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Old 09-17-2019, 05:47 PM   #1
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Question Editor not syncing preview?

Hi there, I'm running the latest version of Calibre (3.48) and attempting to edit an ebook in the epub format.

I have "sync to preview" activated, but the editor preview will not sync to anywhere near the same position. This results in a drastically higher time commitment in editing because I must manually find my place again in the chapter every time I make a small change.

Is there any way to fix this so that it correctly syncs to the preview?

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Old 09-17-2019, 07:21 PM   #2
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Version 3.48 codeview/preview synch is working here on Windows 10 Pro - both ways.

But I can't find any "sync to preview" option, I thought it was automatic - i.e no opt-in/out.

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Old 09-17-2019, 07:40 PM   #3
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Did you accidentally click the Green Triangle that points to the right?
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Did you accidentally click the Green Triangle that points to the right?
It is not green nor a triangle in my version of Calibre, but I never noticed that dangerous little widget! Easy to click in its position like that. Do you know why anyone would turn off syncing of preview with editor?

Visually, the relative lack of distinction between the on/off positions could also contribute to not even realizing an accidental click happened. It is a button with maybe an up/down position, but no label, like with a checkbox...

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It is not green nor a triangle in my version of Calibre, but I never noticed that dangerous little widget! Easy to click in its position like that. Do you know why anyone would turn off syncing of preview with editor?
Because you are trying to work out why a bit of code works but the exact same thing elsewhere doesn't. Or because you are updating text somewhere and want to see what is written elsewhere to make sure you get it right. I don't turn it off very often, but I have done it for both of these reasons.
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Visually, the relative lack of distinction between the on/off positions could also contribute to not even realizing an accidental click happened. It is a button with maybe an up/down position, but no label, like with a checkbox...


I'd prefer a "Toolbox" button similar to the Layout button in the main window status line. I don't use the Preview window buttons often enough to remember what they do, and I also have problems with hovering the mouse. In case anyone's forgotten, I'm talking about this:

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There's a check box in Look & Feel to show individual buttons.

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I don't turn it off very often, but I have done it for both of these reasons.
Come to think of it, there *have* been plenty of times where I am editing code and the Preview window snaps upwards a little bit, hiding precisely the place I need to see. So the key is remembering that Calibre has the feature — and remembering to immediately turn sync back on when I am finished fidgeting with code. That will be the hard part...

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Old 09-19-2019, 01:32 AM   #8
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Unfortunately it appears that clicking the green triangle is not always a fix.

About a third of the time this works, but then the editor will once again lose its place several edits later, and clicking the triangle again will not resync.

it's puzzling, restarting Calibre and /or the editor doesn't appear to help either
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Old 09-19-2019, 10:01 AM   #9
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I suggest you try the new beta, the preview panel has been completely rewritten in that.
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Old 09-19-2019, 01:32 PM   #10
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Tried the new beta.

The behavior of the preview window is altered - Instead of resetting to the beginning or end of the chapter, it now defaults to a place halfway through.

Clicking on the preview window will sync the editor to the preview position, but the reverse doesn't seem to be true.

Currently my workaround is to search a semi-rare word in the paragraph I'm currently working on and to avoid clicking on the preview pane, as this will cause me to lose my place in the editor.
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Old 09-19-2019, 05:23 PM   #11
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In the beta editor, does 100% give a full screen image in the preview window?
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Tried the new beta.

The behavior of the preview window is altered - Instead of resetting to the beginning or end of the chapter, it now defaults to a place halfway through.

Clicking on the preview window will sync the editor to the preview position, but the reverse doesn't seem to be true.

Currently my workaround is to search a semi-rare word in the paragraph I'm currently working on and to avoid clicking on the preview pane, as this will cause me to lose my place in the editor.
Then I am going to need some way to reproduce the issue. A sample book that shows it, a set of steps, etc.
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