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Old 06-06-2008, 03:23 PM   #31
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I am much indebted to Kovid for his overall excelent job. Calibre is the main reason why I chose to buy a 505 to replace my old 500. In fact, I think that Sony should express its gratitude to Kovid, perhaps by sending him a couple thousand dollars as an incentive. What about it, Sony? If you don't want to acknowledge that Kovid was able to do what you could not (i.e., write decent, useful software), you may send it anonymously...
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Old 06-11-2008, 05:49 PM   #32
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Thumbs up epub epub epub

my vote for epub as the standard format.

I haven't recieved my BeBook (Hanlin V3) yet, but since LRF is a proprietary format, I know that as of now Calibre sadly won't be of much use for me.

I love Calibre, especially the news feature (full articles from any RSS feed!!). With this in mind, I wish there was a feature to just press a button and have your feeds automatically downloaded (maybe there could be groups of feeds, e. g. "daily", "weekly" etc.). This isn't that important, though.

Creating custom recipes is also a bit too complicated for a non-programmer like me, but I guess that lies in the nature of things... I fooled around with it but wasn't able to get the results I wanted. Wasn't able to exclude the scores of "side content" in the fetched articles (site navigation links, disclaimers etc.). Don't know if there's a way of making this easier and more intuitive (like clipmarks - another nice, but pretty useless web 2.0 tool).

Anyway, I hope calibre will evolve from the "sony only" to "universal" soon! And I agree that Sony or some other company would be wise to secure Kovids knowledge for their eBook business. Just let us hope that that wouldn't be the end of Calibre!

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Old 06-12-2008, 05:40 AM   #33
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Aha. I guess I should have been a little more specific. There's a little bug (in the Mac version, at least) with regard to adding artwork. the metadata window expands to accommodate the size of the image without taking into account the size of the display. If the image is too big, the control buttons and "resize corner" vanish off the bottom of the screen and can't be retrieved. The only way out is to hit the ESC key or the close button. My suggestion would be to only expand the window down to the top of the Dock (or the bottom of the screen if the dock is hidden) and add a scrollbar, OR to dynamically resize the "displayed" image to avoid enlarging the window too far.

(I should also note that I'm still using one of the last versions of libprs500. If this has already been fixed in calibre, I apologize).
I had this problem also as I use a wide screen 19" lcd tv for my mac mini. I seem to remember all I do is hit enter after adding the cover. Usually although it's not visible the ok button is highlighted and enter works. If not, add the cover, highlight a field except comments and hit enter. Hope that works as I am using the latest and can't remember exactly.
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Old 06-15-2008, 11:30 PM   #34
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Calibre is just great. There are a few features I'd like to see added:

- Normalize format in library. epub is probably the most universal format. I think Calibre should have an option to normalize inputs to this format.
- Auto convert on sync. If my device doesn't natively support a format, Calibre should dynamically convert it.
- Sync on connect. Should be configurable (ex: collections --> device memory, others to sd card).

I also agree with the auto-download of recipies. I think if it were exposed as a command line option, we could use our OS's native scheduler to run as we see fit.

Thanks again for such a great app!

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Old 06-16-2008, 12:14 AM   #35
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feeds2lrf is the commandline interface to the feeds fetching code.
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Old 06-16-2008, 08:51 AM   #36
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That's great! I've put this into a script & added it to my scheduler:

PHP Code:
feeds2lrf.exe --feeds="['http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/TopNews', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/headlines/politics', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/headlines/health', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/headlines/business', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/headlines/technology/science', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/NationalNews', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/WorldNews', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/iraq', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/entertainment', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/Columnists/ChristopherDickey', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/Columnists/FareedZakaria', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/columnists/HowardFineman', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/columnists/JonathanAlter', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/columnists/EleanorClift', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/columnists/TerrorWatch', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/columnists/JaneBryantQuinn', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/columnists/RobertJSamuelson', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/columnists/DeanOrnish', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/Columnists/HerBody', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/columnists/StevenLevy', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/columnists/RabbiMarcGellman', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/columnists/MarkStarr', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/columnists/GeorgeFWill', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/columnists/AnnaQuindlen', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/Newsweek/MyTurn', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/enterprise', 'http://feeds.newsweek.com/newsweek/HealthForLife' ]" --title="Newsday Online" 
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edit: Is it possible to add this to the library via the command line as well?

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Old 06-16-2008, 10:32 AM   #37
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So far, there are two things that seem to stick out:

1. Standardize the library native format to ePub, then offer conversions to the various types so that the app can be used with multiple devices.
2. The automated news feed downloader

Kovid, what would it take to get these two things done?
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:29 PM   #38
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You'd get better results with
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You can add ebooks to the database with the calibredb command.
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:34 PM   #39
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So far, there are two things that seem to stick out:

1. Standardize the library native format to ePub, then offer conversions to the various types so that the app can be used with multiple devices.
2. The automated news feed downloader

Kovid, what would it take to get these two things done?
Hmm lets see, epub would take a solid week of effort, the automated downloader about 3-4 days. So I'd say $500 and $250 to get me to hurry up on them (I am planning to add both features eventually anyway).
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:43 PM   #40
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So you're saying you could get started with an initial deposit of $250? With a balance of $250?
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:50 PM   #41
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I read it as $500 for the spun and $250 for the other
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Old 06-16-2008, 03:05 PM   #42
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I'd get started with the automated downloader for $250 (you should use a service like chipin to hold the funds until I deliver the feature).
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Old 06-16-2008, 04:17 PM   #43
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Check your PayPal account for some more 'moral' support from me.

Obviously, ePub would be my priority, as I have no use for LRF at all.

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Old 06-16-2008, 04:28 PM   #44
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:06 PM   #45
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I've created a Chipin page for the automated downloader. I will work on another Chipin for the ePub support once we reach this milestone. Please contribute! Maybe we should spawn another thread?

Here is the Chipin link: http://calibre.chipin.com

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