Wrapping up MangaCrazy


Hi fellow manga readers and lovers,

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I will not be supporting MangaCrazy anymore. I have come to this conclusion after two years of declaring that I will release further versions, and not delivering. I haven’t been able to give this project time, and I realized I probably will not be able to any time soon.

Mangacrazy came to being as an experiment to counter slow Internet speed in early 2010’s, and as an opportunity to learn Java through an actual implementation. When I got a working version and just uploaded here, a no-name blog with no sponsors, I didn’t think it will reach many, or any, people. Putting out versions was just a way to talk about my learning experience as I kept working at the code, and the very first comments and feedbacks touched me beyond words. It was amazing to know that people actually found this blog, this little piece of software, and that it actually helped them! Through comments and feedbacks I got to know what they liked, what they didn’t. And I don’t know how it happened, but all of a sudden it all snowballed and I started getting mindblowing traffic! Monetizing that traffic was never on my mind, it was just overwhelming reading actual ‘customer reviews’. And it made me want to stay in this field forever. As a developer, there is nothing more gratifying than people using your software. The lines of codes transforming people’s lives, the ultimate pipe dream I wish to live by.

You know your software has lost its edge when you yourself don’t use it anymore, and that has happened with Mangacrazy. Internet isn’t inaccessible anymore. Smartphones and tablets now have apps for this and are more portable. The problem that MangaCrazy was uniquely solving, isn’t valid anymore. It is time to search for a new problem to solve, and learn something different in the process.

Thank you for liking Mangacrazy through its evolution. It is incredible to still see comments asking for the next version, and cheering me on. Thank you for your support. If you found this blog today for the first time, thank you for stopping by. This is the official end of MangaCrazy, and it has been an amazing ride.

Love,

Geekista

The Trees Don’t Stand Tall Anymore


You should see the road to my school
There’s a green canopy, there just for me
No, I didn’t plant the saplings
Nor water them
But I was the only one who looked up
And greeted the cheerful leaves.

What a merry bunch of trees
You should hear the tales they tell
Of the couple snogging in the dark,
The sweet humming of the chat seller
The squirrel burrowing, the crows feuding,
And the lonely girl who would listen.

Quite the generous bunch, those trees
An assortment of flowers, quite a few fruits
All that survived the morning stick-men
Small token for their little friends
They stood tall and heard it all
Even the winds in the distance.

All that’s inevitable must be faced
The trees were brave to their root
Braced themselves for the final stand
As the howling winds approached
“Run”, they whispered, and stood their ground
And so they were abandoned.

The trees don’t stand tall anymore
And it has gotten too quiet
But this time I will plant the saplings,
Look forward to looking up at them
As I water them, will tell them stories
Tell them tales of the trees of old.

~Bakshree

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Super Cyclone Fani has ravaged the eastern states of India, including Odisha. Nature’s fury has destroyed infrastructure, property, trees, lives. I have family and friends stuck there, whose voices I barely, but thankfully, get to hear.

Life is not going to be the same, but live we will.

MangaCrazy v5.2 coming up soon!


Update [1 April 2016] : MC v5.2 is already out – Grab it now! And no, this ain’t an April’s Fool prank ^_^

Yes, you read that right. It’s been months since the last version, and many of you have asked me so many times when I’ll be releasing the next version. And now I can finally answer: in less than a week.

What to expect in MangaCrazy v5.2:

  1. Queued downloads. A popular demand and much needed feature, now MangaCrazy will queue the downloads in the order you add them. This will definitely reduce the pesky ‘Error’ statuses by a great deal. Finally you will truly be able to enjoy the benefits of the ‘Download All’ button.
  2. Site issues fixed. Except for Batoto, all the other site options are working perfectly now. I’m going to work on Batoto’s issues for some more time, but if it takes too long, I will remove the site option for the time being. I’m sorry, Batoto lovers, but I want to release the extensions I’ve been working on ASAP.
  3. Proxy Settings. You asked for it, and you will get it. MC v5.2 will support proxy settings.
  4. Not a very important addition, but now you will know exactly how long to wait before the download begins. No longer to stare at the ‘Verifying’ and ‘Starting’ phases, wondering if something is wrong lol.

These are stuff I’m working on at the moment. If I find the time, I may add a new site or two to the supported sites list, but I can’t guarantee that. However, know this: MC is going to be more reliable than ever 🙂

Have a Good Friday! (Pun completely intended)

Cheers

Geekista

MangaCrazy Problems


I know. I know I promised that a new MangaCrazy version would be out for Christmas, and I know you guys have been facing a lot of problems recently. There have been a lot of changes going around (Java 8, Windows 10 problems, Internet problems, you name it). My inbox is flooded with mails, both appreciation ones and panicked ones (!!), and the list of pending comments here in WordPress is overwhelming.

So I’m sorry, I just can’t reply to you all individually. I just hope that you drop by my blog again and see this, my answers to your questions.

  1. If MC is not running, PLEASE CHECK FAQ. I don’t mean to sound harsh, but there is a reason I created that page. Because. It’s got to be the MOST Frequently Asked Question here 😛
  2. Batoto. My nemesis >_< With every released version I update the code for Batoto and then it works… till it doesn’t. Right now they have thrown me a curve-ball and I have to do a lot of figuring out. If you are interested to know, here’s the basics: I fetch Manga images from the html code, but now Batoto fetches content via ajax so a lot of stuff needs to be changed.
  3. If you cannot download chapters from Mangafox and it shows unrelated error, I suggest you go to the site and open the chapter that’s failing. I noticed that some Mangas are licensed and hence not available anymore in certain regions, and that is not something MC is able to overcome at this moment. If it’s not so, I suggest you try downloading after a while, one chapter a time. It might just be a network issue.
  4. Will I add (INSERT_SITE_NAME_HERE) to MC? Well now that you posed the question, I now am aware of the site and if possible, will try and add it in a future release 🙂
  5. Similarly, will I add (INSERT_FEATURE_SUGGESTION_HERE) to MC? I have to say this, thank you for your idea(s), I really appreciate your suggestions. I may add it to MC (as I have done previously too) if it fits 🙂
  6. The link to MC v5.1 does lead to MC v5.1 even though the title says v5.0. I had released that hurriedly and forgot to change the text!

Since my classes started again and my coursework pile is growing at an alarming rate, I’m not able to give MC much time, and so changes are taking place at tortoise-pace. But, honestly, I will try to release the next version as soon as possible 🙂

Thank you for using MC, folks; and btw Geekista has had over 114,000 hits. When did THAT happen?!

Cheers,

Geekista

What to expect from MC5?


I asked you all to vote whether or not I release MC5 for alpha testing, and I must say, the votes were quite definitive!

And this poll was before I even told you what to expect from MC5. Thank you for believing in me anyway! So here goes a comparison of the current version (MC3.9) and MC5, and you can see what’s different and what to expect. 88% of you guys asked for MC5, while there are about 10% who are understandably worried about an unstable release. Hence, while I will be making MC5 available for download later today MC5 is now currently available for download, I will still keep MC3.9’s link on the main Download Page, and it’s up to you which one to download. I’m going to put up a sample video too I have put up a video here, to help you guys make the most of MC (thanks to Dohm for the idea!). So if you’re here to download MangaCrazy, do go ahead, but if you want, come back in a few hours because you’ll get to enjoy lots of extra features! There are now 2 versions to choose from!

Features MangaCrazy v5.0 MangaCrazy v3.9
Partial Search Supports partial manga-name search. Lets you choose the manga you wish to download Supports full manga-name search. Compares different manga names to get the exact match and then proceeds to download
Manga Description Has a dedicated area for description of mangas.  No such facility present.
Separate areas for manga-search and Downloads  Yes  No
Lists mangas in other languages Yes (Batoto only) Allows download if link is pasted
Button to download all chapters at once Yes No
Track manga chapters downloaded Yes Yes
Store Mangas systematically Yes Yes
Compress Mangas .cbz and .zip .cbz and .zip
Supported Manga Sites MangaFox, Batoto, MangaGo and MangaReader MangaFox, Batoto and MangaReader
Direct download of chapters from link MangaFox, Batoto and MangaReader MangaFox, Batoto and MangaReader

Alpha-testing MangaCrazy v5: to do or not to do


I have been working on, and using this version since so long (December!) that I almost forgot that the rest of you are NOT using it too! I have been refining it, but being busy with my day job, I’m unable to devote much time. But the version IS workable, and I hate it that it’s not being used.

A hint: the program is worth skipping a version number 😛

So tell me what you think: want to try it already, or wait for more additions? I’ll keep the poll open till 7th March ’15, and then act as per the majority decision.

So vote now!

MangaCrazy 3.9: Little things that matter [Download link at bottom]


HI everyone! I’m sorry for this late update. I haven’t been able to find enough time to devote to improving MangaCrazy, and I was hell bent on adding spectacular features before releasing a new version.

But spectacular features require time.

And in the meanwhile, you guys were having to put up with the annoying ‘error’ messages and what not. So I have decided to release whatever I have completed as of yet, and then I’ll continue with the slow upgrading. In this version, I hope you will encounter ‘error’ less frequently. MangaCrazy now also supports compression in .cbz form. Now double clicking on a downloaded manga opens the .zip/.cbz file directly, so goodies for you if you have set default preferences to a manga reader software 😉 . All of you who had issues about Batoto, I hope you will find this version satisfactory, and I have a titbit to share: if you wish to download Manga in a different language, just copy the chapter link and drop it in the downloads bar and voila! Thanks, A. Bera for pointing this one out! And for all of you who had issues downloading from Mega, I have put up the .jar file in Google Drive for now, at least till I find a good file sharing site. One down side though: this version does not support MangaBird, which was giving the program a lot of trouble.

Last but not the least, I want to thank all of you 4500+ people who have downloaded my little program, and all you great folks who have kept sending me your suggestions and feedbacks. MangaCrazy still has a long way to go, and I hope you will bear with me. I am afraid the next update will take a while in coming – I plan to renovate MangaCrazy. And here’s a bit of what I aim to achieve: support listing of mangas in other languages (from Batoto at least). A better search algorithm that will speed things up. And support MangaStream and a few more sites. And a few more ideas I am keeping to myself for now 😉 .

So till then, enjoy MangaCrazy 3,9! And thank you so much guys, for my site has >25k hits!! \m/

Download Link: Download MangaCrazy v3.9 (Google drive’s gonna say ‘No preview available’, but that’s because it’s not a doc, pdf or image file, so it’s fine. Don’t worry!)