Tolja there was more coming from comiXology, as an app for the new-style Windows 8 is also launching.
ComiXology, the revolutionary digital comics platform available on iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire and the Web with over 75 million comic and graphic novel downloads to date, is proud to announce today the release of the Comics by comiXology reader Metro style app for the Windows 8 Release Preview. Designed with the Windows 8 Metro style look and feel, this “preview” release allows comiXology customers the ability to read most of their comics on the Windows 8 platform. ComiXology plans on having a full release of their app with in-app purchasing for the final release of Windows 8.
“Windows 8 is one of the most impressive operating system releases Microsoft Corp. has ever released,” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “With the Metro style look and feel, we knew we had to deliver a customized experience especially for comiXology fans using this platform. Today’s preview release serves as just the start of what we can do on Windows 8.”
“We are very pleased that comiXology is building an app for Windows 8,” said Aidan Marcuss, senior director of Windows Core Marketing and Ecosystem at Microsoft Corp. “The app is an excellent example of combining the rich design features and the commerce flexibility of Windows 8, to produce a truly great reading experience. Windows 8 users are going to love reading their digital comics in the comiXology app.”
With Comics by comiXology for Windows 8, comiXology customers can login and read many comics they previously purchased. Comic books and graphic novels that have been previously or recently purchased on the comiXology webstore will be available to read in comiXology’s patent pending Guided ViewTMtechnology. Consumers can browse their comic library on the device or in the cloud. In addition, consumers will also be able to browse their collection using “Semantic Zoom,” a Metro style UI feature in Windows 8 that allows for pinch and zoom searching in alphabetical titles. Also new to Comics by comiXology fans is the ability on Windows 8 to read a comic side-by-side with other applications.
The release of Comics by comiXology for Windows 8 Release Preview follows on the heels of this spring’s Comics by comiXology 3.0 for Android release and the Comics by comiXology 3.1 for iOS release — which not only debuted new sharing features, but also the new CMX-HD file format to take advantage of the new iPad’s dramatically increased resolution. Within five days of release, comiXology had over 1,000 comic books and graphic novels out of their over 25,000 title library converted to the new format.
A full listing of features and benefits of Comics by comiXology for Windows 8 Release Preview includes:
• Read your favorite digital comics virtually anywhere. (Some publishers are not available at this time.)
• Comics are stored in the cloud and comics can be downloaded straight to your device with the tap of a button.
• Read comics while sending an e-mail or finishing a document with Windows 8 snapped view.
• More than 10,000 comics available on Windows 8-based devices, with more to come.
• Own a lot of comics? Digging through your library just got easier with Semantic Zoom, just pinch and zoom to see all your comics organized in easy-to-click tiles.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.