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Upgrade to Calibre 1.15

Calibre released 1.15. Here is the new features below from 1.12

 

New Features of 1.15

  • A new book editor, capable of editing files in the EPUB and AZW3 (Kindle) formatsRight click on any book in calibre and choose ‘Edit Book’, to edit e-books in the EPUB and AZW3 formats. The new editor allows you to edit the HTML/CSS and images inside the ebooks in a seamless fashion, with live preview of your changes and many helpful automated tools for checking the book for errors, editing the table of contents, merging, splitting, bulk renaming and so on. See http://manual.calibre-ebook.com/edit.html for more details and help using the new editor. Note that the editor is a completely new codebase and is still being actively developed, so expect a few bugs and many new features in the near future. However, the editor as it stands is extremely useable and useful today. Note that it replaces the old ‘Tweak Book’ feature in calibre. If you want the old Tweak Book back, it has been renamed to ‘Unpack Book’, you can go to Preferences->Toolbars and add it back. Happy holidays!
  • Edit metadata dialog: In the tag editor, allow easy filtering of the lists of available and applied tags.
  • Driver for Onyx Boox C65. 

New Features of 1.14

  • Edit metadata dialog: Add the ability to trim covers manually, if automatic trimming is not satisfactory.
  • You can now show any metadata field below the covers in the cover grid view, not just title. To change the displayed field go to Preferences->Look & Feel->Cover Grid.
  • Allow searching for plugins by name in the install new plugins dialog
  • Kobo driver: Allow sending kepubs to older kobo devices as well, also add support for firmware 3.1
  • Allow viewer plugins to customize the viewer’s user interface

New Features of 1.13

  • Edit metadata dialog: Facilitate editing the authors for books that have a large number of authors, by using a dedicated ‘Edit authors’ tool, which you can launch by right clicking the authors in the edit metadata dialog and selecting ‘Edit authors’.
  • Conversion: Fix specifying shorthand properties in filter css not working. Now all shorthand properties automatically filter out all the properties they are shorthand for.
  • Kobo driver: support new firmware version 3.0.1
  • Wireless device driver: Cache metadata on a per device basis.Allows for using different cover thumbnail sizes on different devices. Will force device to resend all metadata the first time it is connected after this upgrade.

Upgrade to Calibre 1.12.0

Here is the new features of Calibre 1.12.0

New Features

  • Auto adding: Option to add files of all types, not just ebooks. You can now tell calibre to auto add all file types, instead of just known ebooks via Preferences->Adding books->Automatic adding.
  • Quick view: Show the title/author/series columns in the same order as in the main book list.
  • Update Kobo driver to allow sending kepubs
  • Allow right clicking on covers to copy them in the metadata cover download dialog.

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Windows XP: End of the life

Microsoft announced that Windows XP will not be supported any more until April 8, 2014.

There are certain terms of Microsoft support lifecycle.

Mainstream support: Microsoft will offer mainstream support for a minimum of 5 years from the date of a product’s general availability, or for 2 years after the successor product is released, whichever is longer. For example, if you buy a new version of Windows and five years later another version is released, you will still have two years of support left for the previous version.

Extended support: Microsoft will offer extended support for either a minimum of 5 years from the date of a product’s general availability, or for 2 years after the second successor product (two versions later) is released, whichever is longer.

Regarding Windows XP

  • Mainstream support ended on April 14, 2009
  • Extended support will be ended on April 8, 2014

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Upgrade Calibre v1.10

This is a new version of Calibre, eBook Manager software.

I like to put the upgrade news here, because I like this software. It is free and compatible with most of the ebook devices in the market.

New Features

  • Conversion: Treat .docm the same as .docx files, ignoring any macros in the file.Closes tickets:
  • EPUB Output: Auto convert CMYK images to RGB. Works around the inability of Adobe Digital Editions to display CMYK images.Closes tickets:
  • Quickview: Add a checkbox to lock the quickview window so that it does not change while moving around in the main book list

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Will you install IE 11?

Microsoft release IE 11 few days ago for Windows 7. It is already available for Windows 8.1 in Oct. 2013.

Here is the requirement to install IE 11 on Win7

Processor

  • PC with a 1 gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor.

Operating system

  • Windows 7 32-bit with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher
  • Windows 7 64-bit with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) 64-bit

Memory

  • Windows 7 32-bit—512 MB
  • Windows 7 64-bit—512 MB
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit—512 MB

Hard drive space

  • Windows 7 32-bit—70 MB
  • Windows 7 64-bit—120 MB
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit—200 MB

Drive

  • CD-ROM drive (if installation is done from a CD-ROM)

Display

  • Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution monitor with 256 colors

Peripherals

  • Modem or Internet connection
  • Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device

For Windows 8.1 it is simply:

  • A Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 PC.
  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
  • Internet access (ISP fees might apply)

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What is Flare3D?

When I am playing FarmVille2 on Facebook, I saw a notice on the bottom:

Powered by Flare3D Engine. Copyright © 2012

What is Flare3D Engine? I know FarmVille2 is powered by Adobe Flash. But, what is Flare3D?

Based on the author bios on Adobe developer page, it said so:

Flare3D is a platform for creating 3D content for Flash and takes advantage of the Molehill GPU rendering. Content generated with Flare3D for flash doesn’t require any additional plug-ins. There are some good reasons why a developer would benefit from using Flare3D to generate content. For example, using Stage 3D without the aid of a 3D framework is not easy and requires a specific knowledge of many 3D concepts that exceede the knowledge of most Flash developers. Flare3D transforms the complex to simple. Showing a 3D object in Flash with the Stage3D API requires hundreds of lines of code. With Flare3D, only two are necessary.

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Upgrade Calibre v 1.9.0

New Features of Calibre v1.9.0

  • Drivers for the new Nook Glowlight, Lenovo IdeaPad and Kindle Fire HDX (linux)
  • Add an option to check for duplicates (books with the same title/author) when copying between libraries. Option is under Preferences->Adding books.
  • Content server: Display book title on details page. Also put the most important fields (authors/series/tags) at the top.
  • When developing recipes using the command line, allow specifying the number of feeds and articles when using the –test parameter.
  • PDF Output: Option to control title of generated Table of Contents
  • PDF metadata: If one of the keywords in the PDF is a valid ISBN, use it as the ISBN for the book

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Upgrade Calibre to 1.8.0

New Features of 1.8.0

  • DOCX Input: Support linked (as opposed to embedded) images, if the linked image is found on the local computer.
  • FB2 Input: Add support for note and cite back references. Link pairs of type=”note” and type=”cite” now automatically generate the correct back reference.
  • When automerging books during during an add, include the author as well as the title in the report of merged books.
  • OS X Mavericks (10.9) breaks connecting to iTunes and iBooks on iOS devices. For more details see: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=215624

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Upgrade Calibre to 1.7.0

It is time to get upgrade from Calibre 1.4.0 to 1.7.0.

New Features of 1.7.0

  • Cover grid: Allow using images as the background for the cover grid. To choose an image, go to Preferences->Look & Feel->Cover Grid.
  • An option to mark newly added books with a temporary mark. Option is in Preferences->Adding books.
  • Edit metadata dialog: Allow turning off the cover size displayed in the bottom right corner of the cover by right clicking the cover and choosing ‘Hide cover size’. It can be restored the same way.

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