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ShadowedAsh
11-26-2007, 12:45 AM
I am, currently, an owner of the PRS-500 and it bricked on me couple months back and now I am looking to replace it. Everything I've read about the Kindle sounds great but one question seems to bother me. On the PRS, it was pretty easy to convert a series of pictures to a .PDF and read manga that way. I know the Kindle doesn't support .PDF's but is there any other way to get my manga fix on this? It will be the deciding factor of whether or not to buy it. Thanks. :)

rflashman
11-26-2007, 06:03 AM
It does support PDF via the email conversion. However, unlike Sony the Kindle has less grey levels, so I am not sure how well it would convert.

wallcraft
11-30-2007, 01:02 AM
On the PRS, it was pretty easy to convert a series of pictures to a .PDF and read manga that way. I know the Kindle doesn't support .PDF's but is there any other way to get my manga fix on this? If your PDFs contain images scaled for a 600x800 screen, then Amazon's free PDF conversion may be all you need. In fact, it might be worth trying no matter what size the images are. If you have an example that can be posted on public forums, upload it here for someone to try.

DMThomas
12-03-2007, 02:57 PM
If you can wait a few more days, I'm going to try manga on my Kindle as soon as I get it.

DMThomas
12-05-2007, 09:24 PM
Well I tried some manga, there's a .NET app on here that converts the JPGs into a PDF. Then I tried mobipocket creator from that PDF. I also tried the amazon conversion from the PDF.

The result is less than thrilling. The 4 shades of gray leads to the images not looking too great, but also beacause of the resolution/size of the screen the text isn't too readable.


That was just an initial test. I'm not sure if there's better ways of doing it that will lead to a nicer experience. ;-)

ak13
08-23-2008, 04:46 AM
Tried loading up some manga through the pictures folder, it works fine, text was a bit difficult to read though. Used photoshop to autoresize all of the images to the correct WxH so that it would take up much space.

shima
09-05-2008, 09:15 AM
I have manga photos as all of my screen savers on the kindle. The key is to resizing them to the proper screen size so they look the best. I haven't tried putting an entire manga on the kindle though yet.

FooSoft
12-14-2008, 11:33 PM
It actually works really well. There's a built in image viewer that keeps track of the last image you viewed, etc. I also wrote an app to process and organize manga images, works great (http://www.foosoft.net/mangle)

falcolas
12-15-2008, 03:56 PM
Has anybody tried using the re-color functionality on the JPEG files before converting? Might help to reduce the grey levels before putting them on the Kindle so you can fine tune the images before they are automatically converted.

IntegrityWolf
12-25-2008, 09:18 PM
I actually just got my Kindle today and I used FooSoft's "Mangle" program that he described above. I scanned for viruses, and it's safe. Even better, it works GREAT!

My Angel sanctuary Manga looks gorgeous on my Kindle. Very nice to read too. Mangle is easy to run...it renames and resizes the pictures to fit. The directions are easy to follow.

Amalthia
12-26-2008, 03:33 PM
What output does Mangle give you? Is it a pdf? or another format?

IntegrityWolf
12-26-2008, 08:11 PM
It outputs the manga into a series of jpeg pics that are in order and fit to the Kindle's screen. Each jpeg is like the "page" of a book. There is also two smaller files included that allow the Kindle to "read" the jpegs like a book and remember your place.


Mangle outputs the jpeg files in a single folder. Just drag that folder to your Kindle/SD card and it will show up in your book list. Then just read like a normal ebook, turning the pages normally.

FooSoft
12-27-2008, 12:43 AM
It outputs the manga into a series of jpeg pics that are in order and fit to the Kindle's screen. Each jpeg is like the "page" of a book. There is also two smaller files included that allow the Kindle to "read" the jpegs like a book and remember your place.


Mangle outputs the jpeg files in a single folder. Just drag that folder to your Kindle/SD card and it will show up in your book list. Then just read like a normal ebook, turning the pages normally.

GIFs actually, but yeah that's the general idea :D

IntegrityWolf
12-27-2008, 06:36 PM
GIFs actually, but yeah that's the general idea :D

Oops, yeah GIFs...

Oh by the way, (to FooSoft) I love your Mangle app. I just put a couple mangas of Elfen Lied ontio my mem card last night using your program. It looks gorgeous on the Kindle and is very easy to read. I can't thank you enough.

RadicalxEdward
06-21-2009, 09:58 AM
@foosoft

Hello,

I know these posts are pretty old, but i just got my hands on a kindle for a little while and all i wanted to do was read manga on it. and your app is what made that possible. So i just wanted to register real quick and post a quick thank you.

-RxE

unrequited
06-21-2009, 10:47 AM
...if perchance you picked up a Kindle DX, I put together a temporary Mangle DX (from his sources and hosted on his website) until Alex can get a proper version put out:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48808

FooSoft
06-26-2009, 03:19 AM
@foosoft

Hello,

I know these posts are pretty old, but i just got my hands on a kindle for a little while and all i wanted to do was read manga on it. and your app is what made that possible. So i just wanted to register real quick and post a quick thank you.

-RxE

Glad to help :)

tarugo
01-25-2010, 10:15 PM
Great Software!

Has any chance to come to mac? PLEEEEEEASE? LOL.

FooSoft
01-29-2010, 01:44 AM
It should be easy to port to Mac because all libraries I use are cross platform. However I don't have access to Mac for testing (or anything else for that matter) so someone else will have to do it.

kevindorsey
02-02-2010, 02:06 PM
Well, with the next color K3 manga/comics should look even better.

FooSoft
08-08-2010, 07:19 PM
New version of Mangle out. It's all in Python/Qt now, looks nicer, unicode support, easier to use supports Kindle 1/2/DX profiles, and does palette optimization :)

http://foosoft.net/mangle

matt314159
08-08-2010, 07:40 PM
It does support PDF via the email conversion. However, unlike Sony the Kindle has less grey levels, so I am not sure how well it would convert.

Unless I'm reading this post wrong (which I might be) this seems to be incorrect. Don't all the sony readers have 8 grey levels, whereas the kindle has 16 shades of grey?

Or are you talking about the conversion software and the grey levels it uses (or something along those lines)?

Tanga
03-20-2011, 10:20 AM
I think they were talking pre-k3.

I was wondering if this project is still up and running? I'm using mangle (under wine, so it may be me) and having some issues. It imports the images all over the shop, rather than in number order. So it means it takes hours to sort them (rather than just having to move the cover, or 1-9, etc). Any chance of a button or script that sorts them in order of the picture name?

Mangle does a great job, but if it's going to take me hours of mucking around for each comic it decreases the software's usefulness.

PS - running the project in wine because running the mangle.pwf file only gave partial functionality (no save or restore function, or importing of individual pictures.