[Enhancement] Option to create and place a link to a selected book.

Bug #1437756 reported by John Buczek on 2015-03-29
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Bug Description

Because of the extensive tagging and noting features, painless formatting and format conversion, etc.; I use Calibre for ALL documents and sometimes audio files (lectures) and/or images (maps,charts). If this were "talked up" I'd expect many people to do the same.

Useing these ofen falls into three categories:

1. Something I want to read once (more or less) but retain in Calibre for reference.

2. Something I need to have immediately available for a specific project.

3. Something I need to always have handy for reference (manuals)

I used to export copies to my desktop and manually place then in appropriate locations but this wasted storage. When I did a periodic cleanup I often found many copies of some files. This REALLY slows down my backup process not to mention filling up the cloud storage account I back up to. I often couldn't remember if certain files they were already in CALIBRE requiring time to check each.

Now I use "Path: click to open", manually create a link, cut the link then paste it somewhere appropriate renaming it: "<filename> (link).<filetype>"

These links can also be placed in Dropbox, making them available to my tablet.

By adding the (link) lable to the filename I instantly know it's OK to delete a file when a project is done.

I'm requesting an enhancement, perhaps placed immediately under "Path: click to open". With the link you could:
   1. put it on the clipboard
   2. ask where to put it
   3. put it in a default location (e.g. desktop) defined in PREFERENCES.

While I find #1 attractive, whatever is easiest would do.

I realize this requires Calibre, a multiplatform application, to be Operating System aware but it already is so I'd guess this shouldn't be time consuming to provide.

In addition to what I do, I can see this being useful for many things where one wants to have several references open at the same time: language study, research papers, etc.

Thank you for your consideration.

Fixed in branch master. The fix will be in the next release. calibre is usually released every Friday.

 status fixreleased

Changed in calibre:
status: New → Fix Released
Eli Schwartz (eschwartz) wrote :

There was always a right-click option "copy to clipboard", but it appeared to be broken, that is now fixed.

On Monday, 30 March, 2015 09:09 PM, Kovid Goyal wrote:
> Fixed in branch master. The fix will be in the next release. calibre is
> usually released every Friday.
> status fixreleased
> ** Changed in: calibre
> Status: New => Fix Released
I don't think so........ at least not from the POV of what I am looking for.

Assuming that V 2.23 contains the fix. If it doesn't, disregard.

Lets say I'm working on an article and I'll be making a lot of
references to:

"The 911 Report" by "Nine Eleven Commission"

and I want a link that will open that document in the reader without
having to open Calibre.

I want to place that link in a folder


so that I need only click on it to open the reader with the story at the
last page I read.

     locate the document
         right click on "Click to Open"
             click on "Copy Link"

What I get is a text string:

*/home/LIBRARY.CALIBRE/Nine Eleven Commission/The 911 Report (14686)*

that cannot be pasted into a folder and thus does nothing for me.

What I want is a link to:

*/home/LIBRARY.CALIBRE/Nine Eleven Commission/The 911 Report (14686)/The
911 Report - Nine Eleven Commission.pdf**
that I can paste into the proper folder.

To be honest, I can't see any use at all for the string that is
currently placed on the clipboard. Of course I may be wrong <G>.

Thanks for your consideration.


Linking to the folder simply means an extra click to launch the
particular format file. However if you want the ability to copy the path
to a particular format file as well, it is easily added.

Eli Schwartz (eschwartz) wrote :

Working from an up-to-date source checkout.

I can copy the path from the book details panel.

Double-clicking on Book Details to pop up the dedicated details window, I can right-click on a format and get an option: copy link.
Doesn't work.

I also notice a bunch of dead right-click options, like: save link; open link; open in new window
Except that Open Link will attempt to perform searches, e.g. clicking on the ids field... and open that in the actual details pane.
I guess that view could just use some pruning.

Kovid Goyal (kovid) wrote :

The popup window has none of the special features of the book details
window itself, someday I might get around to implementing them, but
since no-one (other than you) has noticed yet...

Eli Schwartz (eschwartz) wrote :

Fair point.

Kovid Goyal (kovid) wrote :

Turns out to have been very easy to port the context menu behavior.

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