Soda PDF Comic Reader is a free comic reader for Windows that lets you open and read comic book files on your PC. It supports both CBR (Comic Book archive) and CBZ (Comic Book Zip) files. You can browse catalogs, magazines and use its customizable viewing options, including 3D view and full screen view.
You also get some handful of features that are normally not seen in other comic readers. Soda PDF Comic Reader can also read PDF file. Moreover it can create PDF from Word, Excel, and almost every other Microsoft Office applications, but needs a free online registration.
The interface is sleek and great looking, and reminds me of Microsoft Word’s ribbon style dashboard.
The ribbon interface is divided into 5 tabs: View, Create, Review, Forms, and Online Services. View tab is enough for those who would like to use this program solely for reading comic books. You do get plenty of viewing options such as Single, Continuous, Facing, Facing Continuous, 3D View, and Full screen mode. Snapshot feature comes in handy when you want to quickly grab a screen-shot of something you liked in the book, and save it in clipboard, for your pasting needs.
Create tab includes tools to import any file, combine files, batch import files, or get document from your scanner straight into Soda PDF’s interface, and then convert them into PDF.
Review tab lets you markup your imported file with color highlight, underline, or strikethrough text, and then save it as PDF file.
Other features include ability to highlight Forms, conversion of PDF to DOC and RTF formats, and also ability to merge and split PDF.
The software is not 100% clean from harmless promotional software, so make sure to select “Custom” and then uncheck all the toolbars while installing, so that you only get what you want.
Soda PDF Comic Reader Review
- Installation (Malware, unwanted toolbars, promotional software)
- User Interface (Ease of use, finding tools)
Comic file viewing modes
Built-in PDF tools - Highlighter, Underline, Strikethrough, Merge/Split PDF
Convert PDF to Word, RTF
Cautious installation to avoid toolbars and promotional software
Free online registration (only email ID) needed to activate PDF features
Developer's Website: Soda PDF
Works with Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP