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Music Collector (Windows)

v17.1.1: A completely new Add Albums screen!

July 12th, 2017

Big changes today! The Add Albums Automatically screen has been completely re-designed, to make it both easier-to-use and easier-on-the-eye (and it’s now called “Add Albums from CLZ Core”):

  • A clear two-panel design: Search Results on the left, Preview on the right.
  • The Search Results now show cover images for every album.
  • Automatic Preview of selected result (no more double clicking).
  • Improved success rate on barcode searches for both CDs and vinyl!

See it in action:

Here’s the full list of improvements:

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v17.0.3: Added search-as-you-type to pick list fields

March 16th, 2017

Search-As-You-Type for pick list fields

We’ve expanded the quick search box to now also allow “search-as-you-type” with suggestions for pick list fields.

How does it work?

In the quick search box top right of your screen you should see a “dropdown” button. Use this to select which field you wish to perform a search on. If “search-as-you-type” is available for that field, it will instantly work once you start typing in the box.

Example

You can now select the field “Artist” in the quick search box, start typing an artist name, and instantly see suggestions (based on what you typed) of artists you have in your database. Click on an artist to see all his/her albums!

Fixes in this version

We also fixed some issues with the program in this version:

  • Images Popup:
    • “size window to picture” showed image slightly smaller
    • .tiff images were not showing

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Now live: Better Discogs searching

March 16th, 2017

Great news for vinyl collectors: our web-developers Joe and Robbert have revised and improved our Discogs search mechanisms, to give you more up-to-date Discogs data and more images.

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V17.0.1: Major updates to the Quick Search and Image Viewer popup!

February 14th, 2017

Quick Search: Search-As-You-Type suggestions

Instantly find and select a particular album in your local database:

  • In the Quick Search box, just start typing the first few letters of the artist or title you are looking for.
  • While typing, a drop-down list will appear, showing the first five matching albums.
    (for most albums, it only takes 2 or 3 letters before it shows up.)
  • Once you see the one you were looking for, use the up/down keys to select it, then hit Enter.
  • The album will now be selected in your list, with the details showing in the Details Panel.

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v16.4.1: CLZ Cloud: Your track lists and artist sort names now sync

October 24th, 2016


CLZ Cloud: Now stores and syncs *your* track lists

  • The CLZ Cloud system now supports the storing and syncing of track lists.
    (previously, track lists were always shared from Core)

  • For each track, the CLZ Cloud now stores Title, Artist and Length.
  • Now store and sync your own customized track titles and artists.
  • Now store and sync track lists for unlinked albums (e.g. manually entered or imported).
  • NOTE: after updating your Music Collector software, ALL your albums will be flagged as CHANGED,
    so that they will be re-uploaded to the CLZ Cloud!

BTW: To sync track lists to the CLZ Music app, you need
version 4.2.4 for iOS or version 4.3.6 for Android! (both released today)

CLZ Cloud: Improved syncing of Artist Sort Names

  • Improved storing of Album Artists in the CLZ Cloud.
  • Now correctly sync Artist Sort Names to/from the mobile apps.
  • Fixed: difference in sorting between folder panel and album panel in the CLZ Cloud viewer.

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v16.3.1: New: Light, Dark and System skins and Quick Filter panel

June 22nd, 2016


NEW: Choose between Light, Dark or System skins

Yes, We’re getting rid of the gray!

Music Collector now comes with a skin system, which affects the look of all screens in the program,
main screen, edit screens, add auto-screen, sync screen etc.. even the settings screens.

We have designed two different skins for you to choose from: Light and Dark.
The third option “System” is basically the old pre-v16.3 look.

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v16.2.1: Introducing: Card View for the main screen

February 16th, 2016


New view for the main screen: Card View

Next to List View, Images View and Cover Flow, we have added a Card View, a multi-column view with little info cards for each album, showing the main album details and a small cover thumbnail.

Fixed:

  • Add Automatically: right click menu didn’t popup when there were no results showing
  • Main Screen: After adding album through add/link digital files the bread crumb wasn’t updated.
  • Carbon + Quicksilver templates: musician images didn’t scale down to correct size
  • Linking Albums: disc number will be shown in the queue when linking multi disc albums

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v16.1.1: Find Cover systems now all use Bing Image Search

December 3rd, 2015


Find Image Online tool now uses Bing Image Search

The Find Image Online tool previously used Google Images to find images.

However, it turns out that on December 1, Google terminated the free Google Image Search API
that we were using, causing our Find Image Online functionality to stop working.

Google provides a new paid version of the Search API, but it is limited to max 10K searches per day.
With the amount of customers we have, we need at least 20K daily searches (600K per month!) 🙁

The solution: Switch to BING!

Microsoft also offers a paid Bing Image Search API and this one has no limits.
Or, to be more precise, they let us pay more for higher limits.

We immediately went to work and updated all our Windows and Mac programs
to use Bing Images for the Find Image Online tool instead.
Obviously, this generates considerable extra monthly costs (well over US $1,000),
but we have decided that we will NOT pass on these extra costs to our customers.

So here it is: the new Find Image Online, powered by Bing. Enjoy!

Fixed:

  • Freezes at start up for some users, caused by the webcam detection.

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v16.0.1: Music Collector V16: Quicksilver

November 30th, 2015

Webcam barcode scanning

Use your webcam as a barcode scanner, to add or find CDs by barcode.

  • Scan barcodes with your webcam
    Just use the live camera view to point your webcam at a barcode
    and let our software detect the barcode that is in view.
  • Use the webcam scanner to add CDs by barcode
    Pop-up the scan window and scan CD barcodes,
    either using Direct Search or scanning into the Queue.
  • Or use it in the main screen to find albums by barcode
    Scan a CD barcode while in the main screen,
    to quickly search your local database by barcode.
  • Works best with auto-focus or manual-focus webcams
    Fixed focus cameras will not work well (or at all).


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Recent changes

v21.4: Bar chart in folder panel background September 14th, 2021 v21.3: New “Transfer Field Data” tool August 6th, 2021 v21.2: More fields now sync to CLZ Cloud / Music Connect June 16th, 2021 v21.1: New Link Discs with Core screen May 6th, 2021 v21.0.2 Various improvements and fixes March 4th, 2021 v21.0: New: Pre-fill fields while adding albums January 18th, 2021 v20.6 Easier access to the Manage Pick Lists screen August 24th, 2020 v20.5: Changing your folder field is now much easier July 28th, 2020 v20.4: Faster image downloads, faster Update from Core June 25th, 2020 v20.3: Faster Shelves View + 2 new Shelf Styles June 4th, 2020 v20.2 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing! March 25th, 2020 v20.1 Improved music file cataloging February 26th, 2020 v20.0.2 Better Tag editing / Faster syncing February 5th, 2020 v20: Folder panel improvements + new Statistics screen January 13th, 2020 19.3: Many more fields now sync with the CLZ Cloud (inc. Back Cover)! October 18th, 2019 v19.2.1: New: Duplicate Finder tool April 12th, 2019 v19.1.2: More tweaks to the Add button March 25th, 2019 v19.1: Three cool tweaks requested by our users March 6th, 2019 v19.0: multiple collections, auto-sync images, 64-bit and a new Flex template! December 17th, 2018 v18.4.1: More fields now sync to CLZ Cloud and CLZ Music August 13th, 2018 v18.3.1: Secure HTTPS connections July 30th, 2018 v18.2.1: Selection checkboxes / New Action Bars May 29th, 2018 v18.1: Full support for larger text size / Several Add screen tweaks April 10th, 2018 Faster and better results when adding albums by Artist/Title February 13th, 2018 v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing, revamped Edit screen, new “Clean” template and more! December 19th, 2017