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v5.2 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing!

March 18th, 2020

Faster CLZ Cloud syncing!

We have made several structural changes to the CLZ Cloud syncing, making it much much faster than before, especially when syncing large amounts of entries up to the CLZ Cloud or down from the CLZ Cloud.

To enjoy the faster syncing, you need to use the actual Sync with CLZ Cloud screen.

(The Auto-Syncing in the background is also slightly faster now, but if you need to sync many entries up or down, please use the Sync with CLZ Cloud screen.)

New design for Sync with CLZ Cloud screen

While we were at it, we decided to do a quick make-over for the Sync screen, with a new look and layout and a direct link to your CLZ Cloud page online.


CLZ Games (Android)

v5.2 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing!

March 18th, 2020

Faster CLZ Cloud syncing!

We have made several structural changes to the CLZ Cloud syncing, making it much much faster than before, especially when syncing large amounts of entries up to the CLZ Cloud or down from the CLZ Cloud.

To enjoy the faster syncing, you need to use the actual Sync with CLZ Cloud screen.

(The Auto-Syncing in the background is also slightly faster now, but if you need to sync many entries up or down, please use the Sync with CLZ Cloud screen.)

New design for Sync with CLZ Cloud screen

While we were at it, we decided to do a quick make-over for the Sync screen, with a new look and layout and a direct link to your CLZ Cloud page online.

Fixed:

  • Made the touch area for scrollbars a bit bigger (useful for quick scrolling)
  • Added a “Clear” button in the search box in the Add Screen


It’s been a bit quiet with Connect updates in the past 2 months, as we have been preparing a *huge* update. BUT it is live now!

All settings are now saved server-side, in your CLZ Cloud

We have taken the advantage of the Connect web-based software to the next level, by storing all your settings on the server side, your CLZ Cloud (instead of in local browser cookies).
So any computer or device you log in to will automatically have the same folder option selected, the same columns selected for the list view, the same sort order, the same layout, etc..

Connect now even stores your Add screen’s barcode queue on the server side, so you scan barcode into the queue on one computer and process the queue later, from any other device.

All your existing settings will be automatically transfered to the server, the first time you login.

BTW: this change finally resolves the problem of losing all settings for users who have their browser configured to remove all cookies on exit.

Create your own Favorites for Columns and Sort Orders

While we were working on the settings, we figured this was a good time to add some more customizability to the Columns and Sort Order features. You can now create and save your own Column and Sort Order settings as Favorites, then easily switch between them.

To create and manage your Favorites, click the Column or Sort Order button and choose Manage Favorites:

Manage Column Favorites:

Manage Sorting Favorites:


Game Connect

New: Re-assign index values

February 20th, 2020

An old feature from the Windows and macOS editions, that somehow never made it to Connect: Re-Assigning Index Values. But now it’s available in Connect too!

What are index values?

Connect automatically assigns and increments index numbers to items that you add to your collection. The Index value is assigned when you add an item to the database. The next item you add to your collection will have an index number that is incremented by 1.

Index numbers are only used once. When an item is deleted, the next added item will still increment on the highest index number present in your collection.

New: Re-Assign Index Values:

With the new “Re-Assign Index Values” tool, you can automatically assign new and consecutive index values to all your items, according to a sort order you select, e.g. by Title, Release Year or your own Purchase Date.

To begin, click the menu top left and select “Re-Assign Index Values”. Now choose your desired Sort Order.

Please note that this action can not be undone!



In this update we introduce a new quick-search for your folders, sorting your folders by the counters, and more stable cloud syncing through our brand-new dedicated Sync-server.

Quick-search your folders

Grouping in folders is a powerful way to browse and filter your collection. Just group by Platform, or Developer, etc… tap a folder and the list will give you all games for the selected Platform or Developer.

However, if your collection spans thousands of games and a lot of platforms, that “tap a folder” part is sometimes easier said than done. It may require lots of scrolling in the folder list.

But not anymore! This version introduces a new search box right above the folder list, that lets you instantly search/filter the folder list as you type! Just typing a few letters is often enough to bring the folder you are looking for into view:

Sort folders by count

By default, the folders are sorted alphabetically. But as of today, there is another option: sort your folders by the counter, that is by the number of games contained.

Sorting by the counters is a nice way to find the most popular Platforms, Developers, Genres, etc..

Switch between the Alphabetical and By Count sorting using the sort toggle at the top:

Improved barcode scanning

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

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, CLZ Games 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:

  • The correct EU or US cover wasn’t downloaded correctly sometimes.
  • Field Defaults: It wasn’t possible to set the rating field back to zero.
  • Manage Pick Lists: Merging list items caused too many sync changes.


In this update we introduce a new quick-search for your folders, sorting your folders by the counters, and more stable cloud syncing through our brand-new dedicated Sync-server.

Quick-search your folders

Grouping in folders is a powerful way to browse and filter your collection. Just group by Platform, or Developer, etc… tap a folder and the list will give you all games for the selected Platform or Developer.

However, if your collection spans thousands of games and a lot of platforms, that “tap a folder” part is sometimes easier said than done. It may require lots of scrolling in the folder list.

But not anymore! This version introduces a new search box right above the folder list, that lets you instantly search/filter the folder list as you type! Just typing a few letters is often enough to bring the folder you are looking for into view:

Sort folders by count

By default, the folders are sorted alphabetically. But as of today, there is another option: sort your folders by the counter, that is by the number of games contained.

Sorting by the counters is a nice way to find the most popular Platforms, Developers, Genres, etc..

Switch between the Alphabetical and By Count sorting using the sort toggle at the top:

Improved barcode scanning

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

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, CLZ Games 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).


Game Collector (Windows)

v20.0.3: Fixed a DPI issue in Statistics screen

February 6th, 2020

Fixed:

  • Some statistics weren’t shown correctly on screens with higher DPI settings.

Game Collector (Windows)

v20.0.2 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 Game: 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 games (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 v20.0.2, 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, Game 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.

Game 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!


Game Connect

Improvements to Edit and Add screens

January 17th, 2020

Multiple small tweaks to your Connect software today, improving both the Edit Game screen and the Add Games 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, Developers) 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:

  • Developers
  • Publishers
  • Genres
  • Tags

Adding Games 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 game 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.


Game Collector (Windows)

v20: Folder panel improvements + new Statistics screen

January 8th, 2020

We are one week into 2020, so it’s time for Game 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


CLZ Games (Android)

v5.0.4: Added 2 new folder options

January 7th, 2020

New:

  • You can now folder group on “Purchase Date Year” and “Completed Date Year.

Fixed:

  • Rare incident where timeouts occurred during CLZ Cloud sync.

CLZ Games (iOS)

v5.0.4: Added 2 new folder options

January 7th, 2020

New:

  • You can now folder group on “Purchase Date Year” and “Completed Date Year.

Fixed:

  • Rare incident where timeouts occurred during CLZ Cloud sync.

Game Connect

Sort your folder panel by the numbers

December 6th, 2019

A useful and fun new option in Game 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 games contained.

Sorting by the numbers is a nice way to find the most important Platforms, Developers, Genres, etc.. in your collection.

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


CLZ Games (iOS)

v5.0.3: Fixed an issue with cover downloading

December 3rd, 2019

While adding games, you would sometimes get the wrong EU or US cover.

Fixed:

  • Wrong cover would sometimes be downloaded

Game 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



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 Games (iOS)

v5.0.2: Fix for uploading custom covers

October 26th, 2019

Fixed:

  • Custom images were uploaded too often

CLZ Games (Android)

v5.0.3: Fixed a bug in manage pick lists

October 26th, 2019

Fixed:

  • The amount of items for each pick list could be wrong

CLZ Games (Android)

v5.0.2: Fixed a crash

October 23rd, 2019

We had a couple of reports of a crash happening in the app, located it, and fixed it!

Fixed:

  • When using Update PriceCharting Values, the app could crash on manually added games

Game Connect

Folder panel now allows multiple folder levels

October 22nd, 2019

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

This is a powerful way to browse your game collection, e.g by Platform then Completeness, or Collection Status then Platform.

Read more



It’s finally here, CLZ Games 5.0. Here’s what’s new in v5:

  • CLZ Games is now a subscription app
    Of course, all existing users have been “grandfathered” into a life-time app unlock.
  • Now supports and syncs multiple collections
    Create and sync multiple “sub collections” within your database.
  • Automatic cloud-syncing of your own “custom” images
    No more need to manually force “Upload Image to CLZ Cloud”.
  • New “infographic” style Statistics screen (replaces Database Totals)
    Totals, lists and statistics about your game collection.
  • Various improvements to the user interface:
    • Redesigned top-bar and main menu
    • Redesigned Manage Pick Lists screen
    • Editing: Easier way to select values for pick list fields.
    • Adding: new Clear Queue button to clear the barcode queue.
    • New sheet-style popup screens on iOS 13

Read more



It’s finally here, CLZ Games 5.0. Here’s what’s new in v5:

  • CLZ Games is now a subscription app
    Of course, all existing users have been “grandfathered” into a life-time app unlock.
  • Now supports and syncs multiple collections
    Create and sync multiple “sub collections” within your database.
  • Automatic cloud-syncing of your own “custom” images
    No more need to manually force “Upload Image to CLZ Cloud”.
  • New “infographic” style Statistics screen (replaces Database Totals)
    Totals, lists and statistics about your game collection.
  • Various improvements to the user interface:
    • Redesigned top-bar and main menu
    • Redesigned Manage Pick Lists screen
    • Editing: Easier way to select values for pick list fields.
    • Adding: new Clear Queue button to clear the barcode queue.

Read more



Another cool update for Game Collector, bringing you a new super-quick way to add games to your database: a new Add By Platform tab in the Add Games from Core screen.

Just select a platform and it will show a full list of all games available on that platform. Now just checkbox the games you own (or want) and use the big Add button at the bottom.

The new By Platform lists is the perfect tool for platform completionists:
The list clearly highlights the games you already have In Collection or On Wishlist. Or use the Not in Collection filter to show only the ones you are still missing.

Using the “Not in Collection” filter:

Tip: use the search box on the toolbar to quickly filter the list:


Game Collector (Windows)

v19.4 Add Games by Platform

August 6th, 2019

Another cool update for Game Collector, bringing you a new super-quick way to add games to your database: a new Add By Platform tab in the Add Games from Core screen.

Just select a platform and it will show a full list of all games available on that platform. Now just checkbox the games you own (or want) and use the big Add button at the bottom.

The list also clearly highlights the game you already have In Collection or On Wishlist, making it a perfect tool for platform completionists.

Tip: use the search box on the toolbar to quickly filter the list:

Active subscription required!

To use the “Add Games by Platform” feature you need to have an active subscription for your Game Collector software (previously called “Update Plan ” or “Service Plan”).


Recent changes

New: add website links to your game entries March 18th, 2021 v21.1.2 Various improvements and fixes March 4th, 2021 v6.3.2: A couple of fixes February 24th, 2021 v6.3: Various improvements February 22nd, 2021 v6.3: Various improvements February 22nd, 2021 3 new settings to save screen space February 19th, 2021 New currency display setting for prices and values January 29th, 2021 v21.1: New: Pre-fill fields while adding games January 19th, 2021 v6.2.2: Squashed some bugs January 6th, 2021 v6.2.1: New: Pre-fill fields while adding games December 28th, 2020 v6.2.1: New: Pre-fill fields while adding games December 28th, 2020 New: Pre-fill fields while adding games December 10th, 2020 v6.1: New “Updated Values” report after updating values from PriceCharting November 12th, 2020 v6.1: New “Updated Values” report after updating values from PriceCharting November 12th, 2020 v21.0.4: Various fixes November 11th, 2020 v6.0.4: Sorting and Edit fixes November 5th, 2020 v21.0.3: Fixed an Access Violation and Add problem November 3rd, 2020 New “Updated Values” report after updating values from PriceCharting November 3rd, 2020 v6.0.4: Fix for crash in Edit Hardware screen November 3rd, 2020 v21.0.2: Various fixes October 27th, 2020 v6.0.3: Fixed the Add Game/Hardware search October 27th, 2020 v6.0.2: Multiple fixes October 27th, 2020 v6.0.3: Multiple fixes October 24th, 2020 v6.0.2: Fixes for updating values and cover viewer October 22nd, 2020 v21.0: Improved game value features October 21st, 2020