Mangatraders Has Viewer Now
Posted by Yukimura on 11/04/2011 6:20 pm
Hi all, I haven't had much to say for a while but now I'm pleased to announce the unveiling of the Mangatraders online manga viewer. You may have noticed new eyeball like icons appearing on the series and daily uploads pages recently. Clicking these () icons will let you view the images inside an archive without having to download the whole thing. This should be a great boon to those of you were suffering from having to wait hours for large volumes to download with nothing to do. Now you can preview files while you're downloading them.
I know the viewer isn't perfect and doesn't have every feature every other viewer in the world might have but here at Mangatraders we're always working to improve the site and we'll certainly be adding new features and making improvements to the viewer as well. To address what I predict will be a prominent complaint, we're working on the whole thin double page thing. The site design is too thin to comfortably fit a 1500px page so we'll have to figure something out to display these pages in more detail. For now please try to look on the bright side that the standard width pages should look good (fair warning though, png images with less than 8bpp of color don't seem to have converted well).
An important feature I forgot to mention is the image list page that was included with the viewer. Because Mangatraders primarily hosts volumes and such files regularly contain around 200 images in them we included the ability for users to see the internal name and folder path of each image in any file on the site. This should be helpful if you are reading a volume and have to stop in the middle and can't quite remember where you were. To access this page for a file click the view link and then once the first page loads click the link just above the image that starts with 'root/'.
Another important use for this feature is for you users to help each other by identifying files where the pages sort out of order and either replacing them or letting the community know so either a staff member can rearrange the sorting for the file or someone can replace it with a properly sorting version. Not all volumes will be well formed when they are uploaded and the only way to know is to look at them. If you run across a file that seems to be out of order don't just download the file and grumble to yourself, let someone know and help out your fellow fans!
DL3 Doesn't Suck So Bad Anymore
Posted by Yukimura on 09/15/2011 7:02 am
After doing some investigation deep in the bowels of the download servers I have made a change that, I hope, will keep download server 3 more in line with the other servers in terms of bandwidth output over time.
This change comes thanks in large part to the passionate and well thought out pleas of user asd12 for investigation as to why this server behaved so differently from the others.
Very Late Update on New/Changed Features
Posted by Yukimura on 08/20/2011 5:41 am
I have canceled this week's series of the week because it's long past due that I officially go over some of the new and/or updated features that have been implemented on the site over the last few months. I'll try to start with the simpler stuff and work our from there. If all you do on this site is download you probably won't care that much and can skip this post. However, if I see questions about these issues in the Site Support section later and the answers are in the post I will be most unhappy.
Minor Cosmetic Changes
The Mangatraders logo at the top of every page is now a link to the front page of the main site. The 'Browse Manga' link now goes to the more detailed extended series list instead of the title only series list. The simpler list is still accessible via a link on the extended page. The forum link has been moved further to the right so that the series and upload related links are on left and communication related links are on the right.
Search Results Changes
You may have noticed the default number of search results has been increased from 10 to 20. In addition, we have separated out each alternate title for every series. The search will return all titles that match a given query with links to the appropriate series page. What this means is that for every title in our database that matches a search term you'll see a link to a series page. If more than one title for the same series matches the search you'll see more than one link to that series, one for each matching title. The search results are still sorted by the ranking of the series so multiple titles that match the same series will appear right next to each other anyway, this may change in the future as it's kind of lame.
NOTE - Filter has suggested that instead of the new one title per line search result method I make the alt titles an indented list underneath the main title for each series where at least one title matches the search and keep the text highlighting of the old search. If you would prefer that to the new title search results method please speak up in the discussion thread.
Series Page Editing Changes
In order to facilitate the new title displays we've also changed the interface on the edit page for entering alternate titles. The new interface requires you to enter or remove alternate titles one title at a time instead of entering them all at once and separating them with commas. To add a title you type it into the appropriate box and click the 'Add' button to the right. This will tentatively add the title you typed in to the title list. The change will not be made permanent until you click the button to update the entire series info form. If you wish to undo the addition of a title and try again you can cancel it without submitting the form. You'll understand what I'm talking about best if you go and look at the series edit page. This change requires
Another change on the series edit page is the ability to indicate relationships between series that are on the site. The interface is similar to the new alt title interface but involves an extra step. After you add a related series the title will automatically be checked against the database of series titles behind the scenes. If an exact match is found the title you typed in will become a link to the appropriate series page to let you know the relationship would work if added. If no match is found the title you entered will change to indicate this. You may also use the MT series id number instead of a title to make a relationship; this will let you avoid worrying about an exact title. Like the new alternate title interface you'll have the opportunity to cancel tentative relationships before you submit the whole form and update the series page. For more information about how to properly use the related series feature please see the post below this one in the forum thread.
Another change is that normal users are no longer allowed to remove genres from series without oversight from the staff. We have had a few cases of genre vandalism and it's been determined that it's worth it in the long run to put staff members between this action and the community. Now when you try to remove genres from a series a message will be sent to the staff and if the removal is deemed warranted it will be carried out, otherwise it will be ignored.
Changes to Extended Series List
A notable drawback to this change is that now the url for the extended series list will not reflect the filters that have been applied. Old style extended list urls that lead to filtered pages should still work but if you wish to make new ones you'll have to figure out the genre codes yourself and put them together manually. In the future I'll probably provide an old style link that you can book mark that will change as the filters are changed.
If you use any of these features and encounter problems please let the staff know by posting in the Website Issues section either in an existing thread that matches your issue or a new one if none exists.
Hey guys, check out a film a friend of Mangatraders is working on!
Posted by Aftershock on 08/03/2011 10:00 am
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However, in order to make the best independent film possible it requires money. This is where you come in. Visit us at indiegogo.com/realfriends. Find a contribution level that is in your budget and donate. Of course we are not ask for something for nothing. Each contribution level comes with a perk ranging from your name in the credits to a digital download of the movie or a copy of the DVD. You can also like us on Facebook and spread the word to your friends.
Possible Downtime For DL5
Posted by Yukimura on 06/02/2011 5:55 pm
EDIT2 - DL5 Is back up and working
EDIT - DL5 is down and will be for a few more hours.
Server dl5 may go down for a while tonight for maintenance. I don't know exactly when it will happen or how long it will last but if all goes smoothly it shouldn't take more than a few hours or (hopefully) less. I apologize in advance for anyone who's download gets cut off.
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