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Old 08-23-2013, 04:16 AM   #1
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calibre reaches version 1.0, after seven years in the making

Lo and behold, today marks the day when calibre has finally reached the all-important 1.0 status. We've to go far back in time - somewhere in late October 2006 to be precise - when MobileReader and calibre brainchild kovidgoyal introduced the libprs500 tool. libprs500 was the predecessor of calibre, and it served as an unofficial solution for accessing the Sony PRS-500 (Sony's first e-reader, long before Amazon introduced the Kindle) from non-Windows hosts. It was then sometime around mid-2008 when libprs500 was renamed to calibre in participation of supporting non-Sony readers as well.

Congrats to everyone who's been involved in the development of calibre, and of course, first and foremost congrats to Kovid! Now that we've reached 1.0 - when can we expect version 2.0?

So what's new in 1.0?

New Features
  • A new 'cover grid' view of the books in your calibre library
  • A new, faster database backend
  • RTF Input: Add option to ignore WMF images iinstead of replacing them with a placeholder
  • Content server: Make virtual libraries available as searches from the start page. They work just like saved searches, clicking on a virtual library will show you all the books in that virtual library

Bug Fixes
  • Remove extra, useless 'language' entry in metadata download configuration dialog
  • Kobo driver: Display device collections even if the driver is configured to not manage shelves on the device
  • Fix typo in calibre.desktop file on linux
  • Edit metadata dialog: Disable OK button while results are being downloaded
  • In OS X 10.8 Apple stopped redirecting stdout/stderr to Console.app for applications launched by launch services. Re-enable the redirection, useful for debugging
  • Fix virtual library tabs not being updated when using VL button

New and improved news sources
  • News24 and Nuus24 by Nicki de Wet
  • Consumerist
  • jeuxvideo
  • Metro UK
  • El Tribuno
  • High Country News
  • Daily Express
  • Providence Journal
  • mediapart

The above list only lists changes from the last 0.9 version. For a complete list of changes between 0.9 and 1.0, see this page.

Want to know more about calibre? Head over to the Calibre forums.

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Old 08-23-2013, 04:55 AM   #2
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Congratulations to Kovid and all the others who have participated in building this into a wonderfully useful tool!
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A hearty round of applause and a big thank you to Kovid.

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Congratulations.

I wonder if it would actually be possible to decently read and manage ebooks without using calibre.
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Congratulations.

I wonder if it would actually be possible to decently read and manage ebooks without using calibre.
Congratulations!
I agree it is hard to imagine reading on our various devices without calibre.
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I wonder if it would actually be possible to decently read and manage ebooks without using calibre.
Certainly it is. I have several friends who are avid readers and have Kindles. I've told them about Calibre but they're just not interested. They just buy from Amazon and read on the Kindle.
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OHHHHH !!! the cover grid !!!!! Nifty !!!!


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Thank you Kovid Goyal for all the efforts that you and your helpers have put into making Calibre the wonderful free elibrary management system that it is.


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Old 08-23-2013, 05:34 AM   #10
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Thank you all, it has been a long and fun journey, made possible only by the help and support of calibre's amazing community -- developers, users, testers, translators all of you have made this possible.
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Well done, really great piece of software I'd have no chance of managing my books without it.
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Woah, and I was just looking for the cover grid 30 minutes ago.

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I bet there were more than a few headaches along the way too. How many lines of code would you guess is in the program by now kovidgoyal?
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