Drag with the mouse to scroll the comic pages around. Use the UP and DOWN arrow keys to zoom in and pan out.


How does this work?

The flash file is only about 5 kb in size and its saved in the same directory where the jpg files are saved. Like an html, the flash file downloads the jpgs that its programed to into its virtual space and lays it out automatically regardless of the jpg's dimensions.

The jpgs are downloaded independently from each other, each with their own preloader display. With this method, the user only needs to wait for one of the comic jpgs to load instead of waiting for everything to read anything.

Additionaly, since the jpgs are not embeded into the flash, users can still save the jpgs into their hard drive simply by opening the image's url directly. A "save" button added on the flash interface would make that easier.

Bookmarking is also replaced by flash's SOL method. That simply means flash will remember the last comics you viewed on the viewer since your last session as long as you don't clear you browser's cache.

What is its purpose?

For years, webcomics have been using the next/previous system that htmls provide. Instead of having a flash system that emulates that effect, I wanted one that didn't rely on that method.

The viewer loads multiple comic pages at once and arranges them. This gets rid of the need to click next and previous giving the user the ability to read through the comics uninterupted.

Plus the file names of the jpgs are stored in an array variable. That simply means when the interface gets further developed in the future, the reader can simply type how many comics or which comic number they want to view and the flash program displays it.

Why did I make this?

It was originally designed with comic strips in mind because of their horizontal shape. You'd be surprised how many people get annoyed by scrolling and if the comic strip doesn't completely show on the browser, the user would have to scroll horizontaly.

This viewer lets you drag the comic image simply by clicking anywhere on the picture. Its easier than moving your cursor on the bottom of the browser and dragging the bar to the right. Its also worth noting that the wheel on the mouse doesn't scroll horizontally. Apparently people don't like that.

The zooming feature has small texted comics in mind. The resolution of my computer has always been 800x600 and my comic's text has always been fine for me. But on higher resolutions, especially on wide screen monitors, the text is tiny requiring readers to squint. This flash tool gives an easier alternative compared to changing resolutions which is harder.

Why does the viewer not have a ________ feature?

This is just a test version. The interface is under developed and its not pretty to look at but I wanted to display a working example of my idea.

I may or may ot use this in the future because html still works fine for me. But if I do decide to develope this thing, I will never force readers to use it to view my comics. It'll be used as an optional reading tool.

Are there any limitations to this viewer?

I haven't tested it that much so I don't know how many comic images can be loaded into it at a time. But like an html downloading 100 jpgs each around 150 kb, connection speed would be a factor. The more pictures its requested to load, the longer each picture would take.

Also I didn't put any limits to the scrolling and zooming feature yet so don't break the thing. Worst that could happen, I think, is it'll lock up your browser if you do.