Tried Alfa eBooks Manager - a few questions

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jostie
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Tried Alfa eBooks Manager - a few questions

Actually I use another bookmanager (bought it) but I'm not happy with it anymore.
Then I saw your software and tried it.

1)
When I did an Import of all my books there was no "language field" in the "importer" so I decided to use a Custom field (Custom1).
When the import was done I saw another language field. Now I have 2 languages fields.

2)
I used a csv file to import my books. Author was written like this:
King, Stephen
After the import procedure has been done I saw 2 authors:
- King
- Stephen

Some authors where divided in 3 words

3)
There is no possibility to search on custom fields using the filter or Library Explorer
I created a custom field "owner" (myself, mywife and daughter) and want to search for it.

4)
There is no possibility to see statistics of these (custom) fields p.e. how many books has an owner.

5)
I wish to see also a "list view" of all books without thumbnails (grid view).
This makes the line smaller and more books can be displayed.

6)
My cover images are imported properly.
When I click on the 3D tab, I see the cover.
However Alfa eBooks Manager did not create any thumbnails of these covers.
I see only the default blue empty thumbnail
How can I resolve this problem?
Tried to resize the thumbnails but that did not solve the problem.

7)
I don't like the monochrome icons.
Is there a way to change them?
Everywhere I see black monochrome icons. :)

8)
I wish I could use a few times the book-updater using Amazon.
It is only possible in the pro version.
Do I have to buy the pro version before to see the updates? ;)
Btw..it seems to me that it has been done very well.

9)
One of my custom fields is an id field.
The number I used when i added the book in my current bookmanager.
When I select to sort by this custom field is does not a correct sort.
p.e.
1200
14
1182
183
is sorted like this:
1183
1200
14
183

It has to be:
14
183
1183
1200

10)
The filters are nice but to static.
It would be nice to have an advanced search box p.e
with filters you cannot insert a filter
search for all authors starting with "Du" and a "s" in the name.

11)
It would also be useful to separate the Firstname and Lastname of an author.
You can so sort and search author by Firstname and/or Lastname.

12)
Can I update multiple books at once p.e. change language from english to french?

Thanks.

admin
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Hi jostie, thanks for your ideas and reports.

1. CSV import really doesn't include Language field now. We'll try to add it in the next update. For now you can list books with certain language in the Custom field and quickly edit their Language field using menu Books -> Edit Books

2. Yes, because CSV import allows to import several authors per book and coma is used to separate authors

3. You can search by custom fields using the basic search

4. We'll consider this feature for the next update

5. In the Table view you can hide the Thumb field

6. You can use Books -> File Parser to quickly generate thumbnails

7. Not for now

8. Yes, the web update is available only in the paid versions

9. Because for now all custom fields are treated as text fields

10, 11. We'll consider this feature for the next update

12. Yes, using Books -> Edit Books
http://alfaebooks.com/help/edit_multiple_books

jostie
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Thanks for your reply.
I just bought the pro version :)

1. CSV import really doesn't include Language field now. We'll try to add it in the next update. For now you can list books with certain language in the Custom field and quickly edit their Language field using menu Books -> Edit Books

-> thank you.

2. Yes, because CSV import allows to import several authors per book and coma is used to separate authors

-> ok, I resolved it removing the comma in the author field.

3. You can search by custom fields using the basic search

-> ok.

4. We'll consider this feature for the next update

-> tnx

5. In the Table view you can hide the Thumb field

-> ok. found it :)

6. You can use Books -> File Parser to quickly generate thumbnails

-> I imported the csv file many times, with and without filelinks, but I had no success. Will do a manual update of all books.

7. Not for now

-> yes I understand that it is not easy to realize

8. Yes, the web update is available only in the paid versions

-> Tried it :)

9. Because for now all custom fields are treated as text fields

-> ok

10, 11. We'll consider this feature for the next update

-> tnx

12. Yes, using Books -> Edit Books
http://alfaebooks.com/help/edit_multiple_books

-> ok.