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    Default Comic Stax: A new comic book reader

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    Hi guys. Just letting you know about a new comic book reader that is in production. I am developing it myself, because I want to fill the void left from ComicRack's lack of development. I really like ComicRack, but because:

    a. It is rather buggy

    b. It is no longer in development.

    I decided there was a sufficient space for something new.

    I have tried many other desktop readers and none are good enough for my needs. There is literally, to my knowledge, not one, high quality Windows comic book reader in active development.

    But now that has changed. My model is simple: a comic book reader that makes it easy to create and maintain a large comic book collection with lots of meta data; a reader which also has excellent filter, grouping and navigation possibilities.

    Once finished it will scrape ComicVine at a click of a button to populate data about your collection, as well as a plethora of other tools and utilities.

    Also, for ComicRack users that already have a well-developed database of comic data, I have made my reader compatible with ComicRack's database and with the ComicInfo.xml in your zip archives, so all that collected meta data will be available to use with one click of a button.

    Not only that, but it will be completely free.

    I am about 70% of the way to a fully functional prototype build, which you can download and try out on completion.

    A screen shot from the last build:
    ComicStax.jpg

    Below is a list of things implemented already and things coming soon.

    Let me know of any features you would most like to see in future builds.

    Already Implemented Features
    Read comic rack ComicDb.xml file and ComicInfo.xml file for comic meta data
    Xml database storage and retrieval of data
    Back Button from collapsed stack
    Filter Library
    ○ Search Box
    ○ Lists
    Sort, Group, Stack organisation
    Main GUI
    ○ Main Menu Left
    Scan Library
    Exit Application
    ○ Main Menu Right
    Order comics
    Group Comics
    Stack Comics
    ○ Navigation Panel
    Search bar
    Debug information and controls
    ○ Library Panel
    View library
    Stack name / Issue Name
    Total comics stack / pages in issue
    ○ Metadata Panel
    View comics meta data stored in database
    ○ Status Bar
    Information on library
    Scale comic thumbnail size
    Opening Stacks to view contents
    Collection of basic library statistics
    Virtualised Observable Collection data type for improved memory usage on large collections
    Scrape volume and series number from filename, save to database
    Filename meta data scraping:
    ○ Issue number, as first number: 2000AD {n}
    ○ Or after hash key: 2000 AD #{n}
    ○ Volume, (any casing) denoted by: vol{n}, vol.{n}, vol {n} vol. {n}, v{n}, v {n}
    ○ Year, in brackets: ({n})
    ○ Title, First text before number: {s} 001 (2018)


    Next to Implement
    Scanning
    Auto scan new library directory
    Scan library first checks for new entries, if a database exists and adds only the new comics
    Waiting gif when scanning library
    Move scanning library to different thread

    Write Features
    Edit comic meta data
    ○ Save edited info to both the database and internal comic Info file
    Scrap comic meta data from Comic Vine
    Reader
    Build the Comic Reader

    Menu
    Select library location option

    Meta Data
    Track if book is read
    Track percentage of book read
    Track percentage of stack read
    Filter out read books button

    Build & Distribution
    Build application installer
    First prototype build release
    Filter list for nav column returning unstacked displays no results
    Last edited by DotNetDan; 10-15-2018 at 06:38 AM.

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    ComicStax can now edit your comic collections metadata
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    You might want to retitle the thread to make it clear it's a new CBR Reader. Otherwise, it looks like you're advertising a rival to Comic Book Resources - which is a bit cheeky on their own forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancj View Post
    You might want to retitle the thread to make it clear it's a new CBR Reader. Otherwise, it looks like you're advertising a rival to Comic Book Resources - which is a bit cheeky on their own forum
    Thanks for pointing that out - the title can be read in a misleading way. I agree, it would be very 'cheeky' promoting competition to a site in their own forums. That is not what I am doing, however, I can't seem to find a way to edit the thread title. I managed to change the heading of the first post. Will I need to contact support to get it changed or am I just missing the button to click some-place?
    Last edited by Conn Seanery; 10-16-2018 at 03:25 PM.

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    Hi...have you continued with this project?

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    Hi @gtokeefe, thank you for your interest in ComicStax. I am happy to inform you that ComicStax version 1.0 has been released. The new version is not free however, but it is available with a one month fully featured trial and with a 50% off offer.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/co...x/9nqll1h4ml6x

    A mobile and Linux version coming 2020.

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