Comics Cbr files Has anyone transfered their own onto ipad and had success veiwing?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by spaceghost7777, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2010
    I have a Comic specific question. I have many cbr files and am aware of the various comic reader apps available. What I want to know is has anyone actually transferred their own Cbr files onto the Ipad (how?) and had success viewing them in any comic reader? How are the files organized? I plan on using the ipad for ebooks and Comics primarily. Just to clarify I do not care about the Marvel app that lets you read their comics for a fee. I am talking about my own personal cbr files on any app that will display them.
  2. macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    I sprung the $7 for comic zeal. You can sync cbr and CBS, and maybe PDFs and some other formats via their sync app and it works pretty darn well. The sync app converts the files into custom sized 'cbi' files, if I recall, but they look fine to me. I think I read that you can also load cbr/cbz files into it directly via the iPad file sharing interface, but I haven't tried it yet.

    I like ComicZeal, and while thought $7 was a little pricey for an app I bought once already, it works well and the company behind it has a good history of supporting their apps.

    While we are talking about it, I think the iPad will completely revolutionize the comic industry.
  3. macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2010
    The Info

    ok here is the news dude.
    Theres comic zeal 7 bucks, you have to convert your comics to cbi and lose resolution converts it to iphone level images yuck.
    Then theres comic reader mobi 14 bucks, does everything from itunes, organizations is not too good, but it read native cbr, cbz, zip, rar and pdfs and images looks stunning.
    Last theres Comicpad (free) you can import files YET, you can only download them to it, its a pain if you have a ton of files like me for now but it has a good interface and the developer is nice guy. here is what he wrote when i asked him to change some stuff.

    Thanks for your feedback. I am working on enhancements ComicPad as you type. Some comments:
    * I am working on the ability to drag and drop to iTunes right now. :)
    * Glad to hear you think the app would be valuable. I am making it free for now, but may start charging once I am able to add some more features.
    * I was thinking about black. I may include it as an alternative to the wood/book view

    I got Comic reader mobi, paid 17 bucks i think. its worth it since no other can do it everything yet. But if you can wait Comicpad may become better in a few weeks.

    Attached Files:

  4. macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2007
    In theory, calibre should convert comic files to a format that's compatible with iBooks app. I got less text intensive PDFs converted but no luck for things with a lot of pictures and no text data.
  5. macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2010
    ibooks was not made to watch comics, as a comic fan there are certain needs to view a comic.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Dec 2, 2007
    Winnipeg, Canada
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2010
    Hey thanks everyone,
    That is all I need to know. A program that will read native cbr files and you can transfer them to the Ipad and it actually works. I'll be getting mine soon then.
    Thanks again
  8. macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2010
    From what i used and heard other people Comic book lover crashes all the time, i think out of all the comic readers in the iphone its the one that crashes the most.
  9. macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    The resolution that comic zeal uses is hardly 'yuck'. It looks good at full page view size on the iPad IMO. The compression makes the files smaller and faster to navigate through and use less battery, which is nice. I have no problem reading comics without any zooming or anything.

    In either case, they are adding direct file syncing and viewing of cbr and cbz files...

  10. macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2010
    this is the reason I want an ipad I have a sony prs-700 right now and I view my comics on my pc using comical any idea if that will work with the ipad

    also can you 100% transfer and use cbr files and htm files and books you have already got on your pc
  11. macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2010
    Well you don't find it yuck, but, read other peoples opinions.
  12. macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2010
    I'm not really sure what your asking?
    Cbrs, cbz, rar, zip and PDF work , haven't tried HTML files send me a link and I will try it.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2010
    they are just firefox pages saved as html I get stories from sites online star wars stuff and star trek stuff they do work on my prs-700 once converted using calibre
  14. macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    Out of about 100 cbr files so far, I've had comic zeal choke on exactly one. Otherwise, no problems with at all. The process and use isn't totally intuitive but once you figure it out it's very stable. The viewing quality is fine to me.

    I tried calibre conversion of cbr to epub. You can make it work, but the problem is that the viewing area of iBooks is surpringinly small, so the images will be small on the page. As far as I know there is no way to zoom or do fullscreen in iBooks.

    I think there will be better Apps soon, but for now comic zeal is definitely the best < 10 buck option.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2007
    This thread is very informative, please keep updating it with your experiences and reviews.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2010
    It's resized to 1024pixels. Exactly the ipad resolution, so it's good for portrait as you don't need to zoom. But for those landscape dualpanes things it won't be really good.
  17. macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    Has anyone actually evaluated comicpad yet?

    This seems to imply you can get your existing comics into it. I can't check it out right now (at work).
  18. macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2010
    Hey, you could try our new app - ComicBookPad

    I could give you a few promo codes. Please let me know via PM :)

  19. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2010
    CloudReaders is the App that I've been trying out for this. It seemed to cope happily with the few CBRs that I chucked at it plus it supports the Document sharing interface and is free. Using iTunes to copy files across is a bit clunky but at least the transfer happens quickly across the USB cable.
  20. macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    I've never downloaded digital comics but I had just planned on scanning small stash of existing ones and using goodreader to view them.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 1, 2008

    CloudReaders gets the job done for free, and reading CBRs is a breeze. However, organization is a bit of a pain, as (as far as I can tell) you have to manually tag everything (esp. painful if you've got hundreds of files from several series). Worth a look, in any case.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2010
    Personally I rather like the idea of using tags instead of a hierarchical file system. In theory it let's you be much more flexible in how you find things. I haven't got enough files to really stress the system though. CloudReaders does at least let you select multiple files and apply tags to all of them at once.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009
    Actually there is. If you tap an image, then it will enter a mode where you can pinch and zoom.

    I just use calibre to convert comics to pub and then read them in iBooks. I tried some apps like the dc comics and marvel apps and just found it very confusing with all the pans etc. iBooks was like an actual printed page.
  24. macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2010
    Comiczeal is great however bit recently had an update which skewed all file images off centre to the right, I am unsure if this has been patched as of this time as I resynched the app from my iMac to downgrade to the previous version which worked fine.

    There is an issue with back up though. 700 cbr files on my comiczeal pushed my iPad back time to over 14 hours, after deleting all files from my iPad back up wasvdown to 6 mins. I hope this bug can be fixed.
  25. macrumors 6502


    Jun 22, 2009
    SF Bay Area
    Comiczeal worked great on my iPhone 3G and iPhone 4. If I end up getting an iPad. I'm definitely going to look into it. If you use File Sharing in iTunes with Comic Zeal, you don't have to worry about loss of resolution.

    I don't think it will quite revolutionize it, but I'm sure it will help create more avenues for people interested in comics. For the person who is interested in Comics but is overwhelmed by visiting a local comic shop, the various apps available are great.

    And for guys like me who go to my shop every week, this gives me an opportunity to sample a series I keep hearing about for a couple bucks, without adding anymore clutter to my room. I usually end up liking what I read and go buy some trades.

    If publishers could only do something about a better online selection, or more freebies or previews, I think it could cut down a bit on the piracy. I know I'm in the minority, but I'd prefer to have a digital collection of comics and a few paperbacks or hardcovers on my shelf, than boxes and boxes of comics in my closet.

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