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

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!)

Todo: Resolve Batoto errors (and 15000+ hits!)


I’ve been hearing from a lot of people that download is not taking place successfully if Batoto is selected as the preferred location. And that Batoto has changed its images’ domain. Thank you, guys, for reporting this to me, and for using MangaCrazy in the first place! I’m sort of lost at the moment because of personal reasons, but I promise I’ll make time and fix this bug atleast, this weekend (too many stuff stacked, but I’ll do it!))

So till then, please have patience! And do keep an eye out for the next version that’ll come out next week! (I’ll do it! \m/ )

Cheers

Geekista

P.s. And I just noticed this, but Geekista’s had more than 15000 visitors at this point! I’m speechless! Thank you so much guys! *Feels more motivated than ever*

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Behold MangaCrazy v3.0!


I’m very sorry for the very long wait! It definitely took me longer than I thought to finish my other responsibilities before I could get down to work on my poor Downloader – and honestly a lot of other stuff is still pending. I got a job (yay) and I have tons of paperwork to complete before I leave, but still I somehow did manage to sneak some time for my pet project 😀 So behold the new version! And here’s a treat: MangaCrazy v3.0 now supports Mangareader.net and Mangabird.com!! ^_^ Just select the site you want to search in, enter the manga’s name and voilà! new I worked on fixing the Batoto part too, but there wasn’t much I had to do. I realised what was wrong only now: Batoto does not host many licensed mangas. So while the chapters would show up using the other sites, Batoto would fail… And I thought it was a bug in my program 🙂 #phew I have fixed some issues with the compression, so hopefully now the errors would be more infrequent. The chapter/volume storage needed a bit of tweaking too, and now it’s done. I had planned v3.0 really ambitiously, had aimed to add much more sites, but sadly I ran out of site names! These are the sites I frequent the most. If you guys visit/prefer some other sites, please, do mention them in comments so that I can add them too! And for those who are newbies and don’t have any preference, here are a few tips:

  1. If you want your manga to be stored in really systematic manner, go for MangaFox
  2. If you want your scans/images to be of high(er) quality,goforBatoto. Of course, accordingly the image size would be larger (not too much though))
    1. However, some licensed mangas are unavailable in Batoto
    2. Batoto being scanslator-friendly, the naming might be a bit off, but I have made it to be as systematic as possible
  3. Between MangaReader and MangaBird, I have no preferences. Sometimes MangaReader loads faster, and sometimes MangaBird uploads the raws (aka spoilers), so if you can’t wait for the translations…!

I wish to thank all you people who took some time to leave behind your comments. And I hope you would like this one too. And naturally, being a sort of airhead, I might have overlooked some test-cases and situations. So if you run into any problems or find any bugs, please let me know!

Geekista 🙂

Download MangaCrazy v3.0! [Size ~ 108 kB]  The file has been moved to archives. Please download the latest version from the main MangaCrazy Downloads page, or from the sidebar. Thank you!

 

I heard there is a BUG!


See, it seems there is a problem. TWO, in fact! *Oh God*

First – Batoto.net did something. They changed their site’s format or something, I haven’t really investigated what, but MangaCrazy is able to extract only first few chapters of a manga, and that too incompletely… Argh! Good news is, Mangafox is still accessible. Mangafox is currently making some manga titles (once they are licensed) inaccessible in certain countries, but fear not. MangaCrazy can still download them!

So folks, make sure that the site you’re searching is Mangafox in the Options/preferences… Currently Batoto is the default site. I’ll fix this ASAP. (Sorry for the inconvenience! 😦 )

Second – MangaCrazy didn’t run well on Windows 8! I do NOT have Win8, so I had no way of checking on that platform and just blindly trusted omnipotent JRE. But then I wanted to show off my little program to my cousin who downloaded it on HIS Win 8… Guess what? Didn’t work -_- I’m not sure it was just his system, or is this true for all Windows 8 systems? I would be eternally grateful if you guys could just give the program a trial on whatever platform you use and let me know if you faced any problems. (The link is on the sidebar)

 

Going crazy,

Geekista.

 

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Unveiling MangaCrazy v2.5!


Update 20 Aug 2014: The program has really levelled up. Please note that the current version includes all the functionalities mentioned down below and much more too.

Here it is – the version 2.5 of my full fledged Manga Downloader, and now it has a name too! Behold MangaCrazy – the free Manga Downloader that supports both Batoto as well as Mangafox! (Update 05-Apr-2014: This strike-through is very temporary, I’m working to reclaim the lost territory! For the meanwhile, please set the search site as “Mangafox”. For further details, please check out https://bakshree.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/i-heard-there-is-a-bug/. Sorry for the inconvenience! )

Grab it for free here: This is an older version. Please download the latest version from the sidebar or from the main downloads page! You can still find this version in the archives, though.

This version is rich with features, and I hope you would like them! I have included a manga-tracking functionality that helps you remember what chapters you have already downloaded. You can also decide how the mangas are stored, chapter-wise or volume wise (if volume numbers are available, that is. Some, like webtoons, usually don’t come as volumes so they would automatically be stored chapter-wise).

When more than one sites are supported, it means that you can not only enter MangaFox or Batoto links to get the manga, but you can also merely type just the manga’s name and the program will find it for you. So this means you need to decide which site would be your first preference in search. So this version lets you decide that.

I have included one final option in the preferences – whether or not to compress the final file. Many of us read the mangas using softwares like CDisplay or Comical which support rar/zip/cbr/cbz files. MangaCrazy can, now, convert the downloaded manga into .zip files if the option is selected. It will also delete the original downloaded chapter/folder in order to save space. If you want to, you can always unzip the .zip file to get it back =)

Apart from these major changes, I have played with the GUI for a bit. A preference button beside the “Add Download” button, and having icons instead of text on buttons is just some of them. The download list is now sortable, and hopefully less error-prone. Check out the details provided in the screenshots below.

However, being a one-woman team, of course there must be some facets I must have overlooked. And I’d be extremely grateful if anybody could help me and pointed them out! I AM really grateful to the positive feedback I received from some of you folks. It drives home the realisation that my effort isn’t just whimsical and that it indeed helped someone else . So thank you for using my Manga Downloader, henceforth MangaCrazy – the free Manga Downloader =)

Just a heads up, the .jar file is a bit larger than the previous version. It is… wait for it… 102 kBs large. I hope you guys will forgive me 😛

So here’s what’s different:

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You must have noticed – my little program not only has its own name (MangaCrazy) but also its own symbol/logo! What else is different? The user interface is even more intuitive, with icons present instead of text on buttons. As previously mentioned, a manga tracking option, if selected, keeps track of the mangas you download and displays the previously downloaded chapters in green so that you don’t download them again by mistake (but if you want to do intentionally, it won’t stop you!). And of course, the other new feature is that Batoto is supported. More about that later.

The gear button present next to the “Add Download” button launches the Preferences Dialog.

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The Preferences dialog lets you customize MangaCrazy as per your requirement. You can select your download location, the manner in which the mangas are stored as well as choose whether or not to enable tracking.

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Like I said earlier, MangaCrazy currently supports two sites – Batoto and Mangafox. So you can select which site you would prefer to download from. However, if the manga cannot be found in the preferred site, the program continues to search for it in the other site. About choosing which to set as the preferred site – while Batoto is scanslator friendly and provides better quality of scans/images, Mangafox is more structured and there are no redundant chapters (Just a brief comparison).

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Many manga reader softwares like CDisplay open files in compressed form. So if you choose to, you can get your manga ready in compressed form =).

And finally, a message from this developer:

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So, if you’re already here, do drop a line!!

I hope you guys enjoy this =)

Cheers!