Integrate a comic server within mylar

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Integrate a comic server within mylar

Post by FrankBlack » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:25 pm

There are a few media server protocols out there, but they are either closed source (comicrack, ubooquity) or not supported anymore like comicstreamer. Mylar already knows what comics you have, so why not have a media server built in. Could even start with comicstreamer API. What do you think?

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Re: Integrate a comic server within mylar

Post by evilhero » Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:02 pm

Bluntly - lack of time, support and motivation.

I don't have the time to devote to making a comic server within the program. Support for that additionally as well as supporting mylar itself would be alot. I am but one - there is no team, and I'm not allowed a secretary (wife says hell no).

There's a lot going on within mylar that it's trying to do and some of it does well, other parts not so much. It's a downloader / manager first and foremost, adding more to that simply blurs the lines and makes things more difficult to manage. Comicrack and ubooquity focus on what they do for a reason, no need to add another into the mix.

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Re: Integrate a comic server within mylar

Post by ben » Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:29 am

I understand that turning your software into a swiss army knife will only create more bugs and change requests but the THREE most popular comic book softwares all seem to have come to a halt in development.

Mylar - For search and Download
Ubooquity - For Access, Serving and reading
ComicRack - For Management

Of the three, Mylar is the most current and functional.
Ubooquity is the Yin to Mylar's Yang but it's rough and needs works, if it could b integrated into the Mylar package would put it way above anything available.

ComicRack is Feature rich (too much so) and offers the Meta Data compiling that completes the trifecta for any Media Management.

Packages like SickRage and Couchpotate offer similar features. Is there any way to implement these features?

Maybe soliciting assistance from the creator of those softwares in a combined effort would be an possibility?

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Re: Integrate a comic server within mylar

Post by evilhero » Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:14 pm

The main problem (aside from time), is that both ComicRack and Ubooquity are programmed in a different language - so there would be no clean way to integrate that directly. And both don't offer any type of cli/api access (as of yet anyways) that would allow for options to be used within Mylar. Without having some sort of way to integrate like that, it makes things almost impossible to get right given how many different configurations users have in regards to any aspect of the 3 applications (that being said, the one thing I would love and have talked about quite abit is to integrate in a fully functional metadata editor within Mylar and in doing so - a new metadata format that is more dynamic than the existing ones).

Mylar has recently added in an OPDS server as well thanks to a young gent named Destron - you might want to check that out ;)

Plus, and again this is the biggest part - my time and interest. There's a crapload of stuff within Mylar that has to be supported as it is (all the torrent clients, nzb downloaders, providers, options, arcs, etc), and I am but one (there are a few peeps that help when they can tho too - they know who they is). Responding to issues, and troubleshooting support when people are having even the simplest of errors takes time, which takes away from other things. Heck there's stuff in Mylar that I haven't gotten around to correcting/improving in a very long time (I'm looking at your story arcs) just because there's always something else that requires my attention. Adding in a reader/tagging system, would be a huge undertaking, and if I'm being honest here - I believe a vast majority of users would prefer to have Mylar support Graphic Novels, Trade PaperBacks and Compendium's, before adding in such a system.

Now if you're considering Mylar one of the three that have halted in dev - well, itself and ubooquity are under constant development. Just because there isn't an update every other day doesn't mean it's not being worked on in some fashion - I can't speak for the ubooquity dev of course. Alot of our due diligence when it comes to things like this is to try and make sure things will work when it gets to one of the branches, which requires alot of testing and refactoring of code. This is just a hobby for myself, and as such the time I spend on Mylar can vary from day to day depending on personal commitments and just having a life.

There comes a point unfortunately when one has to know the limits of things - Mylar has always been a downloader & management tool. Expanding that into reader/meta brings it into a whole other realm, and I'm not quite sure I want to traverse down that road as of yet (at least the reader part - since meta would fall under management).

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Re: Integrate a comic server within mylar

Post by Destron » Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:04 pm

Mylar DOES now contain an OPDS server, that will work with any comic reader that supports OPDS (In theory) So it's a step in that direction, but there's no web client or anything. Once I get the OPDS to send individual pages from a book, I may look into incorporating a web viewer that can access the OPDS server. It may be a standalone, but it would definitely be written with Mylar in mind.

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Re: Integrate a comic server within mylar

Post by lostkt87 » Tue May 01, 2018 3:58 am

Just curious, I see where to enable opds. But how do I connect to it once it is checked. I’m probably missing something. I’m new to the whole opds. I’m trying a new app that has opds support. But I can’t find the opds server. Like I said I probably have something wrong.

Thank you for your time.


Re: Integrate a comic server within mylar

Post by bonesloko » Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:08 am

I couldn't find any documentation about OPDS support either. Through trial and error I finally discovered the URL. It's http://[YOUR SERVER URL]:[MYLAR PORT]/opds

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Display the OPDS URL as inline text below the enable OPDS section.




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Re: Integrate a comic server within mylar

Post by DrSeussFreak » Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:27 pm

so this is too funny, as I was coming to the forums today to ask for the same thing. Chunky Reader (iOS) has a beta for a completely new version of the app. With this new version, Mike, the developer, has created a ChunkyServer app for Mac and PC (Linux as well), to allow live access to a server to grab books.

I was coming over to here today to see if you would be interested in creating a server option (he supports OPDS and SFTP among others), so we could pull our books to his app directly.
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Re: Integrate a comic server within mylar

Post by barbequesauce » Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:31 pm

Heh... and I've been mentioning that Mylar does OPDS in the slack channel...

I'll add in the tooltip as bonesloko describes... good idea.

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