"If you already have comics in a digital format, Comic Zeal is simply the best way to read them on your iPad."
Comic Zeal is currently the best app for reading comics on your iPad. Whether you're a member of the mighty Marvel marauders, a dedicated DC-for-lifer, or someone who prefers the alternative and independent sequential art scene, if you already have your comics in a digital format -- especially if you bought those massive Marvel DVDs containing all the early issues of Avengers, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, X-Men, etc. in PDF -- Comic Zeal should be your go-to reader.
You can sync PDF, CBR/RAR, or CBZ/ZIP files straight over to Comic Zeal from iTunes via file sharing if you absolutely have to, and with Wi-Fi sync it's easier than ever. I just drop mine into Dropbox, hit the Dropbox app on iPad, download them, hit the action button, and tell Dropbox to open them in Comic Zeal. It would be nice if Comic Zeal could hook into Dropbox (and other online storage pools) directly, eliminating a step. Here's hoping we get that in the future.
Comic Zeal also has a lot of great options for organizing and displaying your comics, including by series and in a grid, so you can more easily find the issue you want, when you want. You can choose between swiping or tapping -- or both -- to change pages, tapping or hitting a button -- or both -- to show and hide the navigation tools, and a variety of other features, including zoom. Alas, you there's no tactile way to manipulate your comics (you can't put them into "jiggly mode to re-arrange or delete them, or put them into folders), and turning pages lacks the iBooks-style animation and doesn't feel as crisp as it ought to.
- Fast, well organized, good options and controls, and did I mention fast?
- Supports popular formats like PDF, CRB, and CBZ.
- Lacks iPad-like tactile manipulation and page turning.
- Lacks integration with popular online storage services like Dropbox.
The bottom line
If you already have comics in a digital format, Comic Zeal is simply the best way to read them on your iPad.
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FAIL. The best comic book reading app out there is ComicGlass. By far.
I would have to agree with macsmister ... ComicGlass is a lot better for 2 main reasons
1) when you import files into ComicGlass it keeps the file integrity unlike ComicZeal which converts the file to folder and jpg files.
2) ComicGlass also includes a server client app that allows you to access yor collection from anywhere.
I do have to say that ComicZeal has a beautiful interface but when it comes to functionality ComicGlass is top notch
Hope that helps ;O)
The best comic reader is Comics Reader Pro from Ape Island, i am using it for a lot of time, and i like it! Its fast and stable, i were using comic zeal before, but now i am using this one, its way more better )
I tried comic zeal, ComicGlass, comic flow, and comixology. Comic zeal has the very best organization but its reading interface is choppy. I found it to be borderline unusable for its primary purpose: reading the comics. Comic flow's reading interface is excellent. Smooth and easy to use, but its organizational capabilities are nonexistent,. I am storing my comics on my home Web server, and I liked the fact that comicglass has an integrated web browser. I can download a whole folder of issues at once. Comic glass's organization is not intuitive, but it works once you figure it out.
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