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List of Comic & Manga Viewers (CBR/CBZ Software)


Dear reader, if you googled this page in looking for Comic Viewer (CBR, CBZ) read no further. Go, download ComicRack and have fun with your eComics! You won't find anything better for Windows below there.



List & Links


Windows:
CDisplay - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CDisplay
CDisplayEx - sourceforge.net/projects/cdisplayex/
ComicsViewer - www.comicer.com/stronghorse/ (not EN site)
CoView - www.telefonica.net/web2/webinfomap/Pagin...ramas/CoView.en.html
eComic - ecomic.codeplex.com/
GonVisor - www.gonvisor.com/
Hamana - web.archive.org/web/20080209010356/miyano.s53.xrea.com/
HoneyView3 - www.honeyview.org/
Imagine - www.nyam.pe.kr/phpBB3/viewforum.php?f=2
Leeyes - www3.tokai.or.jp/boxes/leeyes/ (non EN site)
Manga Reader - mangareader.wordpress.com/
MangaMeeya (MMCE) - www.mydailymanga.com/2008/06/21/manga-re...g-tool/#comment-6802
PicWalker - www.brothersoft.com/picwalker-29702.html
Quivi - quivi.sourceforge.net/
STDU Viewer - www.stdutility.com/stduviewer.html
XnView (with plugin) - www.xnview.com/en/downloadwin32.html

Multiplatform: Linux: Mac/OSX: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad: Android: Windows Mobile: Symbian: PSP:
    http://za.playstationcomics.com./main.html
Wii: Sony eReaders: Amiga, Atari, C64:
    just joking... ;)




Close-Up on selected programs


CDisplay - a legend. Program that started it all. Set the standards and made way for others. It was the first comic viewer that gained large popularity. Keys to success: simple & fast. Despite being unmaintained since 2006, still has a lot of fans ("I'm fine with paper and pencil" kind of people). Well, everyone that's into digital comics long enough must have heard of and used CDisplay.

Pros:
    • very fast
    • great mouse navigation options
    • supports nested archives
    • sentimental value
Cons:
    • R.I.P. A.D. 2006
    • bugs here and there
    • simple to the bone (but that goes to Pros for others)
Version used:
    1.8.1.0 (April 2004), 1.8.5.0 (June 2006)
Links: Direct Download Mirror: 1.8.1.0 | 1.8.5.0

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CDisplayEx - direct, open source successor to CDisplay. A clone that, IMO, never really outmatched its predecessor. Not many features were added that would give it clear advantage over CDisplay. Moreover, not all CDisplay features were implemented. The development stopped in 2006 and project is now considered being discontinued. Still, it was somewhat popular and gave people hope after death of CDisplay (but only to go the same path to software graveyard, despite open source nature). ;)

Pros:
    • fast
Cons:
    • dead since 2006
    • no bookmarks
    • no good mouse control
    • poor features overall
    • no manga support (right to left)
Version used:
    1.4 (Sept 2006)
Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CDisplayEx
http://sourceforge.net/projects/cdisplayex/Direct Download Mirror

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Comical - very simple competitor of CDisplay. Not much worth mentioning. Below average. Has some fanbase, but I honestly don't know why.

Pros:
    • simple
    • multi-platform
Cons:
    • too simple
    • no config at all
Version used:
    0.8 (March 2006)
Links: Direct Download Mirror

Screenshots:





ComicsViewer - little known Chinese program for reading eComics. Has official English version though. 'Decent' is the word that comes to mind after playing with it for a while.

Pros: Cons:
    • just average
    • no English support/help
    • quirky translation at times
    • bug in 'Open Folder' ?
Version used:
    1.42 (Feb 2010)
Links:
http://www.comicer.com/stronghorse/software/#ComicsViewer [CN] (Google Translate)
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=pl&sl=zh-CN&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.comicer.com%2Fstronghorse%2Fsoftware%2F
Direct Download: http://www.comicer.com/stronghorse/software/exe/ComicsViewer_eng.zipDirect Download Mirror

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CoView - Nobody expects Spanish Inquisition or... a comic viewer! Note: press 'i' to switch language to English after fist start. CoView runs directly in fullscreen mode, there is no windowed mode, only an option to minimize. Also, no menubars or configuration dialogs. Right click to display the short help about available hotkeys. A little strange interface, needs time to get used to. But not bad exactly, just different.

Pros:
    • database ersatz - adding folders to collection, marking files as read/reading/unread. Promising.
    • continuous page display mode
    • portable version
Cons:
    • crash encountered
    • no manga mode
    • premature feel, needs some rethinking
Version used:
    1.0.49 (Jan 2010)
Links: Direct Download Mirror

Screenshots:








eComic - open source disaster. Unfinished product with lazy development. Failed grad project? Recommended only for masochists with bad-software fetish. ;)

Pros:
    • rather smooth animation (zooming, etc.)
    • cute butterfly logo ;)
Cons:
    • not so fast startup and loading of files
    • no fullscreen
    • no two page mode
    • no manga mode
    • no fitting modes (just manual zoom)
    • no options at all
    • only two (sic!) hotkeys - up and down arrow
    • done-in-5%-feel
Version used:
    2.5.10007.60 (Jan 2010)
Links: Direct Download Mirror

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eManga - finally application that aspires to be something more than just a viewer. Has Library with search and Get Info inspired by ComicRack/ComicBookLover. And unique Mangacast feature. Multi-platform, promising piece of software. Yet, as a viewer it fails to competitors both in terms of speed and functionality.

Pros:
    • Library with Get Info metadata
    • search / filter (similar to ComicRack)
    • Mangacast (subscribing and automatic downloading files directly to library)
Cons:
    • slower and lacking file browser and page viewer
    • stupid .manga format (renamed cbz with its own XML schema) required to add files to library. Converting process is manual (sic!). Just beyond my patience.
    • crash occurred
    • poor hotkeys
Version used:
    1.0.9 (Dec 2009)
Links: Direct Download Mirror

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GonVisor - second Spanish viewer. Nothing special this time. Slightly below average.

Pros:
    • supports uncompressed files/folders
    • save as cbz
Cons:
    • annoying splash screen
    • page adjustment options lacking
    • no two page mode
    • problems with scrolling to next page
Version used:
    1.74 (Sept 2009)
Links: Direct Download Mirror

Screenshots:





Hamana - another good Japanese viewer. I would recommend it over all others if it hasn't forcefully fitted all images to window. Still, the viewing experience is great thanks to DirectX effects.

Pros:
    • very fast
    • the best animation and page transition effects of all (powered by DirectX)
    • opens uncompressed image files
    • advanced hotkeys
    • good file browser with thumbnails as overlay
    • nice seekbar
    • page textures
    • plays video files
Cons:
    • can't force displaying new images in original size (always fits)
    • possible issues with DirectX on some comuters
Version used:
    1.48 (June 2006)
Links: Direct Download Mirror

Screenshots:





HoneyView3 - freeware, Korean image/comic viewer. Nothing to be particularly
delighted about, but solid software. What should work, works steady and fast.

Pros:
    • skinable
    • uncompressed image viewer
    • quite fast
    • remembers reading position
    • opens next file/folder
Cons:
    • can't set two page mode + original size at once
    • limited hotkeys
    • Internet Explorer script error?
    • poor thumbnail mode
unable to get rid of toolbar in fullscreen doable
• no built-in file browserVersion used:
    3.0.0.1 (May 2009), Bulid 5356 (15.04.2010)
Links: Direct Download Mirror

Screenshots:





Imagine - not a dedicated comic viewing software but standard image viewer that's able to read archives thanks to plugins. It's Korean one man project. It's extremely fast and lightweight. Beats IrfanView in every way, IMO. It works great as a file lister in Total Commander. I recommend it as a default image viewer for everyone that prefers speed over richness of features ( if you're in the second group give XnView a try).

Pros:
    • very fast
    • universal image viewer
Cons:
    • no scrolling to the next page (left click instead)
    • no two page mode
    • "I don't want to implement comic-viewer specific features" - author
Version used:
    1.0.8 WIP (March 2010)
Links: Direct Download Mirror

Screenshots:





Leeyes - Japanese software dedicated for digital manga fans. It's fast and pretty rich with features every comic viewer should have. The main drawback is only partial, fan-made English localization. So unless you know a little of Japanese, some options may remind a mystery.

Pros:
    • detachable viewer from browser (useful whit two monitors)
    • nested archives
    • decent browser
Cons:
    • only partially translated to English
Version used:
    2.6.1 ß (April 2009)
Links: Direct Download Mirror

Screenshots:





LongBox - it's commercial platform that attempts selling digital comics. No just reader but store and library together. LongBox made it to this list because latest public version allows users to import their cbz comics from outside the store. If you're not satisfied with it, you may want to give Graphic.ly a try, which follows the same philosophy (IMO, it's better product at this time).

Pros:
    • well, a store to buy legal comics
    • the fact that Library exist
    • Bookmarks
    • Skins
Cons:
    • poor stock number available to buy
    • the fact that Library has close to zero functionality
    • worst reader ever. no fitting modes, zoom, not even scrolling. It's miracle it can display two pages and has manga mode.
    • crashed on me (but that is to be expected from beta version)
    • proprietary format - can't read bought comics outside LongBox ecosystem
Version used:
    0.9.12 (July 2010)
Links:
Direct Download Mirror

Screenshots:





Manga Reader - interesting interface (same feel like CoView) and built-in OneManga scrapper is what stands out in this otherwise below average software.

Pros:
    • OneManga Support (download & read)
    • page animation
    • interactive zoom mode
Cons:
    • CBR problems reported
    • limited mouse control (can't scroll to the next page)
    • zoom instead of fit modes
    • slower file open time
Version used:
    1.5.3 (Feb 2009)
Links: Direct Download Mirror

Screenshots:






MangaMeeya - Japanese viewer rather well known among manga fans, that gained a lot of crowd thanks to its speed and great number of features it provides. Only fan-made translation is available and sadly project is no longer maintained. Note: There is other version of this program called MangaMeeyaCE, also worth trying. Slightly less complicated. Better if you don't want to configure too much.

Pros:
    • very fast
    • archives within archives
    • almost everything is customizable (menus, toolbars, shortcuts...)
    • two monitors support (split window)
    • thumbnails of files and pages
    • mouse gestures
    • tabs
    • opens also uncompressed images
    • continuous display
    • toolbars/panels autohiding
Cons:
    • occasional bugs, hangs and crashes
    • configuration may seem a bit difficult (changing hotkeys)
    • dead since 2006, available only thanks to third-party providers
Version used:
    MangaMeeya 7.4 (June 2006), MMCE 2.4 beta (June 2006)
Links:
    Official site dead.
http://web.archive.org/web/20080302080935/aaa-www.net/~mangameeya/cgi-bin/
Patched with English Translation: www.mydailymanga.com/2008/06/21/manga-re...g-tool/#comment-6802Direct Download Mirror: MangaMeeya 7.4 | MMCE 2.4 beta

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PicWalker - old program that I ran into when I first started looking for CDisplay alternative. It holds well even today. I think it's in the same tier as CDislay. Little more features, yet simple and fast.

Pros:
    • fast
    • continuous modes (vertical and horizontal)
    • build-in file browser
    • remembers last read position (+folder history)
    • docking panels and toolbars
Cons:
    • old
    • no two page mode
    • toolbars won't hide automatically in fullscreen
Version used:
    4.2 (Sept 2004)
Links: Direct Download Mirror

Screenshots:





Quivi - yet another image viewer. Rather poor in features. Decent speed, though.

Pros:
    • I didn't notice any, really
Cons:
    • no two page mode
    • errors encountered
    • can't scroll to the next page
Version used:
    1.2.0 (July 2009)
Links: Direct Download Mirror

Screenshots:





STDU Viewer - universal viewer (txt, pdf) that supports cbz and cbr, but not zip and rar formats.

Pros:
    • tabs
    • continuous mode
    • restoring files and remembering position after restart
Cons:
    • doesn't load zip & rar files
Version used:
    1.5.402 (March 2010)
Links: Direct Download Mirror

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I dedicate this list to all those people extracting archives with their comics and reading via Windows Picture Viewer / Photo Gallery, totally unaware of wide world of comic viewers. :)

If you think I missed program that's worth mentioning here or made some errors, let me know. If you disagree with my personal rating, feel free to comment and share your opinion.
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Re: List of Comic and Manga Viewers 4 years 3 months ago #7151

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Nice post.
Never underestimate the power of google: www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=d...i=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

Look at the 3rd hit :)
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Re: List of Comic and Manga Viewers 4 years 3 months ago #7155

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Great post.. really a megapost...!!!

More Karma for you quidam my friend .. :-)

I tried almost all the softwares you mentioned (thanks for the direct dropbox link !) and liked Hamana a lot.. specially for its special page transition effects. If only they could have given fit width option in fullscreen :-(
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Re: List of Comic and Manga Viewers 4 years 3 months ago #7160

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Amazing, excellent list! Really makes me glad ComicRack was the second stop on my comic reader journey all those years ago :D
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Added HoneyView3.
HoneyView3 - freeware, Korean image/comic viewer. Nothing to be particularly
delighted about, but solid software. What should work, works steady and fast.

Pros:
    • skinable
    • uncompressed image viewer
    • quite fast
    • remembers reading position
    • opens next file/folder
Cons:
    • can't set two page mode + original size at once
    • limited hotkeys
    • Internet Explorer script error?
    • poor thumbnail mode
    • no built-in file browser
Version used:
    3.0.0.1 (May 2009)
Links: Direct Download Mirror

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Re:List of Comic and Manga Readers 4 years 3 months ago #7205

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I know this may mean extra work, but why not put this into the wiki? I think this would be a better place for such excellent content.
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Re:List of Comic and Manga Readers 4 years 3 months ago #7206

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cYo wrote:
I know this may mean extra work, but why not put this into the wiki? I think this would be a better place for such excellent content.

I thought my personal rating may be too subjective to put to wiki, but on the other hand... it's just a wiki, not the Wikipedia ;]

I'll think about it. Maybe on the weekend I'll try. But I can't promise. ;]
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Re:List of Comic and Manga Readers 4 years 2 months ago #7754

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I try almost all of them.
First I use CDisplayEx, then move to ComicRack, and now I use great and fast PicWalker.

Why I move from ComicRack to PicWalker? Two reasons:
1. Main reason: have great continuous display mode (I use only vertical) and I didn't find any other program that have similar function
2. How I read comic/manga now
    download comic/manga
    convert from rar to zip if needed (PicWalker don't work with rar ver.3 format, know only rar ver.2)
    read
    delete
That's mean I don't need library.

Cheers

P.S. It's really fast
P.S.2 I would love to see similar small and fast program but with ComicInfo.xml support (read and set).
I am what I am.
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yep
sometimes I play mp3 files with media player to check them out. Mostly I use ITunes :)
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Re:List of Comic and Manga Readers 4 years 2 months ago #7759

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matrixik wrote:
I try almost all of them.
First I use CDisplayEx, then move to ComicRack, and now I use great and fast PicWalker.
Well, after reading your post I downloaded and installed PicWalker. Please don't take any offense, but I felt it was simply horrible.
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