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Comic Collector (Windows)

v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing, revamped Edit screen, new “Clean” template and more!

December 13th, 2017

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 CLZ Comics 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.

Revamped Edit Comic screen

A huge refresh of the Edit Comic screen, bringing the look and feel more in line with the recent Add Comics from Core screen.

  • Button bar is now at the bottom of the screen
    With OK button high-lighted in blue, nice Next/Prev arrow buttons, etc…

  • Clearer blue + buttons for checkbox list fields (like Genres)
  • Same blue + buttons for dropdown fields (like Series, Publisher, Imprint)
  • Revamped Edit screen for pick list items
    Button bar at the bottom with blue OK button, smaller generate buttons, etc..

But it’s not all just cosmetic changes:

Improved interface for adding Creators and Characters

The new interface helps you make better use of your existing creator and character pick lists:

  • Cleaner lists, showing just Display Name and Role/Alias.
  • Right-click to Modify the name and sort name of a person in the list.
  • Drag the icon in the first column to change the order.
  • Click the “x” in the last column to remove entries.
  • To add a Creator to the list:
    • 1. click the “+ Add Creator” button, or hit Insert on your keyboard
    • 2. Select the creator type (Writer, Penciler, Inker, etc…)
    • 3. A new screen appears, showing your existing creator pick list.
    • 4. Type a few letters in the search box to find the creator you want to add, e.g. enter “stra” to find J. Michael Straczynski.
    • 5. Hit the down arrow on your keyboard a few times to select the creator from the search results
    • 6. Hit Enter to return to the Edit Comic screen with the creator added to the list.

    ONLY when the creator is not in your pick list yet, there’s 3 extra steps:

    • 4a: click the New Creator button top right
    • 4b. enter/paste the display name
    • 4c. click OK

    Simplified: Edit Multiple Comics screen

    • Now use checkboxes to explicitly indicate which field(s) you want set.
      Safer and clearer, no more unexpected changes.

    • To clear a field, just click the checkbox and leave the box empty.
      The box will highlight in red to indicate the CLEAR action. No more hidden F8 keys.

    Simplified screens for selecting Column, Sort and Folder fields.

    The ability to select your own Columns for the List View is an important customization feature of our Comic Collector software. The same holds for selecting the sort order and the folder fields for the folder panel.

    However, the “field selection” screens for doing these customizations have always been an area of confusion. So for v18 we decided to re-imagine both the field selection screens and the system for creating/managing your own presets.

    • Simplified Field Selection screen:
      • Available fields are now grouped, like the tabs in the Edit Comic 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.
      • Rename the field set at the top right.
    • Simplified system for managing your field presets:
      • Just click the Columns or Sort Order button to EDIT the current preset.
      • Click the little arrow to the right of the Columns or Sort Order button to open the preset menu and switch to a different preset.
      • Choose Manage Presets from the preset menu to edit your presets and create new ones.

    NEW: “Clean” template for the details panel, in Light and Dark styles

    A complete refresh, based on the recent Connect/Cloud details page updates. Clean, clear and modern, with some fresh layout ideas:

    • Cleaner look, in both Light and Dark styles.
    • Clear display of Series, Issue Number, Date and Edition.

    • Nicer display of contents of Trade Paper Backs:

    No more Standard edition: Pro-only features now available for everyone!

    Since last week, we stopped selling the Standard edition of Comic Collector. From now on, the Pro edition is the only edition we sell, and will just be called “Comic Collector” now.

    Our gift to all users on the Standard edition who have a valid Update Plan:
    Starting with v18, you now get access to all Pro-only features:

    • Batch editing with the Edit Multiple feature:

      Save time by editing multiple items in batch, e.g. to fill in a field value for many items in one go.

    • Customizable pre-sets for sorting, columns and folders:

      Create your own pre-set field combination for sorting and columns. Define your own folder options, even multi-level folder combinations.

    • User Defined Fields:

      Create your own fields (text, number, pick list, checkbox or date) and rename pre-defined fields.

    • Export features:

      Export your database to a CSV or XML file.

  • CLZ Comics (Android)

    v4.8: Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing!

    December 4th, 2017

    A new v4.8 update for your app is available now, with:

    Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing
    Add or edit comics and your changes will auto-upload to the CLZ Cloud instantly.
    Made changes on the desktop or Connect side? Just start the app and changes will download automatically.

    Note: Auto-Syncing is switched OFF by default. Switch it ON in the “Sync with CLZ Cloud” screen.

    Don’t have a CLZ Cloud account yet?
    If you don’t have a CLZ Cloud account yet, I strongly recommend signup up for one from the app. Using the CLZ Cloud is completely free!

    The CLZ Cloud syncing will let you:

    1. Sync your data between devices, e.g. between your phone and your tablet. Or from your old phone to your new phone.
    2. View your database online using the free CLZ Cloud viewer website.
    3. Make an online backup of your data. Better safe than sorry!

    CLZ Comics (Android)

    v4.5.8: Further improvements to the Add Comics screen

    November 21st, 2017

    In today’s update for the CLZ Comics app, we have made further tweaks to the Add screen, to make it clearer than previous versions:

    • Add from CLZ Core:
      • Color high-lighting: Comics already ‘on wish list’ now have an orange title, comics already “in collection” show up with a blue title.
      • Clearer result entries for Add By Barcode searches, especially in cases of multiple results.

    Fixes in this update:

    • After restarting the app an empty details template could sometimes show.
    • Duplicate comic credits after updating coming from CLZ Core.
    • After restarting the app it would sometimes repeatedly scroll to the last added comic.
    • Small CLZ Cloud sync tweaks.
    • After changing the sort order the list could sometimes scroll to a random position.
    • After manually typing a barcode in the add by barcode screen you weren’t able to search another one.
    • Sorting not working within a series folder in the main screen.

    CLZ Comics (iOS)

    v4.5.13: Further improvements to the Add Comics screen

    November 8th, 2017

    In today’s update for the CLZ Comics app, we have made further tweaks to the Add screen, to make it clearer and (hopefully) more stable than previous versions:

    • Slightly smaller font for the series name, so that longer titles fit better.
    • Clearer result entries for Add By Barcode searches, especially in cases of multiple results.
    • Color high-lighting: Comics already ‘on wish list’ now have an orange title, comics already “in collection” show up with a blue title.
    • Improved scroll behaviour.


    Fixes in this update:

    • Some covers (Preview art) weren’t showing in the main screen thumbnail view
    • Series have/want header in main list was cut off in certain situations
    • Full screen cover scroller on iPhone/iPod devices was not properly updating its title bar

    Comic Connect

    New design and layout for comic details page

    October 20th, 2017

    Now live, a new design and layout for the comic detail page in both Comic Connect and the free CLZ Cloud viewer.

    Some highlights of the new look:

    • bigger cover image
    • new and bigger publisher icons
    • more logical layout and placement of all fields

    Screen shot:

    CLZ Comics (iOS)

    v4.5.12: Optimized layout for iPad Pro

    October 19th, 2017

    New

    • Optimized layout of main screen on 10.5 and 12.9 inch iPads
    • Optimized the performance of the main screen thumbnail view
    • Fresh placeholder cover images

    Fixed

  • Black bars showing on 10.5 and 12.9 inch iPads
  • Disappearing floating add button when switching from list to thumbnail view
  • CLZ Comics (iOS)

    v4.5.11: Fixed a crash in iOS10 and lower

    October 16th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Crash in add screen on devices running iOS10 or lower
    CLZ Comics (iOS)

    v4.5.10: Redesigned Selection Mode

    October 15th, 2017

    New:

    • Redesigned Selection Mode
      • Tap and hold on a comic/series to select it, select as many comics as you like (or select all, using the “Select All” top right).
      • Then use the blue action button to perform an action on the selected comics (Remove / Update from CLZ Core).

    Fixed:

    • Crash when saving a cover image to the camera roll
    • Odd scrolling behavior when expanding/collapsing a series title search result in the Add Automatically screen
    • Odd scrolling behavior when scanning comic barcodes in the barcode scanning screen
    • Stuck keyboard after searching in main list
    • Autocorrect was enabled for the main list search bar
    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v17.1.6: Fixed some issues in the Add from Core screen

    October 11th, 2017

    New:

    Add Comics from CLZ Core: “check/uncheck all issues in this series” now also available when right clicking an issue.

    Fixed:

    • Add Comics from CLZ Core:
      • When checking/unchecking all issues, the add all button didn’t update accordingly.
      • After adding an issue all barcode searches containing that issue would be removed from the queue.
      • Expanding a result would sometimes scroll to a different part of the list.
    Comic Connect

    Improved search results, plus Search-As-You-Type suggestions

    October 10th, 2017

    A nice upgrade for the search feature today, in both Comic Connect and the free CLZ Cloud viewer for comic collections!

    We have completely replaced the search engine, making the searches much faster and giving you better, more focussed, less “fuzzy” search results.

    On top of that, we have now added our popular “Search-As-You-Type” mechanism to the search box for quick finding and selecting a particular series in your database:

    • In the Quick Search box, just start typing the first few letters of the title you are looking for.
    • While typing, a drop-down list will appear, showing the first five matching series, with small cover images.
      (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.
    • This will instantly take you the issue list for that series.

    Comic Connect

    New: Manage your pick list entries

    September 29th, 2017

    All Connect apps: Manage Pick Lists, edit, merge and remove pick list entries.

    A Manage Pick Lists screen is now available in Connect!
    Finally, you can easily manage your pick lists for Artists, Authors, Series, Genres, Formats, etc… To edit your sort names, merge duplicate entries or remove entries.

    The new Manage Pick Lists screen can be found in the Tools menu top right (the wrench icon).

    Read more


    CLZ Comics (iOS)

    v4.5.9: Added app icon for 12.9 inch iPad

    September 27th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Missing app icons for 12.9 inch iPad
    CLZ Comics (iOS)

    v4.5.8: Fixed a keyboard problem for iOS 11

    September 24th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Autocorrect/complete was disabled on the notes field in the edit/add manually screens
    • Series/comic summary showed 0/0 when opening the iPhone app in series thumbnail view mode
    • Cover Artist was missing in the Clear/Carbon detail templates
    • The on-screen keyboard was covering the lower input fields in the edit/add manually screens
    Comic Collector (macOS)

    v17.0.6: Fixed a bug with the Quick Search and Alphabet bar

    September 21st, 2017

    Fixed

    • Quick Search suggestion box could crash the app.
    • Alphabet bar wasn’t working anymore.
    Comic Collector (macOS)

    v17.0.5: Now compatible with macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”

    September 21st, 2017

    Next week, Apple will release the new macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”.
    If you are planning to update your Mac to this new OS, then we strongly recommend to update your Comic Collector software to today’s version 17.0.5!

    Comic Collector problems on High Sierra:
    We have been testing our software on beta versions of High Sierra for quite a while, to make sure we were ready for it’s release. We found that most of the software seems to be working as normal.

    Unfortunately, we found a big problem in the Preferences screen, it does not open at all anymore, making it impossible to make any changes to program settings.

    Luckily, our Mac developer Ronald was able to fix the Preferences screen to make it work on the new macOS. A fix was released today, in version 17.0.5.

    Fixed

    • Preferences screen didn’t load properly on macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”.
    • Upload Cover to CLZ Core: Images were not always uploaded properly even if they were within the 500KB file size limit.
    • Main Screen: Quick Search: Occasional crashes in the quick search when using the “Search-as-you-type” suggestions.
    • Sync with CLZ Cloud: Sometimes crashed during the upload of covers.
    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v17.1.5: Fixed Access Violation in Add from CLZ Core screen

    September 14th, 2017

    Fixed

    • Add Comics from CLZ Core: Access Violation when adding several issues by barcode
    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v17.1.4: Bug fixes for the Add Comics from CLZ Core screen

    September 14th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Add Comics from CLZ Core:
      • (un)checking an item in a selection would not (un)check all those items
      • Preview art was downloaded into the front cover field if no front cover art was available
      • Adding/updating comics from CLZ Core could crash the program when a credit had no role assigned
      • Scanning multiple issues from the same series could cause a problem with the search results cells
    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v17.1.3: Maintenance build

    August 24th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Add Multiple Comics Manually: the first two comics of the added list would get the same index number.
    • Linking Comics with CLZ Core didn’t mark them “dirty” for syncing with CLZ Cloud.
    • Main Screen: Quick filter panel option “keep active” wasn’t applied directly after restarting software.
    • Edit Comic: Links tab: When editing a local link, the “previous” button didn’t work.

    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v17.1.2: More improvements to the Add Screen

    August 18th, 2017

    Improvements:

    • Add Comics from CLZ Core:
      • Right click menu:
        • You can now right click a series result to “check/uncheck” all issues.
        • Sort series by Title or by Publisher on “by Title”, “Pull List” and “Daily Updates” tab.
      • New “barcode not found” result in your list if a barcode doesn’t return any results.
      • Performance optimizations of the result list on all tabs.

    Fixed:

    • Add Comics from CLZ Core:
      • “This barcode is already in the search list” would be returned when searching for two variants of the same issue with slightly different barcodes.
      • After entering a barcode manually (or with certain barcode scanners) focus didn’t return to the barcode entry box.
      • The “Quick Fill” popup could pop up outside of the screen area.
    Comic Collector (Windows)

    v17.1.1: A completely new Add Comics screen!

    August 15th, 2017

    Big changes today! For version 17.1 we have completely re-designed the “Add Comics from CLZ Core” screen (previously called “Add Comics Automatically”). The new screen is both easier-to-use and easier-on-the-eye:

    • A clear two-panel design: Search Results on the left, Preview on the right.
    • The Search Results now show cover images for both series and issues.
    • Automatic Preview of selected issues (no more double clicking).

    See it in action:

    Here’s the full list of improvements:

    Read more


    Comic Connect

    You can now sort your comics on 3 more fields

    August 7th, 2017

    New:

    • New fields you can now sort your comic issues on:
      • Format
      • Publisher
      • Series Group
    Comic Connect

    Improved “Edit Multiple” screen with new fields

    August 2nd, 2017

    New fields for Edit Multiple

    We’ve expanded the amount of fields you can edit in the Edit Multiple screen.

    Improved interface

    We’ve made it more clear how you can clear information from specific fields for all selected items you’re editing. Use the X button to clear a field for all selected items.

    Using “Edit Multiple”

    Quick reminder how to use Edit Multiple: Click the “Select” button at the top of your Connect page, select a couple of items, and click “Edit” (again, at the top).

    Be advised that changes you make here affect all selected items, and can not be reverted once done!

    CLZ Comics (Android)

    v4.5.7: Fixed a bug in Update from CLZ Core

    July 25th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Empty details template when opening the app after it was killed while on the details screen.
    • After updating an issue from CLZ Core, duplicate credits were added.
    CLZ Comics (iOS)

    v4.5.7: Improved navigation in “All Comics” folder

    July 22nd, 2017

    New:

    • Added a new “All Comics” folder with a back button to go back to your folders.

    Fixed:

    • Added condition field to the old Blue/Black/Comic Blue and White templates.
    • Barcode queue was lost when a crash occurred in the Add from CLZ Core screen.
    • The move to wish list functionality in the Add from CLZ Core screen was not working at all.
    CLZ Comics (Android)

    v4.5.6: Fixed missing “Have/Wish” summary on tablets

    July 21st, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Missing Have/Wish summary on the top of the comic list when in ‘series’ folder mode on tablet devices.

    Recent changes

    v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing, revamped Edit screen, new “Clean” template and more! December 13th, 2017 v4.8: Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing! December 4th, 2017 v4.5.8: Further improvements to the Add Comics screen November 21st, 2017 v4.5.13: Further improvements to the Add Comics screen November 8th, 2017 New design and layout for comic details page October 20th, 2017 v4.5.12: Optimized layout for iPad Pro October 19th, 2017 v4.5.11: Fixed a crash in iOS10 and lower October 16th, 2017 v4.5.10: Redesigned Selection Mode October 15th, 2017 v17.1.6: Fixed some issues in the Add from Core screen October 11th, 2017 Improved search results, plus Search-As-You-Type suggestions October 10th, 2017 New: Manage your pick list entries September 29th, 2017 v4.5.9: Added app icon for 12.9 inch iPad September 27th, 2017 v4.5.8: Fixed a keyboard problem for iOS 11 September 24th, 2017 v17.0.6: Fixed a bug with the Quick Search and Alphabet bar September 21st, 2017 v17.0.5: Now compatible with macOS 10.13 “High Sierra” September 21st, 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 You can now sort your comics on 3 more fields August 7th, 2017 Improved “Edit Multiple” screen with new fields August 2nd, 2017 v4.5.7: Fixed a bug in Update from CLZ Core July 25th, 2017 v4.5.7: Improved navigation in “All Comics” folder July 22nd, 2017 v4.5.6: Fixed missing “Have/Wish” summary on tablets July 21st, 2017