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

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

Scheduling next version of MangaCrazy


It’s been a long time since I’ve last posted anything here; I won’t ramble and cut straight through.

A new version of MangaCrazy is now long overdue, and I plan to work on my code once my vacations start. This release I will be focusing on pressing issues like:

  1. Updating the code to work with changes made by Batoto and MangaReader
  2. Add proxy settings so that the network issues faced by some will be resolved
  3. Make MC compatible with Win 8.1 and Win 10 : especially compression issues

So look forward to a revamped MC this Christmas!

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!

Throwback Thursday (and 30000 hits!)


Geekista now has had 30k hits! The number of his has doubled in mere months, and I’m still amazed and ecstatic that MangaCrazy has attracted so many people.(I’m in no illusions that folks land here just to read my posts… And I don’t blog that frequently either to gather a large following.) And if my program has made people happy, it makes my geeky heart happier still. So thank you,  once again, for using MangaCrazy, and for writing such wonderful words of encouragement as well as suggestions!

MangaCrazy has come a long way… You can see that for yourself!
It began like this…

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You had to go to Mangafox, open a chapter, copy the first image’s URL and paste here, enter the number of pages and then hit submit. Phew!

Then came this…

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As an improvement, you had to enter the chapter link. The interface was so… Meh 😀 And it supported only Mangafox.

Then came the huge jump…

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This layout stuck for a while, and had many versions. Supporting other sites, adding compression options, choosing download location, tracking downloaded manga chapters, so on. Sample:

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The next visible change came in the form of…

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The current version looks like this one!

Doesn’t the growth remind of this? 😀

evolution-of-man

The journey has been thrilling so far, and there are many improvements that are in the works. I’m not going to show any spoiler pictures, but expect lots of changes in the next version!

Happy Throwback Thursday!