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More editable fields!

May 15th, 2018

By popular demand, we have added 7 more fields to Comic Connect that used to be automatic Core fields but are now fully editable:

  • Edition. Previously set automatically, now fully editable.
  • Crossover. Previously set automatically, now fully editable. Also available as a folder option.
  • Story Arc. Previously set automatically, now fully editable. Also available as a folder option.
  • Imprint. Previously set automatically, now fully editable. Also available as a folder option.
  • Age. Previously set automatically, now fully editable. Also available as a folder option.
  • Cover Price. Previously set automatically, now fully editable.
  • Cover Date. Previously set automatically, now fully editable.

CLZ Comics (Android)

v4.10.3: Bigger and easier to spot Add button!

May 14th, 2018

New for the Add Comics screen:

  • Add button is now bigger and easier to spot (some new users missed the little round “+”).
  • Add button now “remembers” your collection vs. wish list selection. No need to pick from the Collection/Wish List popup menu every time you add anymore.
  • Remove from queue button is now bigger and easier to spot. Tap and hold on a barcode in the queue to select barcodes you want to remove.

Fixed:

  • The main comic list scrolled to top after editing a comic while the ‘series’-folder mode was active.
  • Accented characters in sortnames/titles were sorted incorrectly.
  • Main screen: the over-sensitive quickscroll bar in the thumbnail view has been fixed.
  • Edit: ‘Done’- button doest not scroll from screen on manual scroll.
  • Edit: New ‘Unsaved changes’ dialog.
  • Cloud sync: Sync reporting ‘invalid xml’ in rare cases.

CLZ Comics (iOS)

v4.10.4: Bigger and easier to spot Add button!

May 9th, 2018

New for the Add Comics screen:

  • Add button is now bigger and easier to spot (some new users missed the little round “+”).
  • Add button now “remembers” your collection vs. wish list selection. No need to pick from the Collection/Wish List popup menu every time you add anymore.

Fixed:

  • Adding a comic would clear the collection status filter in the main screen.
  • The sorting option screen would sometimes not fully show the chosen sort option when opened.
  • iPad: Main screen: the details view did not refresh after changing the details template.
  • iPad: Main screen: the ‘edit my rating’ pop up was rotated when in landscape mode.

CLZ Comics (iOS)

v4.10.3: Fixed a crash and highlight issue

April 19th, 2018

Fixed:

  • Add Comics: Blue highlighting of comics already in collection did not always work.
  • A crash could happen on iPhone when changing from ‘All Comics’ to ‘On Wish List’ while the series thumbnail view was open.
  • Display issue in main screen of iPad: Details view lost its contents after a canceled sync.
Comic Collector (macOS)

v18.1: New: 64-bit version of Comic Collector!

April 17th, 2018

Never a dull moment at the CLZ HQ… Here we were, working on nice improvements for our software, when suddenly… the guys at Apple had a brainwave: In their ultimate wisdom, they decided to start phasing out 32-bit applications.

Since April 12, users of macOS High Sierra are getting a “not optimized for your Mac” warning when they start a 32-bit application. Which includes the Comic Collector software for macOS 🙁

On top of that, Apple have already stopped allowing 32-bit applications in their App Store and rumours are that they may even stop supporting 32-bit applications in a future version of macOS, requiring every application to be 64-bit!

Of course, we were already aware that Apple would be going this route some day; the rumours have been around for quite a while. So we had already been working on a 64-bit version of our software, as a “back-burner project”.

But the introduction of last week’s “not optimized” warnings suddenly made this a high-priority project. So… we dropped everything we were doing and finalized our 64-bit project. And I am happy to report:

A fully 64-bit v18.1 version of Comic Collector is available now!

Not exactly what we were planning to do this month, but hey, this is what the Update Plans are for: your guarantee that we deal with everything the world throws at us 🙂

CLZ Comics (iOS)

v4.10.2: Fixed a crash in the Thumb View

April 16th, 2018

Fixed:

  • App could crash when the thumbnail view was active in the series folder.
  • After adding a new comic it wasn’t selected your list.
  • Illegible series names in the series list when the dark skin was enabled.
Comic Connect

Add Comics is now a pop-up screen

April 13th, 2018

A small user interface tweak today:
The Add Comics screen is now a pop-up screen that lays over your comic list.
(previously it was a separate full screen page)

Looks cooler, feels more “snappy” and while adding comics, you can actually see the new additions appear in your comic list in the background!


CLZ Comics (iOS)

v4.10: Many new sort options and a redesigned Select Sort Order screen

April 13th, 2018

We’ve added new fields to sort on to change the order in which your comic issues are displayed in your list. Your issue list will adapt to sort and show the field you’re sorting on. On top of that we’ve redesigned the Select Sort Order screen to make it more clear what you’re choosing.

Open the Select Sort Order screen by tapping the menu top right, then tap “Sort order”.

All available sort fields:

  • Series A-Z, then issue
  • Series Z-A , then issue
  • Cover Date
  • Release Date (New!)
  • Order of Entry (New!)
  • Read Date (New!)
  • My Rating (New!)
  • Purchase Date (New!)
  • Purchase Price (New!)
  • Current Value (New!)
  • Quantity (New!)

All fields can be sorted either ascending or descending. Tap the field you wish to sort on, then tap “Apply” to confirm.

Comic Collector (macOS)

v18.0.2: Fixed various issues in the sync with CLZ Cloud

April 10th, 2018

Fixed:

  • Sync with CLZ Cloud:
    • Sometimes the “Local changes to be uploaded” counter didn’t show the correct number.
    • When a cover could not be downloaded during down syncing it would stop and not continue. Now it will continue and show a report of any possible errors that have occurred.
    • Sometimes covers weren’t uploaded when they should have.
    • The error: “This database is different from the one in CLZ Cloud” would show up in rare cases when it shouldn’t.
  • Main Screen:
    • There were still some cases where “follow edited item” option was not working.
    • Folder grouping on a credit role would show folders for all credit roles instead of just the one selected.

Comic Connect

New: The barcode queue is now remembered between sessions

April 4th, 2018

Persistent barcode queue

Barcodes scanned on the add page are now remembered! This means you can scan your barcodes into the add queue, leave the page, return later and still add the barcodes you scanned.

If you wish to remove barcodes from your queue, use the Edit button top right of the list of barcodes!

Comic Collector (macOS)

v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing + Performance improvements

April 3rd, 2018

Version 18 is finally here! And it not only bring the promised Auto-Cloud-Syncing, but also many improvements to the main screen, making it both faster and more stable.

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 the CLZ Comics mobile app 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.

Main screen now faster and more stable

In the past few months, we have spent a lot of time rewriting important parts of the main screen. For instance, the code that refreshes the folder panel (which was slow, especially with the “counters” switched on) and also the part that restores your selection in the list after editing. At the same time, we reduced the program’s “memory footprint”, making it more stable overall.

The result is that the program is now a lot more enjoyable to use. It starts quicker, it refreshes much faster (after adding or editing) and switching between folder types is quicker.

The speed-up will be most noticeable on large collections, with thousands of comics. Especially when having LOTS of folders in the folder panel (e.g. Character folders).

Fixes

  • Cloud syncing:
    • After duplicating a comic, the duplicate would not be marked for syncing to cloud.
    • In some situations, a down-sync could update empty fields with data from Core.
    • In some situations, cover images would not upload automatically.
  • Main screen:
    • After editing, the edited items would not be selected after refresh.

Comic Connect

Updated “Export to Text” and “Print to PDF” pages

March 27th, 2018

Last week we updated the field selection popup for Connect and CLZ Cloud, and this week we bring that same field selection popup to your “Export to Text” and “Print to PDF” pages.

The update also includes an update Preview box for Export to Text, and an updated way for dragging/dropping fields for your columns or sort order.

Open up your Export to Text or Print to PDF screen via the menu top left in Connect.

New field selection popup:

Updated “Export to Text” page:

With new preview panel:

Updated “Print to PDF” page:

Comic Connect

Redesigned Column and Sort Order field selection screens

March 21st, 2018

The ability to select your own Columns for the List View is an important customization feature of Comic Connect. The same holds for selecting the Sort Order fields.

However, the “field selection” screens for doing these customizations were a bit outdated and finding a field could be tricky. So we decided to re-imagine the field selection screens to make them easier to understand, easier to use and better to use on mobile devices too.

Redesigned Field Selection screen:

  • Available fields are now grouped, like the tabs in the Edit 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.
  • For sorting: use the ASC/DESC button to change the sort direction of that particular field.
  • Works great on both your desktop and mobile browsers!

Select Columns screen:

Select Sort Order screen:


CLZ Comics (Android)

v4.10.2: Fixed a crash in the main list

March 16th, 2018

Fixed:

  • Crash in comic main screen in certain cases when ‘Series A-Z’ or ‘Series Z-A’ sorting was enabled.
CLZ Comics (Android)

v4.10: Many new sort options and a redesigned Select Sort Order screen

March 14th, 2018

We’ve added new fields to sort on to change the order in which your comic issues are displayed in your list. Your issue list will adapt to sort and show the field you’re sorting on. On top of that we’ve redesigned the Select Sort Order screen to make it more clear what you’re choosing.

Open the Select Sort Order screen by tapping the menu top right, then tap “Sort order”.

All available sort fields:

  • Series A-Z, then issue
  • Series Z-A , then issue
  • Cover Date
  • Release Date (New!)
  • Order of Entry (New!)
  • Read Date (New!)
  • My Rating (New!)
  • Purchase Date (New!)
  • Purchase Price (New!)
  • Current Value (New!)
  • Quantity (New!)

All fields can be sorted either ascending or descending. Tap the field you wish to sort on, then tap “Apply” to confirm.


CLZ Comics (Android)

v4.9.2: Fixed a quick search selection issue

February 28th, 2018

Fixed:

  • The app did not open the details page when a search result was selected in the quick search box while the [All Albums] folder was active in phone mode.
CLZ Comics (iOS)

v4.9.2: Fixed a crash with the search

February 27th, 2018

We had several reports from users about a crash when searching for an item in the collection. This crash has been reproduced and now fixed in the latest build!

Fixed:

  • Crash during a search in the device’s database.
CLZ Comics (iOS)

v4.9: Improved search features

February 21st, 2018

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 series title 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 series you were looking for, tap it to bring it up in the list
  • TIP: Tap the search button on the keyboard or tap “View All Results” to perform the normal search.

Quick Search now searches more fields

Now also searches in:

  • Series Group
  • Plot
  • Tags
  • Notes

Full list of fields that are now searched:

  • Series Title
  • Issue Title
  • Barcode
  • Crossover
  • StoryArc
  • Credit Name
  • Character Name
  • Series Group
  • Plot
  • Tags
  • Notes

Fixed:

  • Faster loading of details screen.
  • Crash within a few seconds of opening the app.
  • Crash when pressing ‘Change account info’ in the sync screen.

Comic Connect

Re-designed Edit Comic screen

February 13th, 2018

Live today in your Comic Connect software: a completely re-designed Edit Comic screen with an improved look, layout and usability!

New look and layout

We’ve moved some fields around and to have them grouped and placed more logically. You’ll notice that we’ve also updated the look of certain buttons so it’s all easier on the eye, and there’s only one big blue important “OK” button to save your changes.

Updated dropdown and pick list fields

The pick list fields have been updated so they’ll only show options from your own collection instead of all available options in our online database. This makes it a lot faster to quickly pick something from a pick list that you used before!

You can just start typing to filter to the pick list entry you want to use, or open up the dropdown to scroll and pick.

Multi value pick list fields such as the Tags field, have a blue plus button to pick a tag from your tag list. Click it, and either start typing or just pick a tag from the list.

New Pick List fields

We’ve updated the following fields from plain text fields to “pick list” fields. This means that those fields now have a dropdown which you can click to quickly pick an existing pick list entry for that field.

The following fields haven been updated from plain text to pick list fields:

  • Location
  • Condition
  • Purchase Store
  • Owner

These field now all have a dropdown to pick an entry. You can also type into them to search or create a new entry for that field.

Panel with personal fields on all tabs

At the bottom of the edit screen we added a “sticky” panel that you can see on all edit tabs. This panel contains some of your most important personal fields so you can always edit them quickly.

New Find Cover pop-up

The Find Cover pop-up has been updated to the latest version we introduced in the Add Screen. Check it out:


CLZ Comics (Android)

v4.9: Improved search features

January 24th, 2018

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 series title 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 series you were looking for, tap it to bring it up in the list
  • TIP: Tap the search button on the keyboard or tap “View All Results” to perform the normal search.

Quick Search now searches more fields

Now also searches in:

  • Series Group
  • Plot
  • Tags
  • Notes

Full list of fields that are now searched:

  • Series Title
  • Issue Title
  • Barcode
  • Crossover
  • StoryArc
  • Credit Name
  • Character Name
  • Series Group
  • Plot
  • Tags
  • Notes

Comic Collector (Windows)

v18.0.7: Maintenance build with lots of fixes

January 18th, 2018

Fixed:

  • Add Comics from Core:
    • after adding checked results they were not unchecked
    • a barcode search with more than one result would show “0 results, expand to select”
  • Main Screen:
    • using CTRL to deselect items would not update the selected counter at the left bottom
    • showing/hiding the quick filter panel would expose the details view when it was closed
    • when the details view image popup was scrolled down, opening it again would scroll down again
    • quick search suggestions: selecting a suggestion would not clear the previous quick search
    • selecting the window’s “restore” option when running full screen could hang the program in some cases
    • refresh of the statistics view could fall back to the currently active folder instead of selected statistics field
  • User Defined Fields: fields with an ampersand (‘&’) in their name weren’t always displayed correctly throughout the program
  • Edit Comic: clicking OK while uploading cover would cause a crash. Buttons are disabled now during upload.
  • Clicking OK/Next/Previous in an edit pick list item screen without editing its details would trigger unnecessary cloud changes
  • Using “search” in some file open dialogs for images wouldn’t find .png files
  • Syncing with CLZ Cloud: locally inserted items would update empty fields with Core fields after syncing
Comic Connect

Brand new Add Comics from Core screen

January 16th, 2018

Now live in your Comic Connect software, a complete re-design of the Add Comic screen, with a new look, easier interface and new features.

Adding Comics by Barcode

  • Scan multiple barcodes in one go! Scanned barcodes will be automatically added to a queue, with the comic information populating instantly.
  • Use the big blue Add to Collection button at the bottom right to add the selected comic to your database.
  • OR use the little blue “+” buttons to add straight from the queue.

Adding Comics by Series

  • Search by series title to see a list of matching series results.
  • Expand a series entry to see the issue list for that series, with cover thumbnails!
  • Use the Asc/Desc switch at the top to reverse the sorting of the issue list.
  • Use the checkboxes on the right to select the issues you want to add.
  • Use the checkbox to the right the series entries to Select All / Unselect All issues.
  • Use shift-clicking on the checkboxes to select ranges of issues in one go.
  • When done selecting issue, using the big blue “Add x to Collection” button at the bottom to add them all to your database in one go.

Not the right cover image? Use the built-in Find Cover tool to pick the correct one.


CLZ Comics (iOS)

v4.8.3: Fixed more issues with the Have/Want summaries

January 16th, 2018

Fixed:

  • Have/Want summaries not updating after adding/removing a comic while in an issue list
  • Rare crash while loading Have/Want summaries
Comic Collector (Windows)

v18.0.6: Fixed: various layout problems on “125% DPI” systems

January 12th, 2018

In this maintenance build, we fixed a long-standing problem:
On Windows systems with the DPI or Font Size set to 125% or 150%, many screens had strange font size and layout problems, particularly visible in the Edit Comic screen, but also affecting other screens.

This has been a particularly tricky problem to fix, but Ronald and AJ jumped into the magical world of Windows display settings and, after a week of cursing and yelling, they have finally been able to fix it. Phew… peace and quiet again.


CLZ Comics (iOS)

v4.8.2: Fixed an issue with Have/Want summaries

January 10th, 2018

v4.8.2 Submitted January 10th 2018

* Fixed:
– Incomplete Have/Want issue summary when ‘In collection’ or ‘On wish list’ collection status filter was active.
– Have/Want issue summaries not showing on iPad.

Recent changes

More editable fields! May 15th, 2018 v4.10.3: Bigger and easier to spot Add button! May 14th, 2018 v4.10.4: Bigger and easier to spot Add button! May 9th, 2018 v4.10.3: Fixed a crash and highlight issue April 19th, 2018 v18.1: New: 64-bit version of Comic Collector! April 17th, 2018 v4.10.2: Fixed a crash in the Thumb View April 16th, 2018 Add Comics is now a pop-up screen April 13th, 2018 v4.10: Many new sort options and a redesigned Select Sort Order screen April 13th, 2018 v18.0.2: Fixed various issues in the sync with CLZ Cloud April 10th, 2018 New: The barcode queue is now remembered between sessions April 4th, 2018 v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing + Performance improvements April 3rd, 2018 Updated “Export to Text” and “Print to PDF” pages March 27th, 2018 Redesigned Column and Sort Order field selection screens March 21st, 2018 v4.10.2: Fixed a crash in the main list March 16th, 2018 v4.10: Many new sort options and a redesigned Select Sort Order screen March 14th, 2018 v4.9.2: Fixed a quick search selection issue February 28th, 2018 v4.9.2: Fixed a crash with the search February 27th, 2018 v4.9: Improved search features February 21st, 2018 Re-designed Edit Comic screen February 13th, 2018 v4.9: Improved search features January 24th, 2018 v18.0.7: Maintenance build with lots of fixes January 18th, 2018 Brand new Add Comics from Core screen January 16th, 2018 v4.8.3: Fixed more issues with the Have/Want summaries January 16th, 2018 v18.0.6: Fixed: various layout problems on “125% DPI” systems January 12th, 2018 v4.8.2: Fixed an issue with Have/Want summaries January 10th, 2018