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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.

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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.

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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

Comic Collector (Windows)

v16.3.4: Updates and fixes for the date fields

July 1st, 2016


Changes

  • Date Fields: Year field’s position now also depends on system’s shortdate setting

Fixed:

  • Edit Comic:
    • Date fields didn’t clear their Month and Day values using next/previous when they weren’t filled in for the next/previous item
    • Delete key didn’t work in Month and Day fields to clear their values. Backspace did work normally.
    • Clicking stars to add rating didn’t set “read it” field according to setting

Comic Collector (Windows)

v16.3.3: Updated date fields and fixed a couple of bugs

June 30th, 2016


Changes

  • Date fields now have dropdowns for Month and Day. Order of Month and Day dropdown depends on system’s shortdate setting now

Fixed:

  • Edit Multiple: F8 in date fields didn’t clear them
  • Main Screen:
    • horizontal scrollbar was sometimes showing in folder tree when it shouldn’t
    • Cards View: scrolling using the mouse wheel wasn’t working properly
    • layout wasn’t always restored properly when quick filter panel was showing
  • Quick Filter Panel: collection status filter wasn’t showing in filter description at bottom of the screen

Comic Collector (Windows)

v16.3.2: Fix for Edit Multiple Comics

June 22nd, 2016


Fixed:

  • Edit Multiple Comics would clear “Quantity” field

Comic Collector (Windows)

v16.3.1: New: Light, Dark and System skins and Quick Filter panel

June 21st, 2016


NEW: Choose between Light, Dark or System skins

Yes, We’re getting rid of the gray!

Comic Collector now comes with a skin system, which affects the look of all screens in the program,
main screen, edit screens, add auto-screen, sync screen etc.. even the settings screens.

We have designed two different skins for you to choose from: Light and Dark.
The third option “System” is basically the old pre-v16.3 look.

  • Light: A clean look, white backgrounds, dark fonts. Very readable, easy on the eye.
  • Dark: A cool looking, modern design, with dark backgrounds, light fonts.
  • System: Keep things as it was, with the program following your Windows theme.

Please note:
The program now defaults to the Dark Skin. You can change to a different Skin using the Skin option in the View menu.
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Comic Collector (Windows)

v16.2.5: Fixed an bug in Edit Multiple Comics screen and more

April 21st, 2016


Fixed:

  • Edit Multiple Comics would always uncheck the “Trade Paperback” checkbox
  • Main Screen: Scrolling the Details View with the mouse wheel would scroll the list when the scroll bar reached the top
  • Sync with Cloud: cancelling sync didn’t always work

Comic Collector (Windows)

v16.2.4: Fixed error: “Ancestor for cxTreeStyleRepository not found”

March 24th, 2016


Fixed:

  • Edit Comic: Edit/Add Story would throw an “Ancestor for ‘cxTreeStyleRepository’ not found” error
Comic Collector (Windows)

v16.2.3: Improved cover flow loading and fixed other issues

March 23rd, 2016


Fixed:

  • Starting program in Cover Flow or switching to it was very slow
  • Main Screen: Cards View: selection wasn’t always restored properly
  • Update File Links: Story front cover paths were not updated properly
  • Quick search:
    • Pasting text into quick search box didn’t show the clear button
    • Escape button will now clear quick search when quick search is selected.

Comic Collector (Windows)

v16.2.2: Fixed bugs for the download of preview art and pull list.

March 8th, 2016


Fixed:

  • Update from Core: Preview Art was not downloaded even when update option was set to “replace current data”.
  • Add Automatically: fixed a few bugs regarding fetching and showing Pull List issues.
  • Update File Links: Story front cover paths were not validated.

Comic Collector (Windows)

v16.2.1: Introducing: Card View for the main screen

February 24th, 2016

New view for the main screen: Card View

Next to List View, Images View and Cover Flow, we have added a Card View, a multi-column view with little info cards for each comic, showing the main issue details and a small cover thumbnail.

Fixed:

  • Add Comics Automatically:
    • expanding series on Pull List tab would sometimes retrieve too many issues
    • issue dates weren’t always showing on Pull List tab
    • right click menu didn’t popup when there were no results showing
  • Carbon + Quicksilver templates: series image didn’t scale down to correct size
  • Quicksilver template didn’t show the issue numbers for trade paper backs
  • Linking comics: updating an unlinked comic would not update it from Core after linking it

Comic Collector (Windows)

v16.1.3: Improved loading backup files

December 22nd, 2015


Fixed:

  • Loading of backup.xml is now more robust

Comic Collector (Windows)

v16.1.2: Better webcam scanning implemented

December 15th, 2015


Fixed:

  • Improved Webcam functionality for Webcam Barcode scanning:
    • Sometimes starting the webcam feature would hang the program
    • Some webcams didn’t show any video
    • A JPEG error could be thrown for some webcams
  • Add Automatically: when you didn’t want to move an issue from your wish list into your collection, it wasn’t possible.

Comic Collector (Windows)

v16.1.1: Find Cover systems now all use Bing Image Search

December 3rd, 2015


Find Image Online tool now uses Bing Image Search

The Find Image Online tool previously used Google Images to find images.

However, it turns out that on December 1, Google terminated the free Google Image Search API
that we were using, causing our Find Image Online functionality to stop working.

Google provides a new paid version of the Search API, but it is limited to max 10K searches per day.
With the amount of customers we have, we need at least 20K daily searches (600K per month!) 🙁

The solution: Switch to BING!

Microsoft also offers a paid Bing Image Search API and this one has no limits.
Or, to be more precise, they let us pay more for higher limits.

We immediately went to work and updated all our Windows and Mac programs
to use Bing Images for the Find Image Online tool instead.
Obviously, this generates considerable extra monthly costs (well over US $1,000),
but we have decided that we will NOT pass on these extra costs to our customers.

So here it is: the new Find Image Online, powered by Bing. Enjoy!

Fixed:

  • Freezes at start up for some users, caused by the webcam detection.

Recent changes

v18.4.2: More images now available in Find Cover screen September 18th, 2018 v18.4.1: Secure HTTPS connections July 27th, 2018 v18.3 build 3 and 4: Fixed display problem in two panel mode June 28th, 2018 v18.3.2: Fix for remembering column widths June 27th, 2018 v18.3.1: More fields now sync to CLZ Cloud and CLZ Comics June 25th, 2018 v18.2.1: Selection checkboxes / New Action Bars May 30th, 2018 v18.1: Full support for High DPI screens / Large Fonts May 23rd, 2018 v18.0.7: Maintenance build with lots of fixes January 18th, 2018 v18.0.6: Fixed: various layout problems on “125% DPI” systems January 12th, 2018 v18.0.5: Various tweaks and fixes for version 18 January 4th, 2018 v18.0.4: Fixed sorting in the pick item screens and more December 21st, 2017 v18.0.3: Improved workflow of pick item screens December 20th, 2017 v18.0.2: Maintenance build with some fixes December 18th, 2017 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