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Peter R. Bickford

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  1. FWIW: It's about 2 second wait on my machine (a 3.6 GHz i9). The bigger difference for this -- and most other things database related -- is that I'm using an NVMe SSD, which takes disk access time essentially to zero in most cases. If you haven't tried them yet (and your motherboard supports them), these are probably the single biggest speed-up for a computer today: https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-970-EVO-SSD-1TB/dp/B07BN217QG?psc=1&SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckduckgo-brave-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B07BN217QG -Pete
  2. What you're facing is the sheet amount of time it takes to load (Steve, in your case) tens of thousands of items into a list. Short of getting a faster computer, or trimming your comic collection, I'd suggest simply avoiding the issue entirely: use the main title browse instead-- it's essentially instantaneous to load the 500 matching entries to whatever you type into that list. The only time I'd use the Titles browse window is when I explicitly _wanted_ to see the list of all the titles in the database. -Pete
  3. Reports are automatically sectioned into alphabetic sub-reports beyond a certain number of characters (I'd have to look up the limit). Basically, it comes down to " what will load in a reasonable amount of time on a number of test phones running the latest versions of iOS and Android we have here). Fundamentally, you're looking at web page at this point, and it's up to the phone itself to parse the HTML. When the report gets too large, it's automatically broken up into smaller reports, united by the alpha bar at the top of the screen to make it seem like a single report. The smaller reports load faster, but aren't searchable across the entirety of their length (since they're actually several reports). It's a dance to see how much we can get away with showing before every individual user's phone or device can't parse them. The report limit has been fixed for several years now, but if we get increasing reports of trouble, we can move it down. (Choosing less data to report on is also an obvious answer). -Pete
  4. Have a look at build (just posted). It should address this issue for you. If you have any trouble, please contact me directly. -Pete
  5. Slight correction to what I just told Mark: The dates are now fundamentally stored as YYYY-MM-DD [Not YYYY-DD-MM, as I'd messaged him] As long as SQLite (the new database engine) can get your dates into that format (something it tries to do when converting, but using File > File Tools > Rebuild Lists > Item Information forces the formatting) it should read them on any system, regardless of international settings.
  6. I think the problem is that the Collection reports is actually defined as reporting on items that are in your collection already. The report you likely want to use is an Issue Checklist.
  7. Make sure you're running the current build -- download again if not. There were some "Titles in Stock" issues which got fixed which it sounds like you're hitting.
  8. It still remembers its size--but it is particular about making sure you're not violating any window boundaries. It'll reset to full size on next open if any edge of it is beyond the screen limits. There are also limits to how wide/tall it can be--basically it needs to be as large as required to display all the elements of the screen (which is somewhat larger than in previous versions).
  9. Download the latest build--2064. It'll update the screen when you mark/unmark if the column is visible. -Pete
  10. It still remembers its size--but it is particular about making sure you're not violating any window boundaries. It'll reset to full size on next open if any edge of it is beyond the screen limits.
  11. Sidekick is really meant to work invisibly in normal use, so I'm not keen to add a lot of interface to it. FWIW, log files are kept in <My documents>\Human Computing\<ComicBase Edition Name>\Logs. You an easily sort them by date by just clicking the date column, if it's not already chosen. -Pete
  12. The profile picture I used was 383x383 (I just happened to have it around to use for things that use profile pictures). Worked fine.
  13. I removed the database from your account using the My Account > Profile > Remove button at the bottom. Go ahead and check for updates again--you should see just the one database in your app.
  14. Not sure what you mean by not being able to delete the database--you can delete any or all of the entries on your profile--the entry for the current database will reappear when you check for updates from either ComicBase or Sidekick.
  15. We'll be making 20.0.1 a "forced" update (one that shows up when you do a check for updates) this week or next; we're trying to simultaneously fix any bugs instantly and not burn everyone out by pushing a zillion little updates, and instead do periodic "roll-up" updates like 20.0.1
  16. Hi folks, Over the next few weeks, you might see some brief interruptions of service to ComicBase.com and AtomicAvenue.com as we start spinning up some new servers and migrating some of the load of the existing sites over to them. Watch the facebook page for updates if you ever have problems reaching either site for more than a few minutes--we don't anticipate anything major, but we'll try to make sure that page is update if we run into any snags. -Pete
  17. I still haven't gone out to see Joker. Planning to, since I hear good things, but what I'm mostly wondering right now is, what the "girlfriend/wife"-friendliness factor of this one? -Pete
  18. The File > File Tools > Rebuild Items > Lists does do a scrub for a lot of different types of things like this (e.g. "1st appearance Character"; "1: Character", "1st appearance OF Character") but there's undoubtedly combinations it doesn't catch. Do a rebuild on your notes, and when you see specific cases which could be automated away safely, please call them to our attention. -Pete
  19. We just changed up the way the auto-complete handles entry of new titles which are a subset of an existing title to avoid this case (in this case, the trouble was in the "taste oF LOTus.." match). Starting in the next build, pressing back-space deselects the match to the title, letting you more easily deal with things like this. (As a quick workaround, you can also enter "FLOT2" or the like, then edit the title to remove the "2") -Pete
  20. Seeing entries in the mobile app for databases you no longer use? You can remove these by going over to your Profiles page at www.comicbase.com, scrolling down to the bottom of the page, and removing the unwanted entries from the "Known Databases" list: -Pete
  21. ComicBase's pricing is market-based: basically, we just run a rolling average of the sales and listing prices of a couple million records each week to figure out how things are moving. Listing a book a given price tends to "nudge" the price in that direction; actually selling it give it more of a "push" -- bu only for a limited period of time. Of note: when we calculate prices we try to throw out real "outliers" in the data unless they're supported by an increasing number of data points based on how far the move is. (E.g., if you list X-Force #1 for $1,000,000, it'll just get thrown out, not averaged in!) -- unless a whole lot of people agree with you (or we make a lot of sales in that neighborhood). All things considered, the system works pretty well, but weird stuff can still happen, causing prices to get out of whack with market realities. Generally, the process is self-correcting--i.e., new data will move prices back to a more realistic level if they somehow get knocked for a loop by a flood of odd sales. But now, with ComicBase 2020, there's a new tool to help when a price seems unreasonable: the new "Request Price Check" command. (located under ComicBase's "Internet" menu). To use it, just highlight a comic you feel is out of line with market pricing, choose Internet > Request Price Check, and let us know what you think the proper price is (and what you're basing it on). Our editors will conduct a manual review of different market venues and make any necessary corrections to the master pricing in the database. Any changes to the price then become part of the next week's update.
  22. It might be a good idea to add the Mark/Unmark back to the context menu as well. We omitted it since the menu seemed to be getting awfully long, but it'd likely be a good idea to put it back. (You never really know how much some features are being used until you try omitting them from a version!) -Pete
  23. It's still there: 1. Select the items by highlighting the whole row (dragging from the left-most column) 2. Use Edit > Mark (Ctrl+R), or Edit > Unmark (Ctrl+U) to mark the issues Depending on your column setup, the Marked column may not be initially visible: if so, you can add it using the tip here:
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