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Old 10-01-2012, 04:29 PM   #1
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[Android App] Calibre Companion content server integration

Edit: Testing has finished. CC version 2.2.1 has been generally released. Note that you must be running calibre 0.9.0 or higher to use the content server integration.

We have finally finished Calibre Companion's content server integration. To avoid unnecessary problems we would like to have a few people test it before we release it for general consumption.

First, I should say what it does. This integration permits you to connect to the calibre content server on the same machine that is running the wireless connection driver. Once connected, you can browse the library using whatever categories you have set up. Search is supported. You can see the calibre metadata for any book. You can download any format of a book, and the book is immediately added to CC's database. If you download a book that you already have, the book is overwritten so you don't end up with two copies. Calibre's metadata is downloaded as well, so CC won't have the problem of bogus internal book metadata and automatic metadata management will work for these books.

Equally important: what it doesn't do: this is not a general OPDS browser. It is intended to connect only to a calibre content server, and in particular the server on the same machine running the wireless driver. We understand that a general OPDS browser would be a good thing, but there are issues.

You must have purchased CC to participate in this test. The apk checks licenses.

If you are interested in testing it, send me a PM containing an email address where I can send a 1.2 MB apk file. Once you receive that file, put it on your device (somehow) and install it. For example, and assuming you have a file manager program, download the APK directly onto the device from the email message then use the file manager to run the installer.

I am not looking for 100s of testers. The first 10 or so who respond will be sent the APK. We hope to finish the test this week. It the results are good, then we will release it as an update this weekend.

What we want back from you:
- Does it blow up anywhere?
- Does it work? Can you browse and download?
- Does it connect? Are there any issues?
- Constructive suggestions for improving help messages.
- Constructive suggestions for improving functionality, keeping in mind that it is not a general OPDS browser.
- Did we break anything in the wireless connection part?
- And anything else you want to say.

The Content Server integration requires calibre 0.9.0 or later.

Please post comments to this thread.

Last edited by chaley; 10-05-2012 at 02:09 PM. Reason: add required version of calibre
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