A while ago I wrote about Amazon’s Kindle app for Windows 8. Specifically, how incredibly poor it was. Now it has to be said that Amazon, after several updates, managed to get their app into a state where it is actually quite usable. I still have some gripes like not being able to set exactly the font size that I want for instance but they have indeed made some great improvements.
However, occasionally I also do read comic magazines. One large on-line store for comic magazines is ComiXology and consequently I have used them for quite a few of my e-Comics. The app they have for Android was quite good. Therefore I was quite happy when they came out with a Windows 8 app. However, my happiness did not last very long. This app is absolutely abysmal. What is worse, despite having been out for quite some time they have made no worthwhile improvements and it is still absolutely abysmal. It is so bad that it is virtually unbelievable that any company would like to be associated which such a piece of crap and thus you wonder if they are simply trying to sabotage Windows 8 in the hope of having to support only one operating system in the future.
The general layout and design of the app is not too bad…if it would just have worked. There is the, all too common, fault of the app always wasting your time opening a pure publicity page instead of going straight to your personal page but I could have lived with that. The main problem is that the app is next to unusable.
First, it is inexcusably slow.
Loading the home page or your comics page takes forever. Downloading a comic is a frustrating exercise in patience. Push it to the background and everything stops so you’ are stuck with a unusable tablet for the duration of the download. I have other Windows 8 apps, on the same tablet, doing the same things and they are a lot faster so it is not the fault of Windows 8. Also, ComiXology’s web interface as well as their Android app is a lot faster so it is not their servers either. Thus it is pretty clear that it is simply a piss-poor implementation by the ComiXology developers.
Second, it crashes all over the place.
One time out of three it crashes when trying to flip from the annoying “home page” to your personal comics page or when trying to make a purchase for instance.
Third, it loses the state of the already downloaded comics every so often.
When writing this, and this is actually what caused me to be pissed off enough to write this post, I have just been forced to download the same bloody comic for the fourth time. Of course it lost the place where I left off reading every time. Given that it was a collector’s issue, that is a big one, and the slowness of the app this is frustrating to say the least.
Well, it is their loss. I’m simply using some other source, like AD 2000 which allows you to download a DRM-free comics file and read it on whatever app you whish, for my comics fix until they have sorted out their mess. There is no way I’m going back to Android simply because some moron bean counter and/or developer decides to push out this kind of crap in some hope that people will go for their Android app instead.