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Old 09-30-2010, 10:00 AM   #1
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how to read / convert comics (.cbz)

I just found and added some comic books to my Calibre library. It accepted them OK but has no internal reader ?

So what do folks use to view these on PC and can the be converted/read on Sony or Kindle devices ?
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Use an external reading application. And yes, you can convert them, but readability of the output depends quite a bit on how large your screen is. If in doubt, try.
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Two viewers for comics for PC are CDisplay and ComicRack.
ComicRack is also alibrary system for comics as well.
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thanks, I'll try those. I'd tried a java thingie called cbviewer but was not impressed with it.

to try a comic on kindle or sony readers , do I convert to pdf ?
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thanks, I'll try those. I'd tried a java thingie called cbviewer but was not impressed with it.

to try a comic on kindle or sony readers , do I convert to pdf ?
Depends. Normally, I would recommend converting to the readers native format just because. If your reader allows for zooming in PDFs, it might be worth to use that instead for readability reasons- those fonts can get pretty small.
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seems comicRack & windows 7 64 bit do not play together.
comicRack is telling me it needs .net framework v4 but that's already there in win 7 ?
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seems comicRack & windows 7 64 bit do not play together.
comicRack is telling me it needs .net framework v4 but that's already there in win 7 ?
If in doubt, re-install. Microsofts homepage should have the download you need.
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seemed to do the trick -thanks.
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update - the day after forcing the .net 4 install which comicrack wanted I was plagued by BSOD ( which has never happened before on this PC ) . After a nightmare day of running hardware tests, failed system restores ( due to trusteer - rapport crap) , registry restores via ERNDT,and a full repair of office & of the default .net 4 client profile ( repair via control panel) -the BSODs seem to have stopped ( fingers crossed).

that could all be co-incidence, but it's hard to find anything else to blame.
except that there was a windows update which installed when I shut down after the comicrack & .net4 install, which complicated the system restore issue.
Every random BSOD occured when opening or closing some new window on screen . it was not software specific though Outlook was a persistent offender) & was with various stop codes / messages.. I had bad pool error, page fault in non-paged area, system service exception...
I'm guessing that outlook relies on .net framework. could be that the microsoft download does not check PC specs and that it put on a 32 bit version instead of 64 bit - who knows. I think ati catalyst drivers also link into .net framework which could explain the BSODs as always there was a screen refresh involved, due to opening / closing a window.

Anyway I will not be touching the .net install again & comicrack is binned. I'm not that fussed about reading comics!

PS I did see, when googling .net 4, reports of BSOD after installing it, on another board but I can't seem to re-loacate those now.

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