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Old 10-27-2011, 10:00 PM
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When I was searching for information about the comics function on the X7 I found nothing. Now I own one and I'd just like to put this out there for anyone thinking about the X7 and curious about this feature.

The comix function on the X7 works extremely well. It resamples the images properly so that you don't have to resize them yourself on your PC (if you had an S9 you might remember that being mandatory).

It has a bookmarks function just like everything else (you press something called favourites and it asks you to choose between favouriting and bookmarking.

Scrolling with your finger is okay. You have to remember it's a resistive touch screen so you don't look like an idiot on youtube (oh no! it doesn't work, I keep pressing it but it doesn't go! [you are so useless...]). Just use your fingernail or something hard to press the press and it will work fine. You will have trouble if you use your fingertip, but it's not impossible.

There are a few options of viewing the comics... You have view them horizontally to make them as big as possible (like the S9 3rd party comic viewer) but you can also view them vertically. It's not unreasonable to have the comic page to fit so you don't have to scroll at all. Most text is readable, but if there's smaller thing they will become more difficult and the horizontal scroll will be superior. Remember to select 'one page' if you're finding yourself viewing the same image twice, once on each side...

I worried about resolution before I got it, but it actually looks good. You will see the individual pixels if you are too close to the screen, but 1.5 feet - 2 feet and it does not look pixelated. Like I said it's very readable if you were ok with the comic reader on S9, you'll like this more.

All in all it does what it's supposed to. The only irony I see is that since cowon actually developed the technology to resample images, why does the zoom function for everything else have to lack resampling. Seriously the zoom function is useless haha.

The only thing I almost forgot is the way it changes pages. You may recall the S9 comic viewer had to load the next page every time and sometimes that was troublesome. Comix on X7 will load the next page while you're reading the bottom of the current one, and attach it underneath so you can just keep scrolling, sort of like those tumblr pages which load as you scroll. It works very nicely and makes reading faster.

Hope this was useful, cheers.

PS: Also, there's no ridiculous file-naming scheme required like there was for the S9 comicviewer. As long as images are labled in a logical manner like 01 02 03 04 etc in one folder, the comic viewer will recognize them as a comic. I didn't have to do any renaming. Only thing is that obviously X7 only uses jpeg so you will have to batch convert png and other formats with irfanview or the like.

PPS: Obviously there are limitation to what a photo of an mp3 player can reveal, but if nothing else it gives you an idea of the size of the picture?


Uh, yes, Mugen, I think it helps.

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Old 10-27-2011, 10:12 PM
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BTW, in your fourth paragraph, you say the screen is capacitive, when you meant resistive. It's only a typo I'm sure, but just so you know.
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You're right, thanks.
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Old 10-29-2011, 09:57 AM
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PS: Also, there's no ridiculous file-naming scheme required like there was for the S9 comicviewer. As long as images are labled in a logical manner like 01 02 03 04 etc in one folder, the comic viewer will recognize them as a comic. I didn't have to do any renaming. Only thing is that obviously X7 only uses jpeg so you will have to batch convert png and other formats with irfanview or the like.
I've never read comics, but I'll give it a chance. Can you tell me what is the common file format for comics and what settings do you use to batch convert the files?

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Old 10-29-2011, 02:24 PM
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Unless you are scanning the pages in yourself you don't need to worry too much. Just use a program like 7zip to extract the images from where ever you've downloaded your comic from.

For irfanview batch conversation there are many options, but because the X7 resamples it's not really important. Often you'll find comics in either jpeg or png. If in jpeg you don't need to convert at all, just copy the folder to your X7 (not just the files, but the folder itself). If it's in png I think the default setting is to convert to jpeg, but if you click options you can make sure it is the maximum quality if you want. So to make it simple: open one of the images in irfanview, click file 'batch conversion' it should show in a new window all the images you've got in the folder with the image you opened. Click 'add all' and then choose a destination folder (I usually just tell it to make a new folder within the original folder), then click start.

Hope that helps. There's as many different kinds of comics as there are kinds of music, so make sure you choose something appropriate to your age and interests. It's not just for kids esp. if you're willing to try manga
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:23 PM
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Unless you are scanning the pages in yourself you don't need to worry too much. Just use a program like 7zip to extract the images from where ever you've downloaded your comic from.

For irfanview batch conversation there are many options, but because the X7 resamples it's not really important. Often you'll find comics in either jpeg or png. If in jpeg you don't need to convert at all, just copy the folder to your X7 (not just the files, but the folder itself). If it's in png I think the default setting is to convert to jpeg, but if you click options you can make sure it is the maximum quality if you want. So to make it simple: open one of the images in irfanview, click file 'batch conversion' it should show in a new window all the images you've got in the folder with the image you opened. Click 'add all' and then choose a destination folder (I usually just tell it to make a new folder within the original folder), then click start.
Thanks for the detailed instructions. It certainly helps.

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There's as many different kinds of comics as there are kinds of music, so make sure you choose something appropriate to your age and interests. It's not just for kids esp. if you're willing to try manga
I'm willing to try anything, so feel free to recommend.

The goodreads.com comics section has a few lists that can give me some direction. Is there anything on those lists you consider a favorite? I know it's a little difficult to give recommendations to someone you don't know, so perhaps my IMDB votes would help. If you don't have the time for this that's ok of course, your posts in this thread are already very helpful.
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Old 10-31-2011, 06:20 AM
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I've recently tested the comix feature and the J3 and I was quite pleased with it, even though the screen size isn't too big! So I would love to hear some recommendations for comics as well.
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This is coming like 2-3 months late (I don't check this site that often):

http://myanimelist.net/manga/2436/Hotel
http://myanimelist.net/manga/5642/Lo...rade_Agreement
http://myanimelist.net/manga/401/Parasyte (honestly I only like the Del-Rey translation for this... all other translations have been very poor)
http://myanimelist.net/manga/8438/Su...ductive_Brains
http://myanimelist.net/manga/463/Welcome_to_the_NHK (this one has what you might call uncomfortable themes... drug use, lolicon, etc, but unlike most things featuring these themes, it is judgmental of them rather than just perverted)
http://myanimelist.net/manga/85/Azumanga_Daioh

I am not an average anime/manga fan, so you can trust a little that these aren't perverted/without any merit, but they are still "Japan-weird" (if I might pretend to coin that phrase) and could require a bit of an open mind. The links are simply to synopsis and genre information. I wouldn't recommend reading the reviews because most people on that site just regurgitate the plot and spoil the manga.

So that is something to try if you are interested.
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