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CLZ Comics (Android)

v5.4 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing!

March 18th, 2020

Faster CLZ Cloud syncing!

We have made several structural changes to the CLZ Cloud syncing, making it much much faster than before, especially when syncing large amounts of entries up to the CLZ Cloud or down from the CLZ Cloud.

To enjoy the faster syncing, you need to use the actual Sync with CLZ Cloud screen.

(The Auto-Syncing in the background is also slightly faster now, but if you need to sync many entries up or down, please use the Sync with CLZ Cloud screen.)

New design for Sync with CLZ Cloud screen

While we were at it, we decided to do a quick make-over for the Sync screen, with a new look and layout and a direct link to your CLZ Cloud page online.

Fixed:

  • Made the touch area for scrollbars a bit bigger (useful for quick scrolling)

CLZ Comics (iOS)

v5.4 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing!

March 18th, 2020

Faster CLZ Cloud syncing!

We have made several structural changes to the CLZ Cloud syncing, making it much much faster than before, especially when syncing large amounts of entries up to the CLZ Cloud or down from the CLZ Cloud.

To enjoy the faster syncing, you need to use the actual Sync with CLZ Cloud screen.

(The Auto-Syncing in the background is also slightly faster now, but if you need to sync many entries up or down, please use the Sync with CLZ Cloud screen.)

New design for Sync with CLZ Cloud screen

While we were at it, we decided to do a quick make-over for the Sync screen, with a new look and layout and a direct link to your CLZ Cloud page online.


CLZ Comics (Android)

v5.3 Easily add and report comics with “unrecognized barcodes”

March 4th, 2020

Easily add and report comics with “unrecognized barcodes”

In general, our CLZ Core online comic database gives you excellent results on your barcode searches. However, it can always happen that you scan a comic’s barcode and it comes up as “unrecognized”, meaning that the barcode is not listed in our CLZ Core yet.

In today’s update, we have added a new “Unrecognized Barcode” screen, that serves two purposes. It lets you:

  1. Easily add the comic to your database anyway
  2. Report the barcode as missing, so that we can add it to our Core ASAP

Just fill in the following fields:

  • Series
  • Issue No and Variant
  • Variant Description
  • Cover Year and Month

and hit Add to Collection at the bottom.

BTW: please make sure that you scanned the FULL barcode before reporting it as missing!

Let’s work together to get all comic barcodes added to the CLZ Core!

Barcode search now supports multiple results

For older comics (1970 to 1990 era), publishers sometimes re-used barcodes on different issues in the same series. The CLZ Comics app has never supported that situation well, it would just returned ONE of those issue.

However, with more and more barcodes for older comics now being added, we have updated the barcode search engine to fully support this situation. When searching for a barcode that was used for multiple issues, the app will now give you all matching results, for you to choose from.


CLZ Comics (iOS)

v5.3 Easily add and report comics with “unrecognized barcodes”

March 2nd, 2020

Easily add and report comics with “unrecognized barcodes”

In general, our CLZ Core online comic database gives you excellent results on your barcode searches. However, it can always happen that you scan a comic’s barcode and it comes up as “unrecognized”, meaning that the barcode is not listed in our CLZ Core yet.

In today’s update, we have added a new “Unrecognized Barcode” screen, that serves two purposes. It lets you:

  1. Easily add the comic to your database anyway
  2. Report the barcode as missing, so that we can add it to our Core ASAP

Just fill in the following fields:

  • Series
  • Issue No and Variant
  • Variant Description
  • Cover Year and Month

and hit Add to Collection at the bottom.

BTW: please make sure that you scanned the FULL barcode before reporting it as missing!

Let’s work together to get all comic barcodes added to the CLZ Core!

Barcode search now supports multiple results

For older comics (1970 to 1990 era), publishers sometimes re-used barcodes on different issues in the same series. The CLZ Comics app has never supported that situation well, it would just returned ONE of those issue.

However, with more and more barcodes for older comics now being added, we have updated the barcode search engine to fully support this situation. When searching for a barcode that was used for multiple issues, the app will now give you all matching results, for you to choose from.


CLZ Comics (iOS)

v5.2.1: Search folders, sort folders by count and and faster syncing

February 20th, 2020

In this update we introduce a new quick-search for your folders, sorting your folders by the counters, an [All Comics] option at the top of your series list, 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 Series, or Publishers, etc.. tap a folder and the list will give you all comics for the selected Series or Publisher.

However, if your collection spans thousands of comics and hundreds of series, 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 comics contained.

Sorting by the counters is a nice way to find the biggest Series in your collection, your most popular Publishers, etc..

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

For the Series folders we also added a counter on the right hand side so you can see how many issues you have per series!

New “[All Comics]” option

While in Series folders, you now have a new “[All Comics]” option at the top, for a full list of all comics over all series.

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 Comics 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.

CLZ Comics (Android)

v5.2.1: Search folders, sort folders by count and and faster syncing

February 20th, 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 Series, or Publishers, etc.. tap a folder and the list will give you all comics for the selected Series or Publisher.

However, if your collection spans thousands of comics and hundreds of series, 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 comics contained.

Sorting by the counters is a nice way to find the biggest Series in your collection, your most popular Publishers, etc..

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

New “[All Comics]” option

While in Series folders, you now have a new “[All Comics]” option at the top, for a full list of all comics over all series.

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 Comics 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 Comics (iOS)

v5.1: Better barcode scanning!

January 29th, 2020

Adding comics by barcode is most popular feature of the CLZ Comics app, so let’s see if we can make it even better! Today’s version 5.1 is all about barcode scanner:

Improved scan engine

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

Automatic scanning of any barcode type

In previous versions, you had to manually set the scan mode (+0 | +2 | +5), depending on the type of barcode you were scanning. But not anymore!

We have made the scanner much smarter now. Just set it to “Auto” and it will automatically scan every barcode you throw at it. It will automatically pick up extensions, whether 2 digits long or 5 digits long. Super easy, super quick.

BTW: in rare cases, the scanner may “give up” on finding the extension too quickly. E.g. with lower quality cameras or in “less than optimal” lighting conditions. In that case, set the scanner to “EXT” mode, which will force it to find the extension.


CLZ Comics (Android)

v5.1: Better barcode scanning!

January 29th, 2020

Adding comics by barcode is most popular feature of the CLZ Comics app, so let’s see if we can make it even better! Today’s version 5.1 is all about barcode scanner:

Improved scan engine

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

Automatic scanning of any barcode type

In previous versions, you had to manually set the scan mode (+0 | +2 | +5), depending on the type of barcode you were scanning. But not anymore!

We have made the scanner much smarter now. Just set it to “Auto” and it will automatically scan every barcode you throw at it. It will automatically pick up extensions, whether 2 digits long or 5 digits long. Super easy, super quick.

BTW: in rare cases, the scanner may “give up” on finding the extension too quickly. E.g. with lower quality cameras or in “less than optimal” lighting conditions. In that case, set the scanner to “EXT” mode, which will force it to find the extension.


CLZ Comics (iOS)

v5.0.8: Added 4 new folder options and some fixes

January 8th, 2020

New:

  • You can now folder group on 4 extra fields:
    • Cover Date Year
    • Release Date Year
    • Read Date Year
    • Purchase Date Year

Fixed:

  • Rare incident where timeouts occurred during CLZ Cloud sync.
  • Main list cells now show release date instead of cover date.

CLZ Comics (Android)

v5.0.9: Added 4 new folder options and some fixes

January 7th, 2020

New:

  • You can now folder group on 4 extra fields:
    • Cover Date Year
    • Release Date Year
    • Read Date Year
    • Purchase Date Year

Fixed:

  • Rare incident where timeouts occurred during CLZ Cloud sync.
  • Main list cells now show release date instead of cover date.

CLZ Comics (iOS)

v5.0.5: Several user interface improvements

October 9th, 2019

Instead of working on new features, we decided to take a few weeks to look at existing screens and functionality and see where things could be improved, of course all based on your feedback.

Today’s update brings you new iOS 13 style “sheet” screens and a batch of user interface improvements we implemented (more coming up!):

Read more


CLZ Comics (Android)

v5.0.6: Several user interface improvements

October 1st, 2019

Instead of working on new features, we decided to take a few weeks to look at existing screens and functionality and see where things could be improved, of course all based on your feedback.

Today’s update brings you the first user interface improvements we implemented (more coming up!):

Easier to find Edit and Remove buttons on comic details screen (phone only)

Easier editing of pick list fields, especially multi-value fields

  • Selected/checked values are now always at the top
  • For multi-value fields (like Genre), check/uncheck multiple values in one go!
  • Easier to find big button at the top for adding NEW values..

Complete Re-design of Manage Pick List screen

  • Easier to find big button at the top for adding NEW values.
  • Remove Unused and Merge action have now been moved to action (…) button top right.
  • Easier to use Merge mode.

Add by barcode: New Clear Queue button and new “Scanning tips” popup

Other tweaks:

  • Re-introduced a “sync changes pending” icon to the “Sync with CLZ Cloud” menu item

CLZ Comics (Android)

v5.0.4: New: Statistics screen

September 19th, 2019

Last week, we released CLZ Comics 5.0, of which the most popular new feature was the new automatic comic values tool.

After the release, we immediately started getting questions from many users “Okay, I see the values now, but where can I see the TOTAL value of my collection”?

Of course, we were way ahead of you! Planned for inclusion in the v5.0 release was a cool new Statistics screen, with charts, totals, everything. Sadly, we had to skip this feature because of time constraints, as we really wanted to make our planned v5 deadline.

However, 10 days later, the Stats screen has been finished now, waiting for you in version 5.0.4!

New Statistics screen

A cool “infographic” style screen showing totals and statistics about your comic collection. Find your biggest series, your most recent purchases, your most valuable comics and the value by series and of course, the total value.


CLZ Comics (iOS)

v5.0.4: New: Statistics screen

September 19th, 2019

Last week, we released CLZ Comics 5.0, of which the most popular new feature was the new automatic comic values tool.

After the release, we immediately started getting questions from many users “Okay, I see the values now, but where can I see the TOTAL value of my collection”?

Of course, we were way ahead of you! Planned for inclusion in the v5.0 release was a cool new Statistics screen, with charts, totals, everything. Sadly, we had to skip this feature because of time constraints, as we really wanted to make our planned v5 deadline.

However, 10 days later, the Stats screen has been finished now, waiting for you in version 5.0.4!

New Statistics screen

A cool “infographic” style screen showing totals and statistics about your comic collection. Find your biggest series, your most recent purchases, your most valuable comics, the value by series and of course, the total value of your collection.

Fixed:

  • Purchase store could display twice in the details template

CLZ Comics (iOS)

CLZ Comics 5.0: Automatic values, more fields, multiple collections and more

September 9th, 2019

It’s finally here, CLZ Comics 5.0. Here’s what’s new in v5:

  • CLZ Comics is now a subscription app
    Of course, all existing users have been “grandfathered” into a life-time app unlock.
  • Automatic “slabbed & graded” values from GoCollect
    Find the most valuable comics in your collection (premium online service, so requires a subscription).
  • Lots of new data fields
    Grade, Grading Company, Grader Notes, Slabbed vs Raw, Signed By, Is Key Comic, Key Reason, Plot, Nr of Pages, Genres, Country and Language.
  • Now supports and syncs multiple collections
    Create and sync multiple “sub collections” within your database.
  • Automatic cloud-syncing of your own “custom” images
    No more need to manually force “Upload Image to CLZ Cloud”.
  • Many tweaks to the menu and overall UI
    Logo in top bar, clearer Edit/Remove buttons, new Maintenance sub-menu, etc..

Read more


CLZ Comics (Android)

CLZ Comics 5.0: Automatic values, more fields, multiple collections and more

September 9th, 2019

It’s finally here, CLZ Comics 5.0. Here’s what’s new in v5:

  • CLZ Comics is now a subscription app
    Of course, all existing users have been “grandfathered” into a life-time app unlock.
  • Automatic “slabbed & graded” values from GoCollect
    Find the most valuable comics in your collection (premium online service, so requires a subscription).
  • Lots of new data fields
    Grade, Grading Company, Grader Notes, Slabbed vs Raw, Signed By, Is Key Comic, Key Reason, Plot, Nr of Pages, Genres, Country and Language.
  • Now supports and syncs multiple collections
    Create and sync multiple “sub collections” within your database.
  • Automatic cloud-syncing of your own “custom” images
    No more need to manually force “Upload Image to CLZ Cloud”.
  • Many tweaks to the menu and overall UI
    Logo in top bar, clearer Edit/Remove buttons, new Maintenance sub-menu, etc..

Read more


CLZ Comics (iOS)

v4.14.2: New design for resizable panels in Add Screen

December 17th, 2018

New:

  • The resizable panels in the add screen now have the same design as the ones in the main screen.

Fixed:

  • iPad: Wrong initial panel layout in the main screen when the app is started in landscape mode.

CLZ Comics (iOS)

v4.14.1: New for iPad layout: Resizable panels

December 7th, 2018

A useful update of your app today, that is, if you are using the app on an iPad:

All panels in the main screen (folders, list and details) are now resizable using draggable separators between the panels, so that you can customize the layout to your own liking.


CLZ Comics (Android)

v4.14.1: New for tablets: Resizable panels

December 5th, 2018

  • All panels in the main screen (folders, list and details) are now resizable using draggable separators between the panels, so that you can customize the layout to your own liking.
  • The resizable panels in the Add screen have been updated to use the nicer look of the draggable separators.


CLZ Comics (iOS)

v4.13.1: Redesigned app icon

November 9th, 2018

New: Redesigned app icon

We designed new icons that give new users a better indication of what the app actually does (as opposed to just a different color CLZ logo), but still obviously belong together, when shown together.

Fixed:

  • List did not scroll to top when the status bar was tapped
  • App could crash on startup in rare cases

CLZ Comics (Android)

v4.13.1: Redesigned app icon

November 6th, 2018

New: Redesigned app icon

We designed new icons that give new users a better indication of what the app actually does (as opposed to just a different color CLZ logo), but still obviously belong together, when shown together.

And if you have Android 8.0 or higher, we’re also including an “adaptive app icon” as of today which are in line with all your other app icons!


CLZ Comics (Android)

v4.11.3: Moved some buttons to more logical places

September 3rd, 2018

Some changes in CLZ Comics for you:

  • The buttons to switch folders, sorting and view options have been moved to more logical places to make them more accessible.
  • The skins and templates options are now only available from the settings screen.
  • The selection mode button has been removed, just tap and hold on an item to start selecting items.

Fixed:

  • Update from Core could (in some cases) overwrite manually entered information for the Edition, Crossover, Imprint and Age fields.

CLZ Comics (iOS)

v4.11.3: Moved some buttons to more logical places

August 26th, 2018

Some changes in 4.11.3 for you:

  • The buttons to switch folders, sorting and view options have been moved to more logical places to make them more accessible.
  • The skins and templates options have been moved to the settings screen.
  • The selection mode button has been removed, just tap and hold on an item to start selecting items.

CLZ Comics (Android)

v4.11: More editable fields!

June 21st, 2018

By popular demand, we have added 7 more editable fields to CLZ Comics. These fields were already available as automatic Core fields but are now fully editable:

Fields that are now fully editable:

  • Edition
  • Crossover
  • Story Arc
  • Imprint
  • Age
  • Cover Price
  • Release Date

But wait, that’s not all: All the above fields now also sync to and from the CLZ Cloud!

Secure HTTPS connections, for your security and privacy

As indicated in our recent GDPR email, we are updating our software and services, to be more secure and to better protect your privacy.

Starting with version 4.11 CLZ Comics now uses secure HTTPS connections for all communications with our servers:

  • for logging in with your username and password
  • for syncing your data with CLZ Cloud
  • for sending your searches to Core.

To make this possible, we have created new secure “entry points” on our servers, that are only allowing secure HTTPS connections. The new CLZ Movies app only communicates with those secure entry points.

For your privacy and security, we strongly recommend updating your app to v4.11.


CLZ Comics (iOS)

v4.11: More editable fields!

June 21st, 2018

By popular demand, we have added 7 more editable fields to CLZ Comics. These fields were already available as automatic Core fields but are now fully editable:

Fields that are now fully editable:

  • Edition
  • Crossover
  • Story Arc
  • Imprint
  • Age
  • Cover Price
  • Release Date

But wait, that’s not all: All the above fields now also sync to and from the CLZ Cloud!

Note: Because of the new fields the app needs to perform a database optimization. If you have a very big database (over 10.000 items) and/or a slower device, this optimization can take a while to complete. If you’re having troubles with this, please contact us for a solution.

Secure HTTPS connections, for your security and privacy

As indicated in our recent GDPR email, we are updating our software and services, to be more secure and to better protect your privacy.

Starting with version 4.11 CLZ Comics now uses secure HTTPS connections for all communications with our servers:

  • for logging in with your username and password
  • for syncing your data with CLZ Cloud
  • for sending your searches to Core.

To make this possible, we have created new secure “entry points” on our servers, that are only allowing secure HTTPS connections. The new CLZ Movies app only communicates with those secure entry points.

For your privacy and security, we strongly recommend updating your app to v4.11.

Fixed:

  • Last update made some settings disappear in the settings screen. They are back now.
  • Added bottom margin to the add auto screen on iPhone X to make the add button more reachable
  • The sync screen wasn’t logging local deletes.

Recent changes

v5.4 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing! March 18th, 2020 v5.4 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing! March 18th, 2020 v5.3 Easily add and report comics with “unrecognized barcodes” March 4th, 2020 v5.3 Easily add and report comics with “unrecognized barcodes” March 2nd, 2020 v5.2.1: Search folders, sort folders by count and and faster syncing February 20th, 2020 v5.2.1: Search folders, sort folders by count and and faster syncing February 20th, 2020 v5.1: Better barcode scanning! January 29th, 2020 v5.1: Better barcode scanning! January 29th, 2020 v5.0.8: Added 4 new folder options and some fixes January 8th, 2020 v5.0.9: Added 4 new folder options and some fixes January 7th, 2020 v5.0.5: Several user interface improvements October 9th, 2019 v5.0.6: Several user interface improvements October 1st, 2019 v5.0.4: New: Statistics screen September 19th, 2019 v5.0.4: New: Statistics screen September 19th, 2019 CLZ Comics 5.0: Automatic values, more fields, multiple collections and more September 9th, 2019 CLZ Comics 5.0: Automatic values, more fields, multiple collections and more September 9th, 2019 v4.14.2: New design for resizable panels in Add Screen December 17th, 2018 v4.14.1: New for iPad layout: Resizable panels December 7th, 2018 v4.14.1: New for tablets: Resizable panels December 5th, 2018 v4.13.1: Redesigned app icon November 9th, 2018 v4.13.1: Redesigned app icon November 6th, 2018 v4.11.3: Moved some buttons to more logical places September 3rd, 2018 v4.11.3: Moved some buttons to more logical places August 26th, 2018 v4.11: More editable fields! June 21st, 2018 v4.11: More editable fields! June 21st, 2018