View Full Version : Calibre for IMPs?


scruffy
09-02-2008, 12:22 AM
Pointer to post for more discussion:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?p=245072#post245072

Nate the great
09-02-2008, 12:25 AM
Please don't double post. It only adds clutter.

scruffy
09-02-2008, 12:29 AM
Please don't double post. It only adds clutter.

I didn't double post, I posted in the most appropriate section, and then put a pointer in the other forum section where folks who might be interested (ie imp coders) would see it, since they might not otherwise read the Calibre section (since it doesn't currently support making imps)

Nate the great
09-02-2008, 01:04 AM
Both posts will show up under "New Posts". Only one is needed, so the other is clutter.

zelda_pinwheel
09-03-2008, 10:11 AM
nate, i understand what you're saying, and i agree with you in 99% percent of cases, but i do see scruffy's point of view and to be honest i think in this specific situation the double post is justified. i'm sure he won't make a habit of it, right ? ;)

(i say this because there might be people who don't look at "new posts", or only look at the new posts of the specific forums they follow ; and i can imagine there are plenty who follow the eb1150 but not the calibre forum. myself, for instance.)

nrapallo
09-03-2008, 10:16 AM
nate, i understand what you're saying, and i agree with you in 99% percent of cases, but i do see scruffy's point of view and to be honest i think in this specific situation the double post is justified. i'm sure he won't make a habit of it, right ? ;)

(i say this because there might be people who don't look at "new posts", or only look at the new posts of the specific forums they follow ; and i can imagine there are plenty who follow the eb1150 but not the calibre forum. myself, for instance.)

Me, me, me, me, I fall into that category. It was primarily because it was posted here that I was made aware of it; especially given that I don't own a Sony e-ink device and I'm always in this forum....

zelda_pinwheel
09-03-2008, 10:29 AM
see, and nick is EXACTLY the person you want to find out about this project !

nrapallo
09-03-2008, 10:31 AM
see, and nick is EXACTLY the person you want to find out about this project !

or ashkulz! See what he and Kovid have managed to whip up in a few hours. Now these guys are scary.... good scary!

zelda_pinwheel
09-03-2008, 10:37 AM
there's a whole little bunch of you i find scary. (good scary, of course !) ;)

nrapallo
09-03-2008, 12:03 PM
there's a whole little bunch of you i find scary. (good scary, of course !) ;)

Oh, and over twenty posts a day since the beginning of the year and 5,452 Total Posts, to date, isn't somewhat scary too... (scary scary that is!) ::clap:

zelda_pinwheel
09-03-2008, 07:04 PM
Oh, and over twenty posts a day since the beginning of the year and 5,452 Total Posts, to date, isn't somewhat scary too... (scary scary that is!) ::clap:

hm. i prefer not to answer, on the grounds that it may incriminate me. ;)

nrapallo
09-03-2008, 07:39 PM
hm. i prefer not to answer, on the grounds that it may incriminate me. ;)

Incriminate yourself? Wow, another 50 or so posts since eariler today; I think that's pretty convincing to me, even if you don't answer... :hatsoff:

zelda_pinwheel
09-03-2008, 07:49 PM
the ones that are just a quotation and a smiley shouldn't count.

nrapallo
09-03-2008, 07:50 PM
the ones that are just a quotation and a smiley shouldn't count.

:) ___ :eek:
(smilie) (eek)

scruffy
09-03-2008, 11:08 PM
Me, me, me, me, I fall into that category. It was primarily because it was posted here that I was made aware of it; especially given that I don't own a Sony e-ink device and I'm always in this forum....

Thanks for the validation. Hopefully, Calibre will soon become the library software of choice for more than Sony folks...

shighfield
04-01-2009, 10:31 AM
Sorry to bump an old thread, but I am using Calibre as my library software with the 1150. I am still creating IMP's "offline" but that doesn't bother me especialy since if the original is a PDF it will take multiple steps to make it readable anyway.

The Save to disk option in Calibre works. I am lucky I have a card reader that supports the smartmedia format though. As a backup (or if too lazy to crawl on the floor to the card reader) I use impserve.

I haven't tried pointing impserve at the calibre directory yet to see if it will handle the multiple directories and formats though. Hrmmm... Nick?

nrapallo
04-01-2009, 12:58 PM
Sorry to bump an old thread, but I am using Calibre as my library software with the 1150. I am still creating IMP's "offline" but that doesn't bother me especialy since if the original is a PDF it will take multiple steps to make it readable anyway.

The Save to disk option in Calibre works. I am lucky I have a card reader that supports the smartmedia format though. As a backup (or if too lazy to crawl on the floor to the card reader) I use impserve.

I haven't tried pointing impserve at the calibre directory yet to see if it will handle the multiple directories and formats though. Hrmmm... Nick?

Just make the calibre directory a subdirectory of your Impserve bookshelf. Or better still make the Impserve bookshelf your calibre directory. Impserve will locate ALL .imp ebooks within the directory structure (including any subdirectories). It would be nice if calibre allowed the Impserve proxy server to communicate with it's own internal proxy server.... :chinscratch:

Since my .imp Perl scripts and Mobi2IMP or Impbuild by ashkulz require the eBook Publisher software by ETI, these could be used to create .imp from .html/.opf/.prc/.mobi for Windows users.

For .imp conversions to work under Linux, calibre would have to work with a Perl/wine installation of the ETI software and would require the copying of the necessary .pm libs, manually. A bit of a kludge, but could be made to work, as I did it here (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?p=277427#post277427). I think ashkulz had the best insights as how to best make the integration work with calibre under linux. Hrmmm... Ashish?

I don't know if you could use the linux setup in Mac OS X using wine or make the ETI software work with Mac OS X natively using apple scripts. Hrmmm... Shawn?

In summary, any .imp creation can only be faciliated with an installation of the eBook Publisher by ETI and so perhaps a two step processs would be best as previously used by ashkulz in PDFRead. PDFRead created the necessary .opf/.html/.jpgs files under any python installation, but required the .imp creation to take place under a system (Windows) which would support the ETI software.

The .imp related software is all here, and open-source, so eventually there could be solution... ;)

shighfield
04-01-2009, 01:09 PM
Nick: That works great. I don't know why I didn't think to try that. :)

As for the ETI software, on the mac if you dont' want to use the mac versions yes follow the linux setup and run them under Wine. (I used CXOffice but that's the same thing).

I am now a windows user again so am stuck back in the world of Mickeysoft for now. :)
Scary enough as a Mac user Vista is very usable. <Shrug>

I'm slowly adding IMP versions of my 500 book calibre library (Thankfully most are in my old Impserve structure, just not orginized correctly (at all) so I'm almost back to normal!

Favorite part of the Ebookwise for me? The way the books are orginized on the device. Soooo much better then teh Sony. :)

nrapallo
04-01-2009, 01:41 PM
The .imp related software is all here, and open-source, so eventually there could be solution... ;)

As for the ETI software, on the mac if you dont' want to use the mac versions yes follow the linux setup and run them under Wine. (I used CXOffice but that's the same thing).

I am now a windows user again so am stuck back in the world of Mickeysoft for now. :)
Scary enough as a Mac user Vista is very usable. <Shrug>

Looks like maybe it can be an all Canadian (Torontonian) solution.... :snicker: :eek:

shighfield
04-02-2009, 10:51 AM
Laugh. Just so everyone knows:

1) Install Impserve and Nick's plugins.
2) Point impserve at your Calibre book directory
3) When you add books to calibre (Go into "E"dit details and add the IMP format as well)

In Calibre I store both RTF and IMP (And if it was there before epub). By saving the format I converted from in Calibre as well I am "future proofing" my library if in the future the EBW drops dead and I have to purchase something else.

As I launch impserve on startup whenever I need to add a new book to the device I plug it in click the online bookshelf and voila all the imp's stored in my calibre lib show up, this is much easier then messing with the Smart media card as I need to crawl under my desk for that. ;)

The benifit of doing things this way (IMO) is you can use Calibre to store multiple formats and it's tagging / rating system so you can keep track of what you have read. I also on occassion use the Comments box in calibre for notes about the book as well as teh summery from ibndb.

This is under Vista. On my iBook I have calibre installed and because my library / database is stored on Dropbox I can access everything from the mac side as well. Everything works the same on the mac side of things for me with the exception of some conversion tools, but as I mentioned above I am mainly converting files "Offline".