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What’s new:

  • Added a new “Remove all unused pick list entries” option in the maintenance menu, to remove all unused pick list entries in one go


Here’s the latest results from our endeavour to improve the UI/UX of all Connect features and screens. Today, we made further improvements to both the “Manage Collections” tools and the new Edit Multiple tool.

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CLZ Movies (Android)

v8.5.3: Couple of fixes and changes

November 7th, 2023

Changed:

  • For new users: no more Demo Mode

Fixed on iOS:

  • Edit screen: Picking something from a pick list: The search could mess up your choice
  • The sync button could show on details view

CLZ Movies (iOS)

v8.5.2: Various bug fixes

November 1st, 2023

A build full of fixes for bugs reported by you. Thanks to everyone who reported these bugs!

Fixed:

  • Unreliable search results after editing or merging pick list items
  • Edit Multiple: Some fields were turning orange once typed in
  • Merge mode in pick lists would not remember selection when using the search in the list
  • Typing a comma in price/value fields wasn’t always working
  • Editing a pick list item could give a wrong “Already in List” error
  • Multi-level folders: when filtering inside a folder the search text would clear after typing a space
  • Multi-level folders: When you searched an item and picked one from the suggestions dropdown, it would bring you inside the folder, instead of directly to the item
  • Editing an item could send you to a different folder than you were in

CLZ Movies (Android)

v8.5.2: Various bug fixes

November 1st, 2023

A build full of fixes for bugs reported by you. Thanks to everyone who reported these bugs!

Fixed:

  • Unreliable search results after editing or merging pick list items
  • Now remembers scroll position better when hitting “back” from an item
  • Adding a new pick list item with an apostrophe, would wrongly trigger an “Already exists” warning
  • Edit screen: Picking a pick list item after tapping next/previous could crash the app
  • Edit screen: For some fields the selected pick list item would be added twice
  • When sorting by edition release date/year the app would use a wrong date/year
  • Adding a box set via the Edit Screen could crash the app

Movie Connect

Complete re-design of Edit Multiple feature

October 30th, 2023

The Edit Multiple feature is an efficient tool for making changes to multiple (or all) of your database entries in one go. It has been part of the Connect web-based software for many years (since May 2015!). For the CLZ mobile apps, this “batch editing” ability was introduced much later, in July 2020.
However, when we did that, we were forced to completely re-design the feature’s user interface, to make it work well on the small phone screen. And a strange thing happened: the UI/UX we ended up with, turned out be much better than the original Edit Multiple design of the Connect web-based software and the Collector desktop software 🙂

So today, we are bringing that new Edit Multiple setup to the Connect web-based software!

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This update is all about the Pre-fill screen, you know, the screen that appears when adding items and lets you pre-fill fields while adding, like Location (= Storage Box for comics), Owner, Purchase Date/Store/Price, etc…

This Pre-fill screen was introduced in Dec 2020, with a fixed set of fields. Then a year later, in March 2022, it was made completely user configurable, so that *you* could choose which fields appeared on the screen.

This screen turned out to be a popular tool, but we’ve seen one problem with it:
Sometimes, users pre-fill a field for a specific movie (e.g. Purchase Price or Quantity), then forget to CLEAR it for the next items they add. Causing lots of items to be added with that same field set incorrectly.

So today, we are making another tweak to the Pre-fill screen:

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CLZ Movies (Android)

v8.5: Easier access to Manage Pick Lists tool

October 25th, 2023

A lot of the questions we get about CLZ Movies can usually be answered with:

“Just use Manage Pick Lists”

Renaming formats, Merging duplicate formats, fixing actor sort problems, fixing typos in locations, etc… it is all done in the Manage Pick Lists screen. An important and powerful screen, but… not so easy to find if you don’t know where to look or don’t even know what to look for.

With this update, we are trying to fix all that. We have made the screen much more accessible / discoverable AND we have made several improvements to the MPL screen itself.

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CLZ Movies (Android)

v8.4: Pre-fill screen: Orange highlights and a Clear button

October 16th, 2023

This update is all about the Pre-fill screen, you know, the screen that appears when adding items and lets you pre-fill fields while adding, like Location, Owner, Purchase Date/Store/Price, etc…

This Pre-fill screen was introduced in Jan 2021, with a fixed set of fields. Then a year later, in Jan 2022, it was made completely user configurable, so that *you* could choose which fields appeared on the screen.

This screen turned out to be a popular tool, but we’ve seen one problem with it:
Sometimes, users pre-fill a field for a specific movie (e.g. Purchase Price or Quantity), then forget to CLEAR it for the next movies they add. Causing lots of movies to be added with that same field set incorrectly.

So today, we are making another tweak to the Pre-fill screen:

  • The Pre-fill screen now highlights filled fields in orange, so that they stand out more.
  • Also, we added a “Clear” button, to quickly clear all Pre-fill fields.

Fixed

  • iOS: iPad: Year folders: the wrong year folder could be selected sometimes.

Movie Connect

Improved search results in the Link with Core screen

October 12th, 2023

The Link with Core screen is a tool in the CLZ Cloud site and the Connect web-based software that is used to link entries with CLZ Core. E.g. items that you added manually, or items that you imported. The Link with Core tool is mostly used by users coming from other software and are switching to CLZ.

Today’s update is a “behind the scenes” update, to make the Link screen faster and to improve search results.

Improved

  • The search now uses our elastic search engine, giving you better and more meaningful results for your unlinked items.
  • Better uses of indexes and the elastic engine makes everything much faster too!

On top of that, we’ve improved the search results in the Link with Core screens for some Connect flavours specifically:

  • Comic: Now takes series popularity into account.
  • Movie: Now now also digs into our vast library of “alternative” and foreign titles for movies to obtain a result that matches your movie.
  • Music: Now also uses Discogs for finding results.

What is Linking with Core?

Connect is built around our central online database: Core. All factual data and cover images are used and shown directly from Core. If you have been using the Add screen to catalog your items, then most, if not all of your items will already be linked to Core.

If you’ve added some items “manually” or if you’ve imported a list from CSV (or from somewhere else), there will not be a lot of data in them.

To automagically fill in data for your items, the items need to be linked with Core. If you have unlinked items, you can link them to Core using the Link with Core screen which is found in the menu top left!



Earlier this year, we updated our Connect software to make it fully localizable / translatable. Shortly after, we went live with Dutch and German version of Connect.

Today, after the hard work of three loyal CLZ users, three more language options went live on the site:

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Hungarian

Thank you, Philippe, Rafael and Pető!!

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CLZ Movies (iOS)

v8.3.1: New in-app getting started tips

September 14th, 2023

New:

  • Added in-app getting started tips for new users (tap “dismiss” to dismiss)

CLZ Movies (Android)

v8.3.1: New in-app getting started tips

September 13th, 2023

New:

  • Added in-app getting started tips for new users (tap “dismiss” to dismiss)

CLZ Movies (iOS)

v8.2.2: Bug fix for users who were not logged in

September 12th, 2023

Fixed:

  • Fixed: adding items did not work for users that were not logged in

Movie Collector (Windows)

v23.3.5: Fixed a problem with adding new Cast/Crew members

September 7th, 2023

Thanks to your reports we’ve been able to fix a problem with sortnames when adding new cast/crew members to your movies!

Fixed:

  • Cast/Crew: adding a cast or crew member by searching Core, the system would not add the sortname correctly.
  • Fixed some stability issues in the down sync from CLZ Cloud.

Thanks to all who reported the bugs!


CLZ Movies (Android)

v8.2: New Sync button on main screen

September 6th, 2023

In this update, we try to tackle a problem that we often see in our support system:

Users changing phones without updating their CLZ Cloud first. Or even worse, without even having a CLZ Account yet.
Which of course cause data loss (and a lot of sadness).

So in this version, we are trying to create more awareness of:

  1. The importance of creating a CLZ Account, so that you can Sync with CLZ Cloud.
  2. The importance of keeping your CLZ Cloud up-to-date by actually Syncing with CLZ Cloud.

New Sync button in main screen

When not in sync with CLZ Cloud, a new Sync button will appear on the main screen, above the Add button. This way you will always know if there are still items to sync up to CLZ Cloud or down from CLZ Cloud (even when you use auto-sync).

(Don’t like this button? In the Settings screen, switch OFF the setting that says “Show on-screen sync button”)

New “Sync with Cloud!” bar when not logged in

When using the app while not logged in to a CLZ Account, a new bar will appear at the bottom of the main screen that says “Sync to CLZ Cloud for an online backup”.
Hopefully that will help prevent future data loss.

(Don’t like this bar? In the Settings screen, switch OFF the setting that says “Show backup suggestion bar”)

New 5-movie “Demo Mode” for new users

For new users who just downloaded the app, we introduced a new “Demo Mode” that lets you add 5 movies before committing to the actual 7-day free trial subscription.

Fixed on Android:

  • Edit Comic: When you’ve edited something, and you tapped “Next”, it would skip an item.

Movie Connect

Improved Import from CSV/TXT screen

August 16th, 2023

Continuing with our quest to revamp and re-design features and screen of the Connect web-based software. Today we took on the Import from CSV/TXT screen.

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Movie Connect

Printing / Exporting a selection is now much easier

August 11th, 2023

Connect and CLZ Cloud users often ask us about printing or exporting only a part of their collection, e.g. “how do I print just my wish list?” or “how do I export a list of just my Blu-rays?”.

Now, this was possible, but it took a few steps that were not intuitive for many users. You had to:

  1. Make the selection in the main screen first, e.g. by using folders, the collection status filter or the search box
  2. Checkbox all movies in the selection, using the checkboxes in the list
  3. Then use the Print or Export button on the special blue action toolbar above the list

With today’s update, we are making this a lot easier. And while we were at it, we also freshened up the user interface of the Print to PDF and Export to CSV screens.

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Movie Collector (Windows)

v23.3.4: Fixed a couple of crashes and Cast/Crew search issues

July 28th, 2023

Thanks to various user reports we’ve now been able to find and fix the following bugs in the latest version:

Fixed:

  • Cast/Crew: When searching cast/crew, persons could show up more than once.
  • Episodes: When adding cast/crew to TV-episodes, database corruption error could occur.
  • Crew: When editing a “User Credit” role for a movie, the program could give an Access Violation error.

Thanks to all who reported the bugs!


Movie Collector (Windows)

v23.3.3: Fixed an issue with Cast/Crew features

July 27th, 2023

Fixed:

  • In some cases the original image of an actor/crew member could be overwritten when adding the actor/crew to your movie.
  • The “Edit Actor/Crew member” screen was not high enough to show all the fields (URL/image was missing).

Movie Collector (Windows)

v23.3.2: Repaired missing buttons in Edit Movie screen

July 26th, 2023

In the last version, a couple of buttons went missing in the Edit Screen. Through reports we found and fixed all of them with this build!

Fixed

  • Several buttons in the edit screen were missing

Movie Collector (Windows)

v23.3: Cloud-sync your customized cast and crew lists

July 25th, 2023

The CLZ development team has just finished a huge project, something we have been working on for several months: the ability to modify a movie’s cast and crew lists, for both the Movie Connect web-based software and the CLZ Movies mobile app.

Of course, your Movie Collector desktop software has allowed you to modify your cast and crew lists for many many years. But still, the project we just completed has resulted in a big v23.3 update for Movie Collector too, which introduces THREE new features:

  • Cloud-sync your customized cast and crew lists to the CLZ Cloud and the CLZ Movies mobile app
  • A quicker and easier way to add new cast and crew members, by searching our Core lists
  • Simplified Sort Name editing for all pick list entries

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The entire CLZ development team has been working on this major feature for several months. A huge project that we have been postponing for many years, because of the complexity and the enormous amount of work. But today we can finally go public with it, resulting in a major update for the Movie Connect web-based software:

As of today, it is finally possible to modify the CAST and CREW lists of your movie entries!
Also, it is now possible to sync those customized cast and crew lists to the CLZ Movies mobile app (requires CLZ Movies 8.1, also released today).

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The entire CLZ development team has been working on this major feature for several months. A huge project that we have been postponing for many years, because of the complexity and the enormous amount of work. But today we can finally go public with it, resulting in a major 8.1 update for the CLZ Movies mobile app:

As of today, it is finally possible to modify (or manually enter) the CAST and CREW lists of your movie entries! And of course, to sync your customized lists to and from the CLZ Cloud.

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Movie Connect

Connect is now available in German!

July 4th, 2023

Great news for all our German-speaking customers: starting today the Connect web software is also available in German!

Our programmers have been working for months to make the Connect software available in other languages (other than English). This meant:

  • Make the Connect software translatable, to ensure that all interface texts come from a translation database.
  • Making a nice and easy translation tool for our translators, so that they can translate all texts efficiently and also maintain the translation when new functionality is added.
  • And of course, to do the actual translation.

And today we can take the next step: Connect is now available in German!

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Recent changes

v9.2.5: Back button/Swiping to go back wasn’t working in Add screen June 19th, 2024 v9.2.4: Fixed a crash in Add screen June 18th, 2024 v9.2.3: A couple of onboarding tweaks for new users June 17th, 2024 v9.2.2: New big blue buy button June 10th, 2024 v9.1.2: New big blue buy button June 5th, 2024 v9.2.1: CLZ Movies is now free to use up to 100 movies May 31st, 2024 Improved search behaviour May 24th, 2024 v9.1.2: Fixed a couple of crashes May 1st, 2024 v9.1 Add cover images for “unrecognized barcodes” / Update cover images from Core April 14th, 2024 Improved managing and editing of pick list fields April 8th, 2024 v9.0.4: Bug fix build February 22nd, 2024 Connect is now available in Swedish! February 21st, 2024 CLZ Movies 9 Feature Hilite: new format icons / tap actor name to find all his movies February 16th, 2024 CLZ Movies 9 Feature Hilite: better screens for reporting “unrecognized barcodes” February 15th, 2024 CLZ Movies 9 Feature Hilite: the new collections tab-bar February 9th, 2024 v9.0.3: Bugfix: Tapping an actor could crash the app February 8th, 2024 v9.0.2: Various bugfixes February 8th, 2024 CLZ Movies 9 Feature Hilite: Improved Adding Movies by Title February 8th, 2024 v9.0.2: Fixed a crash on startup February 8th, 2024 v9.0: Improved Add by Title screen, Collection tabs and much more! February 2nd, 2024 Connect is now available in Danish! January 30th, 2024 Connect is now available in Portuguese, Serbian and Slovak January 18th, 2024 Sneak Preview: CLZ Movies v9.0! January 12th, 2024 v8.5.5: Small improvement to the Add Movies screen January 3rd, 2024 v8.5.5: New “Delete CLZ Account” option December 6th, 2023