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Fred Slota

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  1. You misunderstand entirely... Not saying it's a user problem... More a realization that there are multiple users, with multiple different opinions on what they want, and a solution that simultaneously supports both a fixed official title so CB can update official entries, with official descriptions and valuations, and a flexible alternative/addition set of fields that supports as many different users' views on how to name, group, sort and describe, would satisfy most users.
  2. Been a proponent of maintaining paired Official/User fields for the database with different display/reporting options Official Title and User Title Official Alphabetization and User Alphabetization Official Notes and User Notes Official Item Description and User Description Display choice/Report choice - Official, User, Official [User] or User [Official]
  3. But, of course, that requires one to properly match your understanding of which type of item you are scanning with how it is currently entered in ComicBase...
  4. Okay, it happens... A comic title gets entered with a wrong punctuation, or the title is changed between solicitation and publication, or a particular oddball book get's entered as one thing, but later reevaluation moves it as another. And so, new titles and issues are added to the official database, old titles and issues are deleted from the official database, and the content updater ripples these additions and attempts these subtractions, leaving many users who already entered inventory into their databases with unrecognized titles and issues. Okay, yes, we have the report of unrecognized titles and issues to help us find the orphans, but it's then a process of finding each new title, verifying each matching issue, and then transcribing your quantities, custom fields, grading notes and possibly other information. Suggestion - add a numeric Migration field. Each migrated old and new issue will have a unique Migration number assigned to it, negative for the old and positive for the new.. When the updater tries to delete an old issue, if you have inventory and the updater can't delete the issue, then the negative Migration number is added to that issue's Migration field. The software can now add a feature to search the database for negative Migration numbers and their matching positive Migration numbers. This could be used to generate a list or report that shows which old issues you have and where they should be moved to. Better still, this could be used to produce a ComicBase tool that shows these pairings, let's you review them, select from them, and automate the migration of your inventory from old entries to new entries. And you can select which other fields to copy over with the quantity; custom fields, grading notes. With a little behind-the-scenes work, this tool could even cross the ComicBook/Book/Magazine divide and help with the shifting of entries across those categories as well. I would imagine this system would not be backfilled with historical information about older issue migrations (although that would be increasingly helpful for people who haven't reconciled their unrecognizables), but going forward I'd guess this would be very helpful. I would also suggest that this tool also open the Unrecognized Items list, for those issues that won't be supported by Migration numbers.
  5. Add an option to auto-generate a Wanted Report when Sidekick Save to Cloud. Add support for Wanted status, or Wanted lists, to the other existing reports. Item Checklist already has "List only wanted issues", but what about filtering on or reporting status of Wanted issues for Collection Overview, Collection Report, etc.?
  6. Thanks Mark, but, that's what I did on 4/26, when I was first told Crystal Reports had a problem. And that resolved the problem. And then I installed the newest update, and it broke again. Are you not concerned that this has happened? Is there anything I can look at and report back to help with understanding how it is broken and how it happened? I thought that this was a recently resolved issue and was not expected to happen with current updates?
  7. So, I've been playing around with an Excel Workbook to find Holes. In the process of, about a week ago I went to update my Cloud Saved Wanted report, and was told there was a problem with my Crystal Reports. I didn't think anything of it, as there had been recent discussions about this problem, so, I followed the directions, uninstalled, removed SAP CR, reinstalled, and everything was happy. I produced a new Wanted Report, saved it to the cloud, with a 4/26/2022 date. A couple days later, through Check for Updates, a new version of ComicBase was found, I installed this. I noticed that during the update, it said it was doing something with SAP CR. I didn't think anything of it at the time. With the help of my Excel tool, I started adding some Wanted issues. I then decided to generate a new Wanted report. I am now, again, being told that there is a problem with Crystal Reports. This is 5 days and 1 CB program update after I had successfully repaired Crystal Reports. Before I go through the process of uninstalling/reinstalling, is there any other advice you could give or information you would want to know?
  8. I'm working on an Excel-based tool to support Hole Hunting, similar to Adam Sternberg's Collection Hole Finder. Ultimately, the goal is to update the Wanted status on issues in ComicBase, for Wanted List Reports and AtomicAvenue Wish Lists. The intended flow is Output from ComicBase a CSV Item Checklist of Owned and Missing issues in Owned Titles Load Item Checklist data into the spreadsheet Generate a listing of missing issues in holes Research/decide which issues in the listing you want/don't want on the spreadsheet Update the Wanted status of issues in ComicBase. Additional Research/decisions of which issues you want or don't want in ComicBase There are two features that I don't think are in ComicBase currently that would streamline this process. Add an option to include "Wanted" as a field included in the Item Checklist. (I could copy Wanted to a Custom Checkbox and output the Custom Checkbox, or I could generate a separate report of Only Wanted issues, but the ability to directly output Wanted Status would simplify the process.) Add an Import option that doesn't effect Quantity, but can Set/Clear Wanted, Marked or Custom Checkbox state for issues.
  9. Why does the first fail to generate a report, while the second does? By my reckoning, shouldn't the two methods produce identical output?
  10. So, I can generate an Item Checklist, of Missing Items, that I have checked as Wanted. How about an Item Checklist of unwanted Missing Items?
  11. This item appears to currently be listed as variant 1/Q of the title "Demon Days: X-Men". I'm not sure this is the right place... Content-wise, I can see the similarity, as it contains the inked-but-unwatercolored contents of the source book, "Demon Days: X-Men", but this book is twice as long, as it also contains a creator note, character studies and raw pencil-art for most of the book as well. Having said that, the Indicia reads "Demon Days: X-Men Creator's Cut" and the book has a UPC that is different (75960620312300111) from those of the others (for example, 1/O listed as 75960620105100130), clearly indicating Marvel's intention that this is a non-variant #1 issue of a separate title.
  12. Did a content update and I see that "X_Men Red (2nd Series)" has been renamed without the colon. So I'm moving my single issue from the old to the new title, and find an odd navigation issue... Starting on the first, "X-Men: Red", if I click the "Next Title" button in the upper right, I move to "X-Men: Red (2nd Series)". Click it again, I move to "X-Men Red (2nd Series)". All good. Starting on the last, "X-Men Red (2nd Series)", if I click the "Previous Title" button in the upper right, I move to.... "X-Men: Red". It skipped over the middle title "X-Men: Red (2nd Series)". Normal browsing through titles currently will show all titles, regardless of if I own any issues or not. At the moment, I had added the issue #1 to the colon-less (2nd), but had not zeroed out the issue #1 in the colon-full (2nd), so all three X-Men Red titles had at least one issue owned. Had just updated to
  13. Looking for sigil/signet type rings, with an image or design on the face. Than you.
  14. And there was a genie cartoon with kids with a pair of rings that fit half-to-half, I think? Ooooh, Underdog! Forgot about him.
  15. Both this and the ring topic are looking for other inspirations for an art project thought I'm working on. Also, Crayola and Disney Princesses (Might have to fudge it on an orange on that one)
  16. Not looking for physical rings... Looking for other examples in the literature. BTW, not only did they make those rings, but shortly after they made both a Flash and Legion Ring. I have them all.
  17. Infinity Stones Voltron (although really only 4 + Black)
  18. Side project of mine... Looking to crowd-source rainbow-themed sets in comic books and pop culture (ideally 6 or 7 color sets) Emotional Spectrum Power Rangers Care Bears My Little Pony M&Ms, Skittles, Peeps Lucky Charms
  19. Side project of mine... Looking to crowdsource additional references to iconic sigil-type rings, comic books or pop culture. Emotional Spectrum Flash Legion Flight Ring The Phantom
  20. I've noticed this on and off, but I haven't bothered to try and isolate why... Psychic typing in the Find box occasionally stops working for me. In the recent past before the most recent occurrence, I've changed my picture reference and had the PC sleep while CB was open, but I don't know if either of those is related or not. I might look further into this at a later date. Just wanted to let you know. Running
  21. My comic store person said something about the issues in question all being printed by a new printing partner, with the suggestion that maybe there was either a miscommunication or a supply-chain/inventory of cover stock issue.
  22. To which I say again... We'll happily accept notations when a book uses a "card stock" cover, but you are actively discouraging any notation of "plain paper" cover or similar for this non-standard printing? 1) I forsee the possibility that, through rarity due to being less durable, high quality versions might become scarcer and thus more valuable. Would be nice to know why. 2) If they reprint with regular covers using the same or similar illustration, would that cause a change of thought?
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