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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.
Book Collector (Windows)

v17.2.4: Fixed Access Violation in Add from CLZ Core screen

September 14th, 2017

Fixed

  • Add Books from CLZ Core: Access Violation when adding several books by isbn
Book Collector (Windows)

v17.2.3: Fixed an issue with checking/unchecking in Add Screen

September 14th, 2017

Fixed:

  • Add Books from CLZ Core: (un)checking an item in a selection would not (un)check all those items
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)

v4.5.6: 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.
Book Collector (Windows)

v17.2.2: New icons for the Add from CLZ Core screen and fixes

August 24th, 2017

New:

  • Add Books from CLZ Core: the 4 “Add by” tabs now have icons.

Fixed:

  • Link/Update Books with CLZ Core: if an ISBN can’t be found, the author, publisher and title are now filled in automatically in the “Unrecognized ISBN” screen, if they are known from the book you’re linking.
  • Main screen: Details Panel: characters with a link filled in were not clickable.
  • Edit Book: Links tab: When editing a local link, the “previous” button didn’t work.
  • After adding a book where a pick list item (such as an author) was updated with new information, not all books using that same author were marked as “dirty” for syncing with CLZ Cloud.

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.
Book Connect

You can now sort your books on 4 more fields

August 7th, 2017

New:

  • New fields you can now sort your books on:
    • Country
    • Format
    • Language
    • Publisher

Recent changes

v18.3.1: Updated “Add Books from CLZ Core” screen September 18th, 2018 v18.4.2: More images now available in Find Cover screen September 17th, 2018 Several new settings and improvements September 12th, 2018 v4.10.4: Secure HTTPS connections September 3rd, 2018 Easier setting up of CLZ Barry barcode scanner August 31st, 2018 v4.11.1: Secure HTTPS connections August 26th, 2018 Image and Card Views: Sharper, smoother, faster August 24th, 2018 New: link your books to Core with the smart Batch Link screen August 21st, 2018 Success rate for ISBN searches now 97%! (was 90%) August 6th, 2018 v18.4.1: Secure HTTPS connections July 30th, 2018 Integrated Book Details, improved Cover and Card Views July 16th, 2018 v18.3.3: Fixed display problem in two panel mode June 28th, 2018 v18.3.2: Several fixes for “Access Violation” errors June 27th, 2018 New tooltips and split-up settings June 14th, 2018 New: selection checkboxes and action bar June 5th, 2018 v18.2.1: Secure HTTPS connections May 31st, 2018 v18.3.1: Selection checkboxes / New Action Bars May 30th, 2018 v18.2: Full support for High DPI screens / Large Fonts May 23rd, 2018 v4.10.3: Bigger and easier to spot Add button! May 14th, 2018 New: Import your collection from “BookCAT” May 9th, 2018 New: Import your collection from “Delicious Library” May 9th, 2018 v4.10.2: Bigger and easier to spot Add button! May 9th, 2018 v18.1: New: 64-bit version of Book Collector! April 17th, 2018 Add Books is now a pop-up screen April 13th, 2018 v18.0.3: Fixed various issues in the sync with CLZ Cloud April 10th, 2018