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What's new in CLZ Movies for iOS?

It has been a while since we had the chance to sit down and work on the CLZ Movies app for a longer stretch. That is, doing improvements that are specific to movies and DVD/Blu-ray/4K releases. In fact, the project took much longer than anticipated, as new ideas for improvements kept popping while we worked on it. And we decided to just let that happen and create the best version of the app that we could think of right now.

Today, we can finally show you this huge v9.0 update for your CLZ Movies mobile app. Here’s what’s new:

  • Improved Add Movies / Add by Title screen
  • Collection tabs: easily switch between collections using tabs at the bottom
  • New: tap an actor name in details to show all your movies with that actor
  • Better screens for reporting “unrecognized barcodes” and adding those movies anyway
  • When adding Box Sets, the app now automatically asks “Singly Entry or Multiple Entries?”
  • Many new icons for digital and streaming formats

Improved Add Movies / Add by Title screen

For version 9, we have done a serious re-design of the “Add by Title” part of the Add Movies screen. The two main goals here were to 1. make it easier to find the actual movie and release you own and 2. make it all fast and snappy.
This is what has changed:

  • When you search “By Title”, the movie entries in the search results now include a short summary of main actors, to help recognize the movie you are looking for
  • Instead of “expending” a movie entry to see its releases, now just tap it to go a new page, listing all physical releases for that movie (on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD, etc…)
  • Browse these releases in a grid with BIG cover images, no more tiny thumbnails!
  • Use the tabs at the top to filter the release list by format!
  • Tip: tap the “Default” entry top left to just add the movie itself with a default movie image, without edition details.
  • Finally, tap your release to quickly add it, using the Add Movie sheet that slides in from the bottom.

Collection tabs: easily switch between collections using tabs at the bottom

The ability to have multiple collections within your movie database is a popular feature. Many users have separate collections, e.g. separating their movies from their tv shows, having a separate collection for “Digital” purchases, or for “For Sale” stuff. Personally, I have separate collections for my HD-DVD and UMD movies, as I regard those as collectibles, not so much as movies I watch.

The CLZ Cloud site and the Movie Connect web-based software both show those collections as nice tabs at the bottom of the screen, but we never added that to the mobile app, for fear of losing too much screen estate. Instead, switching between collections was done through the app menu.

However, for the v9 update, we added the tabs anyway, using a smart “auto hide” to give you the full screen height when scrolling. 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.

New: tap an actor name in details to show all your movies with that actor

Here’s one suggested by one of our users: “why can’t we just tap on actor name from a cast list and then see his/her movies?”

That definitely makes sense, so for v9 we made it happen: the actor names in casts list are now underlined “web-links” that you can tap to instantly filter your movie list and show all movies you own with that actor.

Better screens for reporting “unrecognized barcodes” and adding those movies anyway

When you scan a barcode that in not recognized by our CLZ Core online movie database (yet), you always get the “Unrecognized Barcode” popup, which lets you:

  1. Find your movie by title (assuming the movie itself IS listed in Core)
  2. Select the Format of your edition (4K, Blu-ray, DVD, HD-DVD, LD, etc….)
  3. Then… add the movie to your app anyway, with that barcode and format filled in
  4. And… very important… report the missing barcode to our Core at the same time!

This screen is super-useful for you (for easily adding the movie anyway) AND essential for us (for improving the barcode recognition of our Core).

So we did a complete re-design from scratch of the “Unrecognized Barcode” screens, to:

  • make it clearer and easier to use
  • finally support unrecognized box set barcodes!

    (it now even lets you select which movies are in the box!)

When adding Box Sets, the app now automatically asks “Singly Entry or Multiple Entries?”

For Box Sets the app has always supported two ways to add box sets:

  • Add the box as one try (with the list of movies in the Plot field)
  • Add all contained movies as separate entries, linked by the Box Set fiel

However, this feature was a bit hidden, you needed to toggle the add method using a little button at the bottom left. So we made this ability more obvious, by having the app actually ASK every time you add a box set.

Many new icons for digital and streaming formats

More popular formats now automatically show a nice format icon, as we added a lot of new icons for popular digital, streaming and other formats:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube/Google (they’re merging their video service)
  • VCD
  • DVDR
  • CD
  • Hulu
  • VUDU/Fandango (these services have merged)
  • Roku
  • Microsoft Movies & TV
  • Movies Anywhere
  • Netflix
  • Disney+
  • Plex
  • Files
  • Divx
  • UltraViolet
  • Shudder
  • Tubi
  • ESPN+
  • Freevee
  • MGM+
  • Crackle
  • HBO/HBO Max/Max
  • Discovery+
  • Crunchyroll
  • Peacock
  • The CW
  • AMC+

Recent changes

v9.2.1: CLZ Movies is now free to use up to 100 movies May 31st, 2024 v9.0: Improved Add by Title screen, Collection tabs and much more! February 2nd, 2024 v8.5: Easier access to Manage Pick Lists tool October 25th, 2023 v8.4: Pre-fill screen: Orange highlights and a Clear button October 16th, 2023 v8.2: New Sync button on main screen September 6th, 2023 v8.1: Modify the Cast and Crew lists of your movie entries! July 20th, 2023 v8.0: Use multiple folder levels May 17th, 2023 v7.5: New report screen after Updating IMDb Ratings/Votes June 24th, 2022 v7.4 New “Card View” May 11th, 2022 v7.3: Back Cover images! March 29th, 2022 v7.2: Progress Bars and Cancel buttons! March 13th, 2022 v7.1: Improved Pre-fill screen: choose your own fields! February 14th, 2022 v7.0: New features and lots of improvements December 2nd, 2021 v6.6 Submit to Core / New Select Mode and action menu September 22nd, 2021 v6.5: Six new features! September 9th, 2021 v6.4 New look for movie list, cover view & movie details May 23rd, 2021 v6.3 Automatic Audience Ratings from IMDb March 5th, 2021 v6.2: Various improvements February 22nd, 2021 v6.1.1: New: Pre-fill fields while adding movies December 28th, 2020 v6.0: Edit multiple, more compact Edit screen, crop/rotate images September 11th, 2020 Sneak Preview: version 6.0 of all 5 CLZ mobile apps! July 21st, 2020 v5.5 New folder option for Actors May 19th, 2020 v5.4 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing! March 18th, 2020 v5.3.1: Search folders, sort folders by count and and faster syncing February 14th, 2020 v5.2.1: New Statistics screen December 10th, 2019