ComicRack for Android
1) After the Installation
You usually will be greeted by an empty list as there are no eComics. The default path ComicRack looks for eComics is the folder /sdcard/Comics. But you can change that in preferences. You can either manually copy CBZ/CBR files into this folder or go to 4) and read how you can automatically synchronize your PC with your handheld device.
2) The Library
- Here you can select what list group you want to browse. The "eComics" list contains all the synced list from your PC and some auto generated ones. You can access the other list sets by tapping the caption and making your selection in the drop down menu (some options are by years, story lines, writers etc.)
- These are all the lists in the current set. Selecting a list will display its eComics to the right. On phones this will open a new screen with the eComic list.
- Tapping this will open a drop down menu where you can change the sort order of the current list (original, by series, by story line)
- In the Action Bar you can search for eComics in your Library. Note that you can also enable ComicRack for your devices quicksearch functionality and you are then ba able to search for eComics from your home screen. Continue Reading opens the last eComic you've read in the current list. On device with no Action Bar you can access these commands with the menu button.
- The All button toggles the display to list All, Unread, Reading or Read eComics. The Cover/Details/Stacks button toggles the display of the thumbnails. In Details mode you'll get a small overview about the eComics (if the data is available).
- For each eComic the cover issue information is displayed. The bar below shows your reading progress. Gray is not read, dark green has already been read and light green is the current position.
Selecting a thumbnail will open the eComics for reading. A long touch will open the context menu for the item. This menu contains commands to show other comics of the same series or display detailed information about the eComics
When stacking is turned on, all eComics of the same series are put into one "Stack" and onle the first eComics is visible. Tapping the stack opens it. Normally single issues are not put in a stack and will open directly. You can change that in preferences.
- Toggle to hide/show the library list
- The title of the current eComics and the cover. Clicking the cover will show details of the eComic
- These are the display controls. In left to right order you can
- Change the brightness of the screen (you can change the presets in preferences)
- Opens the color controls to change saturation, brightness and contrast
- Toggle between right to left and left to right reading and scrolling mode.
- Toggle between single/double/autorotate page display. Please note that portrait and landscape have each their own settings. When autorotation is turned on, single pages are displayed in portrait mode and double spreads in landscape mode.
- Changes how the page is fitted into the display (by width, by height or always everything visible)
- The page display has the usual touch controls. You can pinch and zoom and drag the image around. Double tapping will toggle between zooming and normal display. If you change the zoom mode when you've "double tapped", ComicRack will remember this the next time you make this quick zoom in.
Tthe display is separated into a grid of nine rectangles. Single taps or long touches will invoke the defined action. The default is
- Top Left: Open previous eComic
- Top Center: Scroll to previous part
- Top Right: Open next eComic
- Middle Left: Scroll to previous part
- Middle Center: Open controls
- Middle Right: Scroll to next part
- Bottom Left: Open previous page
- Bottom Center: Scroll to next part
- Bottom Right: Open next page
You can change these and other actions in the preferences.
ComicRack understands 4 fling gestures (up, down, left, right). Left and right flings go to the next/previous page. This can also be changed in preferences.
- This is the preview of the current pages. In the center is the current page you're reading. Here you can also quickly scroll through all the pages. On the left are following commands top to bottom:
- Previous Page
- First Page
- Previous eComic
- Open Bookmarks
On the right these commands can be found:
- Next Page
- First tap is last page read, second tap is last page
- Next eComic
- Open Preferences
Again on small displays some commands may be missing. You can access them with the menu key.
At the bottom is the same reading progress bar that is also displayed below cover thumbnails in eComics lists.
In Preferences you can tailor ComicRack to your needs. You can change the path to your eComics (the default is /sdcard/comics). You can change the default values for the different screen brightness settings.
ComicRack can also remove same colored borders around pages to make better use of small screen displays. Additionally you can change animation settings and bindings of commands to tapping, keyboard and gestures.
5) Synchronizing with ComicRack for Windows
The cool thing of ComicRack for Android is that you can synchronize smart lists automatically with ComicRack for Windows. Synchronizing has the following advantages to manually copying the files:
- You have direct access to your synchronized smart/reading lists
- The eComics are automatically converted and optimized so ComicRack for Android can display them fast and reliable
- Reading stats and positions, bookmars and ratings are synchronized back to ComicRack for Windows
- You can read all your eComics on your handheld as PDFs, CB7, CBR, DJVU, CBT and WebComics get automatically converted and optimizied
For syncrhonization you need at least ComicRack for Windows Build 0.9.144 and up. Following steps are required for USB synchronization:
- Connect your Android device to your PC with the USB cable. Pre Honeycomb devices (phones) have to be mounted as disks (or MTP mode if available). Tablets automatically mount in MTP mode. Note that you must have run ComicRack on the device at least once.
- In ComicRack for Windows open the "Devices Dialog" and press the "Pair with Device" button. ComicRack will now search for valid devices. After your device has been found you can pair ComicRack with it. You can pair multiple devices with ComicRack.
- Now select the lists you want to synchronize. On the right you can additionally for each list define if only unread eComics should be transferred to the handheld device.
- Close the dialog
- Select the "Synchronize Devices" command. If this is the first time and you have selected lots of eComics this can take some time. In the future ComicRack will only copy changed or new eComics to the device.
If you have the Full Edition (the pay version) you can additionally sync wireless without connecting your device to your computer. You do need a local wireless network of course. For wireless sync you also need at least ComicRack 0.9.145 and up. These are the steps to synchronize with WIFI:
- Start ComicRack for Android and make sure that "Wireless Synchronization" is enabled in preferences. ComicRack does not have to run for wireless synchronization.
- In ComicRack for Windows open the "Devices Dialog" and press the "Pair with Device" button. ComicRack will now search for valid devices. If you're device does not show up, please check your firewall settings on the PC. You may have to add an exception for ComicRack.
- All the other steps are the same as with USB synchronization.
If you have ComicRack 0.9.146 and up you can initiate a sync from your Android device with the "Wifi Sync" command.
Troubleshooting (wireless) synchronization:
First, always make sure that you ran the latest version of ComicRack for Windows and Android.
If ComicRack for Windows can not find your device, it is usually because of firewall settings. For test purposes you can try to temporaryly turn your firewall of and see if it works. If that is the case, turn your firewall on again and add an exception for ComicRack.
If nothing is working, it is a good idea to clean or delete your whole eComic folder on your Android device, start ComicRack and resync again.