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v5.5 New folder options for Creators and Characters

May 14th, 2020

Adding Creators and Characters as folder options has been on our ideas list for a long time, but it was never implemented because of performance problems.
After all, on large collections, the list of creators or characters can get HUGE.

But during the past few weeks, our mobile team has been working to improve the performance of the folder lists, including the recently introduced folder list search.

Soo… today we can finally introduce the new folder options.
(BTW: the performance improvements we made will also make your Series folders faster!)

New folder options for Creators and Characters

With this update, we introduced 22 (!) new folder options:

  • Characters
  • All Creators (group by all creators, regardless of their “role”)
  • Plus: separate folder options for all 20 creator roles:
    like Artist, Colorist, Penciller, Cover Artist, Writer, etc…

IMPORTANT: for correct sorting of Creator folders, you need to use Update from Core on all your comics. Here’s how:

  • Go to your All Comics list.
  • Tap and hold on 1 comic to select it, then choose Select All on the top right.
  • Now tap the menu icon on the bottom right, then choose Update from Core.

Redesigned Select Folder Field screen

Through the years, the number of available folder fields has grown enormously, making the Select Folder Field screen a bit “unwieldy”. And with todays addition of 22 more folder options, we *had to* come up with a better solution.

That is why version 5.5 also includes a re-designed Select Folder Field screen, with all folder options nicely grouped under sensible headers, and the most popular options (Series, Publisher, All Creators and Storage Box) instantly accessible at the top (see screenshot above).

Faster Update from Core

The Update from Core feature has become essential in this update, so that you can retrieve the correct sort names for your Creators from Core and get nicely sorted Creator folder list.

However, on large collections the old Update from Core feature was quite slow, as it updated your comics one by one, that is doing separate requests to our server for each and every comic.

So for this 5.5 update, we also complete rewrote the Update from Core feature to do the updates in batches of 100 comics at a time, making it much much faster!

Enjoy!


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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.


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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.


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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.

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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.


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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.

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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


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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

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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


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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.

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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.


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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

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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.

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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.

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v4.10.4: Bigger and easier to spot Add button!

May 9th, 2018

New for the Add Comics screen:

  • Add button is now bigger and easier to spot (some new users missed the little round “+”).
  • Add button now “remembers” your collection vs. wish list selection. No need to pick from the Collection/Wish List popup menu every time you add anymore.

Fixed:

  • Adding a comic would clear the collection status filter in the main screen.
  • The sorting option screen would sometimes not fully show the chosen sort option when opened.
  • iPad: Main screen: the details view did not refresh after changing the details template.
  • iPad: Main screen: the ‘edit my rating’ pop up was rotated when in landscape mode.

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v4.10: Many new sort options and a redesigned Select Sort Order screen

April 13th, 2018

We’ve added new fields to sort on to change the order in which your comic issues are displayed in your list. Your issue list will adapt to sort and show the field you’re sorting on. On top of that we’ve redesigned the Select Sort Order screen to make it more clear what you’re choosing.

Open the Select Sort Order screen by tapping the menu top right, then tap “Sort order”.

All available sort fields:

  • Series A-Z, then issue
  • Series Z-A , then issue
  • Cover Date
  • Release Date (New!)
  • Order of Entry (New!)
  • Read Date (New!)
  • My Rating (New!)
  • Purchase Date (New!)
  • Purchase Price (New!)
  • Current Value (New!)
  • Quantity (New!)

All fields can be sorted either ascending or descending. Tap the field you wish to sort on, then tap “Apply” to confirm.


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v4.9: Improved search features

February 21st, 2018

Quick Search: Search-As-You-Type suggestions

Instantly find and select a particular series in your local database:

  • In the Quick Search box, just start typing the first few letters of series title you are looking for.
  • While typing, a drop-down list will appear, showing the first five matching series.
    (for most series, it only takes 2 or 3 letters before it shows up.)
  • Once you see the series you were looking for, tap it to bring it up in the list
  • TIP: Tap the search button on the keyboard or tap “View All Results” to perform the normal search.

Quick Search now searches more fields

Now also searches in:

  • Series Group
  • Plot
  • Tags
  • Notes

Full list of fields that are now searched:

  • Series Title
  • Issue Title
  • Barcode
  • Crossover
  • StoryArc
  • Credit Name
  • Character Name
  • Series Group
  • Plot
  • Tags
  • Notes

Fixed:

  • Faster loading of details screen.
  • Crash within a few seconds of opening the app.
  • Crash when pressing ‘Change account info’ in the sync screen.

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v4.8.1: Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing!

January 10th, 2018

A new v4.8.1 update for your app is available now, with:

Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing

Add or edit comics 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.

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!

New:

  • Added ‘None’ entries to list of folders: The [None] folder groups the books you have not set the field for on which you’re currently folder grouping.
  • “Read It” folder option: Group your comics into Read it “Yes” or “No” folders to quickly find your unread comics!

Fixed:

  • Search cleared when the X button was pushed in the search bar of the main screen.

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v4.5.13: Further improvements to the Add Comics screen

November 8th, 2017

In today’s update for the CLZ Comics app, we have made further tweaks to the Add screen, to make it clearer and (hopefully) more stable than previous versions:

  • Slightly smaller font for the series name, so that longer titles fit better.
  • Clearer result entries for Add By Barcode searches, especially in cases of multiple results.
  • Color high-lighting: Comics already ‘on wish list’ now have an orange title, comics already “in collection” show up with a blue title.
  • Improved scroll behaviour.


Fixes in this update:

  • Some covers (Preview art) weren’t showing in the main screen thumbnail view
  • Series have/want header in main list was cut off in certain situations
  • Full screen cover scroller on iPhone/iPod devices was not properly updating its title bar

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v4.5.12: Optimized layout for iPad Pro

October 19th, 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
  • Disappearing floating add button when switching from list to thumbnail view

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    v4.5.10: Redesigned Selection Mode

    October 15th, 2017

    New:

    • Redesigned Selection Mode
      • Tap and hold on a comic/series to select it, select as many comics 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 comics (Remove / Update from CLZ Core).

    Fixed:

    • Crash when saving a cover image to the camera roll
    • Odd scrolling behavior when expanding/collapsing a series title search result in the Add Automatically screen
    • Odd scrolling behavior when scanning comic barcodes in the barcode scanning screen
    • Stuck keyboard after searching in main list
    • Autocorrect was enabled for the main list search bar

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    v4.5.5: New preview templates and better navigation after adding

    June 11th, 2017

    New:

    • Add Comics from CLZ Core:
      • Now automatically searches the series you were looking at in your app.
      • New skinned preview templates.
    • After adding/editing a comic, the app will now always find and show your last added comic 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 comics from CLZ Cloud.
    • Added skinning to Sign up/Log in/In App Purchase screens.

    Fixed:

    • Some barcode searches could return empty issues upon adding them.
    • Reading date was displayed twice in the ‘Clear’ templates.
    • 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 comic was removed, the list would scroll back to the top.
    • Various skinning, layout and color fixes.

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    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

    Fixed:

    • iPad: WANT-HAVE header was not correctly updated when changing Series folder.
    • Improved “tap” area of hamburger menu so you can back out of a folder more easily.

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    v4.5: A completely new look!

    April 23rd, 2017

    A huge v4.5 update for the CLZ Comics 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 Comics 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 comic collection.
    • Big floating blue ‘+’ button on bottom right for adding new comics.
    • Access all other features and tools from ‘hamburger’ menu top left.
    • Access all view settings from menu top right.
    • Quickly switch between All / In Collection / Wish List at the top.

    How to update your CLZ Comics app to version 4.5:

    • On your device, open the App Store app.
    • On the bottom, switch to the Updates tab.
    • Find the CLZ Games 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!


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    v4.3.2: New folder options and redesigned edit screen

    January 13th, 2017

    New:

    • New Folder options: format, store, age, color, country, crossover, edition, genre, language, story arc.
    • Edit screen is now split into two tabs (Main / Personal).
    • After editing/removing a comic, the app now remembers the list’s scroll position.

    Fixed:

    • After editing a comic, the changed values were not immediately visible in the list.
    • Alphabet sections in list were broken after “X”.
    • Adding by Barcode: barcodes can now be entered with voice dictation.
    • Crash in the in-app-purchase screen.
    • ‘Show all’ folder item was missing in empty folders on tablet devices.

    Recent changes

    v5.5 New folder options for Creators and Characters May 14th, 2020 v5.4 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing! March 18th, 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 v5.1: Better barcode scanning! January 29th, 2020 v5.0.8: Added 4 new folder options and some fixes January 8th, 2020 v5.0.5: Several user interface improvements October 9th, 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 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 v4.13.1: Redesigned app icon November 9th, 2018 v4.11.3: Moved some buttons to more logical places August 26th, 2018 v4.11: More editable fields! June 21st, 2018 v4.10.4: Bigger and easier to spot Add button! May 9th, 2018 v4.10: Many new sort options and a redesigned Select Sort Order screen April 13th, 2018 v4.9: Improved search features February 21st, 2018 v4.8.1: Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing! January 10th, 2018 v4.5.13: Further improvements to the Add Comics screen November 8th, 2017 v4.5.12: Optimized layout for iPad Pro October 19th, 2017 v4.5.10: Redesigned Selection Mode October 15th, 2017 v4.5.5: New preview templates and better navigation after adding June 11th, 2017 v4.5.2: New “Clear” templates added April 26th, 2017 v4.5: A completely new look! April 23rd, 2017 v4.3.2: New folder options and redesigned edit screen January 13th, 2017