By Kaiju Software
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Ehon is a digital comic book and ebook management program for your Mac. Extremely intuitive, Ehon simplifies your digital library management and lets you focus on what really matters, your books. Painlessly import all of your digital comics, manga and ebooks and let Ehon do all the work for you. When it comes to managing a large number of elements, a well thought user interface really matters and Ehon has been specifically thought to make things really easy.
What's New in Version 1.0.1
This version fixes display problems and improves import.
So close to being amazing.
The organization interface is great. I love the ability to organize and sort my books without needing to move things around in a finder window, and the ability to search and put a single book into more than one folder easily (i.e. organizing it by series or primary characters or authors). I also love the ability to check the "read" box on books. I often forget which book I'm on in a series without having to look at a couple of pages.
My only critique is the clunkiness of the reading interface. There are default controls and....nothing else. I don't care for the two-finger scrolling requirement, the inability to go back a page without clicking on buttons, etc. Keyboard shortcuts for changing pages, view method, and scrolling would be phenomenal. Most importantly, though, is the ability to change those shortcuts once they're implemented. With those fixes, Ehon would be a SOLID, no-questions-asked 5. As it is, it's more of a 4.5ish. It's definitely worth the small price tag.
As previously stated, you can make your own keyboard shortcuts for reading in the System Preferences. That's not really an issue. My biggest complaint is just lack of basic features like being able to reorganize folders and smart folders in a different order. Also, I would like the app to retain the dimensions I set it to every time I open it instead of going back to the default size.
I also think it would be neat if the app visually showed you which comics you have read and/or which ones you are currently reading. Another cool feature is something I really like from Comic Zeal: have the background color automatically change based on the image. If the page of the comic has a black border, make the background black. If it has a white border, make it white. If it has a big firey explosion, make it red. A feature like this is small, but helps immerse the reader into the page.
I will gladly rate this app 5 starts once they work out some of the kinks and add a few more features. Really make it stand out from the rest.
Does its job, with room for improvement
Someone mentioned back in 2012 on another review that navigation between pages worked with the arrow keys, but I find this to not be the case (I’m using El Capitan, and I fail to see anywhere in this app’s or the system’s preferences to change this at this time). As it is, without a touchscreen, you need a mouse and clicking arrows to move back and forth between pages. Also, there is a lack of editing to change titles, or update missing information. I’m stuck with 1, 10-19, then on to comic 2 in one of my comic series and it makes things difficult to keep track of.
However, for a free app, it isn’t bad. It has no trouble displaying/zooming when needed, and visually displaying the comics helps a lot. There is plenty of room for improvement, but seeing that this app hasn’t been updated since Jan 2011, I won’t get my hopes up on these improvements happening.