Bob here: I’ve been meaning to get a survey of different solutions for tracking/maintaining records about your comics collection for some time. Personally, I use ComicBase, so I’m not going to be able to give a balanced set of information on the various solutions out there by myself. To help with this, I reached out on Facebook to people who use different solutions to help me out by giving their opinion of method they use to keep track of their collection. 1st up is Jesse Hardesty, who I know from the Comic Lovers group on Facebook, who is talking about the CLZ App that he uses on his iPhone and iPad.
Take it away, Jesse!
Since the moment I began collection comics, I wanted to be able to keep track of my collection. The only app that I’ve been able to fill my mobile need has been CLZ Comics for iOS (http://www.clz.com/comics/ipad-iphone.php).
Right off the bat one of its best features is the ability to add comics just by simply scanning the barcode with the camera on your phone. It almost always finds your comic unless it happens to be a lesser known indie title or an uncommon con variant. If you happen to be adding in lots of books without barcodes, they’ve made that a cinch too. Simply typing in the series name and checking off the books you’re adding makes it nearly impossible to mess up.
The rest of the app is pretty straightforward, you can sort your books in a variety of ways depending on how you like to flip through them. You can edit some things on the app(most of the other features are reserved for the PC/Mac apps) and even manually add in books that are not available in their central database. It does feature a tagging feature to be able to lump certain books together to find more quickly.
In about the last year or two they decided to give every user free space on their servers to backup your entire collection on their online database (which also is how they add books to their central database that aren’t in it). You can access this on any browser to view or share your collection.
This app meets my basic needs, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re looking for much more than those basics. It’s not filled with unnecessary features and doesn’t look very pretty, but it gets the job done.
NOTE: CLZ is also available on the PC and Android. Want to review either of those versions? e-mail email@example.com.
Jesse Hardesty: firstname.lastname@example.org
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