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Improved searching in Connect and Cloud

June 13th, 2017

Previously, the search feature in the cloud viewer took you to a separate page showing the search results.

Now, the search is fully integrated into the regular collection viewer. Which means that you can now search, then further drill down using folders and/or the alphabet bar. Super handy, especially for large collections.


CLZ Books (iOS)

v4.5.4: New preview templates and better navigation after adding

June 11th, 2017

New:

  • Add Books from CLZ Core: New skinned preview templates.
  • After adding/editing a book, the app will now always find and show your last added book in your main screen.
  • If you log in to your CLZ Account on a new or empty device, the app will now ask you if you wish to download your books from CLZ Cloud.
  • Added skinning to Sign up/Log in/In App Purchase screens.

Fixed:

  • After each CLZ Cloud sync the “Quick Search” and “Collection Status Filter” was cleared.
  • When a custom cover was downloaded via CLZ Cloud syncing, the thumbnail in the list wasn’t immediately updated.
  • When a book was removed, the list would scroll back to the top.
  • Various skinning, layout and color fixes.
Book Connect

New: Improved Edit Screen and Duplicate feature

June 9th, 2017

Another productive week here for our Connect pages! Our web developer Joe has finished work on 2 improvements for your Connect page:

New layouts in Edit Screen

We recently took a look at our Edit Screen and figured it was time to change some fields around as we thought they weren’t all logically placed. So for all 5 Connect titles we’ve now changed the layout and placements of your fields in the Edit Screen. We also consolidated all “Cover” tabs in the edit screens so they work the same in all 5 Connect titles.

New: Duplicate feature

You can now duplicate an item in your database. To do this, click on an item in your database to view its details, then at the top click on “Duplicate”.
The new duplicated item will be an exact duplicate of the previous item, but it will be unlinked. You can Link the duplicated item with the “Link” button at the top of the details page.

Book Connect

Add by Barcode: Now directly connect to your CLZ Barry barcode scanning app!

June 2nd, 2017

We’d love to see more users enjoy the fun and ease of adding items to their database by scanning barcodes with their phone or tablet. So we also decided a couple of weeks ago to make our CLZ Barry app FREE (previously US $10).

New: Directly connect to CLZ Barry from Connect

Previously you needed a special program to connect and send barcodes to your computer, but today we added a direct connection to CLZ Barry on all “Add by Barcode” pages on Connect, which means you can directly connect to any mobile device running the barcode scanning app “CLZ Barry” and scan barcodes straight into your Add by Barcode page on Connect!

Reminder: What is CLZ Barry ?

CLZ Barry is the Collectorz.com barcode scanner app. It lets you:

  • Scan barcodes with your mobile device’s camera.
  • Instantly send the barcodes (the 12 or 13-digit numbers) to the Add page on Connect.

How to get started with CLZ Barry

  1. Open the App Store or Play Store on your device,
    then search for “CLZ BARRY” and download the app.

  2. Follow the Getting Started Guide to set up and start scanning.
    Getting Started for iOS / Getting Started for Android
Book Collector (Windows)

v17.1.1: A completely new Add Books screen!

June 1st, 2017

Big changes today! The Add Books Automatically screen has been completely re-designed, to make it both easier-to-use and easier-on-the-eye (and it’s now called “Add Books from CLZ Core”):

  • A simple two-panel design: Search Results on the left, Preview on the right.
  • The Search Results now show cover images.
  • Automatic Preview of selected result (no more double clicking).

See it in action:

Here’s the full list of improvements:

Read more


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
Book Connect

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.

Read more

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.

Read more


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.

Read more

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”.

Read more


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

Recent changes

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 New: The barcode queue is now remembered between sessions April 4th, 2018 v18.0.2: Fixed a freeze caused by User Defined Fields April 3rd, 2018 v4.10: New: Many new sort options and a redesigned Select Sort Order screen April 3rd, 2018 v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing + Performance improvements March 29th, 2018 Updated “Export to Text” and “Print to PDF” pages March 27th, 2018 Redesigned Column and Sort Order field selection screens March 21st, 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 March 1st, 2018 v4.9.3: New: Single Search Box for your Add Books screen February 28th, 2018 v4.9.2: Fixed a crash with the search February 27th, 2018 v4.9: Improved search features February 21st, 2018 Search box now searches more fields February 19th, 2018