images Popup:
    • the status bar wasn’t always showing the right image path when opening
    • .bmp images were not showing
  • CueCat scanner wasn’t working properly any more

Book Collector (Windows)

V17.0.1: Major updates to the Quick Search and Image Viewer popup!

February 14th, 2017

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 one you were looking for, use the up/down keys to select it, then hit Enter.
  • The book will now be selected in your list, with the details showing in the Details Panel.

Read more


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

Book Collector (macOS)

v16.1.7: Fixed a problem with importing ISBNs via CSV/Text files

February 2nd, 2017


Fixed:

  • Import CSV: author sort names were filled in with ISBNs.
  • Main screen: crash when sorting by “First Edition” column.
  • Edit Screen: Cover Popups were not always prompted on macOS Sierra.

CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.3.5: Added more fields to “Unrecognized ISBN” screen

January 24th, 2017

New:

  • Redesigned missing ISBN screen with additional fields

Fixed:

  • Edit buttons missing for manage pick list fields in the edit screen

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 🙂

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CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.3.4: Redesigned Edit Book screen

January 12th, 2017

New:

  • Edit screen with tabs (main details/personal details)
  • Added folder options: country, store
  • Main list
    • Scroll position now remembered after editing/removing a book
    • Now updates live after editing a book
  • Added a ‘show all’ folder item in empty folders on tablet devices
  • Added collection status folders

Fixed:

  • Fixed list view section headers stopping at X
  • Crash in the in-app-purchase screen
  • App freezing when entering a 20 character password in the login screen
  • Manage Pick Lists:
    • Wrong sorting of numeric values
    • Crash when adding an empty item
    • Issue renaming an item with 1 letter only
  • Fixed database limit message appearing in the old desktop sync when the limit was between 100 and unlimited

Recent changes

New: Improvements to “Selection Mode” and added “None” folders, May 22nd, 2017 v4.5.3: Navigation and View settings now correctly restored May 22nd, 2017 Faster editing, updated Statistics and other tweaks May 16th, 2017 v4.5.1: Improved Add Books screen May 8th, 2017 New: Print your list to a PDF file May 1st, 2017 v17.0.7: Fixed the “Update” button in the Edit Screen April 26th, 2017 v4.5.2: New “Clear” templates added April 26th, 2017 v17.0.6: Fixed a “Cannot focus window” error. April 25th, 2017 v17.0.5: Fixed an error and added new links to the What’s New page April 13th, 2017 v4.5: A completely new look! April 13th, 2017 v17.0.4: Maintenance build with lots of fixes April 10th, 2017 v4.3.7: Final iOS7 compatible version April 5th, 2017 New: Back up / Restore your database March 27th, 2017 v17.0.3: Added search-as-you-type to pick list fields March 22nd, 2017 v17.0.3: Added search-as-you-type to pick list fields March 16th, 2017 New: Flexible import from Text/CSV files March 14th, 2017 v17.0.2: Some quick v17 fixes March 8th, 2017 V17.0.1: Major updates to the Quick Search and Image Viewer popup! March 7th, 2017 V17.0.2: New image popup method and updates to the quick search February 16th, 2017 V17.0.1: Major updates to the Quick Search and Image Viewer popup! February 14th, 2017 v4.3.10: Fixed an issue where “deletion changes” sometimes didn’t sync February 2nd, 2017 v16.1.7: Fixed a problem with importing ISBNs via CSV/Text files February 2nd, 2017 v4.3.5: Added more fields to “Unrecognized ISBN” screen January 24th, 2017 v4.3.9: Easily add books that come up as “Unrecognized ISBN” January 18th, 2017 v4.3.4: Redesigned Edit Book screen January 12th, 2017