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Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.4.3: Box Set covers now also sync down

August 16th, 2018

Box Set covers now also sync down to your Windows computer should you have added them with Movie Connect or your mobile device. Update from Core will also download a box set cover if the box set was originally added from our online database.

Fixes:

  • Edit Screen: Year dropdown for dates would scroll all the way to the top, now uses current year.
  • Edit Screen: Date Pickers would sometimes not be able to pick today’s date if next/previous was used.
  • Edit Screen: User Defined Fields: Date Picker button was in the wrong place
  • Some cosmetic improvements in various screens.

Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.4.2: Fix for (rare) DLL error

July 26th, 2018

We got a couple of reports about an error happening with the new security build which has been addressed in 18.4.2.


Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.4.1: Secure HTTPS connections

July 26th, 2018

A BIG update for your Movie Collector software today, with an important change:

Secure HTTPS connections, for your security and privacy

As indicated in our GDPR email from a couple of weeks ago, we are updating our software and services, to be more secure and to better protect your privacy.

Starting with version 18.4, 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 18.4.


Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.3.4: Fixed display problem in two panel mode

June 28th, 2018

We fixed an issue in two panel mode where, on start-up, the items in your database sometimes wouldn’t show up correctly.


Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.3.3: Fix for remembering column widths

June 27th, 2018

Fixed:

  • Main Screen: The width of the columns wasn’t remembered correctly sometimes.

Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.3.2: Several fixes for “Access Violation” errors

June 26th, 2018

Fixes:

  • Several Access Violation errors in the main screen.
  • List View: Double clicking on checks would make list unresponsive.
  • Edit Screen: Using Next/Prev would cause strange effects with checkboxes in main screen.
  • Main Screen: The “keep filter active” checkbox and “Reset Filter” button were hidden.

Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.3.1: More sync fields (including box sets!)

June 20th, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, our CLZ Cloud (and Movie Connect) has been updated with 9 more fields and loan information. Today’s version 18.3 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 18.3, 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.

These fields also all sync to the latest iOS and Android versions!

Fixed:

  • Behaviour: The setting for ‘Let selection “Follow” the Edited Movie’ didn’t work.
  • An access violation could occur when double clicking on the checkboxes.
  • The details panel could not be resized correctly sometimes.
  • Edit Multiple movies would sometimes not activate due to an issue with counting the selected movies.

Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.2.2: Fixed the Unrecognized Barcode popup

June 1st, 2018

Fixed:

  • The Unrecognized Barcode popup gave an error
  • Added movies weren’t correctly cleared from the barcode queue after adding them sometimes
Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.2.1: Selection checkboxes / New Action Bars

May 30th, 2018

Movie Collector offers powerful batch commands, for performing actions on multiple movies 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 movies (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 movies

The List View now features checkboxes on the left. Use the checkboxes to easily select multiple movies, 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 movies 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 movie.

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.


Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.1.3: DPI scaling fixes for image popups and add screen

May 17th, 2018

Based on your comments we fixed some scaling problems and added a “Today” button in the new date pickers as it was missing from the new one. Full list of changes below:

New(ish)

  • Datepickers: (Re)Added a today button

Fixed:

  • Edit Screen: Edit Episode: font was to small
  • Filters: boolean fields would flip (yes -> no) when upgrading from 18.0.x to 18.1.x
  • Add Screen: Format icons the cells are now scaled correctly
  • Image popups now scale according to your DPI settings
  • Fixed some display issues in the Quick Search popup top right on screens with higher DPI settings
  • More small DPI scaling fixes for other screens and popups
Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.1.2: Improvement to the Add by Barcode tab

May 9th, 2018

New: Changed timing of “Report missing barcode” popup:

The missing barcode popup now pops up when you click on a “not found” result instead of interfering while you’re still scanning barcodes.

Fixed:

  • Edit Screen: the Location field wasn’t displayed correctly.
Movie Collector (Windows)

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

May 8th, 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: Movie 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.

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 Movie:
    • Index field had a typo
    • 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.
    • Metro template didn’t show the movie info of a box set.
  • 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.

Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.0.10: Maintenance build with lots of fixes

January 18th, 2018

Fixed:

  • Export/Import of a movie that is part of a box set didn’t work properly
  • Edit Movie:
    • assigning a box set will now always add this movie as the last movie in that box set
    • clicking OK while uploading cover would cause a crash. Buttons are disabled now during upload.
  • 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
  • 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
Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.0.9: 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 Movie 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.


Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.0.8: Various tweaks and fixes for version 18

January 4th, 2018

Various tweaks and fixes, based on your v18 feedback:

Tweaks to the Edit screen:

  • Cast and Crew lists: right click to directly access that specific Manage List screen.
  • Cast and Crew lists now show a “Sort Name” column again.

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.
  • Various fixes to the “Clean” template
Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.0.7: 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 Movie: navigating Episodes or Links using ALT+N or ALT+P would navigate the movies instead
Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.0.6: Updated the Studios field in the Edit Screen and more

December 20th, 2017

New:

  • Edit Movie: Studios can now be added and edited in a pick item grid
  • 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
  • Clean Templates:
    • “Genre” and “Subject” fields didn’t follow the field labels
    • Some improvements to the layout
Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.0.5: Maintenance build with fixes

December 18th, 2017

New:

  • Edit Movie: Add Cast/Crew: When searching for a cast/crew member and clicking “New Actor” (or crew), the screen will now use the search words for the name of the new cast/crew member you’re adding.

Fixed:

  • Edit Movie: Add button for User Defined Fields comboboxes were not positioned correctly when resizing the Edit Movie screen
  • Main Screen: the bread crumb at the top didn’t reflect the “Collection Status” filter from the quick filter panel
  • Add from Core: the program could freeze when experiencing connection problems
Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.0.4: Fixed a problem in the Edit Episode screen

December 13th, 2017

This one slipped through. Quick fix available now:

Fixed:

  • Edit Episode: error “class TAdvSmoothButton not found” when opening “Edit Episode” screen
Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.0.3: New Manage Presets Screen and some fixes

December 12th, 2017

New: Manage Presets screens

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.

Fixed:

  • Clean Templates:
    • After using Quick Search, the search words weren’t highlighted in the template.
    • Personal and Product Details can now scroll horizontally if the data is long to be displayed.
  • After syncing with CLZ Cloud while using “Edit in List” mode, the CLZ Cloud Sync button icon wasn’t updated correctly.
  • User Defined Fields check box labels were not displaying correctly in System skin.
  • User Defined Fields screen: “checkbox” type fields showed a weird caption when no field name was filled in.

Movie Collector (Windows)

v18.0.2: Fixes and improvements

December 6th, 2017

Fixes:

  • Edit screens: combo boxes could behave funny when typing part of an existing entry
  • Syncing: The icon on the toolbar would always show the red exclamation point when auto sync was switched off.
  • New “Clean” templates had the wrong names in the templates menu
  • “Carbon Dark Plain” template didn’t display correctly

Improvements to the “Clean” Templates:

  • Added a border to formats that have no icon
  • Bullet point styling added
  • Horizontal scrollbar for movies with multiple trailers now hides automatically
  • “Disc 1” or “Discs 2” now displays as “1 Disc” or “2 Discs”
  • Moved Audience Rating field to the top of the template
  • Regions now display with icons
  • Box Set covers would hide on template panels that weren’t wide enough.
Movie Collector (Windows)

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

December 5th, 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 movies in Movie Collector and these changes will auto-upload to the CLZ Cloud instantly. Did you make changes using CLZ Movies 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.

Revamped Edit Movie screen

A huge refresh of the Edit Movie, bringing the look and feel more in line with the recent Add Movies from Core screen. But it’s not all just cosmetic changes, here’s what’s new:

  • Button bar is now at the bottom of the screen
    With OK button high-lighted in blue, nice Next/Prev arrow buttons, etc…

  • Re-designed user interface for editing Cast and Crew list:
    • Clean lists showing just Display Name and Character/Role.
    • Click the Add button top right and a new Select Person screen will show up, with a built-in search feature to make it super-fast to find the person you’d like to add. No more endless scrolling in a small dropdown list.
    • Right-click to Modify the name of a person in the list.
    • Drag the icon in the first column to change the order.
    • Click the “x” in the last column to remove entries.
  • Clearer blue + buttons for checkbox list fields (like Format, Genre)
  • Same blue + buttons for dropdown fields (like Country, Language)
  • Revamped Edit screen for pick list items
    Button bar at the bottom with blue OK button, smaller generate buttons, etc..

Simplified: Edit Multiple Movies 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 Movie 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 Movie 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 select from and manage your field presets.

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, clearer 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.
  • More compact episode lists for TV series, click Show More to see full details (images, plots, etc..)

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

As of today, we stopped selling the Standard edition of Movie Collector. From now on, the Pro edition is the only edition we sell, and will just be called “Movie 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.

Movie Collector (Windows)

v17.2.3: New: Manually change the order of movies in box sets

October 11th, 2017

New:

You can now change the order of box set movies from the details template or Manage Pick List. Click “change order” at the bottom of the list of movies in the template, then click and drag movies around to change the order in the box set.

Fixed:

  • Add Movies from CLZ Core: expanding a result would sometimes scroll to a different part of the list.
  • Editing a movie from a box set could mess up the order of the movies in that box set.
Movie Collector (Windows)

v17.2.2: Fixed a problem with formats for box sets and more

October 5th, 2017

Fixed:

  • Main Screen Details View: when there’s no order in box set movies they will be listed sorted on release year.
  • Add Movies from CLZ Core: adding a box set would not take the chosen format into account for the added movies.
  • Link Movies with CLZ Core:
    • The link screen was showing box set results as well but those can’t be linked.
    • Movies were not removed from the search queue after linking them.

Movie Collector (Windows)

v17.2: Automatically add multi-movie box-sets

October 4th, 2017

After many months of work from our content managers, our Core online movie database has now been enhanced with movie list information for thousands of multi-movie box sets.

Today, Movie Collector 17.2 for Windows is the first to use this new Core data:
Just use the enhanced Add from Core 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 Box Set 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 By 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 checkboxes now let you search each of these three Core section separately OR combined.
AND: The check boxes now also operate on the Search-As-You-Type suggestions, for even quicker searching and adding!

New design of box set panel in templates, with movie list!

A nice re-designed 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!

Report unrecognized box set barcodes

Our Core online database now recognizes thousands of box sets by barcode, but of course, it is possible that you own one that is not recognized.

In that case, the Unrecognized Barcode screen will popup, which now features a special tab for Box Sets. This new Box Set tab will let you select which movies are in the box, so that you can add it anyway.

At the same time, the barcode and the movie list are sent to Core, to complete our database and to make sure that the next user who scans this barcode WILL automatically get the full info 🙂


Recent changes

v18.4.3: Box Set covers now also sync down August 16th, 2018 v18.4.2: Fix for (rare) DLL error July 26th, 2018 v18.4.1: Secure HTTPS connections July 26th, 2018 v18.3.4: Fixed display problem in two panel mode June 28th, 2018 v18.3.3: Fix for remembering column widths June 27th, 2018 v18.3.2: Several fixes for “Access Violation” errors June 26th, 2018 v18.3.1: More sync fields (including box sets!) June 20th, 2018 v18.2.2: Fixed the Unrecognized Barcode popup June 1st, 2018 v18.2.1: Selection checkboxes / New Action Bars May 30th, 2018 v18.1.3: DPI scaling fixes for image popups and add screen May 17th, 2018 v18.1.2: Improvement to the Add by Barcode tab May 9th, 2018 v18.1: Full support for High DPI screens / Large Fonts May 8th, 2018 v18.0.10: Maintenance build with lots of fixes January 18th, 2018 v18.0.9: Fixed: various layout problems on “125% DPI” systems January 12th, 2018 v18.0.8: Various tweaks and fixes for version 18 January 4th, 2018 v18.0.7: Fixed sorting in the pick item screens and more December 21st, 2017 v18.0.6: Updated the Studios field in the Edit Screen and more December 20th, 2017 v18.0.5: Maintenance build with fixes December 18th, 2017 v18.0.4: Fixed a problem in the Edit Episode screen December 13th, 2017 v18.0.3: New Manage Presets Screen and some fixes December 12th, 2017 v18.0.2: Fixes and improvements December 6th, 2017 v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing, revamped Edit screen, new “Clean” template and more! December 5th, 2017 v17.2.3: New: Manually change the order of movies in box sets October 11th, 2017 v17.2.2: Fixed a problem with formats for box sets and more October 5th, 2017 v17.2: Automatically add multi-movie box-sets October 4th, 2017