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BDReader 1.02

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: 29 August 2014
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Downloads To Date: 110
Developer: kennyyy
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BDReader 1.02
An easy-to-use comic reader

BDReader is a simple open-source comic reader with support for PDF, CBR and CBZ files, and image  (RAR, ZIP, TAR CB7 and 7Z files).

The core of the program is very simple. Click File > Open, choose a file; click left/ right to move backwards and forwards, up/ down to jump a page at a time, Home/ End to move to the start or end of a file, and that's it. There's nothing else, 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.

Version 1.02 changes:
     -Panel detection improved
     -Faster detection and navigation
     -Management of image folders: a folder of images (at least two) can now be open as a comic
     -Export function: any open comics can be exported as a series of images (one image per page or one image per panel): allow to use another reader while taking advantage of the panel detection, conversion from pdf to cbr...
     -Thumbnails view now displays previous and next pages (as well as current)
     -Navigation through the thumbnail view (mouse wheel: previous/next page and click on previous/next pages)
     -Strip/continuous navigation and view improved
     -Status bar clearly display reading mode
 

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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