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Old 08-05-2009, 10:54 AM   #76
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so mgmueller, you don't think comics are _readable_ (as in the text), even on landscape mode, showing half of the page at a time? And soc-psych, what type of comics did you try? regular magazine strips? .. paperback book size comics, like manga, is what I'm interested in most. I don't think 2000ad or other a4 size magazines would work that well.
Comics ARE readable in landscape mode. But in my personal opinion, "scrolling" through a comic simply kills the fun. In a comic, you should be able to see the entire page. Not a single painting, then scrolling to the the text bubble, then scrolling to the next painting....
Or at least, if you can't see the entire page, there should be a "clever" zooming feature.
On iRex iLiad (sorry, but it's my favorite for PDF), I blow a certain area to full screen. If necessary, I simply can "pan" that area.
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:03 AM   #77
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I think the main problem with your Opus actually is that you compare a device that was intended especially to be small and portable to a device that was not. Taking into account the size and other restrictions that naturally follow from a device that size, it is an excellent piece of machinery in many ways.

Obviously you are not going to be satisfied with your screwdriver if you are using it on nails. Same with Opus. It is a small device with a very affordable price. Something that Iliad really really really is not. I've converted some really old comics using Calibre and the end result has been more then what I could've hoped for. Obviously ORIGINAL .pcr fileformatted comics would be ideal. I'm not even very sure if making a reflowable comic.pdf's would be possible? I think it would require pretty advanced programming skills and a much sturdier processor from the Opus or what have you.

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I guess, it all comes down to the point of view:
a.) It's a small unit. Given those circumstances, within its limitations, it's doing a good job.
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b.) I want to compare various units and will choose the best for my specific demands. Maybe this means 2 or 3 units, depending on data format, environment (beach or couch), lighting conditions, ...

I agree, quality of OPUS for most demands is perfectly fine.
But, especially for Comics, in my opinion the small screen is too much a compromise.
Would there be a touchscreen, simply touching the respective are, blowing that to full screen, checking out some detail and zooming out again might be comfortable enough.
But using the onscreen menu and quite a few button pushes, simply kills the fun.
For the moment, I've come the conclusion, using Opus solely for ePUBS (which still is a huge potential), not for PDFs. Reflow, changing the layout structure, IS a compromise, but within standard documents an acceptable one.
PDF's zooming on the other hand, without touchscreen takes too much time and kind of kills the fun. And the small screen quickly reaches its limits of readability.

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Old 08-05-2009, 11:28 AM   #78
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Oh, that's good news. Because I disagree that scrolling will kill the fun. I was worried for a moment that it wouldn't be readable. I've only read manga on a prs500, where I had to skip some smaller text bubbles (non critical anyway), because I couldn't read them. And I was worried that it'd be like that for all the speech bubbles. But if it's not, excellent! That'll make waiting for an affordable 9" device all the more easy.
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Oh, that's good news. Because I disagree that scrolling will kill the fun. I was worried for a moment that it wouldn't be readable. I've only read manga on a prs500, where I had to skip some smaller text bubbles (non critical anyway), because I couldn't read them. And I was worried that it'd be like that for all the speech bubbles. But if it's not, excellent! That'll make waiting for an affordable 9" device all the more easy.
With 9", it won't be any problem at all.
On iRex 1000s (not very convenient to hold sometimes, though) each bubble easily is readable (as long as the qulity is good enough to allow zooming).
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so mgmueller, you don't think comics are _readable_ (as in the text), even on landscape mode, showing half of the page at a time? And soc-psych, what type of comics did you try? regular magazine strips? .. paperback book size comics, like manga, is what I'm interested in most. I don't think 2000ad or other a4 size magazines would work that well.
Some pictures from a comic on Cybook Opus, landscape and portrait.
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? And soc-psych, what type of comics did you try? regular magazine strips? .. paperback book size comics, like manga, is what I'm interested in most.
A4-size DC comic converted with Calibre to the measures of the Opus.

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Thanks for the pictures mgmueller, I think that settles it, my needs will be met just fine on the opus.
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