Re: Comic Book Viewer - converting to pdf for printing
Comix etc have one defect from my point of view in that they don't seem to have the ability to print comics and from time to time I like to do that. (Also I like to combine multipart comic into a single file and that's quite easy with pdf's)
Given that pdf printing is dead easy I tried to find a way to easily convert cbr (and cbz) files to pdf and I rapidly found that in the Linux that is not easy to accomplish so I set about finding a way.
As I want Linux in general and Ubuntu in particular to eventually knock Windoze off it's perch I wanted this to be a GUI method for a very simple reason. If we Linux people say to a Windoze person interested in our much superior operating system that they have to learn arcane CLI commands they'll simply tell us to shove it!
(Also, I work with Cisco equip and, whilst I have to use CLI there I really don't see why I should have to when I don't need to because the human brain is genetically adapted to pictures NOT letters/numbers!)
After a bit of searching and experimenting here's my method -
Firstly make sure that you have "Archive Manager", "GNOME Photo Printer" and a pdf printer installed (All are in Synaptic Package Manger and also in Ubuntu Software Centre) and then follow the these steps -
(N.B. Steps 2-4 are to keep your original comic file intact and to make it easier to work on one file at a time if you have a lot of comic files in your original folder and also my mouse is set up for single click to open files/folders etc.)
1. Open up the folder that you have the comic in
2. Create a new folder (I call mine "renamed") and open it in a new tab
3. Highlight your comic, right click and select "copy"
4. Click on the "renamed" tab, right click in there and select "paste"
5. Highlight the pasted copy of your comic and select "rename"
6. Highlight the "cbr" at the end of the file name and type "rar" (If it's a "cbz" change that to "zip")
7. Click on any part of the blank area away from the file
8. Right click on your new ".rar" file and select "Open with Archive Manager"
9. Extract the file to your "renamed" folder
10. Click on new folder "Archive Manager has created and there you will find all the individual pages of your comic as .jpg files
11. Fire up GNOME Photo Printer
12. Highlight all the jpg's in 10. above and the drag them over into GNOME Photo Printer
13. You will then need to change the default settings for GNOME Photo Printer (and you'll have to do this each time btw) (I use 18xmx28xm with the margins set to .5cm all round and print as pdf but you can also print directly to paper at this point if you want but you lose the advantages od printing froma pdf)
14. Select your output folder and output file name (I use the "renamed" folder and the comic file name)
15. Click on "Print and very shortly thereafter you'll have a pdf of your comic which you can than print combine etc.
The whole process would be a lot easier though if "Comix" etc had a print function!
Last edited by pierrem-m; February 17th, 2011 at 04:23 AM.
The partial victory will be when Redmond makes Linux versions of their software and the full victory will be when Redmond goes open source!