Porting over existing comics

Asked by Nick Chapman on 2012-04-12

What about reformatting existing comics in .cbr format?

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Robert Pastierovic
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2012-04-13
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Best Robert Pastierovic (just-me) said : #1

CBR is based on RAR archiver which is proprietary technology, therefore ACBF Viewer only supports CBZ (zip archives) currently. ACBF file can be embedded into CBZ archive, you may take a look on Ryan Estrada's comic which is included in SampleComicBooks.zip along with other comics. Creating a ACBF file takes time and work. Everyone is invited to study the specifications and existing sample comics (especially Craphound comic which takes full advantage of specifications) and create/convert their own comics to ACBF.

Nick Chapman (nwchapman) said : #2

I'm going to give it a go. For one thing, converting from CBR to CBZ is
dead simple. It would be fun to try to convert some of the old stuff I
have to this format.

On Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM, Robert Pastierovic <
<email address hidden>> wrote:

> Your question #193454 on Advanced Comic Book Format changed:
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> Status: Open => Answered
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> Robert Pastierovic proposed the following answer:
> CBR is based on RAR archiver which is proprietary technology, therefore
> ACBF Viewer only supports CBZ (zip archives) currently. ACBF file can be
> embedded into CBZ archive, you may take a look on Ryan Estrada's comic
> which is included in SampleComicBooks.zip along with other comics.
> Creating a ACBF file takes time and work. Everyone is invited to study
> the specifications and existing sample comics (especially Craphound
> comic which takes full advantage of specifications) and create/convert
> their own comics to ACBF.
>
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Nick Chapman (nwchapman) said : #3

Thanks Robert Pastierovic, that solved my question.

Nick Chapman (nwchapman) said : #4

By the way, I should have said "thanks" and let you know that I have been promoting the heck out of this.

Robert Pastierovic (just-me) said : #5

You're welcome. Conversion to ACBF is not simple though, I mean creating panels boundaries and bubbles polygons. I used InkScape to draw polygons over the background image, then saved it to SVG and then took out the coordinates from resulting SVG file (I made a shell script for that conversion and it can be found in the source code repository). In the future I plan to write a HOW-TO document about it. Until some editor for ACBF files is created it won't be easy though.

Emery (em3ry) said : #6

I made some Bash scripts to convert CBZs and CBRs to ACBFs using my acbfp utility. This is a very simple conversion, there are no panels or bubbles defined. I figure someday editors will first create simple ACBF files and then load them into an ACBF editor.

The stuff is in Tools/Pack, I'm not sure how to upload source archives to Launchpad yet.
Needless to say it'll probably only work on Linux.