I got an interesting and relatively important MDCU related question from a reader today. I’m paraphrasing, but the question was basically: Why are my comics in Marvel Unlimited smaller than Muggsy Bogues?
Think I have the answer.
I’ve written previously about Marvel’s Beta reader and how it differentiates from the long-standing Flash reader. At the time, the Beta reader marked an important separation from reliance on Flash (a problem on Apple devices), and the Beta reader has since become the clear template for the Marvel Unlimited App on iPad.
I’ve left the Beta reader as my standard reader since it was announced (see also: all year), but for some odd reason, Marvel hasn’t pulled the plug on “Beta” testing. As such, the Flash reader has remained an option, and I’m guessing many people still use it.
Or at least, they used it until their comics started showing up thinner than Ally McBeal (I’ve set the over/under for terrible 90’s similes in this post at 4. I’m taking the push, and apologizing well in advance).
Fortunately, if this is a problem you’re having you’re (probably) not out of luck. All you should have to do is switch to the Beta reader in your account settings, and from here you’ll be able to expand to full screen reading mode.
I tend to read comics on the iPad with the app now, but this is how I’ve managed in desktop and why I haven’t even noticed a problem. According to the reader problem (check out the comments here), this has been ongoing for weeks, which frankly sounds miserable.
I lay out how to change reader preferences at the end of this Beta reader post.
Important to note that after you click “Read Now” your Beta reader comic will still pop up as a small, thin, Topanga-in-high-school-esque box. Not to worry! You can just click the arrows in the bottom right corner for full screen mode, the way you would think you could in the Flash reader but for some bewildering reason can not.
This should fix all your problems. Or at least all your Marvel Unlimited problems. I can’t promise it will pay your bills or change the marital status of Kimberly from Power Rangers.
So that should clear any Flash reader problems right up. If switching to the Beta reader does NOT fix the problem, give me a holler in the comments and we will DO THIS.
And of course, by do this, I mean moon strangers in New York and hope they work at Marvel. That’ll teach ’em.