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CLZ Books 9 Feature Hilite: Add Books screen improvements

April 23rd, 2024

Here’s my second “v9 feature hilite” email, about another area of improvement in last week’s CLZ Books v9 release.
(tip: if you missed yesterday’s feature hilite #1 about the collection tab-bar, you can read it here).

Today, we are going to discuss the improvements we did to the Add Books screen:

Adding Books: quick “Confirm” pop-ups, instead of full screen Preview pages

The main change to the Add Books screen is that we dropped the Preview page, you know, the full screen page where you could preview book details of a selected book entry from the results list. That page was quite slow and outdated looking and cause a lot of back and forth tapping between results and the Preview page.
We replaced the Preview page with a quick and small “Confirm” popup, that slides in, in-place, from the bottom and shows the exact details you need to know if this is the edition you want to add. Easier and snappier!

Add by ISBN: Faster camera barcode scanner for scanning ISBN barcodes

Adding books by scanning ISBN barcodes is one the main features of the app. An essential part of adding by ISBN is the built-in camera barcode scanner.

For this update, our mobile app developer Pim has spent a few days optimizing that camera barcode scanner. The idea was to make better use of the power of today’s devices, both in terms of camera resolution and computing power.
And the results of his tweaks are amazing. Adding by ISBN is now much faster, as the scanner picks up the barcode you point at much quicker.


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CLZ Books 9 Feature Hilite: the new collections tab-bar

April 22nd, 2024

Last week’s CLZ Books 9.0 update was big one, with 3 areas of improvement. To make sure you did not miss any of the new stuff, I am going to do three “v9 feature hilite” emails this week, each one highlighting one of the big improvements.

Today’s “v9 feature hilite” is about all the new collections tab-bar.

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A big update v9.0 update for your CLZ Books app today, with many new features and improvements!

Here’s the full list of What’s New:

  • New collections tab-bar: easily switch between collections using tabs at the bottom
  • Adding Books: quick “Confirm” pop-ups, instead of full screen Preview pages
  • Add by ISBN: Better screens for dealing with “ISBN not found” situations
  • Add by ISBN: Faster camera barcode scanner for scanning ISBN barcodes
  • New setting “Show Read-It” for showing/hiding Read-It eye icons from list and details

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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

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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

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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

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v8.5: Easier access to Manage Pick Lists tool

October 25th, 2023

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

“Just use Manage Pick Lists”

Renaming Locations, Merging duplicate genres, fixing author sort problems, fixing typos in author names, 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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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 book (e.g. Purchase Price or Quantity), then forget to CLEAR it for the next books they add. Causing lots of books 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.

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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)

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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

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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-book “Demo Mode” for new users

For new users who just downloaded the app, we introduced a new “Demo Mode” that lets you add 5 books 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.

CLZ Books (iOS)

v8.1.3: Several bug fixes

May 25th, 2023

Fixed:

  • When using multi-level folders, the folder panel search text would sometimes copy over to the next folder (and not be remembered when going back)
  • After syncing, the main screen did not always refresh
  • A crash could occur when entering Selection Mode in Card View if no cards were available
  • A crash could occur when selecting folders
  • When switching between collection statuses while in multi-level folders, the app could show a wrong selection of items
  • The app crashed on devices with iOS13
  • iPad: The folder panel search did not have an “X” to clear the search

CLZ Books (iOS)

v8.1.2: Several bugfixes

May 19th, 2023

Fixed:

  • Card View: titles were sometimes displayed wrong.
  • Folders: The search filter in “Create new favorite” wasn’t working correctly.
  • Fixed a couple of folder labels that were displayed wrongly at the top.
  • iPad: The folder panel could jump to the top if a folder was selected from the bottom.
  • iPad: made the switching between folders appear more smooth.
  • iPad: breadcrumb wasn’t always displayed correctly when backing out of a folder.

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v8.1: Use multiple folder levels

May 13th, 2023

A huge update for your CLZ Books mobile app today, which introduces a powerful feature for browsing and filtering your book collection: using multiple levels of folders.

Previously, it was only possible to use one level, so either Author folders OR Publisher folders OR Subject folders OR Location folders, etc… But starting with this version, you can combine folder options, so for instance, use Publisher folders, then within each publisher folder have Author folders.

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v8.0: 7 new data fields!

January 16th, 2023

Here it is, the big 8.0 release of your CLZ Books app, in which we add SEVEN new data fields.
All fields were added based on feedback from you all, the users of the app.

Four of these fields were already available in the Book Collector desktop software and can now finally be synced through the CLZ Cloud to the CLZ Books mobile app (Cover Artist, Foreword Author, Ghostwriter and Box Set).
The other three fields are completely new to all 3 of our book cataloging solutions (Signed By, Dust Jacket and Number Line).

BTW: similar updates have also been released for the Book Collector desktop software and the Book Connect web-based software, so all 7 fields now nicely sync between all of them.

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v7.4.4: Improved messaging for subscription status

November 19th, 2022

Changed:

  • Improved messaging for subscription status

Fixed and improved:

  • ISBN Barcode scanning on iPhone 14 Pro is now FIXED (by using macro lens)
  • ISBN Barcode scanning on iPhone 13 Pro now also uses macro lens
  • Collection Status colors now also visible in Card View

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v7.4 New “Card View”

May 12th, 2022

Another big update for your CLZ Books app, in which we introduce a new view for your book collection. But there’s more:

  • New “Card View”
  • Selecting books now also possible in Card View and Images View
  • Floating “Add Books” button (the big blue “+”) now auto-hides

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v7.3: Back Cover images!

March 29th, 2022

Initially, when we created the mobile apps, we deliberately decided to leave out the back cover images, for performance, storage and bandwidth reasons. But with today’s fast internet speeds and fast devices with large storage.. it is time to change our minds!
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v7.2: Progress Bars and Cancel buttons!

March 15th, 2022

In this update, no new features, just a nice improvement that makes existing functionality a bit better.

All actions in the app that can take a bit longer are now showing a nice progress bar!
This gives you some idea how long the action will take.
Also, the new Cancel button lets you stop actions, e.g. if you see it will take too long to do at this time.

The new progress bars are now shown when:

  • Adding multiple books
  • Editing multiple books
  • Removing multiple books
  • Updating from Core


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v7.1.2: Various improvements to sorting and folders

February 18th, 2022

Improvements:

  • New: Sort by Date Modified
  • New: Sort by Date Added (previously called “Order of Entry”)
  • New: use Added Year as your folder field
  • Improved display of sort values in bottom right corner of list cells

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v7.1: Improved Pre-fill screen: choose your own fields!

January 27th, 2022

One of the most popular features we added to the CLZ Books app in the past few years is the Pre-fill screen. You know, the screen that pops up when adding new books from Core and lets you “pre-fill” some fields for the new additions, right there and then. Without having to go back and edit the entries afterwards. A big time-saver for most users.

The set of fields that is available on the Pre-fill screen has always been fixed, limited to Location, Owner, Purchase Date/Store/Price, Quantity and Tags.

However, after the release of this feature, we instantly started getting requests for more fields to be added to the Pre-fill screen. Which makes sense, I mean, if you always fill in a field that is not on the Pre-fill screen, you would have to “edit after adding” anyway, rendering the entire Pre-fill screen useless…

So today we are taking the Pre-fill feature to the next level by making the screen completely user-configurable. That is, to allow you to choose your own Pre-fill fields!

And while we were at it, we made some other related improvements. Here’s what’s new in version 7.1:

  • User-configurable Pre-fill screen: choose your own fields
  • Pre-fill: new for Purchase Date and Reading Date: Use “Today”
  • The Pre-fill screen is now also used to set field defaults

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v7.0: New features and lots of improvements

December 1st, 2021

A huge 7.0 update for your CLZ Books app is now available, with new features and lots of improvements to existing functionality. All in one go and all based on your feedback!

New in version 7 today:

  • Use barcode scanner to search your own database
  • New Collection Status: Sold
  • New Collection Status icons and colors
  • Improved Add Books screen: enlarge thumbs, new beeps, num pad for ISBN entry
  • New setting to enable/disable downloading of genres/subjects
  • New Favorites section in Manage Pick List screen
  • Other small tweaks

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v6.6 Submit to Core / New Select Mode and action menu

September 27th, 2021

Now available in the App Store, version 6.6 for CLZ Books. In this update, we finally bring the Submit to Core feature to the mobile app, so that you can help improve the Core online book database, by submitting your corrections.
Also new in this update: Select Mode is now easier to activate and the Action menu has a new look.

Enjoy!

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v6.5: Duplicate / Clear Cloud / Shake to Shuffle

September 8th, 2021

It’s been a while since the last CLZ Books update, as our entire mobile team has been working on a big update of our CLZ Music app (the one for CDs and vinyl records).

But we’re back at it for the other CLZ mobile apps, with 3 new features in one go!

  • a new “Duplicate Book” tool, for making a full copy an existing book in your database.
  • a new “Clear Cloud” button in the Sync screen, for resetting your CLZ Cloud
  • a new “Shake to Shuffle” feature, for selecting a random book

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Recent changes

CLZ Books 9 Feature Hilite: Add Books screen improvements April 23rd, 2024 CLZ Books 9 Feature Hilite: the new collections tab-bar April 22nd, 2024 v9.0: Collection tabs, better Add Books and “ISBN not found” screens April 19th, 2024 v8.5.4: Added a new “Remove all unused pick list entries” option November 22nd, 2023 v8.5.3: Couple of fixes and changes November 7th, 2023 v8.5.2: Various bug fixes November 1st, 2023 v8.5: Easier access to Manage Pick Lists tool October 25th, 2023 v8.4: Pre-fill screen: Orange highlights and a Clear button October 16th, 2023 v8.3.1: New in-app getting started tips September 14th, 2023 v8.2.2: Bug fix for users who were not logged in September 12th, 2023 v8.2: New Sync button on main screen September 6th, 2023 v8.1.3: Several bug fixes May 25th, 2023 v8.1.2: Several bugfixes May 19th, 2023 v8.1: Use multiple folder levels May 13th, 2023 v8.0: 7 new data fields! January 16th, 2023 v7.4.4: Improved messaging for subscription status November 19th, 2022 v7.4.3: Fixed barcode scanner / Collection Status colors in Card View October 25th, 2022 v7.4 New “Card View” May 12th, 2022 v7.3: Back Cover images! March 29th, 2022 v7.2: Progress Bars and Cancel buttons! March 15th, 2022 v7.1.2: Various improvements to sorting and folders February 18th, 2022 v7.1: Improved Pre-fill screen: choose your own fields! January 27th, 2022 v7.0: New features and lots of improvements December 1st, 2021 v6.6 Submit to Core / New Select Mode and action menu September 27th, 2021 v6.5: Duplicate / Clear Cloud / Shake to Shuffle September 8th, 2021