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Movie Collector (Windows)

v20.6 Easier access to the Manage Pick Lists screen

August 25th, 2020

The Manage Pick Lists screen is one of the most important screens of your Movie Collector software. This is the screen you need for:

  • Merging duplicate actor entries
  • Correct a Director sort name
  • Fixing typos in Genres, Tags, Locations, etc…
  • Removing unused pick list entries
  • etc… etc…

But… judging from daily questions in our support channels, many users don’t even know of its existence. (Hint: it can be opened from the Edit menu). So with today’s update we are aiming to increase the awareness the Manage Pick Lists screen and to make it easier to access from anywhere.

From the main screen folder panel

In the main screen, you can now easily access the Manage Pick Lists screen for the selected folder field. Just click the new button right above the folder panel:

From the Edit Movie screen

The Edit Movie screen now has a big Manage [..] List button at the bottom, that automatically changes to match the field you are currently at:

From the Add/Edit item screen

Fixed:

  • User Defined Yes/No fields are now available as options for the folder panel.
  • Edit Multiple: Updating date fields wasn’t always working correctly if you only filled in a year.
  • Edit in List: Editing the Collection Status field did not work.
  • Folder panel: “Collection Status” folder option has been moved to “Personal” heading.
  • Movie files: Episodes wouldn’t play if % was in the file path.

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v20.5: Changing your folder field is now much easier

July 30th, 2020

A big update for the Movie Collector software today, with several improvements and fixes, all based on the daily feedback we are getting from our users.

Changing your folder field is now much easier

The folder panel is one of the most powerful tools of your Movie Collector software. However, in our support conversations with users, we are finding that most users are always leaving their software on the out-of-the-box Format folders and never use anything else.

Which is sad, as they are missing out on a great tool. The folder panel instantly lets you group and filter your database on other fields too, e.g. by Director, by IMDb Rating, by Release Year, by Location, etc.. Super useful and fun!

Now… I must admit that changing your folder panel to a different field was not very easy or obvious. As you had to create a “preset”, add your desired field(s), give the preset a name, save it, then finally activate the new preset in the folder panel.

So… we decided to make this all *much* easier, especially for single field folder settings.

  • You can now directly select any folder field for the folder panel, without having to create a preset first. Just instantly pick your desired folder field under the “Folders” heading in the menu of the Folder button.
  • Presets are now called Favorites.
  • You can still create your own Favorite folder options, e.g. for multi-level folder settings (e.g. Genre, then Movie Release Year), or just to make a specific 1-field setting easily accessible.
  • Your Favorite folder settings are listed at the top of the menu, under the Favorites heading.
  • New: no more need to manually name your Favorites. Sensible names are created automatically (the selected fields separated by slashes).

Columns and Sorting

  • For Columns and Sorting, “Presets” have been renamed to “Favorites” too.
  • For Sort Favorites: no more need to manually name your Favorites. Sensible names are created automatically (the selected fields separated by slashes).

Edit Movie: add multiple Studios, Actors, etc.. in one go

The Select screen for adding studios, cast, crew, etc… now includes checkboxes, so that you can multiple in one go. No more need to go back and fort between the Select and Edit screen to add multiple.

The new checkboxes for selecting multiple values in one go are now available in the Select screen for the following fields:

  • Studios
  • Crew
  • Cast
  • Tags

Fixed:

  • Using “Select All” in your list was very slow. Super fast again now πŸ™‚
  • Print screen: “Field ID 221 has no XML tagname” error, when printing the Collection Status field as a column.
  • Removed the annoying “beep” when searching in the Add Movies screen.

Movie Collector (Windows)

v20.4.3: Couple of fixes

June 30th, 2020

Fixed:

  • If no rating was set, it would show with rating β€œ0” in the rating column. It now shows β€œnothing” in the column again.
  • If no rating has been set for a movie, it would show in a β€œ0” folder, and now shows in a β€œ[None]” folder in your folder panel.

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v20.4.2 Several fixes

June 26th, 2020

Fixed:

  • In some case, new entries added through Add from Core would get images with .tmp extensions, instead of .jpg.
  • Editing pick list items directly from the folder panel did not work anymore.
  • Dragging items between folders did not work anymore.

Movie Collector (Windows)

v20.4: Faster image downloads, faster Update from Core

June 24th, 2020

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger!

Here’s another big update for your Movie Collector software, with two further performance improvements:

Faster image downloads

We were able to make several improvements to the way images are downloaded (covers, posters and backdrops), making it much faster than before.

This change affects all places where images are downloaded from our servers, that is, when Adding Movies from Core, when Updating from Core and when down-syncing from CLZ Cloud.

Faster Update from Core

On large collections the old Update from Core feature was quite slow, as it updated your movies one by one, that is, doing separate requests to our server for each and every movie.

So for this update, we also complete rewrote the Update from Core feature to do the updates in batches of 100 movies at a time, making it much much faster! (roughly 4 times as fast).

Remember: Update From Core can be used to update your local movie entries with possible extra data from our Core online movie database. To use this feature, select some movies, right click, then choose Update from Core.

Fixed:

  • Add Movies from Core: when adding by barcode and the barcode is not found, it now automatically pops up the Unrecognized Barcode screen, so that you can 1. add the movie anyway and 2. report the missing barcode to our Core.
  • When using My Rating as the folder field, the “0” folder was missing.
  • When using multiple levels of folders in the folder panel, sometimes the displayed counters were wrong.
  • Images View: it is now possible to change thumb size using Ctrl + mouse wheel.

Movie Collector (Windows)

v20.3.2: Maintenance build

June 10th, 2020

Fixed:

  • Images View: Improved spacing between thumbnails
  • Images View: Mouse over on images didn’t show the title of the item
  • Cover Flow: Now uses big sharp images instead of the small thumbnails
  • Find Cover: Could give an Access Violation when finding GIF images

Movie Collector (Windows)

v20.3: Faster Shelves View + 2 new Shelf Styles

June 8th, 2020

When users send us screenshots during support conversations, we are seeing that many of you are using the Shelves View when browsing your collections. And we can’t blame you, that IS a cool looking view πŸ™‚ However, it *could* be a bit slow and jerky, especially when displaying many cover images in one list.

So our Windows guy Joe has spent several weeks to make this Shelves View faster and smoother. At the same time, our in-house graphics man AJ has created two new Shelf styles. Here’s what’s new:

  • Images are now loading a lot faster.
  • Scrolling is faster and smoother.
  • Shelves background is smoother, no more visible tile edges.
  • Shelves now always continue over the full width, even when a row is not full.
  • Two new Shelf Styles are now available: White and Concrete.

TIP: here’s how to get to Shelves View:
in your program’s movie list panel, click the vertical Images tab on the right, then from the toolbar above the list panel, choose a Shelf Style. Use the slider to control the size of the images.

The new “White” style:

The new “Concrete” style:


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v20.2.3: Fixed some Access Violations

April 20th, 2020

Fixed:

  • Fixed several issues with AutoSync that could cause Access Violation errors

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v20.2.2: Fixed adding by IMDb

March 26th, 2020

Fixed:

  • Add by IMDb didn’t yield any results

Movie Collector (Windows)

v20.2 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing!

March 25th, 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.)

Improved stability when using Auto-Syncing

At the same time, we have resolved several issues with the Auto-Syncing in the background, problems that could cause Access Violations in some situation. So this 20.2 version should provide a more stable experience too.


Movie Collector (Windows)

v20.1.2: Fixed parsing movie title from folder

February 11th, 2020

Fixed:

  • Parsing movie title from folders didn’t work correctly

Movie Collector (Windows)

v20.1 Improved Add Movie Files / Better Tag editing / Faster syncing

February 4th, 2020

Just 3 weeks after the v20 release, here’s version 20.1!
In this update, several big enhancements to the movie file cataloging features, another re-design of the Tag editing interface and faster and more stable cloud syncing through our brand-new dedicated Sync-server.

Read more


Movie Collector (Windows)

v20: Folder panel improvements + new Statistics screen

January 13th, 2020

We are 2 weeks into 2020, so it’s time for Movie 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


Movie Collector (Windows)

19.4.2: Small fix

September 24th, 2019

Version 19.4.1 should’ve flagged your collection to be synced with CLZ Cloud if it contained information that has now been added to the sync. It didn’t. That’s fixed in 19.4.2, so expect a big up-sync after updating to this version!


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19.4: New HDR field and many more sync fields (inc. Back Cover)!

September 24th, 2019

With all the big comic and game related releases going on, it has been a few months since the last Movie Collector update. But we didn’t forget you! In the background, we have been “secretly” working on a big update, which is available now as version 19.4!

Here’s what’s new:

  • New “HDR” field (HDR10 / HDR10+ / Dolby Vision)
  • Many more field now sync with the CLZ Cloud / Movie Connect:

    Subtitles, Audiotracks, Screen ratios, Layers, HDR, Color, Edition Release Date, Extras AND the Back Cover image!

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v19.3.2: Added more blue buttons and some fixes

May 2nd, 2019

Changed:

  • Bigger buttons for the find cover screen and options screen,
  • You can now also find duplicates based on CLZ Movie ID, IMDb URL and “Title & Format”

Fixed:

  • Filter Screen: Drag/Drop of pre-set filters could give an Access Violation error
  • Duplicate Finder:
    • Updated the standard set of columns (you can also pick your own using the column button top right)
    • After searching for duplicates twice, the screen could show “0 found” even if it found duplicates
  • When running the program on 2 or more screens with different DPI settings, you could get a “List Index out of Bounds” error
  • You can now bypass the “Lock File” warning if it appears on start up
  • Add buttons in the Add Screen are now disabled while data is being downloaded to prevent an Access Violation
  • Filtering on number of IMDb Votes “less or greater than” didn’t work correctly.

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v19.3: Add Movies by IMDb Nr / Official IMDb Cast & Crew lists

April 26th, 2019

We’re on a roll! Here’s yet another BIG update of your Movie Collector for Windows software, bringing two more huge improvements, again made possible by our new content licensing agreement with IMDB:

  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

1. Add Movies by IMDb Number or URL

In this version, there is new β€œIMDb” 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 “Tools > Options”.
  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” and click OK to save your changes.
  2. Back in your main screen: 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”. )


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v19.2.2: DPI fix for the Find Duplicates screen

April 12th, 2019

Some fixes today for the Find Duplicates screen:

Fixed

  • Keep and Remove buttons weren’t sizing correctly on high DPI screens
  • Renamed “Exact Duplicate” option to “All Fields” to make its purpose more clear

Movie Collector (Windows)

v19.2.1: New: Duplicate Finder tool

April 11th, 2019

Based on user feedback we found out users were looking for and expecting a tool to find duplicate entries in their database. Some way to find out if you’ve accidentally added multiple versions of the same movie, but perhaps with a different format or barcode.

After quite a few requests and discussions with users about this, to find out how they got duplicates and what they would expect from such a Duplicate Finder tool, it’s here today: Find Duplicate entries in your database!

New: Find Duplicate Movies

Click menu Tools > Maintenance > Find Duplicates to begin.

Then select which field to find duplicates on. You can find duplicates based on:

  • Title
  • Title & Release Year
  • Barcode
  • Index
  • Exact Duplicate

Click “Find Duplicates” and see what it comes up with. Use the blue “Keep” button to keep a group of duplicates, or use the red “Remove” button to remove a duplicate!

If you click “Remove all duplicates automatically” the program will remove all duplicate entries and will only keep 1 single entry (the oldest one) in your database.

Tip: use the columns button, top right, to set up the columns you’d like to see!


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v19.1.3: New options and icons for digital movie formats

March 21st, 2019

New options and icons for digital movie formats

With digital movie formats becoming more popular, we have decided to add the most popular ones as default choices in the Format list, all with nice new list icons and logos for the details panel.

Now available as new Format choices:

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

New Format picker drop-down in Add Movies from Core

The new format choices have now also been added to the Format picker in the Add Movies from Core screen. Just click the blue Format button and pick from the format choices, nicely separated in “Physical” and “Digital” sections:

Renamed Blu-ray and 4K UHD formats

To conform with the more commonly used naming, we have renamed two formats:

  • “Blu-ray Disc” to just “Blu-ray
  • “Ultra HD Blu-ray” to just “4K UHD

Also, the 4K UHD format now has a new icon!

More tweaks to the Add button in Add Movies from Core

We already worked on this area in the previous update, but we were still not completely satisfied. So more tweaks to the Add button in the Add Movies from Core screen today:

  • All Collection Status values are now available, including “For Sale” and “On Order”!
  • The little popup menu now indicates the selected value with a checkmark.
  • The Add button itself now says “Add to Collection” or “Add to Wishlist”.


Movie Collector (Windows)

v19.1.2: Three cool tweaks requested by our users

March 6th, 2019

With the big feature updates behind us (multi-collections, image syncing, Flex template, IMDb Votes, etc…), it is time for some smaller tweaks that were requested by our loyal users:

  • More compact toolbar layout,to save screen space
  • No more annoying Add to Collection / Wish List popup in Add Movies screen
  • New “Transparent” styles for the Flex template, to show off your backdrops

Read more


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

February 20th, 2019

The Movie Collector v19 release was just 2 months 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 πŸ™‚

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

  • Several tweaks to improve the trial mode experience:
    • Bigger “+ Add Movies” 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 movies.
    • Removed the ugly blue “hint box” that appeared when starting with an empty database.
  • FIXED: Occasional freeze/hang problems after a period of program inactivity.

Movie Collector (Windows)

v19.0.10: Images were uploading when they shouldn’t

February 12th, 2019

Fixed:

  • Automatically syncing cover images could happen too often
  • Edit Screens:
    • While using Next/Previous, the cursor position wasn’t always retained
    • After scanning an image, some of the buttons would sometimes not be enabled

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v19.0.9: Fixed layout issues in the Edit Movie screen

January 29th, 2019

Fixed:

  • Some fields weren’t entirely visible
  • The old Vee Eight template was missing the IMDb logo

    (tip: try the NEW Flex template via menu View > Details View Template > Flex!!)

  • Submitting a movie to Core could give an error

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v19.0.8: IMDb features are back!

January 28th, 2019

Great news! We now have a new and more comprehensive content licensing agreement with IMDb, which means the IMDb features are back in your Movie Collector software!

IMDb features are back!

  • When adding new movies, it automatically downloads IMDb Ratings and Links again.
  • The IMDb Number field has been replaced with an IMDb URL field. Of course, your existing IMDb numbers have automagically been turned into IMDb URLs.
  • In your movie details panel, the IMDb Ratings are shown in “IMDb yellow” again πŸ™‚

The new IMDb content license is more comprehensive, so more IMDb related data and features are coming soon, including:

  • Official cast and crew listings, straight from IMDb.
  • A tool for updating all your IMDb Ratings with fresh ratings from IMDb.

HOWEVER: Because the new license is also very expensive, we have decided to only deliver IMDb Ratings and Links to users who are on a valid, non-expired Update Plan.

Fixed for 64-bit version: Image scanning and web-cam scanning

Right after the release of v19, we started receiving reports from users that their image scanners would not be found when using the 64-bit version. Other users reported that the web-cam scanning would not work anymore.

A temporary work-around has been to use the 32-bit version of version 19.

In the meantime, our Windows developer Joe has been working hard to get both of these problems resolved and I am happy to report that both have been fixed in today’s version 19.0.8:

  • 64-bit version now uses WIA to connect with image scanners. When acquiring, make sure to select the WIA driver for your scanner, not TWAIN.
  • Scanning barcodes with your webcam scanner is working again.

If you have been using the 32-bit version as a workaround, please switch to the 64-bit version again (this is a choice during installation).

Then, please let us know your findings, is everything working again?

IMDb, IMDb.COM, and the IMDb logo are trademarks of IMDb.com, Inc. or its affiliates.


Recent changes

v20.6 Easier access to the Manage Pick Lists screen August 25th, 2020 v20.5: Changing your folder field is now much easier July 30th, 2020 v20.4.3: Couple of fixes June 30th, 2020 v20.4.2 Several fixes June 26th, 2020 v20.4: Faster image downloads, faster Update from Core June 24th, 2020 v20.3.2: Maintenance build June 10th, 2020 v20.3: Faster Shelves View + 2 new Shelf Styles June 8th, 2020 v20.2.3: Fixed some Access Violations April 20th, 2020 v20.2.2: Fixed adding by IMDb March 26th, 2020 v20.2 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing! March 25th, 2020 v20.1.2: Fixed parsing movie title from folder February 11th, 2020 v20.1 Improved Add Movie Files / Better Tag editing / Faster syncing February 4th, 2020 v20: Folder panel improvements + new Statistics screen January 13th, 2020 19.4.2: Small fix September 24th, 2019 19.4: New HDR field and many more sync fields (inc. Back Cover)! September 24th, 2019 v19.3.2: Added more blue buttons and some fixes May 2nd, 2019 v19.3: Add Movies by IMDb Nr / Official IMDb Cast & Crew lists April 26th, 2019 v19.2.2: DPI fix for the Find Duplicates screen April 12th, 2019 v19.2.1: New: Duplicate Finder tool April 11th, 2019 v19.1.3: New options and icons for digital movie formats March 21st, 2019 v19.1.2: Three cool tweaks requested by our users March 6th, 2019 v19.1: Update your IMDb Ratings / Votes in one go! February 20th, 2019 v19.0.10: Images were uploading when they shouldn’t February 12th, 2019 v19.0.9: Fixed layout issues in the Edit Movie screen January 29th, 2019 v19.0.8: IMDb features are back! January 28th, 2019