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  1. val.m's Avatar
    Hi guys,

    I'd like to share with you my first app, Manga Blaze. It's a manga reader that helps you track and organise your favorite series.
    As a manga fan myself, I had a need for something that I couldn't quite get from the other available apps so I decided to give it a go and here's the result.

    I hope you like it! :)

    Manga Blaze is available for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone!

    Manga Blaze

    Manga Blaze is the best way to read your favorite manga. It can keep track of your progress and you'll be notified when new chapters are released.
    Browse the catalogs of multiple manga sources and download chapters to your phone so that you can read them anywhere.

    Some of the features:
    A large variety of settings, configure the app the way it best suits you
    A configurable live tile, with various display templates and data options, including new WP8.1 templates
    Download chapters to read offline
    Resume reading quickly from the last page that you were on
    Keep track of your reading progress
    Multiple manga sources (18 so far and more are coming):
    - English: MangaReader, MangaFox, MangaHere, Batoto, GoodManga, KissManga, MangaEden, MangaPanda, Mangable
    - Italian: MangaEden, Batoto (Italian)
    - German: DeManga, Batoto (German)
    - Spanish: MangaHere, Batoto (Spanish)
    - Russian: ReadManga
    - French: Batoto (French)
    - Portuguese: Batoto (Portuguese)
    Browse each source by applying various filtering criteria (genre, release year, status, alphabetical)
    Quickly check the recently released manga chapters on each source
    Easily update all your favorites or just a part of them
    Find new series either by name or author
    Backup your data on OneDrive and easily restore it if you need to
    Configure updates on app startup
    A background agent to notify you of the latest releases for your favorite series
    Bookmark specific pages, so that you can quickly get back to them
    Set custom posters for your favorites
    Im open to your suggestions to make the app better
    Additional Manga Blaze features can also be unlocked by in app purchase, which enhance the experience in various ways..

    Manga Blaze Plus is available since the WP7 days, when no IAP were available, so if you're running WP8+, I recommend you use Manga Blaze.

    Here are the changes in the new WP8.1 version:
    General: Improvements to chapter downloading, UI and under the hood
    General: Changed the way downloaded chapters are stored and handled, they are shown in chapter list always, doesn't matter if manga is in favorites or not (NOTE: offline data downloaded in the existing WP8.0 version will be removed)
    General: Reworked many parts of the app, should be much more stable now
    General: Improved the app multitasking, should work much better when returning to the app
    General: Missing images now show default image
    General: Splitting images will now work when reading online chapters
    General: Splitting images can be configured if split images should overlap
    General: App settings are now properly backed up/restored
    General: Notifications for new chapters should work better now
    General: New logo :)
    Home view: Context menus for recent items, remove from recent, add downloads and more
    Home view: Update button now includes various update options
    Home view: The pivot items can be hidden, configurable in settings
    Home view: Recent list can now show mangas with the same name from different sources
    Home view: New landing tips when first staring the app or when there are no recent items
    Manga details: Resume reading works not only for favorites
    Manga details: Chapter count is now based on actual number of available chapters
    Manga details: Last released chapter is shown bellow the chapter count
    Chapter view: You can now switch reading direction and reading mode while reading
    Chapter view: UI tweaks, progress for chapter downloads and reading direction indicator
    Chapter view: Menu option to reload the current page if it failed to load
    Chapter list: Updated chapter display, chapters can be selected one by one
    Chapter list: Chapters can be sorted by number or release date
    Chapter list: Additional context menu options, like download chapter and more
    Live tiles: New tile options, including WP8.1 tile templates
    Live tiles: Improved wide tile for custom tiles
    Live tiles: Fixed issue with constant reminders for new chapter when the chapter number is a decimal
    Sources: Fixed various issues like handling volume data, chapter number and titles, proper sorting
    Sources: Added Batoto sources in Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
    Sources: Added ReadManga (Russian) source
    Various other tweaks and bug fixes
    Manga Blaze | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)

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    Manga Blaze Plus | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)

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    Manga Blaze app for Windows in the Windows Store

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    Screenshots from the Windows Phone 8 version:

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    Last edited by val.m; 12-24-2014 at 02:02 AM.
    11-19-2013 07:38 AM
  2. stmav's Avatar
    Thanks for bringing a new app to the attention of our members here on WPCentral. It looks interesting and useful. Good luck with your apps, and please feel free to check out the other forums and interact with members here.
    11-19-2013 09:10 AM
  3. WavingReds's Avatar
    This is awesome, I was wondering will there be a W8 version of it to sync back and forth on devices
    Last edited by WavingReds; 11-23-2013 at 02:24 AM.
    11-23-2013 01:59 AM
  4. val.m's Avatar
    This is awesome, I was wondering will there be a W8 version of it to sync back and forth on devices
    I definitely plan to make a W8 version, but due to time constraints I'm not sure when I'll get the chance.
    I hope sooner rather then later, though. :)
    Last edited by val.m; 11-23-2013 at 07:14 AM.
    11-23-2013 04:01 AM
  5. val.m's Avatar
    There's a new version available.
    2.1 for WP8 and 1.4 for WP7.

    Added KissManga source
    Option to select the reading direction for each manga, left to right or right to left, as well as a global default setting
    Fixed memory usage issue when reading online chapters in slide view, which causes the app to suddenly close
    Fixed issue when trying to open downloaded chapters that are not in favorites list
    You can now save chapter images to the phone media library
    New chapters can be directly downloaded from the agent update notification
    Improvement to SkyDrive backup:
    - Option to use single file for the backups
    - Backup/restore of manga bookmarks
    - [full version] backup/restore application settings
    Various tweaks and minor improvements
    The free version will be ad supported for the foreseeable future

    [full version, WP8 only] Downloaded very large chapter pages can be split to be viewed without loss of quality and without being cut halfway (webtoons for example)
    [full version] Before saving the chapter page to the media library, the image can be edited with a number of tools
    [full version] Custom images can be set as manga posters, just pick any image and edit it if you like with the available tools
    [full version] No ads

    Manga Blaze | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)
    Manga Blaze Plus | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)
    12-03-2013 03:49 AM
  6. aeroljames06's Avatar
    tnx for the post... so i tried this app and its really good.. i decided to buy it, but now i have 2 apps and i can't restore backup from the trial to the paid app.. is there any way to do this? thanks in advance
    12-10-2013 10:29 AM
  7. val.m's Avatar
    Yes, you can. There's the option to backup your data to SkyDrive, just go to settings and scroll to the bottom of the options list.

    The backup files work across both apps, since they use the same code.

    I hope this helps.



    Sent from my Windows Phone
    12-11-2013 07:29 AM
  8. wonderlump's Avatar
    Hey, I love this app. I've had a good experience with it so far, but i had some issues with my phone and had to reset it. I did the backup with the skydrive, and can even see the file if i browse, but when I go to restore it, the button is greyed out. Did I do something wrong?
    01-28-2014 08:43 PM
  9. val.m's Avatar
    Hey, I love this app. I've had a good experience with it so far, but i had some issues with my phone and had to reset it. I did the backup with the skydrive, and can even see the file if i browse, but when I go to restore it, the button is greyed out. Did I do something wrong?
    Hi, to restore from your backup file, first you must select it.

    Tap the Browse SkyDrive button and then navigate to the location in your SkyDrive where the file is located and tap on the file name.
    You should get a toast notification that the file was selected for restoring.
    Navigate back to the SkyDrive settings page, the restore button should be enabled and you can start the restore process.

    If you have any problems, I'll be glad to help.
    01-29-2014 09:24 AM
  10. val.m's Avatar
    A new update is available for both WP8 (2.2.0.0) and WP7 (1.5.0.0) versions of the app.

    Here's a quick summary of the changes:
    • [WP8] A new panorama home view with various options to customize it (you can switch to the old one if you want to)
    • [WP8] [full version] New live tile customization options
    • [WP8] [full version] Options to update mangas on app startup
    • [WP8] Manga Blaze can be unlocked to the full version, no need to switch to Manga Blaze Plus
    • Added MangaHere (Spanish) and DeManga (Deutsch) sources
    • Search by author
    • Manga catalogs can be filtered by initial alphabetic
    • Fixed various issues with the existing sources
    • You can now reorder the sources list
    • In manga details, an option to find more from its author
    • In chapter list, an option to delete all read downloaded chapters
    • Tap on poster image in details to save it
    • Fixed OneDrive issue with selecting files from the root folder
    • Fixed issue with downloaded list showing chapters that were actually deleted
    • Various tweaks and fixes
    • Reduced the number of ads to just one
    03-05-2014 03:20 PM
  11. val.m's Avatar
    A small update for the WP8 version is now available:

    Changes in version 2.2.1.0
    • Fixed KissManga catalog browsing issue
    • Added the iconic tile option
    • Option to disable the live tile, use default app icon tile
    untitled007 likes this.
    03-12-2014 10:35 AM
  12. ShreyansShah's Avatar
    i am not a Manga fan, but ur apps show ur efforts man.
    nice work.
    03-13-2014 02:17 AM
  13. val.m's Avatar
    i am not a Manga fan, but ur apps show ur efforts man.
    nice work.
    Thanks, I try my best. :)
    03-13-2014 03:46 AM
  14. val.m's Avatar
    Another small update with some fixes.

    Changes in version 2.2.2.0
    • Fixed MangaReader updates browsing issue
    • Fixed an issue with removing from favorites
    03-19-2014 08:17 AM
  15. pedrodg28's Avatar
    I have a complait, i know that in japanese, you read right to left, but i don't care, couldn't you add an option to swipe to left instead to right to go to next page? the app is well made, fast and reliable, but swyping to right to go to next page, that single thing makes me hate it.
    Last edited by pedrodg28; 03-19-2014 at 10:27 AM.
    03-19-2014 09:36 AM
  16. val.m's Avatar
    I have a complait, i know that in japanese, you read right to left, but i don't care, couldn't you add an option to swipe to left instead to right to go to next page? the app is well made, fast and reliable, but swyping to right to go to next page, that single thing makes me hate it.
    Hi,

    You can already do that.
    On the manga details page, just bellow the rating stars, the reading direction is specified.
    Just tap on that to toggle between left to right and right to left.

    The app tries to get the direction from the manga details, but that information is not always available.
    You can also specify a global reading direction for those cases when no such information is present.
    03-20-2014 04:02 AM
  17. pedrodg28's Avatar
    Hi,

    You can already do that.
    On the manga details page, just bellow the rating stars, the reading direction is specified.
    Just tap on that to toggle between left to right and right to left.

    The app tries to get the direction from the manga details, but that information is not always available.
    You can also specify a global reading direction for those cases when no such information is present.
    Wow, now i feel like an *****, thank you, it did work :)
    03-20-2014 11:58 AM
  18. Kronus24's Avatar
    I'm really liking this app, and the ui setup, the options live titles options, double wide. But I would really like to see this a universal app. Because I want to buy for both WP8.1 and W8.1. But if it comes down to it, its worth buying it twice that's for sure. Would love an update.

    Downloaded your tv blaze and going to give that a try, love the UI. But again universal app would surely give you the upper hand. thanks for all your hard work.
    05-14-2014 12:08 AM
  19. S Vaibhav's Avatar
    Anxiously waiting for Windows 8.1 version ;)
    Kronus24 likes this.
    05-14-2014 12:34 AM
  20. val.m's Avatar
    Anxiously waiting for Windows 8.1 version ;)
    Working on it. ;)
    Kronus24 likes this.
    05-14-2014 03:01 PM
  21. gaboduarte's Avatar
    I'm loving the app (even bought it with some donation :D) but I'm having a hard time using it because the app doesn't update my reading progress - the mangas I've favorited are all unread.

    I've also noticed another minor bug: All the titles on the databases are set to "(ongoing)", which is not true for a lot of mangas there.

    Thanks for your app, I just switched from iOS and Manga Blaze is great!
    05-22-2014 07:32 AM
  22. val.m's Avatar
    I'm loving the app (even bought it with some donation :D) but I'm having a hard time using it because the app doesn't update my reading progress - the mangas I've favorited are all unread.

    I've also noticed another minor bug: All the titles on the databases are set to "(ongoing)", which is not true for a lot of mangas there.

    Thanks for your app, I just switched from iOS and Manga Blaze is great!
    Hi and thanks, I'm glad you like the app. :)

    When you read chapters for mangas that are added as favorites, when you reach the end of the chapter, it will be automatically marked as read.

    You can also manually set the last read chapter, just tap and hold on a chapter in the chapter list and tap on "set as last read" from the context menu. There are also various app bar menu options that you might find useful.

    If the read status/number of unread chapters does not update even when set manually, please let me know.
    05-22-2014 09:31 AM
  23. gaboduarte's Avatar
    If the read status/number of unread chapters does not update even when set manually, please let me know.
    Hey! Quick response! ;)
    Yeah, setting it manually did work!
    05-22-2014 11:40 AM
  24. Uzzo's Avatar
    Hello,

    First off, I am in love with your app, being a lover of anime and manga, I easily use it for several hours a day. However, I'm finding troubles using it for several of the mangas listed and I have no idea what I'm doing wrong. It happens with Nisekoi/Gintama/Naruto/One Piece/etc. etc where I cannot load any images for the chapter, nor can I download any of the pages. Is there anything that I can do to prevent this from happening?

    Thank you for all that you have done! It is a great app and I hope that I can continue to support it!
    07-03-2014 02:26 AM
  25. val.m's Avatar
    Hello,

    First off, I am in love with your app, being a lover of anime and manga, I easily use it for several hours a day. However, I'm finding troubles using it for several of the mangas listed and I have no idea what I'm doing wrong. It happens with Nisekoi/Gintama/Naruto/One Piece/etc. etc where I cannot load any images for the chapter, nor can I download any of the pages. Is there anything that I can do to prevent this from happening?

    Thank you for all that you have done! It is a great app and I hope that I can continue to support it!
    Hi,

    Can you specify which source you are using and I'll have a look.
    Also does this happen for the latest chapters or for any of the chapters?

    There are differences between the sources and sometimes depending on load, like when chapters for popular series come out, there might be temporary issues with loading/downloading some images.

    Could you also specify your phone, well the OS really, WP8 or WP7?
    07-03-2014 03:49 AM
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