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Old 10-21-2013, 02:22 PM   #31
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Looks like medxman didn't investigate the CALIBRE_NO_NATIVE_FILEDIALOGS option - does anyone know what it does and what values it expects ?

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Old 10-21-2013, 11:28 PM   #32
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Looks like medxman didn't investigate the CALIBRE_NO_NATIVE_FILEDIALOGS option - does anyone know what it does and what values it expects ?

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It causes Qt to create its own file open dialogs instead of using the native ones from the operating system.
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Old 10-22-2013, 02:16 AM   #33
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Thanks Kovid,

I assumed that's what it was - but before trying I wanted someone to confirm/deny, just tried it to see the Qt open, delete it and native is back.

I wonder if it would solved medxman's issue, unless he's tries it we'll never ever know.

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Old 10-22-2013, 03:37 AM   #34
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It might solve his immediate issue since that seems to be with the file open dialogs, but that is merely a symptom of a deeper problem, that is likely to manifest elsewhere eventually.
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:39 AM   #35
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It might solve his immediate issue since that seems to be with the file open dialogs, but that is merely a symptom of a deeper problem, that is likely to manifest elsewhere eventually.
True, but it might have given him time to become familiar with calibre and demonstrated that he needs to reinstall Windows - in place or fresh - but at a time that suits him.

Never mind - maybe when he realises that Thatchers rule applies to calibre he'll come back and pick up the idea

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@BetterRed ... actually I did take a look at the FAQ/command page explaining the variables, but it just basically lists them and does not explain how to use or set them (the accompanying link just takes you to a general page for settings in Windows)....unless of course I missed something. ANd I figure when, if, I need calibre bad enough, I'll consider reinstalling win, but until then I have a work around (aka using a different pc to do the job). And not sure what Thatchers rule is (Margaret Thatcher rule of what's right??), but I guess I figure if Kovid the developer/writer of the software can't figure it out, chances are it's not worth the time to fix given the situation. Practical choice I guess. Thanks again for your help though guys.
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@BetterRed ... actually I did take a look at the FAQ/command page explaining the variables, but it just basically lists them and does not explain how to use or set them (the accompanying link just takes you to a general page for settings in Windows)....unless of course I missed something. ANd I figure when, if, I need calibre bad enough, I'll consider reinstalling win, but until then I have a work around (aka using a different pc to do the job). And not sure what Thatchers rule is (Margaret Thatcher rule of what's right??), but I guess I figure if Kovid the developer/writer of the software can't figure it out, chances are it's not worth the time to fix given the situation. Practical choice I guess. Thanks again for your help though guys.
So far you are the only one reporting

I agree, a simple example of how to use would help basic level computer users

You can use a BAT (windows) file to set the ENVIRONMENT and run Calibre

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set CALIBRE_NO_NATIVE_FILEDIALOGS=1
calibre

(AFAIK there needs to be a Value associated with each variable. You remove the variable from the system simply by using its name: set CALIBRE_NO_NATIVE_FILEDIALOGS)
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Is this the old graphics tablet issue cropping up? Do you have anything like a graphics tablet attached?
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@BetterRed ... And not sure what Thatchers rule is (Margaret Thatcher rule of what's right??),
@medxman You may know it as TINA

If calibre worked for you with the env variable set then you could see what it can do, and have a basis for comparison with other tools. It might also give someone a clue as to why calibre crashes when using the native file i/o dialogs. If it didn't fix the problem then... we'd have to scratch our heads harder.

The alternatives to calibre that I know of are either device/vendor specific, or oriented towards academia and use PDF's as the primary format - eg Citavi.

I suspect the reason there are no alternatives is that any potential developer would take a a look at calibre and conclude - it'll take half a lifetime to develop anything even remotely close to that functionality, and then I'd have to give it away for nothing

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Is this the old graphics tablet issue cropping up? Do you have anything like a graphics tablet attached?
It is a specific BRAND: Wacom (and that may be limited to use with WACOM drivers)

I have a Genius Tablet. No issues
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@ mrmikel... no graphics tablet, but my laptop is a Lenovo X200 tablet pc
@ theducks ... ahhh yes, good ole' TINA, gotcha. And your variable trick worked!!! Thank you! Don't know why this caused the problem, but it worked!
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