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 bug causing some PDFs to show up as blank (Thanks, Isaac!)
• You can now dismiss the reader window with the Escape key (Thanks, Chris!)
• Made the "Next" or "Previous" buttons in Get Info work faster (Thanks, Isaac!)
• Added a preference to preserve capitalization as you type in the Get Info window (Thanks, AdmiralNaismith!)
• Updated the hint text on the Series column's link arrow in List View to make it clearer what it does
• Better handling of alias files when added to library
• Comic selection no longer jumps around after deleting a comic, or removing from a box (Thanks, Chris!)
• Fixed QuickLook plugin, so you can once more preview comics from Finder (Thanks to Marcelo and Bob!)
• Fixed bug sometimes causing unusual behavior when rearranging the comics in a box
• Updated shift-selection in the Grid View so it works the same as List View (and other places in macOS) — Select a comic, then shift click another to select all of the ones in between (Thanks, Marcelo!)
• Fixed some crashing bugs
• Fixed bug causing unpredictable behavior when exiting full screen mode (Thanks, Nassim!)
As always, you can view the complete Comickaze change history on the Abbey Code site: https://abbey-code.com/comickaze/releasenotes
Ratings and Reviews
Good Replacement for CBL
I’ve been looking for years for an even halfway decent replacement for ComicbookLover and Comickaze is just that. There are some issues with the reader I’ve found and some features I’d like to see. This app is far from perfect but is worth the price for what it is. I can’t wait to see how Comickaze improves.
-When viewing a comic in double page view it shows the cover and the first page together. The cover should be shown by itself even in double page view.
-With comics that are read right to left (i.e. manga) in double page view the pages are sorting in left-right order even though I’m using the left arrow to switch pages. To fix this I have toggle to left-right then back to right-left view.
-I would love to have the option to customize browser columns. I browse by publisher more than genre.
-There really needs to be artist/writer fields.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the positive review and kind words! I've added your votes to the feature requests and the first issue you reported, but I'd love to discuss the second issue in more detail with you, since Comickaze supports right-to-left comics. Would you be able to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I could get more info from you?
4 Things to get that elusive 5th star
Love this app for managing my scans. There’s just four things I’d like to see to make the app the bright shining star I know it can be:
1) Press Esc to close the viewer and return to the library.
2) If it autodetects a cbr or cbz file while it is importing comics, it hangs doing the import making you have to restart the import from the issue it hung on.
3) Numeric ordering is bonkers. It needs to shows issues in order 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 not 1, 10, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
4) Sort options. It bothers me that the default is by issue title, rather than series and issue#
Developer Response ,
Thanks for taking the time to give such detailed feedback. It's greatly appreciated! After talking with you over email, I'd like to mention some additional info for other people that may read this review. Regarding (2), Comickaze doesn't auto-import comics from the Downloads folder. For the current release, please don't add comics to Comickaze while the progress window is open, or that may cause it to hang, as you mentioned. (3) If you sort by the Issue Number field, it does sort as you expected. Sorting by Name will sort by the entire name, as displayed. (4) Sorting by Name is, as you mentioned, the default. You can change the sorting in any way you'd like by clicking on the column headers in List view. Comickaze will remember the way you sorted in the Library view, and in any Boxes you create. The sorting you apply in the List view is also used when sorting Grid view, as well. Thanks again for your interest and feedback!
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.
Developer Response ,
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.