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Comic Collector (Windows)

v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing, revamped Edit screen, new “Clean” template and more!

December 13th, 2017

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 CLZ Comics 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.

Revamped Edit Comic screen

A huge refresh of the Edit Comic screen, bringing the look and feel more in line with the recent Add Comics from Core screen.

  • Button bar is now at the bottom of the screen
    With OK button high-lighted in blue, nice Next/Prev arrow buttons, etc…

  • Clearer blue + buttons for checkbox list fields (like Genres)
  • Same blue + buttons for dropdown fields (like Series, Publisher, Imprint)
  • Revamped Edit screen for pick list items
    Button bar at the bottom with blue OK button, smaller generate buttons, etc..

But it’s not all just cosmetic changes:

Improved interface for adding Creators and Characters

The new interface helps you make better use of your existing creator and character pick lists:

  • Cleaner lists, showing just Display Name and Role/Alias.
  • Right-click to Modify the name and sort name of a person in the list.
  • Drag the icon in the first column to change the order.
  • Click the “x” in the last column to remove entries.
  • To add a Creator to the list:
    • 1. click the “+ Add Creator” button, or hit Insert on your keyboard
    • 2. Select the creator type (Writer, Penciler, Inker, etc…)
    • 3. A new screen appears, showing your existing creator pick list.
    • 4. Type a few letters in the search box to find the creator you want to add, e.g. enter “stra” to find J. Michael Straczynski.
    • 5. Hit the down arrow on your keyboard a few times to select the creator from the search results
    • 6. Hit Enter to return to the Edit Comic screen with the creator added to the list.

    ONLY when the creator is not in your pick list yet, there’s 3 extra steps:

    • 4a: click the New Creator button top right
    • 4b. enter/paste the display name
    • 4c. click OK

    Simplified: Edit Multiple Comics screen

    • Now use checkboxes to explicitly indicate which field(s) you want set.
      Safer and clearer, no more unexpected changes.

    • To clear a field, just click the checkbox and leave the box empty.
      The box will highlight in red to indicate the CLEAR action. No more hidden F8 keys.

    Simplified screens for selecting Column, Sort and Folder fields.

    The ability to select your own Columns for the List View is an important customization feature of our Comic Collector software. The same holds for selecting the sort order and the folder fields for the folder panel.

    However, the “field selection” screens for doing these customizations have always been an area of confusion. So for v18 we decided to re-imagine both the field selection screens and the system for creating/managing your own presets.

    • Simplified Field Selection screen:
      • Available fields are now grouped, like the tabs in the Edit Comic screen.
      • Easily find the field you want with the search box top left.
      • Use checkboxes on the left to select fields.
      • Use the “x” button on the right to remove fields.
      • Drag and drop fields on the right side to change the order.
      • Rename the field set at the top right.
    • Simplified system for managing your field presets:
      • Just click the Columns or Sort Order button to EDIT the current preset.
      • Click the little arrow to the right of the Columns or Sort Order button to open the preset menu and switch to a different preset.
      • Choose Manage Presets from the preset menu to edit your presets and create new ones.

    NEW: “Clean” template for the details panel, in Light and Dark styles

    A complete refresh, based on the recent Connect/Cloud details page updates. Clean, clear and modern, with some fresh layout ideas:

    • Cleaner look, in both Light and Dark styles.
    • Clear display of Series, Issue Number, Date and Edition.

    • Nicer display of contents of Trade Paper Backs:

    No more Standard edition: Pro-only features now available for everyone!

    Since last week, we stopped selling the Standard edition of Comic Collector. From now on, the Pro edition is the only edition we sell, and will just be called “Comic Collector” now.

    Our gift to all users on the Standard edition who have a valid Update Plan:
    Starting with v18, you now get access to all Pro-only features:

    • Batch editing with the Edit Multiple feature:

      Save time by editing multiple items in batch, e.g. to fill in a field value for many items in one go.

    • Customizable pre-sets for sorting, columns and folders:

      Create your own pre-set field combination for sorting and columns. Define your own folder options, even multi-level folder combinations.

    • User Defined Fields:

      Create your own fields (text, number, pick list, checkbox or date) and rename pre-defined fields.

    • Export features:

      Export your database to a CSV or XML file.

  • Comic Collector (Windows)

    v17.1.6: Fixed some issues in the Add from Core screen

    October 11th, 2017

    New:

    Add Comics from CLZ Core: “check/uncheck all issues in this series” now also available when right clicking an issue.

    Fixed:

    • Add Comics from CLZ Core:
      • When checking/unchecking all issues, the add all button didn’t update accordingly.
      • After adding an issue all barcode searches containing that issue would be removed from the queue.
      • Expanding a result would sometimes scroll to a different part of the list.
    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v17.1.5: Fixed Access Violation in Add from CLZ Core screen

    September 14th, 2017

    Fixed

    • Add Comics from CLZ Core: Access Violation when adding several issues by barcode
    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v17.1.4: Bug fixes for the Add Comics from CLZ Core screen

    September 14th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Add Comics from CLZ Core:
      • (un)checking an item in a selection would not (un)check all those items
      • Preview art was downloaded into the front cover field if no front cover art was available
      • Adding/updating comics from CLZ Core could crash the program when a credit had no role assigned
      • Scanning multiple issues from the same series could cause a problem with the search results cells
    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v17.1.3: Maintenance build

    August 24th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Add Multiple Comics Manually: the first two comics of the added list would get the same index number.
    • Linking Comics with CLZ Core didn’t mark them “dirty” for syncing with CLZ Cloud.
    • Main Screen: Quick filter panel option “keep active” wasn’t applied directly after restarting software.
    • Edit Comic: Links tab: When editing a local link, the “previous” button didn’t work.

    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v17.1.2: More improvements to the Add Screen

    August 18th, 2017

    Improvements:

    • Add Comics from CLZ Core:
      • Right click menu:
        • You can now right click a series result to “check/uncheck” all issues.
        • Sort series by Title or by Publisher on “by Title”, “Pull List” and “Daily Updates” tab.
      • New “barcode not found” result in your list if a barcode doesn’t return any results.
      • Performance optimizations of the result list on all tabs.

    Fixed:

    • Add Comics from CLZ Core:
      • “This barcode is already in the search list” would be returned when searching for two variants of the same issue with slightly different barcodes.
      • After entering a barcode manually (or with certain barcode scanners) focus didn’t return to the barcode entry box.
      • The “Quick Fill” popup could pop up outside of the screen area.
    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v17.1.1: A completely new Add Comics screen!

    August 15th, 2017

    Big changes today! For version 17.1 we have completely re-designed the “Add Comics from CLZ Core” screen (previously called “Add Comics Automatically”). The new screen is both easier-to-use and easier-on-the-eye:

    • A clear two-panel design: Search Results on the left, Preview on the right.
    • The Search Results now show cover images for both series and issues.
    • Automatic Preview of selected issues (no more double clicking).

    See it in action:

    Here’s the full list of improvements:

    Read more


    Comic 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
    Comic 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.
    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v17.0.6: 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 Comic: using ALT+N or ALT+P to navigate to Next or Previous Comic could throw a “Cannot focus a disabled or invisible window” error
    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v17.0.5: 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 Comics 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
    • Add Comic: Double clicking “show all results” would scroll to the top of the list
    • Details View: character links were not active in Cobalt,Carbon and Quicksilver templates
    • User Defined Fields: adding a user defined field will now add it to the same group as the one currently selected
    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v17.0.4: 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 “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.

    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
    • Sync with CLZ Cloud: Series with identical Display Names could be confused when down syncing

    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v17.0.3: Fixed an access violation in the Quick Search box

    February 23rd, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Quick Search: Access Violation when selecting a suggestion with “no folders” active
    • Images Popup:
      • “size window to picture” showed image slightly smaller
      • .tiff images were not showing

    Comic 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

    Comic Collector (Windows)

    V17.0.1: Major updates to the Quick Search and Image Viewer popup!

    February 14th, 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.

    Read more


    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v16.4.4: Fixed crashes during Check for Update

    January 4th, 2017


    Fixed:

    • Crashes during Check for Update process

    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v16.4.3: Maintenance build

    January 2nd, 2017


    Fixed:

    • Edit Comic:
      • On User Defined Fields tab, “_[Add pick list item]_” didn’t work for comboboxes
      • Changing the role for a credit would mark all comics dirty where that person appeared instead of just the edited comic
    • person grids: adding a person with a display name that existed multiple times, would sometimes save the wrong one
    • Manage Pick Lists: removing pick list items didn’t mark their corresponding comics as modified
    • Main Screen: accelerator keys in main menu (like “ALT+F” for files menu) didn’t work
    • Update File Links: Story front cover paths were not updated properly

    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v16.4.2: Quick search with regular expressions and other tweaks

    November 10th, 2016


    New:

    • Quick search now also supports Regular Expressions. Enter “matches:” followed by regular expression in the quick search box.
    • 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.

    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v16.4.1: New: “Search-As-You-Type” suggestions when adding comics by title

    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.

    Read more


    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v16.3.10: Export to XML is now more efficient and some fixes

    September 13th, 2016


    Fixed:

    • Export to XML is now capable of exporting large databases without “Out of Memory” errors, as it now writes the XML directly to hard disk. This is a bit slower though.
    • Edit Comic:
      • Creators and Character grid column widths not restored properly sometimes
      • Contents tab: when trying to move a story up or down it would throw an “Abstract Error”
    • Sync with Cloud: Wrap Around and TPB fields were cleared when syncing down from the cloud
    • Add/Modify Filter: “Contains” filters were always case insensitive even when “case sensitive” was checked
    • Edit Multiple Comics:
      • cancelling without making changes would still ask for confirmation
      • F8 didn’t clear price values

    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v16.3.9: Fixed “Handle is invalid” error that could pop up

    August 17th, 2016

    Fixed:

    • Program could throw an “Handle is invalid” error after multiple edits
    • Add Comics Automatically: checked results would stay checked after adding them

    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v16.3.8: Maintenance build with improvements to the main screen and more

    August 16th, 2016


    Fixed:

    • Main Screen:
      • The folder tree was wrapping the values in the list
      • A double hint was showing for the thumbnail slider to resize thumbnails in Images View
    • When working offline, closing the program could cause Access Violations
    • Edit Comic:
      • It was possible to sort the stories list where it shouldn’t which caused drawing issues
      • Moving story up or down could make selected story look empty
    • User Defined Fields: values of check box lists were not loaded correctly in some cases

    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v16.3.7: Improvements to Cloud Syncing, Edit Comic screen and Dark Skin

    August 8th, 2016


    Improvements:

    • Cloud Syncing: Now does up to 5 retries when a sync action fails because of a temporary connection problem.
    • Edit Comic: Improved “search as you type” behaviour of search boxes for adding creators and characters.
    • Dark Skin: active window now has a light grey border, making it stand out more when windows overlap.

    Fixed:

    • Screen started to “flicker” after leaving the program inactive for a few minutes.
    • Add Automatically: selecting/checking issues could be *very* slow in some cases.
    • Add Automatically: adding a checked result would sometimes uncheck a result from another search in the queue.
    • Main Screen / Two Panel Mode: selection status text would sometimes show an invalid text when no comics were showing in the list.
    • Edit Multiple: F8 to clear didn’t work for memo fields like Plot and Notes.
    • Edit Multiple: “Quantity” field was always cleared.
    • Link Comics: multiple problems since the introduction of the Dark Skin.

    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v16.3.6: Small fixes to the Edit Comic screen

    July 19th, 2016


    Fixed:

    • Edit Comic:
      • Changing collection status sometimes would uncheck a radiobutton but not check the selected one
      • It wasn’t possible to enter an empty Issue Number, it would always show ‘0’
      • Previous/Next/Ok could mess up data when the edit screen was still loading

    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v16.3.5: Maintenance build: Fixed an access violation bug and more

    July 7th, 2016


    Fixed:

    • Export to HTML: access violation could occur in some cases when using a custom index template
    • Edit Screen: Checkbox List hints would sometimes not disappear
    • Main Screen: changing font size could make some screen elements disappear
    • Quick Filter Panel: filters weren’t applied directly at startup when panel was closed but “Keep Active” was checked

    Recent changes

    v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing, revamped Edit screen, new “Clean” template and more! December 13th, 2017 v17.1.6: Fixed some issues in the Add from Core screen October 11th, 2017 v17.1.5: Fixed Access Violation in Add from CLZ Core screen September 14th, 2017 v17.1.4: Bug fixes for the Add Comics from CLZ Core screen September 14th, 2017 v17.1.3: Maintenance build August 24th, 2017 v17.1.2: More improvements to the Add Screen August 18th, 2017 v17.1.1: A completely new Add Comics screen! August 15th, 2017 v17.0.7: Fixed the “Update” button in the Edit Screen April 26th, 2017 v17.0.6: Fixed a “Cannot focus window” error. April 25th, 2017 v17.0.6: Fixed an error and added new links to the What’s New page April 13th, 2017 v17.0.5: Maintenance build with lots of fixes April 10th, 2017 v17.0.4: Added search-as-you-type to pick list fields March 16th, 2017 v17.0.3: Fixed an access violation in the Quick Search box February 23rd, 2017 V17.0.2: New image popup method and updates to the quick search February 16th, 2017 V17.0.1: Major updates to the Quick Search and Image Viewer popup! February 14th, 2017 v16.4.4: Fixed crashes during Check for Update January 4th, 2017 v16.4.3: Maintenance build January 2nd, 2017 v16.4.2: Quick search with regular expressions and other tweaks November 10th, 2016 v16.4.1: New: “Search-As-You-Type” suggestions when adding comics by title September 22nd, 2016 v16.3.10: Export to XML is now more efficient and some fixes September 13th, 2016 v16.3.9: Fixed “Handle is invalid” error that could pop up August 17th, 2016 v16.3.8: Maintenance build with improvements to the main screen and more August 16th, 2016 v16.3.7: Improvements to Cloud Syncing, Edit Comic screen and Dark Skin August 8th, 2016 v16.3.6: Small fixes to the Edit Comic screen July 19th, 2016 v16.3.5: Maintenance build: Fixed an access violation bug and more July 7th, 2016