It’s been a while since we talked about ComicFlow here because the last time the app was updated, we saw some useful features added, but also a feature removed that caused quite a stir amongst fans. You can read all about that here. Basically, the developer had removed the WebDAV server from the app and only allowed for a built in web server that was use limited and required an in-app purchase to unlock unlimited use. That wasn’t a very popular move at all and caused many to look elsewhere for their comicbook reading needs. Well, this latest update seems to have added WebDAV file transfers back to the app, but is it enough to bring fans back?
For starters, the app now features a new flatter user interface which better matches up to iOS7. The app itself is still pretty much the same and still offers the what I still think is the best comicbook reading experience out there. My only gripe about it was that the developer remove the free WebDAV transferring method and chose to lock transfers behind an in-app purchase through a new web server. Well, WebDAV is back, but it’s not free anymore either. It’s locked away behind the same 50 transfer limit and will not function anymore unless you shell out money to unlock the unlimited transfers feature.
You can still transfer comics over using the iTunes computer app, though you will not be able to arrange comics into folders which was one of the best organizational features of the app. Of course there are other ways around that of course, such as using an app like iExplorer, but then it just starts getting complicated for most. This method of course is free if you want to go ahead and try it. I suggest this method if you still want to keep using ComicFlow without having to pay money for uploads.
Back to WebDAV, it’s great that the dev put it back in, but not great that it’s not free like it used to be. ComicFlow is still one of the better comicbook reading apps out there that let you manage your collection, you just either have to pay for unlimited uploads, or use an alternative method not listed.
App Store Link: ComicFlow
In-App Purchases: Yes
Compatible Devices: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Finally a comic reader for iPad done right! ComicFlow was designed with one goal in mind: providing the best experience for comic fans with large collections.
– Polished interface
– Can handle very large comic collections (1,500+ comics and dozens of GB) without crashing or becoming unusable
– Imports new comics in the background
– Doesn’t need to pre-process comic files before you can read them
– Supports .cbr, .cbz and pdf files
Importing Comics – iTunes with USB cable:
– Connect your iPad to your computer and launch iTunes
– In the Applications section, select ComicFlow in the list at the bottom
– Drag and drop comic files into the Documents area
– If ComicFlow is already running, display the settings window (upper-right button) and tap on “Update Library”
Importing Comics – Web Server over WiFi (In-App purchase required for unlimited use):
– Make sure your iPad and computer are on the same WiFi network
– Launch ComicFlow
– Display the settings window (upper-right button) and set the Web Server setting to “Website” mode
– Open the provided URL in a web browser on your computer
– To upload comics as part of series, first create a folder then upload the comic files into it
Instead of a web browser, if you prefer to use a WebDAV client (e.g. Transmit or ForkLift for Mac or CyberDuck for Mac / Windows), set the Web Server setting to “WebDAV” mode and connect the client to the provided URL.
Deleting or changing a comic or series status:
– Tap and hold on a comic thumbnail or a series thumbnail
– Choose the appropriate option in the pop-up menu that appears
ComicFlow is also the first (and only?) open-source comic reader for iPad: get the full source from https://github.com/swisspol/ComicFlow under GPL v3 license.
Looking for free public domain comics? Check out http://digitalcomicmuseum.com!
[via App Store]