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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.

CLZ Comics (iOS)

v4.8.1: Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing!

January 10th, 2018

A new v4.8.1 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.

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!

New:

  • Added ‘None’ entries to list of folders: The [None] folder groups the books you have not set the field for on which you’re currently folder grouping.
  • “Read It” folder option: Group your comics into Read it “Yes” or “No” folders to quickly find your unread comics!

Fixed:

  • Search cleared when the X button was pushed in the search bar of the main screen.

Comic Connect

Faster browsing in Connect and CLZ Cloud

January 9th, 2018

We have just updated both the Connect web-application and the free CLZ Cloud viewers to make them a lot faster.

  • The folder panel now uses “lazy-loading” which makes it load (a lot) faster.
  • When selecting a folder, only the list panel is re-loaded, where previously the entire page was refreshed.

The above changes will make browsing your CLZ Cloud or Connect app a lot snappier and will prevent server performance problems (two birds with one stone!).

The performance improvements are especially noticeable for large book, music and comic collections, as these generally have loooonnnngggg lists of author, artist and series folders.

Comic Collector (Windows)

v18.0.5: Various tweaks and fixes for version 18

January 4th, 2018

Various tweaks and fixes, based on your v18 feedback:

Tweaks to the Edit screen:

  • Creators/Characters lists: right click to directly access that specific Manage List screen.
  • Creators/Characters lists now show a “Sort Name” column again.

Fixes:

  • Edit Multiple: boolean fields would be reset to “No”.
  • Add from Core: Stopping a running search could cause an Access Violation.
  • Main Screen: Selected filter wasn’t restored on starting the program.
  • Select Column/Sort/Folder fields: adding/removing a field after changing the order of the fields, would reset that order again.
  • Edit Comic: adding TPB issues would crash the program after deleting some stories first.
  • Various stability improvements.
  • Various fixes to the “Clean” template.
Comic Connect

A complete re-design of the Connect interface

December 27th, 2017

In this “between Christmas and New Year” week, a huge update to the look and feel of our Connect web-based software.

  • We removed the tabs at the top that let you switch between the programs, to give you more screen space for the software you are in. (you can still switch using the app-switcher button top right).
  • Dark toolbars with white text and buttons everywhere, while keeping your list and details pages light and clear.
  • All tools and feature are now accessible from the “hamburger” menu on the top left.
  • Your account settings and log out options in a “user menu” on the right.
  • TIP: the new look is also available in your free CLZ Cloud viewer!

Comic Collector (Windows)

v18.0.4: Fixed sorting in the pick item screens and more

December 21st, 2017

Fixed

  • Pick Item Screens: when using the quick search the list wasn’t always sorted correctly
  • Manage Pick List:
    • When using the quick search the list wasn’t always sorted correctly
    • “auto resort” check box didn’t work
  • Reassign Index fields sort fields were stored as “reassignindex” as sort fields preset
  • Manage Presets: removing all presets would cause an Access Violation after closing the screen
  • Edit Comic: navigating Content or Links using ALT+N or ALT+P would navigate the comics instead
Comic Collector (Windows)

v18.0.3: Improved workflow of pick item screens

December 20th, 2017

New:

  • Pick Item Screens: adding a new item will now use the quick search string to pre-fill the name field

Fixed:

  • Edit Screen: ALT+N/ALT+P for Next/Previous played a Windows sound
  • Edit Screen: Adding a new item to a list sometimes displayed a popup that was too small
  • Reassign Index Fields: Saving your selected fields wasn’t possible sometimes
  • Export/Print field selection menus were missing “Manage Presets…” caption
  • Clean Templates: Several layout improvements
Comic Collector (Windows)

v18.0.2: Maintenance build with some fixes

December 18th, 2017

New:

  • Edit Comic: Add Credits/Characters: When searching for a credit/character and clicking “New Credit” (for example), the screen will now use the search words for the name of the new person you’re adding.

Fixed:

  • Edit Comic: Add button for User Defined Field comboboxes were not positioned correctly when resizing the Edit Comic screen
  • Main Screen: the bread crumb at the top didn’t reflect the “Collection Status” filter from the quick filter panel
  • Add from Core: the program could freeze when experiencing connection problems
  • Edit Series: “Generate” buttons were overlapping front of “Display Name” and “Name” fields
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.

    Recent changes

    v4.11.2: Maintenance build June 22nd, 2018 v4.11: More editable fields! June 21st, 2018 v4.11: More editable fields! June 21st, 2018 New tooltips and split-up settings June 14th, 2018 New: selection checkboxes and action bar June 5th, 2018 v18.2.1: Selection checkboxes / New Action Bars May 30th, 2018 v18.2.1: Secure HTTPS connections / more sync fields May 29th, 2018 New: Use Comic Connect to keep track of loaned comics! May 23rd, 2018 v18.1: Full support for High DPI screens / Large Fonts May 23rd, 2018 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