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#1  tomx2 09-24-2018, 06:50 PM
Hello, anyone happen to know how to refresh metadata in Bookari?

In other words, i have updated several books in Calibre. A few show the updates in bookari, many don't. They are all epub format. My feeling is that, Bookari needs a forced refresh to see the updates as they are all there and embedded in Calibre before exported to Bookari.

Thanks, Tom
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#2  tomx2 09-25-2018, 04:25 PM
I have searched everywhere i can think of, web, manual and this forum, with no luck. In addition; i can force Bookari to read the metadata by removing the book altogether and re-sending it to my device. However in doing so any and all annotations are lost!

- Tom
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#3  DiapDealer 09-25-2018, 07:43 PM
I don't think that Bookari has such a feature, to be perfectly honest. You can manually edit a book's metadata from within the app (and you can generate missing cover images), but as far as I know, an epub's metadata is only extracted upon import into Bookari's database.
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#4  stumped 10-11-2018, 02:44 AM
rather then start a new thread... when did amazon app store drop bookari. it seems to have gone - both free and premium versions - from both .com and uk app stores ?

is it a glitch or has it gone forever? I cannot find any news articles re this
it always did lag the google play releases, but I was just checking my lists of owned amazon apps and it is no longer shown.
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#5  DiapDealer 10-11-2018, 11:40 AM
Quote stumped
rather then start a new thread... when did amazon app store drop bookari. it seems to have gone - both free and premium versions - from both .com and uk app stores ?

is it a glitch or has it gone forever? I cannot find any news articles re this
it always did lag the google play releases, but I was just checking my lists of owned amazon apps and it is no longer shown.
Not sure, really. I've always used the Google Play version. Perhaps it just wasn't worth the trouble any more.
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#6  stumped 10-11-2018, 12:32 PM
Quote DiapDealer
Not sure, really. I've always used the Google Play version. Perhaps it just wasn't worth the trouble any more.
that is probably the case. they would not be the first developer to abandon the amazon store.

I own both versions (long story) & I was just updating my list of what I owned, & of what versions were now at each store.
could be they dropped supporting Amazon when version 4 came out

They are not the most organised of developers - the name change from Mantano to Bookari was what - 3 years ago - but their support pages still say Mantano & look pretty neglected

so I checked on Moon Reader, for completeness - the amazon store still has that but it is at 4.4.0 vs 4.5.2 at Google.

& a glance at the Bookari most recent reviews on Google suggests they continue to disappoint their still loyal customers with new " features" and unwanted changes.
PS as for the OPs question, bookari stores all the metadata and all the annotations etc in a single .db file , inside of the mantano/bookari folder. I used to find it stubbornly kept old thumbnail covers if I tried to push new, better ones.
Fonts have their own subfolder and you can add a font to the app by writing to that. it does not see anything you add to the main android fonts collections. BAcking up themes is tricky. some stuff, like the foreground and background colours have to be selected from a color grid- they are not stored in the .db file and the app does not show them anywhere as RGB values
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#7  stumped 10-13-2018, 03:33 AM
BOOKARI 5 ??
this appeared in april - since then, nothing- an abandoned project ?

they intend to part ways with adobe DRM if I am reading this right ?

https://www.mantano.com/bookari-5-coming/

Bookari 5 is coming!
April 23, 2018 Karina
Dear all, a brand new version of our Bookari reading apps is cooking! It’s a pretty big release and it deserves a few explanations. It will provide improvements in almost every feature, so let’s review them by category:

Digital Rights Management (DRM) support
Definitely not the funniest or simplest topic but let’s address it first before talking about more exciting ones…

We have created Mantano in 2010 after successfully integrating the Mobipocket DRM in e-reading devices back in 2009 for Netronix, one of the leading OEM e-reading device manufacturers! Since then, we have always been eager to integrate any available DRM technology, to provide our users access through a unique app to any book whatever its provenance. Doing so hasn’t always been an easy trip, both from technical, User eXperience and legal point of views, believe us… But we’ve found a way. We’ve been the very first to be able to publish apps who were compatible with the 3 major DRMs together (Adobe DRM, SonyDADC URMS and Readium LCP), while providing a very smooth UX! We’ve also developed our Magic Links technology, that makes the DRM completely transparent to the user!

However, DRM is a sensitive topic, DRM solution providers have their own strategies and some of them imply a pretty significant cost for the reading apps developers (yes, it’s not free, except LCP…).

So at some points choices must be made for independent software publishers like Mantano… This is why Bookari 5 will provide significant changes in this area, while our B2B white labelling offering remains the same.
..

Adobe DRM
We’ve been a long-time and loyal implementor of the Adobe DRM technology. We have delivered one of the best integrations according to many experts including Adobe itself. We have also integrated it in other apps for our B2B customers such as Netronix (in dedicated e-reader devices), NYPL (New York Public Library), Grammata and others.

However… Despite all our efforts and goodwill, the context doesn’t allow us to further support it inside our own public-facing Bookari apps. We can’t obviously enter into deep details there, but this decision was motivated by many major concerns such as:

The lack of control over the Epub and PDF rendering engines. As active Epub 3 implementors we needed to be able to use our own Epub 3 rendering engine, which has proven to be impossible with RMSDK, much to our regret;
The very high price of this technology
We will still continue to internally maintain the compatibility with Adobe RMSDK as much as we can, in order to be able to fulfil Adobe DRM-enabled white label inquiries from B2B customers.

..

What will be the impact on Adobe DRM-protected books for our Bookari users?
The rule is simple:

Existing users will still be able to use our apps to read Adobe DRM-protected books
New users won’t… They will have to use a third-party app.....
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#8  peaceridge 10-13-2018, 08:27 AM
Um, anyone know a way to backup Bookari app so I can reinstall if I don't like the new one? Or somewhere that has the old versions to download? Too many apps, I've paid for, update and make them unusable to me (Copilot is one). I'd hate to lose Bookari.
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#9  DiapDealer 10-13-2018, 09:26 AM
Most File Manager apps have a backup feature where you can save the current installed app as an .apk file. It may not always be a well-documented and/or easy to find feature, though.
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#10  peaceridge 10-13-2018, 12:40 PM
Quote DiapDealer
Most File Manager apps have a backup feature where you can save the current installed app as an .apk file. It may not always be a well-documented and/or easy to find feature, though.
Thanks so much! Saving as an .apk file is what I needed to find.
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