Simple Drag & Drop Mangareader Version 0

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.

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How to enable Chinese/Japanese Windows Handwriting Recognition on non-ultimate Windows 7 (Language Pack Installation on Windows 7 Professional SP1)

Blabbling a bit about this, one of my latest, rather very handy discoveries. Maybe it will be helpful to others, too.

I most recently bought myself a grafic tablet.

Wacom Bamboo Pen only, CTL-460-DE

Wacom Bamboo Pen only, CTL-460-DE

Actually I was thinking of furnishing up my non-existant drawing skills without the hassle of destroyed physical paper via an overly use of rubber. While it turned out that no matter what, I would still even suck at drawing stick figures,  I noticed that the windows handwriting recognition is  in fact pretty good. At least it is capable of recognizing even my rather bad handwriting.

Then I thought, this would be perfect for handwriting input for Chinese/Japanese (and probably French because my keyboard lacks the “ç” letter among others). While sougu IME has a pretty nice bigger handwriting pad, pretty much the only one for Windows is the one of the standard Windows IME (which is kind restrictive). Character for character can be rather tiring, if one has a lot of Kanji to look up or wants to type full phrases without bothering looking through all the characters with the same reading.

So, I wanted to have add the language, just to be re-directed to the help page, telling me to buy Windows 7 Ultimate.

There are ways changing language interfaces via a programm called Vistalizator, which adds language packs as a pre-requisite. Only that one doesn’t work on Win7 SP1. (Update 2013: It now does.) For handwriting functionality changing interface language is going to far anyway, just adding a language pack is nescessary, which would be done this way:

1. First is to get the language packs here. Perhaps the exes themselves may work already, for me they did not.

2. Convert the exe into cab files. There is programm for that: exe2cab

3. Installing the cab file via commandline: Open “cmd” with administrator rights and install via command

dism /online /add-package /packagepath:c:\

whereas “c:\” would be the were the cab file is located at.

4. Wait (a longer while) and restart system.

(Info gathered from this article.)

It works rather perfectly for me. you can adjust the speed and pauses in the options, too, in case the writing is far to slow or to fast.

(Usually you wouldn’t have three lines through, the input panel is rather big and I haven’t found a way yet to scale down the font size down.)

Somebody want to take a guess at were the phrase come from? =P