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Old 12-19-2014, 07:57 PM   #16
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Doesn't work at all? Or still can't de-DRM more than 5 books at a time?

It's usually best to first remove the old plugin, restart Calibre, and then reinstall the newest version. I've had problems in the past where installing over old versions didn't work at all, I always uninstall this plugin first now and it avoids the problem.
I did. I had forgotten a step before installation of the new one.
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Old 12-20-2014, 05:49 AM   #17
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I never saw the problem on my Mac. It would be interesting to hear whether Alf's new version has fixed the problem for Windows users.
It certainly appears to have done. I've just added a batch of 28 books (my last two weeks' Amazon purchases / freebies / updates) and it's worked absolutely fine.
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Old 12-20-2014, 08:37 AM   #18
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Man, I hate to be an ingrate, but I just don't understand why the files are hosted on such a sketchy site. Malwarebytes alarms. Uncheck options to avoid spyware. Fake download buttons as ads.

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Old 12-20-2014, 09:56 AM   #19
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but I just don't understand why the files are hosted on such a sketchy site.
It's not really all that hard to figure out.

The dubious legality of distributing such tools (in some jurisdictions) naturally means that those who contribute and upload the tools are going to upload them to sites that allow them to do so anonymously. Anonymous upload sites that DON'T trigger malware/antivirus warning are—by their very nature—few and far between. And those that start out simple, ad-free and non-"here's our proprietary download manager"-ery soon become "sketchy" and "here's our proprietary download manager"-ery after they gain any kind of popularity.

So while I'm quite sure the game of constantly chasing reputable and relatively risk-free anonymous upload sites may sound like a whole lot of fun to some, many might actually find that sort of thing quite a slog, and would prefer to focus their efforts/talents where it actually does some good—the tools themselves. Maybe they'd even tend to rely on the word-of-mouth and the advice provided by a friendly online community to assist people in how—exactly—to get what they need safely and efficiently.

Then there's the fact that paid and safe and non-sketchy online hosting would (besides being traceable to the account holder) likely be plagued by take-down notices from authorities and rights-holder advocacy groups; making sure that most of the time spent developing the tools could now go toward chasing a merry-go-'round of hosting sites (supported by traceable PayPal accounts perahps?) just so the people who are actually taking the smallest legal risk could casually click buttons on the internet and download stuff without having to think things through at all.

Or so I would imagine.
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Old 12-20-2014, 10:24 AM   #20
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It's not really all that hard to figure out.

The dubious legality of distributing such tools (in some jurisdictions) naturally means that those who contribute and upload the tools are going to upload them to sites that allow them to do so anonymously. Anonymous upload sites that DON'T trigger malware/antivirus warning are—by their very nature—few and far between. And those that start out simple, ad-free and non-"here's our proprietary download manager"-ery soon become "sketchy" and "here's our proprietary download manager"-ery after they gain any kind of popularity.

So while I'm quite sure the game of constantly chasing reputable and relatively risk-free anonymous upload sites may sound like a whole lot of fun to some, many might actually find that sort of thing quite a slog, and would prefer to focus their efforts/talents where it actually does some good—the tools themselves. Maybe they'd even tend to rely on the word-of-mouth and the advice provided by a friendly online community to assist people in how—exactly—to get what they need safely and efficiently.

Then there's the fact that paid and safe and non-sketchy online hosting would (besides being traceable to the account holder) likely be plagued by take-down notices from authorities and rights-holder advocacy groups; making sure that most of the time spent developing the tools could now go toward chasing a merry-go-'round of hosting sites (supported by traceable PayPal accounts perahps?) just so the people who are actually taking the smallest legal risk could casually click buttons on the internet and download stuff without having to think things through at all.

Or so I would imagine.
One reason I do not mind having to jump through a few extra hoops to get the free goodies from Alf and yourself.
Thank you for your efforts.
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Old 12-20-2014, 10:27 AM   #21
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Man, I hate to be an ingrate, but I just don't understand why the files are hosted on such a sketchy site. Malwarebytes alarms. Uncheck options to avoid spyware. Fake download buttons as ads.

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I have not previously come across the use of the word "sketchy" to mean "dubious". In British English the word means "incomplete" or "a rough outline of something". Is this a common US English usage?
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Old 12-20-2014, 10:28 AM   #22
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Man, I hate to be an ingrate, but I just don't understand why the files are hosted on such a sketchy site. Malwarebytes alarms. Uncheck options to avoid spyware. Fake download buttons as ads.

yikes
You probably missed the part where they tell you to NOT use the download manager. I've never gotten so much as a hiccup from my AV program about the tools, they are definitely clean. Just stay away from the download manager (probably a necessary evil at the host site, but they clearly tell you how to avoid using it).

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The download link is the grey button. Uncheck the box “Use our download manager and get recommended downloads”

Do not click on the advert on the right-hand side of the page, even if it says “DOWNLOAD NOW”.
The download will be a .zip file. If your download is a .exe file do not run it, as you have downloaded the download manager. Make sure that the check box is unchecked
Make sure Javascript is enabled in your browser.
No credit card or payment of any kind is required to download the tools.
If you are worried about the integrity of the tools, listed below is the MD5 checksum.
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Old 12-20-2014, 10:42 AM   #23
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I knew I was being an ingrate. My apologies and thanks to those who developed these.

FWIW Ripplinger, Malwarebytes went off when I landed on the page. I didn't uncheck the box or attempt a download after that. I'll just stick to Calibre 1.4x and the old tools for now. They both work great for my needs. Was considering upgrading just to check out the changes.

HarryT, I think "sketchy" is pretty common slang over here in the US.
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Old 12-20-2014, 10:43 AM   #24
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HarryT, I think "sketchy" is pretty common slang over here in the US.
Thanks - always interesting to encounter new word usages.
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Old 12-20-2014, 11:18 AM   #26
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Man, I hate to be an ingrate, but I just don't understand why the files are hosted on such a sketchy site. Malwarebytes alarms. Uncheck options to avoid spyware. Fake download buttons as ads.

yikes
I'm sure if you could find a site that allows anonymous uploads and unlimited downloads for free and isn't the slightest bit dodgy, Alf would be happy to use it if you could provide a link in a comment at their site.

I've browsed a number of dodgy download sites in my time (from google search results, not realising they were dodgy until visited), and most of them are a lot dodgier and more cluttered than the one Alf uses.
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