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Old 04-08-2019, 09:23 AM   #1
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Question [Android] Calibre Companion List View+Grouping Drawer Dark Background on E-Ink Device

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I'm using Calibre Companion on a Boyue Likebook Mars (Android 6 E-Ink E-reader device)

Is there anyway that I could configure CC to see the List View and Grouping Drawer with black/dark background and white/light letters?

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Old 04-08-2019, 12:46 PM   #2
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Hello:

I'm using Calibre Companion on a Boyue Likebook Mars (Android 6 E-Ink E-reader device)

Is there anyway that I could configure CC to see the List View and Grouping Drawer with black/dark background and white/light letters?

Awaiting your kind reply

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You can try turning off "Attempt color correction for E-Ink" in Settings / Other, then check the "Night View" box in the drop down menu. That gives you light grey on black. I don't really like it on my Afterglow (e-ink) because the grey isn't light enough and it flashes white as I change the page, but perhaps your device will behave differently or you won't mind.

The "flashing white" problem is why I don't officially support night mode and e-ink color correction.

And off topic: thanks for the compliments in the other threads.
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You can try turning off "Attempt color correction for E-Ink" in Settings / Other, then check the "Night View" box in the drop down menu. That gives you light grey on black. I don't really like it on my Afterglow (e-ink) because the grey isn't light enough and it flashes white as I change the page, but perhaps your device will behave differently or you won't mind.
The text becomes invisible in my Likebook Mars in:
  • List View
  • Grouping Drawer
  • Details for an individual ebook
  • Main settings screen

The following text remain visible:
  • Main view menu options
  • Main view action bar options
  • Setttings suboptions/ submenus

So: "Night View" / Dark Mode is not an option on my Likebook Mars.

Would I like to have it? Obviously, I wouldn't be asking otherwise

Can live without it? Certainly.

Would I have bought the Likebook Mars without CC and the library management posibilities it made available? I think not.

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And off topic: thanks for the compliments in the other threads.
Nay, good sir, 'tis all fair, since your software made E-Ink Android devices a viable choice for me, having a rather large library (~12.000 titles) managed with Calibre:
  • Superb integration with Calibre and it's library, either on LAN, internet or cloud access
  • Bountiful search, grouping and filtering options
  • Excelent interface and response time, specially so for a extensive library such as mine and from the SDCard, no less

Much obliged,

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@Incanus: did your device flash white screens as you changed from book list view to book details or when you opened settings? I hope not, because that means that the newer generation of e-ink devices work better.

I will look at what it takes to make night view and e-ink corrections work together. I do have an ulterior motive -- I would like to use it.

Do you have any comments on the Likebook Mars? I am looking to replace my Afterglow (very old and the USB connector is failing).
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@Incanus: did your device flash white screens as you changed from book list view to book details or when you opened settings?
No, in both cases it didn't.

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I hope not, because that means that the newer generation of e-ink devices work better.
That would appear to be the case. After all, we are talking about the top of the line android E-reader devices; they are not exactly cheap, mind you.

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I will look at what it takes to make night view and e-ink corrections work together. I do have an ulterior motive -- I would like to use it.
Your ulterior motive is my invested interest so, good for me: the author wants this feature too! Do please keep me/us posted

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Do you have any comments on the Likebook Mars? I am looking to replace my Afterglow (very old and the USB connector is failing).
  • Screen size / resolution: like reading from an actual book (7.8") instead of a pocket edition (6")
  • Reader native application: good and flexible enough for me but if you don't like it, you have your pick of many Android reading app alternatives
  • Library management: adequate for a small library (~1.000 or less ebooks) and poor for a large library (say, like mine) but that's why I got Calibre Companion first and the E-Ink device after
  • Battery life: even if you only have Calibre Companion installed, with the device on airplane mode (or: Wi-Fi off andf Bluetooth off) and using it only as an E-reader (as opposed to using it as an E-Ink multimedia Android tablet... which you may) battery will last for a week or so. Beyond that, there's a twisting tweaking path that I've barely began to thread (dare I say it, am I waxing poetic here?)

Hope this helps and, once again, thank you for such a good app.

Kudos,

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