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CLZ Games 9 Feature Hilite: the new collections tab-bar

March 19th, 2024

Here’s my second “v9 feature hilite” email, about the next big feature of last week’s CLZ Games v9 release.
(tip: if you missed yesterday’s feature hilite #1, you can read it here).

Today, we are going to discuss the new collections tab-bar.

Reminder: the why and how of multiple collections

The Manage Collections option in the menu of the app lets you create multiple sub-sections in your database, called “collections”. Many users use this feature, for all kinds of purposes:

  • to keep separate collections for different people, e.g. your own and your kid’s collection.
  • to separate their physical games from their digital downloads
  • to keep track of games they have for sale or have already sold
  • etc.. etc.. the possibilities are endless

Personally, I have separate collections for my “current platform” games (Switch, PS5 and Series X) and my older game that I regard more as collectibles, not so much as games I still play.

You are free to use collections for any sub-sets of your database, but keep in mind: collections are completely separate parts of your database! This means:

  • Totals and Statistics are per collection. There are no “overall” stats.
  • Searches are “within” the collection you are in. There is no “overall” search.
  • The same holds for folders and sorting, all happens “within” the current collection.

As soon as you feel the need for totals or searches across all collections, that is a good sign you would be better off using ONE collection, then maybe use Tags to separate the sub-sections.

That said, feel free to experiment. It is very easy to move games from your main collection to other collections. It is just as easy to move them back.
To move games between collections, just select them (tap and hold), then use “Move to Other Collection” from the Action button menu.

New in CLZ Games v9: a Collection Tab Bar at the bottom

The CLZ Cloud site and the Game Connect web-based software have always showed the collection as nice tabs at the bottom of the screen, like a spreadsheet program has.
We never added those collection tabs to the mobile app, for fear of losing too much screen estate. Instead, switching between collections was done through the app menu.

However, the collection list in the menu was not ideal, especially when using many collections. Even with just 4 or 5 collections, it was pushing the rest of the menu options way down.

So… for the v9 release, we added a collection tab bar anyway! Using a smart “auto hide” to still give you the full screen height while scrolling. The tab bar makes it way easier to switch between collections. It can be slided left and right, to support high number of collections. Alternatively, tap the menu icon on the bottom left to switch collections using a menu, or to access the Manage Collections screen.

Of course, the tab bar will only show up if you have more than one collection.
Also, you can opt to remove it completely, just open the Manage Collection screen and disable it using the toggle at the bottom.


Recent changes

v9.0: Improved Add by Title screen, Collection tabs, Check Value screen and more! March 12th, 2024 v8.4: Easier access to Manage Pick Lists tool October 25th, 2023 v8.3: Pre-fill screen: Orange highlights and a Clear button October 16th, 2023 v8.1: New Sync button on main screen September 6th, 2023 v8.0: Use multiple folder levels May 17th, 2023 Youtuber Mystic shows how he is using CLZ Games April 19th, 2023 v7.5: More value data from PriceCharting (Graded, Box only, Manual only) July 25th, 2022 v7.4 New “Card View” May 12th, 2022 v7.3: Back Cover images! March 29th, 2022 v7.2: Progress Bars and Cancel buttons! March 16th, 2022 v7.1: Improved Pre-fill screen: choose your own fields! February 4th, 2022 v7.0: New features and lots of improvements December 2nd, 2021 v6.6 Submit to Core / New Select Mode and action menu September 27th, 2021 v6.5: Duplicate / Clear Cloud / Shake to Shuffle / Web-links September 8th, 2021 v6.4 New look for game list, cover view & game details July 2nd, 2021 v6.3: Various improvements February 22nd, 2021 v6.2.1: New: Pre-fill fields while adding games December 28th, 2020 v6.1: New “Updated Values” report after updating values from PriceCharting November 12th, 2020 v6.0: Improved game value features, batch editing & more! October 21st, 2020 Sneak Preview: version 6.0 of all 5 CLZ mobile apps! July 21st, 2020 v5.4: Re-designed “Select Folder Field” screen and faster Update from Core June 11th, 2020 v5.3: Add Games by Platform and Add Hardware from Core April 7th, 2020 v5.2 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing! March 18th, 2020 v5.1.1: Search folders, sort folders by count and and faster syncing February 14th, 2020 v5.0.4: Added 2 new folder options January 7th, 2020