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Old 01-27-2013, 04:45 AM   #1
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How do you track books with downloaded metadata?

Hello,

I'm wondering if there is a way to track books that you have already downloaded metadata (cover and data) without going through them one by one?

i have an erratic/slow connection, so i only update metadata when i'm not doing anything online, is there something that will tell me that you already used "Download Metadata" on a particular book or not?

i'm thinking like a custom column, where there is a date when you downloaded metadata of that book.


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Old 01-27-2013, 06:21 AM   #2
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i have an erratic/slow connection, so i only update metadata when i'm not doing anything online, is there something that will tell me that you already used "Download Metadata" on a particular book or not?
No.

I use the add tag on import feature (Preferences - Adding books) to add the tag "working" to books and as I add them to the library. As I clean up the metadata I remove the "working" tag.

I also use the Restrict to feature to to restrict a view to my "Finished Library" which only shows the books that don't have the "working" tag. I also went to Preferences - Behavior and set it start with the "Finished Library" view.

Whenever I want to work on my metadata and clean up "working" books I change to my Restrict to feature to my "Working library." As I clean up the metadata and remove the "working" tag the book is automatically removed from my "working library" view and now shows in the "Finished Library" view. Read about the Restrict To feature here and here.

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Old 01-27-2013, 06:41 AM   #3
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Thanks DoctorOhh! brilliant work-around!

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Old 01-31-2013, 12:33 PM   #4
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I'd just like to thank Doctor Ohh for his reply to this question. It has really helped understand the search function in calibre & how I can use it to my advantage. Seems so much easier than creating separate libraries. Thanks Doc
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I have put cover:false Or comments:false into the search box and got a list of all the books without covers or without the bookflap info depending on what I was looking for. Have a look at the Search Interface under Graphical User Interface in the user manual for all kinds of helpful ideas.

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I have put cover:false Or comments:false into the search box and got a list of all the books without covers or without the bookflap info depending on what I was looking for. Have a look at the Search Interface under Graphical User Interface in the user manual for all kinds of helpful ideas.

Once you have that list, you can Select All (ctrl-A) and bulk metadata edit and ad a tag to all those books in one step
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