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!)

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Mangacrazy v3.5 – A fresh UI, and revamped algorithm


Lo and behold, version 3.5 is here! I’m sorry for the late update… Not sure if you know, but I am 2 months into my new (and first) job, away from home, and working for almost 12 hours ( 😥 ). Gone are the carefree college days. There is one perk though: I’m spending my time coding; I’m getting paid for something I love to do. So Geekista is mollified.

Back to the topic, this upgrade is very, very essential. There was a major assumption in my search algorithm, which sometimes selected the wrong manga. It’s fixed now, let me assure you. Thanks, Nahla, for pointing it out! I also want to thank all the others who left such wonderful, encouraging comments and took time to mail me, and mentioned me on Twitter! They really make my day.

I have also played with the UI a bit. I have not changed the color/theme in order to keep the interface familiar, but hopefully it will feel smoother now. So if you use MangaCrazy, thank you so much, but please get this latest version!

As usual, the file size is ~110KB. The download link is present in the main download page, and on the sidebar. Happy Manga downloading!

[Note: After seeing that some of you are interested, I have enabled elaborate error messages in the console. So if you run the application from there, you would be able to find out exactly what went wrong. And I’ll be extremely grateful if you reported those messages to me so that I’ll be able to fix them too. Thank you!]

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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!

Going open source


Now that the MangaFox Downloader v2.0 is in a respectable condition, I’ve decided to go open source! Yay!

I don’t know  much about Git and all, so it’s going to take a while but the first step’s been taken! I registered into SourceForge.net just a few minutes ago, and it’s not long till it’s in there… hopefully 😀 😀

Why open source? Well… it’s not like I’m building a secret weapon. If my code helps someone else out, it’s cool. Alternately, if someone has some great idea and helps me out with the project, it can grow! This is the first step towards making MangaFox Downloader into Manga Downloader after all 😀

Hope it doesn’t take much long ^_^

23 Aug 13 update – Manga Downloader now MangaFox Ripper


Last week I’d set a short term agenda in order to make the manga downloader user-friendly and remove errors present, and now I’m thrilled to state that I think I did it 😀 But I had to sacrifice one thing to achieve that – the manga downloader is no longer a universal downloader but one that would work only with MangaFox. But the happy news is that it is easy to update and I can add other sites to it later on!

So what’s different about this version of downloader, MangaFox Ripper?

1. You no longer have to open the first chapter and let the image load, and then acquire the image’s url. Nope, if you get the chapter’s url, it is definitely enough!

2. You no longer need to enter the no. of pages in the chapter (for which you would have had to open the first chapter too). MangaFox Ripper can figure out the no. of pages if you just input the chapter URL.

3. MangaFox Ripper is more intelligent. If you input an page’s url that is not from the first page but somewhere in the middle, it will just download the pages till the last chapter and will not download the pages preceding the entered one. This means if somehow an earlier download had been interrupted you can simply continue from where you’d left.

4. Hierarchical folder system – MangaFox Ripper can intelligently determine the manga’s name and chapter number, and can store the downloaded images in systematic order.

So let’s take a look at this newer version:

Save the application in the location you want your images to be downloaded (e.g. your Downloads folder)

Like before, you have to launch the application from command line from the location where you’ve stored the application (you may want to take a look at the previous post  A Peek into the Manga Downloader Project for a more detailed explanation regarding how you do that)

The command is different since the jar name is different, so you go

java.exe -jar MangaFoxRipper.jar

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You then need to get the chapter’s URL; it doesn’t matter from where. You can search for the manga and then get the URL from the manga’s page in MangaFox

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In my opinion, you can make the most of this program if you keep bookmarks in Mangafox so that you can keep tabs on the releases and download the new chapters as they come without navigating to the chapter.

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After acquiring the chapter’s url, all you need is to enter it in the MangaFox Ripper.

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After you click on submit, MangaFox Ripper automatically figures out the no. of pages it has to download and starts downloading.

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After the download is over, it flashes the message in it’s status.

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Once the download is over, you can click on “open” to go to the download location, and see the manga images stored in proper hierarchy.

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It now no longer matters how the images are named; if they show up on the site, they will get downloaded.

So I think I did it… The MangaFox Ripper is ready to roll! *Does a happy jig*

Now I can say what I’ve ALWAYS wanted to… which is…

I NEED BETA TESTERS! ARE YOU INTERESTED??!! *grin* 😀