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Another big update for your Comic Collector software already. Today, version 22.2 brings you 4 cool new features:

  • User-configurable Pre-fill screen: choose your own fields
  • More configuration settings for Add / Update from Core
  • An easier and quicker way of marking Series as Completed
  • Support for WebP images

User-configurable Pre-fill screen: choose your own fields

One of the most popular features we added to the Comic Collector software in the past few years is the Pre-fill screen. You know, the screen that pops up when adding new comics from Core and lets you “pre-fill” some fields for the new additions, right there and then. Without having to go back and edit the entries afterwards. A big time-saver for most users.

The set of fields that is available on the Pre-fill screen has always been fixed, limited to Grade, Grading Company, Slabbed, Storage Box, Owner, Purchase Date/Store/Price, Quantity and Tags.

However, after the release of this feature, we instantly started getting requests for more fields to be added to the Pre-fill screen. Which makes sense, I mean, if you always fill in a field that is not on the Pre-fill screen, you would have to “edit after adding” anyway, rendering the entire Pre-fill screen useless…

So today we are taking the Pre-fill feature to the next level by making the screen completely user-configurable. That is, to allow you to choose your own Pre-fill fields!

Out of the box, the new Pre-fill screen will start with the fields that have always been on the screen: Grade, Grading Company, Slabbed, Storage Box, Owner, Purchase Date/Store/Price, Quantity and Tags.
But now, you can remove and add fields to fit *your* needs!

To get started: In the Pre-fill screen, on the bottom right, tap the Fields button. This will open a screen called “Select Pre-fill Fields”. There, you can check and uncheck fields.

TIP: use the drag icons to change the order of the Current fields! Some fields take half the screen width, other fields are full width. So you may want to play around with the order of fields to get the most “compact” layout.

Pre-fill: Added to all personal Date fields: Fill with “Today”

If you add any personal Date field to your Pre-fill screen, it will automatically show an extra “Fill with today” toggle on the right of the input box, which will always automatically set the date to today’s date. Super useful if you are always adding your new comics on the same day you purchase them!

New for Purchase Price: Fill with “Cover Price” minus your discount percentage

The Pre-fill screen already allowed you to automatically set the Purchase Price to the Cover Price. But many users are getting a fixed discount at their LCS, so requested a feature to automatically subtract that discount from the Purchase Price. A great idea, so here it is! 🙂

The Pre-fill screen is now also used to set field defaults

The functionality of the Field Defaults screen and the Pre-fill screen has always been comparable, so we figured it was the time to merge the two. The old Field Default screen has now been ditched and you can now set your field defaults with the Pre-fill screen, by selecting “Pre-fill Settings” from the Tools menu.
The main advantage: you can now set field defaults for any field you want 🙂

NOTE: if you disable the Pre-fill screen, so that it does not show when adding, then you can use the “Pre-fill fields even when screen not shown” setting to use the chosen values as field defaults.

More configuration settings for Add / Update from Core

The Add Comics from Core and Update from Core features have always been configurable, allowing you to choose which fields to download from Core or not. Today we’re expanding on that list of fields, so that you have full control over which fields are downloaded.

You can open the Add from Core settings straight from the Add Comics from Core screen, just click the menu icon top right, then choose “CLZ Core Settings”.
The Update from Core settings screen will popup automatically the next time you run Update from Core.

The fields for which you can switch the download On/Off now are the following:

  • Front Cover
  • Back Cover
  • Preview Art
  • Backdrop
  • Series (Update from Core only)
  • Variant
  • Variant Description
  • Title / Subtitle / Story Arc / Crossover
  • Creators
  • Characters
  • Plot
  • Genres
  • Series Group
  • Publisher
  • Cover Price
  • Cover Date
  • Release Date
  • Format
  • Imprint
  • Country
  • Language
  • Age
  • Pages
  • Key / Key Reason

An easier and quicker way of marking Series as Completed

You can now right click on a series item right from your folder panel and mark it “as completed” right there without actually editing the series entry.

Support for WebP images

Nowadays, many websites use the new .webp format for all images, for performance and file size reasons. So if you are often on the hunt for cover images online, you have probably run into super nice cover images… but you could not use them in Comic Collector because they were in WebP format.

Note anymore, as of today, you can use .webp images in Comic Collector. Either use the Covers tab in the Edit Comic screen or drop them on the details panel in the main screen.

Important: please note that your Comic Collector will keep using .JPG images internally. So when you Browse or drop a .webp image into the software, it will be auto-converted to a .JPG and saved in the program’s Images folder.


Recent changes

v22.2: Configurable Pre-fill, more configurable Update from Core fields + WebP support March 2nd, 2022 v22.1: Minor Keys vs Major Keys and Key Categories January 12th, 2022 v22.0: Automatic key comic info from Core and lots more November 18th, 2021 v21.6 Improved Submit to Core system October 8th, 2021 v21.5: Sync web-links with CLZ Cloud September 28th, 2021 v21.4: Bar chart in folder panel background September 14th, 2021 v21.3: New “Transfer Field Data” tool August 9th, 2021 v21.2: New Link Comics with Core screen June 8th, 2021 v21.1: Now download values in other currencies April 6th, 2021 v21.0.4 Extra Collection Status dropdown button in Add Screen March 17th, 2021 v21.0.3 Various improvements and fixes March 4th, 2021 v21.0: Add by Issue, Update Values report and a new Missing Comics tool! December 2nd, 2020 v20.6 Easier access to the Manage Pick Lists screen August 25th, 2020 v20.5: Changing your folder field is now much easier July 30th, 2020 v20.4: Faster image downloads, faster Update from Core June 25th, 2020 v20.3: Faster Shelves View + 2 new Shelf Styles June 8th, 2020 v20.2 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing! March 23rd, 2020 v20.1: Easily add and report comics with “unrecognized barcodes” March 11th, 2020 v20.0.3 Better Tag editing / Faster syncing February 5th, 2020 v20: Folder panel improvements + new Statistics screen January 7th, 2020 v19.3.1: Automatic comic values powered by GoCollect! August 1st, 2019 v19.2.1: New: Duplicate Finder tool April 15th, 2019 v19.1: Two cool tweaks requested by our users March 7th, 2019 v19.0.3: Image Viewer now resizes the window December 7th, 2018 v19.0: multiple collections, auto-sync images, 64-bit and a new Flex template! December 6th, 2018