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Old 08-07-2012, 11:46 AM   #1
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I have no idea how difficult or easy this might be to implement, I'm not a programmer and don't pretend to be, but would it be possible to have Calibre ask which library you'd like to open when it starts? Of course many users have only one library so Calibre would/should only ask this if you've told it you have more than one library or maybe a tweak that you have to activate to get Calibre to ask?

My reason for suggesting this is I have multiple libraries and most of the time I have no issue with Calibre simply opening up to the last library used and then I switch to the one I want to work on. Lately, however, I've been working on my comic book library which is on an external drive that I've been carting between home and work. If that's the library I was last working on but I don't currently have that drive connected to the computer Calibre removes that library from it's list and then, rather than ask if I want to open a different library, insists on creating a new library that I then have to delete once I've gotten it to open one of my other existing libraries.

I know there is a command line function/code/command(?) that can be used to tell Calibre to open a specific library and I've more or less finally figured out how to use it but my first instinct is to open Calibre using the desktop icon not a command line interface, plus I don't always remember which library I was using last.

It's just a thought.
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I have no idea how difficult or easy this might be to implement, I'm not a programmer and don't pretend to be, but would it be possible to have Calibre ask which library you'd like to open when it starts? Of course many users have only one library so Calibre would/should only ask this if you've told it you have more than one library or maybe a tweak that you have to activate to get Calibre to ask?

My reason for suggesting this is I have multiple libraries and most of the time I have no issue with Calibre simply opening up to the last library used and then I switch to the one I want to work on. Lately, however, I've been working on my comic book library which is on an external drive that I've been carting between home and work. If that's the library I was last working on but I don't currently have that drive connected to the computer Calibre removes that library from it's list and then, rather than ask if I want to open a different library, insists on creating a new library that I then have to delete once I've gotten it to open one of my other existing libraries.

I know there is a command line function/code/command(?) that can be used to tell Calibre to open a specific library and I've more or less finally figured out how to use it but my first instinct is to open Calibre using the desktop icon not a command line interface, plus I don't always remember which library I was using last.

It's just a thought.
Last is the Normal Calibre open Icon.
Use a different Icon with the command line arguments to the other Library (If nothing else, paintshop a Number on a set of Calibre Icons )
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:20 PM   #3
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Last is the Normal Calibre open Icon.
Use a different Icon with the command line arguments to the other Library (If nothing else, paintshop a Number on a set of Calibre Icons )
Er, that only vaguely made sense to me. I think I understand the concept of what you're saying but I have no idea how to execute it.
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Er, that only vaguely made sense to me. I think I understand the concept of what you're saying but I have no idea how to execute it.
OK Windows XP seems to Barf on the double commandline switch
A batch file attached to an Shortcut (desktop icon,) does work
Sample for a Library on a Flashdrive attached
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File Type: bat BlueLib.bat (64 Bytes, 35 views)
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:59 PM   #5
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Cool. Thanks. I edited the bat file to reflect the location of my main library, created a shortcut to it and it works a treat. It looks like I have to manually close the cmd terminal once calibre opens but I can live with that. Now I just have to figure out the custom icon thing but that's what google is for. LOL
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:48 PM   #6
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The other idea would be an ability to flag a library as the default, and it would be the one that all launches of calibre would use by default.
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Cool. Thanks. I edited the bat file to reflect the location of my main library, created a shortcut to it and it works a treat. It looks like I have to manually close the cmd terminal once calibre opens but I can live with that. Now I just have to figure out the custom icon thing but that's what google is for. LOL
Here are 2 starter icons:

I placed them in the resources/images Calibre configuration Directory
just so they would survive normal uninstalls (calibre does not know about them)
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File Type: zip LibIcons.zip (264.2 KB, 34 views)
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I have no idea how difficult or easy this might be to implement, I'm not a programmer and don't pretend to be, but would it be possible to have Calibre ask which library you'd like to open when it starts? Of course many users have only one library so Calibre would/should only ask this if you've told it you have more than one library or maybe a tweak that you have to activate to get Calibre to ask?
If you use the calibre portable version it will always start on the library within calibre portable's structure and will never start on any other library.
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The other idea would be an ability to flag a library as the default, and it would be the one that all launches of calibre would use by default.
That's an idea too and would probably be easier to implement than mine.
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If you use the calibre portable version it will always start on the library within calibre portable's structure and will never start on any other library.
Can you use Calibre Portable on a computer that already has regular Calibre installed? I would only really need it for the comic library as the rest of my libraries are in my Dropbox directory.
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Can you use Calibre Portable on a computer that already has regular Calibre installed? I would only really need it for the comic library as the rest of my libraries are in my Dropbox directory.
Yes, that's no problem at all.
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I placed them in the resources/images Calibre configuration Directory
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Thanks. I'll probably do that for the comic book library then as that's really the only one Calibre is not likely to find at any given point.
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