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Old 01-21-2018, 03:16 PM   #1
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Any better way to open multiple files?

For whatever reason, Calibre doesn't let me open multiple files at the same time. I have to click to open each file.

Unfortunately, Calibre also has the newly-opened filed open to the front. So I have to click on one file, click back into Calibre, click on the next file, click back into Calibre, click on the next file...

If there's some way to keep newly-opened files in the background, should I look for a Calibre setting (haven't found one) or a reading app setting (haven't found on in Clearview)?

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Old 01-21-2018, 04:21 PM   #2
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For whatever reason, Calibre doesn't let me open multiple files at the same time. I have to click to open each file.
Works for me on multiple books, note I always use View specific format and select the format I want (i.e. DOCX, or EPUB or AZW3 etc), so I can't say it works with the normal View whatever format calibre thinks I want

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Unfortunately, Calibre also has the newly-opened filed open to the front. So I have to click on one file, click back into Calibre, click on the next file, click back into Calibre, click on the next file...

If there's some way to keep newly-opened files in the background, should I look for a Calibre setting (haven't found one) or a reading app setting (haven't found on in Clearview)?
That the last selected book comes up on top is a probably an operating system feature.

Maybe you could pre-arrange the books in calibre so that they're ordered in the reverse order you want to read them -- so the last book in the selection list is one you want to read first.

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Windows 10 Pro 1703, Calibre 3.15
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Old 01-26-2018, 10:36 AM   #3
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That wouldn't get around the problem of having to click back into Calibre, after opning each book, to open the next book.
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On Windows there's an option in the ebook-viewer Preferences->Miscellaneous to allow multiple instances, if they are allowed then the books will opened en-masse and be put into what amounts to a LIFO stack. So as you close the book at the top of the stack then next comes into view.

I have no idea if it will work that way on a Mac. In fact I can't guarantee that one of the several Windows enhancement gadgets I run isn't enabling this.

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That wouldn't get around the problem of having to click back into Calibre, after opning each book, to open the next book.
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On Windows there's an option in the ebook-viewer Preferences->Miscellaneous to allow multiple instances, if they are allowed then the books will opened en-masse and be put into what amounts to a LIFO stack. So as you close the book at the top of the stack then next comes into view.

I have no idea if it will work that way on a Mac. In fact I can't guarantee that one of the several Windows enhancement gadgets I run isn't enabling this.

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When I looked at the preferences for calibre's ebook-viewer in a Mac OS X High Sierra VM, the checkmark by "Allow only a single book to be viewed at a time" was not checked. I selected and opened 3 books and that worked as expected. When I closed a book, the next book did not pop into view but I could see it on the desktop and click to switch.
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I use Clearview instead of Calibre's ebook viewer. I find it easier to read, and easier to page through, and I don't get migraines from the default settings. I used to use Scarlett, but it couldn't read certain epubs, and it couldn't search certain others.

I kinda assumed most users would use their preferred ebook and/or pdf viewers.

And Clearview has no trouble with multiple books. It's just Calibre won't let me open multiple books without clicking through an extra menu, which may not be available if my mouse isn't.

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@MarjaE - On Windows I use the PDF-XChange viewer for PDFs, I have it configured to open multiple files, each one opened is presented in a tab, as in a browser's tabs.

If I select four books in calibre and then use the View specific format option to view the PDF formats then that's what I get... each of the four books is opened in a separate tab in PDF-Xchange. They appear in the same left-to-right order as the books appear in the book list, with last one (right most) as the current tab.

So... it looks like your situation might be specific to OSX. How does Clearview present multiple open books... as artefacts on the desktop, or as tabs or similar within its own window.

Aside : be nice if a future version of the calibre ebook-viewer presented multiple open books as a separate tabs.

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Aside : be nice if a future version of the calibre ebook-viewer presented multiple open books as a separate tabs.
Please make that an option, if such a change is made! Personally I prefer to have separate windows that I can arrange side by side.
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@MarjaEAside : be nice if a future version of the calibre ebook-viewer presented multiple open books as a separate tabs.BR
+1 Yes, this would be a nice extension.
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