This tutorial shows how to create comic book archive (CBZ) with ACBF metadata in it.
Create CBZ fileEdit
The easiest way to start creating ACBF is to create CBZ file first. CBZ file is a ZIP archive of images, each image representing one comic book page.
CBZ Viewers require that image file names are sorted in ascending order, so that the first comic book page comes out sorted first, second page second etc. This is done usually by using numbers in image filenames:
page01.jpg page02.jpg page03.jpg ...
Most Vievers (ACBF Viewer as well) also support directories structure inside CBZ file:
Chapter01/ page01.jpg page02.jpg page03.jpg ... Chapter02/ page01.jpg page02.jpg page03.jpg ... ...
Directories are sorted first, then image files inside each directory are sorted afterwards. So after you prepared all files, you may compress them using preferred ZIP archiver, then rename the resulting file from [comic book filename].zip to [comic book filename].cbz.
Adding ACBF metadataEdit
The reason why we created CBZ file first is that ACBF Viewer/Editor is capable of working with this file format and internally after unzipping the file contents it uses the metadata defined in *.acbf file.
You may now open created CBZ files with ACBF Editor and start adding metadata. How it is done is shown in the video below (switch to HD resolution and watch the videos full screen to see it properly).
Once you import your newly created CBZ file into ACBF Viewer library, it will import all the metadata you created as well. This metadata can be then used for searching and filtering through your comic books and library statistics creation.
Once done and you save your work, you may inspect newly modified CBZ archive and you will find *.acbf file inside which contains the metadata you created. You may even edit this file manually if you prefer. For detailed explanation of XML structure and meaning of all fields in this file consult ACBF Specifications