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Movie Collector (macOS)

v19.2.4: Drag/Drop images wasn’t working correctly

August 15th, 2019

Fixed:

  • Drag/Drop image would put image in Downloads folder when using “just link to dropped file”
  • Fixed a display issue with shelf-view background
  • Fixed an issue with importing an XML file

Movie Collector (macOS)

v19.2.3: Fixed: Drag & drop images from webbrowser

May 16th, 2019

We changed the Add Movies screen so you now see the movie poster if we don’t have a front cover available for you. We also got rid of some bugs today, check it out:

New:

  • Drag & drop of images from a webbrowser was broken

Fixed:

  • Drag & drop of images from a webbrowser was broken
  • Grouping on “My Rating” didn’t work sometimes
  • Some year entries weren’t set correctly
  • Removing entries from the Link screen was not possible with keyboard
  • Edit in List behaviour modified for dropdown field types
  • Add Episode: When you click “Next”, the episode title is now selected so you can quickly enter a title.
  • Add Box Set by barcode: when searching for 1 single barcode, you can now add it correctly as multiple movies, or one single entry using the two add buttons.

Movie Collector (macOS)

v19.2.2: Fixed CLZ Barry barcode scanning

April 25th, 2019

A couple of fixes for Movie Collector Mac today with squashed bugs that you reported to us:

Fixed:

  • Add Screen: Searching an IMDb URL or Title gave invalid XML if they contained “&” in them
  • Add Screen: Barcode scanning with CLZ Barry or CueCat didn’t work
  • Link with CLZ Core screen didn’t find any results
  • Editing the personal rating in the template and edit screens missed the star images
  • Templates stopped working if an “&” was in some of the fields

Movie Collector (macOS)

v19.2 Add Movies by IMDb Nr / New icons for digital formats

April 24th, 2019

We’re on a roll! Here’s yet another BIG update of your Movie Collector for Mac software, with 3 important additions!

  1. Add Movies straight from IMDb, using the IMDb Number or URL
  2. Now get “official” IMDb Cast and Crew lists for ALL movies in our Core
  3. Also, new support for 12 digital movie formats, complete with icons and logos

1. Add Movies by IMDb Number or URL

More goodies made possible by our agreement with IMDb! Introduced today, a new “IMDb” tab in the Add Movies screen for finding and adding movies straight from their IMDb Nr or URL.

Can’t find a movie in our Core? But it is on IMDb?
Then just find the movie on IMDb and copy either the IMDb Nr or the entire UMDb URL. Then go to the new IMDb tab and paste the Nr or URL into the search box, and click Search.

The movie entry will then be retrieved from IMDb automatically AND added to our Core, so that you can then immediately Add it to your database!

(Don’t worry, if it turns out the movie WAS already in our Core, it will automatically just return the existing entry, it will never cause duplicate entries in our Core.)

IMPORTANT: this new Add by IMDb feature always requires an active Service Plan!

Search by IMDb Nr:

Or just paste in the complete IMDB URL of the movie:

2. Official IMDb Cast and Crew list for all movies

Starting with this version, the Movie Collector software now downloads the “official” cast and crew from IMDb, that is the top 25 actors and the full list of Producers, Directors, Writers, Photography and Musicians.

Also, the cast list now comes with IMDb links for ALL cast members!

TIP 1: set the Max Actors / Crew members to 25

  1. Go to menu “Movie Collector > Preferences”.
  2. Click on “Data and Images” and select “Download settings for data and images”
  3. Change both the amount of Actors and Crew members to 25

TIP 2: Set Update from Core settings for Cast and Crew to “REPLACE”

If you wish to update your existing movie entries with the maximum amount of cast/crew entries:

  1. First, go to the same screen as above and under “Update from CLZ Core”, next to “Cast” and “Crew” set the dropdown to “REPLACE”.
  2. Then select the movies you want to update, right click, then choose Update from Core.

( After updating, make sure to set setting back to “Update empty fields only”. )

3. New options and icons for digital movie formats

With digital movie formats becoming more popular, we have decided to add the most popular ones to the Format list, all with nice new icons and logos.

Now available as new Format choices:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Apple iTunes
  • Google Play
  • Vudu
  • Roku
  • Microsoft Movies & TV
  • Playstation Video
  • Netflix
  • Youtube
  • Hulu
  • Disney+
  • Movies Anywhere

Movie Collector (macOS)

v19.1.3: Fixed display and export issues

April 4th, 2019

Because the version we released yesterday was built with a new Xcode, the program automatically supported Mojave’s “Dark Mode”. Unfortunately, we all run “Light Mode” here, and we didn’t see that the program looked completely wrong in Dark Mode!

We do plan to support Dark Mode on Mojave, but this is a different project and will be addressed later this year.

Fixed:

  • Mojave’s Dark Mode made the program look bad so we switched the program to light mode for now.
  • Export to XML, Text, and other export functions were broken
  • Images Shelves styles were broken.

Movie Collector (macOS)

v19.1.2: Improvements to trial mode experience

April 3rd, 2019

Trial Mode improvements:

  • Bigger “+” button on the default toolbar.
  • Improved “My CLZ Account” messaging when logging in with a CLZ Account.
  • New hints to Sync with CLZ Cloud after adding some items.
  • Removed the ugly blue “hint box” that appeared when starting with an empty database.

Only supports macOS 10.9 or higher

This is the first version to not support macOS 10.8 Mountain Lion anymore.

To stay current with Apple we’ve just updated to Xcode (the software used to create Movie Collector for macOS). In order to do this we had to drop support for macOS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) from 2012 as Apple doesn’t support it anymore in Xcode.

If you still use macOS 10.8, make sure to not upgrade Movie Collector to this version.

Fixed:

  • Auto-mark custom images didn’t flag items as “dirty” for the sync.
  • Drag and drop image on Details Panel to change the front cover was broken.
  • Index number sometimes didn’t increment correctly.
  • Changing order of movies in a box set could crash the program.

Movie Collector (macOS)

v19.1: Update your IMDb Ratings / Votes in one go!

March 21st, 2019

The Movie Collector v19 release was just 6 weeks ago, but I have another big update for you now. Depending on how much of an IMDb junkie you are, today’s v19.1 update may even be a bigger deal than v19 itself 🙂

What’s new in Movie Collector v19.1

As you probably know, we have signed a more comprehensive (and also much more expensive) content licensing agreement with IMDb, which gives us access to more and fresher IMDb data.

Today we’ve released the first new features made possible by this new agreement!

New: IMDb Votes field

This new field indicates the number of votes on which the IMDb Rating is based. It is a good indication of 1. how popular the movie is and 2. how trustworthy the rating is.

  • The IMDb Votes field is automatically filled in when you Add a Movie from Core. (Note: similar to IMDb Ratings and Links, getting IMDb Votes from Core requires an active Service Plan)
  • It is also shown in the yellow IMDb box in your movie details panel, right below the logo and rating (for the Flex, QuickSilver and Carbon templates).
  • Tip: add the IMDb Votes as a column in your list, so that easily see for all your movies or even sort on it to order your list by the movie’s popularity.

New: Update your IMDb Ratings and Votes in one go

The new IMDb content license gives us daily updates of the IMDb Ratings and Votes, so let’s make use of that daily fresh data now!

  • Select some (or all) movies in your list, then right click and choose Update IMDb Ratings / Votes from the menu.
  • This will connect to our Core and retrieve fresh IMDb Ratings and Votes for all selected movies.
  • Don’t worry, this won’t take long. We have implemented a super efficient system that can update ratings/votes in chunks of 100 movies in one go.
  • When done, it will report the number of movies it has updated the Ratings and Votes for.
  • Note: using the “Update IMDb Ratings/Votes” feature requires an active Service Plan.

Other changes

  • Renamed format “Blu-ray Disc” to “Blu-ray”
  • Renamed format “Ultra HD Blu-ray” to “4K UHD”
  • Updated the format icon for 4K UHD

Movie Collector (macOS)

v19.0.2: Some updates for multiple collections

February 19th, 2019

New:

  • You can now add the field “Custom Image” as a column to your list.

Fixed:

  • Multiple Collections:
    • Importing XML would always import into the “first collection” instead of the selected collection.
    • Importing XML could cause a crash.
    • There were some issues with the order of multiple collections.
  • A couple of Flex template fixes.
  • The details template was always reset to Flex.
  • “Custom Image” checkbox wasn’t checked when using Find Cover via Main Screen.

Movie Collector (macOS)

v19.0: multiple collections, auto-sync images and a new Flex template!

February 6th, 2019

Movie Collector version 19 has arrived! Here’s what’s new:

  • Manage multiple “collections” within one database file
  • Automatic Cloud-syncing of your own “custom” images
  • Add Box Sets as a single database entry
  • A new super-adaptive “Flex” template for the Details Panel
  • IMDb features are back!

Read on for the full details:

Read more


Movie Collector (macOS)

v18.3.7: No more IMDb Ratings and IMDb links

December 30th, 2018

Pending our discussion with IMDb, it was necessary to update Movie Collector for Mac with the following changes:

  • The program does not download/update IMDb Ratings or IMDb links anymore.
  • All occurrences of the “IMDb” name and logo have been removed.

We hope to reach an agreement with IMDb soon, so that we can re-enable the above features.
Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Movie Collector (macOS)

v18.3.6: Now fully macOS Mojave compatible!

October 31st, 2018

Some of you reported some issues in the Edit Screens in Movie Collector using macOS Mojave, which have now been addressed and fixed!

Fixes:

  • Searching for a actor or crew wasn’t working (dropdown wasn’t opening to show all options)
  • The dropdown to choose a role for a crew member wasn’t working
  • Dragging and dropping of images on the template or edit screen didn’t do anything

Movie Collector (macOS)

v18.3.5: Fixed Update from Core for movies

September 18th, 2018

Fixed:

  • Update from Core for movies wasn’t downloading new details

Movie Collector (macOS)

v18.3.4: Update from Core now downloads box set covers too

September 6th, 2018

Update from Core for movies that are part of a box set now also downloads a front cover if it’s missing (and we have it in the online database).

New:

  • Update from Core now also downloads front covers for box sets
  • Added Date now syncs with CLZ Cloud

Fixed:

  • After adding by Title or by Barcode you couldn’t edit the price fields for your newly added movie
  • Add Screen: “Report missing movie” is now available from the right click menu

Movie Collector (macOS)

v18.3.3: Fixed Add Movies screen for older macOS versions

August 15th, 2018

On older macOS versions (10.7, 10.8 and 10.9) the Add Movies screen popup and the Manage Pick Lists screen weren’t working. We fixed that in this maintenance build (but if you can, we do recommend updating to the latest macOS 🙂 ).


Movie Collector (macOS)

v18.3.2: Fix for the Price fields and box set template

August 14th, 2018

Small maintenance build for Movie Collector today, the price fields in the Edit Movie screen weren’t working correctly and clicking through to another movie in a box set was broken in some cases. All fixed now!

Fixed:

  • Price fields weren’t working correctly
  • Clicking through to another movie inside a box set wasn’t working in images, coverflow and cards view

Movie Collector (macOS)

v18.3.1: New: Automatically add multi-movie box-sets

August 9th, 2018

New: Automatically add multi-movie box sets:

During 2017, our content managers worked for months to enhance our Core online movie database with movie list information for thousands of multi-movie box sets.

As of today, Movie Collector for macOS can use this new Core data: Just use the enhanced Add Movies screen to find a box set, either by title or by barcode, and our Core “knows” which movies are in the box.

See it in action:

Find and add box sets by barcode

Scan a box-set barcode and Core will show you which movies it contains. Click “Add movie” at the bottom right and all contained movies will be added to your database, automatically linked by a box set entry.

Find and add box sets by title

Alternatively, use the Title tab and enable the new Box Set search to find box sets by their title.

Note: the new Movies, TV Series and Box Sets switches now let you search each of these three Core section separately OR combined.
AND: The switches also operate on the Search-As-You-Type suggestions, for even quicker searching and adding!

New box set panel on movie details page, with movie list!

A nice new box set panel at the top of the movie details for each of the contained movies. Now showing the list of the contained movies, in the correct order, AND with clickable links to go straight to the other movies in the set!

Change the order of movies in a box set

At the bottom of the list of movies you will find a link to “change order of movies…” to modify the order in which the movies are displayed in the details page.

New in the Add Movies from CLZ Core screen:

The Add Movies Automatically screen is now called “Add Movies from CLZ Core” and it includes quite a few improvements to make it both easier-to-use and easier-on-the-eye:

  • Big blue buttons for the main actions, Searching and Adding, can’t miss ’em 🙂
  • Checkboxes to turn on Movies, TV Series and/or Box Set searching
  • Automatic Preview, just select a result (no more need for double clicking)
  • Use the popup in the “Add” button to change it to add to “Collection” or “Wish List”

New: Movies vs TV Series

You can find a new “Is TV Series” checkbox in your Edit Movie screen. If you folder on this field you will get a “Yes” and “No” folder, so you can quickly split your collection into TV Series and Movies!

Click the folder dropdown to select or create your “Is TV Series” setting:


Movie Collector (macOS)

v18.2.1: Secure HTTPS connections / more sync fields

June 8th, 2018

A BIG update for your Movie Collector software today, with two important changes:

1. Secure HTTPS connections, for your security and privacy

As indicated in our recent GDPR email, we are updating our software and services, to be more secure and to better protect your privacy.

Starting with version 18.2, Movie Collector now uses secure HTTPS connections for all communications with our servers:

  • for logging in with your username and password
  • for syncing your data with CLZ Cloud
  • for sending your searches to Core.

To make this possible, we have created new secure “entry points” on our servers, that are only allowing secure HTTPS connections. The new Movie Collector software only communicates with those secure entry points.

For your privacy and security, we strongly recommend updating to version 18.2.

2. More sync fields

Last week, our CLZ Cloud (and Movie Connect) has been updated with 9 more fields and loan information. Today’s version 18.2 now supports the syncing of all these new fields and your loan information to and from the CLZ Cloud!

Added for syncing:

  • Full Release Date (previously, only the year was synced)
  • Runtime
  • IMDb Number
  • IMDb Rating
  • Audience Rating
  • Region
  • Studio
  • Distributor
  • Box Set
  • Loans

Heads up: after updating to version 18.2, the software will automatically mark most of your movies as “changed”, to force the upload of your data for the new fields to the CLZ Cloud.

BTW: Updates for the CLZ Movies mobile apps are coming up soon, so that you can fully sync the above new fields from desktop to mobile and vice versa.

Fixed:

  • Preferences: Ignore Sort Title Setting was ignored
  • Add Movies Files: Batch add checked for movie files was not working

Movie Collector (macOS)

v18.1.2: Fixed an issue in searching

April 17th, 2018

Fixed:

  • The Add Movie screen wasn’t able to search a full title or barcode. All good now!
Movie Collector (macOS)

v18.1: New: 64-bit version of Movie Collector!

April 17th, 2018

Never a dull moment at the CLZ HQ… Here we were, working on nice improvements for our software, when suddenly… the guys at Apple had a brainwave: In their ultimate wisdom, they decided to start phasing out 32-bit applications.

Since April 12, users of macOS High Sierra are getting a “not optimized for your Mac” warning when they start a 32-bit application. Which includes the Movie Collector software for macOS 🙁

On top of that, Apple have already stopped allowing 32-bit applications in their App Store and rumours are that they may even stop supporting 32-bit applications in a future version of macOS, requiring every application to be 64-bit!

Of course, we were already aware that Apple would be going this route some day; the rumours have been around for quite a while. So we had already been working on a 64-bit version of our software, as a “back-burner project”.

But the introduction of last week’s “not optimized” warnings suddenly made this a high-priority project. So… we dropped everything we were doing and finalized our 64-bit project. And I am happy to report:

A fully 64-bit v18.1 version of Movie Collector is available now!

Not exactly what we were planning to do this month, but hey, this is what the Update Plans are for: your guarantee that we deal with everything the world throws at us 🙂


Movie Collector (macOS)

v18.0.2: Fixed various issues in the sync with CLZ Cloud

April 10th, 2018

Fixed:

  • Sync with CLZ Cloud:
    • Sometimes the “Local changes to be uploaded” counter didn’t show the correct number.
    • When a cover could not be downloaded during down syncing it would stop and not continue. Now it will continue and show a report of any possible errors that have occurred.
    • Sometimes covers weren’t uploaded when they should have.
    • The error: “This database is different from the one in CLZ Cloud” would show up in rare cases when it shouldn’t.
  • Main Screen:
    • There were still some cases where “follow edited item” option was not working.
    • Folder grouping on a credit role would show folders for all credit roles instead of just the one selected.

Movie Collector (macOS)

v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing + Performance improvements

April 3rd, 2018

Version 18 is finally here! And it not only bring the promised Auto-Cloud-Syncing, but also many improvements to the main screen, making it both faster and more stable.

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 movies in Movie Collector and these changes will auto-upload to the CLZ Cloud instantly. Did you make changes using the CLZ Movies mobile app or directly in Movie 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.

Main screen now faster and more stable

In the past few months, we have spent a lot of time rewriting important parts of the main screen. For instance, the code that refreshes the folder panel (which was slow, especially with the “counters” switched on) and also the part that restores your selection in the list after editing. At the same time, we reduced the program’s “memory footprint”, making it more stable overall.

The result is that the program is now a lot more enjoyable to use. It starts quicker, it refreshes much faster (after adding or editing) and switching between folder types is quicker.

The speed-up will be most noticeable on large collections, with thousands of movies. Especially when having LOTS of folders in the folder panel (e.g. Actor folders).

Fixes

  • Cloud syncing:
    • After duplicating a movie, the duplicate would not be marked for syncing to cloud.
    • In some situations, a down-sync could update empty fields with data from Core.
    • In some situations, cover images would not upload automatically.
  • Main screen:
    • After editing, the edited items would not be selected after refresh.

Movie Collector (macOS)

v17.0.6: Fixed a bug with the Quick Search and Alphabet bar

September 21st, 2017

Fixed

  • Quick Search suggestion box could crash the app.
  • Alphabet bar wasn’t working anymore.
Movie Collector (macOS)

v17.0.5: Now compatible with macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”

September 21st, 2017

Next week, Apple will release the new macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”.
If you are planning to update your Mac to this new OS, then we strongly recommend to update your Movie Collector software to today’s version 17.0.5!

Movie Collector problems on High Sierra:
We have been testing our software on beta versions of High Sierra for quite a while, to make sure we were ready for it’s release. We found that most of the software seems to be working as normal.

Unfortunately, we found a big problem in the Preferences screen, it does not open at all anymore, making it impossible to make any changes to program settings.

Luckily, our Mac developer Ronald was able to fix the Preferences screen to make it work on the new macOS. A fix was released today, in version 17.0.5.

Fixed

  • Preferences screen didn’t load properly on macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”.
  • Upload Cover to CLZ Core: Images were not always uploaded properly even if they were within the 500KB file size limit.
  • Main Screen: Quick Search: Occasional crashes in the quick search when using the “Search-as-you-type” suggestions.
  • Sync with CLZ Cloud: Sometimes crashed during the upload of covers.

Movie Collector (macOS)

v17.0.4: Fixed issue with jumping cursor in the Add Screen

May 23rd, 2017

Fixed:

  • Add Movies Automatically: the cursor in the search title box would sometimes jump to the end while changing the search term.
  • Upload cover to CLZ Core: sometimes images were not uploaded properly because of the 500K size restriction although they were smaller in size.
Movie Collector (macOS)

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

March 22nd, 2017

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 “Actor” in the quick search box, start typing an actor name, and instantly see suggestions (based on what you typed) of actors you have in your database. Click on an actor to see all his/her movies!

Box set images

Box set images didn’t display correctly in the image strip popup. This has now been fixed, click a box set image and it should show correctly in the image strip popup now.


Recent changes

v19.2.4: Drag/Drop images wasn’t working correctly August 15th, 2019 v19.2.3: Fixed: Drag & drop images from webbrowser May 16th, 2019 v19.2.2: Fixed CLZ Barry barcode scanning April 25th, 2019 v19.2 Add Movies by IMDb Nr / New icons for digital formats April 24th, 2019 v19.1.3: Fixed display and export issues April 4th, 2019 v19.1.2: Improvements to trial mode experience April 3rd, 2019 v19.1: Update your IMDb Ratings / Votes in one go! March 21st, 2019 v19.0.2: Some updates for multiple collections February 19th, 2019 v19.0: multiple collections, auto-sync images and a new Flex template! February 6th, 2019 v18.3.7: No more IMDb Ratings and IMDb links December 30th, 2018 v18.3.6: Now fully macOS Mojave compatible! October 31st, 2018 v18.3.5: Fixed Update from Core for movies September 18th, 2018 v18.3.4: Update from Core now downloads box set covers too September 6th, 2018 v18.3.3: Fixed Add Movies screen for older macOS versions August 15th, 2018 v18.3.2: Fix for the Price fields and box set template August 14th, 2018 v18.3.1: New: Automatically add multi-movie box-sets August 9th, 2018 v18.2.1: Secure HTTPS connections / more sync fields June 8th, 2018 v18.1.2: Fixed an issue in searching April 17th, 2018 v18.1: New: 64-bit version of Movie Collector! April 17th, 2018 v18.0.2: Fixed various issues in the sync with CLZ Cloud April 10th, 2018 v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing + Performance improvements April 3rd, 2018 v17.0.6: Fixed a bug with the Quick Search and Alphabet bar September 21st, 2017 v17.0.5: Now compatible with macOS 10.13 “High Sierra” September 21st, 2017 v17.0.4: Fixed issue with jumping cursor in the Add Screen May 23rd, 2017 v17.0.3: Added search-as-you-type to pick list fields March 22nd, 2017