Choose comic save location + open the format to other players/viewers?

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Let me choose where I want to save the comic book files. They get pretty big at ~30mb each as I've seen, and I know I don't want them saved on my C drive let alone my docs folder. Yea sure a power user might just make a folder link to another or w/e but I don't want to have to do that.

Also, let me not have to be restricted to using the graphic.ly comic app to view the comic. Since it's once again just a zip file with jpegs (I'm guessing with a modified header or something of the like since I can't just view them in regular photo viewers) I'd love to be able to easily view them on say my mobile device like my Archos which will definitely not run flash let alone air, but is something I use a lot to read books or watch videos, etc...

*edit* Should also add there's the issue of ownership that goes with the second idea. I love the idea of the comics being online, easy to find and easy to buy. But I don't want it tied into the application. This is a form of DRM - and a deal breaker for me as well. If I can't do whatever I want with the content I've purchased, I'll stick with the other methods I've already been using instead. Same concerns come up as with other similar systems; what happens to my data and content when the company dies or decides not to support, what if I want to do X, do I have to always be able to log in and be online to view my comics, etc... etc...
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Hardeep

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Micah Baldwin, CEO

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We will probably allow for control of where the files themselves get downloaded as we get closer to actual public launch.

Due to DRM and the requirements of the publisher, we need to be careful with the portability of the file itself.

What we are working on is spearheading a Digital Comics Open Standard that we hope will be accepted by publishers and digital comic companies alike.

Our intent is that you buy the comic once, and then can view it on any device. For some devices, like the Archos (unless its running Android), it may take awhile for us to put together a viewer for the device. Our hope is to cover the vast majority of use cases, so you can "do what you want with the content" Which I assume is read it where you want, not share it with others... :)

In terms of DRM, its something that, at least in the short term, will have to be part of the digital comics solution. Until we can find a way to compensate creators/publishers for their intellectual property (sounds a lot like music, doesnt it?) we have to respect their wishes and rights, and apply an appropriate level of DRM.

Our hope is with the Digital Comics Open Standard, and as digital matures, that DRM will be applied differently.

(After all, you cant read books you buy for the kindle unless they are viewed in kindle software...books are going to be a different beast than music)
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Hardeep

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What I'd love to see is the open standard really being open and allowing anyone to implement it and not leaving it up to you guys to do so. And of course, doing what I want is not necessarily spreading it to others but being able to consume it in any way I want. Although, the topic of how sharing (amongst other things) has suddenly become a bad thing in the digital era is another topic and one that seriously irks me so won't get into that.

I do like the idea of the open standard though, and will be looking to see how that develops.

Also, just since you mentioned it - I don't have a kindle because of their DRM and the fact that when I buy a book there it's not even really mine. I'm essentially buying a license to view the book for as long as the publisher deems I can. *Not. Right.* People need to understand that things like DRM only really penalize the paying customers, those who want to get it through other means always have and will continue to do so - and they don't have to deal with the DRM either. Meh. Just like music, and books :P

To be fair though, I completely understand the desire of publishers to want to have control over how their content is distributed. I simply think there must be a better way than most DRM is done now. It's just that everyone seems to be focused on the problem of how to make their DRM stronger instead of trying to figure out how to make it better so we haven't gotten there yet :/
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Micah Baldwin, CEO

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I want the Open Standard to really be open. So that everyone can use and implement it with the blessing of the publishers and creators. I dont think it will be an easy thing to do, but I am willing to lead the fight.

DRM is just something we need to be aware and respectful of until such a time that folks are ok with a different solution.

I think with comics specifically, the IP and royalty issues are much more complex than music, so if we had non-DRM'd versions of books, the distribution of revenue would also be much more complex.

We are of the mind that content should be open and free. We just need to convince a few more folks... :)
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Hardeep

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That's a great answer, and I'm definitely gonna keep a close eye on how you guys do. And if the you as the CEO are truly willing to stand by those words, then you have my support :) Good luck!
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Micah Baldwin, CEO

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Thanks man! It won't happen over night, but it will....
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I have multiple drives on my pc and would like any comics downloaded to go to a different directory than the default, is there a way to do this?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
I would like the ability to change the location of downloaded comics.
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Boris Kostadinov

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I think it would be great if you could choose the drive location where the application stores the download comic book files. I rarely keep anything else than windows + applications on the system partition (because I like to wipe it clean every few months :) and it is usually too small to contain additional gigabytes of data (like 15-20 comic files that can grow with the time). On the other hand if I store the comic files on one of my data drives, then I can even reinstall the windows without losing the downloaded comic files. It would be great if at installation (or re-installation) time you could specify the location of these stored files and the application could simply use them without downloading them anew (that of course only if you own the comics in that folder).
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I want to be able to choose which drive on my computer and which file to store my downloaded comics. While this happen anytime soon? If not, then I cannot use this potentially wonderful program.
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Ivan Vega

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Yeah, please don't litter my personal folder. I hate when apps do that.
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Ivan Vega

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Yeah, please don't litter my personal folder. I hate when apps do that.