Make a donation to support ComicRack and the future of comic books!
If you're new to reading comics on your computer but want to start looking in to it, the first stop you have to make is the ComicRack site.
ComicRack is the best software when it comes to reading comics on your computer. Period.
I will take from the ComicRack site exactly what it claims, and succeeds, in doing:
ComicRack is the best eComic Reader and Manager for Windows computers with much more features than other comic readers like CDisplay.
It is an all in one solution to read your eComics and also manage your library. You can think of it as a kind of ITunes for eComics with lots of the same functionality.
As a reader ComicRack supports all the state of the art features you can expect: different display modes, full screen, information overlays, magnifier, color adjustments, automatic backcolor matching and a multi tab interface to quickly switch between eComics.
As a manager you can browse and search your eComics in the library, create folders and lists to organize them. You can customize the lists to show just the information you need and use advanced tools to tag and edit the information for your eComics. Or create Smart lists to display dynamic lists based on eComic info (never read, author, series etc.)
Like with iTunes you can share your library across your home network and read your eComics on your Tablet/Notebook via wireless.
And of course, it is your swiss army knife when batch converting between different formats. Ever wanted to create CBZs from your PDFs - now it is just a click away.
ComicRack is multilingual: English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and other language packs are available.
It is fantastic! Just fantastic.
(By the way if you need more information on what the CBZ or CBR format is check out the CBR wiki. Basically, "CB" stands for Comic Book and then the following letter stands for the compression technique which is being used. So "Z" is for a .zip compression file and "R" is for a .rar compression file...and more...)
I've gone on and on in past posts about the need for the big two to go digital with their comics, support with advertisement and really hit the Digital Age of comics. Not what Marvel is currently doing with the flash based digital comics...every company should be looking at what ComicRack can offer.
The companies I am sure get freaked out about how easy it is to share CBR files but if they try a DRM approach it will continue to fail. I won't go on since I have posted on it so much. Read my thoughts on digital comics.
Back to ComicRack...my major point of this post is to say that the program is great...but to also say that the program is FREE! That's right, free! It is updated constantly, it seems like it is updated weekly and it is still free. Free. Free. Free.
So I am here, unbeknownst to the creator of ComicRack, asking- no - demanding that we all donate some cash to this cause. If you love comics line up behind this software. This is the future of comics people....be a part of it! So go donate!
Less than an hour ago I completed the digital version of "Midnight Sun" by Ben Towle "in" ComicRack. Very interesting read and I highly recommend it. It was simple to purchase. I just went to EyeMelt, which in my opinion is the best eComics store out there, and purchased and downloaded all five issues of Midnight Run for $4.06! That's about the same price that I would pay at a comic store for one issue!
[Yet another reason why digital comics will be a win-win for the industry. Cut out the printing costs. If you think about it this way. Each comic in the Midnight Run story only cost me $0.96. You may be thinking, "Sheesh, that is so little", but really is it that much less than what Marvel makes per issue after taking into account the printing and shipping costs? Now throw some advertisement in Midnight Run and encourage readers to distribute the comics online (increase readership = increased advertising revenue) and the amount increases to more that just $0.96. And if the price is less than $1 for each comic book we will all buy them anyway. Look at iTunes if you need verification that people will pay for stuff when it is cheap enough (not like the book publishing world where they charge you the same, if not more, for the eBook in comparison to the printed book....bastages! And eBooks are still successful). Anyway...I am off topic again. I think I will make sure to do more posts about digital comics each week! Blog about what you are passionate about they always say. Who's they? Who cares...]
Please give me your comments on ComicRack and your thoughts on Digital Comics.