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Old 10-25-2013, 09:24 AM   #1
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Wouldn't it be usefull

Ok so you have a library of well over a thousand books, wouldn't it be usefull if there was some software out there that would extract all of the title pages as jpeg's and dump them in a folder so that a catalogue could be made of all the front covers, very nice for browsing and choosing the next book to read.
Anyone know of any such software ?
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Ok so you have a library of well over a thousand books, wouldn't it be usefull if there was some software out there that would extract all of the title pages as jpeg's and dump them in a folder so that a catalogue could be made of all the front covers, very nice for browsing and choosing the next book to read.
Anyone know of any such software ?
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Right click the Covert Icon: Create Catalog: <select output format and options>
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Is the ePub output new in 1.8? Never noticed it before... That makes that whole thread kinda moot ^_^;
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Is the ePub output new in 1.8? Never noticed it before... That makes that whole thread kinda moot ^_^;
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...One of these days I'll just open Calibre and go through every single menu and option. Just to see what's there. Because obviously I've missed a lot of goodies...
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...One of these days I'll just open Calibre and go through every single menu and option. Just to see what's there. Because obviously I've missed a lot of goodies...
Be prepared to repeat that action frequently
I discover thing that have been added (or moved, but that has not happened for a while) all the time.
It is difficult to stay on top of the changes.

Each of us tend to use only a small subset of the features of Calibre.

My Goal is (ADE compatible, Greyscale) EPUB with an occasional Mobi. I rarely (blue moon ) touch any of the other output formats.
Every user is different
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Calibre already exists

Right click the Covert Icon: Create Catalog: <select output format and options>
First they steal my email account, then they bug Angie's cell - now they're installing hidden plugins into our ebook libraries :lol:

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Old 10-26-2013, 07:47 AM   #9
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Thanks to theducks for mentioning the catalog option, sadly this only produces a whole load of files titled cover.jpg. To import them into a document they would have to be indivually re-named which with over a thousand books would be very time consuming.
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Thanks to theducks for mentioning the catalog option, sadly this only produces a whole load of files titled cover.jpg. To import them into a document they would have to be indivually re-named which with over a thousand books would be very time consuming.
I am confused! If you select to have an epub file as the output you get a single file with all the covers embedded in it.
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I am confused! If you select to have an epub file as the output you get a single file with all the covers embedded in it.
Plus, you can set lots of options about what you want to have in that epub besides cover.
When I am saving a bunch of books for my reader, I select the books, save them to disk and then create a catalog of them. Then you can browse nicely hyperlinked catalog on your reader at your leisure.
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Thanks to theducks for mentioning the catalog option, sadly this only produces a whole load of files titled cover.jpg. To import them into a document they would have to be indivually re-named which with over a thousand books would be very time consuming.
I'm confused too! You have to select AZW3, MOBI or EPUB for the catalogs format then you will get a one single e-book document. Isn't that what you wanted?

You can even select more information for your catalog. Like for example me, reading a lot of fanfiction and wanting more information in it like genre, characters, In-Progress or Completed and other stuff. So I made me two custom columns (build from other columns) for the 'Other options' section in the catalog.

One displaying: Words / Status / gelesen (meaning read) for the 'Extra Description note'
Second displaying: Genre // Slash // Characters for the 'Merge with Comments'

And I even included my column 'Community' in it under 'Included sections' so that I can also see all books of a community together as a section and scroll through the recommendations. You can see the outcome on the picture I attached.

I found the catalog a perfect way to go through my library and select a new story when I'm not infront of my laptop.

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I too don't really see the need, but something like irfanview can easily be used to create a contact sheet of all the cover.jpg (or any differently named file) in the library directory.

Simply search for image files (limit dates or just the whole directory), create thumbnails, then use the contact sheet output setting your preferences as to number per row / column etc.

It only takes a matter of a few seconds.

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Yes, Irfanview is a good program but it wouldn't pick up a load of files all with the same name.
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Yes, Irfanview is a good program but it wouldn't pick up a load of files all with the same name.
Yes it does. Simply look at my contact sheet. Every single jpg is named cover.jpg.

Use CTR-F to search for your for your paramaters. Set .jpg as the extension. Select your ebook directory. Limit the dates if you so desire. When it finishes you'll see it has found x hundreds (thousands) with the name cover.jpg. Select show in thumbnails. When it shows the thumbnails, select them all CTRL A, and then File > Create Contact Sheet. Set your parameters there for how you want it to show (page size, rows/columns) and then save the output as a jpg. Like I said it takes seconds even scanning my directory of 15000+ books.

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