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CalibreBox - New Cloud-Based App
#1  Hofferic 05-09-2015, 06:53 AM
Hey all,

I have been growig frustrated with using Calibre Cloud Pro to access my Calibre library on the go. I used it because my primary computer is most often not in the same wireless network as my devices are (which is neccesary for Calibre Companion to work AFAIK). Calibre Cloud Pro did not support searching in book descriptions, filtering by attributes or sorting in any but the 4 preset modes. It also has a nasty habit of auto-updating its copy of my (big) library on my shitty mobile connection, which renders it unusable for minutes at a time if I change as much as a single Tag. It also only supports a single Library at a time, which I found restrictive.

So, as a part of my bachelors thesis I wrote a new Android App that can open any number of Calibre libraries from a users Dropbox account. It supports search in Titles, Tags, Series names and book descriptions (all optional), has (optional) search suggestions for Titles, Tags and Series names and supports a wide variety of sorting and filtering options. Additionally you can sort or filter based on a custom column. The tags, author and series title shown in the detail view for a book link back to the search window for ease of use and there are tow download options to either open a book directly when a download is finished or leave the notification around for you to open at a later data. It will also warn you if the library is out of date but will not force the Update

I also made sure it looks nice

The App is available for free (though limited to 2 libraries at the same time and without support for the custom column features) in the Google Play Store, with the full version available as an in-app purchase.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hoffmann.eric.calibrebox

Please check it out and leave any comments or suggestions (or, if you find any, bugs) so I can continue to improve it!
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#2  chaley 05-09-2015, 07:26 AM
Quote Hofferic
I used it because my primary computer is most often not in the same wireless network as my devices are (which is neccesary for Calibre Companion to work AFAIK).
Regarding CC: This is not the case. CC can connect over the internet both as a wireless device and to the content server as long as the ports configured in calibre are visible on the 'net and the appropriate IP address/DNS name is entered into CC. CC also supports auto-fallback to the local net.

Good luck with your app! I know that there is demand for such a thing.
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#3  Hofferic 05-09-2015, 07:37 AM
Quote chaley
CC can connect over the internet both as a wireless device and to the content server as long as the ports configured in calibre are visible on the 'net and the appropriate IP address/DNS name is entered into CC. [...]

Good luck with your app! I know that there is demand for such a thing.
Huh, I did not know that. Still, while I'm away from home for uni my Laptop isn't conected to the internet, so still tough luck for me. But so as long as a Calibre instance IS online CC will be far more feature complete, just a matter of picking the right tool for the job I suppose

Thanks for the well wishes
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#4  Lori Reeser 05-09-2015, 05:43 PM
I'll give it a shot. I'm a great user, but not a programmer, so I'll let you know how it works for non-techie people.
Lori
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#5  eschwartz 05-10-2015, 01:46 AM
Good luck with your app, and I would give it a field test except I read exclusively on my E-Ink Kindle.
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#6  Thomas_AR 05-10-2015, 02:22 AM
Gave it a test as I am also not satisfied with the search option in Calibre cloud pro.
Just noticed, when searching, that the search suggestions which pop up are not readable. White letters on white background. Would it be possible to search in Series - Numbers?
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#7  Tanjamuse 05-10-2015, 11:44 AM
Would it be possible to add support for other cloud-services?
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#8  Hofferic 05-10-2015, 02:22 PM
Quote Thomas_AR
Just noticed, when searching, that the search suggestions which pop up are not readable. White letters on white background. Would it be possible to search in Series - Numbers?
That is definitely a bug, the background should be black. But theoretically this should be an easy fix (dangerous words ). Can you tell me what device you are using?

If by searching for series number you mean something like "Harry Potter 5" I would have to look into the way the query is processed, but it should be doable...

[EDIT]
I just published version 1.5 which should fix the background color issue.
For some reason I could not figure out how to only affect the suggestion window and not ALL dropdowns, so for now the suggestion window has been switched to dark text on a light background :/

Also you can now search for Series + index by adding the number AFTER the series, seperated by a space. this will only work if the number is not followed by anything (except for spaces, those are tolerated).
So, in effect, searching for "Harry Potter 2" will now find "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"!

The update should be available to install in a couple of hours (as soon as google is done copying it around the globe )
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Quote Tanjamuse
Would it be possible to add support for other cloud-services?
currently this is not planned as it would add a lot of overhead to my backend because of the way I use the Dropbox API to find libraries and show covers. But I may change my mind later if a lot of people dislike dropbox
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#9  Thomas_AR 05-10-2015, 06:46 PM
@Hofferic
- The white on white bug is gone on both of my devices. Sony Xperia Z1 4.4.4 and Galaxy Note 10.1 - 4.4.2
- Searching is Series numbers works flawless.

Thanks a lot
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#10  Thomas_AR 05-12-2015, 09:49 PM
Suggestion: Show series (if there is one) in the book details of main list view/gui (not book details GUI).
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