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Preface to the second edition It feels very nice to write the preface for the second edition. The first edition of the manual was a simple, brief and rather amateur work. Things have changed since then. This time, I have used (with no formal training) Adobe Indesign CS5 for the page layout and design of the manual, and feel quite confident recommending this excellent software to friends having similar interests. The manual has been almost completely rewritten and restructured. The section on ‘reading lists’ has been expanded and now is a detailed manuscript on the topic. We now have a separate (and muchdeserved) chapter on ‘scripts’, discussing almost all of the important scripts. Sections which were inappropriately long have been abridged (the comic display settings section earlier spanned 4 pages, now it packs more information in a single page). The manual now has a proper (hyperlinked) table of contents and an index. Each chapter also has its own table of contents. However, cross-referencing has still not been implemented (due to a bug in InDesign) and is in the to-do list for the next edition. While most of the wiki-copied sections have been replaced, some of them are written so perfectly that I have decided against changing them. With this edition, a new pattern of diagrams have been introduced, consisting of screenshots outlined with different strokes and explanatory text alongside. I have always been impressed with the ‘teach yourself visually’ series of books, and have adapted their style to provide the manual an almost professional look. Overall, the manual has improved in both the quality of content and the number of pages. Not surprisingly, with this release, the file size of the manual has also doubled. For this reason, the manual is being released in two formats: original/HQ version (recommended), and a small-sized (low-quality) version. No preface would be complete without thanking cYo. A lot of us move on with time, but some great individuals keep true to their dreams and pursue them to perfection; cYo is one of those people. I would also take this opportunity to thank my friends Stonepaw (for proof-reading the first edition) and quidam (for helping me out with portions that I didn’t understand properly). I hope the manual would prove useful to the users of ComicRack™. I intend to keep on improving the manual, and releasing new editions from time to time, both to add the features that I missed, and to add the new features as they are introduced. Just like with the previous version, please support the manual project by giving it a good read, and pointing out any errors that you discover.

Preface to the first edition

There comes a day in everyone’s life when one says to himself, “What had I been doing all this time?” Such a day revelled on me about 2 years back when I stumbled upon a software called ComicRack™. At that time, I had just, rather painstakingly, completed organizing about half of my comic collection in a record 2 weeks’ time, and was quite smug with the feat. So, anyway, I installed it and began experimenting with my unorganized comics. In those days, ComicRack™ was neither so much popular, nor the monster (in terms of functionality and efficiency) it is now. Still, it took even less than an hour to sort out all the gigs of my eComics, all decked up with metadata and stuff. Navigating eComics became a breeze, and managing my comics took less time than reading them. That was the experience I hadn’t forgotten till date. While my tastes in reading comics have changed a lot since then, ComicRack™ has been my constant companion. Over the years, I have seen ComicRack™ undergo a huge number of positive changes. A lot of features have been added, some of them so subtle that unless you look for them, you won’t find them! I introduced a lot of my friends to ComicRack™. Every few days, someone or the other would say “Yeah, this software is good, but I wish it had this feature also”, or something on these lines. While it felt nice to look at their blushing faces when I told them that what they wanted was already there, I also agreed with them that such a program should have a proper help file. Many reviewers, who had kind words of praise for ComicRack™, also criticised it for lacking a manual. A few months back, I finally got around to making one. I immediately realised that the plethora of features (“ComicRack™ is not just features rich, it is Bill Gates features rich”) made it quite overwhelming to compile and explain everything. Still, I have tried my best at doing what should have been done a lot earlier: making a foundation for a proper manual for a software that deserves it more than anything else. Since I am no web designer or software geek, the manual’s look is still amateurish despite of my hard work. Some sections are shamelessly copied from the ComicRack™ wiki. In spite of using ComicRack™ for many years, I am still not completely familiar with some of the features, and they might be fully and properly explained in future editions. Please download the manual and give it a read. Do point out any errors (of both omission and commission) and I’ll try my best to rectify them in the next update. Please give suggestions as to how we can further improve the look of the manual. If you dislike anything in the manual (or the whole of it), please feel free to give constructive criticism.

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ComicRack Manual (5th ed)  

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600Wpmpo. The ComicRack manual : for ComicRack 0.9.142 and beyond / by 600Wpmpo. -- 5th ed. p. cm. Includes index. 1. Computer software 2....