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Fred Slota

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  1. I assume this is like Marvel Previews and DC Connect, a serialized solicitation that would be classified as a Magazine.  Any ideas where to find this?

    I'm holding a February 2024 with a TMNT cover and UPC on the back of 82771403288800111, with no indicia I can find.

  2. So, you've entered a bunch of new comics, or are flipping through a box, and want to compare the comics in your hand with a listing of comics in the grid...


    How about a mode where the focus advances in the grid automatically every 2 seconds?

    Or advances on auditory cue?  Probably too much for voice recognition "next" vs. "back", but advancing on a sound threshold could work.

  3. One mode of operation...

    I have a populated database of my collection.  I want to verify that it correctly reflects my physical collection.

    I start Inventory Validation Mode.

    I open every box.  I scan the bar code of every comic. 

    When finished, I run a validation report. 

    If everything reconciles, then I.Quantity = I.ValidateQuantity for every item in the database.  Any discrepancies between the two lead you to question where missing books went or where new books came from.


    Yes, you could just start a new, blank database, scan every book and have a complete and up-to-date inventory.  But you don't know what changed.

    And yes, you could compare the new database with the old, but you would have to do that manually.


    This might not appeal to everyone, but the same could be said for various other features of CB, too.

  4. Meant to be used with a bar code scanner.

    A process similar to "Add by Barcode", but instead of incrementing the Quantity field, it would increment a separate field, I.ValidateQuantity.



    Several support features...  

    While scanning a block of issues, the listing identifies reconciled/differences between quantity and Validate Quantity.

    After scanning a block of issues, mark scanned issues.

    Whole collection reconciliation report.

    Reconciliation Report on Find subsets (for example, reconcile for CF1 = Box010)

  5. I meant separate moveable, resizable windows.  I realize I implied with my title a detail I left unwritten in my post.


    I run a 3-screen setup, with my smaller laptop screen in the center.  To accommodate my interface vision, but be adjustable for other people's setups, I was picturing separate windows, allowing you to rearrange and resize the windows as needed. 

  6. This started with the thought that it's a shame that, when using the interface, the cover scan is constrained to, at most, about half a screen height.


    2 Window Mode

    First Window with Title Selection and Issue Grid.  Above the Issue Grid, instead of showing Issue Information, it shows Title Information.

    Second Window, left portion shows cover scan, right portion shows issue information.


    3 Window Mode

    First Window shows a Title Grid.

    Second Window shows an Issue Grid.

    Third Window shows, left portion shows cover scan, right portion shows issue information.


    4 Window Mode

    First Window shows Title Grid.

    Second Window shows Issue Grid.

    Third Window show Issue information.

    Fourth Window show Cover Scan.

  7. As we transition to the new year, ongoing titles should be listed as running through "Present", while finished series should be listed as running through "2023" or "2024", yes?


    I have a support spreadsheet that recognizes series with Present to assumptively differentiate between a concluding series hole vs. an ongoing series not-yet-released future issues.

  8. So, I updated the content, looked at the unrecognized issues and found 1 reported:


    Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War—Scorched Earth


    I do a search in ComicBase for Batman/Catwoman, and see the following titles:


    Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War: Prelude—Batman Day Special Edition
    Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War: Red Hood
    Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War: Scorched Earth
    Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War—Battle Lines
    Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War—Scorched Earth

    My question - Colon vs. Dash.  If Scorched Earth's sub-subtitle is being prefaced by a colon, should Battle Lines as well?  What about the sub-sub-subtitle for the Batman Day Special Edition?

  9. When I upgrade a version of CB, I take the time for a yearly archive and cleaning.  It might not take time to install, but I do.


    However, having been on vacation, I have a 3-week backlog of issues to enter, and a 3-week out-of-date database to update before entering, and would really like to continue using CB2023 at the moment.


    I would really like to just apply the content update at the moment without doing the upgrade, which I seem to not be able to do.  Holding down the Shift or Ctrl key while Checking for update does not bypass the Program update prompt.

  10. I'm not quite ready with my time to switch over to CB2024.  I've been away for a few weeks, and just want to apply the content update to my current CB2023 database.


    Internet | Check for Updates, and I'm presented with the "Program Update Available" window, presenting 2 choices, "Update" or "Not Now".  I don't wish to update, so I choose "Not Now", and...   nothing.


    Shouldn't it proceed to the content update?

  11. Dealing with names is something that is being worked on.  With the recent addition of a full unicode(?) alphabet, so ability to use many foreign alphabets, diacriticals, etc, they've been working on standardizing spelling, accenting and various other multiple naming.  I'm not sure if the final form is to have a in-program list of aliases backing up a single, definitive form of a name, or if that is something to be cleaned up in the mothership's editorial.


    Feedback is a good thing.  Ideas is a good thing.

  12. Either. 


    Keep in mind, I believe if the software is set, and attempts to download new pictures, it can notice that the directory no longer exists and will remake the directory.  In other words, deleting the folder(s) doesn't prevent future pictures from being downloaded; you need to change settings to prevent any from returning.

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