A forum to exchange ideas and questions around Ubooquity

02 september 2014    General


The ubooquity website now has a dedicated forum, hosted on UserEcho.

This forum is meant to gather your feedback (questions, ideas, bugs...) in a single place so that discussions between users can take place more easily than in the comments section of the news. It also has a few interesting features:

  • A voting system that will help me to know among the feature I'm asked to implement the ones that are the most popular.
  • A status label ("planned", "started", "declined") displayed on feature requests that will give you a better visibility over the future of the application.
  • An integrated search engine to easily find topics when looking for informations.

Private messages can also be directly sent to me through the forum. I will keep the contact page online for now, but they are redundant.

The only drawback: you will have to sign in to the forum before being able to post or send a message. But you can do that using a lot of different account provider (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, OpenID...) or by directly creating a UserEcho account, so it should not be a big problem.

Go to the forum by clicking the "Forum" link in the top menu or the "Feedback" label on the right side of your screen.

 


What's next ?

05 february 2014    General


In the last weeks I received a few questions about the features that might be added to Ubooquity in the future. Here's a sneak peek of what's possible (and what's not) in no particular order.

  • OPDS support
    I don't know OPDS very well, but it seems to be an XML files generated using the content of the database. I see no reason this could not be implemented, and it would be quite useful to be able to plug other software to Ubooquity.
     
  • HTTPS support
    For now, the HTTP server used internally by Ubooquity, NanoHTTPD, does not support HTTP Secure (HTTPS) in his stable version. A beta version supporting SSL (therefore HTTPS) is currently being tested by the NanoHTTPD developers though.
    When the feature is stable I'll try to integrate it in Ubooquity to allow access through HTTP.S 
     
  • PDF support in book section
    Today, PDF are considered to be comics due to the difference Ubooquity makes when managing metadata for comics and books. In short: comics files don't provide metadata (as they are just a compressed folder of image files).
    Since most of the PDF files I've seen don't provide metadata either, I did not bother extracting them and the PDF files landed in the comics category.
    But I can see why having them in the book categaory could be useful as well. And technically nothing prevents it.
     
  • Mobi support
    This one's harder as there is no Java library supporting Mobi files processing (contrary to epub, which is a standard format). But since what I only need is cover and metadata extraction, mobi support might still be doable... I'll have to dig deeper.
     
  • Internationalization
    Not convinced on this one. There is very little text on the web pages served by Ubooquity, and I would expect anybody capable of setting up a server to understand english well enough to understand Ubooquity's options.
    I might be wrong though.
     
  • Themes support
    Theme support (CSS and images replacement) is pretty much already coded as it was one of my v1.0 target features. The only missing things are the right option in the interface and a second theme to demonstrate the concept (and somebody asking for it, as the current theme satisfies me for now).

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