October 27, 2013 Leave a comment
A little bit of an archive post for myself. And just in case others may interested, too.
There are plenty of manga reading online sites out there, but I don’t like them. Mainly because they are mostly page by page and the clicking/key-pressing for the next page makes me almost crazy. (I sometimes read faster than the next page is built, even with a quick connection.) So just download the Manga and you get a folder full of stuff, saved at least the on-the-fly internet loading amount of time. The standard Windows Image Previewer is ok, but only shows one image and upon pressing “->” key, there is a little flash and you have to wait a microsecond. Throught it was annoying. There are also some autoplay/diashow functions, but my reading speed is not constant (how could it with different text amount), so no avoiding the clicking. Also I have a 24″ widescreen monitor. I couldn’t quite find any image programm, who would show two pages (or more) at one go. Annoying². There are also some desktop manga readers, but they take their time to open and what I skimmed over only seemed to have one page a time, either.
I came cross one online mangareader (mangapark) by chance, which allows loading all images of a chapter. Scrolling the mousewheel is seriously more comfortable than the annoying clicking payge-by-page. But on that mangareader it’s still one page for the full widescreen width. Better but still suboptimal and what about the offline files?
So I went ahead and wrote a simple batch program that creates an html page for manga reading in a browser that can use the full width of the widescreen monitor. I went for batch (despite it being ugly), because I just wanted an easy script that can be easily edited if need be without any compiling and I also wanted to keep it light weight, since I don’t want any other functions.