how to convert .cbr files?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by macrobat, Sep 22, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2006
    I would like to know if there is any way to convert .cbr files to to either a pdf or ebook file so I can read my comics on my iphone
  2. macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2004
    San Diego, CA
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2006
    yes that was the first thing i did but i didnt notice any mac progqms when i googled it. So i figured i should ask here in case someone knew of a program or knew of a way to do it without a progam
  4. macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2004
    The Fault Line
  5. macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2006
  6. macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2008
    ComicRack (free comic reading application) makes it super easy to convert .cbr files to .pdf... just open the .cbr file in ComicRack and then "Save As" a .pdf file.

    ComicRack's a super program, and it's free ^_^

    hope that helps! --sherm
  7. macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2008
  8. macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2008
  9. macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2007
    I use iComic to read mine on my iphone, it reads cbz (zip files), to convert cbr's to cbz's I wrote a shell script that does it for me. You need to have the command line unrar in your path though for it to work.

    Can share it if you want it?
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2008
    OP : icomic can also read plain .zip files. What i do is unpack the .cbr with unRarX and then right-click and 'compress' the images into a zip. Very easy and Quick
  11. macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    A CBR is just a glorified zip file, open it up with WinZip/Stuffit and pull out the PDFs
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2008
    What PDFs? CBR comic files are either filled with jpeg or png, i have never seen one filled with pdfs
  13. macrumors 68020

    Jun 9, 2009
    SI, NY
    find a online conversion site u don't have to download anything just upload the file and select what u want to convert it to
  14. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    it's a little time consuming but I discovered you can use preview to join pdfs.

    i unzipped the cbr to the jpegs/pngs/pdf. it's the first two you have to open each file and save as a PDF. then open the first PDF in preview. do a save as and give it a new name (in case you mess up and have to start over). then make sure the sidebar is open. you can drag the rest into the sidebar and then save them to the new file. As far as I can tell it only works with PDFs, not images.

    still clumsy but better than nothing.
  15. macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2007
    Republic of Texas
    Acrobat works very well to join multiple graphic files into PDFs as well. Also, check out Jomic. For those who want a twist on a PDF reader, check out Read Right.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2010

    For those looking for a one step solution to converting CBR and CBZ files to PDF's i found Jomic works very well as it has a convert function which also does batch operations so if you have 50 CBR's all you have to do is start the process and then make yourself a cup of tea.

    Credit to go there for full instructions.

    Hope that helps.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2010
    Download: Jomic > Install > Open > Go To "File", "Convert" > "Add" desired .CBR files > Select Target folder > On right choose "PDF" > Convert.

    Once complete: Load PDFs into iTunes under Audio Books > Select your phone in devices > Books > Sync.

    And you're done.

    To combine PDF files into one, I use Acrobat Professional.
  18. noelboss, Jul 9, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2012
    Automator does the Job

    I found that you can use Automator with the Action "New PDF from Images".

    Open Automator, choose Service, Choose "image files" from the input dropdown menu from the Finder and add the Action "New PDF from Images". Save it as "Combine Images to PDF".


    Now you can select images in the finder and rightclick > "Services" > "Combine Images to PDF"


    I have created a little Automator service, it takes all the images in a folder and combines them to a PDF titeled after the foldername. You can Download it here:

    To install, go to Finder, press SHIFT + CMD + G and enter ~/Library/Services and place the unpacked File there...

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