Murasaki - EPUB Reader

Developer: Genji

Current Version: 2.3

Last Updated: 3 years ago

Download Size: 764.5 KB - Download


Murasaki is an EPUB reader application that has simple user interfaces and various features (CANNOT open DRM-encrypted EPUBs)

Key Features:

* Scrolling
Murasaki is a scroll-based reader like usual web browers, not a page flip-based reader like iBooks.

* Pagination View Mode (horizontal writing mode only)
Murasaki supports the pagination view mode. This is a hybrid view mode which has both a free scrolling and a snapping to column (horizontal writing mode only).

* Swipe Navigation
Murasaki supports two-finger swipe gesture to move between contents (Mac OS X 10.7+). To read through an EPUB, use scroll and swipe gestures on trackpad.

* Multi Windows
Murasaki can open different EPUBs in multiple windows. Moreover Murasaki can open different parts of one EPUB in multiple windows at once.

* Popover
By opening a link in a popover, you can check a related page, footnote, and so on quickly without moving page (Mac OS X 10.7+).

* Image Panel
By opening images in panels, you can read through text with reference to these images.

* Searching
You can search a word that is contained in a EPUB.

* Bookmarking
You can bookmark, and can refer these pages later.

* Full Screen
By entering full screen mode, you can view the EPUB contents in full screen (Mac OS X 10.7+).

* User Style Sheet
Murasaki can apply user style sheets.

* Popover Dictionary
You can look up a word in popover dictionary.

* Spotlight / Quick Look
Murasaki includes Spotlight and Quick Look plug-ins for EPUB. You can search and preview EPUBs in Finder


Release Notes:

- Implemented a sidebar context menu. To show it, right-click or control-click at sidebar.
-- You can open a section in new window from sidebar
-- You can expand/collapse all sections of sidebar

- Implemented a Combined Contents Window. To open it, choose “File” -> “Combine All Contents and Open in Window”
-- You can select, copy, print all contents within an EPUB at once

- Improved Spotlight / Quick Look plugins.
-- Spotlight plugin stores EPUB specification version.
-- Spotlight plugin show metadata of EPUB to Finder's “Get Info” panel.
-- Quick Look plugin is improved quality.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.6.1
Review by Mikestro_

Well thought out - This is a well designed application. There's nothing I dislike about it (which is rare :) ) * support of a custom css means you can change the appearance of the page to be exactly what you want The first thing I did was to create a `padding.css` file that added margins to the left and right of the text (so it doesn't run right up against the edge of the window) * full screen support * quick look for epubs * good keyboard navigation & shortcuts * search with apple-F and apple-period to close (the latter is strangely not present in other apps) * flat or hierarchical outline view * bookmarks * separate windows for each file * nothing you don't need Very nice.

Found helpful by 7 out of 7 people
Version 1.2
Review by algis midveris

doesnot support english!!!! - i had ebook in epub format on my mac air.and this version do not recognise english letters...

Found helpful by 5 out of 13 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.3
Review by Greg Shenaut

Good book reader - I've tried several other book readers and this is the one I prefer. It's got a very straightforward interface and it does the job. I read normally in iBooks, but there are times when I don't want to import a book into iBooks, so I need a simpler reader. For me, it's Murasaki: I've made it the default app for .epub, for example. Good job.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 2.3
Review by Gorgeous Val

I like it a lot - Is there a way to increase the margin? I’m reading but the text is way out to the edge with no discernible way to get a little space in. The ability to search epub text from a finder window is impressive, bringing epubs into the realm of other searchable documents - HOWEVER, it has ruined (can’t think of a nicer word) the finder search, since I’m just looking for the title of an ebook, but a thousand files show up since the Murasaki finder plug-in is looking inside the text of the epub. Otherwise, I love it - better than the other guys (iBooks, Clearview, Ehon, etc). I wish it were cross platform. For Android I use MoonReader+ Pro, but there is no way to since my reading place with that unless I use Dropbox or G Drive. I highly esteem cross-platform apps, and hope that Murasaki could be my go to reader on Android as well.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 2.3
Review by DVD43

Getting Close to Perfect - Murasaki has gradually developed into a powerhouse ePUB reader. It doesn’t have a library database, but perhaps that is for the best, because it doesn’t tie me into importing and categorizing a book before I can read it or (if I have produced or converted it) test it. I like the ability to select my own font, size, line height, etc. I like the ability to choose scrolling or flipping pages. I like the ability to choose where I want to place my ePUB files.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people