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Here’s my second “v9 feature hilite” email, about another area of improvement in last week’s CLZ Music 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 various improvements we implemented for the Add Albums screen:

  • Quick “Confirm” pop-ups, instead of full screen Preview pages
  • Search results now also show the number of discs, making it easier to spot multi-disc album entries
  • Improved process of combining discs into a multi-disc album
  • Adding by Barcode: Faster camera scanner for scanning barcodes

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

Adding albums, either by Artist/Title, by Barcode or by Catalog Number is now a bit snappier and easier, since we removed the full screen Preview page and replaced with a quick “Confirm” popup that just slides in where you are. No more tapping back and forth between search results and Preview panel.

Note: the Confirm popup fully supports “self-combined” multi-disc albums, so that you can actually preview the full album that you created, with all discs and tracks!

Adding Album: Search results now also show the number of discs

All search results now not only show the number of tracks but also the number of discs, making it easier to spot multi-disc album entries.

Adding Albums: Improved process of combining discs into a multi-disc album

Some multi-disc albums nicely appear in the search results as actual albums with multiple discs in them. This is the case for most entries retrieved from Discogs.com.

But… for other multi-discs albums, the discs appear as separate results for each disc. The CLZ Music app has supported the “combining” of those discs into a multi-disc album for quite a while. But the process of doing so was a bit clunky and unclear, with no preview of the resulting album before adding. Also, it did not give you any control over the order of the discs.

So we decided to spend a couple weeks re-designing the UI for this and re-building the system from scratch:

  • Checkbox discs and they will automatically be numbered, 1, 2, 3… while you tap.
  • Easily change the order by unchecking / checking.
  • Preview the created multi-disc album in the Confirm sheet.

Adding by Barcode: Faster camera scanner for scanning barcodes

Adding CDs and vinyl records by scanning their barcodes is one the main features of the app and an essential part of that is the 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. The scanner is now much faster!

Recent changes

v9.1.1: CLZ Music is now free to use up to 100 albums May 31st, 2024 v9.0: Collection tabs, better Add Albums screen, easy people filtering May 3rd, 2024 v8.4: Easier access to Manage Pick Lists tool October 25th, 2023 v8.3: Pre-fill screen: Orange highlights and a Clear button October 16th, 2023 v8.1: New Sync button on main screen September 6th, 2023 v8.0: Use multiple folder levels May 17th, 2023 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: Improved Pre-fill screen: choose your own fields! February 10th, 2022 v7.0: New features and lots of improvements November 25th, 2021 v6.6 Submit to Core / New Select Mode and action menu September 27th, 2021 v6.5: Duplicate / Clear Cloud / Shake to Shuffle / Currency symbol September 9th, 2021 v6.4: Lots of new database fields August 19th, 2021 v6.3 New look for album list, cover view & album details June 23rd, 2021 v6.2: Various improvements February 22nd, 2021 v6.1.1: New: Pre-fill fields while adding albums December 28th, 2020 v6.0: Edit multiple, more compact Edit screen, crop/rotate images September 2nd, 2020 Sneak Preview: version 6.0 of all 5 CLZ mobile apps! July 21st, 2020 v5.5: Better support for multi-disc albums! June 3rd, 2020 v5.4 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing! March 18th, 2020 v5.3.1: Search folders, sort folders by count and and faster syncing February 14th, 2020 v5.2.1: New Statistics screen January 7th, 2020 v5.1.1: More editable fields November 22nd, 2019 v5.0.9: Several user interface improvements October 8th, 2019