A tiny Windows program for pleasant and enhanced reading and browsing of comics and other images
A tool for reading webcomics (or any set of sequential images) with annotation. Current version is 1.9. Source available on Github.
Linux builds coming eventually, but you can make your own with QB64. See qb64.org for more information. (note: due to extensive reliance on Windows shell commands for file acquisition, Linux build will likely have a much reduced feature set and thus not be a priority. Sorry. I make software I can use. Feel free to take it and run with it if you want.)
This file contains only public domain example images. For comic packages, see below.
To add images, copy or move a directory into the program folder. Images will be detected and indexed automatically when loaded from the main menu. Currrently supported formats are PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF.
Drag a directory onto the executable to copy the directory and open the program to the main menu. The imported directory will be marked (new).
→arrow keys to navigate.
↓arrow keys to scroll image vertically.
↓to resize the window. (also supports dragging the edge of the window with the mouse.
Homeresizes the window to fit the current image.
Ffor Fullscreen (
Entercycles through different fullscreen modes.)
Jto Jump to a specific image number (leave blank to cancel, any input greater than the number of images will jump to the last one.)
Ato view Alt text.
Smakes alt text Show by default.
Ito view image Information.
Oto keep image information On.
Wto Write new alt text for the current image.
Cto Copy the alt text for the current image to the clipboard.
Xinstead copies the full file path.
Lto return to the main file menu and Load another directory.
Default folder is saved in main program directory as default.txt. Delete this file or press
Lduring program operation to clear default.
There are no plans to support horizontal scrolling at this time.
A crash can occur if the viewing window isn't wide enough to center the image on the screen. This is easily fixed by increasing the width in settings.txt but I'd still like to figure it out.Fixed, hopefully. Fix long alt text display so it doesn't wrap mid-wordDone Support multiple comic packages, with auto-generated menus based on directoriesDone Automatically generate a file list and bookmark fileDone Add key to show current image informationDone Have an option to not see alt text automatically. (i.e. you press "A" on each individual image instead of just leaving it enabled. This is useful for comics like XKCD, where the alt text is often an extra joke that you're meant to read after the comic.)Done Add option to change or add alt text for the currently displayed imageDone
- Add support for custom bookmarks and chapters
- Support for zooming
- Menu for configuring browsing settings per directory
- achewood_2x.zip (1.22 GB)
The entire original run from achewood.com up to the 2014 hiatus, up-scaled with waifu2x and saved as high-quality PNG files.
- achewood.zip (77.6 MB)
The original low-resolution images with alt text, for lower-bandwidth connections or the authentic web experience.
- gof_2x.zip (40.3 MB)
The 43 Achewood strips that comprise the beloved Great Outdoor Fight storyline, upscaled and saved in high-quality. A good preview of the full achewood_2x package.
- codex_s.zip (148 MB)
The Codex Seraphinianus. A mysterious book. No annotations.
Comic packages are hosted off-site due to storage/bandwidth concerns. If any of these downloads is broken please let me know.
To install, unzip into the mr_teal directory. Report any bugs to email@example.com or use the contact form.
I obviously am in no way affiliated with Achewood and all credit for these packages goes to Chris Onstad; I'm just a fan who re-reads the archives frequently, and wanted the best possible way to do that. Please support the author if you are able at achewood.com.
I grant full permission to use this program for any purpose, including commercially. If you have a set of comics you'd like to see here, drop me a line.