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Comica

By Joseph Cox Free Editors' Rating
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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Oct 31, 2010

It used to be the case that you had to go to a lot of trouble if you wanted to read comics that weren't carried by your local newspaper. The Internet has changed all that, of course, and Comical lets you access comics from all over the Web in a format that's almost as easy to use as the funny papers.

Comical's interface is plain and intuitive, with a list of available comics down the left side and a handful of menus across the top. Users simply double-click on the desired comic and Comical downloads and displays the latest installment. We wish that the publisher's information listed how many comics are available, because there are far too many to count; the list runs well into the hundreds. There are classic print comics like Peanuts and Dilbert, but also Web comics like Married to the Sea and XKCD. We love that the program includes both Garfield and Garfield Minus Garfield. Comical also lets users select particular comics as favorites, making it easy for users to download and view only their top picks. The program opens with a screen that includes instructions for its use, and this screen reappears every time a different comic title is clicked on, making it easy to access if you forget a shortcut or other feature. Overall, we were quite impressed with Comical; it was easy to use, and we could have spent hours reading our favorite comics and discovering new ones. In fact, we probably will.

Comical installs and uninstalls without issues. We highly recommend this program to all users.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.11

Version 1.11 has fixed where exception due to BiQubicUpdate and/or BiQubic.Pique at startup,minor interface colour issue with the Welcome screen when in full-screen mode and suggest Comic was truncating comments if they contained an apostrophe.

General

Release February 16, 2011
Date Added February 15, 2011
Version 1.11

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0

Popularity

Total Downloads 9,819
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

Comica is a comic downloader and viewer that utilises a custom-built framework for the parsing and downloading of comics from websites. The framework uses an open XML format that allows anyone to add support for additional comics. There is full support for comic archiving and browsing. If archiving is enabled (within the Settings window), Comical will archive any downloaded comics; these comics can then be browsed as required via the navigation buttons located in the top-right of the main application window.
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