Now Available: ComicBase v21.0.1 (Build 1611)

Customers with current subscriptions can download it directly from the Registrations page.

To Update: Just download and run the ComicBase Setup program again. The new setup will automatically update you to the current version--this will not affect your data.

Changes from v21.0.0 (Build 1118)

  • ComicBase now installs with the final, color cover splash graphics. If you have a previous install and want to switch from the "sketch cover" splash to the full color version, uninstall ComicBase and ComicBase Resources before installing this update.
  • ComicBase Sidekick now handles databases which need to be updated to ComicBase 2021, and you're advised to open these databases first with ComicBase in order to update them.
  • The Next/Previous arrows in ComicBase now deal with ambiguous title alphabetizations, so that they never get "stuck" on a title.
  • The ComicBase Cover Gallery screen saver now properly gets picture counts when "All" is chosen as the media to show.
  • Sidekick will no longer throw additional errors setting the progress bar status, should a cover download fail.
  • Cover pictures will now appear properly for fractional issues (e.g. issue #13.2) on Dutch and other systems which use a "," as the decimal point
  • Fixed a problem which could occur when getting currency variables on non-US systems
  • New installations on non-US systems should no longer get a date error when setting initial preferences, including the time pictures were last downloaded
  • Prevents a condition which could cause the database try using an older ODBC connection when attempting to determine the database's update date.
  • ComicBase now treats all ComicBase 2017 databases as effectively "read-only" when checking their state and settings.
  • Improved the look of the busy indicator for ComicBase Sidekick, particularly in "Dark" Mode
  • Fixed a problem which could cause Sidekick to have trouble doing the schedule daily total update for databases. Other Sidekick buttons are now also disabled during this check.
  • Fixed the title of the ComicBase Sidekick main window
  • Fixed the context menu item for reporting selected items as an item checklist
  • ExtPrice (a report field reflecting the price * the number of copies available) is now properly updated when a price changes as part of an update.
  • Fixed a problem which could cause registration issues for ComicBase 4K Archive Edition users
  • The installers no longer fail when trying to determine if the prerequisites were properly installed on 64 bit computers running 32 bit Windows.
  • Fixed a problem which could cause the installer to fail on systems where the ProgramData folder had conflicting privileges.
  • Copy and Paste now more intelligently determines whether you're pasting whole cells, or sections of selected text
  • Psychic Typing now handles character names which contain parentheticals (e.g. "Green Lantern II (Hal Jordan)"-- it also stores them in "The-at-End" format instead of Lastname/firstname -- e.g. "Doom Patrol, The" for The Doom Patrol (so you can find them by just typing "Doom Patrol" if you like. It also no longer attempts to reorganize character names as if they were normal person names. I.e., type "Guy Gardner" instead of "Gardner, Guy". If you had previousy used a ComicBase 2021 build prior to 1208, you may need to do a File > File Tools > Rebuild Lists of your Contributor information to update the lists.
  • Fixed a problem where the grid wouldn't always pick up items in the media folder
  • Includes a new "Unmatched items" report which details every item and title which exists in your database, but not in the master. This appears when you download updates, and the log is stored in your Logs folder (under Documents\Human Computing\[Your ComicBase Edition])
  • Update logs are not individual to each database
  • Modernized the display of the update logs
  • Added support for "Don't Ship International to UK" when selling (Due to changes in VAT rules that now require sellers to file quarterly VAT and statements with the UK when shipping from outside nations)
  • Fixed a problem which could affect the issues chosen then both "marked issues" and "print only new or changed prices" were chosen when printing price labels
  • Fixed a problem which could cause copy/pasted cells to not update the underlying records
  • Submitting pictures for series containing foreign characters which would not be legal in a Windows folder name no longer results in an error.
  • Problems with the Crystal Reports installation on your machine no longer result in a fatal error; instead, you are prompted to download the latest service pack for Crystal Reports (which should fix any such issues involving unregistered or missing Crystal Reports components)
  • Updated the underlying database for ComicBase
  • When you first update to the new version, you'll be prompted as to whether you want to clear any existing locked prices if there are more than 200 locked prices in your databases. This happens once only.
  • Fixes a problem with Collection Value over time which could cause the date range to be out of bounds in the new year.
  • Fixed the directory path for Media and Pictures folders when the main directory of a disk is chosen.
  • All web calls and file reads are now in UTF-8 (Unicode) vs. the older Windows-1252 used by older versions of ComicBase. The net effect is that functions like "Find on Atomic Avenue" now work properly when searching for titles with foreign characters in them (while simultaneously breaking ComicBase 2017 and prior versions' access since they expect to use the older calls; users of those versions should upgrade)
  • Increased the width of the UpdateSummary form to account for longer numbers, foreign currency indicators (e.g. 123 456.78 CHF)
  • Collection Value Over Time now uses fail-proof methods for setting minimum/maximum dates, which will work even if invalid data is returned
  • You can now change the currency of your collection, if the collection currency is different than your current Windows currency setting.
  • If your Windows currency differs from the database currency, you are now prompted (once) as to whether you want to convert the prices and values to the native currency
  • Fixed a problem where the default names of Title Check fields were incorrect.