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Comic Collector (macOS)

v18.1: New: 64-bit version of Comic Collector!

April 17th, 2018

Never a dull moment at the CLZ HQ… Here we were, working on nice improvements for our software, when suddenly… the guys at Apple had a brainwave: In their ultimate wisdom, they decided to start phasing out 32-bit applications.

Since April 12, users of macOS High Sierra are getting a “not optimized for your Mac” warning when they start a 32-bit application. Which includes the Comic Collector software for macOS 🙁

On top of that, Apple have already stopped allowing 32-bit applications in their App Store and rumours are that they may even stop supporting 32-bit applications in a future version of macOS, requiring every application to be 64-bit!

Of course, we were already aware that Apple would be going this route some day; the rumours have been around for quite a while. So we had already been working on a 64-bit version of our software, as a “back-burner project”.

But the introduction of last week’s “not optimized” warnings suddenly made this a high-priority project. So… we dropped everything we were doing and finalized our 64-bit project. And I am happy to report:

A fully 64-bit v18.1 version of Comic Collector is available now!

Not exactly what we were planning to do this month, but hey, this is what the Update Plans are for: your guarantee that we deal with everything the world throws at us 🙂

Comic Collector (macOS)

v18.0.2: Fixed various issues in the sync with CLZ Cloud

April 10th, 2018

Fixed:

  • Sync with CLZ Cloud:
    • Sometimes the “Local changes to be uploaded” counter didn’t show the correct number.
    • When a cover could not be downloaded during down syncing it would stop and not continue. Now it will continue and show a report of any possible errors that have occurred.
    • Sometimes covers weren’t uploaded when they should have.
    • The error: “This database is different from the one in CLZ Cloud” would show up in rare cases when it shouldn’t.
  • Main Screen:
    • There were still some cases where “follow edited item” option was not working.
    • Folder grouping on a credit role would show folders for all credit roles instead of just the one selected.

Comic Collector (macOS)

v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing + Performance improvements

April 3rd, 2018

Version 18 is finally here! And it not only bring the promised Auto-Cloud-Syncing, but also many improvements to the main screen, making it both faster and more stable.

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 comics in Comic Collector and these changes will auto-upload to the CLZ Cloud instantly. Did you make changes using the CLZ Comics mobile app or directly in Comic 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.

Main screen now faster and more stable

In the past few months, we have spent a lot of time rewriting important parts of the main screen. For instance, the code that refreshes the folder panel (which was slow, especially with the “counters” switched on) and also the part that restores your selection in the list after editing. At the same time, we reduced the program’s “memory footprint”, making it more stable overall.

The result is that the program is now a lot more enjoyable to use. It starts quicker, it refreshes much faster (after adding or editing) and switching between folder types is quicker.

The speed-up will be most noticeable on large collections, with thousands of comics. Especially when having LOTS of folders in the folder panel (e.g. Character folders).

Fixes

  • Cloud syncing:
    • After duplicating a comic, the duplicate would not be marked for syncing to cloud.
    • In some situations, a down-sync could update empty fields with data from Core.
    • In some situations, cover images would not upload automatically.
  • Main screen:
    • After editing, the edited items would not be selected after refresh.

Comic Collector (macOS)

v17.0.6: 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.
Comic Collector (macOS)

v17.0.5: 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 Comic Collector software to today’s version 17.0.5!

Comic 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 17.0.5.

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.
Comic Collector (macOS)

v17.0.4: Fixed issue with jumping cursor in the Add Screen

May 23rd, 2017

Fixed

  • Add Comics Automatically: the cursor in the search series title box would sometimes jump to the end while changing the search term.
  • Upload cover to CLZ Core: sometimes images were not uploaded properly because of the 500K size restriction although they were smaller in size.
Comic 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 “Publisher” in the quick search box, start typing a publisher name, and instantly see suggestions (based on what you typed) of publishers you have in your database. Click on a publisher to see all comics of that publisher.

Try it with the “Character” field too! Instantly filter down to all comics have that specific character in them.


Comic 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 Comics Automatically : image popup for cover was showing the images of the selected item in main screen
  • Add Comics Automatically : Search-As-You-Type stopped working after closing and reopening add screen
Comic 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 series in your local database:

  • In the Quick Search box, just start typing the first few letters of the series 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 one you were looking for, use the up/down keys to select it, then hit Enter.
  • The series will now be selected in your folder panel, with the issues showing in the list 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”.

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Comic Collector (macOS)

v16.1.8: Fixed some cover issues

February 2nd, 2017


Fixed:

  • Edit Screen: Content: adding a cover for a story/TPB Issue, was resulting in adding a cover for the main issue.
  • Edit Screen: Cover Popups were not always prompted on macOS Sierra.

Comic Collector (macOS)

v16.1.7: Fixed a bug in Add Automatically screen

January 17th, 2017


Fixed:

  • Crash: Add Comics Automatically screen could be prompted while using the program.

Comic Collector (macOS)

v16.1.6: Maintenance build

January 3rd, 2017


Fixed:

  • Cards View: Quick Search didn’t filter the cards in the list.
  • First Letter folder option was not using the Sort Names.
  • Loan Manager Screen: Search was not working.
  • Sierra: Full Screen Mode: “Add Cover” popup appears under the Edit Screen.
  • Internal Images: Templates images were not updated after editing an item.
  • When no internet connection was available, app was launched in Trial Mode.
  • Templates : HTML content in Plots was not formatted correctly.

Comic Collector (macOS)

v16.1.5: Fixed a size problem for columns

December 22nd, 2016


Fixed:

  • Main Screen: after resizing the first column too much, the text was no longer readable
  • Edit Comic: Closing the edit screen could cause a crash on El Capitan
Comic Collector (macOS)

v16.1.4: Fixed a crash when switching to statistics

December 1st, 2016


Fixed:

  • Main screen: switching from details to statistics would crash the program

Comic Collector (macOS)

v16.1.3: Fixed a startup problem for some macOS versions

November 23rd, 2016


Fixed:

  • Program would crash on startup or load incorrectly for OS older than Sierra
Comic Collector (macOS)

v16.1.2: Improved the Trial Edition flow

November 22nd, 2016


New:

  • Free Trial now has an information panel to show the user how to get started.
  • Trial Popup has been simplified to make it easier to pick one of the options.
  • The Trial Popup sometimes showed when it shouldn’t for existing users.

Fixed:

  • Fixed Fullscreen Popups on macOS Sierra

Comic Collector (macOS)

v16.1.1: New: “Search-As-You-Type” in Add Automatically screen

September 22nd, 2016


New: “Search-As-You-Type” suggestions when adding comics by title

If you are adding most of your comics “By Title”, then this will be a huge time-saver.

Here’s how the new “Search-As-You-Type” feature works:

  1. In the Add Comics Automatically screen, just start typing the first letters of the series title you want to add issues for.
  2. While typing, a drop-down list will appear, instantly showing the five most popular series that match,
    including the date range, the number of issues contained and a small thumbnail image.
  3. For popular series, it usually takes only 2 or 3 letters before it shows up.
    For older or less popular series, type a few more letters.
  4. Once you see your series appear, use the arrow keys to select it, then hit Enter.
  5. Then under Search Results, that exact series will be listed, with its’ issue list.

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Comic Collector (macOS)

v16.0.10: Fixed “Check for Update” on Sierra and more

September 19th, 2016


Fixed:

  • Check for Update was broken for macOS Sierra.
  • Templates were broken when User Defined Field headers contained special characters.
  • CLZ Cloud: Down sync: Fixed an issue causing possible duplication of series.

Comic Collector (macOS)

v16.0.9: Corrected some sync issues and more

June 14th, 2016

Fixed:

  • CLZ Cloud Sync: Fixed a crash when down-syncing a new comic.
  • CLZ Cloud Sync: Series: Sort Names were not always synced.
  • Add Auto: When adding a new Comic, customised Series Names were overwritten.
  • 2 Panel Mode: Folders were always sorted by article.
  • Folders: Preference “Ignore SortName of Person Item” was not working.

Comic Collector (macOS)

v16.0.8: Maintenance build

May 24th, 2016


Fixed:

  • Edit In List: some checkboxes didn’t trigger a sync change
  • Cards View: Find Cover: select new cover. New Cover was not displayed.
  • Add Auto: Queue mode > Add Selected: sometimes all (not selected) queue items were added
  • Main Screen: 2 Horizontal Panels: Layout Sizes were not restored
  • Add Automatically: By Barcode: Sometimes a new comic was added without barcode
  • Manage Pick Lists: Didn’t always show any warning for duplicate items

Comic Collector (macOS)

v16.0.7: Added barcode icon back into the template and some more fixes

May 3rd, 2016


Fixed:

  • Add Auto screen: “automatically close after queue is emptied” was not working
  • Table Sorting: Empty values were not sorted correctly
  • Edit In List: Edit Read It & Changing Date didn’t trigger a “sync change”
  • Template: Barcode icon was missing

Comic Collector (macOS)

v16.0.6: Added a new menu option, setting and some fixes

April 12th, 2016


New:

  • New Maintenance tool: Tools > Maintenance > Open database location
  • Add Auto/Update Settings: Include links from Collectorz Core

Fixed:

  • Add Auto: QuickFill: Collection Status wasn’t set correctly
  • Stories UDF were not saved
  • Sort by Series Column: now it sorts the Series Issues too
  • Template: Links section fixed

Comic Collector (macOS)

v16.0.5: Collection Status setting is now working correctly

April 5th, 2016


Fixed:

  • Add auto screen: “Collection Status” setting was not working properly
  • Images View: Newly added items with “Add Automatically” were not selected

Comic Collector (macOS)

v16.0.4: Fixed some template issues and more

March 22nd, 2016


Fixed:

  • Templates: changing Read It/Rating didn’t trigger a change for syncing
  • Templates: 2 panels mode with selected folder: selection was lost after changing “Read It”
  • Edit in List: Edit Rating was not working
  • Templates: Online Links: “https” URLs didn’t open
  • Cover Flow panel now has a black background
  • Performance: Statistics are no longer updated if not necessary
  • Sort Sets selection was sometimes lost after restarting the app
  • Main Screen: “Collection status” filter selection was not remembered after restarting the app

Comic Collector (macOS)

v16.0.3: Added menu item for Card View

March 7th, 2016


Fixed:

  • Menu: “View > Cards” item was missing
  • Cards View was not working on Mavericks
  • Add automatically: edit screen wasn’t opening after adding a comic
  • Delete Orphan Images: TPB Covers were always deleted

Recent changes

v18.1: New: 64-bit version of Comic Collector! April 17th, 2018 v18.0.2: Fixed various issues in the sync with CLZ Cloud April 10th, 2018 v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing + Performance improvements April 3rd, 2018 v17.0.6: Fixed a bug with the Quick Search and Alphabet bar September 21st, 2017 v17.0.5: Now compatible with macOS 10.13 “High Sierra” September 21st, 2017 v17.0.4: Fixed issue with jumping cursor in the Add Screen May 23rd, 2017 v17.0.3: Added search-as-you-type to pick list fields March 22nd, 2017 v17.0.2: Some quick v17 fixes March 8th, 2017 V17.0.1: Major updates to the Quick Search and Image Viewer popup! March 7th, 2017 v16.1.8: Fixed some cover issues February 2nd, 2017 v16.1.7: Fixed a bug in Add Automatically screen January 17th, 2017 v16.1.6: Maintenance build January 3rd, 2017 v16.1.5: Fixed a size problem for columns December 22nd, 2016 v16.1.4: Fixed a crash when switching to statistics December 1st, 2016 v16.1.3: Fixed a startup problem for some macOS versions November 23rd, 2016 v16.1.2: Improved the Trial Edition flow November 22nd, 2016 v16.1.1: New: “Search-As-You-Type” in Add Automatically screen September 22nd, 2016 v16.0.10: Fixed “Check for Update” on Sierra and more September 19th, 2016 v16.0.9: Corrected some sync issues and more June 14th, 2016 v16.0.8: Maintenance build May 24th, 2016 v16.0.7: Added barcode icon back into the template and some more fixes May 3rd, 2016 v16.0.6: Added a new menu option, setting and some fixes April 12th, 2016 v16.0.5: Collection Status setting is now working correctly April 5th, 2016 v16.0.4: Fixed some template issues and more March 22nd, 2016 v16.0.3: Added menu item for Card View March 7th, 2016