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ComicRackmanual
2nd edition

The Official companion to the ComicRack software!


A complete training package
Full-color, step-by-step, instructional book
For the new as well as the advanced user
the

ComicRackmanual
2nd edition

Disclaimer

The information in this book is distributed on an As Is basis, without warranty. While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of the
book, neither the authors nor comicrack.cyolito.com shall have any liability to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or
alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the instructions contained in this book or by the computer software and hardware products described
in it. All comics and publishers identified throughout this book are used in editorial fashion only and for the benefit of users with no intention of
infringement of trademarks. No such use, or the use of any trade name, is intended to convey endorsement or other affiliation with this book.
eComics displayed in the screenshots are for demonstrational purposes only. The freely downloadable eComic covers and official preview pages for
the respective comics have been used to contruct demo cbz files. The ComicRack team strongly discourages copyright infringements, and opposes
pirarcy in any form.
Preface to the second edition
It feels very nice to write the preface for the second edition. The first edition of the manual
was a simple, brief and rather amateur work. Things have changed since then. This time, I have
used (with no formal training) Adobe Indesign CS5 for the page layout and design of the manual,
and feel quite confident recommending this excellent software to friends having similar interests.
The manual has been almost completely rewritten and restructured. The section on reading lists
has been expanded and now is a detailed manuscript on the topic. We now have a separate (and
much-deserved) chapter on scripts, discussing almost all of the important scripts. Sections which
were inappropriately long have been abridged (the comic display settings section earlier spanned 4
pages, now it packs more information in a single page). The manual now has a proper (hyperlinked)
table of contents and an index. Each chapter also has its own table of contents. However, cross-
referencing has still not been implemented (due to a bug in InDesign) and is in the to-do list for the
next edition. While most of the wiki-copied sections have been replaced, some of them are written
so perfectly that I have decided against changing them. With this edition, a new pattern of diagrams
have been introduced, consisting of screenshots outlined with different strokes and explanatory
text alongside. I have always been impressed with the teach yourself visually series of books, and
have adapted their style to provide the manual an almost professional look.
Overall, the manual has improved in both the quality of content and the number of pages.
Not surprisingly, with this release, the file size of the manual has also doubled. For this reason, the
manual is being released in two formats: original/HQ version (recommended), and a small sized
(low-quality) version.
No preface would be complete without thanking cYo. A lot of us move on with time, but
some great individuals keep true to their dreams and pursue them to perfection; cYo is one of those
people. I would also take this opportunity to thank my friends Stonepaw (for proof-reading the first
edition) and quidam (for helping me out with portions I didnt understand).
I hope the manual would prove useful to the users of ComicRack. I intend to keep on
improving the manual, and releasing new editions from time to time, both to add the features that
I missed, and to add the new features as they are introduced. Just like with the previous version,
please support the manual project by giving it a good read, and pointing out any errors that you
discover.

600Wpmpo
08 June 2010
Preface to the first edition
There comes a day in everyones life when one says to himself, What had I been doing all
this time? Such a day revelled on me about 2 years back when I stumbled upon a software called
ComicRack. At that time,I had just, rather painstakingly, completed organizing about half of my
comic collection in a record 2 weeks time, and was quite smug with the feat. So, anyway, I installed
it and began experimenting with my unorganized comics. In those days, ComicRack was neither
so much popular, nor the monster (in terms of functionalities and efficiency) it is now. Still, it took
even less than an hour to sort out all the gigs of my eComics, all decked up with metadata and stuff.
Navigating eComics became a breeze, and managing my comics took less time than reading them.
That was the experience I hadnt forgotten till date. While my tastes in reading comics have changed
a lot since then, ComicRack has been my constant companion.
Over the years, I have seen ComicRack undergo a huge number of positive changes. A lot
of features have been added, some of them so subtle that unless you look for them, you wont find
them! I introduced a lot of my friends to ComicRack. Every few days, someone or the other would
say Yeah, this software is good, but I wish it had this feature also, or something on these lines.
While it felt nice to look at their blushing faces when I told them that what they wanted was already
there, I also agreed with them that such a program should have a proper help file. Many reviewers,
who had kind words of praise for ComicRack, also criticised it for lacking a manual. A few months
back, I finally got around to making one. I immediately realised that the plethora of features (Comi-
cRack is not just features rich, it is Bill Gates features rich) made it quite overwhelming to compile
and explain everything. Still, I have tried my best at doing what should have been done a lot earlier:
making a foundation for a proper manual for a software that deserves it more than anything else.
Since I am no web designer or software geek, the manuals look is still amateurish despite
of my hard work. Some sections are shamelessly copied from the ComicRack wiki. In spite of us-
ing ComicRack for many years, I am still not completely familiar with some of the features, and
they might be fully and properly explained in future editions. Please download the manual and give
it a read. Do point out any errors (of both omission and commission) and Ill try my best to rectify
them in the next update. Please give suggestions as to how we can further improve the look of the
manual. If you dislike anything in the manual (or the whole of it), please feel free to give construc-
tive criticism.

600Wpmpo
28 April 2010
Acknowledgements
cYo
The creator of ComicRack. He is the single person whose has transformed
his fun project into today s top rated eComic managing software. Greatly re-
spected and loved by all, he solely develops and updates the software.

quidam Stonepaw
One of the most helpful members on the forum. The main script developer of ComicRack. He
He seems to know the ComicRack software bet- has a lot of scripts to his credit, and is one of the
ter than most of us, and has contributed a lot to most reliable persons to seek in times of crisis.
the manual.

cbanack Shinrai
Best known for developing the Comic-vine scrap- Shinrai has been with the ComicRack team for
er script. His script is considered the best script a long time. Helpful and supportive, Shinrai is al-
ever in the history of ComicRack. ways there to lean on.

wadegiles oraclexview
One of the oldest members, wadegiles has to his Oraclexview has developed a couple of excellent
credit a number of scripts, that have stood the scripts over the past one year, that are very popu-
test of time, and still figure in the currently popu- lar & useful even today.
lar script lists.

DouglasBubbletrousers Alan Scott


Considered an expert in making comic book chro- One of the senior members, Alan is widely appre-
nologies, and posting them as reading lists for all ciated for his work on the ComicRack wiki.
of us.

perezmu {Oo}
One of the oldest members, perezmu was the {Oo} is also a member for a long time. He is a
person whose idea (ImportComicVineInfo script) regular these days on the forum, and is always
was later modified into the comicvine scraper. He found helping other users.
is also the developer of arturos toolbox script.

Although a lot of other users have contributed to the development of The ComicRack Manual, it is not possible to list and thank all of
them. Any omissions are inadvertent and should be excused. Here are some active users, who are regularly participating in the discus-
sions on the forum, and have helped, in some way or the other, the software (sometimes by finding bugs & even seeking help) & the
manual (by their comments & experiences)..

Fain bkagan forkicks lanzajr26 RevQuixo Drybonz Dr.RoXo


About the Manual
Who needs this book format; creating, downloading and updating Web Comics
using ComicRack is also explained.
The ComicRack Manual is for 3 kinds of users. First, the
Chaper 9, Network Sharing, tells you how to use Comic-
naive user who has never used the ComicRack soft-
Rack for sharing your eComic collection with your fam-
ware. Second, the casual user who knows the basics of
ily & friends over the internet.
the program, but feels overwhelmed by the sheer num-
ber of features that ComicRack provides, and would like
Chaper 10, Scripts, introduces you to a large number of
to master them at his own pace. Lastly, the advanced
add-ons for ComicRack to increase its functionality by
user, who wishes to expand his knowledge of the differ-
automating various tasks.
ent features that ComicRack has to offer.
Chaper 11, Support, provides information on how you
Book Organization can help the ComicRack project. It also tells about vari-
ous ComicRack resources on the web.
The ComicRack Manual has 11 chapters:
Chapter Organization
Chaper 1, Introduction, gives you the basics of eComics
and ComicRack.
One chapter groups together a number of sections hav-
ing a common theme. A chapter may also contain pages
Chaper 2, Getting Started, explains installing Comic-
that give you the background information needed to un-
Rack and using it for the first time.
derstand the sections in a chapter. Every section has an
introduction to the task at hand, a set of full color screen-
Chaper 3, User Interface, introduces you to the win-
shots, and steps that walk you through the task, and a set
dows, menus, and toolbars of ComicRack.
of tips. This format allows you to quickly look at the topic
Chaper 4, The Browser, discusses the browser window of interest and understand it instantly.
in detail. You get to know about the library, folders and
pages tabs, the sidebar, and the search browser.

Chaper 5, The Reader, discusses the reader window in


detail, including basic navigation, toolbars, and tab bars.

Chaper 6, Configuring, shows you how to setup Comic-


Rack according to your taste, using the Preferences di-
alog, comic display settings, list layouts, and workspaces.

Chaper 7, Managing, helps you organize your eComic


collection using metadata. The Info dialog and reading
lists are described in detail.

Chaper 8, Web Comics, introduces you to the Web Comic


Contents
Introduction
What is ComicRack ? 3
System Requirements 3
Supported Languages 3
Feature Overview 4
eComics: Basic Facts 6

Getting started
Installation 9
First Run 11
Start a new library 12
Open an eComic 12
User Interface
Main Window 15
Docking Grips 16
Toolbars & Tab bars 17
ComicRack Status Bar 18
Menus 19
State Indicators 21
Ribbons 21
Stars 21
Background Tasks Indicator 21

Browser
Introduction to the Browser 24
Docking the Browser 25
Browser Toolbar 26
Library 26
Browser Context Menu 28
Folders 29
Pages 30
Saving Pages 31
Deleting Pages 31
Sidebar 32
Sidebar Toolbar 33
Small Preview 34
Search Browser 35
Using the Search Box 36
Using the Negation filter 36
Reader
Introduction to the Reader 39
Reader Toolbar 41
Reader Tab Bar 42
Overlays 43
Reader Context Menu 44

Configuring
Preferences 47
Reader Setup 48
Libraries 50
Behavior 51
Scripts 52
Advanced 53
Comic Display Settings 54
List Layouts 55
Workspaces 56
Managing
Info 59
Summary 59
Details 60
Plot & Notes 62
Pages 63
Colors 64
Copy & Paste data 65
Reading Lists 66
Custom Lists 66
Smart Lists 68
Working with Lists 70
Export (or backup) Lists 72
Exporting eComics 73
Bookmarks 74
Finding Duplicates 75

Web Comics
Web Comic Basics 78
Getting Web Comics 78
Working with Web Comics 81
Updating Web Comics 82
Altering a Web Comics starting date 82
Saving a Web Comic for offline reading 82
Network Sharing
Remote Libraries 85
Opening Remote Libraries 85
Enabling Network Sharing 87
Network Sharing: Troubleshooting 88
What is a Port? 88
What is Port Forwarding? 88
Network sharing tips 89

Scripts
Scripts: Basics 92
Current Popular Scripts 93
ComicVine Scraper 94
Other Scripts 96
Organize Library Files & Folders 96
Weekly Comic Releases 96
Arturos New Comics Toolbox 97
Move Files 97
Find Gaps in series 98
Guided Rename 98
Extract all pages 99
Extract first page 99
Open With Script 100
Create Combined Script 100
Support
Forum 103
Facebook 104
News 105
Donations 106
Why donate ? 106
How to donate ? 106
How to Use this Manual
The Conventions in this book Using the mouse

A number of typographic and layout styles have been The book uses the following convention to describe the
used throughouit The ComicRack Manual to distinguish actions you perform when using the mouse:
different types of information.
Click
Blue italic Press your left mouse-button once. You generally click
Blue italic type represents the names of commands and your mouse on something to select something on your
options that you interact with. Most of the blue italic screen. The word single-click is synonymous with the
terms are indexed. word click.

Blue stroke Double-click


Blue stroke text indicates keyboard shortcuts. These Press your left mouse-button twice. Double-clicking
are alternatives to performing the desired actions with something on the computer screen generally opens
the mouse. whatever item you have double-clicked.

Blue Underlined Right click


Blue underlined text indicates hyperlinks. These are ei- Press your right-mouse button. When you right-click an-
ther cross-refernces to text somewhere else in the book, ything on the computer screen, the program displays a
or links to resources on the internet. shortcut menu containing commands specific to the se-
lected item.
Numbered Steps
You must perform the instruction in Red numbered steps Drag and drop
in order to successfully complete a section and achieve Move your mouse pointer and hover it over an item on
the final results. Blue numbered steps denote the various the screen. Press and hold down the left mouse button.
components of the menu / window being discussed. Now, move the mouse to where you want to place the
item and then release the button. You use this method to
Bulleted Lists move an item from one area of the computer screen to
These bulleted lists point out various optional features. another.
You dont have to perform them as steps.

Tips
Tips offer additional information, including hints, tricks,
and solutions to some common problems faced by users.
You can use the TIPS information to go beyond what you
have learned in these steps. You can easily identify
TIPS the TIPS in any section by looking at the TIPS but-
ton.
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Introduction
Are you new to ComicRack?
This chapter introduces you
to the world of ComicRack
and eComics. Welcome
aboard!
What is ComicRack ? 3
System Requirements 3
Supported Languages 3

Feature Overview 4

eComics: Basic Facts 6


What is ComicRack ?

ComicRack is the best eComic reader and manager


for Windows computers. It is an all-in-one solution
to read and manage your eComic library. It is actively
maintained, has a strong user base and is FREE. Comi-
cRack uses Comic Book Archive files, which have the
extension .cbr or .cbz and are simply renamed RAR
or ZIP files, respectively. ComicRack supports vari-
ous file formats including PDF, CBZ (ZIP), CBR(RAR),
CB7(7z), TAR(CBT), and may add further formats in
the future.

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP


SP3
Processor: 400 MHz Pentium processor or equivalent (Minimum); 1GHz
Pentium processor or equivalent (Recommended)
RAM: 128 MB (Minimum); 2 GB (Recommended)
Hard Disk: Up to 40 MB of available space may be required
CD or DVD Drive: Not required
Display: 800 x 600, 256 colors (Minimum); 1024 x 768 high color, 32-bit
(Recommended)
Softwares: Dot NETframework 4.0 is required to run ComicRack

Supported Languages

ComicRack is multilingual: English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese,


Chinese and other languagepacks are available. The latest release of Comi-
cRack always contains all Language Packs in the setup.

3
Feature
Overview

Read your eComics the way


you want: Fast navigation,
auto scrolling, auto rotation,
dynamic zooming, automatic
page fitting, magnifier, man-
ga mode, full screen reading,
dual screen support, multi-tab
interface.

The powerful integrated li-


brary allows you to bring your
whole collection to life. With
different ways to group, sort
and present all the data of
your eComics, it helps you
rediscover your hidden treas-
ures.

ComicRack allows you to


edit and show the information
of your eComics. You can even
change the color and sharp-
ness of comic pages.

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Edit eComic pages, rotate
them to your needs, change
the reading order or add ad-
ditional information.

ComicRack can batch con-


vert your eComics to all im-
portant formats (including
PDF). And all this in done in
the background while youre
keep on reading.

ComicRack can be adapted


to your needs. Optimize page
display, share your library in
your local network or change
the user interface language.

5
eComics:
Basic Facts

eComics are basically archives of individual page images and usually have the extension .cbr or .cbz. eComics are
thus defined as RAR/ZIP/7z files containing JPG, BMP, PNG, or GIF images, with the extension changed to CBR/CBZ/
CB7 respectively.

ComicRack organizes eComics by storing metadata as Xml snippets (either as part of the big
library file) or as single small files into eComics. This metadata file is labelled as ComicInfo.xml.
As eComics can have a variety of formats (PDF, CBZ, CBR, CB7, CBT), the ability to save metadata
differs:
PDF: No archive at all, no place for ComicInfo.xml or any custom metadata.
CBR: Rar format can not be written (proprietary)
CBZ: ComicInfo.xml is updated
CB7: ComicInfo.xml is updated
CBT: Streaming archive, no update because of performance issues.

The recommended format is CBZ, as ZIP/7z are freely available formats while RAR is owned by RarLabs. They have
released the unRAR capabilities but not the RAR. Thus, the ComicInfo.xml file is changed/added for CBZ and CB7
eComics only, while for all other archive formats (including CBR), it is not touched. The ComicInfo.xml is also instru-
mental in restoring your eComic database, in the event of a system format or file transfer.

6
Getting started
Are you ready to experience
ComicRack? In this chapter,
you learn the basics of instal-
ing and getting started with
ComicRack. Come on in!
Installation 9

First Run 11
Start a new library 12
Open an eComic 12
Installation

InstallingComicRack is a very simple process. Just follow the step-by-step instructions below to get Comic-
Rack working on your system. The steps outlined below depict ComicRack installation on a PC running Win-
dows 7. if you have a different (supported) operating system, the screens may appear slightly different.

1. Download the latest ComicRack setup file from the ComicRack download page. Double-click the setup
file to open the installation wizard. Click Next to continue.
2. Read the license agreement, and click I agree to continue.
3. Choose the components that you want to install, and uncheck those you dont. You can see the description
of the components by positioning your mouse over them.

1 2 3

4. Choose the folder in which to install ComicRack. The default location is C:/Program Files:/ComicRack.
5. ComicRack requires .NETframework 4. If not already installed on your system, the ComicRack installer
will offer to download it from the internet.
5a. Pressing No will continue with the ComicRack installation, but the program will not run till the re-
quired .NET installation is completed. Instead, the .NET framework initialization error will occur on run-
ning ComicRack.

4 5 5a

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5b. The .NET 4 framework can be installed through the offline standalone .NET installer either prior or after
the ComicRack installation. However, the simplest way is to click yes when the ComicRack installer
promps you. Accept the .NET license terms and let it install.

5b

6. Just after the .NET framework installation completes, a dialog box appears, asking for an immediate system
restart.
6a. Click Restart Later, and let ComicRack complete its installation and then manually restart your system.
6b. If, however, you are installing .NET prior or after ComicRack installation, you can safely click the Restart
Now button when asked by the .NET installer.
7. Click Finish to complete the installation.

6a 6b 7

TIPS
From where do I download Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 so that I may use it for offline
installation?

Following are download links for all Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
versions available:
Download Link (Web Installer) (requires Internet connection at installation time)
Full Standalone Installer (supports x86, x64 and ia64 architectures but some features are not sup-
ported on ia64 for example, WPF)
Full Standalone Installer x86 (If you need to install it in x86 system only)
Full Standalone Installer ia64 (if you need to install it in ia64 system only)

10
First Run

1. Double-click the ComicRack icon to open the program. It can be found on 1


the desktop or under All Programs in the Windows Start Menu. We recom-
mend pinning the program shortcut to the taskbar (Windows 7) or the start
menu for quick access.

2 3 4

2. A Windows Security Alert may pop-up, in- 5


dicating that windows firewall has blocked
some features of ComicRack. You may
check all options and safely click the Al-
low access button. This is a once-only step
and wont be required everytime you start
ComicRack.
3. You will be greeted with the ComicRack
splash screen.
4. A dialog will open requesting you to Donate
to ComicRack if you wish. To know more
about Donations, please read the section
on Donations. Even if you decide not to do-
nate, ComicRack is fully functional. In this
case, click Skip for now.
5. The defaultComicRackwindow is open,
and your program is up and running !

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Open an eComic
Opening your first eComic with ComicRack is the quickest way to
get started! There are a number of ways of opening eComics with
ComicRack:

1. From the Main menu at the top of the window, click File and
then click Open eComic
2. Click the blank tab (labelled Open eComic) just below the
mainmenu (on the readertabbar)
3. Alternatively, you may simply use the Ctrl+Okeyboardcom-
bo
4. Double-clicking any cbr/cbz file in windows explorer will launch
that file with ComicRack

Start a new library


Adding your eComic collection to ComicRack is the first step in
managing / organizing your ever expanding comic collection. Here
is a quick startup on how to start a new eComic library with Comi-
cRack:

1. From the main menu at the top of the window, click File and 1
then click Add Folder to Library. Alternatively, you may simply
use the Ctrl+Shift+A keyboard combo
2. Browse to where your comics are. Select your eComic folder,
and click Ok.
3. ComicRack will scan the folder (and its subfolders) and add
all eComics to the Library. The searchactionlogo on the sta-
tusbar at the bottom of ComicRack will spin while searching.

These steps may have to be repeated if you have your eComics in


more than one folder. The next time you add an eComic, you may 2
click the Scan eComic folders button from the file menu, or simply
restart ComicRack, and the newly added files will be displayed
in your ComicRack library. More advanced features of the library
shall be discussed in the forthcoming chapters.

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User Interface
Getting familiar with the in-
terface and terminologies of
ComicRack will serve as a
primer for later understand-
ing the myriad functionali-
ties ComicRack has to offer.
Dont skip this one!
Main Window 15
Docking Grips 16
Toolbars & Tab bars 17
ComicRack Status Bar 18

Menus 19

State Indicators 21
Ribbons 21
Stars 21
Background Tasks Indicator 21
Main Window

This chapter is essential for understanding the terminologies used to describe the various parts of ComicRack. Take
some time to familiarize yourself with the components.
ComicRack broadly consists of 2 main components, the Reader window and the Browser window. You manage your
eComics in the Browser, and you read them in the Reader. The ComicRack Reader and Browser are supplemented
by their respective toolbars and tab bars. The Browser is supported by the Sidebar, which carries the library plus all
the reading lists and smart lists. At the top of the ComicRack window is the MainMenu, and at the bottom lies the
StatusBar.

Shown below is the default interface for ComicRack:

Main Menu
Reader Toolbar

Reader Tab Bar


1 Reader Window

Browser Tab Bar

Sidebar Toolbar 3 2 Browser Window Browser Toolbar


Sidebar

Status Bar

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Docking Grips

In its default layout, ComicRack contains as many as 3


hidden or optional windows. These can be identified by 4
noticing the dotted extenders known as DockingGrips.
Clicking on these extenders toggles off/on the 3 optional
windows, viz. Favorites, SmallPreview, and SearchBrows- 1 3
er. Apart from these 3 extenders, there are 2 more that
assist in changing the layout of the ComicRack window
contents.
Please note that although, technically speaking, the Side- 5
bar also is an optional window, yet it is active in the default
ComicRack setup. This is due to the essential function-
alities of the Sidebar (discussed in forthcoming chapters).
The locations and names of all the docking grips are tabu-
lated below: 2

Location Name
1 Between the Sidebar Toolbar above and the Sidebar below Favorites Docking Grip

2 Between the Sidebar above and the Status bar below Small Preview Docking Grip

3 Between the Browser Toolbar above and the Browser window below Search Browser Docking Grip

4 Between the Reader Window above and the Browser Tab Bar below Browser Docking Grip

5 Between the Sidebar on the left and the Reader window on the right Sidebar Docking Grip

Favorites Window
Search Browser

1 3

Small Preview
4

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With the Sidebar toggled off, the Browser Tab Bar sits just above
the Browser Toolbar. Please remember that the Sidebar comes
back when the Folders tab is clicked. Therefore, if required, it has
to be toggled off independently for both the Library tab and the
Folders tab. It should be noted that the Pages Browser does not
have a sidebar toolbar, and is unaffected by the Sidebar docking
5
grip.

Toolbars & Tab bars

The BrowserTabBar contains tabs for the Library Browser,


FoldersBrowser, and PagesBrowser, which are all integrated
with the Sidebar Toolbar and the Browser Toolbar. The Library
and Folders tabs open up their respective content in the Side-
bar, while the Pages Tab uses the entire Browser window to
display details regarding the pages of an open eComic.

The Browsertoolbar contains a number of options for viewing


a variety of comic layout styles in the Browser. The content of
the Browser Toolbar changes with respect to the tab open in
the Browser Tab Bar.

The Sidebartoolbar contains the icons required for working


with the sidebar. At the extreme right, the sidebar toolbar con-
tains previous / next arrows for navigating through the sidebar
files. The content of the Sidebar Toolbar changes with respect
to the tab open in the Browser Tab Bar.

The Comic Reader is the area where the open eComics are displayed. Just above the Reader window is the Read-
erTabBar on the left, and the ReaderToolbar on the right. The Reader Tab Bar shows the tabs for currently opened

eComics. It continues into the Reader Toolbar which contains several buttons and menus required for customising the
display for the eComics opened in the Reader.

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ComicRack Status Bar
The ComicRack StatusBar is present at the very bottom of the ComicRack window. It displays important information
about your eComics.
At the very left of the Status Bar, the total number (and size) of eComics displayed in the Browser is seen. This num-
ber indicates the number of eComics present in the list selected in the sidebar. The Library list is the default, and
reflects your entire eComic collection archived with ComicRack.
Next to it is the number (and size) of the eComics currently selected in the Browser window. For some users, this
might be the quickest way to find out the size of a particular eComic, or a group of many eComics.

Number of selected eComics / Size Pending Background Tasks Indicator Current Page of the open eComic eComic Display resize slider

Total eComics displayed in the Browser/ Total Size Name of the opened eComic Page count of the opened eComic
At the extreme right of the Status Bar, the eComicdisplayresizeslider is present. This is used when you wish to
increase the size of the eComics view (thumbnails, tiles or details) in the Browser window. The resize slider can be
dragged to the right to increase the thumbnail or the tile size, and, in case of the details view, the row size.
Left to the resize slider is the page count of the opened eComic, followed by the current page number of the open
eComic and the name of the opened eComic, in that order.
Still left is the Pending BackgroundTasksIndicator, that spins whenever info data from files is being read, or web-
comics are being updated.

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Menus

The ComicRack Mainmenu contains a number of self-explanatory menus. Each menu has a number of sections,
containing several functions. All of these functions have been described in relevant chapters. Here is a brief over-
view of these menus.
The Filemenu comprises 6 sections, the main functions of which are as
follows:
1
1. Opening or closing eComics
2. Creating a new tab
3. Organising and updating the library folders and files 2
4. Opening remote libaries
3
5. History
6. Exit or Restart
4
5

The Editmenu comprises 6 sections, the main functions of which are as


follows: 1
1. Opening the eComic Info dialog
2. Undo / Redo buttons 2
3. Editing eComic pages, plus rating and bookmarking them
4. Copying/exporting pages
5. Refreshing ComicRack 3
6. Opening the Preferences dialog

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6

How do I hide/unhide the main menu ?

The ComicRack main menu can be hidden using the


Shift+F10keyboardcombo, and can be subsequently tog-
gled on/off using the Alt key.

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The Browsemenu comprises 3 sections, the main functions of which are
as follows:
1. Quick links to toggle ComicRack components on/off
2. Shift back and forth the comic lists
3. Browsing / Editing workspaces and list layouts 1

The Read menu comprises 4 sections, which have the following main
functions:
1. Shifting between eComic pages 1
2. Shifting between individual eComics
3. Shifting between Tabs
4. Options for Autoscrolling 2

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4

The Displaymenu has 3 sections, which contain:


1. Comic Display Settings dialog 1
2. Page customisation options (Layout, zoom, rotation)
3. User interface customisation options
2
The Page Layout options can also be accessed from the Reader Toolbar.

The Helpmenu contains important links to the ComicRack forum and


homepage. The ComicRack documentation links to the ComicRack
wiki page. A Support button is there for users wishing to donate and
maintain ComicRack.

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State Indicators

ComicRack makes use of a number of small icons, called StateIndicators to provide a lot of at-a-glance informa-
tion.

Ribbons
The Green Ribbons indicate the Read State of an eComic.
From completely unread to partially read to completely read,
the position of the Green ribbon gives at-a-glance information
of the read state. A yellow ribbon appears when an eComic is
partially/completely read, and scrolls down with the eComic
pages (if re-read) till it reaches the green ribbon.

Stars

You may occasionally see coloured stars on eComic thumb-


nails or in the state column if you use the list view.Each star
has a specific meaning.

Red: The Webcomic has been updated with new pages. The
number is the number of new pages.
Blue: The eComic in the current list that was last opened in
the reader.
Green: The eComic is currently open in the reader.
Orange: Data is pending to be written to the eComic

Pending Background Tasks


If there are any currently under-process assignments (called
Pending Tasks) then an animated icon in Status Bar is shown.
This is the PendingBackground TasksIndicator. Double-
clicking on it opens the PendingBackgroundTasksdialog.

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Browser
If you wish to manage or
organize your eComic collec-
tion, then look no further,
the ComicRack browser is
the place that has it all.
Introduction to the Browser 24
Docking the Browser 25
Browser Toolbar 26

Library 26

Browser Context Menu 28

Folders 29

Pages 30
Saving Pages 31
Deleting Pages 31

Sidebar 32
Sidebar Toolbar 33
Small Preview 34

Search Browser 35
Using the Search Box 36
Using the Negation filter 36
Introduction to
the Browser
The Browser is the section of ComicRack that helps you manage / organize / browse your eComic collection. All (or
selected) eComics are displayed in the Browserwindow in the form of thumbnails, tiles, or details view. The Browser
window is ably supported by the BrowserToolbar and the BrowserTabbar. The Sidebar is an essential component of
the Browser, and changes its content according to the tab open in the Browser Tab Bar. There are 3 tabs in the Browser
Tab Bar, viz. Library, Folders and Pages. Out of these, the Library and the Folders tabs are integrated with the side-
bar, while the Pages tab does not contain the Sidebar. The Browser window is often refered to as the Library Browser,
Folders Browser or Pages Browser, depending on which tab is open in the Library Tab Bar. The SearchBrowser, fa-
voriteswindow, and the SmallPreview are the 3 optional windows of the Browser, and can be toggled off/on using
their respective docking grips.
Browser Tab Bar

Sidebar Toolbar Browser Toolbar

Sidebar Browser Window

Favorites Window Search Browser

Small Preview

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Docking the Browser

The position of the Browser in the ComicRack window can be


changed to suit the users choice. The Dockbutton present on the
extreme right of the BrowserTabBar can be used to place (dock)
the Browser to the left, right or bottom positon in the ComicRack
window. The Browser docked at the bottom is the default setting.

Dock Bottom (default) Dock Left Dock Right

One important setting is the DockFill option, which


unifies the Browser tab bar with the Reader tab bar
and the Reader Toolbar. In this setting, eComics open
on this Unified Tab bar. Please note that the Full-
screen interface under the Dock fill option displays
the main menu and the unified tab bar.

Dock Fill

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Library

The Librarytab is the section of ComicRack that allows the user to interact with archived eComics via the Browser
window (referred to as the LibraryBrowser when the Library tab is open). Archiving eComics gives you the advantage
of storing metadata, which then can be used for organizing your eComic collection. Using the Library tab, you can view
in the Browser window either your entire collection (via library folder in the sidebar), or selected groups of comics (via
reading lists in the sidebar).

Browser Toolbar
The BrowserToolbar is the key to understanding and customising the Library Browsers layout and appearance. The
following (from left to right) are the essential components of the Browser Toolbar, with a brief info on their functions:

Views Stack List Layout Undo / Redo Scripts Quick Launch

Group Arrange Duplicate Currrent List Search Box

ListLayout Scripts
Views Group Stack Arrange Duplicate Undo / Redo Quick SearchBox
Current List Launch
View as thumb- Based on de- Based on de- eComics can The eComic Undo or Redo A quick launch Search your
nails, tiles, or sired metadata, sired metadata, be arranged to views have a the last opera- bar contain- library based
details. Option eComics can eComics can appear in a de- number of op- tion performed ing buttons for on keywords,
to only show be grouped to be stacked sired sequence tions that can in ComicRack all the scripts series, writer,
eComics based appear under so that they be arranged as installed in artists, de-
on read state, a common appear placed List Layouts ComicRack scriptive, or
and duplicates heading in the one above the filename
browser other in the
browser

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The Views button helps choose how and what eComics are displayed. It is possible to increase the size of the eComic
view using the eComicdisplayresizeslider present on the status bar. Dragging the slider to the right increases the size
of the thumbnails or the tiles , and, in case of the details view, the row size. The thumbnails and details views can be
further customised using the list layout button, from which you can choose the text (in thumbnails view) or columns (in
details view) to be displayed.

Viewing Library as thumbnails Viewing Library as tiles Viewing Library as details

Grouping, Stacking and arranging eComics help in customizing the view as per your choice. Different permetuations and
combinations of these 3 options provide a variety of environments for managing eComics. Play with these setings for a
while to find the layout that suits you best. Please note that the stacking option is not available in the details view. For
changing between multiple list layouts, please read the section on managing list layouts.

Group by Publisher Stack by Series Group by Year Stack by Publisher

Arrange by Number
Arrange by Series

TIPS
Can I group or arrange eComics in reverse order ?

Yes. Just note the direction of the arrows on the group / arrange buttons. A down-
ward-pointing (default) arrow indicates alphabetical order (from AtoZ). You just need
to simply click on the button and the arrow will reverse its direction, giving you the
reverse alphabetical arrangement (from Z to A). Please note that this feature does not
apply to the Stacks option.

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Browser Context Menu
Right-clicking in any empty space in the browser brings about a small context menu that car-
ries over most of the features of the browser toolbar. This includes the view, arrange, group
and stack menus.
Right-clicking any eComic in the browser brings about the browsercontextmenu. Many of
the submenus share an overlap with the main menu. While most options are self-explan-
atory, a brief overview of some of the features is presented below. Features like exporting
eComics, copying and pasting data, and lists-related options are discussed in the relevant
sections.

Opening eComics in the Reader

Opening the Info dialog Mark eComics as Read or Unread

Find eComics with similar metadata


Rating eComics on a scale of 1 to 5

Open eComic with Windows Explorer

Use any eComic cover as back-


ground image for a list open in the
Run scripts on selected eComics browser

You can use the Reset List Background


option from the List layout button on the
Browser toolbar to undo changes made to
list background.

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Folders

The Folderstab allows you to browse your computer for eComic folders in an explorer-like fashion. Selecting a folder
opens the contained eComics in the browser (referred to as the FoldersBrowser when the Folders tab is open).
Similar to the Library browser, the Folders browser is integrated with the sidebar, and can display a Favorites window
above, and a Small preview window below. The Search Browser is also available.

Sidebar Toolbar Browser Toolbar

Favorites Search Browser


Viewing selcted
folders as shortcuts
for quick access.

Just right-click a
folder in the sidebar,
and select Add Fold-
ers to Favorites

Sidebar
Clicking on any folder displays
its eComic content in the Fold-
ers Browser.
Right-clicking any folder Folders Browser
opens the context menu
Essentially the same as the
library browser, the only
difference is that it displays
the content of a particular
folder on your system. Can be
grouped, stacked, arranged
in the same way as Library
Browser

Small Preview

TIPS
How do I exclude eComics in subfolders of a favorite folder from being
displayed by default in the browser ?
The Includeallsubfolders icon is useful for toggling off and on the subfolders of a favorite folder. To use
it, click on a folder in the favorites window. Next, click on the Include all subfolders icon. All subfolders
shall now display in the library. Clicking on the icon again will toggle the subfolders off.

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Pages

The Pagestab is the section of ComicRack that allows the display and organizing features for the pages of an
eComic in the browser window (referred to as the PagesBrowser when the pages tab is open). ComicRack pro-
vides labelling for individual pages of an eComic, as Front Cover, Story, Advertisement, Letters etc. The page type
can be changed to suit the users needs. Similar to the library browser, the pages browser also has the options for
viewing, arranging and grouping eComic pages. It should be noted that, unlike the library and folders browsers,
the Pages Browser does not contain the Sidebar.
Just like the Library Browser
and the Folders Browser, op-
tions for viewing thumbnails
/ tiles / details view are there
in the Pages Browser too. The
only difference is that here
individual eComic pages are
displayed in the Browser.

Views

PageFilterMenu
The Page Filter menu can
PageContextMenu be used to toggle types of
pages on and off. These
changes also apply to
any other comics as well
as the reader view. For
example you can un-check
the Advertisement setting
and you will never see a
page marked as Advertise-
ment as youre reading a
comic.

Right-clicking on any page in the PagesBrowserContextMenu


Pages Browser invokes the Page
Context Menu. This contains options Right-clicking on any empty space in the Pages Broser invokes
for changing Page Type, Page Rota- the Pages Browser Context Menu. This contains the view / ar-
tion, Adding / removing Bookmarks, range / group options analogous to the Pages Browser Toolbar.
reordering pages within an eComic, Please note that the Pages Browser Context Menu is differentt
copying page(s) to another location, from the Page Context Menu.
and marking pages as deleted (so
that they do not show anymore in
ComicRack).

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Deleting Pages
The Pages Browser provides options for marking the pages as deleted, without actually removing the page(s) from the
comic file. There are several ways to do this:

Change the page type to Deleted:


1. Right-click on a page(s) to open the
page context menu
2. Go to the Page Type option
3. Click on the Deleted option
Press the Del button on the keyboard
Choose Markasdeleted from the
Pagecontextmenu.
A redcross would be visible on the page, in-
dicating that it has been marked as deleted
and will not show while reading, while it is
not actually removed from the eComic file.

Saving Pages
You can save page(s) as a single image file(s). To do so, right-click any page thumbnail in the
pages browser and select the CopyPage option. You can now just paste the page anywhere
in either windows explorer, or an image editor of your choice. Multiple pages can be similarly
saved by selecting them individually using the Ctrl key, or selecting all pages via the Se-
lectAll option.

An alternate way to save pages is to simply to drag the pages to a location on your computer
from the pages view.

TIPS
How can I reorder pages within an eComic ?

You can change the order of your eComic pages by simply clicking and dragging them to where
you want them to be. A black line shows where it will be reinserted. You can also use the
MovetoStart or MovetoEnd options in the right-click context menu for moving a page to the
beginning or end of an eComic respectively. A Resetoriginalorder option is always there if you
wish to undo these changes.

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Sidebar

The Sidebar contains the Libraryfolder, the default ComicRack folder that contains your entire eComic collection ar-
chived with ComicRack. The Sidebar is also needed for creating, organising, and accessing readinglists. The Sidebar
is an essential component of the Browser, and changes its content according to the tab open in the Browser Tab Bar.
There are 3 tabs in the Browser Tab Bar, viz. Library, Folders and Pages. Out of these, the Library and the Folders tabs
are integrated with the sidebar, while the Pages tab does not contain the Sidebar. Just like the browser, the sidebar is
referred to as the Library sidebar or the Folders Sidebar, depending on which tab is open in the Browser Tab Bar.
There are as many as 3 ways to toggle the sidebar on/off:
Main Menu Browse Sidebar
Clicking the Extender on the left border of the Reader window
Shift+F5keyboardcombo
Please note that the default ComicRack layout has the sidebar open. An overview of the Sidebar is shown below:

Library Count
The default (albeit virtual) This number is the total count
folder containing all the of eComics present in a par-
eComics added to Comi- ticular folder or list
cRack

SmartLists
The default folder contain-
ing a number of Smart
Lists for you to start with
Arranging files and folders in the Sidebar
You can make folders within
folders for arranging your lists

TemporaryLists Lists or folders can be placed


Double-clicking any read- at any level of hierarchy
ing list from windows ex-
plorer opens it directly in
Any number of list can be
ComicRack. This is made
kept within a folder, and can
possible by means of the
be dragged up or down, both
Temporary Lists folder. It
within a folder and from one
can also be used to store
folder to another
experimental reading lists,
as any list kept here is
deleted on the next run of
ComicRack.

SidebarContextMenu Arrange lists within a folder in


Right-clicking on any alphabetical order
folder or list in the sidebar
brings up the Sidebar con- Lists can be copied and pasted
text menu. It contains a from one folder to another
number of options, many within the sidebar
of which share an overlap
with the Sidebar Toolbar ExportReadinglist saves a
and are covered in the reading list on the desktop or
next section. any folder of your computer.
You can then transfer it to use
it on another system or share it
with your friends, who can use
the ImportReadinglist option
to add it to their ComicRack
sidebar

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Sidebar Toolbar
Shown below are the essential components of the SidebarToolbar, with a brief info on their functions. Just like the
sidebar, the sidebar toolbar is referred to as the Librarysidebartoolbar or the FoldersSidebartoolbar, depending on
which tab is open in the Browser Tab Bar.

Library Sidebar Toolbar Folders Sidebar Toolbar

Favorites New List Open in new window Previous / Next Favorites Open in new window Refresh

New Folder New Smart List Open in new tab Include all Subfolders Open in new tab

Open in new Open in new Previous /


Favorites NewFolder NewList NewSmart list
window tab Next

This opens the Creates a new Creates a new Creates a new Opens the cur- Opens the cur- The two arrows
Favorites window folder to organize custom list smart list rently selected rently selected on the far right
at the top of the your lists. Lists library, list or library, list or of the Library
Sidebar. Select can be dragged folder in a sepa- folder in a tab. Sidebar Toolbar
any item in the and dropped into rate window. You can return to enable the user to
sidebar, right- the sidebar fold- the library and move through the
click, and you will ers. leave the tab succession of lists
be able to add it open, or open recently browsed.
to the Favorites multiple tabs.
window.

TIPS
Apart from lists and folders, can I add eComics to Favorites window ?

No. Individual eComics cannot be added or displayed in the Favorites window. Its
purpose is for Sidebar items that you use frequently and would like quick access
to. This is especially helpful when one has a large assortment of lists and folders.

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SmallPreview

This small window at the bottom of the Library Browser will display the eComic selected in the Browser, whether opened
or not, without changing its read state and bookmarks.
Please note that the default ComicRack layout has the Small Preview hidden. There are as many as 3 ways to toggle
the small preview on/off:
Main Menu Browse Small Preview
Clicking the Extender on the lower border of the Sidebar
Shift+F7keyboardcombo
An overview of the Small Preview is shown below:

Goto next / previous page


or first / last page Refresh Close the preview window
Show one / two pages in the preview

Small Preview showing two pages Small Preview showing one page

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Search Browser

Short of using reading lists, the SearchBrowser offers one of the quickest ways to access an eComic or a set of eCom-
ics based on the metadata present. The Search Browser is present above the main Browser window. Please note that
the default ComicRack layout has the Search Browser hidden. The Search Browser can be toggled on/off by any of
the following:
Main Menu Browse Search Browser
Clicking the Extender on the upper border of the Browser window
Using the Shift+F8keyboardcombo
As the Search browser opens, a three-part pane will slide down, allowing you to narrow down the visible eComics by
using three metadata fields. The drop-down menus can be chosen to display the eComic metadata attribute of your
choice. Choosing a particular metadata attribute delimits the eComic search results in the Browser accordingly.

Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Negation


The Negation filter (ex-
clamation marked) helps
in excluding a particular
set of results from the
Browser.

Column Header
To quickly clear the filters
in the Search Browser,
simply click the column
header, and it will revert
to showing all. If you
click on the header of
the leftmost column,
Drop-down Menu this wont reset all the col-
The drop-down menu of umns; instead, it will now
all the 3 columns contain reflect the search results
the same metadata fields. based on the new filters
The Search Browser provided.
provides more than 20
commonly used metadata
fields to filter your search
results. As per your
requirement, you can
choose any combinations
of them.
Using metadata fields to filter the search results
In the example shown, we have chosen the
3 columns as Publishers, Genres and Series.
Clicking a Publisher will narrow down the
Genre column to all eComics of the particu-
lar Genre; clicking a specific genre narrows
down the third column to all the eComic
series that have the selected genre. Finally,
the eComic listing is narrowed down fur-
ther once you click on a particular eComic.

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Using the Search Box

You can filter the Search Browsers results by also using the
SearchBox.
The information displayed by Search Browser depends on
the current content: the reading list currently selected (if
any) and the metadata selected in the columns. But this con-
tent also depends on Search box of the Browser Toolbar. The
search box is an on-the-fly filtering tool: simply start typing,
and the Browser window as well as the Search Browser will
display (as you type) all the items with matching description
fields. If the search box is empty, ComicRack displays all
the eComics of the current metadata selected in the Search
Browser or the reading list; if the search box contains text,
only the subset of items matching this text.

The example here displays the result shown by the Search Browser after typing
wat in the search box.

Using the Negation filter


The little exclamation (!) mark present next to the drop-down menu in each column is the Negation button. If you
select this, all eComics that do NOT match the criteria are displayed.
For example, you are browsing the eComics of a particular publisher. Now, if you wish to see eComics of all genres
except one-shots, here is what to do. First, select One-shots in the genre column. You will see that the series column
promptly displays all the One-shots of your chosen publisher. Now, with one-shots already selected, click the (!) but-
ton in the genre column. You will now get all series except those tagged as one-shots.

TIPS
Can I select mutiple fields in the Search Browser ?

Yes. Just hold the Ctrl key and click on desired metadata fields. To select a
number of fields in continuity, you can hold the Shift key and click the the
first and the last fields, all fields in between the 2 clicked ones will be selected.

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Reader
The ComicRack reader is,
unarguably, the best eComic
reader in the world. This
chapter helps you use the
reader to the maximum of its
abilities!
Introduction to the Reader 39

Reader Toolbar 41

Reader Tab Bar 42

Overlays 43

Reader Context Menu 44


Introduction to
the Reader
The Readerwindow is the most important part of ComicRack, as it is where the eComic pages are ultimately
displayed for onscreen reading. Scrolling the mouse wheel moves the open page up or down, and scrolling be-
yond the end of the page opens the next page of the eComic. This is the simplest way of navigating the Reader.
For further customizations, please see the chapters on Preferences and Keyboard map.

Reader Tab Bar Reader Toolbar

There are a number of views in which the eComics can be displayed in the reader win-
dow:
1. Default (Showing the Reader, Browser, and the Sidebar)
2. Filling the entire ComicRack window (with the browser & sidebar closed) (F3)
(Clicking on the extenders between the Reader and the Browser toggle off/on the
browser, thus achieving the same result)
3. Fullscreen (no menus or toolbars)
4. Fullscreen with menus and toolbars (F11)
5. Reader in its own window (F12)
The Reader in its own window. Hit F12 or
The mouse can also be used to quickly change the reader views. The next page shows use the option in the display menu to get
how to navigate between the first 4 views using the mouse. this view.

TIPS
How do I get the Reader fullscreen with all menus & toolbars hidden?

We like to call it the 10-3-11 trick! Just follow these steps:


1. First select (if not already selected) the MinimalUserInterface option from the
Display menu, or simply hit F10 in the default ComicRack window.
2. Now, close the browser (including the sidebar) by unchecking the Browser op-
tion from the Browse menu, or by hitting F3.
3. Finally, either select Full Screen from the Display menu or hit F11.

Also important are these options from the Behavior tab of the Preferences dialog:
Reading section :- Fullscreen Also Toggles Minimal User Interface: Unselected
Browser section :- Always Display Browser Docking Grip: Selected

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View #1 is the default ComicRack window, display- In view #2 the browser and the sidebar are closed,
ing the browser and the sidebar, apart from the thus providing the complete space in the ComicRack
reader (here showing a page from DCs official pre- window to the Reader. This is seen after a single-click
view of Brightest Day #1). A single-click in the reader in the Reader window of the default view #1 or a
window brings up View #2, while a double-click double-click in View #3. A single-click again brings
takes us to view #4. back view #1, while a double-click takes us to view #3.

1 2

4 3

View #4 is the Fullscreen view (with menus & View #3 is the Fullscreen view (no menus/toolbars)
toolbars) & is seen after a single-click in the Reader & is seen after a double-click in the Reader window
window of view #3 or a double-click in View #1. of view #2 or a single-click in View #4. A double-click
A single-click again brings back view #3, while a again brings back view #2, while a single-click takes
double-click takes us to view #4. us to view #4.

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Reader Toolbar

The ReaderToolbar can be accessed from the top right of the Reader window. It contains important shortcuts
to display, navigate and customize the eComic pages reading. Shown below are the essential components of the
Reader Toolbar, with a brief info on their functions.

Single Page: Every image is displayed by itself (so Provides options for displaying eComic pages by fit-
single pages stay single and double pages stay ting width/height/all dimensions. You can simultane-
double) ously choose the option only fit if oversized to make
Two Pages: Always two pages are displayed (like the original page size the limiting factor.
a book). If there are forced single pages (like a The Fit Width (adaptive) mode splits double-page Provides options for rotating
single page before a double spread or a page of and displays only half of it at once fitting it to width. the open eComic 90o,, 180o, or
type Cover), white fill pages are introdued. This is especially useful for people with pivoted 270o. All the pages of the open
Two Pages (Adaptive): This is the classic Comi- monitors or when eComic pages are scanned in a eComic are rotated only for
cRack two page mode. No fill pages are intro- way where all the images consist of two pages on display in the reader, while the
duced. each one. image files in the cbz/cbr are
Clicking on this button takes not rotated.
you to the previous page. You can choose the autorotate
Clicking the small downward- double pages option to let the
pointing arrow opens up a reader window automatically
drop-down menu that has display double-pages in a 270o
additional options for going to
the previous bookmark or the
PageLayout (Number) rotated state.

previous eComic in the list.


Page Layout (Fit)

PreviousPage
Rotation

Tools
At the end of the Reader Tool-
bar is the Tools menu, which
is a completely reorganized
and easier-to-use ComicRack
NextPage Zoom menu, having multiple im-
portant options from all over
ComicRack in a single pane.
Notable is the Show Main
Menu option, which when
enabled hides the main menu,
Clicking on this button takes which can then be toggled on
you to the next page. The via the Alt key.
drop-down menu has the
options for moving to the Zooms in/out the eComic
Magnifier
last Page, next bookmark, pages, using the preset
or the next eComic from the (100%, 125%, 150%, 200%,
list. You can also open up a 400%) or custom values.
Random eComic (or use the The keyboard combos
Ctrl+Alt+N keyboard Ctrl+Oemplus and
shortcut). Ctrl+mouse wheel
up zoom in the page while Viewing the default magnifier
Ctrl+Oemminus and to see Jons query magnified !
Ctrl+mouse wheel While reading eComics, ComicRack
down zoom out. has a Magnifier to temporarily
enlarge the desired page portion. The
Magnify button in the Reader Toolbar
contains options for controlling
width, height, opacity and zoom of
the magnifier. It also has options for
Viewing Garfields response with the
enabling the magnifiers activation
simple magnifier and 50% opacity
with a long mouse click.

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Reader Tab Bar

The Reader Tab Bar is present over


the top left of the Reader window. It
continues into the Reader Toolbar.
The Reader Tab Bar shows the cur-
rently opened eComics in a tabbed
interface. When no eComic is open,
it displays the OpeneComic tab, on
clicking (either left-click or right-click)
which an explorer window opens,
from which you can browse to the
eComic you wish to open. The Reader
Tab Bar displays the name and few de-
tails of the currently open eComic.

On hovering the mouse over the tab,


an info box pops-up that contains a
brief plot of the eComic, format (zip/
rar), size and number of pages.

Right-clicking a tab brings on the


tabcontextmenu, which contains op-
tions for revealing the open eComic in
the browser or in windows explorer.

When a number of eComics are open in the Reader, the Tab Bar displays right
and left buttons at its ends to navigate between them, and a drop-down menu
at the end that contains a list of all the open eComics. Every tab contains its
own close button that appears when the tab is selected. You can use the Close
all but this option from the tab context menu to close other eComics in a go.

Double-clicking an eComic from the


browser opens it in the current tab
(whether empty or occupied by an-
other eComic) in the reader tab bar.
If you hold the Ctrl key while dou-
ble-clicking, the eComic will open in a
new tab.

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Overlays

The ComicRack Reader makes use of a number of Overlays to display live information regarding the eComic cur-
rently being read. These overlays can be enabled/disabled via the Preferences dialog.

CurrentPageOverlay NavigationOverlay VisiblePagepartOverlay StatusIndicatorOverlay

Current Page Overlay displays the page Navigation ovelay displays a filmstrip of all Visible Page part Overlay displays the por- Status Indicator overlays are the overlays
number (along with the number of total the pages of the currently open comic. Just tion of the page currently visible onscreen in the center of the Reader (opening book,
pages) and, if enabled, the page name. hover your mouse over the lower border with a thumbnail of the entire page cur- loading page etc.).
of the Reader window, and the navigation rently open in the reader.
overlay will slide up. Quick browsing is via
the horizontal scroll bar, and the first / last
page arrows.

TIPS
I dont need the overlays. Can I turn them off ?

Yes. Open up the Preferences dialog from the Edit menu (or hit
Ctrl+F9keyboardcombo):
Goto the Readersetup tab
Scroll down to the Overlays section
You can now uncheck the overlays you dont want

You also have the option for increasing/decreasing the overlay


size, and showing the navigation overlay at the top (by default,
the navigation overlay is shown at the bottom of the reader).

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Reader Context Menu

The Readercontextmenu is seen after right-clicking any page open in the Reader window. Most of the options pre-
sent here share an overlap with other menus and toolbars in ComicRack, and are discussed in the relevant sections.
A brief overview of the Reader context menu and its sub-menus is presented below.

Opening the Info dialog

Rating eComics on a scale of 1 to 5


Setting the PageType

Navigating between eComics


Changing the PageRotation

Changes selected page rota-


tion permanently in the cbz/
cbr. So if you have some pages
in file scanned in wrong hori-
zontal/vertical position there is
no need to extract images and
rotate them in external editor.
PageLayout Options
Provides options for displaying eComic pages by
fitting width/height/all dimensions. You can simul-
taneously choose the option only fit if oversized
to make the original page size the limiting factor. Working with Bookmarks
The Fit Width (adaptive) mode splits double-page
and displays only half of it at once fitting it to
width.
In Single Page mode, single pages stay single and
double pages stay double.The Two Pages always
dislays 2 pages. If there are forced single pages
white fill pages are introdued. Two Pages (Adap-
tive) mode doesnt have any fill pages.
Provides options for rotating the
open eComic 90o,, 180o, or 270o.
All the pages of the open eComic
are rotated only for display in the
reader, while the image files in the
cbz/cbr are not rotated.

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Configuring
ComicRack comes with a
number of features that en-
able you to personalize it
to your liking. This chapter
will help you learn how to
change the way ComicRack
works to make it easier to
use & more efficient.
Preferences 47
Reader Setup 48
Libraries 50
Behavior 51
Scripts 52
Advanced 53

Comic Display Settings 54

List Layouts 55

Workspaces 56
Preferences

The Preferences dialog is essential for configuring ComicRack according to your needs. It can be opened either via the
Edit menu, or by using the Tools menu. Alternatively, you may use the Ctrl+F9keyboardcombo.

The Preferences dialog contains 5


tabs, each of which has a number
of sections.
1. Reader Setup
 General
 Hardware acceleration
 Adjustments
 Overlays
 Keyboard
 Mouse
2. Libraries
 eComic Folders
 Scanning
 Sharing
 Server Settings
3. Behavior
 Starting ComicRack
 Opening an eComic
 Reading
 Right to Left
 Browser
 Application
 Import & Export
4. Script
 Script Packages
 Available Scripts
 Script Settings
5. Advanced
 Languages
 eComics
 Database Backup
 Disc Cache
 Memory Cache
 Hidden Messages
 Explorer Integration

If you have any of the following How do I.. questions, then look no further, the preferences dialog will help you:

How do I add eComic folders to the ComicRack library ?


How do I open new files in new tabs?
How do I use custom keyboard shortcuts?
How do I increase the mouse wheel scroll speed?
How do I make sure that deleted files dont show up again in the library?
How do I use ComicRack to check its RSS feed?
How do I customise ComicRack for reading manga?
How do I minimize ComicRack into the system tray?
How do I change the ComicRack interface language?
How do I remove the overlays?
How do I backup my database?
How do I open eComics from windows explorer directly with ComicRack?

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Reader Setup
The readersetup tab contains a number of self-explanatory options for customizing
the ComicRack experience to your liking. There are 5 sections in the Reader setup
tab:
1. General
2. Hardwareaccelaration
3. Adjustments
4. Overlays
5. Keyboard
6. Mouse
In the General section, Turning High
Quality option off increases page display
speed on slower machines. Anamorphic
Scaling stretches the eComic page to
fit the screen in both dimensions. With As we have already seen, during instal-
Smooth Auto Scrolling enabled, moving lation, ComicRack self-optimizes itself
from one part of the page to the next is for your system. Most of the settings in
more smooth. the hardware accelaration section have
already been selected by ComicRack,
and are the ones recommended for your
system. If you do not desire the page
The Adjustments section provides easy
display change animation, you may dis-
changes to the saturation, brightness,
able it.
contrast and sharpening attributes of
the comic pages.

The Overlays section contains settings


for a number of enhancements for the
reader window. Please read the section
on Overlays to understand details re-
garding their nomenclature.

ComicRack can be completely con-


trolled by the keyboard. This section
provides the default keys for various ac-
tions, all of which can be customised ac-
cording to the users choice.

You can adjust the mouse wheel scroll-


ing speed to your liking.

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Keyboard Map

The ComicRack keyboardmap contains 9 sec-


tions:
Library
Browse
Auto Scroll
Scroll
Display Options
Page Display
Zoom & Rotate
Edit
Other

Every section contains a number of options with


their default shortcut(s). If you wish to change
any shortcut, just select its option and it will
open in the pane below, where you can easily
modify it as per your requirement.

For each keyboard shortcut, there are 3 options: 1 Main and 2 Alternate.
Each option has its own drop-down menu, from which you can choose
the shortcut key that suits you. You can also use the Ctrl, Shift, or Alt keys
to make a number of combinations and permetuations for making the
shortcut of your choice.

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Libraries
The Libraries tab contains a number of self-explanatory options for customizing the
ComicRack experience to your liking. There are 4 sections in the Libraries tab:
1. eComicfolders
2. Scanning
3. Sharing
4. ServerSettings

The eComic Folders section helps in


adding folders containing eComics to
the library. These folders, if checked,
would be watched for changes (move /
rename) while the program is running.
Using the open button, any added folder
can be opened with windows explorer.

The Scanning section has 2 important


options. The first option, if enabled,
removes missing files from the library
during the scanning process. The second
option comes in handy when you decide
not to add a file to the library, while that
file resides witihn an eComic folder that
The Sharing section is used for sharing is already added to the library.
of libraries over the internet. Select Add
Share to open the library sharing config.
Here you can also select if you want to
share your complete library or only se-
lect lists. You can also select to make
your library editable or password pro-
tected (recommended). Please read the
chapter on Network sharing for further
details.

In the Server settings section, you have


the option to input the external IP of
your server, and to password protect
your private share lists.

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Behavior
The Behavior tab contains a number of self-explanatory options for customizing the
ComicRack experience to your liking. There are 7 sections in the Behavior tab:
1. StartingComicRack
2. OpeninganeComic
3. Reading
4. Righttoleft
5. Browser
6. Application
7. Import&export

The Starting ComicRack section con-


tains startup tasks for ComicRack, like
scanning for eComic folders and updat-
ing webcomics. We recommend that
you mark all these options to run auto-
matically at startup. You can also check
for all the ComicRack news and keep Here you get the options for opening
informed about new releases new eComics in separate tabs. You can
opt to close the browser automaticaly
whenever an eComic is opened. You can
set auto-bookmarking on by choosing to
With the Blend animation while fast open the eComic at the page where it
paging option checked, when you keep was closed.
the page down shortcut pushed, it disa-
bles any page transition effect.
Keep the Fullscreen also toggles mini-
mal user interface option selected if you
dont want any menu or toolbar in fulls-
creen view.
You can uncheck the reset zoom option Right-to-left mode is used while reading
if you wish to read all pages in a particu- manga.
lar zoomed mode. Left/right movement is also reversed - if
book is marked as Manga, or if your page
layout is Right to Left then page loads
A couple of tweaks for the Browser. If in upper right corner and goes to lower
you wish to hide even the browser dock- left.
ing grip while using the reader, you can True right to left reading - The whole
uncheck the option here. You can also book is mirrored and not only double
opt for eComic tooltips while hovering pages reversed. So youre really reading
your mouse over them in the browser. the book from back to front.
Also present are options for thumbnail
animations. The comic info dialog can display either
simple or 3D covers, which can be tog-
gled by either clicking on them, or using
the option here. You also have the op-
tion to hide the main menu (also see
Tools menu, and use the Alt key).

While exporting reading lists, you may


keep this option unckecked (recom-
mended) to omit file names from being
included in the list. Unchecking this op-
tion provides better results during list
imports.

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Scripts

Scripts are essentially plugins or add-ons that extend the functionality of ComicRack. They can be found in the News
& announcement section of the ComicRack forum or in the Downloads section. They are usually distributed as a
zip file. Working with scripts is explained in detail later in the Scripts chapter.

ScriptPackages is the first section in the Scripts tab. It is used for installing/
uninstalling the scripts. It displays all the installed scripts, with a brief descrip-
tion of them.

AvailableScripts is the second section. In its default state, it contains a list


of all the scripts that come bundled with ComicRack. As new scripts are in-
stalled, they show up in the available scripts section. It can be used to disable
a script without uninstalling it. To disable any of these scripts, just untick the
checkmark next to the script name here, and restart ComicRack. Reverse the
steps for reactivation.

The ScriptSettings section in the end contains an option for disa-


bling all scripts with a single-click.

TIPS
A glimpse of what scripts can do for you!

 Automatically download  Catch the latest RSS feeds  Move eComics to another  Use a custom program (like
metadata into your cbz about the new comics coming folder on your PC from within WinZIP) to open eComics from
eComic files out each week ComicRack within ComicRack
 Add scanners name and scan  Extract all the pages from an
type to eComic tags eComic

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Advanced

As the name suggests, the Advanced tab contains a number of sections that should be handled with caution.

The Languages section at the top helps select the user interface language of
your locale. Restart ComicRack for the language changes to take effect.

The eComics section has the option to allow ComicRack to write a small
Comicinfo.xml file to eComics. ComicRack organizes eComics by storing
metadata as Xml snippets (either as part of the big library file) or as single
small files into eComics. This metadata file is labelled as ComicInfo.xml. The
ComicInfo.xml is also instrumental in restoring your eComic database, in the
event of a system format or file transfer. Please note that info can be added to
only cbz (zip) files.

The DatabaseBackup allows easy backup of all the eComic data to a small xml
file on your computer, or on a USB drive. It can be restored easily in the event
of a system format.

The cache is the maximum disk space you allow ComicRack to use to stock
thumbnails, pages and eComics through remote libraries. It allows a smooth-
er reading experience. Since it pre-loads images, you can browse quite fast
through an eComic. Default maximum cache size vary depending on the ma-
chine. It is set during installation of ComicRack (optimization part). The big-
ger the cache, the bigger the amount of images/thumbnails/eComics can be
pre-loaded. The cache will increase in time as you use ComicRack. You can
also safely delete it. Optimized means that ComicRack keeps the compressed
image in memory. Advantage is that it can cache more image in memory, dis-
advantage is it has to uncompress them if needed (images stay uncompressed
for about 5 seconds since the last use)

Hiddenmessages are message boxes you disabled (clicked never show again).
To reshow these hidden messages, simply click the reset button.

Out of a number of supported formats, the checked ones will be associated


with ComicRack, and opening any file having those extensions wil automati-
cally launch them with ComicRack.

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ComicDisplaySettings

This option will allow the user to edit the background display of the Comic Reader, as well as
choose between display options for the opened eComic itself. There are three ways to open this
dialog: using the Display menu at the top, using the Tools menu, or simply hitting F9.

No Page Transition Effect. This A vertical divider between double page spreads
will turn the page without any is seen, with a blank margin around the pages,
animations. signifying a real-like imaging of the open eComic.
The background
New Page Fades In. This will
will blend with the
turn the page with a fading
primary color of the
transition.
page displayed to
New Page Scrolls In Horizontally.
create a solid color
The page will slide onto the
that will change as
reader in a sideways motion.
the page is turned
New Page Scrolls In Vertically.
and the primary
The page will slide onto the
color changes.
reader from the bottom to the
top.
Page Turn Effect. This is an
animated motion that simulates
turning a page from a real comic AdjustColorToCurrentPage
by hand.

Realistic Comic Display (with margins)

PageTransitionEffects

BackgroundTextures

PaperEffects
Texture: This will allow the user to load
an image file to serve as the back-
ground. There are a number of these
that come with ComicRack, and the
user may also load their own. The user
has the option of either None, Tile,
Center, Stretch or Zoom, as one would
This will add a paper texture over with a Desktop Background.
the ecomic itself, simulating such
things as a blue-lined grid pattern ,
weathering or grains to the page. BackgroundColor

Solid Color: This allows the user


to choose one color to have
as the one background for the
reader area. If you choose to
always have the comic sur-
rounded by black, for instance,
you can choose that here. There
are a total of 140 different color
options.

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List Layouts

The eComics are viewed in the Browser as either thumbnails, tiles or details.
The eComic views have a number of options that are fully customizable and can
be arranged in a number of ways. Such an arrangement is called a ListLayout.
Different situations require different List Layouts. These can be saved as presets
so that manually changing them everytime is not required. The List Layout op-
tions can be accessed either via the List Layout icon on the library toolbar or via
the Browse menu. Clicking the EditListLayout button opens up the ListOptions
window.

All the columns that can be displayed in the Details view The text under the eComic thumbnails in the browser
are shown in the List Options window. The columns of can display a maximum of 3 lines. You have the choice of
your choice can be selected here. selecting the captions that will be displayed there.

Once you are satisfied wth a list layout and


wish to save it for quick use later, use the
Save List Layout button. Give your layout a
name, and click Ok. Your saved List layouts
will now be accessible through the List Lay-
out menu. You can change the layouts using
The columns chosen in the List options are seen in the The text lines chosen in the List options are seen in the the keyboard shotcuts Alt+Shift+F1,
details view. You can right-click a column header to get the details view. Please note that these options work only for Alt+Shift+F2, and so on.
options for auto sizing or auto fitting the columns. individual thumbnails and not for stacked eComics.

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Workspaces

The multiple windows and layouts of ComicRack


are fully customizable and can be arranged in a
number of ways. Such an arrangement is called a
workspace. Different situations require different
Workspaces. Manually re-arrranging and re-ad-
justing them everytime is a hassle. Thus the option
of saving multiple window layouts as workspaces
within ComicRack. The Workspace options can
be accessed from either the Browse menu or
the Tools menu. Alternatively, you may use the
Ctrl+W keyboard combo to bring on the Save
Workspace dialog. A Delete Workspace option is
also present.

A workspace contains the settings for:


Window Layouts
List Layouts
Comic Display Layout
Comic Display Settings

Once you are satisfied with a particular layout and wish to save it as a Workspace for quick usage later, just click the
Save Workspace button. The latest workspace saved can be accessed by the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+F1, and the
earlier one by Ctrl+Shift+F2 and so on. You can use the Delete Workspace button to delete any workspace that
you dont need. You can also delete all of them by selecting the All option in the delete workspace drop-down menu.

First example workspace (Ctrl+Shift+F3) showing Second example workspace (Ctrl+Shift+F2) Third example workspace (Ctrl+Shift+F1) show-
almost the default ComicRack setup, with eComics in showing the browser docked fill, with eComics in Tiles ing the browser docked right, and the Search browser
thumbnails view. view. open, with eComics in details view (with an expanded
row size).

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Managing
This chapter introduces you
to eComic metadata, which
forms the basis for managing
your eComic collection with
ComicRack.
Info 59
Summary 59
Details 60
Plot & Notes 62
Pages 63
Colors 64

Copy & Paste data 65

Reading Lists 66
Custom Lists 66
Smart Lists 68
Working with Lists 70
Export (or backup) Lists 72

Exporting eComics 73

Bookmarks 74

Finding Duplicates 75
Info

If the Preferences dialog is the heart of ComicRack, the Info dialog is its brain. Essential for inputting and editing
eComic metadata, the Info dialog packs in 5 different tabs, each of which is described in detail below.

To open the Info dialog:


Right-click on any eComic in the browser and select Info,
From the Main menu, open the Edit menu & select Info
Keyboard combo Ctrl+I

Summary

The Summary tab is an all inclusive box that provides at-a-glance information for your eComics, one at a time. The
upper panel of the Summary tab displays essential metadata, that includes the eComic caption and the creator
info along with a brief plot of the comic. This requires filling in the metadata fields (manually or via scripts) in the
Info & Plot & notes tabs. The lower panel of the Summary tab displays the technical specifications for your eComic
(like the file path, file format, size, number of pages, etc).

The eComic caption


(Format/series/title/
volume/number/
year/month) and
the creator info
(Writer/Penciller/
Inker/Colorist/Let-
terer/Cover artist)

The eComic cover. You can


click on it to get a 3D cover, The text that you
and click back to revert to this input in the Sum-
simple one. mary field of the
Plot & Notes tab
will show here in
the Summary tab as
the comic plot.

eComic ratings (on a scale of


5) that you can assign to any
eComic by simply clicking on
the stars here.
eComic specifica-
tions, including the
The location of the eComic on size, pages read,
your computer. total pages, last
opened date, and
file format (zip/rar
etc).

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Details
The Details tab is the key to inputting eComic metadata, that forms the basis of organizing your eComic collec-
tion. Just like tags in a music file, eComics contain a variety of metadata. While ComicRack supports scripts to
automate this process from online databases, you always have the option to fill in every detail manually. All you
need to know about the Details tab is given below.

The eComic Format can be


Essential information regarding the selected here. This includes
series name, volume, number (n of Annual, Giant, One-Shot, Trade
total), month & year. paperback, etc. You can also
The title is the name of a particular add your custom formats here.
issue of a series. You can usually find
the title within the first few pages of
a comic.
Essential informa-
tion regarding the
Publisher (and
imprint, if any). You
can then arrange
or stack eComics in
Use the AlternateSeries field the browser by the
for crossovers (like Blackest publisher field
Night) or story-arcs (like Sine-
stro Corps war) or for storylines
(like Batman: reborn). The Choose the AgeRat-
number field helps in making a ing here from
chronology. A smartlist based among All ages, ex-
on these fields brings up the plicit ,T+, A, Parental
complete event in a go. advisory.

Essential information regard- Select Yes here to mark an


ing the comic book creators. eComic as Manga. Not select-
Writer, penciller, Inker, color- ing anything here marks an
ist, letterer, cover artist, and eComic as manga is unknown.
editor. Helps in organising all
eComics by, for example, a
particular writer. If required, you can choose
the eComic Language here

Here you can choose one or


multiple genre for you eComic. Select Yes here to mark an
Read in detail about it on the eComic as Black&White.
next page. Not selecting anything here
marks an eComic as Black &
white is unknown.

Use the Tags field for any


custom metadata that doesnt
have fields in the Info dialog, The Previous and Next buttons The ProposedValues button
like scanners name, series are used to navigate between is used for metadata auto-dis-
status (ongoing, completed, the Info dialogs of the previous covery that ComicRack does
mini-series), scan type (c2c, and next eComics open in the by processing filename. Its
noads) etc. the browser respectively. So, there for convenience, so those
in this case, you dont have to fields wouldnt be empty by
close and open the info dialogs default. You can commit them
repeatedly. permanently (for example
with Commit proposed values
script) or hide them, if the
guess is wrong.

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There are 3 types of metadata fields in the Details tab, all of which can be filled either
manually or via scripts:
1. Text fields (like Title, Volume etc): have to be filled with relevant words or numbers 1
2. Menus: drop-down menus, where you selected from an already-present list of
choices.
a. Editable menus: Apart from the default choices, any user-inputted word is also
stored in the list and shows up in the drop-down
b. Yes/No menus: You can only choose Yes or No from the drop-down 2a
3. Option fields: Here you can select more than one options. Just like the text menus,
apart from the default choices, any user-inputted word is also stored in the list for
re-use later. Just click the Additembutton at the end of the field box to open
the Additemdialog, which contains 3 tabs placed at the bottom:
a. Lists tab
b. Check tab 2b
c. Text tab

3
Add Item button

3a 3b 3c

The Lists tab of an Options field The Check tab of an Options field The Text tab of an Options field
Double-clicking on an entry selects it and shows it in Here you get checkboxes for each entry. Just select any The most simple one. Meant for users who like to
the box above. Double-clicking on any entry in the box number of entries you desire, and then click anywhere use the keyboard more than the mouse. Just type
removes it. You can also use the < < button to bring all outside the tab to close it. in the names separated by commas , and then click
entries in the box en masse, the > > button to remove anywhere outside the tab to close it.
all entries from the box. Single-click on any entry fol-
lowed by the < button brings it in the box, and the >
button takes it out of the box. Click anywhere outside
the tab to close it.

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Plot & Notes
The Plot&notes tab complements the Details tab. While the details tab contains metadata fields which are
essential for organizing your eComics, the Plot & notes tab helps complete the metadata, specially to satisfy ad-
vanced comic book enthusiasts! Metadata fields like Characters, Teams and Locations bring on a large number of
possibilities regarding the eComic grouping in the browser. An overview of the Plot & Notes tab is shown below.

The summary field should be


filled with a brief text that
highlights the plot of the
eComic. The text here shows
up in the summary tab as well
as in reader tab bar tooltips.

Input the teams


(like Justice league,
Input the characters (like Wol- Avengers, etc) here.
verine, Batman, Deadpool etc) Helps in grouping/
here. Helps in grouping/stack- stacking by the
ing by the characters field, or Teams field, or in
in making smart lists making smart lists

You may use Notes for whatev- Input the locations


er purpose you wish. If theres (like Gotham city,
some data about comic that Metropolis, OA, As-
doesnt fit anywhere else, but gard etc) here. Helps
you still want to save it, notes in grouping/stacking
can be right place for it. by the Locations
field, or in making
The web address of the eComic smart lists
goes here. This shows up in the
summary tab as well as when
you click the arrow mark next
to the eComic name in the
details view of the browser.

TIPS
Search Wikipedia from within ComicRack

Right-click inside any metadata field to bring up the con-


text menu with the wikipedia search results at the top
Click the arrow mark next to the eComic name in the de-
tails view of the browser. You will get both the wikipedia
search results as well as the eComic web address that you
input in the Web field (Plot & notes tab)

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Pages
The Pages tab in the Info dialog shares lot of similarities with the Pages Browser (see Chapter 04). Just like the
pages browser, the pages tab also has the Pagescontextmenu and the Page browser context menu (called as the
Pagestabcontextmenu here).

The Pages tab con-


text menu provides
options for viewing,
arranging, and
grouping the pages.

Drag & drop individual pages to


change the page order. Double-
click a page to open it in the
Colors tab.

The Reset button


brings back the de-
fault values for the
The Previous and Next buttons page attributes.
are used to navigate between
the Pages tab of the previous
and next eComics open in the
browser respectively.
Opens up sub-menus for
Changing the Page type
and the Page rotation.

Right-clicking on any page in the


Pages Tab invokes the Pages Context
Menu. This contains options for
changing Page Type, Page Rotation,
Adding / removing Bookmarks,
reordering pages within an eComic,
copying page(s) to another location,
selecting & refreshing, and deleting
pages from ComicRack.

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Colors
The Colors tab is used for adjustment of the intensities of the color
attributes of the eComic pages, viz. Saturation, brightness, contrast
and sharpening.

Saturation: The purity of a hue; or, more precisely, the intensity of one
color channel relative to the intensity of the other color channels
Brightness: The relative lightness or darkness of an image, or of a particular
color in an image
Contrast: The relative difference between lightness and darkness in an area
of an image Saturation decreased to -100%
Sharpening: An image effect that is used to adjust the image contrast by
enhancing the definition of the image edges

Brightness decreased to -25%

Contrast increased to +50%

The Previous and Next Find a white spot (usually text bubble Click the Reset
buttons are used to background) and double-click on it button to bring
navigate between the and itll manually adjust the other back the default
Color dialogs of the pre- colors relative to the color at the spot values for the color
vious and next eComics you clicked such that it is balanced. attributes.
open in the the browser This is really most applicable to poor
respectively. So, in this scans of discolored books to adjust
case, you dont have to yellowing. Good scans of new books
close and open the color should require very little white-point
dialogs repeatedly. adjustment.
Sharpness increased to 4+

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Copy & Paste data

The Paste Data feature helps you to manually transfer the metadata from one eComic to another, without needing
to import the data anew. Examples include replacing comics with those of better quality, or those with additional
pages.

For example, here are two ecomics; the original, and a new one with the complete pages. You would not want to manually input the data for the new one, as you
already have done it for the original one. Here is where the Copy data & Paste data options are useful.

To add the data to the new comic, Then right-click the new comic and select
right-click on the original eComic in the PasteData
browser window and select CopyData

This will open the Paste Data dialog box. There are three op-
tions; All, which will add a check to every data item, Only Set,
which only select those items that actually have data, and Clear,
which will uncheck all data and allow you to only select those
items you wish

Select Ok, and all selected data will be added to the new ecomic. The data can be added to as many issues as are selected. Please note that this feature will not
transfer bookmarks.

The Paste Data feature is also useful when you have a number of eComics that are supposed to have similar meta-
data (like different issues of a series having a common creative team, the same publisher & the same genre), but
you have the metadata filled in only for one, or a few, of those eComics. In this case, you can simply use the Copy
Data option from the eComic with the maximally complete metadata present, and select the rest of the eComics
and select Paste Data. Most often than not, ComicRack itself will intelligently guess your desire & keep only the
relevant metadata fields checked. You can make yourself doubly sure by unchecking metadata items you do not
wish to paste.

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Reading Lists

By default, all your ComicRack eComics are located in the Libraryfolder.


As time passes, managing your eComic collection can become quite difficult without some form of organization. This
is where readinglists come into play. A Reading List is a compilation made up from eComics in your comic library
These are analogous to playlists that you make in your music player. You can make as many reading lists as you want
and give them any name you desire. It is useful to organize eComics into lists to suit a particular reading style or
mood. Not only will your eComic collection become more manageable, any group of eComics matching a particular
criteria will then be just a click away.

Custom Lists
In its most general form, a customlist (often simply called a list or a regularlist or even a reading list) is simply
a list of eComics. Custom lists are virtual folders you can create to filter different types of eComics. Regular lists
are just that: folders. But ComicRack also supports Smart lists: these are intelligent folders which can keep their
content updated, following some conditions you create. These smart lists will be discussed in the next section. This
section will introduce you to the regular and simpler custom lists.
1 2 3

Click the NewList icon on the sidebar toolbar. The new list dialog will open. Here you can give Your New List shows in the Sidebar. It can be
your new list a name. dragged up or down the lists, or in or out any folders

4a 4b

The new list is empty; adding eComics to the list is as easy as dragging them from the Alternatively, you can right-click any (or a group of) eComic(s) in the
Browser and dropping them on top of your list. You can drag & drop them either one by browser to open the browser context menu, and goto Add to List.
one, or selecting multiple eComics in the browser (using the Ctrl key). Select from names of all the reading lists in your library.

TIPS
Keep your Sidebar On

All the reading lists (custom lists as well as smart lists) load in the
sidebar. If you have toggled the sidebar off, you wont be able to
access your lists. Moreover, if you have selected a list first & then
toggled off the sidebar, you wont be able to access your library
till you bring back the sidebar and select the library folder. Sidebar Off Sidebar On

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How to use custom lists for making eComic chronologies

Custom lists are best suited for organizing chronologies of comic


book events. To demostrate the power of custom lists, we made a
demo list for Siege, a recent comic book event. Free preview pages
were used to make the demo eComic files shown in the list. Here is
how to use custom lists for making eComic chronologies:

Select all eComics belonging to a particular crossover / storyline and then add
them to the list. Select this list in the sidebar, so that all the eComics in this
list are now visible in the browser window.
Now, we have to arrange them in chronological order. Here the Alternate
number field in the Info dialog comes to play.

For each individual eComic in the list ,you will have to input a numerical value
in this field to help ComicRack decide the chronological order of the eCom-
ics. The Alternate series number should not be confused with the series num-
ber.
Select the details view in the browser.
If not already selected, right-click on the details columns
and select the Alternatenumber field to be displayed. Drag
the column to place it on the extreme left. Now, click on the
alternate number column title to arrange the eComics in the
list according to it.
You can now view the eComics in the chronological order
anytime by clicking on the list in the sidebar.

Any Custom list you already created can also be changed later on:
rename it, add or remove eComics from it. You can, of course, delete
an old custom list, and backup or export your lists out of Comic-
Rack. These topics are discussed in detail later in the Working with
lists section. Disclaimer:
This list is for demonstrational purposes only and in reality does not contain
the actual eComics shown here. We used the freely downloadable eComic
covers and preview pages for the respective comic issues displayed and
saved each of them as a small cbz file. The list is made of these cbz files.

TIPS
How can I quickly access the lists I use the most?

If you have lists that you use very frequently, you can have them
displayed in the favorites window. Just right-click on any custom
list (or smart list) and select add to favorites. Your list will now
show in the Favorites window and can be accessed more quickly.
Add to favorites option in the The favorites window showing
sidebar context menu the added reading list

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Smart Lists
ComicRack gives you the ability to organize your eComics with Smart lists: these work much
like rules in email programs (mail filters). Any eComic that matches the conditions you set out
will automatically appear in the smart list. Smart lists thus consist of rules the user can define
in order to create dynamic, self-updating lists of comics. ComicRack itself comes with seven
built-in smart lists: Files to update, My Favorites, Never Read, Read, Reading, Re-
cently Added and Recently Read.

Smart lists vs. regular custom lists


You could, for example, create a Smart list of all eComics you rated more than four stars.
Anytime you rate an eComic four or five star, ComicRack would automatically add it to
your smart list. Smart lists can have multiple conditions, which limit their potential only to
your creativity - this cannot be achieved with a regular custom ist, which always contains
the exact eComics you manually added to it, unless you manually deleted some of them:
a regular ComicRack custom list is never automatically updated. Once you reach a few
gigabytes of eComics, lists and smart lists become an essential tool to keep your eComic col-
lection manageable and enjoyable. In the sidebar, custom lists and smart lists can be easily
differentiated by their distinct icons.

Create a new Smart List


1. To create a smartlist, either click the newsmartlist icon on the sidebar 1
toolbar, or choose New Smart List from the Sidebar context menu (ap-
pears on right-clicking anywhere inside the sidebar).
2. The EditSmartList dialog box opens up.
Click the New Smart List icon on the sidebar
toolbar.
Name

2
Remove rule
Match All/Any
rule in Library/
List

Negate rule Add rule group

Limit by number
or size Add rule

Metadata field Instruction Keyword

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Smart List basics
Pick a metadata field from the leftmost drop-down menu, choose an instruction from the second, and fill in a
complete or partial keyword in the third (text) field. As a general rule, you should make your rules as open-ended
as possible to optimize their matching scope; the more detailed the rule, the shorter the smartlist results.

In its default state, every smart list contains one rule that will search for The ! (negation) button finds the opposite of what you specify. To continue
anywhere in All the comics data that contains New Smart List. You can the X-Men example, if you set the ! button, the smartlist would display any
change New Smart List to anything you like. For example, if you want to find comics that do not contain X-Men.
any comics that have X-Men in its data. You could change New Smart List to
X-Men and click Ok and the smartlist would display any comics with X-Men in
its data.

If you only want to search for a phrase in a certain field, you can change the You can also change the instruction field (second drop-down menu). For exam-
metadata field All to something else. For example if you wanted to find all the ple if you want to find an exact word or phrase you could change the option
Batman titles you could set the search to be: Series contains Batman from contains to is.

If you specify Match All then all the rules would have to be true for a comic in To create complicated and very specific rules, you can create rule groups. Click
order for it to be displayed. If you specify Match Any then if any one rule is true the .. button to add a rule group. With each group you can specify to follow
for a comic it will be displayed. Click the + button next to a rule to add a new all or any of the rules in the group. The example above displays a smart list
rule to the smartlist. Click the - button to delete a rule. designed to find Detective Comics 327-342 and Batman 164-174.

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Working with Lists
Your ComicRack lists are not fixed in stone: you can you can easily rename lists, delete lists, edit smart lists,
create, rename & delete list folders, etc. It is noteworthy that manually adding / removing individual eComics in
Smart lists is not a valid option, because smart lists are bound by the rules which define them. Individual eComics
in custom lists, on the other hand, are supposed to be only manually added or removed.
Rename a list
You can at any time rename a list (both custom lists & smart lists): this will not affect the
content of the list, only its visible name. To rename a reading list, make a delayed double-
click (first select with a single click, then click again) on the lists name: this will make its
name editable. Now type the new name over the old one and youre done! Alternatively,
you can right-click on the playlist, and choose Rename.

Open a list in its own tab / window


ComicRack lets you open a list (both custom lists & smart lists) in its own tab or window,
which eases working with multiple lists at a time. If you have loads of entries in your li-
brary (folders, lists, smartlists) and want to work with some, it is lot easier to open them
as tabs (or windows) instead clicking or scrolling around in your smartlist. You can also
drag an eComic(s) from a list / smartlist in one tab and drop to a list (not smart list) in an-
other tab. To open a list in its own tab or window, right-click on the list name, and choose
Openinnewwindow or Openinnewtab.

Reading list open in own window Reading list open in own tab

Delete an eComic from a custom list


To remove an eComic (or a batch of eComics) from a custom list, select
the eComic(s), right-click, and choose Remove. This will only remove
a reference to the eComic from the list, not delete the actual eComic
from your system. Please note that in case of smart lists, the Remove
function actually deletes the eComic from the library itself.

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Edit a smart list (and change its rules)
Another reason to like smart lists is that ComicRack lets you edit their proper-
ties later on. If, after some time, you realize that your smart list is either too re-
strictive or too loose, you can edit its rules very easily. This obviously only applies
to smartlists, since standard custom lists are managed manually. To edit a smart
lists rule, right-click on the list, and choose Edit. If the Edit menu item is grayed
out, you are probably clicking on a standard list. Choosing Edit will open the
EditSmartList dialog box: this is the same dialog you used to create the smart
list in the first place. Aside from editing the smart lists rules, you can modify the
other parameters (like renaming, limiting to number of matches, etc.)
Delete a list
To delete a list (both custom lists & smart lists), simply right-click on a the list you
would like to delete, and choose Delete. Before proceeding with the deletion,
ComicRack will first ask for your confirmation. Make sure it is in fact the list you
want to delete and click the Remove button. Note that since a list contains only
links to the actual eComics they contain, deleting a list only deletes references
to these items, and none of your content will actually be deleted.

Working with reading list folders


A listfolder allows you to organize any number of lists and smart lists into
well defined folders. Each non-empty folder has a disclosure triangle
which allows you to hide or show the folders content.
To create a list folder: click the NewFolder icon either from the sidebar
toolbar or from the sidebar context menu. Click the New Folder icon on the sidebar toolbar.
To create subfolders (folders inside other folders): first click on the de-
sired would-be parent folder, and then click the NewFolder icon.
To promote a subfolder to a folder: simply drag the folder towards the
left, and release once the cursor changes appearance to that of a hori-
zontal dividing line.
To move a subfolder to another folder; simply drag the subfolder and
drop it above the destination folder. All items stay inside and accom-
pany their containing folder wherever you put it. Converting a subfolder into a folder
To move existing lists and smart lists in a folder: simply drag the list,
and drop it on the desired folder label.
To create a list directly inside a folder: first click on the desired folder,
and then create the list.
To move a list from one folder to another: simply drag the list with your
mouse, and drop it on the new, destination folder.
To remove a list from a folder: drag the list upwards or downwards,
until you get a horizontal divider; at that point, release the list.
You can rename list folders at any time, much like you rename regular
folders on your computer: it will not affect the folders content. Placing a list into another folder

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Export (or backup) Lists
Both custom lists and smart lists can be exported from and imported into ComicRack. There are a number of
reasons why youd want to export a list: first, you could export the list to import it into another ComicRack instal-
lation (like your laptop). Second, you can export a list to put it online, or email it to a friend, for example.

Exporting basics
Exporting lists only backs up the information related to the
list; exporting lists doesnt backup your eComics. The list is
exported as .cbl (which is a modified xml format) or plain .xml
format, which allows to display information in a simple way,
which can then be used by any application, even outside Comi-
cRack. Backup your exported lists in a safe location: since
the exported list file is plain text, it takes very little space. As a
rule of thumb, you should always have at least one backup at
a remote location: either a geographically different, like a rela-
tives house or your office, or virtually different, like an email
Heres a look at the XML of an example exported list. This excerpt displays
or FTP server. This way, if your house burns down, you will still the most meaningful fields of information related to eComics in Comic-
have your exported lists to console yourself (provided you also Rack; you will recognize them from the Details tab of the Info dialog.

backed up your eComic collection!).

How to export & import lists

1 3a

Right-click on any list (custom list or smart list) in the sidebar and Right-click anywhere in the sidebar (preferably over the folder in which
select the exportreadinglist option. Alternatively, you can select you wish to import the list) and select the importreadinglist option.
the list and use the Ctrl+Shift+Ckeyboardcombo. Alternatively, you can use the Ctrl+Shift+Vkeyboardcombo.

2 3b

You can also right-click on any list in windows explorer and select the Import
Browse through the export reading list window to a location of eComic list into ComicRack option. Alternatively, you can simply double-
your choice and click Save. click to open it as a temporarylist.

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Exporting eComics

ComicRack has many options to exporteComics. To convert an eComic to another format, right-click on any eComic
in the browser, goto Export eComics and simply choose your format. A batch of eComics, or even your complete library
can be batch converted in a similar fashion.

Choose the
export location

The exported eComic can


You can select multiple eComics and
be named according to its
choose to combine them during export.
pre-existing filename, or
You may also choose whether you wish
the comic caption (which
to keep the original eComics, or delete
is ComicRacks standard
them after export
format of naming eComics)
or your custom choice.

You can select from this


drop-down menu which
page types you wish not
to include in the exported
eComic. Please read the
Choose the file format Choose compression
chapter on Browser to know
more about page types.

You can choose


to split double
Choose the page Choose resizing op- pages to 2 singlre
format tions pages each dur-
ing the export

If you wish, you can modify the color


attributes of the eComic pages to your
liking. Available are options to change
the saturation, brightness, contrast and
sharpening attributes of the images.

Creating exportpresets

You can also create your own presets for easy repetition of specific export
settings. To create a preset, first open the Export eComics settings menu and
then set any settings you want your preset to have. After you get the settings
to your liking, click the Save button and give your preset a name. The preset
will now show up in the right-clickExport eComics menu. Included are pre-
sets for CBZ, CB7 and PSP.

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Bookmarks

ComicRack contains features for bookmarking your eComics at any (and any number of) page(s) that you wish.
A page can be bookmarked using the Set Bookmark option, which can be found here:
Reader window: From the Bookmarks sub-menu in the Reader context menu (after right-clicking any open page)
Info dialog: Right-click on any page in the Pages tab
Edit menu: From the Bookmarks sub-menu

From Edit menu


From Reader window

From Info dialog

Bookmarks are, in their simplest form, needed when you have to quit reading an eComic in between that you wish
to continue reading from the page you left it at. So you bookmark it and next time you can easily access it. Please
note that for this purpose ComicRack already has the Open the eComic at the page where it was closed option. We
recommend bookmarks for more intuitive scenarios like:
As chapter jump points
To mark backup features (or second-third-fourth-etc stories in Annuals or King-Size editions)
If you combine multiple comics to one with export, the beginning of each eComic is marked with a bookmark.

The bookmarks menu in the reader window displays The Pages browser showing the eComic pages grouped by book-
all the bookmarks for the open eComic. Every book- marks. See how comfortable it becomes to recognise them in this
mark can be given an individual name, for example, as scenario.
in this case, the chapter name.

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Finding Duplicates

This feature helps you find any duplicate issues that you may have accumulated over time. There are a number of
data values needed for comics to be matched; most importantly, Series Name, Issue Number and Volume. Note
that Superman #1 and Superman V1 #1 would not match, nor would Superman V1 #1 and Superman V2
#1.

After a slight delay (dependent on the total number of issues in the library, folder
To use this feature, select Views in the Browser window and select Show Dupli-
or list that this feature is run against), all applicable duplicates will display, allow-
cates.
ing the user to make any changes or deletions desired.

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Web Comics
If you like to read comics
published on a website,
ComicRack can download,
save and update them for
you. Read this chapter to
learn how!
Web comic Basics 78
Getting Web comics 78

Working with Web comics 81


Updating Web Comics 82
Altering a Web Comics starting date 82
Saving a Web Comic for offline reading 82
Web Comic Basics

ComicRack supports Web Comic (.cbw) files. With Web Comics, ComicRack can read comics directly from web
pages and display them as if they were standard eComics (CBR, CBZ). Web Comics can be exported to other formats.
If the definition supports it, a Web comic can update itself to add new pages (like for daily or weekly comics).

There are 3 basic elements of a Web comic:


1. Info: This is where ComicRack will store its eComic info (when you edit the
values with the Info Dialog or execute a script to get the values).
2. Variables: This is an optional collection to define textual variables you can reuse
in the image entries.
3. Images / Image: This is a collection of Image entries that define the actual pages
of the Web comic. In the simplest case this can be direct links to images on the
internet or it can be complex scraping definitions.
Heres a look at the XML of an example
Web comic

Getting Web comics


1. ComicRack forum
This is the easiest way. Just login to the ComicRackforum and goto the
Web Comics section. Our developers there have already posted a good col-
lection of Web comics that you can download and use. New Web comics are
regularly posted and requests for specific Web comics are entertained.

2. Create Web comics on your own


Making a Web comic has 3 main steps:
1. Go with the browser of your choice to your Web comic page. Decide if you need to create a Url based (simple) or
a regex based (BrowseScraper, IndexScraper) Web comic.
2. To find the regular expressions, select View Source in your browser and copy the html code into a regex testing
tool of your choice. Play around to the the regular expression. If you think youre done, put the expressions into
the Web comic file and open it with ComicRack.
3. Please note that ComicRack works with the .NET implementation of RegEx. If the expression contains a link
group, this one is used. Otherwise the matched expression is used.
For additional information on making Web comics, please read the article on the ComicRack wiki page.

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3. Using Web comic Templates to make Web comics

A Web comictemplate can be easily edited to make the Web comic of your choice, which you can read (with daily up-
dates) from within ComicRack. Here we discuss the Web comic Template for Gocomics.com (a website that contains
a large number of daily comics) and Onemanga.com (a website containing lots of manga). You can freely download the
Gocomicstemplate.cbw & Onemanga.cbw files from the ComicRack forum.

Creating Web comics for the comics at Gocomics.com

2. Now we will choose the date from which we want our Web comic to begin.
1. Goto A-Z comic listing at Gocomics.com. From
For this right-click on the double-backward arrow icon near the date.
quite a large number of comics, choose the comic
3. Click on Copy link location. Now, we have the link for the beginning
you want to create the Web comic for. Click at the
comic strip for our Web comic. The link can be easily changed manually
name of the comic. In this example, we choose
to select any date from which we would like our Web comic to begin. e.g.
Red And Rover. A new page for that comic will
change the date in the link from .../2003/01/01/ to .../2010/01/01/, and
open.
well get the comic from January 2010 onwards.

4. Open the template GoComicsTemplate.cbw with 7. Your Web comic is ready. Double-click to open it with ComicRack,
any text editor you like. In this example we choose and enjoy !
Notepad++. Your simple windows notepad will do
as well. Replace the Image Url in the file with the
link we copied in step 3.
5. To save the Web comic, goto File->Save as, and
replace the name with that of your choice, in this
case, Red And Rover.cbw
6. Dont forget to choose All types in the Save as
type dialog of your text editor.

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Creating Web comics for the comics at Onemanga.com

3. Now we will choose the date from which we want our Web comic to be-
1. Goto the Manga directory at Onemanga.com. Scroll down to choose the gin. Usually, this would be the first chapter of the manga. For this, scroll
manga you want to create the Web comic for. down the chapter list to reach the first chapter (at the bottom of the
2. In this example, we choose Dance in the Vampire Bund. Click on it and a page). Click on it to reach a new page.
new page for that manga will open. 4. Find the link titled Begin reading Dance in the Vampire Bund 1 (or
name of your chosen manga) near the bottom of the page. Right-click on
this link and then Copy link location.

5. Open the template Onemangatemplate.cbw with any text editor you like.
In this example we choose Notepad++. Your simple windows notepad will
do as well. Replace the variable key Url value in the file with the link we
7. 7. Your Web comic is ready. Double-click to open it with ComicRack,
copied in step 4.
and enjoy! You have successfully converted ComicRack into an online
6. To save the Web comic, goto File->Save as, and replace the name with that
manga reader!
of your choice, in this case, Dance in the Vampire Bund.cbw. Dont forget to
choose All types in the Save as type dialog of your text editor.

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Working with
Web comics
ComicRack treats Web comics just like standard eComics. All features of ComicRack have the same level of func-
tionality for Web comics as well. The only difference is that reading a Web comic is dependent upon the speed of
your internet connection. This also depends upon the total number of Web comics in your collection, the internet
cache size, and the dates from which the Web comics begin (overall size of a Web comic). In most cases, however,
the indivdual pages of a Web comic are rather small in size & get updated very quickly.

Double-clicking any web comic (.cbw file) open it directly in Comic-


While a Web comic is updating, clicking on the Pendingbackground tasksindicator
Rack and starts displaying the pages as they are downloaded from
reveals the pages getting downloaded.
the web.

If your file is in the Library, then the page at which you have stopped If you have downloaded a cbw file, then either save it in folder thats added to
reading the web comic should be remembered so the next time you your Library or enable the option to add file to your Library upon first opening:
open the web comic, this last page should be displayed instead of the
Preferences Behavior Add eComics to Library
first page.

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Updating Web comics
As Web comics link to comics from web pages, they need
to be regularly updated to keep reading the latest pages.
There are 2 ways to update:
1. Manual Updates: From the Main Menu UpdateWeb
comics (or use the keyboard combo Ctrl+Shift+W)
2. Automatic Updates: From Preferences Behavior
Starting ComicRack Select the option Update
Web comics. This way, ComicRack will check & down- Main Menu Preferences
load all updates for all your Web comics on startup.

Altering a Web comics starting date


The date from which the web comic file begins is in the
code shown in the example alongside. So, in this case, the
web comic will begin from 2010/01/01 and move on to the
present day. You can change the date in the code to deter-
mine the last day till which the web comic will be scraped
(or in other words, the day from which the web comic will
begin). Now, you have a web comic that is updated from
today till its last day, and its going to sit like that in the
Right-click the cbw file to open in a notepad or any text editor of your choice. Modify
library. Whenever you update next, the latest page will au- the date accordingly, and save as a cbw file. Reload the file into ComicRack.
tomatically be displayed and you can scroll back to read
previous pages if you wish, going backwards till you reach
the last one.

Saving a Web comic for offline reading


If you wish to save a Web comic for offline reading, just export it to a place on your computer. The ExporteComics
function works for Web comics with exactly the same functionalities as it does for reguler eComics. Please note that
the Web comic would be exported only till the last page that has been retrieved from the net. While exporting Web
comics, it is not recommended to delete the original pages after export, as ComicRack would have to download
them again if you re-update it.

Click the pending background tasks indicator during the export to


Right-click the Web comic from the browser and goto the Export eComics option. Choose your note the current state/progess of the export. If you wish to stop
preset, or use options in the export dialog to fine-tune the export process to your choice. the export for some reason, click the abort button.

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Network Sharing
You can open remote eComic
libraries of your friends and
family using the network
sharing features of Comic-
Rack. Learn more in this
chapter!
Remote Libraries 85
Opening Remote Libraries 85
Enabling Network Sharing 87

Network Sharing: Troubleshooting 88


What is a Port? 88
What is Port Forwarding? 88
Network sharing tips 89
Remote Libraries

Using the networksharing functionality of ComicRack, you can open the sharedlibrary of other ComicRack users
over the internet. In this section, we explain how to work with remotelibraries, while the next section will focus on
sharing your own library with other ComicRack users. Please follow the copyright laws for file sharing in your region.

Opening Remote Libraries


1
1. Click on the OpenRemoteLibrary option either from the File
menu, or from the Tools menu. Alternatively, you may simply use
the Ctrl+Shift+R keyboard combo.

2. The Open Remote Library dialog will open. The names and de- 2
scription of available libraries could be seen. Also seen are the Edit
and Export properties for the shared libraries. Please note that the
icon indicates a password-protected library, for which youll
have to contact its user through the ComicRack forum.

3. Double-click on any library name, and ComicRack will try to con-


3
nect to the server to get information about the shared library.
4. If the library is password-protected, you will be asked to enter the
password
5. ComicRack will then retrieve the shared library from the server.
In case of an incorrect password or incorrect network configuration
or network timeout, an error dialog may announce the inability to
retrieve the library.
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6. The remote library will open in the Browser 6
Tab Bar next to the Library tab. The remote
library supports all the functions of Comic-
Rack, just like your library.
7. Double-clicking on any eComic will retrieve
it from the users library and open it in the
Reader. The time taken to completely down-
load the eComic depends on your internet
speed and the file size.
8. Once fully retrieved, the eComic can be Ex-
ported / converted just like a regular eComic
of your library. Please note that this function
is possible only when the shared library al-
lows the export facility.

7 8

eComics from shared libraries open just like your regular comics. Here we see an Right-click the eComic from the shared library browser and goto the Export eComics
eComic open in the reader, with all its pages in the pages browser. Group, arrange, option. Choose your preset, or use options in the export dialog to fine-tune the
stack, reorder, recolor shared eComics just like you would do for the regular ones. export process to your choice.

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Enabling Network Sharing
Now that you have learned how to access other users shared libraries, you would definitely like to share your own
library with your family and friends. We would now discuss how you can do this with ComicRack.
To enablenetworksharing, goto Edit menu Preferences Libraries tab Sharing section Click AddShare.
Here you can also select if you want to share your complete library or only select lists. You can also select to make
your library password protected (recommended) or editable.

Choose a name & (meanig-


ful) description for your
library. Choose a good
password (recommended).
Decide if you would like to
keep your share private.
Click the Add Share button
to add multiple libraries.
New shares appear in tabs
alongside the open library.
Choose the whether you
would like clients to have
editing & export priviledges.
Please note that if export is
not allowed, they wont be
able to save the eComics.

Share selected
reading lists or all
your library

Click to get
detailed server
statistics for your
library

Drag the slider to increase


or decrease the page quality
& the thumb quality of the
eComics in your shared
library

Keep your shared name same as your ComicRack forum user-


name
There is no way for a client to request you for a password for your shared li-
brary unless he recognizes your shared name. This is only possible if you use
your ComicRack forum username as the name for your shared library. This
way other users can PM you on the forum, and you could reply back your pass-
Get password requests as private meas-
word to those you wish. sages on the ComicRack forum

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Network Sharing:
Troubleshooting

What is a Port?

Every device on the internet has at least one IP address. The IP ad-
dress is a number that is used to identify a device. Every IP address
is divided up into many ports. When one computer sends data to an-
other computer, it sends it from a port on an IP address to a port on
an IP address. Ports make it possible for you to check your email and
browse the web at the same time. This is possible because browsing
the web uses port 80, and getting your email uses port 110.
You can think of a port as a path for data. When a program is using
a port to send or receive data, think of the port as blocked. Meaning
that no other program can use a port when it is already in use by a
program. Thus, one port can only be used by one program at a time.

What is PortForwarding?

Network Address Translation (NAT) takes one IP address and basically breaks it into
many IP addresses. Suppose the external IP address is broken into two internal IP ad-
dresses. The first IP address IP Address1 is the gateway. While IP Address2 is the
IP address of the first computer. Take note that the router has two IP addresses. It has
the external IP address, and an internal IP address which acts as the gateway for every
computer on the network.
Computers on the internal network can only see internal IP addresses. So comput-
ers on the internal network can not send data directly to a computer outside of the
network. When a computer on the network wants to send data to a computer outside
of the network, it sends the data to the gateway. The router then takes this data and
sends it out to the computer on the internet via the external IP address.
The same thing is true of computers on the internet. A computer outside of the net-
work can not see a computer inside of the network. They can only see and send
data to the external IP address of the router. The router must then decide what to do
with this data. Lucky for us NAT takes care of most of the work for us. There are some
programs that NAT was not designed to work with, those are the programs we need
to set up port forwarding for.
Port Forwarding simply tells the router which computer on the local area network to
send the data to. When you have port forwarding rules set up, your router takes the
data off of the external IP address:port number and sends that data to an internal IP
address:port number. Port Forwarding rules are created per port. So a rule set up for
The above 2 Images and adjoining text
port 53 will only work for port 53. related to port forwading has been
adapted from portforward.com

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Network sharing tips

Make sure you open ports 7612 and 7613 TCP/UDP on the computer sharing the library, and/or allow ComicRack
through your firewall. This varies depending on the firewall software you use.

If sharing on the LAN

After you enable sharing and restart ComicRack, if you start the
program in another computer you will see a new tab with the name
of the shared Library on the main program window (next to Library,
Folders and Pages tabs). Clicking on it will allow you access to the
shared library.

If sharing over the Internet

If the computer sharing the library is behind a router, you will need to
go to the Router configuration, to a section called PortForwarding
(or similar, varies across brands), and create a new port forwarding
for the port 7612 TCP, so that the External port 7612 is forwarded to
the IP of the computer sharing the library. Check out portforward.
com for guides on how to forward a port in many different brands of
routers.

For example, if the IP of the computer sharing the library behind


the router is 192.168.0.5, you will need to forward port 7612 TCP to
192.168.0.5:7612.

To connect to this shared library, open ComicRack, File menu, Open


Remote Library and enter the external IP address of the router. If the
port forward is done correctly, you should see a new tab appear with
the shared library name.

To find out the external IP from the computer sharing the library, visit http://www.whatismyip.com/. If your
IP changes often, as is the case with most xDSL connections, you should set up a dynamic dns service (for
example, http://www.dyndns.com/).

If you have a very large library and a slow connection, you may encounter errors when you try to click on the
shared library. If it happens, try sharing only part of the library instead, by going into Edit menu Prefer-
ences Libraries tab Sharing section Click Share selected lists (instead of ShareAll).

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Scripts
Scripts are small pieces of
software that add new fea-
tures and functionalities to
your ComicRack. Though
scripts, you can execute a
number of tasks with a single
click. This chapter discusses
all you need to know about
scripts.
Scripts: Basics 92

Current Popular Scripts 93

ComicVine Scraper 94

Other Scripts 96
Organize Library Files & Folders 96
Weekly Comic Releases 96
Arturos New Comics Toolbox 97
Move Files 97
Find Gaps in series 98
Guided Rename 98
Extract all pages 99
Extract first page 99
Open With Script 100
Create Combined Script 100
Scripts: Basics

ComicRack has built in Python scripting support. Scripts are essentially plugins or add-ons that extend the func-
tionality of ComicRack. With scripts you can batch process eComic books in ComicRack. The scripts are usually
distributed as packaged zip files. They can be downloaded from the Downloads section or the News/Announcement
sections of the ComicRackforum.

InstallingScripts
ComicRack includes a scriptmanager to simplify installing and removing scripts. To install a script:

1 2

1. Open the Preferences dialog 4. Now you will see the script under the heading to be installed
2. Go to the Scripts Tab (requires restart). If you wish to install more scripts, repeat
3. Click the Install button and browse to the downloaded zip file step 3, otherwise click Ok.

5a 5b

5. Restart ComicRack and the script(s) will be installed and If an earlier version of a script is already installed and you wish to
available to use. update it with a newer version, you can simply install it without un-
installing the older version. After installation, just click yes in the di-
alog box asking your permission to overwrite the pre-existing script.

UninstallingScripts
To uninstall (remove) a script:
1. Open the Preferences dialog
2. Go to the Scripts Tab
3. Slect the script you wish to remove
4. Click Remove
5. Restart ComicRack

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Current Popular
Scripts

Here are some of the more popular scripts for tweaking the ComicRack experience. Dont hesitate to post in the
help section or in the script topics if you need help with any of these scripts. We follow this section with a description
of the currently recommended & top-rated ComicRack scripts.

Scripts for getting info


ComicVineScraper (by cbanack). Matches and downloads information from the ComicVine website. Highly recommended.

Arturos new comics toolbox (by perezmu). Some useful scripts that include getting scanner name from the file name, type of
comic (noads, c2c, etc) from the file name, and save tags to notes.

Find gaps in series (by Stonepaw). Finds the missing issues in a series and displays the start and end of the gap.

Scripts for sorting


Organize library files and folders 2.0 (by oraclexview). Standardizes the eComic library naming and structure in windows
explorer.

Standardize Library Script Tweaked (by oraclexview). Uses file pattern of [scripts hard coded set directory] \[Publisher] \
[Imprint]^if not null field^ \[Series] \[Series] Vol.[Volume] #[Number] (of [Count]^if not null field^) ([Month]^in text format if not null
field^, [Year])

Guided Rename (by wadegiles). Uses a GUI to create a pattern to rename files only, no directories.

Move files (by wadegiles). Allows you to move eComic to another folder from within ComicRack

Fix Volume Script (by cYo). Moves volume information contained in series titles into the volume tags.

Other Scripts
Weekly Comic Releases (by Stonepaw). Gets you the latest RSS feeds about the new comics coming out each week.

Remove all Bookmarks (by Stonepaw). Removes all bookmarks from any selected eComics.

Open with script (by wadegiles). Allows you to extend ComicRack by adding your own Open With item to the right click
Automation menu.

Extract all pages (by wadegiles). Extracts all the pages of an eComic to a user-specified folder.

Extract first page only (by wadegiles). Extracts the first page of all selected eComics to a user-specified folder.

Create combined script (by Stonepaw). Allows you to create a script that can run several other scripts in sequence.

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Comic Vine Scraper

ComicVinescraper downloads eComic information from the Comic Vine online 1


database, and automatically fills all the metadata fields in the Info dialog. It is a
highly recommended ComicRack script. To open the scraper, select an eComic
(or a batch of eComics) and either click the green icon on the library browser
toolbar, or Right-click Automation Comic Vine scraper.

These are the metadata


2
fields you will recognize
from the Info dialog. By de-
fault, all fields are selected.
You can select the fields you
would like to update.

Selecting this would over-


write any metadata fields
already filled in the Info With this option on, every
dialog. You also have a sub- eComic scrape is preceded
option for not overwriting by a prompt for the series
old values with empty new name. This comes in handy
values when the eComics that
have to be scraped have
Use this option to convert mis-spelt file names.
imprints (like Vertigo) to
parent publisher (like DC).
The scraper obtains volume
numbers by detecting them
This option strips the in your comics series name.
volume number out of each However, if you prefer vol-
series name. ume numbers in sync with
3 the year that the comic se-
ries was first published(eg.
v1963, v1996), turn this
option on.

Once you are done with Uncheck this option if you


setting everything up, click have a slow net connection.
the Save Config button so However, in usual scenarios,
that next time the scraper is we recommend this option
Click Ok to start the scraper find matches in the Comic Vine data-
started it remembers your enabled, as it increases the
base for your selected eComics.
preferences. functionality of the scaper
by displaying images of the
series/issues being scraped.

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4

The scraper finds a number of matches for the series being scraped. Most of the times, the desired
series would be found at the top of the list. Choose the correct series, and then, either use the Show
issues button to preview the individual issues for the desired series, or simply click Ok to move to the
next step. Use the Search again button used for a fresh search. Clicking Skip omits the particular series
from the scrape and moves on to the next in queue.
The Cover art can be toggled off/on at all stages of the scrape.

5 6

The Show Issues button opens the Choose a Comic Book Issue dialog, which provides the issue list for Watch the scraper gather details and declare that
the chosen comic series. This helps in choosing an individual issue, if required. The Go Back button the scrape is complete. This is automatised meta-
takes you one step back to the series list, where, if needed, a different series may be chosen. data at its best.

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Other Scripts

WeeklyComicReleases
Weekly Comic Releases is an add-on script for ComicRack that gets you the latest RSS feeds about the new comics
coming out each week. It is a recommended ComicRack script.

To open the script, from the Main menu,


goto File menu Automation Week-
ly Comic Releases
You can filter the results as you wish
by date, title or publisher
Covers are optional
Price, Cover and Publisher columns
can be turned off
Blacklist for unwanted publishers is
present. To add a publisher the black-
list you can manually add it or right-
click on an existing title and choose
the add to blacklist option.
Text list export function is present

OrganizeLibraryFiles&Folders
Organize Library Files & Folders is an add-on for ComicRack that lets users organize / standardize their eComic li-
brary naming and structure in windows explorer. It is a recommended ComicRack script.

The user must first manually set the root directory where they want their eComics to reside on the computer. Then,
after selecting the desired comics in the library, the script is run. The script then creates a new subfolder of the Pub-
lisher within the root folder, then an Imprint subfolder if it exists, and finally a Series subfolder. The Series subfolder
also gets the beginning year it was published at the end.

The syntax looks like this:


[root directoy] \ [Publisher] \ [Imprint if exist] \ [Series] ([YearBegan] Series) \

Then there is the file naming structure. The syntax for this is:
[Series] Vol. [Volume] # [Number with leading zeros] (of [Count if exist] ) ( [Month in text format] , [Year] )

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ArturosNewComicsToolbox
Arturos new comic toolbox is a compilation of many scripts. It is meant
for users who like to keep the name of the scanners in their comics
to give them credit, or choose between c2c, noads or all those many
choices. Install via script manager. Right-click an eComic and goto the
Automation menu to get the toolbox options.

The scripts ScannerTagsFromName and ScanTypeFromName to


save the scanner name (if any) and the scan type (c2c, etc...) as tags
for the comic.
All these info, i.e., the scanner type, the scan type and the database
reference, are stored as tags, which are not saved to the comicinfo.
xml file. The next two scripts solve this problem: SaveTagstoNotes
and RetrieveTagsFromNotes move tags to the notes fields & vice
versa, making sure no one is duplicated, all the time respecting ex-
isting tags and notes.
You can also use the Clear Notes & Clear Tags scripts for self-ex-
planatory purposes.

MoveFiles
This script prompts the user for a destination folder and moves all selected eComic files to that folder. It also updates
the file path information in ComicRack for the eComic so you dont have to re-add them. When choosing the desti-
nation, you can elect to create a new folder as well.

If an eComic of the same name already exists in the destination chosen, it wont be overwritten and the next selected
eComic is processed. The selected eComic will remain in its original location with no update to its ComicRack infor-
mation.

1 2 3

At the end of the operation, this status mes-


sage means that your files have been moved
successfully!

From the main menu select File Automation Select the destination folder to which se-
Move eComics lected eComics will be moved. Existing files
in the destination folder will not be affected.

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GuidedRename
This script allows for a highly customized user-specified file renaming of selected eComics.
1. Install the script by extracting the zip contents to your ComicRack scripts folder (default location is C:\Program
Files\ComicRack\Scripts) and restarting ComicRack. This script can be installed only this way, and not through
the scripts manager.
2. Right click on the selected eComics to rename.
3. Under the Automation menu item, click on the new item named Guided Rename. The script displays a dialog in
which to specify the pattern for renaming files.
This script does not rename files using ComicRacks file renam-
ing limitations. The only illegal characters are \ / : * ? < > |
If any fields are missing for a selected eComic, that comic wont
be renamed using the missing field nor any of the prefix or post-
fix values specified for the field. This allows you to specify things
like ( of <count> ) without have a bunch of files missing a count
being renamed as ( of ).
If the rename cannot be completed, that comic will be skipped.
Remembers the last pattern used for renaming and loads it for
subsequent renames. Just click Reset to start a new pattern. The following fields can be specified to use as part of the new filename: Series, Vol-
Tooltips are displayed when you hover the mouse over a control. ume, Number, Count, Alternate Series, Alternate Number, Alternate Count, Year,
Month, Publisher, Imprint, and Title. Numeric fields that have numeric values can
be left-padded with zeroes to ensure a minimum width.

FindGapsinseries
This is a Smart listScript. The EditSmartList dialog box contains a metadata field called User Scripts. Scripts used in
accordance with this field are called as Smart listScripts. This script finds the missing issues in a series and displays
the start and end of the gap.
1. To install, use the Scripts manager or extract the zip contents (FindMissingIssueGaps.py) to your ComicRack
scripts folder. Restart ComicRack to complete the installation.
2. Create a new smart list and name it whatever you want.
3. In the Edit Smart List dialog box, set the metadata field (first drop-down menu) to User Scripts and set the instruc-

tion field (second drop-down menu) to Find missing issue gaps.


4. Next to the instruction field are the two option text boxes. In the first Text Box, write the name of the series (not
case-sensitive) you wish to find gaps in. The second Text Box is for the Volume number and is optional.
a. If series is left empty, the script will now go through the entire library and find any missing issues. This requires
a well organized library to work really well.
b. If series is specified but the volume is left empty the script will now go through each volume separately.
5. Name the smart list to something like Find Gaps in xyz series or anything you wish, and click Ok.
6. Select the smart list in the sidebar, and you can see the start and the end of the gaps (if any) in the browser.

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Extractallpages
This script extracts all the pages of an eComic to a user specified folder. Such a script comes in handy when you need
to unzip an eComic archive for whatever reason. Rather then opening windows explorer & navigating to the folder
containing the eComic to be unzipped, then opening the cbz/cbr file with a zip file manager (WinZip/WinRar) and
extracting the pages, it is far more quick to extract pages of selected eComics using this script.

To install, use the Scripts manager or extract the zip contents to your ComicRack scripts folder (default location is
C:\Program Files\ComicRack\Scripts). Restart ComicRack to complete the installation.

1. Select the eComic(s) you want to extract. Right click on the selections and look under Automation for a new entry
labelled Extract All Pages. There will be a little folder icon with a green arrow next to the entry.
2. For each selected eComic, youll be prompted for a destination folder. If you hit Cancel when prompted for a
folder, the operation will not process any additional extractions. However, you cannot cancel eComic extractions
for which you have already specified a destination folder. Those extractions will complete.
3. The Extraction successfully completed message confirms that the file transfer has successfully completed.

1 2 3

Right-click on the selected eComic(s), and from the Automa- Browse for a folder on your computer to ex- Wait a moment for the Extraction successfully completed
tion menu, select Extract All Pages. port the pages from the selected eComic. message. You can now access the individual eComic pages
Click Ok when done. from the folder you specified in the last step.

Extractfirstpage
This script is a child of the previous script, and is quite similar in operation. This will extract only the first page of all
selected eComics. The file name is generated based on the eComic series name, volume number, and issue number.

1. To install, use the Scripts manager or extract the zip contents to your ComicRack scripts folder. Restart Comic-
Rack to complete the extraction.
2. Select the eComic(s) for which you want the first page extracted.
3. Under the right click Automation menu, select the Extract First Page menu item.
4. Choose the folder in which you want the cover page to be saved, and click Ok.

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OpenWithScript
This script allows you to extend ComicRack by adding your own Open With program shortcut to the right click
Automation menu. Add as many items as you need by running it multiple times. When you are choosing file types, be
SURE that the program you select will handle those file types, otherwise the program will probably give you a nasty
error message about not recognizing that file type.
To install, use the Scripts manager or extract the zip contents to your ComicRack scripts folder. Restart ComicRack
to complete the installation.

1 2 3

The script will prompt you for a label and the eComic Browse to the location of the program
file types you want to allow be used with which you would like to open
From the main menu select File Automation eComics from ComicRack. Select the
Build Open With Menu Item... program exe file.

4 5 6

After correctly completing all the previous steps, the


script will flash this message. click Ok and restart Comi-
cRack.

If you ever want to get rid of any generated Menu


Right click on an eComic, select Automation, Items, either uncheck the open with entry from
and youll see Open With Something You the available scripts section of the scripts tab, or
Typed. delete the corresponding files from the \Comic-
Rack\Scripts\ folder.

CreateCombinedScript

Technology breeds technology. So, if you get tired of running script after script,
this create combined script here creates a new script that simply executes sev-
eral scripts one after the other on the selected comics. As usual it is package
manager ready. Find it in the File Automation menu.

It has a selection form that allows you to select what scripts you want and put
them in the order you desire.

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Support
The ComicRack team has
its own forum and facebook
page to help you in the best
possible ways. But, Comic-
Rack also needs your sup-
port to keep on providing
you the very best! Learn
more in this chapter.
Forum 103

Facebook 104

News 105

Donations 106
Why donate ? 106
How to donate ? 106
Forum

You can always find the ComicRack team hanging out at the forum.
If you also wish to interact, just register yourself at the ComicRack
forum (it is free and takes only a few moments), and login.

You can reach the forum through any of the following:


From the Help menu, click the ComicRack User Forum option
Keyboard combo Ctrl+F1
Click me

You can get all the latest news about ComicRack in the News & Announcements section. Here you can
download the latest versions of the ComicRack software and all the scripts. If you are facing any problems
while using ComicRack, post it in the Help section. You may report any bugs that you encounter in the Bugs
section; this helps us improve the software. You can even request any feature you would like to see in the
future versions of ComicRack in the Feature Requests section. Reading Lists and Web Comics can be posted
& downloaded from their own sections, respectively. Apart from all this, you can simply discuss comics, share
user art (icons, wallpapers, etc) and much more.

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Facebook

ComicRack is now officially


available also on Facebook and
Twitter. Now you can connect
with ComicRack on the go.. on
your mobile, at your workplace..
Spread the word !
Please share this with all your fa-
cebook friends out there.

Just login to facebook, and sub-


scribe to the ComicRack fa-
cebook page. This would help us
increase our fanbase and sup-
port for ComicRack. Catch all
the latest ComicRack news on
Facebook too!

How to Join ComicRack on Fa-


cebook:
1. Click the Like button above
to join the community (Cant
see a button? Youre already a
member!)
2. Head over to the ComicRack
Wall to join in!

You will get a lot of variety on


the ComicRack facebook page.
ComicRack updates, script up-
dates, polls, cover of the week,
moment of the week, recent
news in the comics world, new
comic previews, ComicRack
screenshots, and much more..

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News

To find out when the new builds of ComicRack release and all the
other news, while you can always use the forum or your facebook
page, you also have the option to check all the latest news from with-
in the comfort of ComicRack.
Here is what you need to do:
From the Help menu, choose the News option
The Latest ComicRack News dialog will open
All the latest RSS feeds are present in the left column under the
title heading.
Clicking on a title opens up its news in the right column

Reading the Latest ComicRack


News is the easiest & fastest way
to keep in touch with all the latest
updates to ComicRack. You can
also enable the Check for news on
startup option to open the news
dialog everytime ComicRack
starts. This way youll never catch
an update late!

You can also use the Preferences dialog


to enable checking for the latest news at
startup:
Preferences Behavior Check for
the latest news on ComicRack

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Donations

Why donate ?
Hundreds of hours of work have been put into ComicRack to make it the best, most ver-
satile and simply the most fun to use comic reader in the world. Starting out as a small fun
project, it has evolved into what you currently see, a multi language application with its
own web site and support forums; simply put, a place for the ComicRack community.
So if you think ComicRack adds value to your life, give something back. 10,000s of down-
loads and usually an average of 10 donations a month do not really fit together. Its not
about getting rich (as you can estimate from the above value), but it is about justifying the
time and work put into this and also the feeling that there is some worth in it. So please help
to keep this project running.

How to donate ?
Goto the Donate page. You can go there by either by opening the Sup-
portComicRack dialog from the Help menu (or when it opens during
statup) or by going to the Donate page from the ComicRack forum,
or by simply following this link.

All donations are processed securely via PayPal. You dont need to be
subscribed to PayPal to make a donation and you can pay with a credit
card or debit card if you wish.

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Index

Symbols cbr 3, 6
cbw 78
! 35, 36, 69 cbz 3, 6
.NETframework 3, 9 Chronologies 67
Colors 64
A ComicDisplaySettings 54
Additembutton 61 ComicInfo.xml 6, 53, 97
Additemdialog 61 ComicRackforum 78, 92, 104
AddShare 87 ComicVinescraper 94
AdjustColorToCurrentPage 54 CopyData 65
Adjustments 48 CopyPage 31
Advanced 53 CreateCombinedScript 100
AgeRating 60 Ctrl+F9 43, 47
Alternatenumber 67 Ctrl+I 59
AlternateSeries 60 Ctrl+O 12
Alt+Shift+F1 55 Ctrl+Shift+C 72
Application 51 Ctrl+Shift+F1 56
Arrange 26, 27 Ctrl+Shift+R 85
ArturosNewComicsToolbox 97 Ctrl+Shift+V 72
AtoZ 27 Ctrl+Shift+W 82
Automation 94, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100 Ctrl+W 56
AvailableScripts 52 CurrentPageOverlay 43
CustomList 66
B
D
BackgroundColor 54
BackgroundTasksIndicator 18 DatabaseBackup 53
BackgroundTextures 54 DefaultComicRackwindow 11, 15
Behavior 51 Deleted 31
Black&White 60 Details 27, 60
Bookmarks 74 Displaymenu 20
Browsemenu 20 Dockbutton 25
Browser 15, 51 DockFill 25
Browsercontextmenu 28 DockingGrips 16
BrowserTabBar 17, 24, 25 Donations 11, 20, 103
BrowserToolbar 17, 24, 26 Duplicate 75
Browserwindow 24
E
C eComicdisplayresizeslider 18, 27
Cache 53, 81 eComicfolders 50
EditListLayout 55 Libraryfolder 12, 24, 32, 66
Editmenu 19 Librarysidebartoolbar 33
EditSmartList 68, 71, 98 Librarytab 26
Enablenetworksharing 87 List 66
ExporteComics 73, 82 ListFolder 71
exportpresets 73 ListLayout 26, 55
ExportReadinglist 32, 72 ListOptions 55
Extractallpages 99
Extractfirstpage 99 M
Folders 24 Magnifier 41
FoldersBrowser 17, 29 Mainmenu 12, 15, 19
FoldersSidebartoolbar 33 Manga 60
Folderstab 29 Markasdeleted 31
Fullscreen 39 Metadata 6, 35, 59, 60, 65
F MinimalUserInterface 39
Mouse 48
F3 39 MoveFiles 97
F9 54 MovetoEnd 31
F10 39 MovetoStart 31
F11 39
Facebook 105 N
Favorites 16, 33, 67 NavigationOverlay 43
Favoriteswindow 24 Networksharing 85
Filemenu 19 NewFolder 33, 71
FindGapsinseries 98 NewList 33, 66
G NewSmartlist 33, 68
News 51, 106
General 48 NextPage 41
Group 26, 27
GuidedRename 98 O

H OpeneComic 42
OpeninganeComic 51
Hardwareaccelaration 48 Openinnewtab 70
Helpmenu 20, 103 Openinnewwindow 70
Hiddenmessages 53 OpenRemoteLibrary 85
OpenWithScript 100
I OrganizeLibraryFiles&Folders 96
Import&export 51 Overlays 43, 48
ImportReadinglist 32, 72 P
Includeallsubfolders 29
Info 28, 59 PageContextMenu 30, 31, 63
InstallingComicRack 9 PageFilterMenu 30
InstallingScripts 92 PageLayout 41, 44
PageRotation 44
K Pages 24, 63
Keyboard 48 PagesBrowser 17, 30
KeyboardMap 49 PagesBrowserContextMenu 30
Pagestab 30
L Pagestabcontextmenu 63
PageTransitionEffects 54
Language 60 PageType 44
languagepacks 3 PaperEffects 54
Languages 53 PasteData 65
Libraries 50 PendingBackgroundTasksdialog 21
LibraryBrowser 17, 26 PendingBackground TasksIndicator 21, 81, 82
Plot&notes 62 StateIndicators 21
Port 88, 89 Statistics 87
PortForwarding 88, 89 StatusBar 12, 15, 18
Preferences 47 StatusIndicatorOverlay 43
PreviousPage 41 Summary 59
ProposedValues 60 SupportComicRack 103

R T
Rating 28, 44 TabContextMenu 42
Reader 15, 17 TemporaryLists 32, 72
Readercontextmenu 44 Thumbnail 27
Readersetup 43, 48 Tile 27
ReaderTabBar 12, 17, 42 Tools 41
ReaderToolbar 17, 41
Readerwindow 39 U
Reading 51 Undo 26
Readinglists 32, 66 UnifiedTabbar 25
Readmenu 20 UninstallingScripts 92
Redcross 31 UpdateWebComics 82
Redo 26
Regularlist 66 V
Remotelibraries 85
Remove 70 Views 26, 27, 30
Rename 70 VisiblePagepartOverlay 43
Reset 31, 63, 64
Ribbons 21
Righttoleft 51
Rotation 41 W
S WebComics 78, 79, 80, 81, 82
WebComictemplate 79
Scan 12, 50 WeeklyComicReleases 96
Scriptmanager 92 Wikipedia 62
ScriptPackages 52 Workspaces 56
Scripts 52, 92
ScriptSettings 52 Z
Searchactionlogo 12
SearchBox 26, 36 Zoom 41
SearchBrowser 16, 24, 35
SelectAll 31
ServerSettings 50
ShareAll 89
Sharedlibrary 85
Sharing 50
Shift+F5 32
Shift+F7 34
Shift+F8 35
Shift+F10 19
Sidebar 15, 24, 32, 66
SidebarContextMenu 32
SidebarToolbar 17, 33
SmallPreview 16, 24, 34
SmartList 32, 68, 69, 70, 71
SmartlistScript 98
Stack 26, 27
Stars 21
StartingComicRack 51