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Old 05-09-2016, 12:40 AM   #31
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I'm also looking for an alternative to Calibre, but one would *would* allow me to convert books and correct bad metadata. Without dealing with the library and the crashes.
"the crashes"? Crashes are not a normal experience with Calibre/OS X. If you'd like to troubleshoot them, I'm sure people in the Calibre forum will help.
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Calibre, at its heart, is a spreadsheet. I don't believe there is a better format than that used. The internet abounds with "elegant" web pages that seek to provide adequate white space, as an example. They are beautiful and horrible. You are paging all over the place to get the info that's marooned in a white space desert. Data and density are bed-partners. The fact that an elegant UI flows from point to point lacks meaning. On spreadsheets, eyes dart to learned positions.

Kovid's work is elegant. It promotes the basic need. It enhances that with useful panes. It has greater user controls. It is expandable like few other programs. Any programmer being honest will envy the design and execution.

As Mies said, "Form follows function."

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Old 09-14-2016, 01:45 PM   #33
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There is no alternative to Calibre.
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Old 09-14-2016, 02:12 PM   #34
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What about the the ebook converter from HamsterSoft, which uses Calibre code, but in a different wrapper? I think it had a library shelf function or view, as well. Both Windows and iOS, I think.
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Kovid's work is elegant. It promotes the basic need. It enhances that with useful panes. It has greater user controls. It is expandable like few other programs. Any programmer being honest will envy the design and execution.

As Mies said, "Form follows function."
This. I have never understood the complaints about the Calibre UI, and still don't. I can have the buttons I want where I want them, it's functional and does what I need it to do without fuss or getting in the way.

What more can you need, without it being useless frippery? It doesn't have to be beautiful (whatever that is!), it just has to work. And it does.
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