Suggestions for improvements

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MarcoPolo
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Suggestions for improvements

Dear ABM-Team.
Thank you for the super and easy to use Programm ;-)

Nevertheless, the following points could be improved:
P1: Icons for "Open Book Card" and "Open Book File"
P2: Options: On double clicking: new "Open Book Card + File"
P3: in the main Book-Data-Grid is MD5 not available to view + Sorting
P4: Genre View is not sortet / nodes can't be moved up/down
P5: Duplicates: I have sometimes a PDF & a CHM version of the same eBOOK
=> additional Dublicats Point
- ISBN-10 / Extension only in Dublicate List if ISBN & Extension is the same
- ISBN-13 / Extension
P6: Scanning with "Retriev ISBN from File Content" set sometimes wrong ISBN
- sometimes no ISBN OK, PDF perhaps protected
- sometimes wrong ISBN from another scanned Book => Duplicates
P7: Sometimes Exception-Message after Save (Bulk Scann)

Thanks

MarcoPolo
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Addition
P8: Update Book from Web: Germany Amazon normaly use a "." (not a ":") to Splitt Title and Subtitle
=> additional "Update Option" [x] Split Title and Subtitle by "."
or a List of Splitt-Chars

admin
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Thanks MarcoPolo!
We'll consider these features for the next version

MarcoPolo
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one more ...
P9: Bug Scan/Import
Extensions are case sensitiv
=> *.PDF or *.CHM get not to import List

wmac
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I wish it was possible to manage magazines easily (possibly by scanning ISSN and meta data?)

admin
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Hi, do you mean paper magazines or electronic?

wmac
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Electronic files like PDFs etc.

admin
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Please send us couple of these PDF magazines to support@alfaebooks.com

wmac
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Sure, I'll do as soon as I select a few suitable ones.

ChrisK
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Has there been any progress on this topic?

wmac
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I am not sure how easy is it to implement these features. However I just put them here in case you want to see.

- Djvu cover extraction
- Extraction of ISBN from filename does not work sometimes.
- Is it possible to have book categories from Amazon website. Their categories seem to be more practical than genres.
- ISBN extraction could be a bit more robust with different formats. For example oxford uses this format: ISBN 0–19–285405–4
The ISBN extractor seems to be unable to understand the dashes.
- Multiple files, parts, copies, formats etc. for a single ISBN format
- the ISBN edit box in Book cards remove spaces, dashes etc (anything other than numbers) automatically

admin
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Hi wmac,
Please if you have an issue, like ISBN is not extracted or book is not updated, please contact support@alfaebooks.com and send us the concrete book, so that we could test it. Because, it's very hard to catch something that sometimes works and sometimes doesn't work

Djvu cover extraction should work
ISBNs with dashes can't be retrieved for now.

wmac
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One more thing. Can we have a separate thread for bug reports?

After adding less than 1000 books I receive different database errors now. One such error is the one depicted in this snapshot:

http://i1024.photobucket.com/albums/y307/sarmadys/alfae-error.jpg

This happens when doing web update as well as manual updates.

I am worried that my database becomes corrupted after putting 30 hours of work on data entry etc.

Is this bug serious?

wmac
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Also this other error complains that some field is invalid. But it does not at least specify which field has invalid data (so that we can modify). Or perhaps the invalid data should automatically be filtered (on web updates) and rejected (on manual updates).

http://i1024.photobucket.com/albums/y307/sarmadys/alfae-error1.jpg

Batch web updates do not update the "genre" field most of the time and leaves it empty(from amazon.com) but manual individual updates (the button in front of ISBN box in book card) will update the genre.

wmac
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I found something that may help you debug the problem.

- I run the program, select a few books in the list and do a batch web update from amazon.com. Genres are left empty.

- Now I select a single book and open its card. I do a manual web update from amazon.com. Genres of the book are successfully updated.

- Now if I run another batch update (on multiple books from amazon), this time genres are updated successfully.

It appears that a single manual update temporarily solves the batch update problem.

admin
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In most cases this error is caused by corrupted ebook file. Please update your library by parts and try to find the book that causes the error

wmac
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another bug I encountered. It relates to database indexes.

http://i1024.photobucket.com/albums/y307/sarmadys/alfae-error2.jpg

wmac
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Move file operations sometimes breaks.

The file is renamed and moved but the database is not updated with the new name and location.

I have a lot of broken links (file exist but I need to find which books are broken and correct manually).

wmac
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When editing Genres of a book:

- The search text box (above the hierarchy tree) does not work properly. it just selects a random item.

I guess the interface would be more practical if we had 2 side by side components:

1- Hierarchy tree showing hierarchical form of genres

2- An alphabetical listbox (with the serach text box above it), which shows all genres (without regard to their depth or position. The search would find a genre in the listbox (and if possible selecting a genre in the listbox be reflected to the tree component two).

| text box |
--------------------------------
| Tree Control | Alph. Listbox |

admin
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wmac, you mean removing the genres hierarchy?

wmac
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No, I mean in the genre selection Window, we can have both a "Hierarchy tree" and a "listbox".

The listbox will list all the genres matching the search string while the tree is suitable for those who want to select manually.

admin
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And if there are two genres with the same title in different tree branches?

wmac
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You are right. That would be complicated.

Perhaps you can implement this solution (if it is not too difficult to implement):

- If in the listbox there are two genres similar to each other e.g. "network" and again "network", by clicking on each of them the term is found and shown on the "Hierarchy tree" control.

wmac
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I just notied, in main window of the program it is possible to find books by genre, right (in the left pain).

You have done a very good job there. When you enter a string, you list all genres with that substring in them. If there are more than one Genre, you show them with their full name (i.e. "parent genre - child genre")

Perhaps you could use the same idea for Book card genre selection.

wmac
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Substring search in the book titles is not currently available. It would be great if we can search by knowing a part of the title or a keyword.

admin
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Could you please give an example?

wmac
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For example if I want to search for a book which has "Pattern Recognition" in its title I should be able to find it by searching titles for the word "pattern", "recognition" or "pattern recognition".

I guess a SQL search with "like %something%" could achieve the purpose.

If I am not mistaken currently we only have a list of alphabets

admin
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If a book has title "Pattern Recognition" - you can find it by "recognition" or "pattern" or "gnition"

wmac
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I am sorry, I had not noticed that search box on the lower left section of the Main window.

I thought we do not have a search feature.

cguilherme00
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Hi there, I use the software quite sometime now and find it amazing. So that I just just bought the premium version. Still there are few things/bugs that could please be adressed.

1 - When navigating through the location of books tab, if you switch to other tab and come back to location, the folders get reseted to original position (all collapsed). Would be nice if they stayed opened right where I left them.

2 - Is there anychance of having an automatic folder updater feature? So I dont have to keep updating manualy the folders where I download the books?

3 - There should be a checkbox for all/none where they apply. For example in FileParser I´d like to check all, but when scanning folders I´d like to check none so that the search is fastest. It´s cumbersome to manually check/uncheck 5 or so boxes each time.

That´s it,
Thanks in advance!

admin
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Hi, Thanks!

1 - could you please tell between what tabs you have switched? And what folders collapse? It seams that Location folders don't collapse when switching book views

2 - when you scan new folders - they automatically appear in the program

3 - ok

kotor
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Hello,I would like to delete some information from each book of my library such as dimensions,link,weight..
For the new books that's simple because I remove the information from the web search page but for the existing books the only way is edit the sdf database manually.
Could you improve a feature to do this work?

Other suggestions:
-the possibility to create different profiles in order to memorize the fields in the web search page.
-create a panel with different sdf file in the computer so people can open a new database without searching it manually every time.
-create a button to insert the same text in the custom field in selected books

admin
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Thanks kotor!
We'll consider your suggestions for the next version

wmac
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A few suggestions:

1- Is it now possible to search custom fields for a specific value?

I have used one of the custom fields as "Reading priority". I put a number between 1-5 in that box.

I wish it was possible to have an advanced search, which performs the search on a specific field.

2- Bug: If you scan a folder two times by mistake, books are inserted in the database two times.

3- Djvu file covers are almost never imported for me.

4- Sometimes when updating from amazon, the genre field is wrongly filled with a genre "Subject"!

This genre is not really imported from Amazon. Besides trying to modify books which have this genre, sometimes produces a run-time error.

5- I really wish we had a more smooth Genre selection window (when adding genres to books). Like I suggested before, a better search is needed. the search is not working properly and selecting from 500 genres is not practical.

6- I wish it was possible to move search box to the top toolbar. Current location (lower left) is a bit awkward.

admin
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Thanks for your suggestions!

1 - the search works for custom fields. May be you could enter values like "high", "low" instead of numbers?

2 - in the Scan tool you can remove book duplicates

3 - probably there are no covers in these files metadata

4 - please send us an example of Amazon's book that gives this error

5 - will it be ok for you if Genres will be a flat list instead of tree-view?

6 - ok

wmac
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More suggestions:

If I am not mistaken genres are used as book categories to find suitable books on a subject (specially in large collections). In that case Genres are an important feature of this software.

Genre maintenance:

1- Batch Genre updates (add a genre to multiple books).

2- Moving books from one genre to another (replacing one genre with another).

When a series of books are assigned with a repeated (slightly different genre) it would be suitable if we can do this.

admin
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You can add genre to multiple books or change one genre to another for multiple books using the Edit books tool
http://alfaebooks.com/help/edit_multiple_books

waragon
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A few suggestions: Import books's information from Calibre folder.

wmac
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Is it possible to import ratings (stars) from Amazon? Currently no rating is imported at web update.

In large collections , one could find better highly rated books in this way.

admin
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The rating should be imported from Amazon. Please make sure that the Rating checkbox is checked in the Web Update Settings

wmac
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I have marked all the tick boxes but the ratings are all zero for me.

admin
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Please download this file
http://alfaebooks.com/files/AmazonHelper.dll
and save it to the program folder

wmac
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Thank you very much. I have tested the DLL and I am sending 2 ebooks (to your support email) for your tests along with the description of the problem.