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SlickRead by laushung SlickRead by laushung
A CBZ / CBR reader for fans of comics. Combining the beauty of the Windows 7 interface and the love of reading comics, I present to you SlickRead.

Some things to keep in mind:

The .net 4 Framework must be installed in order for this to work. If you don't have it installed, please download it and install it before installing SlickRead.

Some features are not finished yet. That being said, I still use it daily to read the latest comic releases (The new Daken - Dark Wolverine series is pretty kick ass!).

Let me know what you think! If you happen to have any ideas on how I can improve on SlickRead, please leave a comment below.

Happy reading!

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Update log:

Version 0.5.10 - 2011 April 20

+ Added new application menu. Now covers for the last 12 files you've open will now be displayed. Double-click to open them again.

Small glitch that I'll need to address in the next update is the application doesn't automatically close when you do this. You'll have to click the application menu button again to close it manually.

+ Changed to the Office 2010 theme. Let me know what you think. It seemed to be the one that got the most votes. I'll be adding the ability to change it to which ever theme you'd like (Office 2010 Blue, Silver, Black and Windows 7) in the next update.

Version 0.5.4 - 2011 April 17

+ Added auto-updating and manual updating
+ Fixed the Open menu. Will now open a FileOpenDialog in order to choose a .cbr / .cbz to open.

Version 0.5.0 - Initial release

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Head to here: [link] and cast your vote for the final look of SlickRead.

Please send any bug reports to four13designs@optusnet.com.au with "SlickRead Support" in the message title. It'll be easier to track these issues.
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yvidhiatama Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
how about this interface? Did you create it by yourself or there is like another source for it?
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laushung Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Pushed a new update. For those that want to try out the new application menu, check for updates.

+ Added new application menu. Now covers for the last 12 files you've open will now be displayed. Double-click to open them again.

Small glitch that I'll need to address in the next update is the application doesn't automatically close when you do this. You'll have to click the application menu button again to close it manually.

+ Changed to the Office 2010 theme. Let me know what you think. It seemed to be the one that got the most votes. I'll be adding the ability to change it to which ever theme you'd like (Office 2010 Blue, Silver, Black and Windows 7) in the next update.
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PacMani Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
would be nicer if it used the system ribbon interface :(
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laushung Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
As soon as Microsoft makes creating the Ribbon Interface easy - adding a GUI designer as simple as DevExpress' - then I'll look into using the native Ribbon UI. I have enough coding to deal with, I shouldn't have to delve into XML files when I'm using a IDE. This is the number reason I haven't switched to WPF. I simply hate having to deal with XML.

Besides, the Ribbon here doesn't look too far from the native Ribbon other than the button highlight color. And for what it is, a free eComic reader, I really don't think it has to be pixel perfect. It looks good sitting beside other ribbon applications and does the job it was meant to.
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PacMani Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
You luckily don't need to switch to WPF for using the ribbon library thanks to this [link]
Well u still need XML for the ribbon markup file but that's rly easy if you ask me ;D just a tip you might like it.
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laushung Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yes, I'm aware of that and that exactly what I was referring to in my previous post. The thing is, if Microsoft really wants developers to utilize the native Ribbon control more they need to seriously step up on making it easier to create. If I wanted to delve into XML I wouldn't be using an IDE, I'd stick with Notepad++. I should be able to design it using the same drag-and-drop functions like any other standard control.

Beyond that, in order to make a simple .ribbon file, that is compile the Ribbon XML into something that is usable in an application, I need to install the 1.5 GB Windows 7 SDK and the C++ Express Edition because Express Editions aren't capable of including setup files in projects.

Quite frankly, it's more of a hassle than it's worth and I'm quite happy using the Ribbon control by DevExpress with its design support and drag-and-drop feature. Really, the only thing that's noticeably different between the control I'm using and the native control is the application menu isn't shove into the left side (something I think, personally, looks ugly) and the window title isn't left-aligned - something Microsoft themselves can't seem to keep consistent if you look at Office 2010 - it's center-aligned.
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PacMani Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
Yeah youre probably right. However you just need to install a tiny bit of the SDK (you can deselect all the other parts in the web installer); I don't know about the Express Editions.
I tried to create something like an external designer which automatically generates XML markup code but it's quite not finished^^
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laushung Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I've figured out the problem we're having in regards to loading files (7zip.dl wasn't getting included with the installation). Re-run the setup.exe file and it will install the new version. I've implemented the Open menu in the Application menu and added an update feature so you can check for updates straight from the program.
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blackpearl1337 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
Dropped a CBR file into it. Nothing happened. Dropped an image, nothing happened either. :(
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laushung Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Did you drop it on to the center part where it says 'No image available'. You should have seen the cursor turn to an arrow with a plus sign.

Dropping an image is not supported so noting will happen.

If you'd like to send me the .cbr file for me to test, I'd be more than willing to do that. Send it to the email address found in the description and mark it as "SlickRead Support".
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