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Comic Collector (Windows)

v20.2.4: Fixed a “list index out of bounds” error

May 11th, 2020

Fixed:

  • “List index out of bounds” error when viewing / modifying TPB entries

Comic Collector (Windows)

v20.2.3: New features and fixes

April 28th, 2020

New:

  • “Collection Status” field can now be used as a folder field
  • “Storage Box” field has been added to the Add from Core Quick Fill pop up

Fixed:

  • Update All Values from GoCollect did not work anymore (on large collections)
  • Problems using the Add Comics screen Pull List tab
  • Resources/Handles related error when Adding or Updating from Core
  • Series “have/want” summaries erroneously included comics from ALL sub-collections

Comic Collector (Windows)

v20.2.2: Fixed some Access Violations

April 20th, 2020

Fixed:

  • Fixed several issues with AutoSync that could cause Access Violation errors

Comic Collector (Windows)

v20.2 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing!

March 23rd, 2020

Faster CLZ Cloud syncing!

We have made several structural changes to the CLZ Cloud syncing, making it much much faster than before, especially when syncing large amounts of entries up to the CLZ Cloud or down from the CLZ Cloud.

To enjoy the faster syncing, you need to use the actual Sync with CLZ Cloud screen.
(The Auto-Syncing in the background is also slightly faster now, but if you need to sync many entries up or down, please use the Sync with CLZ Cloud screen.)

Improved stability when using Auto-Syncing

At the same time, we have resolved several issues with the Auto-Syncing in the background, problems that could cause Access Violations in some situation. So this 20.2 version should provide a more stable experience too.


Comic Collector (Windows)

v20.1: Easily add and report comics with “unrecognized barcodes”

March 11th, 2020

Another big update for your Comic Collector software for Windows. With this version 20.1, we’re introducing two improvements to the “Add Comics by barcode” feature.

Easily add and report comics with “unrecognized barcodes”

In general, our CLZ Core online comic database gives you excellent results on your barcode searches. However, it can always happen that you scan a comic’s barcode and it comes up as “unrecognized”, meaning that the barcode is not listed in our CLZ Core yet.

In today’s update, we have added a new “Unrecognized Barcode” screen, that serves two purposes. It lets you:

  1. Easily add the comic to your database anyway
  2. Report the barcode as missing, so that we can add it to our Core ASAP

Just fill in the following fields:

  • Series
  • Issue No and Variant
  • Variant Description
  • Cover Year and Month

and hit Add Issue at the bottom.

BTW: please make sure that you scanned the FULL barcode before reporting it as missing!

Let’s work together to get all comic barcodes added to the CLZ Core!

Barcode search now supports multiple results

For older comics (1970 to 1990 era), publishers sometimes re-used barcodes on different issues in the same series. The Comic Collector software has never supported that situation well, it would just returned ONE of those issue.

However, with more and more barcodes for older comics now being added, we have updated the barcode search engine to fully support this situation. When searching for a barcode that was used for multiple issues, the program will now give you all matching results, for you to choose from.


Comic Collector (Windows)

v20.0.4: Fixed a DPI issue in Statistics and more

February 6th, 2020

Fixed:

  • Some statistics weren’t shown correctly on screens with higher DPI settings.
  • Setting to display series with their sortnames wasn’t remembered correctly.
  • Edit Multiple: The lock checkbox wasn’t remembered correctly.

Comic Collector (Windows)

v20.0.3 Better Tag editing / Faster syncing

February 5th, 2020

In this update a re-design of the Tag editing interface and faster and more stable cloud syncing through our brand-new dedicated Sync-server.

Edit Comic: improved interface for adding/editing Tags

In version 20, we changed the user interface for adding/editing Tags to a checkbox list. Of course, we did so thinking we were improving this, making it easier for you all. Instead of having to type in the box, just checkbox from your existing tag list, quick and easy 🙂

Boy, were we wrong here. After the v20 release, we received complaint after complaint about this change. Most users were very upset about not being able to copy/paste tags in anymore, others criticized having to scroll through long tag lists to find the ones they want, yet others, found it way too difficult to add new tags (some even missing the possibility) and finally some even reported it as a serious database corruption that they now suddenly saw all tags in all their comics (which was of course not the case).

Anyway, to cut a long story short, we made a big boo-boo there :-).
Our sincerest apologies!

So in today’s v20.0.3, we have again re-designed the tag adding/editing interface, to take away all complaints, to resolve all problems. We are convinced that with the new design, we are giving you the best of both worlds:

  • Clear overview of which tags are currently set.
  • Easy adding of existing tags, using the Add Tags popup screen, which lets you:
    • Find existing tags using a search box,
    • Checkbox tags to add them.
    • Even lets you checkbox multiple tags in one go.
  • The big “paste-box” is back for easily adding multiple tags by copy/pasting.

Now uses our brand-new CLZ Cloud Sync-server

Previously one big server was handling the Connect website, the CLZ Cloud website AND the CLZ Cloud syncing from the desktop programs and the mobile apps.
But this week we have set up a brand-new dedicated Sync-server to handle just the CLZ Cloud syncing.

In today’s update, Comic Collector has been updated to sync through this new server, which should result in faster syncing and a more stable syncing experience during high load times (weekends).

Fixed:

  • Solved several different “Access Violation” errors.
  • Statistics: Changed colors of statistics screen for Light Skin.

Comic Collector (Windows)

v20.0.2: Made folder counters always visible and some fixes

January 8th, 2020

Fixed:

  • Folder counters weren’t always visible
  • Grade couldn’t be set to N/A for single comics
  • Template could show a random “a” near the Value Details
  • Updated the about screen
  • Updated the installer image

Comic Collector (Windows)

v20: Folder panel improvements + new Statistics screen

January 7th, 2020

We are one week into 2020, so it’s time for Comic Collector 20! Today in v20, we’re bringing you 2 super useful and time-saving improvements for the folder panel, plus a brand new Statistics screen.

Read more


Comic Collector (Windows)

v19.3.4: Lots of small fixes

August 29th, 2019

Fixed:

  • Issue with syncing notes from CLZ Cloud to Comic Collector
  • Several issues with syncing covers up/down
  • Some of the new value fields were missing from the older Detail Panel templates
  • Link Screen could pop-up when it shouldn’t
  • Quick Search (search as you type) ignored special characters
  • Export/Import XML didn’t correctly work with all the new value fields

Comic Collector (Windows)

v19.3.3: Fixed an issue with too many sync changes

August 7th, 2019

Fixed:

  • Updating values from GoCollect could trigger too many sync changes
  • GoCollect block and Signer field was missing from some of the older templates
  • Some of the new value fields could not be printed/exported
  • Add from Core with a set Grade would not always fill in the GoCollect value even if it was available
  • Various translation fixes

Comic Collector (Windows)

v19.3.2: Improvement to condition conversion

August 2nd, 2019

Improved conversion from 19.2 to 19.3

  • Even more Condition formats are now recognized by the conversion from 19.2 to 19.3 to get your condition information transfered into the new Grade field.

Comic Collector (Windows)

v19.3.1: Automatic comic values powered by GoCollect!

August 1st, 2019

Yes here it is, the BIG ONE!
The biggest and most important Comic Collector update since years, maybe even since its’ launch in 2002.
With today’s 19.3 update, Comic Collector will finally give you automatic comic values, thanks to our new collaboration with the popular GoCollect.com comic book price guide:

  • Get comic values from Core, powered by GoCollect.com
    Find out which are the most valuable comics in your collection. Just set a Grade for your comics, then Update Values from GoCollect based on that grade.
  • Lots of new value-related fields:
    Grade, Grading Company, Grader Notes, Slabbed vs Raw, Signed By, Is Key Comic (yes/no) and Key Reason.
  • More fields now sync to/from CLZ Cloud:
    New syncing fields: Back Cover, Plot, Nr of Pages, Genres, Country and Language. Also, all new value-related fields immediately sync with CLZ Cloud / Comic Connect.

Read more


Comic Collector (Windows)

v19.2.2: Added more blue buttons and some fixes

May 2nd, 2019

Changed:

  • Bigger buttons for the find cover screen and options screen,

Fixed:

  • Filter Screen: Drag/Drop of pre-set filters could give an Access Violation error
  • Duplicate Finder:
    • Updated the standard set of columns (you can also pick your own using the column button top right)
    • After searching for duplicates twice, the screen could show “0 found” even if it found duplicates
  • When running the program on 2 or more screens with different DPI settings, you could get a “List Index out of Bounds” error
  • You can now bypass the “Lock File” warning if it appears on start up
  • Add buttons in the Add Screen are now disabled while data is being downloaded to prevent an Access Violation
  • Edit Comic > Content > Add TPB screen sometimes couldn’t find new issues.

Comic Collector (Windows)

v19.2.1: New: Duplicate Finder tool

April 15th, 2019

Based on user feedback we found out users were looking for and expecting a tool to find duplicate entries in their database. Some way to find out if you’ve accidentally added multiple versions of the same comic, but perhaps with a different extension.

After quite a few requests and discussions with users about this, to find out how they got duplicates and what they would expect from such a Duplicate Finder tool, it’s here today: Find Duplicate entries in your database!

New: Find Duplicate Comics

Click menu Tools > Maintenance > Find Duplicates to begin.

Then select which field to find duplicates on. You can find duplicates based on:

  • Series & Issue
  • Series, Issue & Issue Extension
  • Barcode
  • Index
  • All Fields

Click “Find Duplicates” and see what it comes up with. Use the blue “Keep” button to keep a group of duplicates, or use the red “Remove” button to remove a duplicate!

If you click “Remove all duplicates automatically” the program will remove all duplicate entries and will only keep 1 single entry (the oldest one) in your database.

Tip: use the columns button, top right, to set up the columns you’d like to see!


Comic Collector (Windows)

v19.1.2: Improved starting of program, DPI fix

March 25th, 2019

Fixed:

  • Flashing starting the program (especially visible on very big screens)
  • Selected x from x items in the status bar and the total items at the top now have a bit more space
  • Clicking the add button twice didn’t give an “Already in collection” warning
  • Opening the program in full screen on a secondary screen didn’t work
  • Add Screen: On high DPI screens, search results could take up too much space

Comic Collector (Windows)

v19.1: Two cool tweaks requested by our users

March 7th, 2019

With the big feature updates behind us (multi-collections, image syncing, 64-bit support, Flex template, etc…), it is time for some smaller tweaks that were requested by our loyal users:

  • More compact toolbar layout, to save screen space
  • New “Transparent” styles for the Flex template, to show off your backdrops

Read more


Comic Collector (Windows)

v19.0.9: Fixed a freeze problem and improved trial experience

February 21st, 2019

We’ve made several tweaks to improve the trial mode experience and fixed a freeze problem:

  • Trial mode improvements:
    • Bigger “+ Add Comics” button on the default toolbar.
    • Improved “My CLZ Account” messaging when logging in with a CLZ Account.
    • New hints to Sync with CLZ Cloud after adding some movies.
    • Removed the ugly blue “hint box” that appeared when starting with an empty database.
  • Fixed:
    • Occasional freeze/hang problems after a period of program inactivity.

Comic Collector (Windows)

v19.0.8: Images were uploading when they shouldn’t

February 12th, 2019

Fixed:

  • Automatically syncing cover images could happen too often
  • Edit Screens:
    • While using Next/Previous, the cursor position wasn’t always retained
    • After scanning an image, some of the buttons would sometimes not be enabled

Comic Collector (Windows)

v19.0.7: Image Scanning and webcam barcode scanning for 64-bit versions

January 29th, 2019

Right after the release of v19, we started receiving reports from users that their image scanners would not be found when using the 64-bit version. Other users reported that the web-cam scanning would not work anymore.
A temporary work-around has been to use the 32-bit version of version 19.

In the meantime, our Windows developer Joe has been working hard to get both of these problems resolved and we are happy to report that both have been fixed in today’s version 19.0.5:

  • 64-bit version now uses WIA to connect with image scanners. When acquiring, make sure to select the WIA driver for your scanner, not TWAIN.
  • Scanning barcodes with your webcam scanner is working again.

If you have been using the 32-bit version as a workaround, please switch to the 64-bit version again (this is a choice during installation).

Then, please let us know your findings, is everything working again?


Comic Collector (Windows)

v19.0.6: Custom Image now checked in more situations

January 17th, 2019

Fixed:

  • Custom Image checkbox wasn’t always checked in certain situations (e.g. drag/drop image on the details panel)
  • Images for items that don’t have a cover in Core didn’t upload automatically
  • Images for items that don’t have a cover in your CLZ Cloud didn’t upload automatically
  • Got rid of a couple of access violations in the main, filter and find cover screens
  • Edit Screen: Covers tab: tabs weren’t high enough
  • Import from Other Database:
    • Added 2 progress bars to keep track of the import
    • In rare cases you could get an empty extra collection tab after an import
  • Fixed a rare “Range Check Error” happening for big databases
  • Filtering of content/story items didn’t work correctly for databases with multiple collections

Comic Collector (Windows)

v19.0.5: Various stability fixes and 32-bit/64-bit option

December 19th, 2018

Stability

We have fixed various stability issues in the program to get rid of some more access violation errors that were happening for a couple of users. We also fixed a problem where “File > Open Database” didn’t refresh the main screen to show the opened file.

  • Got rid of some Access Violation errors
  • “File / Open database” could show an empty screen

32-bit and 64-bit option

We’ve found that when running our program in 64-bit mode, some 3rd party external devices will not work or talk to the program such as:

  • TWAIN image scanners
  • Some barcode scanners
  • Webcams (for barcode scanning)

If you run into issues where you your TWAIN image scanner, or your barcode scanner won’t connect or work, this is usually caused by the drivers of these devices which are not 64-bit compatible, and thus can’t talk to your Collectorz program.

We’re trying to look for a way to make them talk to the 64-bit version, but for now, to work around this, redownload the software from your CLZ Account page and during installation choose to install the 32-bit version!


Comic Collector (Windows)

v19.0.4: Fixed access violation errors

December 12th, 2018

We received a couple of reports of access violation errors happening on finishing an edit of a comic, adding some comics, and other actions. We’ve fixed these now. Should you still get them, please contact us.

We also fixed a problem with adding multiple comics manually (the screen wouldn’t open at all).

Comic Collector (Windows)

v19.0.3: Image Viewer now resizes the window

December 7th, 2018

New:

  • Image Viewer popup: The option “Resize picture to window” now resizes the window when browsing through the images of that item.
  • Added new tool to automatically check the checkbox of front covers when they are “custom covers” (found in Tools > Maintenance menu)

Fixed:

  • “Search as you type” suggestions on your own collection did not always work.

Comic Collector (Windows)

v19.0.2: Removed auto marking of custom covers

December 6th, 2018

We removed the auto marking of custom front covers during the conversion from older versions to V19 as it could take very long for large databases and/or images stored on networked drive.

Coming up in build 3: a separate tool to automatically mark custom images.

Recent changes

v20.2.4: Fixed a “list index out of bounds” error May 11th, 2020 v20.2.3: New features and fixes April 28th, 2020 v20.2.2: Fixed some Access Violations April 20th, 2020 v20.2 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing! March 23rd, 2020 v20.1: Easily add and report comics with “unrecognized barcodes” March 11th, 2020 v20.0.4: Fixed a DPI issue in Statistics and more February 6th, 2020 v20.0.3 Better Tag editing / Faster syncing February 5th, 2020 v20.0.2: Made folder counters always visible and some fixes January 8th, 2020 v20: Folder panel improvements + new Statistics screen January 7th, 2020 v19.3.4: Lots of small fixes August 29th, 2019 v19.3.3: Fixed an issue with too many sync changes August 7th, 2019 v19.3.2: Improvement to condition conversion August 2nd, 2019 v19.3.1: Automatic comic values powered by GoCollect! August 1st, 2019 v19.2.2: Added more blue buttons and some fixes May 2nd, 2019 v19.2.1: New: Duplicate Finder tool April 15th, 2019 v19.1.2: Improved starting of program, DPI fix March 25th, 2019 v19.1: Two cool tweaks requested by our users March 7th, 2019 v19.0.9: Fixed a freeze problem and improved trial experience February 21st, 2019 v19.0.8: Images were uploading when they shouldn’t February 12th, 2019 v19.0.7: Image Scanning and webcam barcode scanning for 64-bit versions January 29th, 2019 v19.0.6: Custom Image now checked in more situations January 17th, 2019 v19.0.5: Various stability fixes and 32-bit/64-bit option December 19th, 2018 v19.0.4: Fixed access violation errors December 12th, 2018 v19.0.3: Image Viewer now resizes the window December 7th, 2018 v19.0.2: Removed auto marking of custom covers December 6th, 2018