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Old 09-27-2010, 02:58 AM   #1
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bulk metadata - 2 issues with series

any easy solution for either of these issue please:

1. many book series are found with the series data embedded into the title i.e. the title syntax is something like "XXnn - title" where XXnn is a series abbreviation & series number.

this causes metadata lookups to usually fail, unless the XXnn is manually removed beforehand in each case - then replaced afterwards ( It's a useful format e,g, for Kindle )

so a bulk metadata update is not possible - any workaround for quickly doing 10+ books ?

2. the auto number series seem to look for the highest number ever used then continue from there. so once a book has been added out of sequence there is no way to correctly auto - number later additions to the library

is there any way to select & sort a series in the main pane then force a series re-numbering to be re-applied ?
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Only by setting them all to a new series name in bulk edit and then renaming them back in my experience.
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Only by setting them all to a new series name in bulk edit and then renaming them back in my experience.
i worked around it like this in one instance: books 1 2 3, 26 were already correctly numbered. so I chenged 26 to 1, tehn selected books 4-26 in main pane & ticked renumber. they came out OK.

so it seems that the trick is to temporarly remove any out fo sequence high numbers then let auto-number do its thing.
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Old 09-27-2010, 05:01 AM   #4
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i worked around it like this in one instance: books 1 2 3, 26 were already correctly numbered. so I chenged 26 to 1, tehn selected books 4-26 in main pane & ticked renumber. they came out OK.

so it seems that the trick is to temporarly remove any out fo sequence high numbers then let auto-number do its thing.
You could just use the feature supplied to force the numbers to start at a given number, see attached.
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1. many book series are found with the series data embedded into the title i.e. the title syntax is something like "XXnn - title" where XXnn is a series abbreviation & series number.

this causes metadata lookups to usually fail, unless the XXnn is manually removed beforehand in each case - then replaced afterwards ( It's a useful format e,g, for Kindle )

so a bulk metadata update is not possible - any workaround for quickly doing 10+ books ?
When bulk editing the metadata, there's a search & replace- field. Try using that to first remove series info, then do your metadata lookup, then put the series info back again. Yes, three distinct steps is not "quickly", but it's better than doing every single book manually.
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Old 09-27-2010, 06:21 AM   #6
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You could just use the feature supplied to force the numbers to start at a given number, see attached.
i dont have that field/feature & I am using 7.20 please see my attachment - what program version is your screenshot from ?
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i dont have that field/feature & I am using 7.20 please see my attachment - what program version is your screenshot from ?
I guess this is new to the beta version (0.7.904), you should see it in 0.7.21

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i dont have that field/feature & I am using 7.20 please see my attachment - what program version is your screenshot from ?
There are a lot of things in the beta that aren't in the 0.7.20 release. You should read the beta thread to see if any of your problems are already solved. The beta is likely to become production this week, so if you have comments, now is the time to make them.
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