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Old 11-05-2012, 08:49 AM   #1
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Question Help - Installing 3rd party plugins under Windows 8

Having moved from XP to Windows 8 I am having a few problems as everything is so radically different.
I am trying to install [some third party plugins from a downloaded zip file], and have managed to download them, and to follow the "Extract All" option.
This is where I've come up short, being a pretty bad example of Tech Dunce Syndrome, to be brutally honest.

I can't get beyond "navigate to the unzipped files" [a doodle, even for me, on the old familiar XP] because I don't know what I should be doing to do so ....... The OS layout is so different.
I appreciate that certain ........... circumstances, may make it ... perhaps more suitable to use Private Messages to me regarding this topic.
( I hope this post is OK with Moderators, and am happy for guidelines if needed. )

I would be really grateful if anyone up to scratch with Win 8 and [third party plugins], would be willing to help me with an "Idiots Guide" to installation of [third party plugins] ?
I'm OK operating the thing, (I think/hope !)but this has me beat, sorry.

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Old 11-05-2012, 10:17 AM   #2
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IMHO remove the discussion on 'tools' and it's author, and you are good.

What you have is a problem installing 3rd party plugins that are not supported (hosted here at MR) by the built in manager on a W8 system
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:05 PM   #3
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I've barely scratched Windows 7, let alone Windows 8. And it sounds as if you need more OS help than "tools" help.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:03 PM   #4
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I've barely scratched Windows 7, let alone Windows 8. And it sounds as if you need more OS help than "tools" help.
........keerrect ....... !

I think another session with the tech boys lie ahead .... but if theducks is right, I'm banjaxxed anyway - as are all Win 8 users, unless a fix is possible.

I think ..........
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:08 PM   #5
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I have adjusted your request and the thread title to more closely reflect what it is I think you're really asking. Hopefully some Windows 8 savvy people will be along in a moment to discuss Windows 8 file selection dialogs in calibre.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:17 PM   #6
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@carpetmojo - are you taking advantage boards like this one - http://www.eightforums.com

Many people there will have been using W8 during its beta years - there are quite few tutorials on the basics.

And maybe get something like Windows 8 for Dummies on your Sony

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Old 11-05-2012, 09:49 PM   #7
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I've just installed W8 as a test and here is what I have (or am doing) to get these 3rd party add-ons to install.
  • Using IE downloaded Calibre (used defaults in IE), ensured I selected SAVE option
  • Installed calibre
  • Download 3rd party add-ons (used defaults in IE), ensured I selected SAVE option
  • Clicked "gear" symbol in IE and selected "View Downloads" (Ctrl J)
  • Clicked the "Open" button adjacent to the zip file downloaded
  • Screen now shows the contents of the zip file just downloaded
  • Drag the Calibre_Plugins entry to one of the locations shown on the left hand side of the screen; I selected Downloads listed under Favorites
  • In calibre, go to Preferences | Plugins | Load plugin from file
  • In the directory selection box displayed, click on the same location as you extracted the directory to (so in my case Downloads listed under Favorites and then double-click on Calibre_Plugins to open that folder
  • Finally select which plugin you want to install
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