Now Available: ComicBase 2020 v20.0.3 (Build 3742)

Customers with current subscriptions can download it directly from the Registrations page.

To Update: Just download and run the ComicBase Setup program again. The new setup will automatically update you to the current version--this will not affect your data.

Changes from v20.0.2

  • Fixed an issue which could cause date modified to lead to invalid date formatting on non-us systems. A one-time validation of dates in your database is performed the first time you launch the new version.
  • Fixed a problem which could prevent Sidekick from successfully downloading the update file when invoked from the context menu.
  • Mass Change allows you to make changes (e.g. adding or discounting) to the same field. E.g. Setting Price to Price + $1.00
  • Alt-dragging pictures into the grid allows you to rename them--now works properly for very short file names.
  • Links in the program now point to the new ComicBase TV YouTube channel
  • Presets for columns to view now work properly and instantly update the underlying grid when chosen. There is also a one-shot rebuild of the presets in any previous database when the database is opened.
  • The flag icon on the main screen is now smaller, aligns better with the type on a variety of resolutions and scaling factors.
  • ComicBase, Atomic Avenue, and the associated server infrastructure does a better job handling passwords containing the # character
  • The list of grades in the grid immediately is updated when closing the Grading Setup window
  • Implemented the "Rebuild Pictures List" function under File Tools, to recalculate the list of which items in your collection have pictures
  • Removed the confusing "list only wanted" checkbox from the Collection report (which is, by design, limited to showing items already in your collection). Note: to generate a list of items on your want list, we suggest using an item checklist, price list, or a missing issues list from a Collection Overview
  • Extensive reworking of dialogs them handle being dragged between monitors of differing resolutions
  • Windows now do a better job of retaining their position on hi-res monitors, or monitors where dpi scaling is used.
  • If installing downloaded Blu-ray pictures archives, allows you to locate multi-part archives when they're not located in the Downloaded Pictures folder.
  • When dragging a form between two monitors of differening DPIs now does a better job of resizing controls/allowing you to resize items, such as the grid splitter.
  • You now have the option to exclude mature readers titles from the database when downloading an update. Choosing this option will remove any mature readers titles in the database that do not have items marked as in stock (a warning will appear when doing this).
  • Fixed a problem which could cause overall collection value not to be updated properly when a condition was changed.
  • Totals are automatically recalculated, and you're given the option to reprice whenever changes are made to your grading values under Setup > Grading
  • Added right-indenting to several reports to prevent truncation of the Notes field
  • Handles a few special cases for issue clean-up better when using File > File Tools > Rebuild Lists > Item Information
  • Handled decimal-numbered magazines
  • When adding issues with negative issue numbers, no longer adds extra issues.
  • Fixed an error in Sidekick which could trigger a message when setting a schedule time to "Never"
  • Total columns for collection reports and price lists are now wider, to accommodate very valuable collections better
  • Additional price and value breakdowns are now available up to $100,000 in Collection Statistics
  • Fixed various issues relating to default dates on non-US systems
  • Add by Barcode and POS Terminal now allow you to retrieve multiple items at once when using the Lookup command
  • Price can now be changed in Add By Barcode
  • The default collection summary in Collection Statistics is now whatever category you were last viewing
  • Rebuilds of dates are no longer triggered when switching a series' media type
  • Fixed a condition where the original Backup folder's location was not preserved when pressing "Cancel" from the Settings dialog
  • The color-coding of adult titles is now shown when selecting items from a find list
  • A refresh of the "in stock' status of titles is triggered once a day on program close or Printing
  • Finds of Custom Title fields now work, even if the field has not been named from its default
  • Fixed a problem where the progress bar was not closed when creating a new database while choosing to copy over conditions from the previous database.

Changes from v20.0

  • New feature: Quick Reports are available by right-clicking on any grid or album view to get a quick report of the data displayed. You can also make a selection in the grid/album first to report on just those items.
  • Report, sales, and backup files are now sent using a different method, which should be less affected by your security or firewall settings
  • Tag searches now work in album view.
  • Fixed a problem where Marked issues weren't always picked up by Finds.
  • Fixed a problem where Finds on Qty, which also stipulated to list only Qty in Stock, weren't being searched properly.
  • Quick Change will always default to having a selection
  • Sidekick will not allow any functions to be run if a database hasn't been chosen yet
  • The printer dialog will give an error if a printer hasn't been chosen when a report is run
  • Sidekick now shows the option to lock the notes from being changed when updating
  • IssueNum, Variation, and ItemType are removed from the list of importable fields (since they're part of the item number)
  • Reset the barcode font on various price label formats (4161, Dymo Address, etc.)
  • Files are now sent to the server using a different method, which should be less affected by your security or firewall settings
  • Reports saved to the web (Pro and Archive Editions) now have more descriptive under your reports list
  • Added a "Jump to Item" command to take you immediately to a specific item in a long list
  • Price and ID labels now correctly filter by qty in stock when choosing selected titles only
  • Print Reports handles the situation where no printer is installed, or the previous printer is no longer available
  • "+" and "-" keys will now increment and decrement the quantities of selected items
  • System.Data.Sqlite updated to latest version
  • Importing into Books is fixed
  • Slightly increased the default width of the "Has Media" column
  • Removed placeholder German translation resources
  • Marking/Unmarking are now options from the main grid's context menu.
  • Converting data from ComicBase 12 and earlier databases now handles more problem conditions (missing Versions table, etc.)
  • Updating and posting sales from databases with Nulls in the Notes or Storylines fields no longer causes an error.
  • Fixed the search for for Titles > Years published
  • Marking/Unmarking items now immediately updates the marked checkbox, if visible in the grid.
  • Sidekick now deals with nulls in the Notes field when posting items for sale.
  • Added special error messaging to let Parallels users with bad sharing Setups know what to do to fix them for use with ComicBase 2020
  • The "Allow International Shipping" setting now "sticks" in the Post Items to Atomic Avenue dialog
  • If you paste in a set of storylines or notes separated by carriage returns, they'll be automatically converted to being separated by semi-colons. Other text fields will automatically turn pasted carriage returns into commas
  • Fixed a problem setting cost on non-US systems which use a comma for the decimal separator
  • Importing now sets the price according to the imported condition if the price is not among the fields being imported
  • Importing now corrects for mal-formed dates in the imported data
  • Dates are now extensively corrected for formatting during a rebuild of item information to help prevent problems on non-US systems
  • Tweaked the code designed to prevent accidental scans of barcodes into non-barcode fields so that it doesn't prevent adding long numbers to custom fields
  • Fixed scanning of books with no number into the POS terminal
  • The registration screen now gives more detailed progress when doing a forced item rebuild
  • Updated the stock database
  • Cover date updating during updates works better to detect changes where the date format was inconsistent
  • Picture modification dates are now written in international format
  • Added in a new "Jump to Item" command for the Items grid (right-click on the grid, or use F3 to use it). This lets you instantly jump to and highlight the first item in the list matching the item number you enter. This is useful to automatically scrolling to items in very long titles like Action Comics.
  • ComicBase now remembers your last Quick Change field instead of always defaulting to Qty In Stock
  • Automatically handles null notes fields when posting items for sale to Atomic Avenue
  • Collection reports squeeze in a little more room for long condition names (e.g. CGC grades) and very valuable items which would otherwise resulted in "####" being displayed
  • Automatically resets the theme to the default if an unknown theme file is detected in a database
  • The Grading Wizard now defaults to carrying the results into Grading Notes
  • When converting a database containing CGC and PGX grades, they're now given a sort order that will fit them in nicely with those in the Grading Sets (under Grading Setup)
  • "GD" comic conditions are automatically converted to "G" (the two conditions were redundant in ComicBase 2017 and earlier)
  • "Contains" searches for notes are now available
  • Fixed a problem creating a new database on the FREE and Express versions
  • Fixed an "index out of range" issue which could occur when printing Collection Reports
  • Fixes a few assorted issues with price and ID label printing
  • Psychic Typing has been implemented for creator, storyline, and appearance fields in both the grid and detail screens
  • You're now warned when you open or attempt to do work out of a backup, and offered a chance to turn it into a regular file
  • ComicBase and Sidekick now update your collection stats in the mobile app each time you Check for Updates (in addition to when you save a backup).
  • A couple of references to our test servers were left in, leading to trouble logging in/using web services. These have been resolved
  • ComicBase 2020 can now convert over ComicBase 2017 databases with missing or damaged Currency History or Versions tables
  • Converting a database from ComicBase 2017 checks for and deals with invalid/null data in Min Qty and other fields.
  • ComicBase 2020 will now accept old-style ComicBase 2017 custom barcodes as a backup method of finding comics.
  • Fixed a problem when trying to access the Reports menu when a title-based result list was on screen
  • Fixed drill-down to show issues when viewing a value breakdown in Collection Statistics
  • The Currency Exchange Rates window looks nicer
  • Currency variables weren't being retrieved properly on non-USD systems, leading to being unable to process updates.
  • Fixed a problem where auto-backups were not being created if the database was set to always optimize on close (really not needed anymore, but fixed anyway)
  • The grading wizard now uses "G" for "Good" grades instead of "GD"
  • Fixed a problem where price changes driven by changing the condition of an issue from the grid weren't being preserved.
  • A title's Marked state now shows properly in the title editing windows
  • Made visible the option to lock down Notes during content updates
  • Grading notes are transmitted as part of the sales file when posting to Atomic Avenue
  • Report previews now allow paging in the preview window.
  • Quick Changing of conditions is fixed.
  • When installing pictures and movies, cancelling out of the "Select Picture Folder" icon no longer prompts for the movies archive if that was also checked.
  • Titles' "In stock" status is updated when adding items by barcode.
  • Custom reports saved to the web now have less generic names.
  • Added additional error trapping to deal with bad image files when displaying the grid.
  • Schedule timers in Sidekick are now limited to executing between 1 day in the past and 32 days in the future.
  • The splitter which adjusts how much space is devoted to the header/grid sections now remembers is position, specific to each type of collectible, as well as for album vs. grid views.
  • Fixed a problem calculating value breakdowns in Statistics for very high dollar comics
  • The initial view for new and converted databases comes with a more nicely tailored layout/field choice. Go to Setup > Columns to view to customize which fields you see, as well as the column order.