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Further performance optimizations

November 6th, 2015

In the past 2 weeks, we have moved all 5 online media databases (movies, books, music, comics and games) to 5 new separate database servers.

This week, CLZ web developers Sven and Dion have further optimized these new servers to give you even better performance from Core, especially for title searches that have many results.

The fruits of their labour are now immediately noticeable in the ADD screens of your Connect software. Enjoy!


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Core/Cloud databases moved to new servers

November 3rd, 2015

Today, we have completed the big project of moving our 5 Core and Cloud databases to a new server solution. Previously, everything was running on two high performance dedicated machines: one for all databases and websites, the second for all cover images.

For better performance, stability and scalability, we are now splitting up all services into multiple separate cloud-based solutions:

  • 5 separate database servers for all 5 Core+Cloud databases

    Status: completed today!

  • 5 separate storage servers / delivery networks for all cover images.

    Status: preparing the switch now. ETA: several weeks.

  • 1 new fast web server for the Cloud, Core and Connect sites and services.

    ETA: within 2 months.

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New folder options

August 7th, 2015

Multiple new field options have been added for the folder panel (for both Connect and the free CLZ Cloud viewers). My favorite new folder option: The Year folder for movies:

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Connect and Cloud homes now load faster

August 5th, 2015

The home / hub page of your CLZ Cloud or Connect account now loads a lot faster.
(the 5 separate collection lists are now “lazy-loaded”)

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New: Multi-field sorting

July 28th, 2015

A few weeks ago, we introduced the new Sort Order screen. Today we’re taking the next step: allowing multi-field sorting.

For example, you can now sort your list first by Year, then within the years, by Title.
Just drag multiple fields from the Available panel to the Selected panel, one by one:

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Alphabet Bar now live for comics!

July 24th, 2015

It took a little longer than planned, but the popular Alphabet Bar is now live for Comic Connect and the CLZ Cloud for Comics:

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New: Export your data to a text file (CSV, TSV, etc…)

July 8th, 2015

New in all five Connect editions: Export your list to a text file, e.g. to CSV format, for importing into spreadsheet programs like Excel, Numbers, etc…

You can either:

  • Export your entire database, by choosing Export from the Tools menu.
  • Export only a selection. To do this, go to Select Mode, select some items, then click the Export button at the top.

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New Sort Order screen

June 30th, 2015

Just over a week ago, we introduced a new design for the Columns screen. Today, we moved the new design over to the Sort Order screen, so that both have a consistent user interface.

Just drag your desired Sort Field to the right, then select Ascending or Descending using the toggle buttons below the field.

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Next up: multi-field sorting!


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More sort fields to choose from

June 23rd, 2015

Today, more sort field options have been added to the Sort Order screen of all five Connect and Cloud Viewer editions.
This basically means that from now on, ALL available cloud fields can also be sorted on.

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The Alphabet Bar is back!

June 19th, 2015

The first version of Connect had a nice A to Z “alphabet bar” at the top, for quickly filtering your list to show only the items starting with a specific letter.

However, in the Two-Point-Oh redesign the wise wizards at the CLZ HQ the alphabet bar was reduced to just a tiny button, with a drop down panel showing all letters. Which of course saves space on the toolbar, in an attempt to make it all fit on smaller tablet and phone screens.
Not a bad idea in itself, but the first letter filtering lost its’ easy of use and accessibility.

So we changed our minds and today we brought back the Alphabet Bar!

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It is now available on both the free CLZ Cloud viewers and the Connect software. But: only on bigger screens where it actually fits. On smaller screens, the Alphabet Bar nicely reduces to the tiny button again 🙂


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New: choose the order of columns for your List View!

June 19th, 2015

New today, in all Connect apps AND Cloud viewers: a new Column Selection screen for the List View.

This new Columns screen lets you:

  • Easily select your preferred columns by dragging fields from the Available Columns area to the Selected Columns area.
  • Drag and drop to re-order columns within the Selected area.

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Fixes: Edit Multiple, Infinite Scrolling, Sorting

June 16th, 2015

Several small fixes today:

  • Editing multiple items with really many items selected (say over 1,000) didn’t work.
    Now it does. But still, editing many items in one go may be slow.
  • On large desktop screen, with the browser window set full screen, the infinite scrolling system didn’t work.
    It immediately stopped loading after the first set of items was shown. Happened only in Images and Card Views though, in List View all was well. Fixed now.
  • When changing the sorting by clicking a column header, the sort direction of the previous sort column was used. Now it correctly resets to ascending sorting when changing to a different sort field.

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New: Sorting and Column Selection in Cloud Viewer

June 9th, 2015

Until recently, the public Cloud Viewer always followed the Sort Order and Columns selection set by the owner of the specific cloud collection you were viewing.

But as of today, the Cloud Viewer also features the Sort Order and Columns buttons:

cloud sorting columns

Now, everyone who views your collection in the cloud is able to select his own Sort Order and Columns. Of course these settings are saved only for them (in a local cookie on their device), so their choices will not affect your own settings.


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New: Share to Facebook with Facebook stories

May 26th, 2015

After a short absence, the Share to Facebook feature is back.
We have now re-implemented this feature using Facebook “stories”.

– Select an item in your collection, click the Share button and select “Facebook”.
– Now enter a personal message and click the Share button.

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Which will result in a post like this on your Facebook timeline:

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New : Edit or Remove multiple items in one go!

May 19th, 2015

About a month ago, we introduced a new “quick edit” pop-up screen, that is probably already saving you a lot of clicks and page refreshes.

Today we’re taking the next step: Batch editing!

  • Click the Select button top right
  • Now click entries in your list to select them. They will highlight in light blue.
  • Now click Edit on the top right to open the Batch Edit screen.
  • Check the checkbox of the fields you want to change, then enter the new value.
  • Click Save to apply the changes to all selected items.

This is a very powerful feature that will save you lots of time.
But beware, as Uncle Ben once said: “With great power comes great responsibility”!

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BTW: the same selecting system can now be used to remove multiple items in one go.
Super-handy but even scarier if you make a mistake. So be careful!


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New CLZ Cloud Syncing v2.0

April 29th, 2015

Are you also using our desktop or mobile cataloging solutions to sync to and from the CLZ Cloud or Connect?

Then this is a big day, as we have completely rewritten the CLZ Cloud syncing mechanism, to make it easier to use, faster and capable of syncing very large databases.

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New Edit screens that open in a pop-up screen

April 22nd, 2015

Today’s update is a Connect-only update, not available in the CLZ Cloud viewer. After all, editing items is a privilege of the paid Connect subscriptions 🙂

The Edit screen is now a pop-up window, similar to the desktop software, that can be opened from anywhere: from the List View, Cover View, Card View or from an item’s detail page. Opening the edit pop-up from the main list will save you a lot of clicks and page refreshes.

(Previously, editing could only be done on the Edit page, which was only accessible from the Details page of an item.)

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Smoother loading when scrolling

March 9th, 2015

Since Connect 2.0, your collection lists use a “Facebook-like” infinite scroll system: just scroll down to the bottom of the page and the next batch of items is loaded. No more needed to Browse through separate pages with Next and Previous buttons.

Today we have made this infinite scrolling a lot smoother, by optimizing the loading process of the pages. In most cases, you won’t even notice a delay when you scroll down.

Happy scrolling!


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Connect 2.0 is here

November 21st, 2014

Connect 2.0
It’s been an ongoing project at our CLZ HQ for a long time, but now it is finally live, Connect 2.0! Connect 2.0 is a completely revamped version of our web-based collection cataloging solutions.

The goal of this new version:

  • Introduce a more modern look and feel.
  • Support all screen sizes (desktop and mobile) with one app.
  • Re-think the user interface to make it more logical and intuitive.

Here’s an overview of what’s new:
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Recent changes

New design and layout for comic details page October 20th, 2017 Improved search results, plus Search-As-You-Type suggestions October 10th, 2017 New: Manage your pick list entries September 29th, 2017 You can now sort your comics on 3 more fields August 7th, 2017 Improved “Edit Multiple” screen with new fields August 2nd, 2017 New: Set a default view for friends June 22nd, 2017 New: Easier ways to share your collection or a single item with friends! June 21st, 2017 Private Cloud Sharing June 13th, 2017 Improved searching in Connect and Cloud June 13th, 2017 New: Improved Edit Screen and Duplicate feature June 9th, 2017 Add by Barcode: Now directly connect to your CLZ Barry barcode scanning app! June 2nd, 2017 New: Improvements to “Selection Mode” and added “None” folders, May 22nd, 2017 Faster editing, updated Statistics and other tweaks May 16th, 2017 New: Print your list to a PDF file May 1st, 2017 New: Back up / Restore your database March 27th, 2017 New: Flexible import from Text/CSV files March 14th, 2017 New: “Search-As-You-Type” suggestions when adding comics by title January 12th, 2017 Faster searching for comics January 9th, 2017 New: Import text / CSV files January 3rd, 2017 New Collectorz.com Help Center December 14th, 2016 New Collectorz.com shop at Shop.CLZ.com November 8th, 2016 Export to Text feature now available in CLZ Cloud viewer September 7th, 2016 Comic Connect: improved “Add by Title” searches August 17th, 2016 No more database limits during free trial April 13th, 2016 Security update: Connect and Cloud sites now running on HTTPS November 9th, 2015

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