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Old 12-14-2012, 04:21 AM   #5
chaley
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Originally Posted by SneeziePacker View Post
I'd say the "Later" step probably isn't worthwhile, that the "Even later" would be a better use of limited resources since as you state, expectations (and bugs) would escalate. It does seem like a logical thing to expect from the user side.
Thanks for the feedback.
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I was a systems analyst in a former life, but I really don't know much about developing using current operating systems. But to do your "even later" scenario, it seems that you are heading more toward something such as Evernote, which is another program that I love. They have apps for every mobile device and every type of operating system. You can modify most all of the data from any of them, although they have a lot fewer actual data fields to deal with. However the Evernote data resides in the cloud instead of on an individual PC. Is that the way Calibre would need to head in order to allow for a similar interaction from various places/devices without all sorts of data issues? There must be some critical ability in being able to control cloud data differently. Or maybe they just have a slew of developers sitting around working on it.
There is a long-running effort to separate calibre's back end (the database) from the front end (the gui client). If and when this effort finishes (which won't be soon), a multi-user back would become possible, perhaps cloud-based.

You are right to point out that managing changes is easier if the changes can be synced immediately to a unique store visible to all users (the cloud). Such a facility would permit the user to see and manage simultaneous changes. I don't use evernote, but google docs is another reasonable example of working this way. That said, I don't think that we will have anything like cloud access for a long time, so the problem becomes how to provide the desired functionality within the framework that calibre provides today. We have some ideas for how to proceed, but we are struggling with making how "it" works both obvious and without corner-case surprises.
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I am so very happy with Calibre and CC, and I will happily use one workaround or another to keep track of what I read for the time being.

Thanks so much for taking the time to respond in such detail.

Kathy
You are very welcome. Thanks again for your thoughts. Dialog with users is important.
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