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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
CLZ Movies (Android)

v4.10.2: Bigger and easier to spot Add button!

May 14th, 2018

New for the Add Movies screen:

  • Add button is now bigger and easier to spot (some new users missed the little round “+”).
  • Add button now “remembers” your collection vs. wish list selection. No need to pick from the Collection/Wish List popup menu every time you add anymore.
  • Remove from queue button is now bigger and easier to spot. Tap and hold on a barcode in the queue to select barcodes you want to remove.

Fixed:

  • Accented characters in sortnames/titles were sorted incorrectly.
  • Main screen: the over-sensitive quickscroll bar in the thumbnail view has been fixed.
  • Edit: ‘Done’- button doest not scroll from screen on manual scroll.
  • Edit: New ‘Unsaved changes’ dialog.
  • Cloud sync: Sync reporting ‘invalid xml’ in rare cases.

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 Connect

New: Import your collection from “DVD Profiler”

May 9th, 2018

If you’re a new user or thinking of moving your collection from the program “DVD Profiler” to Movie Connect, good news: we’ve just added a new “DVD Profiler” import tool in Movie Connect!

You can find the “DVD Profiler” import tool under the menu top left, then choose “Import Data”.

Movie Connect

New: Import your collection from “Delicious Library”

May 9th, 2018

If you’re a new user or thinking of moving your collection from the program “Delicious Library” to Connect, good news: we’ve just added a new “Delicious Library” import tool in Connect!

You can find the “Delicious Library” import tool under the menu top left, then choose “Import Data”.

CLZ Movies (iOS)

v4.10.2: Bigger and easier to spot Add button!

May 9th, 2018

New for the Add Movies screen:

  • Add button is now bigger and easier to spot (some new users missed the little round “+”).
  • Add button now “remembers” your collection vs. wish list selection. No need to pick from the Collection/Wish List popup menu every time you add anymore.

Fixed:

  • Details view: In-template editing of seen-it status was broken.
  • Adding a movie would clear the collection status filter in the main screen.
  • The sorting option screen would sometimes not fully show the chosen sort option when opened.
  • iPad: Main screen: the details view did not refresh after changing the details template.
  • iPad: Main screen: the ‘edit my rating’ pop up was rotated when in landscape mode.

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 Connect

More editable fields!

May 7th, 2018

By popular demand, we have added 7 more editable fields to Movie Connect. One a completely new field (Is TV Series) and 6 fields that were already available as automatic Core fields but are now fully editable:

  • Is TV Series (Yes/No). For your entries, indicate whether these are movies or TV series. Use Is TV Series folders to split them in the main list. This is a new field. Default values for your entries have been set using our Core central database, but you may want to run though your list to check and correct as needed.
  • Release Date. Previous only available as Release Year, this is now a full date field.
  • Runtime. Previously set automatically, now fully editable.
  • Audience Rating. Previously set automatically, now fully editable. Also available as a folder option.
  • Region. Previously set automatically, now fully editable. Allows multiple values. Also available as a folder option.
  • Studio. Previously set automatically, now fully editable. Allows multiple values. Also available as a folder option.
  • Distributor. Previously set automatically, now fully editable. Also available as a folder option.

To make room for all the new fields in the Edit Movie screen, we introduced a new “Edition” tab and moved all edition-specific fields there (including the Format and Barcode fields):

CLZ Movies (iOS)

v4.10: Many new sort options and a redesigned Select Sort Order screen

April 22nd, 2018

We’ve added new fields to sort on to change the order in which your movies are displayed in your list. Your movie list will adapt to sort and show the field you’re sorting on. On top of that we’ve redesigned the Select Sort Order screen to make it more clear what you’re choosing.

Open the Select Sort Order screen by tapping the menu top right, then tap “Sort order”.

All available sort fields:

  • Title
  • Release Date
  • Format, then Title (New!)
  • Runtime
  • IMDb Rating
  • Order of Entry (New!)
  • Viewing Date (New!)
  • My Rating (New!)
  • Purchase Date (New!)
  • Purchase Price (New!)
  • Current Value (New!)
  • Quantity (New!)
  • Index
  • Storage Device (New!)

All fields can be sorted either ascending or descending. Tap the field you wish to sort on, then tap “Apply” to confirm.


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 Connect

Add Movies is now a pop-up screen

April 13th, 2018

A small user interface tweak today:
The Add Movies screen is now a pop-up screen that lays over your movie list.
(previously it was a separate full screen page)

Looks cooler, feels more “snappy” and while adding movies, you can actually see the new additions appear in your movie list in the background!


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 Connect

New: Import your collection from “My Movies”

April 4th, 2018

If you’re a new user or thinking of moving your collection from the program “My Movies” to Movie Connect, good news: we’ve just added a new “My Movies” import tool in Movie Connect!

You can find the “My Movies” import tool under the menu top left, then choose “Import Data”.

Import from “My Movies”:


Movie Connect

New: Import your collection from CATVids

April 4th, 2018

If you’re a new user or thinking of moving your collection from the program CATVids to Movie Connect, good news: we’ve just added a new CATVids import tool in Movie Connect!

You can find the CATVids import tool under the menu top left, then choose “Import Data”.

Import from CATVids:


Movie Connect

New: The barcode queue is now remembered between sessions

April 4th, 2018

Persistent barcode queue

Barcodes scanned on the add page are now remembered! This means you can scan your barcodes into the add queue, leave the page, return later and still add the barcodes you scanned.

If you wish to remove barcodes from your queue, use the Edit button top right of the list of barcodes!

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 Connect

New: Group your movies by Actor or Producer

March 27th, 2018

You were already able to group your movies on various fields such as Format or Director, and we’ve now expanded those options with Actor and Producer!

Log in to your Connect account and click the folder icon top left of the page, then select Actor or Producer.

Selecting a folder option:

Grouping your movies on Actor:

Movie Connect

Updated “Export to Text” and “Print to PDF” pages

March 27th, 2018

Last week we updated the field selection popup for Connect and CLZ Cloud, and this week we bring that same field selection popup to your “Export to Text” and “Print to PDF” pages.

The update also includes an update Preview box for Export to Text, and an updated way for dragging/dropping fields for your columns or sort order.

Open up your Export to Text or Print to PDF screen via the menu top left in Connect.

New field selection popup:

Updated “Export to Text” page:

With new preview panel:

Updated “Print to PDF” page:

Movie Connect

Redesigned Column and Sort Order field selection screens

March 21st, 2018

The ability to select your own Columns for the List View is an important customization feature of Movie Connect. The same holds for selecting the Sort Order fields.

However, the “field selection” screens for doing these customizations were a bit outdated and finding a field could be tricky. So we decided to re-imagine the field selection screens to make them easier to understand, easier to use and better to use on mobile devices too.

Redesigned Field Selection screen:

  • Available fields are now grouped, like the tabs in the Edit 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.
  • For sorting: use the ASC/DESC button to change the sort direction of that particular field.
  • Works great on both your desktop and mobile browsers!

Select Columns screen:

Select Sort Order screen:


CLZ Movies (Android)

v4.10: Many new sort options and a redesigned Select Sort Order screen

March 15th, 2018

We’ve added new fields to sort on to change the order in which your movies are displayed in your list. Your movie list will adapt to sort and show the field you’re sorting on. On top of that we’ve redesigned the Select Sort Order screen to make it more clear what you’re choosing.

Open the Select Sort Order screen by tapping the menu top right, then tap “Sort order”.

All available sort fields:

  • Title
  • Release Date
  • Format, then Title (New!)
  • Runtime
  • IMDb Rating
  • Order of Entry (New!)
  • Viewing Date (New!)
  • My Rating (New!)
  • Purchase Date (New!)
  • Purchase Price (New!)
  • Current Value (New!)
  • Quantity (New!)
  • Index
  • Storage Device (New!)

All fields can be sorted either ascending or descending. Tap the field you wish to sort on, then tap “Apply” to confirm.


CLZ Movies (Android)

v4.9.4: Fixed a quick search selection issue

February 28th, 2018

Fixed:

  • The app did not open the details page when a search result was selected in the quick search box while the [All Movies] folder was active in phone mode.
CLZ Movies (iOS)

v4.9.2: Fixed a crash with the search

February 27th, 2018

We had several reports from users about a crash when searching for an item in the collection. This crash has been reproduced and now fixed in the latest build!

This version also has some code change to load the details of a movie a bit faster.

New:

  • Faster loading of movie detail screen

Fixed:

  • Crash during a search in the device’s database.
CLZ Movies (iOS)

v4.9: Improved search features

February 21st, 2018

Quick Search: Search-As-You-Type suggestions

Instantly find and select a particular movie :

  • In the Quick Search box, just start typing the first few letters of the movie title you are looking for.
  • While typing, a drop-down list will appear, showing the first five matching movies.
    (for most movies, it only takes 2 or 3 letters before it shows up.)
  • Once you see the movie you were looking for, tap it to bring up its detail page
  • TIP: Tap the search button on the keyboard or tap “View All Results” to perform the normal search.

Quick Search now searches more fields

Now also searches in:

  • Plot
  • Episode Titles for TV series
  • Notes
  • Tags
  • Series

Full list of fields that are now searched:

  • Title
  • Title Extension
  • Original Title
  • Barcode
  • Actors
  • Directors
  • Writers
  • Producers
  • Plot
  • Episode Titles for TV series
  • Notes
  • Tags
  • Series

Fixed:

  • Crash within a few seconds of opening the app.
  • Crash when pressing ‘Change account info’ in the sync screen.

Movie Connect

Re-designed Edit Movie screen

February 13th, 2018

Live today in your Movie Connect software: a completely re-designed Edit Movie screen with an improved look, layout and usability!

New look and layout

We’ve moved some fields around and to have them grouped and placed more logically. You’ll notice that we’ve also updated the look of certain buttons so it’s all easier on the eye, and there’s only one big blue important “OK” button to save your changes.

Updated dropdown and pick list fields

The pick list fields have been updated so they’ll only show options from your own collection instead of all available options in our online database. This makes it a lot faster to quickly pick something from a pick list that you used before!

You can just start typing to filter to the pick list entry you want to use, or open up the dropdown to scroll and pick.

Multi value pick list fields such as the Genre field, have a blue plus button to pick a genre from your genre list. Click it, and either start typing or just pick a genre from the list.

New Pick List fields

We’ve updated the following fields from plain text fields to “pick list” fields. This means that those fields now have a dropdown which you can click to quickly pick an existing pick list entry for that field.

The following fields haven been updated from plain text to pick list fields:

  • Location
  • Condition
  • Purchase Store
  • Storage Device
  • Owner

These field now all have a dropdown to pick an entry. You can also type into them to search or create a new entry for that field.

Panel with personal fields on all tabs

At the bottom of the edit screen we added a “sticky” panel that you can see on all edit tabs. This panel contains some of your most important personal fields so you can always edit them quickly.

New Find Cover pop-up

The Find Cover pop-up has been updated to the latest version we introduced in the Add Screen. Check it out:


Recent changes

v18.1.3: DPI scaling fixes for image popups and add screen May 17th, 2018 v4.10.2: Bigger and easier to spot Add button! May 14th, 2018 v18.1.2: Improvement to the Add by Barcode tab May 9th, 2018 New: Import your collection from “DVD Profiler” May 9th, 2018 New: Import your collection from “Delicious Library” May 9th, 2018 v4.10.2: Bigger and easier to spot Add button! May 9th, 2018 v18.1: Full support for High DPI screens / Large Fonts May 8th, 2018 More editable fields! May 7th, 2018 v4.10: Many new sort options and a redesigned Select Sort Order screen April 22nd, 2018 v18.1.2: Fixed an issue in searching April 17th, 2018 v18.1: New: 64-bit version of Movie Collector! April 17th, 2018 Add Movies is now a pop-up screen April 13th, 2018 v18.0.2: Fixed various issues in the sync with CLZ Cloud April 10th, 2018 New: Import your collection from “My Movies” April 4th, 2018 New: Import your collection from CATVids April 4th, 2018 New: The barcode queue is now remembered between sessions April 4th, 2018 v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing + Performance improvements April 3rd, 2018 New: Group your movies by Actor or Producer March 27th, 2018 Updated “Export to Text” and “Print to PDF” pages March 27th, 2018 Redesigned Column and Sort Order field selection screens March 21st, 2018 v4.10: Many new sort options and a redesigned Select Sort Order screen March 15th, 2018 v4.9.4: Fixed a quick search selection issue February 28th, 2018 v4.9.2: Fixed a crash with the search February 27th, 2018 v4.9: Improved search features February 21st, 2018 Re-designed Edit Movie screen February 13th, 2018