|11-19-2012, 08:37 PM||#1|
Join Date: Nov 2012
Alternatives to calibre?
I share the desire for some alternative to Calibre.
I admire the developers, the rate at which they keep the application churning, and the features they've managed to support, but…
As OS X applications go, it is without doubt one of the ugliest, most cumbersome interfaces I've ever seen. Bizarre as it is byzantine, there's no getting around the fact that Calibre is just plain hideous.
|11-19-2012, 09:05 PM||#2|
Join Date: Jul 2012
Device: Kobo Touch, Kobo Glo, Kobo Arc(32GB), NookHD
When I started using Calibre out of necessity, I found it to be a lot of what its detractors say - counterintuitive, ugly, hard to manage.
Three things happened, though.
1. KG improved it a LOT (around version 6 or 7?)
2. Necessity. There IS no other game in town for book management.
3. I decided, that, being 40+, I'd adjust to what I could not learn.
4. Third parties wrote awesome, essential plugins.
5. KG went all gui. It became obsolete to worry about python installations and scripts.
6. I use devices that can deal with titles being plopped on their storage from Windows explorer. When I wanna read, I export from calibre into one of my Desktop folders (Books4Kobo, Books4Nook, Books4Archos)
Okay, so six things happened. I'm a reader, not a mathematician.
What I'm saying is: Give Calibre 0.9x a fresh spin with a fresh mind. Yeah, it had growing pains. So did I.
Last edited by oj829; 11-19-2012 at 09:06 PM. Reason: spelling
|11-19-2012, 10:43 PM||#3|
US Navy, Retired
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: North Carolina
Device: Nexus 7
|11-19-2012, 10:51 PM||#4|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Roslindale, Massachusetts
Device: Kobo Aura H2O, Sony PRS-650, Sony PRS-T1, nook STR, iPad 1, iPhone 5
I find Calibre to be very good and the interface is not ugly. Besides, you'll just have to get used to it. There is no alternative.
Last edited by JSWolf; 11-21-2012 at 04:41 AM. Reason: typo correction
|11-19-2012, 11:39 PM||#5|
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Midwest USA
Device: Sony PRS-350, Kobo Glo, PW2
I'm with JSWolf, I love the Calibre interface, especially the way the book covers flip across the black background, fantastic looking. And the way it organizes my library and sideloads to my reader just can't be beat.
|11-20-2012, 08:18 AM||#6|
Join Date: Jan 2010
Device: Onyx Boox 60, PocketBook Touch
And of course there are lots of options to modify the look and feel. If you don't like it, change it!
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