ComicBookLover update: 1.3 (build 696)

ComicBookLover 1.3 (build 696) is now available for you to download

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  • Added support for viewing comics with an Apple Remote
  • Added support for rotating screen based on laptop motion sensor
  • Manual lists now retain their order making it easy to create cross-over reading lists
  • Added support for Windows Bitmap images (.bmp) in comic archives.
  • Added use of Sparkle for version updates.
  • Info panel improved so that OK button is selected by default, and first responder is set for each tabview.
  • Comics in table are now re-sorted after editing comic info.
  • Fixed bug where the contextual menu when viewing comics would do nothing when page and scale mode were selected.
  • Other internal fixes.
  • Preliminary support for Leopard (Beta 9A527).

Thanks to all those who tried the beta and sent in feedback – happy reading!

Update: Today’s earlier release 1.3 (build 690) had a bug which caused a crash when exiting full screen mode on PowerPC Macs. This has now been fixed.

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17 Responses to ComicBookLover update: 1.3 (build 696)

  1. Flemming says:

    The latest build won’t launch on my mac. When I doubleclick on the icon nothing happens…. help!

  2. Simon says:

    There was something wrong with the zip file. Please try again with the same link. The zip file now contains a disk image (dmg) which holds the application. This is a workaround so users can still download and install the latest version, while I take a closer look at the original zip file.

  3. Brian says:

    When I try to view a comic in full screen on my MacBook Pro (OS 10.4.10), the view changes to 2 pages and rotates until the image is upside down. Any idea why?

  4. Anonymous says:

    The biggest lacking feature is still the inability to save metadata. This has to be addressed if it is to be a storehouse for all comic data.

  5. hani says:

    This release is great! I love the fact I can tilt my MacBook Pro and see a whole page clearly and without zooming out!Well done!

  6. Simon says:

    Disable the motion sensor feature in Preferences if you are using a laptop on your lap, and you don’t want it to accidentally rotate images.Metadata is important and is being looked at. There is no official data format for digital comics, so it may be that we have to define our own and encourage others to use it.

  7. Flemming says:

    Latest build crashes/quits when I exit fullscreen mode. What to do?I second the wish for metadata, and I’m also a little disappointed to see that it is still not possible to customize the keys.Hopefully the next version will not be half a year away from now, as was the case between this build and the previous one.Maybe it would be possible for Simon to post an update on what is planned for the future? I would like to know in what direction you are aiming to take CBL, before I can decide whether or not to take the time consuming step into organizing all my comics with CBL.

  8. Simon says:

    @flemming – the bug should now be fixed.The plan going forward is to tackle the harder problems such as metadata and library management, rather than eye-candy such as CoverFlow-esque graphics.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Graphics – The good thing with Leopard is that CoreAnimation should make some of the eyecandy stuff REALLY, REALLY simple.Metadata – Set the standard! Define your own and the world will follow. ComicBookLover is the ultimate comic book reader right now … we’ll just forage ahead as pioneers.

  10. liddedeyes says:

    Thanks for this awesome program! You might want to use xattr to set the metadata directly into the comic book file, whether it be a folder, or a supported compression format. this data can be imported into spotlight using mdimport. This way you can copy the comics to other computers without worrying about having to loose the metadata, and also make your metadata completely Spotlight-searchable. After you get the metadata all set, library management would be easy 🙂 I would very much love to be able to move my comic files/folders to another drive without worrying about having to re-locate them with ComicBookLover.

  11. Simon says:

    @liddedeyes : xattrs & spotlight is a great solution for Macs, but any solution needs to be cross-platforms, as data files e.g. images, mp3s, comics, etc. should be readable on any operating system.

  12. Flemming says:

    I don’t know the names of the leading comicviewers for PC, but maybe you should contact some of the developers on that platform, and together work on some kind of .cbr/.cbz metadata standard.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I get the same problem described by Brian. When I rotate my MacBook Pro (dual 2 core 2.4) the image rotates upside down. How can I fix this?

  14. Simon says:

    Please contact, sending an Apple System Profiler report (Apple Menu -> About this Mac -> More Info) with the bits describing your machine and your hard drive. The hard drive contains a sensor which is used to detect rotation, and there may be an issue with a particular brand of hard drive or configuration.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Yay!!! Now that you can set and keep the comic order I can finally start adding my comics to this program. I am very excited. Now all I need is for it to be able to list comics by year (for annuals and one shots) instead of having to list both month and year. But I know that is just eye candy, and I suppose metadata would be nice….so I will just wait a little longer:)

  16. Anonymous says:

    Could you please use a better quality for the jpg thumbnail in CBL? It looks very low if used as a big thumb, which is a crying shame. Could “high quality” or even “maximum” not be used?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Thoughts about meta data on the ComicRack site: is one of the leading comicviewers for Windows. Maybe you two should talk to each other about a meta standard for digital comics?

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