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10.5: Read Comic Book Archive files via Quick Look System 10.5
Comic Book Archive files -- they have .cbr and .cbz extensions -- are really just compressed folders of .jpegs. Extract the files into your folder of choice using BetterZip (or any other extracting utility). Open the folder in the Finder. Select all of the files and hit the Space Bar.

Click the full screen button in Quick Look and press Pause; that way it won't move to the next page before you're done reading. Use the left and right arrow keys to navigate through the book. Voila, your own comic book reader, and zero resources used.

[robg adds: I added the Wikipedia link, as I wasn't familiar with .cbr and .cbz files. I'm not sure if all extractors will understand those filename extensions, but if not, you might be able to just change the extension to .zip or .rar, etc. and try again.]
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10.5: Read Comic Book Archive files via Quick Look
Authored by: jer2665 on Jan 04, '08 08:27:27AM

this'd be fine for the person that gets one or two comics, any more you want jomic if you only have a few, or i personally love comicbooklover (fittingname) by bitcartel it's along the idea of itunes for comics, with a built in viewer, great program.



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10.5: Read Comic Book Archive files via Quick Look
Authored by: Marius_Th on Jan 04, '08 08:41:21AM
Or install "Simple Comic" (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/21987/simple-comic) which has a quicklook plug-in embedded for comic archive files (cbz/cbr)

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10.5: Read Comic Book Archive files via Quick Look
Authored by: MordEth on Jan 04, '08 09:30:08AM

Note, you'll have to go into the Simple Comic Preferences, under Advanced, enable the Beta Feed, then update Simple Comic. After doing this, you'll need to open a Terminal and do:

sudo qlmanage -r

For more detailed directions, look here:

http://www.the8thsign.com/2007/12/06/view-cbzcbr-files-in-quicklook-using-simple-comic/



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10.5: Read Comic Book Archive files via Quick Look
Authored by: Marius_Th on Jan 04, '08 08:43:09AM

And yes, you can rename .cbz to .zip and .cbr to .rar respectively to use them as normal archives.



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10.5: Read Comic Book Archive files via Quick Look
Authored by: kerasine on Jan 04, '08 11:16:07AM
You can also use ffview (http://www.feedface.com/projects/ffview.html) or Comical (http://comical.sourceforge.net/) to view both formats.

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Couple things...
Authored by: porkchop_d_clown on Jan 04, '08 09:16:37PM

CBR/CBZ files don't have to have jpgs, they can have other image files inside them. I seem to remember ones with gifs or tiffs in them.

I discovered comic archives several years ago, and I actually wrote a Mac program for reading CBR/CBZ files, that supported 2-page views, right-to-left reading (for manga) and so on. Then I realized that the only source for these things were pirate scans, so I felt bad and never distributed it. It was fun plowing throw 30 years of Iron Man comics on weekend, though, along with fan translations of Hellsing and Ghost in the Shell and, ah, er, something called "Slut Girl". I, ah, don't really remember what that one was about.

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Only pirates? no...
Authored by: PopMcGee on Jan 05, '08 06:52:24AM

I often scan my own comics (and other books too) so that I can read them easily on the go. With todays scanners, I can scan a whole book in 10-15 minutes, which is ok.

What you probably meant to say is "every cbr that can be downloaded from somewhere is pirated". That is quite likely, but there are other uses for the format, mind you.

That being said, I was looked at all the different apps to read cbrs, and wasn't entirely convinced by any of them. So, if you've still got that app lying around somewhere, I'd be glad to take a look. Why don't you release it anyway?



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Couple things...
Authored by: leamanc on Jan 07, '08 05:38:10AM

I agree...if you have a CBR app for the Mac with those features, please release it! There are a handful of decent CBR/CBZ readers for the Mac, but they are all pretty much put to shame by offerings in the Windoze world.

The more nice apps that are out there, the more the format will grow for legitimate use. Just look at BitTorrent for a precedent. Initially this was assumed to be yet another P2P tool for pirates, but now it's used quite extensively for legit downloads of large size.



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10.5: Read Comic Book Archive files via Quick Look
Authored by: leok7v on Jan 04, '08 10:23:14PM
BetterZip is $20 and the instruction involve multiple steps.

Download Zipeg http://www.zipeg.com (free)
Open .cbz or .cbr archive.
Select all images Meta+A on your keyboard and click preview button.
No need to extract or delete later...
Enjoy


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