Linking your comics for syncing with CLZ Cloud
Before uploading your comics to CLZ Cloud from the Windows or Mac software, you can “link your comics”.
Comic Collector, CLZ Cloud and Linking
Comic Collector is built around our central online database: Core for Comics. For the online user databases in CLZ Cloud, all factual comic details (cover artist, writer, etc) and cover images are used and shown directly from Core for Comics.
This factual comic data is not stored per user. Instead, it is stored only once, inside Core for Comics then linked to for every CLZ Cloud user that owns that comic.
This factual data is not uploaded to CLZ Cloud when you sync your data from Comic Collector. It only uploads your personal data fields like Collection Status, Purchase information, Notes, Rating, etc…), plus the link to the corresponding comic entry in Core for Comics (basically just the CLZ Comic ID of the entry inside Core for Comics).
So in order to see full comic details and cover images in CLZ Cloud, it is essential that your local comic entries are linked to the corresponding entries in Core for Comics.
Without linking, your comic entries will show up as simple Title entries, with just your personal data. No cover artist, writer, etc.
How to link your comics
If you have been using the Add Comics Automatically screen to catalog your comics, selecting and downloading the data from Core for Comics, then most of your comics will already be linked.
You will only need to link the comics that you added manually.
To link your comics, click menu CLZ Core > Batch Link Comics and let the program search for your comics in the Core for Comics. Link whatever you can (no problem if you can’t link a couple).
You can search all of them at once, or check the results and focus on each single comic before linking it.
The advantages of the Linking with Core for Comics and central shared data in Core for Comics
*Automatic Updates: * When our content managers or other users update the comic information in Core for Comics (e.g. to add a better cover image, to improve data, or to fix a typo), you will immediately see those changes in CLZ Cloud.
No need to “Update Comics Automatically”. Your collection in CLZ Cloud always automatically shows the latest version of the data and cover art.
It’s fast: Sharing the factual comic data means that its retrieval can be optimized (e.g. by caching), resulting in a smooth experience when browsing your CLZ Cloud comic collection. Also, syncing up from your desktop/mobile app v is very fast, because only your personal data and a single ID value needs to be uploaded to your CLZ Cloud.
It’s efficient: Shared factual comic data is only stored once, which means our servers are not clogged by duplicate copies of data and images (that are all the same for every user). This also makes it possible for our systems to make daily backups of your comic collection data.
What if a comic is not in Core for Comics?
This shouldn’t happen too often, but here’s what you can do to handle this situation and at the same time help us improve Core for Comics:
Good to know: You can upload and keep unlinked comics in your CLZ Cloud. Unlinked items will show up online with just some basic information and will include your personal data, including the cover image that you may have added yourself to the unlinked comic.
TIP: For comics not available in our central database, make sure to include the barcode in your unlinked entry, so that our Content Team can spot popular “un-linked” comics and add them to the central database. As soon as they do, your entry will automatically become a full entry with all comic information.
Also, if you do have full information for that comic you can right click it in your collection and report it to Core to add/make correction in Core for Comics.
Need more help with this?
Don’t hesitate to contact us here.