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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 (macOS)

v20.0.4 Now syncs through our brand-new CLZ Cloud Sync-server

February 4th, 2020

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:

  • For some users, the database conversion of version 20.0.3 caused the loss of data in their User Defined Fields. This problem has been resolved now.

    If you lost UDF data, please contact us so that we can help you get the data back.

CLZ Comics (iOS)

v5.1: Better barcode scanning!

January 29th, 2020

Adding comics by barcode is most popular feature of the CLZ Comics app, so let’s see if we can make it even better! Today’s version 5.1 is all about barcode scanner:

Improved scan engine

First, we have improved the scan engine and gave it a larger “scan area”. This should help scan barcodes faster and easier.

Automatic scanning of any barcode type

In previous versions, you had to manually set the scan mode (+0 | +2 | +5), depending on the type of barcode you were scanning. But not anymore!

We have made the scanner much smarter now. Just set it to “Auto” and it will automatically scan every barcode you throw at it. It will automatically pick up extensions, whether 2 digits long or 5 digits long. Super easy, super quick.

BTW: in rare cases, the scanner may “give up” on finding the extension too quickly. E.g. with lower quality cameras or in “less than optimal” lighting conditions. In that case, set the scanner to “EXT” mode, which will force it to find the extension.


CLZ Comics (Android)

v5.1: Better barcode scanning!

January 29th, 2020

Adding comics by barcode is most popular feature of the CLZ Comics app, so let’s see if we can make it even better! Today’s version 5.1 is all about barcode scanner:

Improved scan engine

First, we have improved the scan engine and gave it a larger “scan area”. This should help scan barcodes faster and easier.

Automatic scanning of any barcode type

In previous versions, you had to manually set the scan mode (+0 | +2 | +5), depending on the type of barcode you were scanning. But not anymore!

We have made the scanner much smarter now. Just set it to “Auto” and it will automatically scan every barcode you throw at it. It will automatically pick up extensions, whether 2 digits long or 5 digits long. Super easy, super quick.

BTW: in rare cases, the scanner may “give up” on finding the extension too quickly. E.g. with lower quality cameras or in “less than optimal” lighting conditions. In that case, set the scanner to “EXT” mode, which will force it to find the extension.


Comic Connect

Faster loading of images through WebP image format

January 27th, 2020

WebP is a new image format, developed by Google, that is producing smaller images compared to JPG and PNG, while preserving image quality. All modern browsers fully support the new WebP format so many websites are now using WebP for a faster browsing experience, consuming less bandwidth.

Of course, our Connect web-based software and the free CLZ Cloud viewer sites are quite heavy on cover images, especially in the Image and Card Views. So we figured switching to WebP could produce a nice boost in performance!

So today, we switched over and are now delivering all cover images and backdrops in WebP format, on all browsers that support it (older browsers still get JPG images).

You will find that your Image View and Cards View will load faster now. The difference is especially noticeable on slower internet connections and mobile devices (if you have a very fast internet connection, the difference will be minimal).

Noticeable on all connection types is the faster loading of the details panel after selecting a different item in your list. Because of the huge difference in the backdrop image sizes, viewing item details is now a lot snappier.

Enjoy!


Comic Connect

Improvements to Edit and Add screens

January 17th, 2020

Multiple small tweaks to your Connect software today, improving both the Edit Comic screen and the Add Comics screen.

Editing pick list fields: checkbox multiple values in one go

The Edit screen is where many users are spending most of their time, so we’re always trying to make your editing life faster and easier.
Today, we improved all multi-value pick lists fields (e.g. Genres, Tags) by letting you add multiple values in one go. In the Select Value screen we have introduced checkboxes now, that let you checkbox multiple values and add them instantly.

This is now available for the following fields:

  • Genres
  • Signed by
  • Tags

Adding Comics by Barcode: instant adding to queue

Previously, when you searched by barcode (either by typing or scanning), the barcode instantly disappeared from the search box, but only appeared in the queue when the search was complete. Also with no “loading” indicator showing in the meantime. Not a problem when searches are instant, but it could lead to confusion in situations where it took a bit longer for the search to complete.

So we got to work and made it better: after hitting search, the barcode now instantly appears in your queue, showing a “Searching” indicator. This gives you instant feedback the barcode was accepted and is searching. Then, when the search has completed, the queue entry is filled in with the comic details and cover image.

The above tweak also applies to the opening of the screen while you still had some barcodes in the queue. This saved queue list will now populate faster.


Comic Collector (macOS)

v20.0.3: Custom cover sync problem fixed and more

January 14th, 2020

This update fixes an issue with the sync where it would always re-upload the custom front/back covers if such a comic had any change at all. This resulted in many unneeded re-uploads of custom front/back covers.

Important: After updating to this version:

  • the program will run a process to index your custom covers
  • all comics with custom front/back covers will re-upload

Both processes might take a while!

Fixed:

  • Custom front/back covers were re-uploaded too often
  • Quick Search: using arrow buttons and clicking results wasn’t working correctly

CLZ Comics (iOS)

v5.0.9: Sort titles weren’t always correctly generated

January 10th, 2020

Fixed:

  • Sort title of a series was not generated correctly during adding/editing of a series.
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

CLZ Comics (iOS)

v5.0.8: Added 4 new folder options and some fixes

January 8th, 2020

New:

  • You can now folder group on 4 extra fields:
    • Cover Date Year
    • Release Date Year
    • Read Date Year
    • Purchase Date Year

Fixed:

  • Rare incident where timeouts occurred during CLZ Cloud sync.
  • Main list cells now show release date instead of cover date.

CLZ Comics (Android)

v5.0.9: Added 4 new folder options and some fixes

January 7th, 2020

New:

  • You can now folder group on 4 extra fields:
    • Cover Date Year
    • Release Date Year
    • Read Date Year
    • Purchase Date Year

Fixed:

  • Rare incident where timeouts occurred during CLZ Cloud sync.
  • Main list cells now show release date instead of cover date.

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 Connect

New: Collection/Wish List summaries for series

December 27th, 2019

New in Comic Connect: a Collection / Wish List summary bar for comic series!

To see the summary bar, make sure your folder panel is set to show Series folders, then select a folder. The summary bar will then appear above the list panel, showing a compact overview of the issues you own and the issues that are on your wish list.

BTW: if you don’t want this panel, you can disable it through the Settings screen.


Comic Connect

Add Comics: now auto-searches for current series

December 19th, 2019

Small but time-saving tweak to the Comic Connect software today:

When opening the Add Comics screen, the “By Series” tab now automatically searches for the series that was active in your main screen, and even expands it for you:


Comic Collector (macOS)

v20.0.2: Small fix build

December 17th, 2019

A couple of fixes today for Comic Collector macOS:

Fixed:

  • Last Modified date wasn’t set correctly when updating values from GoCollect
  • Printing a list while in dark mode would print a black page

Comic Connect

Sort your folder panel by the numbers

December 6th, 2019

A useful and fun new option in Comic Connect software today!
By default, the folders in your folder panel are sorted alphabetically. But as of today, there is another option: sort your folder panel by the numbers, that is by the number of comics contained.

Sorting by the numbers is a nice way to find the most important Series, Publisher, Creators, etc.. in your collection.

Switch between the Alphabetical and Number sorting using the new toggle to the right of the search box:


Comic Collector (macOS)

v20: Dark Mode support!

December 4th, 2019

The year “twenty-twenty is coming up, so here’s Comic Collector v20 for macOS!

In this release we added support for the macOS Dark/Light Mode.

Read more


Comic Connect

Create your own multi-level-folder favorites

November 25th, 2019

Roughly a month ago we introduced the ability to use multiple levels of folders in the folder panel. At the time, limited to several built-in field sensible field combinations.

Today we’re giving you the next logical step: the ability to create and save your own multi- and single-level favorites for the folder panel.

The Favorites are shown at the top of the Folder menu, with the single-field options still available at the bottom.

Read more


Comic Connect

Improved Statistics page, plus new breadcrumb/filter bar

November 4th, 2019

Two updates for your Connect software today. An improved Statistics screen, with cool new charts and lists, plus a re-designed toolbar that clearly shows your currently selected folders and filters.

Read more


CLZ Comics (iOS)

v5.0.7: Various Fixes

October 26th, 2019

Fixed:

  • Add by Barcode: For older barcodes sometimes the wrong issue would be pre-selected
  • Custom images were uploaded too often

CLZ Comics (Android)

v5.0.8: Various fixes

October 24th, 2019

Fixed:

  • Add by Barcode: For older barcodes sometimes the wrong issue would be pre-selected
  • Custom images were uploaded too often
  • The amount of items for each pick list could be wrong

Comic Connect

Folder panel now allows multiple folder levels

October 22nd, 2019

A very cool and useful addition to your Comic Connect software today: the folder panel on the left now allows multiple levels of folders!

This is a powerful way to browse your comic collection, e.g by Publisher, then by Series, or by Creator then Series.

Read more


CLZ Comics (iOS)

v5.0.6: Fix build

October 11th, 2019

Changed:

  • Add by barcode: Swipe to remove a single barcode wasn’t working. To remove a single barcode now, just press and hold on it!

Fixed:

  • When changing a cover, the list and images view wasn’t updated correctly
  • Date pickers weren’t showing correctly
  • Some colours were wrong (tabs/switches)

Comic Collector (macOS)

v19.2: Now fully macOS Catalina compatible!

October 9th, 2019

As you probably know, macOS Catalina (version 10.15) was released earlier this week.
In Catalina, Apple has made two major changes, that will affect all software that you run on your Mac:

  • All programs you use need to be 64-bit. No more support for 32-bit applications!
  • All programs you download outside the App Store need to be notarized (=approved) by Apple.

Of course, our Comic Collector software has been a 64-bit application since version 18.1 (April 2018). And this week, we got it approved and notarized by Apple too!

So today, we released Comic Collector 19.2, 64-bit and notarized, so fully Catalina compatible!


Recent changes

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 v20.0.4 Now syncs through our brand-new CLZ Cloud Sync-server February 4th, 2020 v5.1: Better barcode scanning! January 29th, 2020 v5.1: Better barcode scanning! January 29th, 2020 Faster loading of images through WebP image format January 27th, 2020 Improvements to Edit and Add screens January 17th, 2020 v20.0.3: Custom cover sync problem fixed and more January 14th, 2020 v5.0.9: Sort titles weren’t always correctly generated January 10th, 2020 v20.0.2: Made folder counters always visible and some fixes January 8th, 2020 v5.0.8: Added 4 new folder options and some fixes January 8th, 2020 v5.0.9: Added 4 new folder options and some fixes January 7th, 2020 v20: Folder panel improvements + new Statistics screen January 7th, 2020 New: Collection/Wish List summaries for series December 27th, 2019 Add Comics: now auto-searches for current series December 19th, 2019 v20.0.2: Small fix build December 17th, 2019 Sort your folder panel by the numbers December 6th, 2019 v20: Dark Mode support! December 4th, 2019 Create your own multi-level-folder favorites November 25th, 2019 Improved Statistics page, plus new breadcrumb/filter bar November 4th, 2019 v5.0.7: Various Fixes October 26th, 2019 v5.0.8: Various fixes October 24th, 2019 Folder panel now allows multiple folder levels October 22nd, 2019 v5.0.6: Fix build October 11th, 2019 v19.2: Now fully macOS Catalina compatible! October 9th, 2019