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Been using this app for years and I'm done.
I pretty much only get Star Wars comics from Dark Horse but now whenever I purchase one it just says pending and doesn't put it in my collection. I tried resetting data and multiple other things for about an hour (starting at 3am when I wanted to read a simple issue before bed). I ended up having to get out of bed to turn on the computer, to go to the website, to put in my information to purchase the comic digitally through there even though it told me I already purchased it in the app. Something tells me it billed twice for the same issue and I'm going to have to call and fix this tomorrow. Yes I was signed in on my phone where I was purchasing it originally to the same account I had to log into on my computer. This is beyond frustrating to me. I don't know if this is because they're making transitions to Marvel and I don't care, it shouldn't happen. Comixology is just the better app. I don't have to always sync or reset and the zoom in on panel feature is better and is actually completely focused on one panel. Just writing this making me realize all the little things this app fails on. I wish Dark Horse would get with the program and join Comixology already. And would it kill to put volumes for digital sale? Just...ugh.. Never again.
Dark Horse fan. . . Disappointed
Considering the attention and care to the line-up of comics available from Dark Horse, I am disappointed with the seeming lack of attention and care paid to there digital storefront. I've waited around through revisions to see if their app would improve. The 1.3.0 claims stability improvements, but as with previous versions I cannot log in to the store to make purchases. The apps just hangs there attempting to log in. This thing doesn't even seem to have a timeout function that will give up and let you know that it can't carry out the task of logging you in to the store. So since I can't log in, I can't even 'purchase' free books to give the reader a spin. This app seems to have borrowed heavily or been made by the Comixology people, as their app is useless as well. Both apps - as with other comic book storefront apps - just seem to be perpetually downloading something in the background. The lead/project manager for this app should consider getting this under control. There has to be a way to load your storefront without seemingly downloading it's entire contents. I hope to see improvements, but like other digital comic storefronts w/built-in readers, this one disappoints.
There are a lot of things I like about this...being able to download only the parts of your purchases you want at the time is a real space saver and very nice. The interface is easy to understand and works pretty well. DH is offering pretty good discounts for some of their popular titles, so it's a great way to find stuff you've missed. The selection might be a bit lean for some people, but I'm sure that will improve over time. The organization of the collection tab could be better. I've only bought a few titles so far but I see right away having all your purchases listed on one screen is not the way to go. Separate folders by series title would be nice...or even better have the ability to make your own folders. Otherwise the collection will get very difficult to use very quickly. I've also found the app a big buggy. It crashes the most when first opening a comic. I know once I'm in the comic I'm pretty much set, but still it's annoying to have to restart it 1-3 times just to get into a title. I'm using this on an Iphone 4 if that makes any difference.
Great access to amazing content but actual functionality is lacking
As an avid comic fan there is nothing better than being able to buy whatever you feel like reading the moment the fancy strikes you. This app certainly serves this purpose. The access to the Dark Horse catalogue is some of the best out there. That being said the app itself feels a little sparse and benefits mostly from the content it presents and not from its own inherent design. There are many ways this app could be improved upon. Subscriptions perhaps? This is an age-old method of consuming one's favorite titles and it would clearly benefit from taking advantage of push notifications etc. Not to mention metadata? It's all in there so why not let your readers browse titles by cross referencing keywords? It's not on me as a user to supply you with functionality ideas but it seems now that you've achieved the most basic functionality you would expand upon the app and improve not only your sales but the users enjoyment of your content in an intuitive browsing environment.
Great Comic Reading Experience
Dark Horse publishes some great books. Despite that, I was wary of making the digital leap because a physical book is such a wonderful thing. I was greatly pleased with the experience this app provides. The guided view feature keeps the story flowing and provides a great way to enjoy the art by filling the screen with each image. The resolution of each page provides a clear full panel image that looks great on an iPad with a retina screen. There are occasional glitches and rare app closure, but I am confident that these things will get better in future updates. You will find yourself zipping through each issue because the app provides a no-distraction interface. It wasn't long before I purchased all of the B.P.R.D. Issues. One tip for users: Purchase your issues directly from the Dark Horse website. While the in-app prices are quite reasonable, you can only buy individual issues or collections in the app. The bundles they offer online are the best value for your money. If I had one suggestion, it would be to provide a feature that allows one to make their own readings lists in whatever order one desires. For a series like B.P.R.D., the stories are broken into multiple story arcs. The next issue suggestions that pop up at the end of a book are occasionally out of date of publication order. Great work Dark Horse!
Some years ago the only way to access purchases was by phoning D.H. & getting them manually added- but then it got better w/ app updates. Now with v2.0 we're back to square one! I used to never sign out, which is a bad policy nowdays; after logging off I found I hadn't kept a record of my PW. When I initiate the "new PW" link, I get no further as I keep getting the page that tells me there's "a problem communicating w/ the server" and to "try again in a few minutes". I don't believe it will ever work. I will have to go the same old route: phone the company, describe the problem, and eventually get an email that will help walk me thru getting a new PW so I can access my library of books. It seems to me my problem is a very common one which should have cropped up very early during beta (or alpha!)-testing of this app's major new 2.0 update. Companies should not use their customers as unpaid bug reporters: 1 Star (= 0%) for this update!
Comixology is still better, just merge already!
This app is ok. It loads really slow and half the time the links don't work properly. I like to read by zooming into each panel and this app just doesn't do that well. The zoom is always cutting chucks of the panel out, the panels are blurry, and the transition is super fast and glitchy. I don't like how you can't buy volumes or bundles except from the website. What's the point of having an app if you can't do anything with it? I also dont like that at the third or fourth to last page of the comic it pops up asking if i want to read more, buy the next comic or preview the next comic. Just wait until the end of the issue, everyone likes to read the blurbs and extras at the end. I honestly wish they would just merge with comixology already. It's a much better interface, and they organize things so much better. Here i can't tell which comic comes first and you have to read the entire description of each issue to figure it out. Such a hassle.
Problems with app
DarkHorse has the best comics. They ideas the drawings. I have always been a huge follower. That said, the comics remain excellent per usual. My grape is with the app's ability to display the comics. Compares to DC, Marvel, The DarkHorse app is behind the times. It needs bugs to be fixed (closes out unexpectedly, downloads stop mid-download, worse having to reset the app to continue the download) and they should upgrade their software to where reading the comics is less complicated. Right now is kinda a manual read. All the other options either dont move smoothly or they dont exist. If your looking for excellent reading and the best graphic comics of this decade, your in the write place. If your looking to read them with a high quality app your not going to be as happy. I personally love the graphic novels such that the apps lack of smoothness doesnt send me away. Others may wish to wait until proper upgrades are completed.
I want to love this app, but...
it's a very frustrating experience overall. The store takes FOREVER to refresh, so you see banners for new content that lead nowhere when you click on them. Archiving downloaded titles is an exercise in patience because the buttons (or their hit targets) are too small, so you frequently end up opening a book that you were trying to archive. Visual feedback on what's going on in the app - i.e., activity spinners when there is network activity - are hit or miss. Scrolling through titles is choppy and frequently stalls completely for several seconds. Random crashes still occur too frequently. It's great that Dark Horse has embraced digital and gone day-and-date (at a reasonable price) with its books, but this app is way, way behind the competition in both features and functionality. It needs serious attention and soon, or Dark Horse would be better off following IDW's example and moving their digital endeavors to the Comixology platform.
Great comic app from the best current comic company
The best way to keep up with fantastic Dark Horse comics on the go. It does freeze every once in a while and some of the options - like full screen and panel view - can be buggy. Plus the menu navigation could take a lesson or two from the comixology app - it's just awful here. However, the access to the comics - especially Hellboy, BPRD, the Goon, Buffy, and now Alien and Predator, along with many fantastic new properties like The Massive and Mind MGMT, is the real selling point. This is the best company for fresh, high quality horror comics, and this is the best way to get those comics digitally. If you are a fan of any of the books I mentioned, then downloading this is a no brainier. Just manage your collection through the website until they get the store interface fixed in the app.
Great Comics, Mediocre App
The comics are great. Sin City (no longer available in store??), 300 etc... But the app is lackluster, especially when compared to the awesome Comixology app. It finally has support for iPhone 5 screen but latest update brings random crashes, text on bookshelf screen misaligned, and slow chugging performance. Also, one of my biggest gripes is how small the words are, even in Panel Zoom Mode. Having to pinch to zoom just to read dialogue bubbles is annoying and unnecessary. Panel zoom mode while in landscape should be sufficient to read everything without zooming or eye strain. In Comixology, viewing panels in landscape mode is excellent. Text is rendered beautifully and no need to pinch to zoom. If these issues are fixed this app could be great. Just beware. Especially since these comics mainly cost 15 bucks. Steep, compared to the $.99 - $1.99 price range of Comixology.
Excellent app and great customer service!
Honestly, I have no idea why people are rating this so low. The app itself is stable, the reading experience is top notch, and the customer service is excellent. They offer many GOOD free comics to tempt your nerdtastic taste buds and have great specials ($.99 comic specials, the Mass Effect freebies, etc.) to pick books up on the cheap. Plus, if something goes wrong, their customer service is friendly and extremely helpful. So far, I've downloaded 53 books off the store - many of which didn't cost me a dime, but they allowed me to sample new series and see which ones I wanted to invest in. Yes, the entire DH portfolio isn't on the store yet, but give them time! Highly recommended, particularly if you're a nerd like me who loves comics.
I just got an iPad with the intention to go digital. Well, that'll be tough considering how bad this app works. For one, it is SLOW! Touch a button and... wait. Then I downloaded a free comic and when I go to view it in my bookshelf, it's gone! What if that happens to something you actually paid money for? So I try to find it again.... An the app crashes! Obviously this app does not want people to actually use it. Other suggestions would be having a "want list" folder. Just because I may not be buying something at his moment doesn't mean I won't be buying later. Why not allow the user to add books into a folder they can go straight to later on a buy from that list? Having to search for everything from the start of each app use is ridiculous. If they do have a function like this, I haven't seen it.
Better than before... REVISED
I was one of those people who suffered from the previous updates blackout on library updates with the latest update to the software has become a five-star app. It no longer crashes, it downloads everything without a problem - in short, everything works perfectly and I love it all over again. ORIGINAL REVIEW Being a fan of Dark Horse comics and manga now living overseas, I was thrilled when the Dark Horse App came out so I could finally read more. Before this most recent update this was a 4-star app - mostly good, but it was slow and there were crashes aplenty - but I was spending quite a bit of money digitizing my collection. Now with the new update I haven't had one crash, but that may be because it doesn't do anything now - it just says it can't connect to the iTunes store. Their email support wanted to be helpful and explained the entire situation in crystal clear detail, so I must give credit where it's due. However, due to the nature of the problem, the app is no longer useful unless I want to read my old purchases. When the problem is fixed, I'll raise the rating.
Okay, but nowhere near stellar
Overall, this is a surprisingly decent app. Actually reading the comics is surprisingly easy on a iPhone, and is probably better on the iPad. However, the store runs into two major problems. The first is how slow the whole thing is. It takes about a full minute to load, has a bad tendency to start loading five seconds after a button press, and takes forever to load prices. The second problem is the lack of an anthology feature. You must buy your issues one-at-a-time, and cannot buy these issues as they are collected in trade paperbacks, which could save a lot of time. A price reduction on top of the existing one would be ridiculous, but at least cutting down on the time spent in the already horrendously-slow store would be nice.
Yes. Dark Horse Comics is quiet safe to use but use with caution. This is based on our NLP (Natural language processing) analysis of over 48 User Reviews sourced from the Appstore and the appstore cumulative rating of 3.8/5 . Justuseapp Safety Score for Dark Horse Comics Is 26.5/100.
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