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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 Connect

Faster browsing in Connect and CLZ Cloud

January 9th, 2018

We have just updated both the Connect web-application and the free CLZ Cloud viewers to make them a lot faster.

  • The folder panel now uses “lazy-loading” which makes it load (a lot) faster.
  • When selecting a folder, only the list panel is re-loaded, where previously the entire page was refreshed.

The above changes will make browsing your CLZ Cloud or Connect app a lot snappier and will prevent server performance problems (two birds with one stone!).

The performance improvements are especially noticeable for large book, music and comic collections, as these generally have loooonnnngggg lists of author, artist and series folders.

CLZ Movies (iOS)

v4.8.1: Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing!

January 8th, 2018

A new v4.8.1 update for your app is available now, with:

Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing

Add or edit movies and your changes will auto-upload to the CLZ Cloud instantly.
Made changes on the desktop or Connect side? Just start the app and changes will download automatically.

Note: Auto-Syncing is switched OFF by default. Switch it ON in the “Sync with CLZ Cloud” screen.

The CLZ Cloud syncing will let you:

  1. Sync your data between devices, e.g. between your phone and your tablet. Or from your old phone to your new phone.
  2. View your database online using the free CLZ Cloud viewer website.
  3. Make an online backup of your data. Better safe than sorry!

Fixed:

  • Search cleared when the X button was pushed in the search bar of the main screen.
  • Update from Core didn’t update the episode list correctly.

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 Connect

A complete re-design of the Connect interface

December 27th, 2017

In this “between Christmas and New Year” week, a huge update to the look and feel of our Connect web-based software.

  • We removed the tabs at the top that let you switch between the programs, to give you more screen space for the software you are in. (you can still switch using the app-switcher button top right).
  • Dark toolbars with white text and buttons everywhere, while keeping your list and details pages light and clear.
  • All tools and feature are now accessible from the “hamburger” menu on the top left.
  • Your account settings and log out options in a “user menu” on the right.
  • TIP: the new look is also available in your free CLZ Cloud viewer!

Movie Connect

Brand new Add Movies from Core screen

December 27th, 2017

Now live in your Movie Connect software, a complete re-design of the Add Movies screen, with a new look, easier interface and new features.

Adding Movies by Title

Search by title to see a list of matching movie results, or pick the movie you were looking for directly for the Search-As-You-Type suggestions.
Expand a movie entry to see the available DVD and Blu-ray editions, with small cover thumbnails:

Pick your format straight from this Add screen, no need to edit afterwards:

Not the right cover image? Use the built-in Find Cover tool to pick the correct one.

Adding Movies by Barcode

Scanned barcodes will be automatically added to your queue, with the movie information populating instantly. Use the big blue Add to Collection button the bottom right to add the select movie to your database, OR use the little blue “+” buttons to add straight from the queue.

Barcode not found? Use the new Unrecognized Barcode screen to find the movie by title. This will not only let you add the movie anyway, but also helps our Core by adding the barcode to that selected movie.

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.

CLZ Movies (Android)

v4.8.5: Fixed a crash in the sync with CLZ Cloud

December 4th, 2017

Fixed:

  • We fixed a crash that could sometimes occur while syncing with CLZ Cloud.

CLZ Movies (Android)

v4.8: Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing!

November 29th, 2017

A new v4.8 update for your app is available now, with:

Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing
Add or edit movies and your changes will auto-upload to the CLZ Cloud instantly.
Made changes on the desktop or Connect side? Just start the app and changes will download automatically.

Note: Auto-Syncing is switched OFF by default. Switch it ON in the “Sync with CLZ Cloud” screen.

Don’t have a CLZ Cloud account yet?
If you don’t have a CLZ Cloud account yet, I strongly recommend signup up for one from the app. Using the CLZ Cloud is completely free!

The CLZ Cloud syncing will let you:

  1. Sync your data between devices, e.g. between your phone and your tablet. Or from your old phone to your new phone.
  2. View your database online using the free CLZ Cloud viewer website.
  3. Make an online backup of your data. Better safe than sorry!

CLZ Movies (Android)

v4.5.5: Further improvements to the Add Movies screen

November 22nd, 2017

In today’s update for the CLZ Movies app, we have made further tweaks to the Add screen, to make it clearer than previous versions:

  • Add from CLZ Core:
    • Faster movie title search.
    • Color high-lighting: Movies already ‘on wish list’ now have an orange title, movies already “in collection” show up with a blue title.
    • Slightly smaller font for the movie title, so that longer titles fit better.
    • Search as you type now respects tv-series only/adult filters.

Fixes in this update:

  • After changing the sort order the list could sometimes scroll to a random position.
  • Small CLZ Cloud sync tweaks.
  • After restarting the app an empty details template could sometimes show.
  • After restarting the app it would sometimes repeatedly scroll to the last added movie.
  • After manually typing a barcode in the add by barcode screen you weren’t able to search another one.

CLZ Movies (iOS)

v4.5.13: Further improvements to the Add Movies screen

November 10th, 2017

In today’s update for the CLZ Movies app, we have made further tweaks to the Add screen, to make it clearer and (hopefully) more stable than previous versions:

  • Slightly smaller font for the movie title, so that longer titles fit better.
  • Color high-lighting: Movies already ‘on wish list’ now have an orange title, movies already “in collection” show up with a blue title.
  • Improved scroll behaviour.

Fixes in this update:

  • Full screen cover scroller on iPhone/iPod devices was not properly updating its title bar

CLZ Movies (iOS)

v4.5.12: Optimized layout for iPad Pro

October 20th, 2017

New

  • Optimized layout of main screen on 10.5 and 12.9 inch iPads
  • Optimized the performance of the main screen thumbnail view
  • Fresh placeholder cover images

Fixed

  • Black bars showing on 10.5 and 12.9 inch iPads
  • Disappearing floating add button when switching from list to thumbnail view
  • CLZ Movies (iOS)

    v4.5.11: Fixed a crash in iOS10 and lower

    October 16th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Crash in add screen on devices running iOS10 or lower
    CLZ Movies (iOS)

    v4.5.10: Redesigned Selection Mode

    October 15th, 2017

    New:

    • Redesigned Selection Mode
      • Tap and hold on a movie to select it, select as many movies as you like (or select all, using the “Select All” top right).
      • Then use the blue action button to perform an action on the selected movies (Remove / Update from CLZ Core).

    Fixed:

    • Crash when saving a cover image to the camera roll
    • Odd scrolling behavior when expanding/collapsing a movie title search result in the Add Automatically screen
    • Odd scrolling behavior when scanning movie barcodes in the barcode scanning screen
    • Stuck keyboard after searching in main list
    • Autocorrect was enabled for the main list search bar
    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 Connect

    New design and layout for movie details page

    October 10th, 2017

    Now live, a new design and layout for the movie detail page in both Movie Connect and the free CLZ Cloud viewer.

    Some highlights of the new look:

    • bigger cover image
    • bigger trailer video
    • more logical layout and placement of all fields

    Screen shots:

    Read more

    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 🙂


    Movie Connect

    New: Manage your pick list entries

    September 29th, 2017

    All Connect apps: Manage Pick Lists, edit, merge and remove pick list entries.

    A Manage Pick Lists screen is now available in Connect!
    Finally, you can easily manage your pick lists for Artists, Authors, Series, Genres, Formats, etc… To edit your sort names, merge duplicate entries or remove entries.

    The new Manage Pick Lists screen can be found in the Tools menu top right (the wrench icon).

    Read more


    Recent changes

    v18.0.9: Fixed: various layout problems on “125% DPI” systems January 12th, 2018 Faster browsing in Connect and CLZ Cloud January 9th, 2018 v4.8.1: Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing! January 8th, 2018 v18.0.8: Various tweaks and fixes for version 18 January 4th, 2018 A complete re-design of the Connect interface December 27th, 2017 Brand new Add Movies from Core screen December 27th, 2017 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 v4.8.5: Fixed a crash in the sync with CLZ Cloud December 4th, 2017 v4.8: Automatic CLZ Cloud syncing! November 29th, 2017 v4.5.5: Further improvements to the Add Movies screen November 22nd, 2017 v4.5.13: Further improvements to the Add Movies screen November 10th, 2017 v4.5.12: Optimized layout for iPad Pro October 20th, 2017 v4.5.11: Fixed a crash in iOS10 and lower October 16th, 2017 v4.5.10: Redesigned Selection Mode October 15th, 2017 v17.2.3: New: Manually change the order of movies in box sets October 11th, 2017 New design and layout for movie details page October 10th, 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 New: Manage your pick list entries September 29th, 2017