Welcome to the CrackBerry Forums Create Your Account or Ask a Question Answers in 5 minutes - no registration required!
Page 1 of 24 123411 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 600
Like Tree72Likes
  1. zezke's Avatar
    CrackBerry Abuser

    Posts
    232 Posts
    PIN
    2ABFDFAE
    Thread AuthorThread Author   #1  

    Default Comics - A comic book reader for BlackBerry PlayBook

    Hi everybody,

    my name is Bram Vandewalle and I am a student developer who just got started developing applications for RIM's PlayBook. My first two applications are Mindmaps and Comics. Today I would like to take a moment of your time to present you Comics, the very first comic book reader for the BlackBerry PlayBook.


    Description:

    Your shiny BlackBerry® PlayBook™ is the perfect device for reading comic books and now you can. Comics is a comic reader specifically designed for the PlayBook.

    Start reading your comics everywhere and download the Comics application. It will allow you to escape reality wherever, whenever and even save the page your at if you have to run from that other dimension.

    Features:

    •Opens all .CBZ, .CBR and .ZIP comic books
    •Stores your current page if you close the application
    •Works both in landscape and portrait, so hold it the way you like
    •Different view modes to read the way you want to
    •Easily find and open your comic book files
    •Nice looking library
    •Swipe through your pages
    •Pinch-to-zoom

    Links:

    App World - FAQ

    I welcome you all to give as much feedback as possible if you decide to try out my app. I realise that gesture support is a pressing need, but I am waiting on RIM to ship my developer device. I am currently working on adding CBR support and looking to setup a server to download free comics on your device using my app.
    Last edited by zezke; 03-13-2012 at 03:25 AM.
    Thanked by 14:
    + Show/Hide list of the thanked
    AirSupply (07-29-2011),  AKG2211 (10-03-2011),  b5m (09-09-2011),  bcbbanga4l (10-24-2011),  Blacklatino (02-22-2012),  DaveTheA (09-05-2011),  edko90 (01-30-2012),  Hockey_Fan10 (02-22-2012),  JonManson (04-24-2012),  kashi777 (08-04-2011),  nguyennamha (05-17-2013),  Skeevecr (05-08-2011),  the.abyzz (05-06-2011),  WrightWords (10-18-2011) 
  2. parabola's Avatar
    CrackBerry User

    Posts
    92 Posts
    #2  

    Default

    Hi zezke,

    Thanks for posting. I saw your entry in App World and was actually thinking of contacting you to ask some of these questions. I have a decent size library of comics and this was one of the first kind of apps I thought would be fantastic once the PB was announced. I've used ComicReader.mobi on my Torch ... and while it does a fair enough job, it's pretty slow and BBs are just too small to read comics on.

    I agree that gesture support and opening CBR files are essential. I may sound kinda cheap, but it would be hard for me to justify the $1.99 cost for the current features. Sorry, but just want to give you honest feedback. One way to get around this is to make sure you have a constant stream of updates -- if people see you are committed to the app, there will be less hesitation in purchasing it based on the potential alone. (I think that's the mindset of a lot of people when it comes to the PB itself, haha!). I recognize you are limited somewhat until you get the hardware and additional support from RIM.

    I'll be watching your app with interest. If you have more pics/videos to share here or on your website, I'll be sure to check them out.
    Thanked by:
    kashi777 (08-04-2011) 
  3. Jedi_Blackberry's Avatar
    CrackBerry Genius

    Posts
    1,579 Posts
    #3  

    Default

    Comic book reader?

    How do you get the comics on the device?
    You can pay for school, but you can't buy class!
    "No man is an island, entire of himself......."John Donne
    http://twitter.com/Blackberry_Jedi
  4. marka351's Avatar
    CrackBerry User

    Posts
    35 Posts
    #4  

    Default

    Looking forward to trying this app. Hopefully you will have support for .CBR files as that is what all my comics are.
  5. noth's Avatar
    CrackBerry Newbie

    Posts
    7 Posts
    #5  

    Default

    I was hoping for (but not expecting, certainly not at launch) an app just like this.
  6. kenshaw's Avatar
    CrackBerry Abuser

    Posts
    287 Posts
    Global Posts
    289 Global Posts
    #6  

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi_Blackberry View Post
    Comic book reader?

    How do you get the comics on the device?
    Yes could someone please answer this question. Thanks
    bcbbanga4l likes this.
  7. pkcable's Avatar


    Posts
    28,315 Posts
    Global Posts
    32,793 Global Posts
    PIN
    PIN:K Floyd!
    #7  

    Default

    How does one obtain the comic files?
  8. parabola's Avatar
    CrackBerry User

    Posts
    92 Posts
    #8  

    Default

    This site has some links to (legal) free sources, plus some info on CBZ/CBR files to get you started: Where to find Free CBZ and CBR comics | Robot Comics

    Otherwise, I'll just note that Pirate Bay has a category specifically for comics and leave it at that.
  9. zezke's Avatar
    CrackBerry Abuser

    Posts
    232 Posts
    PIN
    2ABFDFAE
    Thread AuthorThread Author   #9  

    Default

    -To get comic files to the BlackBerry PlayBook you can use Wi-Fi file sharing as explained by CrackBerry here. A tutorial on this will follow as soon as I get a PlayBook.

    -As parabola mentioned there are quite a few places to download free (legal) comics and quite a few to download illegal. I cannot recommend the latter approach for obvious reasons. One of my favorite sources are Golden Age Comics and Digital Comic Museum.
  10. pkcable's Avatar


    Posts
    28,315 Posts
    Global Posts
    32,793 Global Posts
    PIN
    PIN:K Floyd!
    #10  

    Default

    thanks guys, well worth my 99 cents!!!!


    I'm downloading my first classic comic!!!!!!
  11. gigantor's Avatar
    CrackBerry User

    Posts
    71 Posts
    #11  

    Default

    It would be great if it would offer direct zip or rar file support like CloudReader on the iOS.
  12. pkcable's Avatar


    Posts
    28,315 Posts
    Global Posts
    32,793 Global Posts
    PIN
    PIN:K Floyd!
    #12  

    Default

    All I'm finding is CBR files. Hope that support comes soon!!!!!
  13. Skeevecr's Avatar
    CrackBerry Genius

    Posts
    3,571 Posts
    #13  

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by pkcable View Post
    All I'm finding is CBR files. Hope that support comes soon!!!!!
    Until it does you just have to do the following:

    Rename to rar,
    Extract,
    Zip them up,
    Rename to cbz.
    Thanked by:
    kashi777 (08-04-2011) 
  14. zezke's Avatar
    CrackBerry Abuser

    Posts
    232 Posts
    PIN
    2ABFDFAE
    Thread AuthorThread Author   #14  

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by pkcable View Post
    All I'm finding is CBR files. Hope that support comes soon!!!!!
    You can convert them using WinRar. I have written down a tutorial here. I am still working on the CBR support, but the lack of documentation of that format combined with the use Adobe AIR is proving it a difficult task. It already works with around 50% of the common CBR files (just an estimate).
  15. Skeevecr's Avatar
    CrackBerry Genius

    Posts
    3,571 Posts
    #15  

    Default

    Having tried the app now, it seems like it desperately needs a better way of navigating from page to page and not just the obvious swipe option e.g. if you are using it in portrait mode (by far the more likely way to use it I would expect) then you even lose the thumbnails that you get at the side in landscape mode, perhaps you should move those to the bottom of the screen to use up that little bit of wasted space you get with a 16:9 display or you could have the navigation bar be configurable for top and bottom of the screen without intruding on the actual comic.

    One other thing I noticed, the app seemed rather sluggish the first time I open a large file, perhaps delaying opening the comic if it is doing a lot in the background as I should think that making people wait a few seconds would give a better impression than a very jerky app during that time.
    Last edited by Skeevecr; 04-20-2011 at 06:12 AM.
  16. zezke's Avatar
    CrackBerry Abuser

    Posts
    232 Posts
    PIN
    2ABFDFAE
    Thread AuthorThread Author   #16  

    Default

    Just a question: do you guys (and girls?) like the idea of a simple program that allows you to convert a bunch of .cbr files to .cbz by simply dragging the files onto the program? Don't worry, .cbr support is still coming, but this is a temporary solution to help you out.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skeevecr View Post
    Having tried the app now, it seems like it desperately needs a better way of navigating from page to page and not just the obvious swipe option e.g. if you are using it in portrait mode (by far the more likely way to use it I would expect) then you even lose the thumbnails that you get at the side in landscape mode, perhaps you should move those to the bottom of the screen to use up that little bit of wasted space you get with a 16:9 display or you could have the navigation bar be configurable for top and bottom of the screen without intruding on the actual comic.
    Good suggestion, I will try to put this in the next update. What do you think of navigating to the next/previous page by tapping near right/left edge of the screen?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skeevecr View Post
    One other thing I noticed, the app seemed rather sluggish the first time I open a large file, perhaps delaying opening the comic if it is doing a lot in the background as I should think that making people wait a few seconds would give a better impression than a very jerky app during that time.
    At that moment all images for the navigation bar are generated, so quite a bit of work in the background yes. I will check this and solve it as soon as I get my hands on a PlayBook.
  17. Skeevecr's Avatar
    CrackBerry Genius

    Posts
    3,571 Posts
    #17  

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by zezke View Post
    Just a question: do you guys (and girls?) like the idea of a simple program that allows you to convert a bunch of .cbr files to .cbz by simply dragging the files onto the program? Don't worry, .cbr support is still coming, but this is a temporary solution to help you out.
    For those who start getting interested in comics, one option would be to use comic rack to organise them, it supports that kind of conversion since it is able to store additional metadata in the cbz but not cbr files.

    ComicRack for those who are interested.


    Good suggestion, I will try to put this in the next update. What do you think of navigating to the next/previous page by tapping near right/left edge of the screen?
    That would certainly work, I guess the usual navigation options in these kind of apps would tend to be swipe or tap either side of screen,

    Also keeping the navigation bar always available at top or bottom would be good and maybe expand the fwd and backward icons since those would tend to be more frequently used.


    At that moment all images for the navigation bar are generated, so quite a bit of work in the background yes. I will check this and solve it as soon as I get my hands on a PlayBook.
    Yeah, it definitely isn't a major problem, but caching them would improve the impression of the app I would think.

    One other thing I noticed, sometimes the app seemed to remember how far I had read in a comic, but not always.
    cafemag likes this.
  18. zezke's Avatar
    CrackBerry Abuser

    Posts
    232 Posts
    PIN
    2ABFDFAE
    Thread AuthorThread Author   #18  

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Skeevecr View Post
    For those who start getting interested in comics, one option would be to use comic rack to organise them, it supports that kind of conversion since it is able to store additional metadata in the cbz but not cbr files.

    ComicRack for those who are interested.
    Nice tip, I didn't know that program yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skeevecr View Post
    Also keeping the navigation bar always available at top or bottom would be good and maybe expand the fwd and backward icons since those would tend to be more frequently used.
    What do you mean by expanding those icons?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skeevecr View Post
    One other thing I noticed, sometimes the app seemed to remember how far I had read in a comic, but not always.
    I know, but this has been fixed already on my side. It will be included in the next update.
  19. Skeevecr's Avatar
    CrackBerry Genius

    Posts
    3,571 Posts
    #19  

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by zezke View Post
    What do you mean by expanding those icons?
    On the nav bar you have various icons that are all the same size, but since somebody reading a comic would tend to press page fwd or back far more often, maybe they could have a wider area than all the others to make them easier to press?

    It might be a simpler option you could quickly implement while working on others.
  20. Darlaten's Avatar
    CrackBerry Genius

    Posts
    1,714 Posts
    #20  

    Default

    This might be a stupid question, but would I transfer the comic files into the documents folder on the Playbook? Or is there some other folder that these should go into?
  21. Skeevecr's Avatar
    CrackBerry Genius

    Posts
    3,571 Posts
    #21  

    Default

    No idea if any others work too, but they show up if you put them in the documents foler.
  22. krusty20874's Avatar
    CrackBerry Newbie

    Posts
    5 Posts
    Global Posts
    14 Global Posts
    #22  

    Default

    Just installed this and have to agree on the need for navigation improvements. I've used comic reader apps on both the iPad and a rooted Nook and either adding page turning zones or swipe gestures on the left and right-hand sides makes it so much easier. If swipes or zones can't be done, then I suggest moving the navigation to the bottom - it feels more natural to hold something at the bottom when reading. I also cannot consistantly get the menu to appear. I have to tap the top of the screen multiple times - very frustrating. I don't mean to sound so critical or negative - your hard work is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  23. zezke's Avatar
    CrackBerry Abuser

    Posts
    232 Posts
    PIN
    2ABFDFAE
    Thread AuthorThread Author   #23  

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Darlaten View Post
    This might be a stupid question, but would I transfer the comic files into the documents folder on the Playbook? Or is there some other folder that these should go into?
    Documents folder is the best location (for now, in the next update this won't matter).

    Quote Originally Posted by krusty20874 View Post
    Just installed this and have to agree on the need for navigation improvements. I've used comic reader apps on both the iPad and a rooted Nook and either adding page turning zones or swipe gestures on the left and right-hand sides makes it so much easier. If swipes or zones can't be done, then I suggest moving the navigation to the bottom - it feels more natural to hold something at the bottom when reading. I also cannot consistantly get the menu to appear. I have to tap the top of the screen multiple times - very frustrating. I don't mean to sound so critical or negative - your hard work is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
    No problem, I came here for honest opinions. Strange about the menu, anyone else experiencing this? If it helps, it appears by swiping down from the top bezel, not tapping the top of the screen.
  24. krusty20874's Avatar
    CrackBerry Newbie

    Posts
    5 Posts
    Global Posts
    14 Global Posts
    #24  

    Default

    Swiping down wasn't working for me so I had to start trying to tapthe area right above the page when in portrait mode.
  25. parabola's Avatar
    CrackBerry User

    Posts
    92 Posts
    #25  

    Default

    Apologies in advance, don't mean to hijack the thread and make it about another app ... but thought you might like to know that another reader popped up in App World (for free): https://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/32722

    It too is working on CBR support. It has a double-tap to zoom feature, but I tried and the swiping to change pages doesn't work. Otherwise, it is missing other features that you seem to have (sorry, I still haven't paid for any PB Apps yet) - e.g., cover art preview in browser and thumbnails.

    Thought you might be interested in seeing what the 'competition' is up to.
Page 1 of 24 123411 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions