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Game Collector (Windows)

v18.2.1: Selection checkboxes / New Action Bars

May 30th, 2018

Game Collector offers powerful batch commands, for performing actions on multiple games in one go, e.g. editing, removing or updating from Core.
However, we are finding that many users have never use these these batch actions, either because they are not aware of their existence or because they don’t know how to actually select multiple games (by Shift or Ctrl-clicking).

In today’s update we addressed these issues:

New Selection Checkboxes in the List View, for easy selection of multiple games

The List View now features checkboxes on the left. Use the checkboxes to easily select multiple games, no Shift or Ctrl-clicking needed. Of course the classic Shift/Ctrl-clicking still works too, this is just an extra method.

Don’t need the checkboxes? You can hide them using Tools / Options / Customization.

A new Action Bar with batch actions

As soon as multiple games are selected (that is, more than 1), a new Action Bar appears above the list. It shows how many are selected, plus offers buttons for the most popular batch actions.

Also new: Action Bar above Details Panel

At the same time, we also added a new Action Bar above the details panel, for quick access to commands operating on the selected game.

TIP: The commands in this new Action Bar have been removed from the main toolbar, to make that one a bit cleaner. However, if you are upgrading from an older version, it will remember your toolbar. To get the new clean main toolbar, choose View / Toolbars / Reset.

Don’t need or want this new bar? You can hide it using Tools / Options / Customization.


Game Collector (Windows)

v18.1: Full support for High DPI screens / Large Fonts

May 23rd, 2018

With super hi-res 4K (or even 5K) screens becoming quite common, more and more people are running Windows with the Font Size (DPI scaling) set to 125% or 150%, to keep text readable. So earlier this year, we released maintenance builds for all Windows editions to fix various layout problems when running Windows with “large fonts”.

Today, with version 18.1 we’re taking the next step: Game Collector is now fully “DPI Aware”. Starting with this version, if you have increased your font size in Windows, all screen texts will look sharper, less fuzzy, making full use of your hi-res screen.

To give you an idea, here are 2 close-up screenshots of what it looked like in the old version versus the new version:

Old version:

New version:

New collection status icons

We added new collection status icons to the main screen’s list view and card view to make the screen less clogged up and easier on the eye.

Fixed:

  • Edit Game:
    • Index field didn’t have localized or custom caption
    • Clicking next or previous could create a second + button in the User Defined Fields tab
  • Templates:
    • Fixed an issue where the template could become “white” if arrow keys were used on the keyboard.
    • Clicking an image would show a drag/drop menu. The image now opens properly.
  • Quick Search: Fixed normalization for quick searches so words with umlauts/accents etc. are now easier to be found.
  • Fixed a problem with folder paths for users that have their Documents folder rooted to an external drive (program wouldn’t install properly).
  • Link Screen could show “Link Selected” button even if there were no matches.
  • Manage Column presets:
    • Clicking in certain parts of the screen could cause Access Violations.
    • Clicking the Edit menu could break the focus in the screen.
  • Light Skin: Better visibility for selected items in your lists.
  • User Defined Fields: It was possible to create invisible User Defined Fields which would then never show up in the edit screen.
  • Add Screen: Scrollbar position wouldn’t update sometimes.

Game Collector (Windows)

v18.0.6: Maintenance build with lots of fixes

January 18th, 2018

Fixed:

  • 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 Game: 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
Game Collector (Windows)

v18.0.5: 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 Game and Edit Hardware 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.


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v18.0.4: Various tweaks and fixes for version 18

January 4th, 2018

Various tweaks and fixes, based on your v18 feedback:

Tweaks to the Edit screen:

  • Developer/Publisher lists: right click to directly access that specific Manage List screen.

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.
  • Various stability improvements.
Game Collector (Windows)

v18.0.3: 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 Game: navigating Links using ALT+N or ALT+P would navigate the games instead
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v18.0.2: 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
Game Collector (Windows)

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

December 15th, 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 games in Game Collector and these changes will auto-upload to the CLZ Cloud instantly. Did you make changes using CLZ Games or directly in Game 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 Game screen

A huge refresh of the Edit Game screen, bringing the look and feel more in line with the recent Add Games 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 Platform and Format)
  • 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 Publishers and Developers

The new interface helps you make better use of your existing publisher and developer pick lists:

  • Drag the icon in the first column to change the order.
  • Click the “x” in the last column to remove entries.
  • Right-click to Modify the name and sort name of a company in the list.
  • To add a Developer to the list:
    • 1. click the “+ Add Developer” button, or hit Insert on your keyboard
    • 2. A new screen appears, showing your existing creator pick list.
    • 3. Type a few letters in the search box to find the creator you want to add, e.g. enter “id” to find id Software.
    • 5. Hit the down arrow on your keyboard a few times to select the actor from the search results
    • 6. Hit Enter to return to the Edit Game screen with the developer added to list.

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

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

    Simplified: Edit Multiple Games 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 Game 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 Game 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.

    • Now shows just one embedded trailer video, with a trailer selection bar beneath to switch between multiple trailers.

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

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

  • Game Collector (Windows)

    v17.2.7: Fixed some issues in the Add from Core screen

    October 11th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Add Games from CLZ Core:
      • Failed search would remain in barcode queue but would not be visible in the list
      • Expanding a result would sometimes scroll to a different part of the list
    Game Collector (Windows)

    v17.2.6: Fixed Access Violation in Add from CLZ Core screen

    September 14th, 2017

    Fixed

    • Add Games from CLZ Core: Access Violation when adding several games by barcode
    Game Collector (Windows)

    v17.2.5: Fixed an issue with checking/unchecking in Add Screen

    September 14th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Add Games from CLZ Core:
      • (un)checking an item in a selection would not (un)check all those items
    Game Collector (Windows)

    v17.2.4: New icons for the Add from CLZ Core screen and fixes

    August 24th, 2017

    New:

    • Add Games from CLZ Core: the 4 “Add by” tabs now have icons.

    Fixed:

    • Edit Game/Hardware: Screenshot & Links: adding “image files” as local links would add them as “screen shot” instead.
    • Main Screen: Quick filter panel option “keep active” wasn’t applied directly after restarting software.
    • Edit Game: Links tab: When editing a local link, the “previous” button didn’t work.

    Game Collector (Windows)

    v17.2.3: Fixed a crash in Add from CLZ Core screen

    July 31st, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Add Games from CLZ Core: program could crash when updating platform list.
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    v17.2.2: Various tweaks

    July 20th, 2017

    • Add Games from Core: Search Results list is now loading/refreshing faster, especially for long lists.
    • New option for CLZ Barry: Auto-Connect. When enabled, the built-in Buddy for Barry automatically connects to the server when you start the program or open the Add screen.
    • The Expire Date of your Update Plan is now always visible in the lower right bottom of the main screen.
    • Image open dialogs could crash the program when used a lot and browsing through thousands of images

    Game Collector (Windows)

    v17.2.1: A completely new Add Games screen!

    June 14th, 2017

    Big changes today! The Add Games Automatically screen has been completely re-designed, to make it both easier-to-use and easier-on-the-eye (and it’s now called “Add Games from CLZ Core”):

    • A simple two-panel design: Search Results on the left, Preview on the right.
    • The Search Results now show cover images for every game.
    • Automatic Preview of selected result (no more double clicking).

    See it in action:

    Here’s the full list of improvements:

    Read more

    Game Collector (Windows)

    v17.0.7: Fixed the “Update” button in the Edit Screen

    April 26th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Edit Screen: clicking “Update” would cause an Access Violation
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    v17.0.6: Fixed a “Cannot focus window” error.

    April 25th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Edit Screen: switching tabs could throw a “Cannot focus a disabled or invisible window” error when the screen was still loading.
    • Edit Screen: clicking “Update” could throw a “hotkey not registered” error.
    Game Collector (Windows)

    v17.0.5: Fixed an error and added new links to the What’s New page

    April 13th, 2017

    New:

    • Links to renew your update plan will now automatically log you into your account on the website.
    • Check for Updates: now has a link to the “What’s New” blog on our website.
    • My CLZ Account popup: now has a link to the “What’s New” blog on our website.

    Fixed:

    • Edit Game: using ALT+N or ALT+P to navigate to Next or Previous Game could throw a “Cannot focus a disabled or invisible window” error.
    • “Completed” field didn’t properly sync down from CLZ Cloud.
    • Updating games or Pricecharting values will clear them for unlinked games.
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    v17.1 Loose/CIB/New field plus enhanced cloud syncing

    April 10th, 2017

    For Game Collector, the v17.1 update has turned out to be a bigger update then the v16 to v17 update 🙂
    Because for v17.1 we have added several game-specific fields and features, especially targeted at the serious video game collector:

    New “Completeness” field: Loose vs CIB vs New

    This is for the real video game collectors, especially those that are into collecting retro games:

    • Added: a new “Completeness” field, to indicate how complete your copy of a game is. Choose from:
      • Loose, meaning “cartridge or disc only”.
      • CIB, meaning “Complete In Box”, everything included.
      • New, meaning CIB and also still sealed.
    • Two extra checkbox fields “Manual” and “Box”.

      To further specify the “Loose” status. You know, for those cartridges with just a manual, no box. Or in a box, but with the manual missing.

    Read more


    Game Collector (Windows)

    v17.0.3: Added search-as-you-type to pick list fields

    March 16th, 2017

    Search-As-You-Type for pick list fields

    We’ve expanded the quick search box to now also allow “search-as-you-type” with suggestions for pick list fields.

    How does it work?

    In the quick search box top right of your screen you should see a “dropdown” button. Use this to select which field you wish to perform a search on. If “search-as-you-type” is available for that field, it will instantly work once you start typing in the box.

    Example

    You can now select the field “Edition” in the quick search box, start typing some edition information like “special”, and instantly see suggestions (based on what you typed) of editions you have in your database. Click on an edition entry to see all games you have in that edition.

    Fixes in this version

    We also fixed some issues with the program in this version:

    • Images Popup:
      • “size window to picture” showed image slightly smaller
      • .tiff images were not showing

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    V17.0.2: New image popup method and updates to the quick search

    February 16th, 2017

    New:

    • Images popup now also supports “Size Picture to Window without stretching” option
    • Quick search: suggestions now also are shown when searching on “Title” field

    Fixed:

    • Main Screen:
      • Quick Search: applying a filter could cause unexpected behaviour
    • Images Popup:
      • the status bar wasn’t always showing the right image path when opening
      • .bmp images were not showing
      • only screen shots were showing from the local images
    • CueCat scanner wasn’t working properly any more

    Game Collector (Windows)

    V17.0.1: Major updates to the Quick Search and Image Viewer popup!

    February 14th, 2017

    Quick Search: Search-As-You-Type suggestions

    Instantly find and select a particular game in your local 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 games (for most games, 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.
    • The game will now be selected in your list, with the details showing in the Details Panel.

    Read more


    Game Collector (Windows)

    v16.5.3: Fixed crashes during Check for Update

    January 4th, 2017


    Fixed:

    • Crashes during Check for Update proces

    Game Collector (Windows)

    v16.5.2: Maintenance build

    January 2nd, 2017


    Fixed:

    • Edit Game:
      • On User Defined Fields tab, “_[Add pick list item]_” didn’t work for comboboxes
      • Changing the role for a credit would mark all games dirty where that person appeared instead of just the edited game
    • Manage Pick Lists: removing pick list items didn’t mark their corresponding games as modified
    • Main Screen: accelerator keys in main menu (like “ALT+F” for files menu) didn’t work
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    v16.5.1: Easily add games that come up as “Unrecognized Barcode”

    December 14th, 2016


    Easily add games that come up as “Unrecognized Barcode”

    • In Add Games Automatically, when a barcode is not recognized, a new “Unrecognized Barcode” screen will appear.
    • In this screen:
      1. Just find your game by platform and title (Search-As-You-Type is also active here!)
      2. Use the integrated Find Cover tool to select the cover image.
      3. Then click Add Game.
    • This will:
      1. Instantly add the barcode to OUR Core online game database, connected to the game you selected.
      2. Add the game to YOUR database with full game details, your barcode and image AND linked to the new Core entry.

    Read more


    Recent changes

    v18.2.1: Selection checkboxes / New Action Bars May 30th, 2018 v18.1: Full support for High DPI screens / Large Fonts May 23rd, 2018 v18.0.6: Maintenance build with lots of fixes January 18th, 2018 v18.0.5: Fixed: various layout problems on “125% DPI” systems January 12th, 2018 v18.0.4: Various tweaks and fixes for version 18 January 4th, 2018 v18.0.3: Fixed sorting in the pick item screens and more December 21st, 2017 v18.0.2: Improved workflow of pick item screens December 20th, 2017 v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing, revamped Edit screen, new “Clean” template and more! December 15th, 2017 v17.2.7: Fixed some issues in the Add from Core screen October 11th, 2017 v17.2.6: Fixed Access Violation in Add from CLZ Core screen September 14th, 2017 v17.2.5: Fixed an issue with checking/unchecking in Add Screen September 14th, 2017 v17.2.4: New icons for the Add from CLZ Core screen and fixes August 24th, 2017 v17.2.3: Fixed a crash in Add from CLZ Core screen July 31st, 2017 v17.2.2: Various tweaks July 20th, 2017 v17.2.1: A completely new Add Games screen! June 14th, 2017 v17.0.7: Fixed the “Update” button in the Edit Screen April 26th, 2017 v17.0.6: Fixed a “Cannot focus window” error. April 25th, 2017 v17.0.5: Fixed an error and added new links to the What’s New page April 13th, 2017 v17.1 Loose/CIB/New field plus enhanced cloud syncing April 10th, 2017 v17.0.3: Added search-as-you-type to pick list fields March 16th, 2017 V17.0.2: New image popup method and updates to the quick search February 16th, 2017 V17.0.1: Major updates to the Quick Search and Image Viewer popup! February 14th, 2017 v16.5.3: Fixed crashes during Check for Update January 4th, 2017 v16.5.2: Maintenance build January 2nd, 2017 v16.5.1: Easily add games that come up as “Unrecognized Barcode” December 14th, 2016