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Old 11-19-2012, 07:37 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:05 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 11-19-2012, 09:43 PM   #3
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:51 PM   #4
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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.

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Old 11-19-2012, 10:39 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:18 AM   #6
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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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