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Native App request - Daily comic strip viewer (xkcd, C&H,etc)

asked 2014-12-23 06:13:42 +0300

updated 2015-03-22 19:31:15 +0300

Can we have native App that automatically delivers / displays set Comics (C&H, xkcd, Dilbert, PhD Comics, etc)? If there are any copyright issue it could just point to the web URL. (say, www.gocomics.com)

On Linux desktop, when I was on KDE, i loved the Comic Viewer gadget and now xkcd viewer in Cinnamon that refreshes comics on a daily basis.

P.S. I installed Gocomics from 1Mobile Android store and seems to work fine at the moment.

Am not a programmer but based on my limited understanding of tech, - Since Sailfish also uses Qt / QML , should be able to port / adapt the widget as an app?

Comic widget Repository link for easy reference.

Check the KDE Plasma Tutorial for plugin.

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I think I'm at a halfway mark. I've succesfully read XKCD inside the SailfishOS SDK emulator with my app Comic Sailor. It crashes at certain points and the UI is ugly so I won't publish it yet.

Once it's working the first release will support XKCD, Diesel Sweeties, Peebles Lab and Spiked Math. They are all licensed under Creative Commons. The other comics requested are copyrighted and the authors that I contacted didn't give their permission to use their comics, so I won't.

I'm a bit busy for the time being so I can't tell you when it's ready for release. The codebase can be found in https://github.com/jaacoppi/comicsailor in case anyone is interested in helping out or forking..

EDIT: Was supposed to add a comment to my own answer thread. Sorry for the confusion.

jaacoppi ( 2015-03-08 19:36:27 +0300 )edit

BTW, just noticed this question is a duplicate: See an earlier post: https://together.jolla.com/question/40855/wanted-comic-book-reader/

jaacoppi ( 2015-03-22 19:31:04 +0300 )edit

I believe that is for reading comic book file types...like FBreader http://fbreader.org/content/jollahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comic_book_archive

anandrkris ( 2015-03-24 05:39:36 +0300 )edit

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answered 2015-02-04 09:41:32 +0300

I'm interested in trying to make this app from scratch. My Jolla Phone is still in the mail and I've never developed for mobile or QT, so this would be an easy learning project for me. Don't expect it anytime soon though. If everything goes well an alpha version might be ready in two or three months at earliest.

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That would be great. Thanks :) Good luck and have fun with your Jolla :)

anandrkris ( 2015-02-04 10:41:50 +0300 )edit

When you get started, put up repository for it and post it here.

spiikki ( 2015-02-04 13:11:17 +0300 )edit

You would start here: https://sailfishos.org/

You don't need the phone to start, you can use the emulator.

Mariusmssj ( 2015-02-04 14:48:40 +0300 )edit

FWIW, I've got the XKCD RSS feed added into my Linguine app for the N900. Might be a little over-weight of an app for what you're looking for, but at least it's more code to examine. :) (A screenshot.)

Copernicus ( 2015-02-13 19:10:14 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-03-22 19:28:59 +0300

Just submitted mine, Comic Sailor. Daily Comics seems more complete at the moment.

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Cool, I will have a look at it. Thanks!

anandrkris ( 2015-03-24 05:30:46 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-03-22 16:54:04 +0300

Spotted one in Openrtepos. Just brilliant!

Daily Comics

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answered 2015-02-13 16:31:07 +0300

Andy Branson gravatar image

My own solution to this is to use ocNews from Openrepos, which synchronizes with the RSS aggregation app on my Owncloud. This means I can subscribe to comics and other feeds, read them on my phone, but also read them through the Owncloud reader and unread status will be synchronized with my Jolla.

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answered 2015-03-26 05:53:24 +0300

WhyNotHugo gravatar image

My solution is pretty simple (and I hope I can scale if for others someday).

I've a server app that polls different RSS feeds, and emails me new entries. These emails go into a special mailbox, where I catch up with comics, blogs, and others.

The advantages of a simple RSS client, is that email is synced across devices via IMAP, so the read/deleted/etc status is immediately synced though all my devices.

You also get a huge choice of readers, since you can use practically any email client (including webmail).

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The problem with RSS feeds is they generally only support the latest comics. If that works for you, it's okay. Personally I prefer the option to start reading from strip #1 and read every single strip.

jaacoppi ( 2015-03-26 08:47:16 +0300 )edit

Oh, right, I'd never though about old comics. Good observation.

WhyNotHugo ( 2015-03-29 02:35:37 +0300 )edit
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