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  1. Mark, I just did the Friday update. It added 300MB to my dB for all the new Magazine entries. How many of your existing customers have a use for all 5,000 issues of The Daily Telegraph from Australia? This is just bloating the dB and making the updates take a lot longer. I would really, really encourage you to allow all of us existing users to CHOOSE whether we want all the Magazines in our local dB or not. And if you start bloating the dB with 'Books', then please add the same option there too. I subscribe to ComicBase to manage my Comics. Nothing else matters to me.
    3 points
  2. Instead of creating a new title, porting over a user's existing stock, and then deleting the old title, I think that there might possibly be another way to accomplish the same thing. CB could issue a program update that (for example) looks to see if the user has the title Star Wars (1st series) in their database(s). If they do, the update says something like: "This update will rename your existing title Star Wars (1st series) to Star Wars (1977 series). All of your inventory and issue data will be preserved, only the title will be changed to match to master database. Click "yes" to continue. If you click "no", this update will keep your existing title and create a new, separate Star Wars (1977 series)." For the users that click "yes", the updater will execute the "Modify Title" function to change the series title to Star Wars (1977 series). I imagine that something analogous could be done to change the Media Category for titles as well. I believe that the weekly content updates only import data into your database, so this kind of solution would almost certainly have to be done via a program update.
    3 points
  3. Here is a first draft of information about the Advanced Find. Let me know if something needs to be added, deleted, modified, or explained better. ******************************************** I believe the database currently used by CB is SQLite. Here is a link to the SQL (Structured Query Language) for SQLite Select. https://www.sqlite.org/lang_select.html Here is a link to the Built-in Scalar SQL Functions https://www.sqlite.org/lang_corefunc.html Because of the limits put on Advance Find, a lot (most) of the SQLite documentation is of no use but it will get you the syntax for the ones you would use. (NOTE: I am supplying these links in case they help someone. Personally, I would use them as examples of how NOT to write a manual. I know what I am doing with SQL and I find these (while accurate) are to read/follow.) ******************************************** The Query functionality in the Advanced Find is limited to just the WHERE clause. You can't control the Select (what columns are returned), the From (the tables involved), or the Group By (used with Aggregate Functions like Sum, Count, Average, etc.). The main reason for this business decision is that every row returned has to be unique to allow them to be updated (changed) individually. Below are sections that are explained in more detail below: Data Types Comparisons Order By Random Notes ******************************************** DATA TYPES: To make it simple, there are just four Data Types (there are actually sub-types for some of these). Text: This is character data and can contain any alpha/numeric/special characters. All Text searches are case-insensitive (ignores case of letters). The constant compare value needs to be contained in single 'tick' marks (double 'tick' marks also work but single is the more standard way). I.[Title] = 'batman' This will return just the one Title 'Batman" as it is an exact match (and shows that Case doesn't matter) Date: This contains Date information. It has to be a valid date. (i.e. Feb 31, 2021 is NOT a valid date). Despite the display of the date in CB as m/d/YYY, the date in SQLite is in ISO standard format of YYYY-MM-DD. This is important because... I.CoverDate = '2020-12-01' will return rows (assuming there is data with that value). I.CoverDate = '12/1/2020' will NOT return any rows. Also it has to be an exact match as all the digits are important: I.CoverDate = '2020-12-1' will NOT return any rows. And like Text, Date constants need to be contained in single 'tick' marks. Number: This contains Numeric information (Integer or Decimal). I.QtyInStock = 2 I.IssueNum = 0.5 I.IssueNum = -1 Binary: This is represented by a Check-box. It is a True/False or 1/0 value. As you can see it has two states. Basically, it translates to 'Is Checked' or 'Is Not Checked'. These are equivalent and will return rows where the CustomCheck2 check-box IS Checked I.[CustomCheck2] IS True I.[CustomCheck2] = 1 And, as you might guess, change to False or 0 to find if a check-box Is Not Checked. ******************************************** COMPARISONS: When using the Where clause, you are normally comparing a Column value to a constant to find something. Some comparison operators are: = Equal To <> Not Equal To < Less Than > Greater Than <= Less Than or Equal To >= Greater Than or Equal To These work as you would expect: I.Title = 'Batman' (Finds Only exact match) I.Title <> 'Batman' (Finds All except 'Batman') I.Title < 'Batman' (Finds All from !Gag! (Harrier) to Baticomic) I.Title > 'Batman' (Finds ALL from 'Batman & Robin (Panini Deutschland)' to '…One to Go') I.Title <= 'Batman' (Same as < but also includes 'Batman') I.Title >= 'Batman' (Same as > but also includes 'Batman') BETWEEN: Syntax is BETWEEN x AND y It is inclusive (meaning the value of X and Y will be included in the results). It is equivalent to using the >= and <= together. For example, these produce the same results: I.IssueNum BETWEEN 5 and 10 I.IssueNum >= 5 AND I.IssueNum <= 10 Either of these will find all IssueNum values of 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 (assuming only integer values and the value exists). Note: X has to be Less than (or equal) to Y for it to work. This is easier to see if you use the >= and <= I.IssueNum BETWEEN 10 and 5 is equivalent to I.IssueNum >= 10 and I.IssueNum <= 5 There can't be a value that is both Greater than 10 and Less than 5 IN: Syntax is IN (value1, value2,...) Searches for a list of possible value instead of just one. It is equivalent to using multiple = comparisons. For example, these produce the same results: I.IssueNum IN (5, 8, 25, 32) (Note: the values can be in any order) I.IssueNum = 5 OR I.IssueNum = 8 OR I.IssueNum = 25 OR I.IssueNum = 32 Either will find all IssueNum values of 5, 8, 25 and 32. IS: This one is a little different it only has a couple formats: IS True IS False It is mainly used for Binary Data Types. (NOTE: there is also an IS NULL but that should rarely be needed. What is does is check to see if a column contains NULL. NULL is nothing. It is not a 'space' or an empty-string. Rarely, you may need it if a column in CB allows NULL and you need to find them.) LIKE: Syntax is I.Title LIKE 'Batman%' This will find values but uses wild-card symbols to allow finding non-exact matches. The wild-card values are Percent ( % ) and Underscore ( _ ) where a % represents zero to many characters and _ is one and only one character. (NOTE: You can use multiple _ in a row to indicate a specific number of characters.) Examples: I.Title LIKE '%Batman%' will find anything that contains 'Batman' in it (NOTE: Just because % is at the beginning doesn't mean that there has to be something in from of 'Batman' in the Title.) I.Title LIKE 'Bat%Man' will find anything that starts with 'BAT' and ends with 'MAN' and may or may not have other values between them. I.Title LIKE '_Batman' will find anything that that starts with a single character before 'Batman' (NOTE: There has to be a value as this will NOT return just 'Batman') I.Title LIKE '_atman' (one underscore) will return anything that starts with some single character and ends with 'atman' (i.e. 'Batman', 'Catman, 'Ratman') I.Title LIKE '__man' (two underscores) will return anything that starts with two characters and ends with 'tman' (i.e. 'Batman', 'Catman', 'Hitman', 'Ratman') I.Title LIKE '______' (six underscores) will return anything with 6 characters (i.e. '10 Gen','Action', Batman', 'Zordon', etc.) (There are also some NOT versions, like NOT BETWEEN, NOT IN, and IS NOT but NOT logic is best left to Expert Advanced users (or insane ones...). Having said that, they can be useful on occasion so I am at least mentioning them) Boolean Logic Expressions: The Where clause uses Boolean Logic Expressions. Besides the more familiar operators (<, >, =, etc.), it also includes AND, OR, and NOT. They are used to concatenate single comparisons into more complex comparisons. For the Where clause, the comparisons have to end up as TRUE to return rows. With AND, all comparisons have to be True for the Where clause to evaluate as True and return a row. With OR, at lest one comparison has to be True for the Where clause to evaluate as True and return a row. Here is a list to show how this works (the values True and False are being used as the comparisons to emulate the result of comparisons): AND- All have to be True: 'True' AND 'True' evaluates to TRUE , row returned. 'True' AND 'False' evaluates to FALSE, row NOT returned. 'False' AND 'True' evaluates to FALSE, row NOT returned. 'False' AND 'False' evaluates to FALSE, row NOT returned. OR- At least One has to be True: 'True' OR 'True' evaluates to TRUE , row returned. 'True' OR 'False' evaluates to TRUE , row returned. 'False' OR 'True' evaluates to TRUE , row returned. 'False' OR 'False' evaluates to FALSE, row NOT returned. This is also the case for more that two comparisons: 'True' AND 'True' AND 'True' evaluates to TRUE, row returned. 'True' AND 'True' AND 'False' evaluates to FALSE, row NOT returned 'True' OR 'False' OR 'True' evaluates to TRUE, row returned. 'False' OR 'False' OR 'False' evaluates to FALSE, row NOT returned. You can use both AND and OR in the same Where clause but you need to be aware of the Order of Precedence (the order the expressions are evaluated in). AND is processed before OR. To make it easier on you, it is best to use Parenthesis to control the order the comparisons are done. Consider this: I.Title = 'Batman' OR I.IssueNum = 2 AND I.Printing = 2 OR I.Variation = 'HC' I.Title = 'Batman' OR (I.IssueNum = 2 AND I.Printing = 2) OR I.Variation = 'HC' At first glance, the first one is hard to tell what is going to happen. The second one, with parenthesis, is what it actually being done. With the parenthesis, it is easier to see that it will return Any Batman rows, along with Any rows with IssueNum 2 & Printing 2, along with Any rows that have a Variation of HC. While it is still a complex query, it should be easier to understand what will happen. Here is another similar comparison where the only difference is the ANDs and ORs: I.Title = 'Batman' AND I.IssueNum = 2 OR I.Printing = 2 AND I.Variation = 'HC' (I.Title = 'Batman' AND I.IssueNum = 2) OR (I.Printing = 2 AND I.Variation = 'HC') Again, while both will return the same rows, with the parenthesis, it is easier to see that this will return Any Batman with IssueNum 2, along with Any row that has Printing 2 and Variation HC. ******************************************** ORDER BY: There isn't much to say about the Order By clause. It pretty much does what you would expect. Sorts the resutls as requested. The one thing not obvious is you can control the direction of the ordering with ASC (the default value) or DESC. I.Title ASC would sort A-Z and/or 0-100 (ASC is the default and you don't need to add it) I.Title DESC would sort Z-A and/or 100-0 You can mix and match the use of ASC and DESC I.Title ASC, I.IssueNum Desc I.Title Desc, I.IssueNum Desc, I.Variation ASC Keep in mind the Data types when doing sorts. Number and Dates sort as you would expect. Text sorts characters from left to Right. If you have what looks like numbers in a Text field, the sort order would be 1, 10, 100, 2, 20, 200, etc. It would not be 1, 2, 10, 20, 100, 200. The following will sort the results the same way (or at least very similar) to the way CB sorts its display: I.Title, I.IssueNum, I.ItemType, I.Variation, I.Printing ******************************************** [start 2022-01-14 addition] DATA TYPES: Strftime: Strftime allows you to access a date in different ways. The basic syntax is: strftime(format, column-name) Some of the more useful formats are: %m month: 01-12 %d day of month: 00 %w day of week 0-6 with Sunday=0, Saturday=6 %Y year: 0000-9999 NOTE: the format character is case-sensitive. Use upper/lower case as shown. The Month format is probably the most useful as it can be used with both CoverDate and StreetDate. While Day of Month and Day of Week can be used with either, most CoverDate Day values are 1 (excepting items put out multiple times a month) and wont' really get you useful results. While the Year function does work, it is not as efficient as using BETWEEN: strftime('%Y', I.CoverDate) = '2002' takes 23 seconds to process I.CoverDate BETWEEN '2022-01-01' and '2022-12-31' takes 1.75 seconds to process You can also combine this with the BETWEEN function to limit the year ranges for a result. Some examples: Find all items with a day of '15': strftime('%d', I.StreetDate) = '15' Find all items with a day of '15' for years 2000-2009: strftime('%d', I.StreetDate) = '15' AND I.CoverDate BETWEEN '2000-01-01' AND '2009-12-31' Find all items with a day of Wednesday': strftime ('%w', I.StreetDate) = '03' [end 2022-01-14 addition] ******************************************** RANDOM NOTES: What is Item # and why not to use it in Order By: While Item # is the displayed value, it isn't the best field to do Finds with, in most cases. Item # is composed of 4 other columns. They are, in order, ItemType, IssueNum, Variation, and Printing. Item # 1/HC-2 is composed of: ItemType: none used (or regular issue but don't try to find regular issue in ItemType as it is only a display item) IssueNum: 1 Variation: HC Printing: 2 If you try to use Item # in the Order by, it will sort all ItemTypes first. Also, Item # is a Text field and NOT a numeric. You will also get 1, 10, 100-109, 11, 110-119, 12, 120-... This is why it is better to use the various components of the Item # instead of Item # itself when sorting to match CB order: I.Title, I.IssueNum, I.ItemType, I.Variation, I.Printing ====== Use of [] in Column names: Some of you may be curious what the brackets ( [] ) around column names are for (and why I don't use them). If the creator of a Table use a column name with a space (i.e. 'Issue Number') then it is required to enclose it in brackets ( [Issue Number] ) when referencing it so the database sees it has a 'single' name. If there is no space (i.e. IssueNumber), then the brackets are optional. Since the SQL processor adding the columns doesn't know if there are spaces or it, it defaults using brackets, just in case. It doesn't hurt to have them and not need them. However, to me, they just clutter up the display of the query (the less I have to look at and ignore, the better) so I never type them in when I write a query. A similar point could be made for parenthesis. Most SQL processors put way too many, unnecessary parenthesis in their statement. Don't get me wrong. As I showed above, parenthesis can (and sometimes must) be used to make the query either easier to understand or do what you want. But the over-use of them can make for a cluttered query. (Okay, my pet peeve part of this manual is over (for now...)) ====== [end 2021-12-30 addition to cover different Types and Columns] How to use Publisher Title columns in Advanced Find: One thing you may notice, is that only ISSUE columns are available in Advanced Find in the drop-down box. In the old days (pre-CB 2020) there used to be "I" (Issue tables) and "T" (Title tables) where you could access Publisher in Advanced Find. The "I" and "T" were qualifiers to indicate which table a column is in. --- Quick aside (geek alert)... The "I" in I.Title is the qualifier (or identifier) of a Table as defined in a From clause (since the From clause has not been displayed, you can see it directly). It is only really needed if you have more than one Table in the From and you Join them together (i.e. Issue table and Title table). The syntax would look like this: From Issue_Table I inner join Title_Table T on I.Title = T.Title The only thing you need to get from this is that the column Title is in both Tables. Because of this it needs to be qualified when reference (i.e. I.Title for the one int the Title_Table) --- Sadly, with CB 2020, only "I" table columns are (readily) available. However, there is a second way to qualify a column and that is with the actual Table name. So, while you can't select Publisher from the drop-down box, you CAN use it by qualifying it with the actual table name like this: ComicTitles.Publisher = 'Marvel' BookTitles.Publisher = 'Ballantine' MagazineTitles.Publisher = 'Time' ComicTitles.[CustomCheck1] IS TRUE BookTitles.[CustomCheck1] IS TRUE MagazineTitles.[CustomCheck1] IS TRUE NOTE: This is a non-supported feature which may or may not work in future releases of CB. (Maybe HC will make Title columns available in the Advanced Find in the future (hint, hint, hint, please...?) [start 2021-12-30 addition to cover different Types and Columns]
    3 points
  4. In addition to slowing things down, without the knowledge I now have from digging all over for information on these books, it doesn't make any sense. The original title was "Justice League" in 1987 but that became "Justice League International," which changed titles in 1989 to "Justice League America." The trouble is that the books in question were placed under Justice League America, throwing a word into the title that is nowhere on these books. I understand that these two have the same writer/artist as was on the main title at the time but finding it would be near impossible without knowing that or looking for the title.
    2 points
  5. Hi, Randall-- I get it and, unfortunately, I'm learning to live with it, too -- but it really SLOWS things down when you have to stop and wonder 🤔, where is this thing going to be found in CB? Let's go on a scavenger hunt!
    2 points
  6. Although ComicBase is an amazing program and the defacto standard for cataloging a comic book/magazine/book collection, it suffers from a major defect and that is how titles are created, named, and maintained especially if a title ends and is restarted with a new number one adding it as part of a series. A classic simple example of this is DC Comics's Metal Men, e.g. Metal Men Metal Men (3rd Series) Metal Men (4th Series) Metal Men (Mini-Series) In the example above, Metal Men (Mini-Series) would ideally be Metal Men (2nd Series). However, there is an underlying decision that makes renaming Metal Men (Mini-Series) problematic, as described by Pete, and that is that the title name is used as the foreign key in, what I presume, is the Item table. This defect can make it difficult to locate a specific title, organize titles in order of their publication and often results in additional titles added for titles that already exist. Based on the comments of @Peter R. Bickford in the live stream of 4/13/2022, it seems that it is unlikely to change. I think that's a shame since organization is the major component of a database application. After giving this just a little bit of thought, I think this may be a starting point of a solution that could solve the problem. Caveat: I'm suggesting this without knowing the intricacies of the DB structure and would welcome input. I expect that moving forward with this will not only take time to mull over but to implement as well, but ultimately will make ComicBase an even greater product than it already is. Here's my take: Create a new field called DisplayTitle in the table that contains Title. Copy the values of the existing Title field into DisplayTitle. Use this DisplayTitle for searching and display. When a new title is created either by CB or a user, copy that value into the DisplayTitle field as well. If a DisplayTitle needs to be changed, CB verifies the new display title, changes it and voila, after the next update, the title can be found and sorted correctly. This would allow the implementation of a title naming standard perhaps using the indicia, year, and even the publisher of the title. Something like Metal Men (1993 Series) (DC) The benefit of this is if the standard changes, titles can be easily updated. This solution addresses some of the problems that @Peter R. Bickford brought up in the live stream. It doesn't violate the foreign key constraints between Title and Item. It easily allows for renaming the DisplayTitle if the indicia changes between solicitation and publication of the title. There is no requirement to shift data around in the tables and potentially mess up a user's data, since it's simply a DisplayTitle change. I'd love to see something like this implemented. --Walt
    2 points
  7. I'm wondering if newspapers could be spun off to their own section, separate from the Magazines section. As I mentioned earlier, I don't want to exclude magazines entirely. I would, however, exclude newspapers if I could. I can see where tracking all of that stuff in Human Computing's master database might be worthwhile for them, but I doubt many of us want to house a mega-database on our own systems. As ComicBase grows and expands well beyond comics, there may be a need to devise more ways for users to select the portions that meet their needs and exclude those that don't. I've got plenty of magazines related to comics and entertainment, but I don't need a newspaper index. I've got plenty of books, but I don't need an index of romance paperbacks or theological volumes.
    2 points
  8. Thanks for the catch! We've revved the setup sheet for the scanner here to remove any extra spaces that get inserted: https://www.comicbase.com/Support/CB_Wireless_Scanner_Easy_Setup.pdf The latest build of ComicBase (build 1669) also handles the issue. -Pete
    2 points
  9. There's also an additional benefit to this approach... it allows a user to define his own display name. It a setting is added to not override DisplayName, a user could easily maintain their own names.
    2 points
  10. That's my feeling as well for the same reason.
    2 points
  11. I think it's a great idea, I'm just afraid this is going to die on the vine and I'll be complaining about it again the next time I come across a crazy title.
    2 points
  12. It's worth noting that the confusion over incorrect and inconsistent titles in ComicBase cascades over to Atomic Avenue as well. So while we ComicBase users can figure things out and learn to work with them as they are, random shoppers using Atomic Avenue may not have a clue. It requires a bit extra to find issues of Donald Duck published by Gladstone, for example, if you don't realize that they will be listed under the title Donald Duck (Walt Disney's...) where the publisher is listed as Dell. I'm not yet selling on Atomic Avenue, but I imagine that more clarity and accuracy would positively affect sales. There are also seemingly random titles that are sometimes assigned to specials and FCBD comics. I've had difficulty finding some of those in the database. My most recent example: I just picked up a copy of a Doctor Who comic book that was exclusively released for the 2015 San Diego Comic Con. The cover logo only says Doctor Who, with 2015 Exclusive San Diego Comic Con International in the bottom corner. The indicia says Doctor Who: San Diego Comic Con Exclusive. I didn't find this among the existing Doctor Who entries, so I added it with the title from the indicia to my database. Only later did I accidentally stumble upon its existing entry: it's under Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor as #0. There are a few problems with this: (1) There is no "#0" anywhere on the actual comic book; (2) The San Diego comic does not precede the publication of #1--it came out around the time of #10; (3) Although the San Diego comic features the twelfth Doctor and is related to that series, the words The Twelfth Doctor appear nowhere in its title, unlike the series; and (4) While I might understand an argument for keeping the San Diego comic under this series as a Special Edition instead of #0, other Doctor Who convention specials are listed under their own titles, not as special editions of regular series, so there would still be a lack of consistency. It's a problematic, hard-to-find entry, yet I don't think it can be fixed without screwing up someone else's existing inventory. Publishers have definitely made a mess of things to untangle, and they are not themselves consistent, so discrepancies are bound to occur. I only wish they were easier to correct when pointed out, with some mechanism to transfer users' existing quantities to the corrected title or issue number. I understand that there are technological limitations in place, and circumventing them is well beyond me, but I hope someday this can be worked out.
    2 points
  13. I'm not sure if this was covered in an earlier video, I haven't watched the whole back catalog, but I think a good topic I would like to see a couple of examples of what a reviewer of submissions sees when reviewing submissions and how they process them. A couple of examples would be helpful - a wholly new issue, an edited Title description, an edited Notes, a newly-supplied Cover Artist, etc. What kinds of things are easily recognized, what kinds of things are best warned about ahead of time (and how to bring them up, and to whom).
    2 points
  14. Both the AA and the mobile app functions are pretty important, actually, especially as more items that were tracked in the original "single category" configuration of ComicBase get moved into the Magazine and Book categories.
    2 points
  15. I would put your collection in some kind of order first. It can alphabetical, divided by publisher, divided by character, whatever works for you. Putting the books into CB won't be an overnight process and having some system in place will make it a lot easier to step away whether it is for a day or two or a few months and get right back into the groove when you return. Creating a space is a great thing to do if you can. Setting up on the dining room table is fine until you have to clear it off for dinner. If you can have some little corner to yourself, you can bring in a box at a time and get them entered. Assuming you are using regular comic boxes, whether the long ones or short ones, find a divider of some kind. I taped two backing boards together so they stood out above the books by a couple of inches. Put that divider at the back of the box, behind all of the books, then as you enter books, move them behind the divider. This keeps the books in a single box and in the order you started with while making it clear what has and has not been entered. Bar code scanner or no, if you're having trouble finding a book in CB, you can enter the UPC numbers by hand. It may be slow but if it's only for the random difficult to find book, it works really well. Given that your collecting took off in the 80s and 90s, it is possible that you will have some small press stuff that is either not in the system or is difficult to find. That's a great time to post on the forums to ask where they might be. Don't get discouraged! That's a lot of books to enter and will take time a regular life pushes comics out from time to time. You will get it done!
    2 points
  16. It would be interesting (to me at least) to have a better understanding of how database corrections are processed when they are submitted through CB via the "Submit New or Corrected Data" feature. Filling in an empty field seems pretty straightforward, but what if the correction is deleting duplicate or extraneous information? If someone thinks they have found a new title, is it appropriate to create an entry in CB first and submit it that way, or would that be better for the message board? How much headache do I cause when I upload a correction, immediately realize that I left something out or spelled something incorrectly, and then upload a corrected correction? What happens when I am trying to submit a corrected or larger cover image without any other data changes, and the CB software doesn't ask me for my cover? Did I just submit a "correction" that matches the master database 100%, and does that cause any confusion? Even if not, what is the best way then to get that cover-only correction to the team? I think having a better idea of how the corrections are processed or compared against the master database could help users decide whether it's best to submit something through CB, take it to the message board, or send a direct e-mail, and do so with the minimum amount of confusion for the CB team having to figure out the intent of the user while wading through multiple and duplicate submissions.
    2 points
  17. Wholeheartedly agree, Douglas, but there doesn't seem to be much appetite to fix these things -- which seems pretty odd for a database program. I'll continue to point them out, but I'm not holding out hope that they'll be fixed.
    1 point
  18. Kurt, the current version of CB has the ability to deleted Types (Books, Magazines, and/or Comic Books. This is accomplished when you run the weekly update. There is an option at the top to select Items To Update. Two things to consider. A) If you have owned Items in a Type, those issues/Titles will not be deleted. B) Things that you might consider Comics may have been moved to Magazines (or Books). If you get them after deleting a type, they won't be in your database to enter them (you can always add it yourself but if it is in the wrong Type, it won't have pricing information updated).
    1 point
  19. Hi, Mark-- Thanks for your response but that's actually the problem. Let's say I have a batch of 100 comics I'm Adding By Barcode and I unwittingly happen to have a something that's comic-sized in the bunch but classified as a magazine in ComicBase, I'm basically SOL when I save (this is what happened to me). If I have to look up all my comics up front to see if I happen to have a comic-sized item that's a magazine, it seriously defeats the purpose of Adding By Barcode. The Add By Barcode dialog does not show the category type of the top item and even if it did, it would still be mostly useless as anything that's miscategorized will trip up the Saving of the list. It also doesn't matter what you're currently looking at in the title view. I can add anything and since I don't know how it's categorized, I might be in for a rude surprise when I save, and that's bad since I want to update some custom fields. It seems to me that each issue must have a type (book, comic, or magazine) that should be accessible through title. If it can be looked up and added, then its type should be available and displayed. Or based on you comment, if the first thing you scan is a comic, it should reject anything that's not based on that type. I actually prefer this approach. I also hope my criticisms are taken in the spirit they're given. I like ComicBase. These suggestions are only to help it be better and more user-friendly. Best, Walt
    1 point
  20. I echo Joel's suggestion. The magazines and books in my collection are so few, I'd prefer to manually add those titles from the db and live without the thousands of other books and magazines. r/ Mike
    1 point
  21. I understand that. What I am looking for is that same ability to exclude Magazines.
    1 point
  22. Thank you for this. I'm not a computer guy so I get lost in the jargon. I believe what you are suggesting is exactly what I have in mind. That said, it concerns me a bit that I had the same thought because HC has people trained in this and that have actually built all of this. Wouldn't they have already hit on it?
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  23. Today I've run into another mess of titles that should be changed. I'm adding issues of Angel (the spin-off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) to my database. ComicBase has six series of Angel listed, plus a magazine. Several of these are disparate titles that should be titled with their publisher names rather than as "1st series" or "4th series" or whatever. Right now we have: Angel - Published by Titan. Though listed under Comic Books, it belongs under Magazines (or possibly Books). The description says it collects articles from the Angel magazine about the TV show. Angel (1st Series) - A kid comic published by Dell in the 1950s. Angel (2nd Series) - The first Dark Horse run of the Buffy spin-off. Angel (3rd Series) - The second Dark Horse run of the Buffy spin-off. Actually a 4-issue miniseries. Angel (4th Series) - An unrelated manga title from 2003. Angel (5th Series) - An unrelated indie comic from 2004. Angel (6th Series) - The IDW series of the Buffy spin-off (which took over the numbering from Angel: After the Fall). Angel (Boom!) - The first Boom series of the Buffy spin-off. Angel (Boom!, 2nd Series) - The second Boom series of the Buffy spin-off. What a tangled web. Disregarding any desired changes to how series are named (using the year of first publication, etc.), this is all screwed up under the existing ComicBase guidelines. It should be more like this, if I have it right: Angel should not be in the Comics section. Angel (1st Series) should probably be Angel (Dell). Angel (2nd Series) should probably be Angel (Dark Horse, 1st Series). Angel (3rd Series) should probably be Angel (Dark Horse, 2nd Series). Angel (4th Series) should probably be Angel (Tokyopop). Angel (5th Series) should probably be Angel (Hi-Horse). Angel (6th Series) should probably be Angel (IDW). Presently, most of this can't be changed, so we have the implication that a kid comic, a vampire comic, a manga publication, and a black-and-white indie all belong to one group of series. It's messy and kind of bizarre.
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  24. I watched the archived livestream last night. I thought Pete's explanation of the problem was clear, but I'm still not sure why something couldn't be implemented (as per Gregory's suggestions above) to make changes and allow users to accept them so we wouldn't have to settle for (and compound) past errors and inconsistencies. I completely understand not wanting to make users move all their inventory after a title correction--I don't want to do that! But can't it be automated, with an option to decline for those with a reason to do so? Their titles would then stand out as "unrecognized" after updates, but currently my titles stand out as unrecognized if I correct them. It seems somewhat analogous to the problem with OneDrive, which is something else that caused me a lot of grief. I eventually got it sorted out, but I spent a few hours going through the information, figuring out what to do, and fighting OneDrive to straighten it all out on my system. (It sounded simpler than it was.) The OneDrive situation was problematic for enough users that they've now devised a way for ComicBase to handle the move as long as you accept the action presented in a dialog box. That would have saved me some grief. Couldn't title and series corrections be handled with a similar approach? Display a dialog box and let the user decide if they want ComicBase to take action for them? From a technological view, the inability to correct titles in software designed for organization (without causing a lot of headaches for users) is a bug that should be fixed. From an archival view, the inclusion and perpetuation of inaccurate information is a strike against the product's credibility. From a capitalistic view, information presented incorrectly or inconsistently sometimes makes buying and selling more difficult, because you can't buy what you can't find. There are multiple good reasons to find a solution to this problem. It doesn't reflect well on an otherwise great product.
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  25. I don't fully understand this statement but I believe it follows with my earlier comment about an identifier on each title that was not the title itself. Again, I'm not a database guy but what if the titles as they are now were to become the "foreign key" on some titles? It would only need to be done on titles that are being updated. I seriously doubt we are doing presenting anything that hasn't been looked at before but sometimes this kind of discussion is what it takes to come up with a new solution.
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  26. It's a shame that there will be no action on this as there are remedies to fix titles. I was stunned to learn that the foreign key that links titles and items together is the title itself and not a unique identifier of some kind. I understand this is a legacy problem and sympathize but it seems strange that the answer is inaction especially for a product that emphasizes organization. At worst, a new title field could be implemented that is curated by ComicBase following a well-defined standard and that could be activated via a preference. Until then, if ever, I guess we'll have to live with the existing disorganization. ☹️
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  27. I haven't moved on to putting my own titles in but moving the FCBD issues doesn't matter much. Thankfully the FCBD issues don't see a lot of action in their pricing. There are a few that have climbed a little but the vast majority stay at "cover price." I get what you're saying though. The lack of pricing would be a complete nightmare especially on long runs. The FCBD issues that make me really crazy are the ones that reprint some or all of a regular issue. The first one I remember finding (or not finding, technically) was Savage Dragon #148. I may even have submitted the FCBD version as a correction a few times. I understand that it has #148 on the cover but it's a FCBD issue. I listed mine as FCBD #2009.
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  28. Sorry, that one makes me giggle every time. So yeah, I agree with everything above and have been bringing it up from time to time. My personal fix has been moving the various FCBD books (the actual ones) into their respective titles, entering them as FCBD 2017 or whatever year they were released. An alternative that I originally came up with was creating a "Free Comic Book Day" title for each year, putting all the titles in alphabetical order and then entering them 1, 2, 3,... I'm really glad I didn't do that now as the individual issues in their respective titles works really well. Additionally, I make it a point to add "Free Comic Book Day 20xx" to the notes so I have a fighting chance to locate all of the individual books for any given year. I've been working on pulling together every FCBD book and have been grouping them by year in my collection. I've struggled with Atomic Avenue as well. I'm frustrated with myself for never thinking of trying to add it in order to make my case.
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  29. There are several titles that work the same way and it makes me crazy too. Wait until you look at Star Wars. The first listing is Marvel from 1977 and makes perfect sense. The following title listing is Star Wars (2nd Series) from Marvel, 2015-present although it ended in 2020. The third series is also Marvel and started in 2020. Never mind those pesky Dark horse series with the same titles that ran 1998-2006 and 2013-2014. I know CB and how to find the series I'm looking for....most of the time. Imagine a newb looking for a book though. There are a total of 15 series titled just "Star Wars" (16 if you count Dark Horse's "The Star Wars") with 5 of them being published by Marvel when you throw in the Canadian Edition and the Newspaper Strip books. Granted, Metal Men is different in that they all came from DC but ultimately it's the same inconsistent cataloging. Personally, I would prefer the title followed by the year. My second choice is the title with the publisher in parentheses and then the year. More than once I have tried to enter what I sincerely believed to be a new title only to later learn that those books were already in CB just under a different publisher from the one actually listed in/on the book. I'm struggling to name any now other than "G.I. Joe, a Real American Hero" which was Marvel's baby from #1-155. IDW took the reins at #155.5 but it's still listed under the Marvel title. Then you have Fantastic Comics (Image) is was literally created with the intent of being the next issue of Fantastic Comics (Fox) but received its own listing even though it was #24. Crack Comics has two entries, one from the original Quality series and a second titled "Crack Comics (2nd Series)" even though it was the same thing that Fantastic Comics (Image) was, a part of what they called the "The Next Issue Project." They also did Silver Streak the same way as Crack calling the single issue from Image the 2nd series. I prefer the way CGD does it with each new publisher getting a new entry with a notation in the previous publisher's title to the effect of "numbering continues in Title X from Publisher Y."
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  30. I would contact support about this item. It has been reported a few times (that I know of) but I am not sure of any specific fix. You can try typing I.ItemDescription in the Where box to get it to return results until you can get a fix. PS Way back when 2022 first came out, I had to create a new database then export/import my data into it to get Item Description in the list. Hopefully there is a better solution. PPS In the mean time, maybe an Uninstall (of both CB and CB Resources) / Re-Install could help.
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  31. Thank you, I appreciate it very much!
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  32. If you're using CB2022, you're running the latest build (22.0.1.1622)? If not, download/install it from your online account here: https://www.comicbase.com/mycb/Registrations.aspx If that doesn't work; please screenshot you're selling settings so we can have a look what you got set.
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  33. Currently only Collection Report and Item Checklists, Price List, and Wanted List have the ability to display Custom Fields (You can make a request for this to be different under Feature Suggestions.) However there is a way to get what you want with a few extra steps. This is to use the Marked box (you can't be using Marked for other things at the same time, though). 1) Run the find like you want. 2) Select All Items (CTRL+A is one easy way to do this). 3) Right-click and select Quick Change. 4) Change: 'Marked' To: 'Is Checked' Once the items are Marked you can: 5) Use Report-> (report type) where Report type is one of the Reports that allow Custom Fields (Collction Report or Item Checklists are probably the best) 6) On the Report window, check the boxes for 'List Only Marked Issues' and teh various 'Custom Fields' you want. (You can make other selections but you need to check at least these) 7)Run the Report. NOTE: You will need to Find the Marked Issues and change then to 'Unchecked' to clear the Marked field before using it for anything else that would look for Marked being Checked.
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  34. Thanks for the info, Scott. I didn't know all of that about them.
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  35. I thought they were cool 20 years ago too. I literally have a short box full. Then I realized they manufacture their own exclusivity and hype. Very VERY few if any of their books have ever held value let alone increased. And if they did increase it was the book itself and not DF Certificate that had anything to do with it. I found 3 of their signed books that were limited to 75 copies in the $3 boxes at my LCS just 2 weeks ago. PLUS, they started marketing CGC Books. I found out the hard way they were not CGC Exclusive or DF Variants, but just regular old A covers of a book. So basically $80 to get a 9.6 of a book on pre-order. In most cases the books aren't worth $80 in 9.8. Rant over. If you see them for $5 or less go ahead and nab them. Just remember some poor schmuck paid a minimum of $20 for it at some point. I don't remember seeing any DF release under $20.
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  36. Doesn't matter, ComicBase stills needs to catalog their stuff. 🤷‍♂️ 🙂
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  37. What version of CB do you have installed? This was a problem but was fixed (at least for me and another customer) recently. I am currently on b1557.
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  38. Dynamic Forces is EVIL. Enough Said. LOL.
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  39. Looks like some adjusting took place. Thank you.
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  40. Again, we're in agreement, you're just more eloquent in stating it.
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  41. I just checked and everything seems to be working again with Sidekick.
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  42. I just checked my online backups and they're missing too, despite Sidekick saying there was a successful back on January 29th.
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  43. Well, THAT only took almost a year instead of "a week or so". Unfortunately, there were some changes to the exported reports used as input data that requered some redesign, and it took waaaaaaaay longer than expected. Shows what shrinking free time will get you... @Fred Slota, I've uploaded the fixed version here: Thanks for your patience, and I hope it fits your needs. Adam
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  44. No, you are not missing anything. First, the Custom Check names should change in the Title Information window after you change it. I will mention this to HC and see if this can be fixed. As for using Title information in Advanced Find, there currently is no way to select Title fileds from a drop-down box. There is only Issue fields. However, as an unsupported function, you can use Title fields. (I have updated the Advanced Find manual in 'News & General Discussion' to reflect this) You do this by using the Table name instead of the I (which is for Issue Table). For example, using an Issue field it would look like: I.Notes For a Title field use either ComicTitles, BookTitles, or MagazineTitles, depending on the Type you are searching, like this: ComicTitles.Publisher = 'Marvel' BookTitles.Publisher = 'Ballantine' MagazineTitles.Publisher = 'Time' ComicTitles.[CustomCheck1] IS TRUE BookTitles.[CustomCheck1] IS TRUE MagazineTitles.[CustomCheck1] IS TRUE This is not supported by HC and I haven't tested it on all Title fields. As for Reports, you can't use Title fields if you used menu item Reports->[type_of_report] but you can run a report on the result of a Find. Run the Advanced Find to get a result. Select some or all of the issues. Right-Click and from the pop-up menu, select either 'Quick Report' or 'Report Selected Titles As...' then either 'Collection Report', 'Item Checklists', or 'Price List'. (I couldn't get the 'Collection Overview' or 'Wanted List' to work.)
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  45. this one will be added with the upcoming content update.
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  46. I had to drop off a few minutes before the Livestream ended last night but I went back to see what I had missed later in the evening. I just thought I'd mention that the entire video was still available and nothing had been cut. I'm not sure when you plan on making the cuts but I thought I would flag it for you. Although I must admit I'm glad that nothing has been cut yet otherwise I would have missed the final announcement!
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  47. If the variants have different paper, usually that also resulted in a different cover price and that would automatically qualify those variants as trackable in CB as separate items. Personally, even if the cover price was the same, I would recommend that the variants be tracked separately if the paper stock is different. Maybe it is worth bringing this up at this week's Livestream?
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  48. I'm just wondering if it would be possible to allow us to format the ID labels a bit before printing. When a title has an especially long name the resulting label is almost illegible. It would be nice if we could enter a line break so that the title isn't squeezed into one line of text. I was also wondering if it would be possible to select other information to include in the label. I personally would like to be able to add the publication date and have the option of using the original barcode instead of the custom one generated by ComicBase. And as long we we are talking about label printing, I'd like to take advantage of printing divider labels for new titles, but two things are holding me back from using the feature. I'd like to be able to use a font of my choice I'd like to be able to print the title on both the top and the bottom of the same label so that I don't have to print two labels when I want to label both sides of a divider. I've attached an example of what I do using the Dymo software. Thanks!
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  49. I'd also like to have the ability to use the original UPC barcode...A number of comics either don't include the barcode (older direct sales) or have the barcode on the back of the issue, which is obviously not visible when bagged.
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  50. I know I can find duplicates now by going to: Items > Find > "Qty In Stock" > "is greater than" > "1" and it will identify the multiple copies (2+) of comics of the same issue and the same grade. There in lies the problem as for example I have an Amazing Spider-Man #194 in CGC 9.6, CG 9.0 and an ungraded copy and to me, I have two duplicates of issue #194 that I may wish to sell and just keep the highest graded copy. It would be very handy to identify duplicates of the same comic issue, regardless of the grade. This would be extremely useful for collectors in MHO. Thanks for considering!
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