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ebook-viewer has lost its borders and much of its functionality
#1  porphyry5 10-16-2019, 05:27 PM
I use calibre on current arch linux. Recently I noticed that ebook-viewer has changed its appearance and lost much of its functionality. It has lost its border with all the menu buttons, leaving only the text window, and while it responds to PgUp and PgDown and arrow keys, it no longer responds to Ctrl-Q to quit. The only way I have found to close it out is as follows
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~ $ ps ax|grep ebook-viewer 5755 pts/3 Sl+ 0:03 /opt/calibre/bin/ebook-viewer Alan Hollinghurst; The Stranger's Child.epub 5823 pts/2 S+ 0:00 grep ebook-viewer
~ $ kill -9 5755
It does not respond to pkill pgrep or an unforced kill command.
Bearing in mind the calibre site's admonition not to trust one's distro's calibre package, I uninstalled arch's version of calibre, and reinstalled it directly from calibre's download site only to find it exactly the same as the arch version.

I really don't mind this stripped down version, it still works fine for reading ebooks, but does anyone know a convenient method of closing it out, or should I just write me a bash function to automate the above commands?
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#2  BetterRed 10-16-2019, 06:00 PM
What's in Preferences (right click in text area or press Esc)->Keyboard Shortcuts->Interface->Quit the Viewer - I thought the default was Ctrl+Q.

Just noticed that if you change a shortcut, you can't get back to, or see, the default value

BR
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#3  porphyry5 10-16-2019, 06:13 PM
Quote BetterRed
What's in Preferences (right click in text area or press Esc)->Keyboard Shortcuts->Interface->Quit the Viewer - I thought the default was Ctrl+Q.

BR
Many thanks. Not a default, had to activate it as you specified, but now it does respond to Ctrl-Q. And in this right click menu the calibre version is much different to the arch version, which as I recall offered only Esc to escape the Preferences menu.
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#4  kovidgoyal 10-16-2019, 10:09 PM
Huh? You can simply use whatever keyboard shortcut/GUI control your desktop environment offers to close windows to quit the viewer. There is no need to kill it. And of course, as BR points out there is a dedicated shortcut for it as well.
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#5  bb84000 10-18-2019, 10:04 AM
Hello,
I've not found in the new viewer a way to open a new book when a book is already loaded, as it was possible in version 3 by clicking on the open file button...
Have I missed anything ?
Thanks,
Bernard
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#6  kovidgoyal 10-18-2019, 10:18 AM
Right click and select "Open book"
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#7  bb84000 10-18-2019, 10:53 AM
Hello !

Quote kovidgoyal
Right click and select "Open book"
Thanks,

Bernard
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#8  arturox 10-21-2019, 12:42 PM
I've been using calibre for a number of years, and find it a most excellent app.

Today I installed an update that took it to version 4.2 and it continued to work as it usually does.

But catastrophe! When I clicked to actually view an Ebook, instead of the expected sophisticated reader with a tool bar down the left hand side all I got was a white tool-less rectangle.

Yes, escape does display some tools in a very crude fashion... I'll leave it at that. :-(

Questions:

1) Is this how the reader is going to be now and forever?

2) Can we (Users) get the old Reader to work again?

3) If not, how can the tools display be changed so it doesn't sit like an unwanted hat over the top of the reader?

In other words, match the quality of the calibre UI.

Don't get me wrong, I still think calibre is by far the best Ebook manager I've found, but this new reader is a substantial step backwards in development.

Ax
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#9  theducks 10-21-2019, 01:01 PM
If you had read many of the posts,
you would find these answers

I suggest you roll back to 3.48
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#10  arturox 10-21-2019, 03:14 PM
You can't rollback, it requires an uninstall then a new lnstall of the older version.

But whatever... It doesn't solve the problem if future updates are required.

I want the old style Viewer back.

Aside from this thread, I didn't find any other postings about the new style E-book Viewer.

Ax
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