A hand-crafted reader for DRM-free comics (CBR, CBZ, or PDF)
Comickaze provides a powerful interface for managing your digital comic library:
• Automatically figures out the info for your issues from their filenames
• Don't worry about where your files are located - let Comickaze arrange them for you. They're always a drag-and-drop away!
• Change info (such as Series or Publisher) for a single issue, or many at once
• Create Boxes to organize your collection into lists
• Choose the cover you like for issues with more than one
Have fun reading your comics with a customizable reader:
• Effortless page-turning via keyboard, mouse, and gestures
• Choose whether to view issues in 1- or 2-page spreads
• Go Full Screen to use your whole display
• Hide pages, such as ads (automatically hides some ads)
• Choose whether each issue reads left-to-right (western comics), or right-to-left (Manga)
• Fixed slowness in the main window's list view when there's a large number of comics
• Comickaze can now recover (instead of crashing) from a corrupted bookmark to a custom Library Location, and those bookmarks are also less likely to become corrupted in the first place (Thanks, James and Nathan!)
Ratings and Reviews
Good Replacement for ComicBookLover
Since ComicBookLover is no longer being activately developed or updated, I was searching for a usable replacement. The interface is similar to CBL, and seems so far to be working without issue. The true test will be once I load more of my files (~1500). If it handles these without a problem, I’ll consider it money well spent. I wish they developer would include the ability to ‘scrape’ data from comicvine, but this feature was missing from CBL as well — though YacLibrary does have it. The one area I do not care for is the program modifying the CBZ file by adding an XML file into it. CBL’s was cleaner. This is similar to the way ComicRack works on windows.
Overall works as advertised. Recommended.
Thanks for writing in, Scott! I appreciate the kind words. To explain a little, I chose to write metadata into a file instead of hidden info inside the CBZ (like ComicBookLover does), so that you can always see (and even potentially edit or remove) the data stored there with any ZIP archive tool (most don't expose the other hidden info). I agree that the other way looks cleaner, though. I'm also interested in adding automated tagging with ComicVine or something similar, but it doesn't look like the available services disallow commercial apps. YACReader gets around this by being a free app.
Aggressively developed, but with some rough edges.
For a one-man studio, this app gets a lot of love. And if you're looking for a one-app manager and viewer for CBZ and PDF files, it's pretty solid.
The manager renames, updates metadata, and does all of the expected actions. Due to the nature of the file format, will lock — but not crash if you're opening a big file. It'll have seemed to crash though. The viewer is simple but functional. The UI isn't beautiful, but gets the job done. On the other hand, the dev is very responsive, and works to resolve situations.
Overall, that's the best characterization of the app — not pretty, but quite functional, and getting better. It's become my primary comic book manager app, and I recommend it.
Very suitable replacement for Comic Book Lover
I am hopeful that this new application will fill the void left by Comic Book Lover, so far I am very impressed. I do have some questions though, and hopefully will hear from the dveloper, who has been very good in getting back to other reviewers.
- Is there an option like Comic Book Lover had, to where you can change the icon to a thumbnail of the comic book issue in Finder? I would love this, becasue I am going throgh Cover Flow in Finder, I like knowing which comic is exactly which. It’s a fashion over function scenario, but I like the idea of going through my gallery of covers in Finder.
- Saving changes to your CBZ files in the application, much like you can insert, replace or outright delete pages and fix their orientation in applications like Acrobat, can the same be done with this app at some point?
In advance, thank you for your guidance and response on matter.
Thank you very much for the kind words and the positive rating.
Comickaze does not assign icons like CBL does, but it does provide a QuickLook plugin, which should show the issue's cover in place of the CBZ/CBR icon in Finder (in list/icon views and in Cover Flow).
Comickaze does allow you to rotate and hide pages in your comics, but it does so for its own use (and remembers the changes you make). If you open the comic file in another app, it will look the same as when you first opened it in Comickaze.
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I'll go into more detail here, but you can disregard if it's uninteresting or doesn't make sense.
When you hide or rotate a page in Comickaze, it updates its own database with the change, and if it's a file that Comickaze is managing in your library (which is the default, but can be turned off), it will update an XML file (meta.xml) in the root of the CBZ archive.
Technically, there's nothing stopping another app from reading this meta.xml file and applying the same rotation and page-hiding Comickaze does. Someone with the technical knowledge could even write a tool to do this, and needs no special access to Comickaze to do so.
I plan to add a published spec to Comickaze's meta.xml format at some point in the future, once it's stabile.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.