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Simple Comic for Mac

By Dancing Tortoise Software Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jun 9, 2014

Simple Comic for Mac is a fast, lightweight comic reader for the Mac that will open a number of different file formats. This makes it very portable, and because it opens and reads comics so quickly, it's a useful tool for those with large libraries of CBR files.

Pros

Fast to install and open: Simple Comic for Mac downloads and opens in seconds. While it requires security verification on newer Macs because it is not in the App Store, it takes almost no time to get open, so if you have CBR files or other ZIPs or TAR files that need to be opened to read your comics, this will do it fast.

Intuitive interface: Once open, use the File menu at the top of the screen to open your existing comic book files. Simple Comic does not allow you to download comics, nor does it come with any files, so you'll need to have a legitimate source of files from another source; but once you do, this will open them fast and make it easy to read them on any size screen.

Cons

Fairly limited in scope: Simple Comic is open source and free, and it does everything you need to read comics, but if you want something more powerful for storing and cataloging your comic book files, this isn't it. It will open a comic archive, and can even capture or bookmark pages in it if you want to come back later, but this is not iTunes for Comics.

Bottom Line

If you need a straightforward comic book reading app for your Mac, then Simple Comic is what you're looking for. It's fast and easy to download, offers streamlined interface settings for opening and reading your comics, and doesn't bog down your computer in the slightest -- a great all-around app.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.7

Changes since 1.6
  • 64bit
  • New icon courtesy of Martin Andersson
  • Redesigned User Interface
    • Customizable toolbar
    • Dock style, auto-hiding fullscreen bezel
    • Simplified preferences
  • Quicklook plugin for cbz and cbr files
  • Create and soft crop thumbnail icons for cbz,zip,cbr, and rar archives
  • Extract individual pages
  • Option to open nested archives
  • Can view text release notes (.txt, .nfo, .info)
  • Many other fixes and improvements

General

Release August 8, 2010
Date Added April 7, 2010
Version 1.7

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel
Additional Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.6
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    Total Downloads 183,893
    Downloads Last Week 2
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    Developer's Description

    Simple Comic is the most intuitive comic reader on the Mac. Its clean interface gives you full control of your viewing experience without getting in the way. Reading comics on a computer has never been easier.
    • Page Layout: One or two page display
    • Page Ordering: Left to right or right to left
    • Page Scaling: Original size, window fit and horizontal fit
    • Fullscreen: Maximize viewing area
    • Page Rotation: Rotate the pages to maximize display area
    • Archive Handling: .cbr, .cbz, .zip, .rar, tar, 7z, lha and others
    • Text Notes: View translation and release notes
    • Multiple Sessions: View multiple comics at one time
    • Quicklook: Automatically generates icons and previews
    • Auto-save: Automatic bookmarking
    • Page Capture: Extract individual pages
    • Image Loupe: Zoom in on small details
    • Full Screen Thumbnail View: Quickly find the page you want
    • Open Source: MIT license