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Tue, Nov 03, 2020 3:56 pm

Book Collector lock file

When I opened Book Collector version 20.5.2 today, I saw the message "Failed to open database, because your license key (xxxxxxxxxxxx) is already in use on computer "YYYYYYYY" by another user (zzzzzz). Do you wish to unlock your database file and open it here?" I could choose "yes" or "no" with the "no" answer opening Book Collector with a new empty book database. The computer the message referenced was the one on which I was currently trying to open the program. Since the system I was using had crashed earlier in the day, I realized that Book Collector was likely finding a lock file that would be deleted when the program is closed normally. I saw a file with the name I had given to my book collection, but with a .bkclck filename extension in the directory where I stored the book database. When I opened the file I saw the file conained only one line:

<lockinfo><writable><client pcname="YYYYYYYY" name="5c22840efc7a3db854c44b0b780f8abc" key="xxxxxxxxxxxx" username="zzzzzzzz"/></writable></lockinfo>

In cases where Book Collector was not closed normally, you can either choose "yes" at the prompt or delete the .bkclck file before opening Book Collector as its presence is what causes the message to appear.

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Thu, Jun 25, 2020 8:59 pm

Book Collector - Adding an author or publisher image

If you are using Book Collector to track your book collection and wish to add a photograph of an author to the information about the author, you may be able to do so by taking the following steps:
  1. Download the image of the author. If you wish, you can place the image in the location where book cover images are stored, i.e. the images directory beneath the Book Collector directory where you store the book database.
  2. If you are editing an entry for a book by the author, you can right-click on the icon of three horizontal bars to the left of the author's name while editing the book entry and select "Edit this author entry." Or from the main Book Collector window, you can select "Edit" then "Manage Pick Lists" to select the author picklist where you can select the relevant author—you can double-click on the author entry then to edit it.
  3. In the Edit Author window, click on the Images tab.
  4. For the "Template Image" field, browse to where you downloaded the image of the author. Once you have selected the image, click on OK. Leave the "Image (will be scaled to 16x16)" field blank. You can then close the entry where you are editing the author's information. When viewing the entry for a book by the author from the book list in the home screen for Book Collector, you should then see a small thumbnail picture of the author.

If you don't have an image, but want to add a picture to the author's entry, check to see if there is a Wikipedia entry for the author or if the author has a website.

You can use similar steps to add an image for a publisher's entry in the database.

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Sun, May 21, 2017 10:29 pm

Book Collector database disappeared

I use the book database software to manage my book collection. I hadn't updated the database for several months, but I had purchased some books recently and wanted to add those books to the database. When I opened the Book Collector program (version 16.4.3), it automatically opened the last book database I had open, which was one that I use to track books my wife and I have purchased as gifts for a friend who also enjoys reading, so I don't buy the same ones again in the future. But when I tried to find the database in which I store information for my own books, I couldn't find it. When I clicked on File and selected Open Database in the program and navigated to a folder where I thought that database was stored, the program didn't show the database at that location. When I navigated to that directory with the Windows File Explorer, I didn't see any files with a .bkc extension, which is the filename extension used by the Book Collector database program. also provides comic, game, movie, and music database programs.

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Sun, Feb 17, 2013 10:35 pm

Book Collector Missing Images

After upgrading Book Collector from to version 9.0.6, I found that images on detail pages for some templates were missing when I used an existing book database on a shared network drive.. E.g., images for "hardback", "paperback", and "English".

Book Collector missing images

Inside Book Collector, I clicked on Tools, Maintenance, Update File Links, which showed me that the program was expecting to find missing files in the C:\Users\Administrator\Documents\Book Collector\Images\Listitemimages directory.

Book Collector missing files

There was no Listitemimages directory beneath the Book Collector\Images directory on the network shared folder where I had the book database, so I copied the Listitemimages directory from the user folder, i.e., the C:\Users\Administrator\Documents Book Coletor\Images\Listitemimages\ folder underneath that location.

I had already updated the location for image and template files by selecting Tools, Optins, and changing the location for User Templates Folder and then clicking on the Images tab and modifying the values for Default Folder for Image Files and Default Folder for Thumbnail Files to point to the Templates and Images subdirectories on the shared network location, so I closed Book Collector and reoopened it to see if that would cause the missing images to now appear. They didn't, so I clicked on Tools, Maintenance, and Update File Links again. When the Update File Links window opened, I clicked on the Update button. I saw a window stating "This will update 76 file paths. Are you sure?" I clicked on Yes, but 0 files were updated, so I highlighted all of the misssing files in the Update File Links window by clicking on the top one, then scrolling to the bottom and clicking on the bottom file while holding down the shift key. Then with all of the files highlighted, I clicked on the Automatic button. A window opened allowing me to browse to the Listitemimages subdirectory I created at the shared network folder location. I then clicked on OK. I then saw the new location appear in the New Folder column in the Update File Links window for most, but not all of the files. E.g., there was nothing listed in the New Folder column for files associated with languages. I then clicked on the Update button. I was notified that "42 of the 76 files have been updated." I clicked on OK then Close.

After closing and reopening Book Collector 9.0.6, I saw there was now a small image representing "hardback" and "paperback", depending on the book, but there was still a missing image for "English".

Book Collector English image missing

So I went through the same process as before for updating the file links. Again, I browsed to the Listitemimages directory. This time Book Collector showed an entry under New Folder for most, but not all, of the remaining missing files when I selected all of the files, browsed to the Listitemimages subdirectory and clicked on Automatic. I clicked on Update and saw "This will update 34 file paths. Are you sure?" I clicked on Yes and saw "26 files have been updated." I clicked on OK and then Close. The image for English then appeared.

Book Collector English image missing

I then went through the same Update File Links process as before. This time all but 2 of the missing files were found, though I was browsing to the exact location as before when Book Collector had not found them. When I clicked on Update this time, I was informed that 6 of the 8 missing files had been updated.

I then repeated the Update File Links process once more. This time the remaining two missing files were found. It's weird how Book Collector couldn't find them all in one pass, but required me to repeat the process multiple times, though each time I was browsing to the same location.

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Sun, Feb 17, 2013 6:13 pm

Collectorz Movie Database Locked

I installed the 9.0.6 version of Movie Collector from . When I attempted to open an existing movie database with it, I saw the following message: Movie Collector 9.0
Opening the database in Read-Only mode, because another user (Jane) on computer "Tarzan" is currently using this database in Writable mode.

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Because Movie Collector thought the database was already in use it opened it in read-only mode.

The database was located on a shared network drive, but when I checked the mentioned computer and all other computers on the LAN, I did not find any running Movie Collector. I found a jane_movies.mvclck database file in the same directory as the database jane_movies. I opened that file with Notepad and saw the following:

<lockinfo><writable><client pcname="TARZAN" name="Jane Doe" key="196876543211" username="Jane"/></writable><readonly/></lockinfo>

I closed Movie Collector and deleted the .mvclck file. I was then able to open the database with Movie Collector in write mode.

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Sun, Nov 08, 2009 5:57 pm

Movie Collector 6.4.1 Customization

I installed Movie Collector™ on my wife's new laptop today. Since we want all systems in the household to use a common movie database, I configured it to use a database stored on a shared network folder.

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