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Music Collector (macOS)

v20.0.4: Fixed issue with creating a new database

January 10th, 2020

Fixed:

  • Creating a new database wasn’t possible anymore.
Music Collector (macOS)

v20.0.3: Custom cover sync problem fixed and more

January 9th, 2020

This update fixes an issue with the sync where it would always re-upload the custom front/back covers if such an album had any change at all. This resulted in many unneeded re-uploads of custom front/back covers.

Important: After updating to this version:

  • the program will run a process to index your custom covers
  • all albums with custom front/back covers will re-upload

Both processes might take a while!

Fixed:

  • Custom front/back covers were re-uploaded too often
  • After merging albums the disc index number would not update correctly
  • Quick Search: using arrow buttons and clicking results wasn’t working correctly

Music Collector (macOS)

v20.0.2: Small fix build

December 17th, 2019

A couple of fixes today for Music Collector macOS:

Fixed:

  • Changing the collection status of an album didn’t work
  • Manage Pick List screen could crash on the box set field
  • Index field would not increment correctly sometimes
  • Printing a list while in dark mode would print a black page

Music Collector (macOS)

v20: Dark Mode support / Many new sync fields (inc back covers!)

December 12th, 2019

The year “twenty-twenty” is coming up, so here’s Music Collector v20 for macOS!

In this release we added support for the macOS Dark/Light Mode and enhanced the CLZ Cloud syncing system with many new fields and back cover images.

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Music Collector (macOS)

v19.1.2: Combining discs into multi-disc album and an XML import fix

October 31st, 2019

Dragging/dropping of discs onto another album (to create a multi-disc from existing album entries) was broken in macOS Catalina. We’ve now added a new way to do this.

Updated: Merging discs into 1 multi-disc album

  1. Select the albums by holding COMMAND and clicking them
  2. Right click the selection and click “Merge albums”

This will move all discs to the first selected album.

Fixed:

  • Import from XML didn’t import everything in certain situations

Music Collector (macOS)

v19.1: Now fully macOS Catalina compatible!

October 9th, 2019

As you probably know, macOS Catalina (version 10.15) was released earlier this week.
In Catalina, Apple has made two major changes, that will affect all software that you run on your Mac:

  • All programs you use need to be 64-bit. No more support for 32-bit applications!
  • All programs you download outside the App Store need to be notarized (=approved) by Apple.

Of course, our Music Collector software has been a 64-bit application since version 18.1 (April 2018). And this week, we got it approved and notarized by Apple too!

So today, we released Music Collector 19.1, 64-bit and notarized, so fully Catalina compatible!


Music Collector (macOS)

v19.0.6: Fix for link album screen and drag/dropping images

August 15th, 2019

Fixed:

  • Link albums screen didn’t correctly search for albums in Core
  • Link albums screen size and position is now remembered between sessions
  • Drag/Drop image would put image in Downloads folder when using “just link to dropped file”
  • Fixed a display issue with shelf-view background

Music Collector (macOS)

v19.0.5: Fixed: Drag & drop images from webbrowser

May 16th, 2019

Got rid of some bugs today for your program, check it out:

Fixed:

  • Drag & drop of images from a webbrowser was broken
  • Grouping on “My Rating” didn’t work sometimes
  • Some year entries weren’t set correctly
  • Removing entries from the Link screen was not possible with keyboard
  • Edit in List behaviour modified for dropdown field types
  • Editing an artist (or different entry) from the Edit Track/Disc screen would hide the screen in the background.
  • Quick Search: When searching for a Location, you could get double letters

Music Collector (macOS)

v19.0.4: Small bug fix for My Rating stars

April 25th, 2019

Small bug fix build today for your Music Collector on macOS:

Fixed:

  • Editing the personal rating in the template and edit screens missed the star images
  • Better handling of the filename in the export screens
  • Drag/Drop of discs into other albums wasn’t working sometimes

Music Collector (macOS)

v19.0.3: Fixed display and export issues

April 4th, 2019

Because the version we released yesterday was built with a new Xcode, the program automatically supported Mojave’s “Dark Mode”. Unfortunately, we all run “Light Mode” here, and we didn’t see that the program looked completely wrong in Dark Mode!

We do plan to support Dark Mode on Mojave, but this is a different project and will be addressed later this year.

Fixed:

  • Mojave’s Dark Mode made the program look bad so we switched the program to light mode for now.
  • Export to XML, Text, and other export functions were broken
  • Images Shelves styles were broken.

Music Collector (macOS)

v19.0.2: Improvements to trial mode experience

April 3rd, 2019

Trial Mode improvements:

  • Bigger “+” 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 items.
  • Removed the ugly blue “hint box” that appeared when starting with an empty database.

Only supports macOS 10.9 or higher

This is the first version to not support macOS 10.8 Mountain Lion anymore.

To stay current with Apple we’ve just updated to Xcode (the software used to create Music Collector for macOS). In order to do this we had to drop support for macOS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) from 2012 as Apple doesn’t support it anymore in Xcode.

If you still use macOS 10.8, make sure to not upgrade Music Collector to this version.

Fixed:

  • Drag and drop image on Details Panel to change the front cover was broken.
  • Index number sometimes didn’t increment correctly.

Music Collector (macOS)

v19.0: Multiple collections, auto-sync images and a new Flex template!

March 5th, 2019

Music Collector version 19 has arrived! Here’s what’s new:

  • Manage multiple “collections” within one database file
  • Automatic Cloud-syncing of your own “custom” images
  • A new super-adaptive “Flex” template for the Details Panel

Read on for the full details:

Read more


Music Collector (macOS)

v18.4.2: Now fully macOS Mojave compatible!

November 1st, 2018

Some of you reported some issues in the Edit Screens in Music Collector using macOS Mojave, which have now been addressed and fixed!

Fixes:

  • Searching for persons (artists, composers, conductors, musicians, credits) wasn’t working (dropdown wasn’t opening to show all options)
  • The dropdown to choose a role for a credit/choose instrument for a musician didn’t open
  • Dragging and dropping of images on the template or edit screen didn’t do anything
  • Linking of music files to existing albums wasn’t working
  • Update from Core wasn’t filling in track times (if track times were empty)

Music Collector (macOS)

v18.4.1: Improvements to the Add Albums from Core screen

September 19th, 2018

The Add Albums Automatically screen is now called “Add Albums from CLZ Core” and includes improvements to make it both easier-to-use and easier-on-the-eye.

  • Single Search Box: Just one box for searching (e.g. like Google or Amazon). No more separate Artist and Title boxes. Just enter (part of) the artist’s name and (part of) the title and you will get the best matching results. (see the screen shot below with “metallica justice” results”)
  • Big blue buttons for the main actions, Searching and Adding, can’t miss ’em 🙂
  • Automatic Preview, just select a result (no more need for double clicking)
  • Use the popup in the “Add” button to change it to add to “Collection” or “Wish List”

  • Easier way of adding multi-disc albums: Add multi-disc albums by selecting multiple results from your search. Just check the boxes next to the results to compile a multi-disc album and add it to your collection straight away:

Adding Multi-Disc Albums by Artist and Title:

Adding Multi-Disc Albums by Barcode:


Music Collector (macOS)

v18.3.2: Fixed Manage Pick List screen for older macOS versions

August 15th, 2018

On older macOS versions (10.7, 10.8 and 10.9) the Manage Pick Lists screen weren’t working. We fixed that in this maintenance build (but if you can, we do recommend updating to the latest macOS 🙂 ).


Music Collector (macOS)

v18.3.1: More fields now sync to CLZ Cloud and CLZ Music

August 14th, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, our CLZ Cloud (and Music Connect) has been updated with 8 more fields and loan information. Today’s version 18.3 now supports the syncing of all these new fields and your loan information to the CLZ Cloud and your CLZ Music mobile app!

Added for syncing:

  • Sortname for composers
  • Original Release Date
  • Packaging
  • Media Condition
  • Vinyl Color
  • Vinyl Weight
  • Vinyl RPM
  • Disc Titles

Heads up: after updating to version 18.3, the software will automatically mark most of your albums as “changed”, to force the upload of your data for the new fields to the CLZ Cloud.

New versions of CLZ Music for iOS and Android will be available in the coming days to allow the new fields to be synced there too!


Music Collector (macOS)

v18.2.1: Secure HTTPS connections

May 31st, 2018

As indicated in last week’s GDPR email, we are updating our software and services, to be more secure and to better protect your privacy.

Starting with version 18.2, Music 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 Music Collector software only communicates with those secure entry points.

For your privacy and security, we strongly recommend updating to version 18.2.


Music Collector (macOS)

v18.1: New: 64-bit version of Music 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 Music 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 Music 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 🙂


Music Collector (macOS)

v18.0.4: Fixed various issues in the sync with CLZ Cloud

April 10th, 2018

Fixed:

  • Sync with CLZ Cloud:
    • In the past disc information may not have been uploaded correctly, causing some discs to download incorrect information when down syncing. This version will correct this and all albums that are affected will be flagged dirty so they can up sync the correct information again. You may get a few automatic sync changes because of this.
    • 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 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.

Music Collector (macOS)

v18.0.3: Fixed a freeze caused by User Defined Fields

April 3rd, 2018

Fixed:

  • Main screen:
    • “None” folder for user defined fields didn’t display.
    • Main screen could freeze in some cases when folder grouping on a user defined field.
  • Auto sync could crash the program in some cases.
Music Collector (macOS)

v18.0.2: Fixed an issue with Saved Folder Presets

March 27th, 2018

Fixed

  • Editing Saved Folder Presets could break the folder grouping.
Music Collector (macOS)

v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing + Performance improvements

March 27th, 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 albums in Music Collector and these changes will auto-upload to the CLZ Cloud instantly. Did you make changes using the CLZ Music mobile app or directly in Music 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 albums. Especially when having LOTS of folders in the folder panel (e.g. Artist folders).

Fixes

  • Cloud syncing:
    • After duplicating an album, 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:
    • For startup performance, the program now always starts in album view.
    • After editing, the edited items would not be selected after refresh.

CLZ Music (Android)

Faster and better results when adding albums by Artist/Title

February 13th, 2018

Our web-team has been working on this for a long time, but it is now LIVE: a new search engine for Artist/Title searches in our Core online music database and Discogs. An engine that is both better and much, much faster!

And the good news is: these are all “server-side” changes, which means you don’t need to update your Music Collector software, CLZ Music app or Music Connect web-app. Everyone can now instantly enjoy the benefits, no matter which version of the software you have :-).

Read more


Music Collector (macOS)

v17.0.5: Fixed a bug with the Quick Search and Alphabet bar

September 21st, 2017

Fixed

  • Quick Search suggestion box could crash the app.
  • Alphabet bar wasn’t working anymore.
Music Collector (macOS)

v17.0.4: Now compatible with macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”

September 21st, 2017

Next week, Apple will release the new macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”.
If you are planning to update your Mac to this new OS, then we strongly recommend to update your Music Collector software to today’s version 17.0.4!

Music Collector problems on High Sierra:
We have been testing our software on beta versions of High Sierra for quite a while, to make sure we were ready for it’s release. We found that most of the software seems to be working as normal.

Unfortunately, we found a big problem in the Preferences screen, it does not open at all anymore, making it impossible to make any changes to program settings.

Luckily, our Mac developer Ronald was able to fix the Preferences screen to make it work on the new macOS. A fix was released today, in version 17.0.4.

Fixed

  • Preferences screen didn’t load properly on macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”.
  • Upload Cover to CLZ Core: Images were not always uploaded properly even if they were within the 500KB file size limit.
  • Main Screen: Quick Search: Occasional crashes in the quick search when using the “Search-as-you-type” suggestions.
  • Sync with CLZ Cloud: Sometimes crashed during the upload of covers.

Recent changes

v20.0.4: Fixed issue with creating a new database January 10th, 2020 v20.0.3: Custom cover sync problem fixed and more January 9th, 2020 v20.0.2: Small fix build December 17th, 2019 v20: Dark Mode support / Many new sync fields (inc back covers!) December 12th, 2019 v19.1.2: Combining discs into multi-disc album and an XML import fix October 31st, 2019 v19.1: Now fully macOS Catalina compatible! October 9th, 2019 v19.0.6: Fix for link album screen and drag/dropping images August 15th, 2019 v19.0.5: Fixed: Drag & drop images from webbrowser May 16th, 2019 v19.0.4: Small bug fix for My Rating stars April 25th, 2019 v19.0.3: Fixed display and export issues April 4th, 2019 v19.0.2: Improvements to trial mode experience April 3rd, 2019 v19.0: Multiple collections, auto-sync images and a new Flex template! March 5th, 2019 v18.4.2: Now fully macOS Mojave compatible! November 1st, 2018 v18.4.1: Improvements to the Add Albums from Core screen September 19th, 2018 v18.3.2: Fixed Manage Pick List screen for older macOS versions August 15th, 2018 v18.3.1: More fields now sync to CLZ Cloud and CLZ Music August 14th, 2018 v18.2.1: Secure HTTPS connections May 31st, 2018 v18.1: New: 64-bit version of Music Collector! April 17th, 2018 v18.0.4: Fixed various issues in the sync with CLZ Cloud April 10th, 2018 v18.0.3: Fixed a freeze caused by User Defined Fields April 3rd, 2018 v18.0.2: Fixed an issue with Saved Folder Presets March 27th, 2018 v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing + Performance improvements March 27th, 2018 Faster and better results when adding albums by Artist/Title February 13th, 2018 v17.0.5: Fixed a bug with the Quick Search and Alphabet bar September 21st, 2017 v17.0.4: Now compatible with macOS 10.13 “High Sierra” September 21st, 2017