ComicShelf HD is a comic book reader and is released by Canuck Coding.
I have been reading comic book since getting the iPad and I have been looking for a comic book reader since the release of the Touchpad.
Since downloading ComicShelf HD I am happy to report that the search is over (at least until an official Marvel or DC application is released)
The only limitation to this product and it is clear from the application description, then you have to supply your own comics in CBR or CBZ form. There are many sites that sell comics in both PDF and one of these formats. So it is possible to get these.
ComicShelf sets up a comic folder on the Touchpad and scans this for comics when it loads. Until a comic is in this folder, the application will be little.
You can either transfer files to this folder by USB from your computer, however, if you buy the comics direct on the Touchpad you will need some sort of file management tool if you do not have a file readily available. I purchased on CBR file online using the Touchpad, and had to use GoAruna to transfer it into the comic folder.
Once comics are loaded then the application is excellent. It handles large comics (I had some 90 pages long and around 50MB) and it handled these just as well as the smaller comics.
Navigation was easy and natural, and the comics displayed very well on the Touchpads large screen with the text being easy to read.
The user interface is very good. It allows you to swipe through the pages, or select the page number. You can email the image of the page or set it to be your wallpaper.
On the upside:
- Very good user interface.
- Handles large and small comic book files equally as well.
- Easy to navigate.
On the downside:
- Only scans the Comic directory on the start up of the application.
- You will need file management software if you do not have direct access to a PC to move the files into the comic directory.
- No book marking, so you need to remember the page you were on.
Overall, this is an excellent comic book reader application. If you have your own CBR / CBZ files then this application is a must have.
Size: 3.3 MB
Price (at time of review): £1.50