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ComicRack may can Resurrent in Calibre 1 year 3 months ago #47880

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Check yourself but calibre is opensource so any can make the same plugins for it.
I'm using it for books and ComicRack for comics but Calibre has the same customisation capabilities like CR.
And speed is depends on your hardware, with 50.000 books in the library on metedata edit sametime takes 2-5 second on books but sometimes doesn't.
It has the same CV plugin.
"...it detect duplicates" :P
I'm prety sure it can be a successor of the CR if some make the effort and creating the same Library Organazer and Data Manager plugin for Calibre or translating them to Calibre because it's OpenSource. Everything can be stay the same, settings files, etc.
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ComicRack may can Resurrent in Calibre 1 year 3 months ago #47881

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Before U ask you can use Google it's your friend and this forum.

[Metadata Source Plugin] Comicvine scrapper
"Library Organizing"
Embed Comic Metadata Metadata for CBZ (ComicInfo.xml)

If you find similar plugins like CR had please share it here.
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ComicRack may can Resurrent in Calibre 1 year 3 months ago #47882

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I have 65,000 comics already scraped using ComicRack. Do you know of a plug in for Calibre that will read the metadata like Ubooquity and ComicStreamer will do?
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ComicRack may can Resurrent in Calibre 1 year 3 months ago #47883

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I'm going to editing the first two post instead of spamming the this topic like "Comicrack is dead". It's 10 pages of bullshit.
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ComicRack may can Resurrent in Calibre 1 year 3 months ago #47884

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I think Calibre is fine for books, but it has a massive issue with book updates. It takes FOREVER to write each update when you change an entry. It also does a lot of moving your books around on you. I don't really think it's a viable option to replace ComicRack. Maybe it could be forked, but I think the needs are different enough that it would be more work than starting from scratch or contributing to something like YacReader.
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ComicRack may can Resurrent in Calibre 1 year 3 months ago #47889

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Calibre is pretty good for books and is what I use. However, it can not utilise a file based library organiser script! Calibre uses it's own folder and file naming structure that is not configurable. This works fine for books as they have authors and titles but in my experience it does not work very well for comics.

Of course the idea of a program that is a database for your files, as both Calibre and ComicRack are, is intended to bypass having to organise the file system. However, I think for most of us who use CR we like having our comics organised in the file system in a particular way.
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ComicRack may can Resurrent in Calibre 1 year 3 months ago #47890

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well, even the most basic of us use the default settings on LO. Publisher, Series. It's just one directory off of Calibre which only uses Author.
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ComicRack may can Resurrent in Calibre 1 year 3 months ago #47893

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I've used Calibre for years to prep my ebooks... and while I think that we are going to eventually need a successor for ComicRack, I don't see Calibre being the one. I think we are going to need something developed specifically for comics by someone who understands how people like to organize their comics and the process of adding on a weekly basis, and all the other aspects of our comic libraries, etc...
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ComicRack may can Resurrent in Calibre 10 months 4 days ago #48634

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Hello,

as numerous users here, i have been searching for replacement solution to ComicRack.

And i think i’ve found it.

Since few weeks i’m using Calibre that seems to me quite a similar solution. It is a widely used solution, with an active developing community.

It has (at least) following features :
- import cbz/cbr/pdf/epub/... files and read/write embedded metadata (cbz only) (Comicrack and Comiclovers formats) thankfully to a specific plugin. This permits to migrate comics from ComicRack to Calibre library and to recover most of metadata.
- manage your own fields (manual input or feeded by calculation from other fields). Migration tip : you can migrate your ComicRack own fields using “Genre” standard field (in Comicrack copy info in “Genre”, then import in Calibre, then repopulate the same user defined fields).
display list of comics (sheet or thumbnails). These views can be adapted to your taste (thumbnails can be associated to icons depending on comics fields values, ...).
- sort, filter by all existing fields
- smartlist-like features
- editing windows for a single comic or for multiple comics
- launch internal or external viewer
- server features to sync with other devices or to stream comics on web browser
- no limit on ebook number within a library (users report on using >100k ebooks libraries)

It also provide some missing points in ComicRack
- it is multi platform (windows, MacOs, Linux + companion app on ios and Android)
- user interface uses hyperlinks to navigate in database (display all comics for an author, or a specific genre, …)
- i’m using surface pro : user interface is adapted to HQ screens + it is also “touch” friendly (unlike ComicRack)
- cropping cover image is very simple (very useful for mangas…)
- simply manage several libraries (you can manage ebooks, magazines, comics, manuals, …).
- you can manage several files for a comic : several formats, or related files to a comics, …
- comment field can use hyperlinks to web adress, formatting text (bold, color, …), ...

Here are some screens samples from my Calibre instance.

photos.app.goo.gl/48JcZWrv7ZQL3N8F3
photos.app.goo.gl/WOF151R04YR4wXTK2

Finally, few missing features, that are not prohibitive for me :
- Not founded for the moment : grouping capacity (stack albums by series for instance). Not sure it is possible at the moment.
- Less efficient is reading status : not automatically managed. You need to create a user defined field and update it when reading books.
- Last missing point for me in Calibre is : french comics scrapping feature : i stay on comicrack for this part of my workflow (scraping metadata in comicrack with mizio’s bedetheque plugin → export to cbz format → save metadata → open file in Calibre → import metadata)
Saw that there is a Comicvine scrapping plugin in Calibre. Don’t know if it is working.
BUT seems also that developing tools are quite opened in Calibre and that skilled people could easily improve missing features in Calibre.

In summary : this will be my main management tool for comics in the next years.
Also hope some of skilled ComicRack current users will join the Calibre community and develop comics oriented plugins and tools.
Last Edit: 10 months 4 days ago by panazol.
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