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Request: CBR Display

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  1. macleem

    macleem Member

    A lot of comic books are converted into .CBR files. It would be nice to read comics on the Android.
    At this time there isnt a CBR reader/converter for the android.

    Is anyone currently working on one?

  2. bss2mtsu

    bss2mtsu New Member

    Here's what I am up to:

    1.) Used jZip http://www.jzip.com/ to unpack my .cbr files into the separate .jpgs.

    2.) *Instead of using precious memory card space*, I used Google's Picasa to create a private album for the comic book (or series)

    3.) And am currently testing "picasa-capable" Android Market Apps to see which will be most handy - i.e. easy to navigate page to page, landscape, etc. Going to the web albums thru the android browser works somewhat.

    Maybe this will get me by until someone develops a cbr reader.
  3. BananoTron

    BananoTron Well-Known Member

    sounds like an interesting project. maybe i will start implementing a cbr reader for android. what features would you expect to see?
  4. xebix

    xebix New Member

    1. Ability to open either cbr (rar) or cbz (zip) files
    2. cache should be stored on the SD card
    3. Ability to zoom in and out using multi-touch or have on-screen buttons for zooming
    4. Auto fit to screen.
    5. View in either portrait or landscape mode
    6. Should be able to scroll around the page by dragging your finger over the image
    6. Turn pages using finger swipes or the trackball
  5. benji1304

    benji1304 New Member

    Hi, there is an app out there called "Acomic" that is supposed to support CBR and CBZ (amongst a host of other files) but so far i cannot get it to open CBR files, whereas CBZ open fine.

    A CBR/CBZ viewer would be great.
  6. justjimjpc

    justjimjpc Premium Member VIP Member

    Did you try "jjComics" ?
  7. punkzanyj

    punkzanyj Well-Known Member

    JJcomics force closes. The dev says there's a flaw in the way the OS handles image files that he can't program around.
  8. justjimjpc

    justjimjpc Premium Member VIP Member

    I had not tried the app ... just remembered that it was suppose to handle the file type ...
  9. thetonestarr

    thetonestarr New Member

    Your best bet is to get Droid Comic Viewer from the Market, first. VASTLY less likely to crash on your phone than jjComic. Actually, jjComic is terrible in comparison to Droid Comic Viewer (which shows as ACV in the app menu on your phone).

    Once you have that installed, your next move would be to convert your CBR files to ZIP or CBZ. ACV will open CBR/RAR files, but CBZ and ZIP work far better and operate much faster.

    So, what you'll first do is navigate to the folder on your computer containing your CBR files. Don't actually OPEN the folder, though. Press Shift, then RIGHT CLICK on the folder, and click on "Open command window here". This will open that folder in Command Prompt. From there, enter the following command:

    Code (Text):
    1. ren *.cbr *.rar
    This will mass-rename ALL your CBR files to RAR, thus enabling WinRAR to open them. Once you've done that, you'll use WinRAR to convert them all to ZIP files. To do this, first you'll have to do the right settings in WinRAR. Go to "Options", "Settings", then click on the "Compression" tab. There, click "Create Default". On that window, switch RAR to ZIP, then change compression method to "Fastest" (unless you want to waste time converting). Click ok, then switch to the "Integration" tab and ensure that "Integrate WinRAR into shell" is checked. Click ok, then click ok again to finish working on settings and go back to WinRAR itself.

    Now click "Tools", then "Convert archives". On the right side, ensure that rar is checked. Now click "add", and add all the files you want to convert. Press shift and click on the first, then click on the last and it'll select ALL of them, so you don't have to add them one-by-one.

    Once you have them all selected, you can convert to ZIP. If you don't care to keep your originals, you can set it to delete them all (I'd do this, conserves space). Click Ok, and it'll convert them all.

    Once you have them converted, you can now rename them to CBZ from ZIP if you'd like (but this is unnecessary - ACV will use them in ZIP format), using the Command Prompt method I explained above, just change the command to the following:

    Code (Text):
    1. ren *.zip *.cbz
    Now all your files are in a format that pretty much all comic book readers can use at a much faster pace. Upload them onto your memory card, open 'em with ACV, and enjoy!
  10. chr1sny

    chr1sny Well-Known Member

    Any news on a .cbr reader? Most comic files are in cbr rather than cbz. As of yet, I've found no easy and quick way to convert cbrs to cbzs. I have tons of comics in cbr format so any help would be appreciated.
  11. nemrel

    nemrel New Member

    I know this is an old question/thread, but when it came up in Google's top 15 for Android Comic Viewer. So I thought I would answer the last post with a 2 step method for converting cbr's to cbz's. I use 7zip to extract the cbr file's to a folder. I then use 7zip to compress the folder to a zip file. Comic Book Viewer for Android (formally ACV) will read the zip file without a rename to cbz. Since I have 7zip connected to my explorer shell (an option you can select upon install of 7zip).

    BTW: I use Windows. So it might be an added step on a Mac or Linux OS.
  12. Gareee

    Gareee Well-Known Member

    I'm running into an issue maybe one of you guys can answer. I can open cbr files fine on my computer, but when I open color files on my Droidx, I only get the cover, and the next page then gets an out of memory error.

    Whats the best workaround for this issue? I noticed black and white comics seem fine (Walking dead for instance seems to work fine) But color comics, (like witchblade, spawn, spiderman) all run into the memory error.
  13. kapa5

    kapa5 New Member

    ;) good !!!
  14. direz

    direz Member

  15. Gareee

    Gareee Well-Known Member

    ACV works perfectly with the latest memory fixes. and has been for at least 4 months now.

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