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BDReader 0.99 (beta)

An easy-to-use comic reader

by Mike Williams

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Linux, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 24 June 2014
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Downloads To Date: 69
Developer: kennyyy
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BDReader 0.99
An easy-to-use comic reader

BDReader is a simple open-source comic reader with support for PDF, CBR and CBZ files.

The core of the program is extremely basic. Click File > Open, choose a file; click left/ right to move backwards and forwards, up/ down to jump a page at a time, and that's it. Really. There's no Pg Up/ Pg Dn or Home/ End support, not even a zoom tool.

What you do get here is a Panel mode, which uses computer vision technology to detect the panels in a page, and display them in reading order. at the maximum possible size for your page. This gave inconsistent results for us, but it did sometimes work very well, and when it failed there seemed to be no down side: BDReader just displayed the entire page full-screen and allowed us to view or scroll it as normal.

If you're not so lucky with Panel Mode then you can turn it off, and switch to a full page or page width view.

There's also an optional sidebar which displays a thumbnail of the entire page, regardless of your main viewing settings.
 

Verdict:

It desperately needs more navigation and viewing tools, but BDReader's Panel Mode is a good idea, and can work well with some comics (though it fails entirely with many others). Worth a look to try it with your favourites, but don't expect too much just yet.

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