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Peter R. Bickford

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  1. We're also investigating whether certain characters in the user id/pw might be playing a part in this issue (possibly by being rejected by server software as looking like an invalid request). If you're having the problem after installing build 1903 and following steps 1-4, please reach out to support directly at support@comicbase.com.
  2. Typically, this is a firewall issue--Basically ComicBase is sending out a request to see what the latest update for your software is, but the firewall is blocking the response, so you get an error message. To troubleshoot issues like this; 1. Make sure you're running the most recent version of ComicBase--uninstall/download from My Account > Registrations/Reinstall if not. Note: I just put out a build 1902 which adds additional troubleshooting info to that error message--please message me directly with a screen shot if you are having trouble after following the steps of this and I'll try to help you investigate further. 2. Make sure you can connect to comicbase.com with your web browser. 3. Temporarily turn off _all_ your security/firewall software (you may have multiple firewalls running) and test to see if you can connect to the server using a Check for Updates in ComicBase 4. Once you are able to make a connection, turn on your security software/firewalls one by until you find the culprit. Then, make sure both ComicBase and ComicBase Sidekick are allowed as exceptions. Note: ComicBase and ComicBase are automatically added as exceptions during install to the default Windows firewall--if that's all your using for security, you shouldn't have any problem connecting. If you're running other security suites, you need to make sure both ComicBase and ComicBase Sidekick are added as allowed programs, or they won't be able to reach the server to check for updates. If you're really stuck, give support a call--we may be able to help troubleshoot the problem -Pete
  3. Thanks for that. The problem was specific to counting the results of the "Current value" where conditions weren't NM. Fixed in build 1858, available now.
  4. Sounds like you might have an incomplete download -- I'd go ahead and restart, try it again. (clearing items in your %tem% folder would also be good). Get in touch with support directly at support@comicbase.com if you continue to have trouble.
  5. There was also a problem, as it turns out, with a stored procedure on the back-end which wasn't associating titles and their media types properly. Fixed now, so older versions of ComicBase shouldn't have a problem. Posting a new version (1711) which should work for all media types. -Pete
  6. TLDR: Fixed in build 1711 Longer: Kind of a fun one: the actual query was just listing all the various countries' currencies in alphabetical order. As it turns out, SEVERAL countries use the EUR as their currency (not surprising), but an even bigger number use USD. In reality, picking any one would have the same effect, but good to have spotted/fixed in any case. -Pete
  7. Try now--I had to restrict the auto-downloaded list to just comics for the moment. Working on a newer rev to ComicBase that will properly process magazine, book pictures into their proper locations using a new web interface in order to preserve compatibility with older versions of ComicBase. -Pete
  8. Steve answered this well. Only thing I'd add, is that you can also select the rows from _any_ find, highlight desired rows (or Ctrl-A) to select all, then use them as the "Selected issues" for any issue-based report (e.g. price, ID labels), or select any titles you and use them as the selected titles for any title-based report (e.g. Collection report, Issue checklists, Price List) -Pete
  9. To anyone having an issue logging in: go to ComicBase.com and do a password reset. If you have a very old password, it might not be seen by the mobile app. If the problem persists, please follow up directly with support@comicbase.com or call 408-266-6883
  10. The problem is that your database is locked--essentially meaning another program is using it (often something like OneDrive). If this happens to you: 1. Check your File Sync software/OneDrive settings and make sure it's not attempting to back up the same folder that contains your active ComicBase database (see the last two livestreams for lots more on why this is essential). Or just disable OneDrive altogether. 2. If Sidekick is actively backing up or updating your database, just let it finish. (It won't attempt to start an operation like this if it sees ComicBase is open, but if you open ComicBase in the middle of it working on an update, you could get into a lock situation). If your database is stuck in a locked state--e.g. if you force-quit the program while it was writing--Do a File > Save a Copy and make a separate database, then switch to using that copy instead. -Pete
  11. Try resetting your preferences. (File > File Tools > Reset Preferences). If the problem persists, please contact tech support directly.
  12. The problem is that you're using the mobile app for something it's not really meant to do: phones are lousy at barcode entry, compared to actual barcode scanners. That they can do it at all is a small miracle, considering what's involved with stabilizing the camera image, decoding the image pixels, etc. The new mobile app is downright miraculous in what it does, but it's easily 4x slower than using an actual barcode scanner (as are all phone-based barcode scanners). The mobile app is meant for light duty lookup and adding of issues on the go--it's not suited (and was never designed for) mass comic entry. -Pete
  13. Hi Robert, Make sure you've got the _very_ latest build, and that you explicitly select your media folder under Manage Pictures and Movies again -- previous builds had trouble when the media folder was at the root level of a hard drive (still not a good practice--should always be in a subfolder) -Pete
  14. It looks like there's a problem with your Crystal Reports installation (a popular reporting module used by ComicBase, numerous other programs). Try running this service pack for it here, then retrying the ComicBase install: -Pete https://www.dropbox.com/s/664lc3oo6iwhqit/CR13SP29Redist32_0-10010309.ZIP?dl=1
  15. Not directly--you'd have to give us a call and have us clear it out of the server queue. -Pete
  16. The items from the phone hang out as "unprocessed" until they're synched with your home database via Check for New sales and Purchases. There isn't currently a way to get a report of what you just added, although it's a decent idea for the future. It's maybe worth noting that the iPhone app is cool, but it's not great for heavy data entry due to the mechanics of steadying your phone as you scan a barcode, etc. -- it's really _much_ faster to use a real barcode scanner for heavy work. The iPhone/Android app is most at home doing more casual entry (like when you're at a show and stuck in a hotel room with your new purchases). -Pete
  17. Hi Jeff, The serial # would have been issued to you right when you upgraded. Make sure you're logging in with the same account you purchased from, and contact support@comicbase.com if you need help. -Pete
  18. For anyone still having permissions issues when installing: - I posted a new build (1209) -- which removes the permission setting in the ProgramData folder which we used to need to do to have themes work. This hasn't been a problem for most users, but if that's what's causing your machine to hack up a hairball, this may fix it for you. PLEASE give it a shot and let me know--good or bad--whether this solved it for you. - If it didn't, please send me a note at support@comicbase.com with your phone # and the best time to call you -- I _really_ want to put this issue to bed if possible before we publicize the release widely. Thanks! -Pete
  19. If you get a chance, give us a call Monday at 408-266-6883 and we'll help you out. -Pete
  20. Took a second whack at it: build 1209, where I also changed it from lastname/firstname on characters when typing
  21. Build 1200 (released now) changes the algorithm for appearance indexing to no longer strip off parentheticals. To take advantage of the change, you'll need to (1) Update to build 1200 (out now) and run through File > File Tools > Rebuild Lists > Lists of contributors, storylines, and notes. (The latter step is not needed if you're upgrading from a previous version of ComicBase directly to build 21.0.0.1200 or later, as the upgrade from a previous version forces a rebuild of those contributor lists anyway in order to enable Psychic Typing 2.0 -Pete
  22. Try deleting the old one first--it's likely blocking the new install, since they had the same name.
  23. Hi Matthew, It's for Archive Editions only (so if you have Pro, Express, or Free, it's not there) -- if you do have Archive Edition, go to your Windows menu and type "Screen saver". "Change Screen Saver" will come up as an option; choose it. Then, choose the "ComicBase Cover Gallery" screen saver and you're off to the races. -Pete
  24. Stephen: Let's follow up via a separate thread--this one's getting packed with unrelated material. Can you give me a call at 408-266-6883 so we can solve your issue (it's different than the others) -Pete
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