Calibre Week in Review

Like every week there were miscellaneous bug fixes. However, this week I did a bit more. TCR input and output. Do be warned that the output supports multiple compression levels; the higher levels being slower than the lower. For instance a 200K TXT file as input will take around 25 seconds on the lowest level and 3.5 minutes at the highest.

TCR is an compressed text format used mainly by the Psion 3 and 5 series PDAs that were produced in the 90s. The compression used by TCR files is very interesting. It doesn’t have as high a compression ratio as say zlib but that is a trade off for being decompressable starting at any point in the stream. The history and more information about the format can be found at Andrew Giddings’ TCR page.