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Old 05-26-2007, 02:10 PM   #1
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comiclrf - Comic Book (CBZ,CBR) to LRF converter

UPDATE ComicLRF has now been added to kovidgoyal's Calibre. It uses Calibre's GUI as well as a command line utility (comic2lrf). I'll keep this here for now until the code has matured in Calibre.

Command line program to convert Comic Books (CBZ & CBR format) into an LRF file you can load onto the Sony Reader. See Wikipedia

This program extracts and converts the images using ImageMagick into a format suitable for the Reader. The images are resized to match the Reader screen size, white spaces around the edges of the images are cropped and the images are converted to 64 "color" greyscale to look their best on the Reader's grey screen whilst reducing the file size. The images are also sharpened slightly to improve legibility of text.

Install
Install instructions are in the README.txt in the download files.

How to use
Once installed open a command/terminal window in the directory with your Comics, then simply pass it the path of the CBZ/CBR file, e.g.
comiclrf "Simpsons 01.cbz"

(You can pass multiple files to it and use wildcards)

Where to get it
Download Windows version comiclrf-WINDOWS.zip

Download Mac OS X version comiclrf-OSX.tar.gz (it appears to require Leopard)

Download Linux version comiclrf-LINUX.tar.gz


Some samples; first one fills screen, second preserves aspect ratio
Attached Files
File Type: lrf Simpsons.lrf (659.1 KB, 3390 views)
File Type: lrf Batman.lrf (181.3 KB, 2770 views)

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Old 05-26-2007, 02:16 PM   #2
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Why don't you make this cross platform by using libprs500 as the backend?
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Old 05-26-2007, 02:31 PM   #4
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kovidgoyal, I probably will in future, for now I just used LRS2LRF as it just worked. I haven't figured out how to use libprs500 to compile pure LRS files yet. I've only spent a few hours on this so far.
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You can't use libprs500 to compile LRS files. You can use it to generate the LRF/LRS directly, but you'd have to interface with python code for that.
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As I'm working on my own tool with imagemagick myself: a few tips.

Remember to use trim and fuzz (15%) to trim out unneeded borders.
Also, you might want to use some filters when resizing too. catzom works great.

My result as far: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11152
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athlonkmf, cheers, I'm already doing that but haven't heard of catzom - can't find anything about it.
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I'm not sure how the Reader does it but I've found images convert best if they use 32 to 64 colours (well, OK shades of grey). The display is only supposed to support 4 colours but either this isn't true or the Reader uses some clever dithering.
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I'm not sure how the Reader does it but I've found images convert best if they use 32 to 64 colours (well, OK shades of grey). The display is only supposed to support 4 colours but either this isn't true or the Reader uses some clever dithering.
Clever dithering. And yes it does look like more then 4 shades. I'm impressed.
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WOW! This works great! Thanks very much for doing this.

Some notes from a first time user of this program.

1. If there is a space in the .cbr or.cbz filename, you have to rename the comic file with underscores or get rid of the spaces or it won't work. If you have a lot of files with spaces, this can be a pain.
2. The completed file outputs to a place where many users may not be able to find. It outputs to a hidden folder. A method to choose where the completed file is sent would be nice.
3. If you could set this up to do batch files, it would be fantastic. You could leave it on all night and have quite a pile finished the next morning.
4. Maybe you could show some examples of the option usage. -c. What is the range of values you should use?

These are not complaints, just suggestions. This is a great program you have written and I thank you for doing so.
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Space is handled in the filenames, you just need to surround the filename with double quotes, which is standard for Windows. I usually just drag the file from Windows Explorer into the command window.
I'll look into the batch processing and the destination directory would probably be better to be the same as the source file. The -c option really doesn't need to be used, you can just reduce the number of colours to save space. The default of 64 colours works about best but you don't need anymore.
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