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Music Collector (Windows)

v18.4.3: Stability improvements

September 18th, 2018

We’ve changed some code in various screens to make the program more stable and even less prone to random Access Violations.

After many support conversations with helpful users, we finally found out what the problem was: a dodgy 3rd party HTTPS component.
So we have now completely replaced that component with a better, more modern one, which seems to have resolved all Access Violation problems.

Fixed:

  • Stability: Took care of Access Violation errors that could pop up because of the old HTTPS component
  • Add screen: “Change Cover” could break the preview panel

Music Connect

Several new settings and improvements

September 12th, 2018

This week, we added several new settings and improvements, all based on your feedback:

New setting for the List View: Wrap column content

This new “Wrap column content” setting can be found in the Settings screen. It lets you choose if text in the List View columns should wrap to multiple lines or not.
The default is YES / Checked. Uncheck this setting to keep your List View row as single rows, resulting in a cleaner list and more rows in view.

New Date Format setting

Also found in the Settings screen, this new selector lets you choose how dates are displayed, anywhere in the program where date are shown.
Choose from:

  • 7 January 2018
  • 07 Jan 2018
  • 7 Jan 2018
  • January 07, 2018
  • January 7, 2018
  • Jan 07, 2018
  • Jan 7, 2018
  • 07/01/2018
  • 7/1/2018
  • 07/01/18
  • 7/1/18
  • 01/07/2018
  • 1/7/2018
  • 01/07/18
  • 1/7/18
  • 2018-01-07

Core IDs can now be added as columns in the List View

Now available in the Column Selection screen for the List View: The Core ID fields.
E.g. for movies, add the Core Movie ID and Core Media ID fields to your lists, to quickly find movies that are not linked to our Core entry yet.


CLZ Music (Android)

v4.11.2: Two new sort options!

September 3rd, 2018

By popular demand we’ve now added 2 new sort options for you:

  • Artist, then Original Release Year (asc.)
  • Artist, then Original Release Year (desc.)

Both can be set to artist ascending and descending too!

Changed:

  • The buttons to switch folders, sorting and view options have been moved to more logical places to make them more accessible.
  • The skins and templates options are now only available from the settings screen.
  • The selection mode button has been removed, just tap and hold on an item to start selecting items.

Music Collector (Windows)

v18.4.2: More images now available in Find Cover screen

September 3rd, 2018

We received reports that the Find Cover screen was giving quite a few “image could not be loaded” errors lately, and we’ve found an issue in the program that caused this. We’ve fixed this and you should be able to load almost any image you find now.

We also changed some background code in the Add Screen to make the program more stable.

Fixed:

  • Find Cover screen: now allows more images to be shown and downloaded
  • Add screen: Fixed a couple of Access Violation errors
  • Add screen: Fixed a false “Barcode already in queue” error
  • Sync with CLZ Cloud: Fixed syncing issues if the currency of Windows was set to something with a period (such as “kr.”)
  • Edit Screen: Year dropdown for dates would scroll all the way to the top, now uses current year
  • Edit Screen: Date Pickers would sometimes not be able to pick today’s date if next/previous was used
  • Edit Screen: User Defined Fields: Date Picker button was in the wrong place

Music Connect

Easier setting up of CLZ Barry barcode scanner

August 31st, 2018

Previously, setting up for the usage of the CLZ Barry as a barcode scanner required going to your Connect Profile page and back. Not anymore.

You can now get started with CLZ Barry straight from the By Barcode/ISBN tab of your Add screen. Just click the blue text “Set your Barry ID” on the far right of the barcode box and all the setting up can be done right then and there:


CLZ Music (iOS)

v4.11.4: Moved some buttons to more logical places

August 26th, 2018

Some changes in 4.11.4 for you:

  • The buttons to switch folders, sorting and view options have been moved to more logical places to make them more accessible.
  • The skins and templates options have been moved to the settings screen.
  • The selection mode button has been removed, just tap and hold on an item to start selecting items.

Fixed:

  • Add Albums: Release Date wasn’t downloaded.
  • Edit Screen: The Disc Title box had a white background on dark skin.
  • Templates: If no Disc Title has been filled in “Disc #1” etc. will now show.

Music Connect

Image and Card Views: Sharper, smoother, faster

August 24th, 2018

Sharper images in Cover View and Card View

This week, we have implemented several changes to the cover images that are shown in Cover View and Card View, making them much sharper/crisper, less blurry.

Also, on computers with a 4k / Ultra HD screen, both the Cover View and the Card will automatically switch to even higher quality images, with twice the resolution!

The difference is huge, check out the screen shots below. But the best way to experience the sharper images is to log in to your own account and look at your own collection!

Other improvements to Cover and Card View

At the same time, we made other improvements to the Cover and Card views, to make them look nicer and to make the scrolling experience smoother and faster:

  • While scrolling, the images now load faster.
  • Scrolling the view while images are loading is now smoother, less “choppy”.
  • The Images view now has black background for a more classy look.
  • In both Images and Card View, while scrolling, it does not first load a placeholder image anymore, it just show the background color until the actual image is loaded, also resulting in a less choppy scrolling experience.

CLZ Music (iOS)

v4.11.3: New folder option: Original Release Year

August 22nd, 2018

New:

  • “Original release year” folder option

Fixed:

  • Albums added by barcode could sometimes appear without any detail information

Music Connect

New: link your albums to Core with the smart Batch Link screen

August 21st, 2018

It is important to have your album entries linked to the corresponding entries in our Core online music database, because that is what gives you all automatic album details, like song lists, label, cover art, etc..

All album entries you add through the Add Albums screen, by searching our Core, will of course automatically be linked to Core.

However, if you imported a list of albums, e.g. from a CSV file or from a competitor product, some/most of your entries may arrive “unlinked”, especially if you did not import barcodes.

Previously, linking those unlinked entries to Core was a one-by-one job, slow and cumbersome. But we fixed that once and for all, with the new smart Link Albums tool!

This new Link Albums tool automatically finds best matches in our Core online movie database, based on artist, album title and amount of tracks (if you have them) in your list. Then, it lets you auto-link all “high match score” albums, saving you loads and loads of time and clicks!


CLZ Music (iOS)

v4.11.2: Fixed a crash while editing albums

August 16th, 2018

Fixed:

  • Crash in edit screen when adding or removing a track.
  • Crash when an album is removed.

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!


CLZ Music (iOS)

v4.11.1: More editable fields!

August 14th, 2018

By popular demand, we have added more editable fields to CLZ Music:

Fields that are now fully editable:

  • Sortnames for composers
  • Original Release Date (exists next to regular release date)
  • Packaging
  • Media Condition (the old Condition field is now “Package/Sleeve Condition”)
  • Vinyl Color
  • Vinyl Weight
  • Vinyl RPM
  • Disc Title

But wait, that’s not all: All the above fields now also sync to and from the CLZ Cloud!

Secure HTTPS connections, for your security and privacy

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

Starting with version 4.11 CLZ Music 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 CLZ Music app only communicates with those secure entry points.

For your privacy and security, we strongly recommend updating your app to v4.11.

Fixed:

  • Last update made some settings disappear in the settings screen. They are back now.
  • Added bottom margin to the add auto screen on iPhone X to make the add button more reachable
  • The sync screen wasn’t logging local deletes.

CLZ Music (Android)

v4.11.1: More editable fields!

August 13th, 2018

By popular demand, we have added more editable fields to CLZ Music:

Fields that are now fully editable:

  • Sortnames for composers
  • Original Release Date (exists next to regular release date)
  • Packaging
  • Media Condition (the old Condition field is now “Package/Sleeve Condition”)
  • Vinyl Color
  • Vinyl Weight
  • Vinyl RPM
  • Disc Title

But wait, that’s not all: All the above fields now also sync to and from the CLZ Cloud!

Secure HTTPS connections, for your security and privacy

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

Starting with version 4.11 CLZ Music 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 CLZ Music app only communicates with those secure entry points.

For your privacy and security, we strongly recommend updating your app to v4.11.

A new sort option:

A couple of months ago we introduced new sort orders, including “Artist, then Year (Asc)” where it would sort the year ascending. By request, we’ve now added “Artist, then Year (Desc)” so you can also have your years in descending order. The regular “Asc.” and “Desc.” toggles for those two sort options will only affect the Artist sort order.


Music Collector (Windows)

v18.4.1: More fields now sync to CLZ Cloud and CLZ Music

August 13th, 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 18.4 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 18.4, 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.

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

Fixes:

  • Drag and drop of discs to other albums now works
  • Fixed a problem with freezing columns in 2 panel mode
  • Fixed a problem with dragging columns in list view around

Music Collector (Windows)

v18.3.1: Secure HTTPS connections

July 30th, 2018

A BIG update for your Music Collector software today, with an important change:

Secure HTTPS connections, for your security and privacy

As indicated in our GDPR email from a couple of weeks ago, we are updating our software and services, to be more secure and to better protect your privacy.

Starting with version 18.3, 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 18.3.


Music Connect

Integrated Album Details, improved Cover and Card Views

July 16th, 2018

Two updates for the Music Connect software and the CLZ Cloud viewer today. One a big step forward in usability, the other a nice cosmetic improvement:

Album Details now integrated in main screen

Up till now, when you clicked an album entry to see its’ full details, you were taken to the album details page, that is, a new page in your browser. One had to click “Back” to get back to the album list again. Often resulting in an annoying back and forth clicking, each time causing you to lose your position in the list.

But not anymore! Starting with today’s update, the album details are now integrated in a panel within the main collection view:

No more back and forth clicking. Just click an album entry to see its’ details, click another one to see that album’s details. Nice and easy, never lose your spot again.

Choose from two Layouts:

  • Horizontal Split: folders on the left, list on the top right, details on bottom right
  • Vertical Split: 3 panels side by side, folder, list and details

In either layout, the 3 panels are fully resizable by dragging the black “splitter bars” between the panels, so that you can customize the layout to your own liking.

The album details panel comes with its’ own “action bar”, with the main actions you may want to take on the selected album (Edit, Share, Delete, Duplicate, Loan and Link with Core).

Improved Cover View and Card View

At the same time, we made some small tweaks to both the Card View and Cover View, so that they’re making better use of your specific screen width. Both now use a “fully justified” layout, with the Cards auto-resizing to fit your screen width and the Covers distributing over the width, both resulting in a cleaner, less “jagged” view.


Music Collector (Windows)

v18.2.5: Fixed display problem in two panel mode

June 28th, 2018

We fixed an issue in two panel mode where, on start-up, the items in your database sometimes wouldn’t show up correctly.


Music Connect

More editable fields!

June 27th, 2018

By popular demand, we have added 8 more fields to Music Connect, and we’ve moved some fields around. Most new fields can be found on the new “Edition” tab in the edit album popup!

  • Packaging
  • Media Condition
  • Vinyl Color
  • Vinyl Weight
  • RPM
  • Disc Titles
  • Composer Sort Names (use the Manage Pick Lists page to modify sort names of composers)
  • Original Release Date (this one exists next to Release Date)

Of course, most fields can also folder grouped on, added as column, sorted on, etc.

Note: We renamed the old “Condition” field to “Package/Sleeve Condition” so you now have a “Package/Sleeve Condition” field and a “Media Condition” field.

We will be adding these fields to the desktop and mobile app sync within a couple of weeks too.


Music Collector (Windows)

v18.2.4: Several fixes for “Access Violation” errors

June 27th, 2018

Fixes:

  • Several Access Violation errors in the main screen.
  • List View: Double clicking on checks would make list unresponsive.
  • Edit Screen: Using Next/Prev would cause strange effects with checkboxes in main screen.
  • Main Screen: The width of the columns wasn’t remembered correctly sometimes.
  • Main Screen: “Follow album” option didn’t work correctly.
  • Multiple Selection Action Bar didn’t always show the “check all” check box when switching between Album and Track view.

Music Connect

New tooltips and split-up settings

June 14th, 2018

Over the last week Joël from team Connect worked on splitting the settings into more logical places, and added new tooltips to explain what all the buttons do. The full what’s new:

Added tooltips

Hovering your mouse over the various buttons will now show tooltips to explain what the buttons do! Hover your mouse over the buttons to see what they do.

Split the settings

All settings used to be together in one screen, but they weren’t easy to find so we decided to split the settings up into their own logical pages. You can now find them by opening the menu (top left), and look for:

  • Field Defaults: to set up default field values for new items
  • CLZ Cloud Sharing: to set up all your CLZ Cloud sharing options
  • Settings: with just the behaviour and display settings


Music Connect

New: selection checkboxes and action bar

June 5th, 2018

A cool user interface update for your Music Connect software today, in which we makes it easier to select albums and easier to perform batch actions on the selected albums.

Select using checkboxes

To select albums, just click the checkboxes on the left of each album entry in the list. Checkboxes are also available in Card View and Images View, just hover your mouse over an item.

No more need to go into “Select Mode” first. The Select Mode is automatically activated as soon as you checkbox the first album, clearly indicated by the blue Batch Action Bar that replace the regular toolbar.

Batch Action Bar

While in Select Mode, the blue Batch Action Bar is visible, always showing you the number of selected albums. Also:

  • Use the “Select all” checkbox to select all albums in the current list in one go
  • Use the “x Cancel” button on the right to leave Select Mode
  • And of course, use any of the action buttons (Edit, Delete, Print, Export, Duplicate and Loan) to perform an action on the selection albums


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 (Windows)

v18.2.3: Action Bar update for Track View

May 31st, 2018

Fixed:

  • The “Multiple Selection Action Bar” didn’t show the “Edit Track” button in Track View.

Music Collector (Windows)

v18.2.2: Fixed an issue with alphabet bar and the action bar

May 30th, 2018

Fixed:

  • Main Screen: hiding the alphabet bar would leave an empty space
  • Details panel: Action Bar didn’t always show the correct buttons

Recent changes

v18.4.3: Stability improvements September 18th, 2018 Several new settings and improvements September 12th, 2018 v4.11.2: Two new sort options! September 3rd, 2018 v18.4.2: More images now available in Find Cover screen September 3rd, 2018 Easier setting up of CLZ Barry barcode scanner August 31st, 2018 v4.11.4: Moved some buttons to more logical places August 26th, 2018 Image and Card Views: Sharper, smoother, faster August 24th, 2018 v4.11.3: New folder option: Original Release Year August 22nd, 2018 New: link your albums to Core with the smart Batch Link screen August 21st, 2018 v4.11.2: Fixed a crash while editing albums August 16th, 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 v4.11.1: More editable fields! August 14th, 2018 v4.11.1: More editable fields! August 13th, 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 Integrated Album Details, improved Cover and Card Views July 16th, 2018 v18.2.5: Fixed display problem in two panel mode June 28th, 2018 More editable fields! June 27th, 2018 v18.2.4: Several fixes for “Access Violation” errors June 27th, 2018 New tooltips and split-up settings June 14th, 2018 New: selection checkboxes and action bar June 5th, 2018 v18.2.1: Secure HTTPS connections May 31st, 2018 v18.2.3: Action Bar update for Track View May 31st, 2018 v18.2.2: Fixed an issue with alphabet bar and the action bar May 30th, 2018