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Wimic is a Dashboard widget that streams the latest comics from Adam@Home, Dilbert, Foxtrot, Get Fuzzy, and Penny Arcade. The main interface has a calendar and a drop-down list. Future dates are grayed out, and dates older than a month are sort of grayed out, since they're not necessarily gone (but the usually are). Using the left and right arrow keys move a day back and forward respectively. Double-clicking on the comic will take you to that comic's main site or can be directed to a date specific page (as Penny Arcade is).

What's New

Version 2.01:
  • Zoom scroll now works on exact image dimensions
  • About link goes to About page
  • Pressing enter in form doesn't do weird stuff
  • Adding a comic fixed (sorry)

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Anonymous
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What happened to it? The link is dead, and there's no 'More Information' reference.

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Version 2.01
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Great job! Nice example of K.I.S.S. -- easier than iComic I think -- and appealing widget interface. I hope the developer continues to add polish.

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Version 2.01
Gerard van der Wolf Member IconReview+0
Gerard van der Wolf
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Very nice to get a quick look at my favorite comics. Would be even nicer if I could save them.

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Version 2.01
Jsuplido Member IconComment+0
Jsuplido
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Wimic is the only comic strip "grabber" I use. There are so many out there and Wimic reduces all the clutter! Looks great too. Thanks!

A suggestion. Please advance the calendar setting. Our timezone is +10 (Guam, Sydney, Vladivostok). The current date here is still ghosted out in Wimic so I cannot view the local comic strips I've already put up. I will only be able to view these strips tomorrow. :)

Keep up the good work.

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Version 2.01
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Very nice work. Two comments....
-I can't seem to manually add Big Nate. Can you add that?

-I like how Wimic is small when you first activate dashboard so it doesn't take up space. But, I wish there were a way to collapse it after having opened it and viewed comics without having to hit F12 twice. If that makes any sense.

Anyway, otherwise, excellent work!

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Version 2.0
pottedmeat (Developer)
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Image source is:

http://www.comics.com/comics/bignate/archive/bignate%Y%m%d.html

And to minimize it? Why not just click on another widget?

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Clicking on another widget works for me also.

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Sweet widget!! I thought it was going to be another lame widget that takes up half of the screen, but no! It hides until you click it to read the comic! This is great, cause I'm not going to read the comic more than once a day usually. GREAT! GREAT! GREAT!

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Version 2.0
pottedmeat (Developer)
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Heh. That's because I'm awesome. It's missing some stuff of course *cough* minimize button *cough* but that'll be added soon.

Bill Holbrook Member IconComment+0
Bill Holbrook
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Please remove my "Kevin & Kell" comic strip from this service. It is being used without permission or payment. If you would like to offer me compensation for its use, please write to my E-mail address. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Bill Holbrook

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Version 1.7
pottedmeat (Developer)
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#1) That comic is not included in my program
#2) If you want to get in touch with someone, try sending a message to THEM, not to a website
#3) No, I won't remove that comic (cuz I can't, see #1)

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Anonymous
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Dear Bill,

Please stop being a whiner. YOU are putting your comic on a publically viewable website. All this program is doing is accessing that publically available information. Don't want your comic read by people? Then don't put it on the internet.

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Anonymous
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Fair Use is at play here. You make content publicly available via web browser and someone is viewing it in a medium slightly different than a "web browser" so it is not illegal or immoral.

Your copyright info is retained, giving you credit.

If you don't want people viewing your content for free then you need to charge for access to all of it, not for custom-tailored web browsers like Dashboard widgets essentially are.

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Anonymous
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soon, webcomics authors will simply put the strips in a animated gif or animated png with some advertisements at first in the animation.

or to ask micropayement.


in fact, I used for years webbrowsers who can remove ads pictures or some customs perl/shell script to take the whole comics in a few minutes/hours (some smart authors forbid you if you take thousands of pic in one minute :) ). it's well worse than a tailored webbrowser

Leoofborg
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There are online comics out there that use PHP to dynamically serve comics from a db via a variable URL.

If this guy -needs- sponsorship so bad, he can either use that approach or embed sponsor data in the comic itself.

pottedmeat (Developer)
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Uhhm, my job involves being able to implement... and get around... these sort of restrictions.

Dashboard has some neat things going for it... it has XMLHttpRequest and curl. Between the two of them, I can pull down a page, I can follow links, I can send any header information I want to the server to get any page or image.

The thing is... if a site wanted to charge for their comic, I would gladly write a plugin for their comic that they could sell to their users, and I would remove it from my list of comics. Chances of that happening? Slim to none. But I've created the architecture for it.

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Anonymous
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Actually, this is not a question of discussion. Publically rejecting to remove copyrighted material from the software is as hilarious as asking on this website to have it removed.

Some people obviously don't understand simple copyrights. Making a graphic available in the context of a website doesn't mean anyone can do with it what anyone wants.

Personally, would do two thinks: 1. remove the strip from the software, and 2. stop reading it at all.

pottedmeat (Developer)
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I would remove it if it was part of this software... but it isn't

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Anonymous
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www.kevinandkell.com explicitely says "Unauthorized redistribution prohibited.". And that's exactly what your software does.

Some people just are not able to see that "free to view" doesn't mean "free to redistribute". And you're not linking, but displaying, which is the essential difference here.

pottedmeat (Developer)
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My software does not redistribute Kevin & Kell. My software does nothing with Kevin & Kell. Kevin & Kell is not included in this software.

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Anonymous
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My two cents... I'm starting to feel sorry for pottedmeat. Try actually reading his replies. I've been using his widget for some time now (nice btw, thanks) and I've never seen Kevin & Kell in it. I don't have a problem with Mr. Holbrook's request, other than he appears to be mistaken. The developer can't remove something that's not there.

TheLAD
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I'm tempted to agree with pottedmeat here. All webcomics are offered for access through a web browser and as such, Wimic is a web browser.

I understand the concern that you would like your readers to access your main page and if this is the case, you should prevent hot-linking to your images. It's as simple as that.

Wimic is not violating any form of copyright and certainly doesn't intend to. If you don't want your comic to be viewed by a comic specific web-browser, you should make the necessary alterations to your hosting, not complain to the developer about something he can't really do anything about.

Regards,
Reece
www.the-lad.com

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Anonymous
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Actually, Kevin & Kell is included in the downloaded version of the widget: the "Herd Thinners" cartoon actually downloads K&K cartoons. You might want ti fix that, pottedmeat.

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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On the face of it, a great widget... but with one major problem makes it unusable, and several interface flaws that should be fixed.

The major problem is that it occasionally seems to crash, then leaves some sort of evil zombie process that, if left to its own devices, will eventually start using up 100% of your processor time as viewed in top. Needless to say, having encountered this a few times, I no longer use it at all. If I did, I would suggest the following:

(1) Ensure that at least one UI element stays in a fixed position (probably the upper left). As it is, when the widget is "collapsed", there is a little thought-bubble icon that represents the widget -- but this icon is located above and to the left of any graphical element that appears when actually viewing comics. So if I'm viewing a comic, but I want to reposition the widget in such a way that the collapsed version appears in a predictable place, the best I can do is to estimate where it might appear. My suggestion would be to have the choose-a-comic menu in the same position (fixed in the upper-left corner) as the collapsed icon would be.

(2) Wimic appears to lose track of the date with some frequency. This seems to correspond with the crash-and-take-over-the-processor behavior described above, so it may be a symptom of the same bug. Basically, if I leave my computer on overnight, then want to check comics the next day, Wimic seems unaware that the date has changed -- so I can't view today's comics. An imperfect fix for this would be to grey out "future" dates, but still try to download them if the user clicks on them.

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Version 1.7
pottedmeat (Developer)
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These are problems that I haven't run in to, but I'd like to let you know that I'm working on making things run with much more fluidity. The problem you describe is from a bug that was quickly fixed. As condescending as it is for me to say it, try updating it. Stranger things have happened.

Either way, as I've said, things are being tidied up at the moment so that there should never be any sort of hanging of the system. Feel free to IM me at ndoggnum9 and help me test it all out.

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Anonymous
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(From the same Anonymous Loser as above): I always check to make sure I've got the latest version of a piece of software before I post a bug -- I have what is, as far as I can tell, the latest version (1.7.0). Is there an unannounced update?

pottedmeat (Developer)
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K, now that I've done some updating... Your first problem, if I'm to understand it is that you want the collapsed UI element to stay in the same position that the same element would be when it's expanded. I'm considering having an option to mirror the UI, but not in the immediate future. Personally, I ALWAYS prefer my UI on the right, as it distracts me less from the content.

As for the second problem, I don't remember exactly what was causing it, but the program was simply refusing to move to the next day. I think it might have been that a variable wasn't getting refreshed or something... But it'll be fixed in the next release, which is going to be a big one... user-implemented plugins, zoom-scroll, better caching, lots of good stuff.

Thanks for the feedback!

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Anonymous
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Love this widget! One less reason to fight over the newspaper with my wife every AM...

One request -- please add Mutts (http://muttscomics.com). It has a date delay that I can't seem to figure out with your Smarty syntax.

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Version 1.7
pottedmeat (Developer)
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It's already there

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Woohoo!!! This is reason enough for widget technology to exist. Thanks.

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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I love it. I've been looking for a widget that would have most of these comics since I got 10.4 Thank you. Great job.

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Version 1.6.9
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Downloads 7,599
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Date 22 Jun 2005
Platform OS X / PPC 32
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