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Old 10-09-2014, 11:03 PM   #1
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Highlighting text in Calibre?

Hello fellow Calibre users,

Afaik, there's no way to highlight text in Calibre. Am I right?

Is there a comparable ePub/AZW3 reader that can let me highlight text and save it? I wish there was a Windows version of Moon+ Reader Pro for PCs.. :-/

Also when reading a book using Calibre, I used to use "Right Arrow" key for moving to the next page and "Left Arrow" key for the previous page and currently they don't seem to work..

Should I set them up in "Settings". I don't like the page turns using "Page Up" and "Page Down" keys

Thanks so much for your time..

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Old 10-09-2014, 11:39 PM   #2
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It is easy to 'Highlight' text in the book viewer.
It is doing something with that highlight.

You can copy
You can Google
You can Bookmark

I suspect you want some sort of annotation feature?
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Old 10-10-2014, 01:23 AM   #3
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Thanks td. Sorry I wasn't clear.

Like using a highlighter to highlight important text.

Adobe Acrobat lets me do this to a PDF (Yellow highlighting) and save the file just like how it looks now:
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File Type: pdf Sample.pdf (220.7 KB, 730 views)

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Old 10-10-2014, 03:46 AM   #4
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You can not do it (yet) on-the-fly in the viewer, but you can do it in "edit book" via option "change background color". I use it to make permanent markings in book texts.
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Old 10-10-2014, 04:46 AM   #5
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Also when reading a book using Calibre, I used to use "Right Arrow" key for moving to the next page and "Left Arrow" key for the previous page and currently they don't seem to work.
@adrenaline - they should work after you click Name:  scroll.png
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Old 10-13-2014, 01:11 AM   #6
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You can not do it (yet) on-the-fly in the viewer, but you can do it in "edit book" via option "change background color". I use it to make permanent markings in book texts.
Just tried it.. Gosh, it's not as easy as I had thought

For PDFs, I usually highlight and save the text and re-read just those for exams..

Would love to have this functionality for ePub and AZW3. Any ideas, any alternative programs, anyone?

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@adrenaline - they should work after you click Attachment 129452 in top right corner

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Perfecto! Thanks BR

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Old 10-13-2014, 04:36 AM   #7
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For PDFs, I usually highlight and save the text and re-read just those for exams...
@adrenaline - Its for this reason that many people continue to use PDF for reference and study books. I have a number of different readers on my desktop and Android tablet, that show highlights, callouts and comments etc irrespective of where I enter them.

One of the advantages one often gets from de-facto standards set by dominant industry player(s) is interoperability - i.e. whatever Adobe does, the rest follow.

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Old 03-06-2018, 10:34 PM   #8
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SO is there still no way to annotate excerpts - and preferably also then extract them with some reference point?
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Old 03-10-2018, 07:33 AM   #9
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Is this a Idea? https://github.com/whacked/calibre-viewer-annotation
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Old 10-13-2019, 05:39 PM   #10
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I would love to have native support for this feature. Seems crucial with so many textbooks being released in epub format.
I think in the meantime, I'll switch to using pdfs on foxit reader.
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Annotations are on Kovid's TODO list for the new viewer. I think he's already worked out how he will implement.

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Annotations are on Kovid's TODO list for the new viewer. I think he's already worked out how he will implement.

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Until he does, I'm no longer Donating$. Highlighting text and being able to make annotations, are basic features in standard eReaders. If Marvin3 can do it; Calibre should have done it years ago. I thought Marvin and Calibre were creations of the same folks anyway??
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How often did you donate before this? Not asking how much, but how frequently? I'm asking because I've often wondered if people give once and call that good enough or if they give a little bit here and there when they find something they like.
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Until he does, I'm no longer Donating$. Highlighting text and being able to make annotations, are basic features in standard eReaders. If Marvin3 can do it; Calibre should have done it years ago.
Donate, don't donate, no one cares. No need to throw a minor fit, until calibre meets your needs for ereading use something else.

FYI, Marvin 3 is an ereader, Calibre is an ebook management tool with over a million lines of code. What calibre is able to do is amazing. Now that the same ereader is essentially used for the desktop and the web it makes sense to move ahead and improve the ereader section of calibre. Prior to this change the web and the desktop were completely different beasts.

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I thought Marvin and Calibre were creations of the same folks anyway??
You thought wrong.

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How often did you donate before this? Not asking how much, but how frequently? I'm asking because I've often wondered if people give once and call that good enough or if they give a little bit here and there when they find something they like.
I can't speak for others, but for about the last year I have donated $2 a month using Patreon. There are many ways to donate to Calibre. Patreon is just the way I chose to support this project.

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Old 10-30-2019, 09:35 PM   #15
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Annotations are on Kovid's TODO list for the new viewer. I think he's already worked out how he will implement.

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Sweet... this is good to know
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