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Old 12-10-2012, 10:30 PM   #1
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Filling a Custom Column with Auto-Incremented Values

Hello,

I've imported 200+ PDFs and I want to have this custom column of mine have values from 001 to 200. Is there a simple way to do this via editing metadata in bulk? I'm obviously new to this and lost. Please point me to an area/topic where might be explained, if do-able. Thanks so much!
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:56 PM   #2
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If you just want to sort your books so they will always be in the same order you can use the date column.

Or you could make a custom column with for keeping series like information and use bulk edit metadata to populate it by giving all of the books the same series name.

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Hello,

I've imported 200+ PDFs and I want to have this custom column of mine have values from 001 to 200. Is there a simple way to do this via editing metadata in bulk? I'm obviously new to this and lost. Please point me to an area/topic where might be explained, if do-able. Thanks so much!
The only way to do this is the one suggested by speakingtohe: use a custom series column and number the series starting at one. The reason: the template language has no way to access information for other books in the library and no way to update columns.

If you are python-literate then you could write a plugin to do it. For all I know an existing plugin might be able to do something like what you want.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:27 AM   #4
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If you have the books and the number you want for each in something like a CSV file, then you could use the Import List plugin to do such an update. If you don't have such a CSV, you could export the books using the catalog function in calibre to such a file, then add the column with your desired values and then reimport it using Import List.
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:25 AM   #5
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Thank you all. The series suggestion seemed like the right way to go so I changed things around a bit and I think this will work fine.

Thanks again!
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