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Music Collector (Windows)

v18.1.3: Add Screen now scales results better and some more scaling fixes!

April 13th, 2018

New:

  • Add Albums: The results cells now scale according to your screen settings.

Fixed:

  • Edit Multiple: Labels weren’t scaling correctly.
  • Various small scaling fixes (Edit Track, Sync with CLZ Cloud screen and more).
  • Images View: You can now size your images in the images view up to 2x.
Music Collector (Windows)

v18.1.2: Fixed scaling in templates and tracks tab

April 11th, 2018

Following yesterday’s Full DPI Awareness build it seems we went a bit too far: the details view templates (and preview templates in the Add Albums screen) also followed your DPI settings, making them very sharp, but also very small. We fixed that in today’s build!

Some of you also mentioned the tracks tab in the Edit Album screen was acting up. This happened if the program itself was set to use bigger fonts. This has also been addressed now.

Fixed:

  • Details View Templates and Preview Templates were displayed too small on screens with higher DPI settings.
  • Edit Album: Tracks tab had bad scaling if the program font was set bigger than normal.
  • Image popup status bar wasn’t scaling correctly.
  • Background color in the trial popup was incorrect.
Music Collector (Windows)

v18.1: Full support for larger text size / Several Add screen tweaks

April 10th, 2018

Full support for larger text sizes (Full DPI Awareness)

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: Music Collector is now fully “DPI Aware”. Starting with this version, if you have increased your font size in Windows, the program will actually follow that setting and use bigger text fonts in all screens!

On top of that, texts now look sharper, less fuzzy, making full use of your hi-res screen.

Old version:

New version:

Improvements to the Add Albums from Core screen

  • 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”)

  • 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.
  • 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:

Fixed:

  • Edit Album:
    • Index field had a typo
    • Clicking next or previous could create a second + button in the User Defined Fields tab
  • Edit Multiple: Enabled acquire button in edit multiple
  • Quick Search: We’ve 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.
  • Template: Fixed an issue where the template could become “white” if arrow keys were used on the keyboard
  • 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.
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 (Windows)

v18.0.6: Maintenance build with lots of fixes

January 18th, 2018

Fixed:

  • Edit Album/Track/Header/Disc/Subtrack: components on the classical tab weren’t always sized properly until resizing the screen
  • Edit Album: clicking OK while uploading cover would cause a crash. Buttons are disabled now during upload.
  • Add Albums from Core:
    • after adding selected albums as multi-disc albums, all subsequent adds would be multi-disc adds
    • the edit screen didn’t open after adding albums as multi-disc album when “Automatically open edit screen after adding” option was checked
    • after adding checked results they were not unchecked
  • Main Screen:
    • using CTRL to deselect items would not update the selected counter at the left bottom
    • showing/hiding the quick filter panel would expose the details view when it was closed
    • when the details view image popup was scrolled down, opening it again would scroll down again
    • quick search suggestions: selecting a suggestion would not clear the previous quick search
    • selecting the window’s “restore” option when running full screen could hang the program in some cases
    • refresh of the statistics view could fall back to the currently active folder instead of selected statistics field
  • User Defined Fields: fields with an ampersand (‘&’) in their name weren’t always displayed correctly throughout the program
  • Clicking OK/Next/Previous in an edit pick list item screen without editing its details would trigger unnecessary cloud changes
  • Using “search” in some file open dialogs for images wouldn’t find .png files
  • Syncing with CLZ Cloud: locally inserted items would update empty fields with Core fields after syncing
Music Collector (Windows)

v18.0.5: Fixed: various layout problems on “125% DPI” systems

January 11th, 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 Album 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.

Other fixes:

  • Edit Screens: Composition grid’s selection screen didn’t have the correct composition columns
  • Add Albums from Core: format filters were not showing correctly when searching by Catalog Number

Music Collector (Windows)

v18.0.4: Now select multiple Genres in one go + other tweaks and fixes

January 4th, 2018

Various tweaks and fixes, based on your v18 feedback:

Tweaks to the Edit screen:

  • Add Genre screen now has checkboxes to allow the addition of multiple genres in one go.
  • Artist/Credit/Musician/Genre lists: right click to directly access that specific Manage List screen.
  • Artist/Credit/Musician 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.
  • Add Track/Header/Disc/Subtrack: hitting enter didn’t add another entry but closed the screen.
  • Edit Track/Header/Disc/Subtrack: cancel could cause an Access Violation in some cases.
  • Edit screens: Adding a Composition in the Composition grid would sometimes add the wrong item when compositions had identical display names.
Music Collector (Windows)

v18.0.3: 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 Album: navigating Tracks or Links using ALT+N or ALT+P would navigate the albums instead
Music Collector (Windows)

v18.0.2: Maintenance build with lots of fixes

December 20th, 2017

Fixed:

  • Edit Screen:
    • Some fields were overlapping when resizing the screen
    • Orchestra grid was too small after opening the screen in a wider size than normal
    • Making the screen larger and then smaller again would show a scrollbar on the “user defined” tab when it wasn’t needed
    • ALT+N/ALT+P for Next/Previous played a Windows sound
  • 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
  • Export/Print field selection menus were missing “Manage Presets…” caption

Fixes for the Clean Templates:

  • Country flags weren’t displayed
  • We swapped musicians and instruments (musician names now display on the left, instruments on the right)
  • Images for musicians weren’t displayed correctly
  • Layout of discs wasn’t always correct for multi-disc albums
  • Tracks that were placed after (but not inside) a header messed up the layout of the tracklist
  • Several other improvements to the layout
Music Collector (Windows)

v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing, revamped Edit screen, new “Clean” template and more!

December 19th, 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 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.

Revamped Edit Album and Edit Disc/Track screens

A huge refresh of the Edit screens, bringing the look and feel more in line with the recent Add Albums from Core screen.

  • Button bar is now at the bottom of the screen
    With OK button high-lighted in blue, nice Next/Prev arrow buttons, etc…

  • Clearer blue “+” buttons for checkbox list fields (like Sound, Extras)
  • Same blue + buttons for dropdown fields (like Format, Label, Packaging)
  • Revamped Edit screen for pick list items
    Button bar at the bottom with blue OK button, smaller generate buttons, etc..

But it’s not all just cosmetic changes:

Improved interface for adding Artists, Musicians, Credits

The new interface helps you make better use of your existing person pick lists:

  • Cleaner lists, showing just Display Name and Instrument/Role.
  • Right-click to Modify the name and sort 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.
  • To add an Artist to the list:
    • 1. click the “+ Add Artist” button, or hit Insert on your keyboard
    • 2. A new screen appears, showing your existing Person pick list.
    • 4. Type a few letters in the search box to find the artist you want to add, e.g. enter “spri” to find Bruce Springsteen.
    • 5. Hit the down arrow on your keyboard a few times to select the person from the search results
    • 6. Hit Enter to return to the Edit Album screen with the artist added to the list.

    ONLY when the artist is not in your pick list yet, there’s 3 extra steps:

    • 4a: click the New Artist button top right
    • 4b. enter/paste the display name
    • 4c. click OK

    A similar interface is now also used for the Genre and Studio fields.
    No more endless scrolling in a small check-box list to find the Genre or Studio you’d like to add. Instead, just click the Add button and making your pick from your pick list, using the convenient search feature if necessary.

    Improved: Edit Multiple screens

    • 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.

    New 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 Music 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.

    • New Field Selection screen:
      • Available fields are now grouped, like the tabs in the Edit Album 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.
    • New interface for selecting and 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.

    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 look, in both Light and Dark styles.
    • Larger cover image.
    • New look of the track list.

    No more Standard edition: Pro-only features now available for everyone!

    Since last week, we stopped selling the Standard edition of Music Collector. From now on, the Pro edition is the only edition we sell, and will just be called “Music 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.

  • Music Collector (Windows)

    v17.1.7: Fixed some issues in the Add from Core screen

    October 11th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Add Albums from CLZ Core:
      • Add as multi-disc album would sometimes add extra discs due to unexpected behaviour of multiple selection in list.
      • Failed searches would remain in barcode queue but would not be visible in the list.
    Music Collector (Windows)

    v17.1.6: Fixed Access Violation in Add from CLZ Core screen

    September 14th, 2017

    Fixed

    • Add Albums from CLZ Core: Access Violation when adding several albums by barcode
    Music Collector (Windows)

    v17.1.5: Fixed an issue with checking/unchecking in Add Screen

    September 14th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Add Albums from CLZ Core:
      • (un)checking an item in a selection would not (un)check all those items
      • horizontal scroll arrows were showing because the tabs didn’t fit in Light Skin
    Music Collector (Windows)

    v17.1.4: New icons for the Add from CLZ Core screen and fixes

    August 24th, 2017

    New:

    • Add Albums from CLZ Core: the 4 “Add by” tabs now have icons.

    Fixed:

    • Add/Link Music Files:
      • Adding an album from music files will now leave the “Packaging” field empty instead of setting it from the Field Defaults.
      • Import from iTunes: Album notes’ first character was missing.
    • Edit Album: Links tab: When editing a local link, the “previous” button didn’t work.
    • After adding an album where a pick list item (such as an artist) was updated with new information, not all albums using that same artist were marked as “dirty” for syncing with CLZ Cloud.
    • Main Screen: Quick filter panel option “keep active” wasn’t applied directly after restarting software.

    Music Collector (Windows)

    v17.1.3: Various tweaks

    July 20th, 2017

    New:

    • New option for CLZ Barry: Auto-Connect. When enabled, the built-in Buddy for Barry automatically connects to the server when you start the program or open the Add screen.
    • The Expire Date of your Update Plan is now always visible in the lower right bottom of the main screen.
    • Add Albums from CLZ Core: when album isn’t found in Core by CD ID you can click a “report missing” result now instead of a popup always showing.

    Fixed:

    • Edit Disc: rescanning the CD didn’t add all the scanned CD information
    • Add Albums from CLZ Core: When adding by CD ID, the screen didn’t close when option “Automatically close screen when search queue is empty” was checked.
    Music Collector (Windows)

    v17.1.2: New: right click menu in “Catalog Number” tab

    July 14th, 2017

    New:

    • Add Albums from CLZ Core: right click context menu for “Add by Catalog Number” results.

    Fixed:

    • Add Albums from CLZ Core: adding an album would cause an Access Violation when option “Download genre data” was switched off.
    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:

    Read more


    Music Collector (Windows)

    v17.0.7: Fixed the “Update” button in the Edit Screen

    April 26th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Edit Screen: clicking “Update” would cause an Access Violation
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    v17.0.6: Fixed a “Cannot focus window” error.

    April 25th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Edit Screen: switching tabs could throw a “Cannot focus a disabled or invisible window” error when the screen was still loading
    Music Collector (Windows)

    v17.0.5: Fixed an error and added new links to the What’s New page

    April 13th, 2017

    New:

    • Links to renew your update plan will now automatically log you into your account on the website.
    • Check for Updates: now has a link to the “What’s New” blog on our website.
    • My CLZ Account popup: now has a link to the “What’s New” blog on our website.

    Fixed:

    • Edit Album/Edit Track: using ALT+N or ALT+P to navigate to Next or Previous Album/Track could throw a “Cannot focus a disabled or invisible window” error
    Music Collector (Windows)

    v17.0.4: Maintenance build with lots of fixes

    April 10th, 2017

    Fixed:

    • Quick Search Suggestions:
      • selecting an item from the suggestion list would sometimes do nothing with a grouping on more than one field active
      • clicking the “show all results for…” label after pasting a search string with the mouse didn’t always perform the search
    • Quick Search: “matches:” followed by nothing would result in a “regular expression required” error
    • Scaled images for thumbnails, CLZ Movie export, etc. are now saved without metadata for smaller file sizes and better performance
    • Main Screen:
      • Images Popup didn’t show box set covers
      • Nothing would show when switching to Cards view after applying the quick filters
      • Select random didn’t always work properly in a filtered list
    • Manage Pick Lists: deleting text from the search box would initiate “remove item”
    • Import from XML: price and value fields weren’t always imported correctly
    • Import from Text: fields were not properly imported when delimiter appeared in field value
    • Sync with Cloud: HTML in plot and notes fields didn’t always sync down properly
    • Editing/Adding Pick List items: it was possible to create duplicate items with identical Display Names
    • If a front cover has been attached to an album, “Read from file tags” would move it to the images folder
    • Edit Album:
      • list in “Fix Tracks” screen was showing information in the wrong columns
      • double clicking an item in the tracks list wasn’t taking “double-clicking…” option into account
    • Playing a subtrack from the Details View didn’t work
    • Main Screen: Composers would show for all levels (disc, header, track, subtrack) instead of only the highest when they were identical
    • User Defined Fields: adding a user defined field will now add it to the same group as the one currently selected
    Music Collector (Windows)

    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

    Music Collector (Windows)

    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.

    Read more


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    V17.0.2: New image popup method and updates to the quick search

    February 16th, 2017

    New:

    • Images popup now also supports “Size Picture to Window without stretching” option
    • Quick search: suggestions now also are shown when searching on “Title” field

    Fixed:

    • Main Screen:
      • Quick Search: applying a filter could cause unexpected behaviour
    • Images Popup:
      • the status bar wasn’t always showing the right image path when opening
      • .bmp images were not showing
    • CueCat scanner wasn’t working properly any more

    Music Collector (Windows)

    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.

    Read more


    Recent changes

    v18.1.3: Add Screen now scales results better and some more scaling fixes! April 13th, 2018 v18.1.2: Fixed scaling in templates and tracks tab April 11th, 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 v18.0.6: Maintenance build with lots of fixes January 18th, 2018 v18.0.5: Fixed: various layout problems on “125% DPI” systems January 11th, 2018 v18.0.4: Now select multiple Genres in one go + other tweaks and fixes January 4th, 2018 v18.0.3: Fixed sorting in the pick item screens and more December 21st, 2017 v18.0.2: Maintenance build with lots of fixes December 20th, 2017 v18: Auto-Cloud-Syncing, revamped Edit screen, new “Clean” template and more! December 19th, 2017 v17.1.7: Fixed some issues in the Add from Core screen October 11th, 2017 v17.1.6: Fixed Access Violation in Add from CLZ Core screen September 14th, 2017 v17.1.5: Fixed an issue with checking/unchecking in Add Screen September 14th, 2017 v17.1.4: New icons for the Add from CLZ Core screen and fixes August 24th, 2017 v17.1.3: Various tweaks July 20th, 2017 v17.1.2: New: right click menu in “Catalog Number” tab July 14th, 2017 v17.1.1: A completely new Add Albums screen! July 12th, 2017 v17.0.7: Fixed the “Update” button in the Edit Screen April 26th, 2017 v17.0.6: Fixed a “Cannot focus window” error. April 25th, 2017 v17.0.5: Fixed an error and added new links to the What’s New page April 13th, 2017 v17.0.4: Maintenance build with lots of fixes April 10th, 2017 v17.0.3: Added search-as-you-type to pick list fields March 16th, 2017 Now live: Better Discogs searching March 16th, 2017 V17.0.2: New image popup method and updates to the quick search February 16th, 2017 V17.0.1: Major updates to the Quick Search and Image Viewer popup! February 14th, 2017