Installing the Update:
This updater will automatically find your old version of ComicBase 4.0, 4.0.1, 4.0.2, or 4.0.3, and update it to ComicBase 4.0.4. Please note that the search for old versions may take several minutes.
If you're running ComicBase 4.0.2 or earlier, use the ComicBase Reports Updater (available on the Human Computing web site) to update the price list report to the most current version.
Changes from Previous Versions:
Changes from ComicBase 4.0.3
- Added a "Duplicate" button to the Modify Issues screen to let you duplicate a selected issue.
- The Modify Issues window now remembers its size.
- The main window used to re-center itself when flipping between issues and prices views. It doesnít anymore.
- Fixed a possible "Bad file or directory" error if ComicBase couldnít find a pictureís folder.
- Publishers entered from the "Other Publisher" dialog can now be automatically added to the main publisher list.
- The "Include Barcodes" button is no longer obscured when choosing to print price labels
- Fixed a bug that gave an error when modifying comic types and variations.
- You can now use the return key to add multiple lines in the notes and storylines fields when editing comic issues.
- If you select several issues to modify, then click Cancel when editing one of them, ComicBase no longer prompts you to edit the remaining issues.
Changes from ComicBase 4.0.2
- You can now choose to tell ComicBase never to give you the "Insert ComicBase Disk" warning (useful for those folks who typically donít run ComicBase with the CD inserted. Unless you run ComicBase with the CD-ROM in the drive (or copy the Pictures folder to your hard disk), you wonít see pictures or movies when you run ComicBase.
- If you scan in multiple issues from the same title, the cover scans now appear in sorted order in the dropdown list of pictures.
- Fixed a bug which was causing Find Comics by Date Modified to work improperly..
Changes from ComicBase 4.0.1
- The New and Remove buttons are no longer squished into a tiny box in the Comic Types Setup dialog.
- Mass Change is now comic condition-sensitive when changing the Price to another fieldís value. So, for instance, when you set Price to be the 1999 value, it will take into account each comicís condition and price it accordingly, instead of just setting it to the NM value. If you set the price to a fixed number, however, it will become that number regardless of condition (e.g. "all comics are $1.00")
- A bug which could prevent the Remove Extraneous NM Issues command (under File Tools) from working was fixed.
- The Detailed Price List report no longer shows the Year 1 value twice.
Changes from ComicBase 4.0
- In importing data from ComicBase 3, multiple copies of the same issue were sometimes not brought over to ComicBase 4.0
- Title descriptions in ComicBase 4 are replaced with ones from older versions of ComicBase only if the one being carried from ComicBase 3 was not blank.
- In the Prices and Modify Issues screens, the list of issues would sometimes get out of sync after modifying issues.
- Typing a quotation mark in the registration screen would automatically move you to the next field.
- Issues for Deadpool (the regular series) and Deadpool (Ltd. Series) were lumped together when converting from ComicBase 3.
- Clicking the Cancel box or the Exit button from the registration screen would give an error.
- Nightwing (the regular series) was missing its data.
- Long title names would not display completely in the main title window.
- Movies with long names did not appear under their respective titles.
- Very long issue names or issue notes could cause a problem when rebuilding the Find Comics lists.
- Mass Change for the Price Year 1-4 fields wouldn't work.
- Trying to print an issue checklist after printing a title report would give an error.
- Removing unwanted grades didnít work properly.
It also adds one small new feature to ComicBase: the ability to register it online using our ComicBase Registration Page. To do this, use the "Register ComicBase Online" command under the Help menu.
User Guide Corrections
- In the section on Exchanging Data with Other Programs, we gave the wrong location for the Comic Collector Converter program. By default, itís installed along with ComicBase in your ComicBase 4 for Windows folder.
- In the section on scanning your own pictures for ComicBase, we mistakenly omitted one portion of the path. The full folder hierarchy inside your ComicBase folder should be:
- The first letter of the publisher name (e.g. "M" for Marvel)
- The publisher name (e.g. "Marvel")
- If the publisher is Marvel or DC, add next the first letter of the title name (since these publishers have published too many titles to fit into a single level of directory). E.g. "X" for "X-Men (1st Series)
- If desired, make a folder named the same as the titleóotherwise, just put the picture file here named after the title. If you choose a folder, the scans for the individual issues go inside
For example, a scan for Sensational Scarlet Spider would go be named:
<Your ComicBase Folder>\Pictures\M\Marvel\S\Sensational Scarlet Spider
More elaborately, if you were to put in scans for all four of the issues of Kingdom Come, they would be stored as:
<Your ComicBase Folder>\Pictures\D\DC\K\Kingdom Come\1
<Your ComicBase Folder>\Pictures\D\DC\K\Kingdom Come\2
<Your ComicBase Folder>\Pictures\D\DC\K\Kingdom Come\3
<Your ComicBase Folder>\Pictures\D\DC\K\Kingdom Come\4
Compatibility Issues and Troubleshooting:
- If you have not done so previously, Microsoft strongly recommends that you download and install the Microsoft Libraries Update patch at: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/contents/common/mfc.htm This patch fixes incompatibilities in certain core Windows files, which can cause crashes in numerous programs (including ComicBase!).
If youíre receiving an error at installation saying that ATX32.OCX is not registering properly, make sure your system contains the file MFC40.DLL in its C:\Windows\System folder. If you need this file, it can be downloaded at http://www.comicbase.com/Updaters/Win/MFC40.DLL. Copy it to your C:\Windows\System folder, then reinstall ComicBase to solve the problem.
- If ComicBase is having trouble opening its database, complaining of an ActiveX component not being able to create an object, itís probably a sign that your database DLLs are out of date. This can be prevented by making sure that youíve quit all other programs before installing ComicBase. If youíre having this problem, quit all other programs, uninstall ComicBase (answer Yes to All if asked to remove shared DLLs that are no longer in use), then reinstall ComicBase from the CD-ROM.
- HP DeskJet printers tend to chop off the bottom half of footers (with the page # and date printed) in the various reports. Users who find this a major inconvenience are advised to contact Hewlett Packard to see if a fix is available. When printing labels, DeskWriter printers also have a rather high minimum bottom margin which can interfere with printing the bottom row of a sheet of labels. Users can trick their DeskWriter into printing the bottom row correctly by setting their paper size to "Legal" before printing.