Originally Posted by Leep
Since the tool bar is customizable, I am not sure I see a need to 'simplify' the Calibre user interface.
Exactly what I was thinking. I keep my most-used functions on the toolbar or menubar, and as a result they are rather full.
My particular usage case:
I use calibre daily but usually only put books on the Kindle about once a month.
I use a lot of plugins, both "background" plugins (metadata plugins, for ex) and "interactive" ones (Reading Lists, Kindle Collections, Goodreads Sync, etc).
In a typical session I
- add books
- fix anything that can interfere with metadata download
- download metadata and covers
- add custom metadata (genre, additional tags, notes)
- convert if needed
- run the page numbers/word count plugin
- add to Reading Lists as needed including List for automatically syncing Kindle on next connection
Every couple of weeks I use Goodreads Sync, depending on how many books I've accumulated in that time.
Several of these actions involve custom columns, and I also use column coloring rules.
I'm sure I'm missing some stuff, but this is off the top of my head based on what I did in calibre yesterday.