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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Firewall Settings

It's always the small thing...

If you want to run ComicRack in client/server mode AND you have a working firewall that blocks inbound traffic (read as not XP firewall) you may have to open up ports 7612-7613 for inbound TCP/UDP on your firewall. And of course open them only for local/subnet addresses. Just to be save :)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A view of the past

Ever wondered why the program icon of ComicRack is a "RC" instead of a "CR"?
Well, today i traveled back into the depths of my Version Control System and checked the granddaddy of ComicRack out of the repository.

It was called "RComix" and was developed in the year 2004 out of the need to have a comic reader able to read pdf files (and not wanting to use Acrobat). 2 years later it was the starting code base for the development of ComicRack. The icon is still the same :)

You can download it here.

Simply unpack it into a folder, start "RComix.exe" and marvel at the long way ComicRack has come :) You can still recognize very early versions of features and decisions still at work in ComicRack (fading panels, page part navigation, background thumbnail creation etc.).

Monday, November 20, 2006

Added some Screenshots

Finally i had the time to add some screenshots of the current ComicRack version. So now there's no excuse anymore if you're not using it :)

Sunday, November 19, 2006

ComicRack v0.9.19 released

This one finally has the long awaited switch to text type for number fields. Now you can enter 0.5 or 12a as series information.

Here's the rest of the changes for Build 0.9.19:
  • NEW: Command to hide/show the Sidebar in Library/Explorer/Favorites
  • NEW: Hot tracking effect in browsers
  • CHANGE: Switched Number & Alternate Number to Text (allowing now 0.5, 12a etc)
  • CHANGE: Comic Book Dialog remembers last active tab
  • CHANGE: Added Cancel button to Progress Dialog when getting big file lists in explorer
  • CHANGE: Keyboard shortcuts for switching list modes
  • CHANGE: Removed Searchbar and moved the items into a dropdown menu
  • CHANGE: Some changes in how thumbnails & tiles look (I hope for the better :))
  • BUG: Proposed Textbox background incorrectly displayed & as _
  • BUG: Preferences Dialog now correctly accepts Enter/Escape for OK/Cancel
  • BUG: Month, Alternate Count, Alternate Series and Alternate Number was not editable in the details mode (long click edit)

As always

Sunday, November 12, 2006

ComicRack v0.9.18 released

Again a fairly small release.

Build 0.9.18:

  • NEW: Scroll mode now automatically switches to next/previous page
  • CHANGE: Better Page Type Context Menus & Filter Drop Down in Pages Browser
  • CHANGE: Extended List Options Dialog with some new options
  • CHANGE: Better handling of quick search with big lists
  • CHANGE: Comic Book Dialog now always uses the full scale page image in the color settings

Sunday, November 05, 2006

ComicRack v.0.9.17 released

This is just a very small bugfix release.

Build 0.9.17:
  • BUG: Crashing bug when clicking on a non valid folder in explorer view (e.g. My Computer)
  • BUG: Killed scrolling in image preview for color adjustment preview in version 0.9.16
  • BUG: Fixed multi-selection with keyboard-only in comics lists
  • BUG: 0.9.15 optimizations actually broke writing info back to eComics - that's what i call optimizations...

Friday, November 03, 2006

Pimp your XP

Microsoft released a really nice theme for XP in their Zune marketing effort. It's a Media Center styled Theme in black.

You can download it here. It matches nicely with ComicRack :)