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#1  kiwidude 01-27-2011, 09:08 PM
Got an idea for a plugin? Feel free to add them to this thread if you haven't seen it mentioned elsewhere. Who knows, if it is a good enough idea someone might even write it for you if you need the help, it has happened before...

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#2  kiwidude 01-27-2011, 09:20 PM
Quote marvin_2
Calibre is now really powerful with the custom sort options for authors & titles. Getting the configuration right in the Tweaks-section can be a bit challenging at times, though, and re-populating the sort_by columns is not always straightforward.

A quick-preference for setting the sort options would be nice, and an option to redo the sort_by columns (currently via bulk-edit for authors and via single-book metadata for title) would be terrific.

I am not using the custom sort very often now, but would like to be able to adapt the sort order on the fly to the internet source I am using to find metadata.
Excuse me for being a bit slow here but I wanted to clarify which "sort" you meant - Calibre has several of them

Did you mean the value of the tweak "sort_columns_at_startup"? Allowing you to apply the value there (and possibly other sorts) in your library view after you have altered your sort columns manually?

You mentioned the author sort by in the metadata dialogs. This is something I never touch. Could you explain your workflow and exactly which sorts you find yourself altering?
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#3  kiwidude 01-27-2011, 09:27 PM
Quote nynaevelan
A question regarding the quick preferences plugin or maybe a new one is needed, but would it be possible to create a plugin for a context menu that would keep a login of directories to add books from, maybe a list of 5 or so? Or maybe a toolbar dropdown menu?
When you say "login", did you mean list?

The "Add..." menu options remember the last directory that you add books from. If I understand you correctly, you are saying in your workflow you have a number of common directories you add books from and want to quickly switch between them? What OS are you using - Windows or ? Does adding them to your "favourites" (Windows 7/Vista) not achieve something similar?
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#4  nynaevelan 01-27-2011, 09:32 PM
Quote kiwidude
When you say "login", did you mean list?

The "Add..." menu options remember the last directory that you add books from. If I understand you correctly, you are saying in your workflow you have a number of common directories you add books from and want to quickly switch between them? What OS are you using - Windows or ? Does adding them to your "favourites" (Windows 7/Vista) not achieve something similar?
Yes that is exactly what I meant, I add books from 4 different spots, I am on Win7, what do you mean add them to my favorites, where do I do that?
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#5  kiwidude 01-27-2011, 09:36 PM
Quote nynaevelan
Yes that is exactly what I meant, I add books from 4 different spots, I am on Win7, what do you mean add them to my favorites, where do I do that?
In Windows Explorer in Win7/Vista, in the pane on the left at the top is a list of Favourite locations, which you can drag/drop other folders onto.

Then when you open the "Add..." dialog, scroll up the left pane to the top to see your favourites there, and just click on the folder you want to add books from.
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#6  nynaevelan 01-27-2011, 09:41 PM
Quote kiwidude
In Windows Explorer in Win7/Vista, in the pane on the left at the top is a list of Favourite locations, which you can drag/drop other folders onto.

Then when you open the "Add..." dialog, scroll up the left pane to the top to see your favourites there, and just click on the folder you want to add books from.
WOW, thank you I did not know about that, and yes that will make it much easier for navigation, which spans across three different drives.
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#7  paola 01-29-2011, 06:12 AM
I already posted the following question here (ok, now I have edited the typos):

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I wonder whether Calibre is capable of retrieving the metadata for journal articles. For these you do not have an ISBN, but (as explaiend in the opening message) a DOI. I tried to insert the DOI in the ISBN field in the metadata window of Calibre, but alas it immediately turns red, presumably because the format is rather different. E.g. for the one paper I was trying to edit metadata for the doi is 10.1207/S15327965PLI1403&4_20
Manichean suggested that a plugin might do the trick, but as I am totally useless at programming (and at computers in general) I wonder whether this may be a fun brainteaser for somebody more competent than I am!
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#8  kiwidude 01-29-2011, 08:50 AM
Quote paolamanzini
I already posted the following question here (ok, now I have edited the typos):...
So I had a super quick look into this out of curiosity. My first question is - where are you expecting to be able to retrieve the book metadata from? CrossRef.org seem to have it (and can supply it in xml format) but you have to become a "Basic Affiliate" with an annual fee of $2000 from my reading of their website. Is there another source of journal metadata that is free?
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#9  avantman42 01-29-2011, 09:38 AM
Recently I started adding our paper books to my copy of Calibre, so that we've got a complete record of all the books we own. I've got a couple of MP3 audio books which I'd also like to add. I've added tags for both paper and audio books, and in the case of MP3s, I've added the files to the book's folder. Ideally, I'd like to add the MP3 files to the formats list.

A quick look suggests that this can't be done with a file type plugin, would anyone care to prove me wrong? Or tell me that it can be done some other way?
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#10  paola 01-29-2011, 02:41 PM
Quote kiwidude
So I had a super quick look into this out of curiosity. My first question is - where are you expecting to be able to retrieve the book metadata from? CrossRef.org seem to have it (and can supply it in xml format) but you have to become a "Basic Affiliate" with an annual fee of $2000 from my reading of their website. Is there another source of journal metadata that is free?
Hi kiwidude, thanks for the prompt answer. Well, I (perhaps naively?) thought that with the doi one could "suck up" the metadata from the article page itself, e/.g for the above doi it would be here:
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a785830700~frm=titlelink

Having said that, one site that is free as far as I know is "cite you like", which again for the above DOI returns:
http://www.citeulike.org/user/PreciousJ/article/7478980

But I am no tech-person, so perhaps this does not make sense...
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