Tofu
Tofu 2.0.1
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Tofu helps address the common problem that people don't like reading text on the screen. Why is that, anyway? I believe there are two main reasons: line width and visual instability. Text is usually very wide on the screen, which makes going from the end of one line to the beginning of the next difficult. That's why newspapers have narrow columns: It makes them faster to read.

So why not just take a normal window and make it narrower, scrolling down as you need? Well, there are usually a lot of lines in a text, and all look more or less the same, so if they move past your eyes
What's New
Version 2.0.1:
  • The "View in Tofu" Service now works again.
  • Hyphenation now consistently works if set in the preferences.
  • Quitting with unsaved changes while in full-screen mode now behaves correctly.
  • Fixed a problem where the background would not be drawn correctly for short texts in full-screen view.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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der.verrueckte reviewed on 31 Mar 2011
I really love Tofu, it greats and it does the job *almost* perfectly. Almost, because as I load .pdf Tofu does not break parragraphs correctly. Only major chapter divisions are divided, not really the parragraphs within. Is there a fix to this issue? has someone else encountered the same problem?

Danke!
[Version 2.0.1]


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Mtin79 reviewed on 08 Jan 2010
Best Column Reader on the mac so far. would love to have an export function though.
[Version 2.0.1]


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gazman commented on 14 Mar 2009
My only complaint, and its a big one, is that in full-screen mode the menubar is still present and I find it annoyingly distracting when trying to immerse myself in what I'm reading. Until this gets resolved I'm going to stick with Stanza which, although shareware and not as polished, does full screen much better.
[Version 2.0.1]

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hippy dave commented on 30 Apr 2009
regarding fullscreen, tofu seems to work perfectly with megazoom:
http://ianhenderson.org/megazoomer.html
this lets you use tofu in fullscreen, with no menu bar, no window title bar, just a full screen of text and a scrollbar at the bottom.
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Lumac52 replied on 18 Jan 2011
I recomment the method described here:

http://theswitchedonshow.com/community/showthread.php?t=3926
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evilinstone commented on 24 Feb 2009
Please add support .fb2 format.

Thanks!
[Version 2.0.1]


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tekl commented on 20 Nov 2008
I'm missing a printing option.
[Version 2.0.1]


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notefarm reviewed on 20 Oct 2008
Amar is a genius and this program is a must have. Now reading on my computer is a joy.For another app that dose one thing very well I also would recommend Amars other App called Namely. Thank you for writing such perfect software.
[Version 2.0.1]


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St00pid-M0nk3y reviewed on 08 Sep 2008
Very cool and easy to use. And it's free! :]
[Version 2.0]


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crucial reviewed on 30 Mar 2006
Absolute genius.

Tofu does not get nearly the attention it deserves. Tofu makes reading long documents on screen totally painless, and in some ways is better than reading a paper based document as you can see both the page before and after so you can easily scan for things and adjust column width for reading comfort.

If it has bugs, like sometimes spotty connection to services they are of so little consequence, compared to the simplicity and elegance of this app. My biggest gripe is that this is not built into the OS so that I can chose to read web pages without having to switch to it, or compose notes in TextEdit using the same concept.

I just wish there was more software out there that re-though problems and came up with such elegantly simple solutions. Solutions that remove barriers and have interfaces so simple that they need no toolbars, or other extraneous icons. Interfaces that just get out of the way. A lot can be learned from the elegance of this application, when it comes to software, less is often more.
[Version 2.0a2]

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AlanR replied on 08 Dec 2007
I love ToFu and use it ALL the time.

It is, in a way built into the “System”. It introduces a Services menu option (Under File) “View in ToFu”. So all you need to do is highlight the required text and choose that menu selection. I do it all the time and have a keyboard shortcut defined for just that. This works in Cocoa apps (Safari, Camino etc.) but not in Firefox which does not support Services.

I do find that text from a few websites requires some pre-formatting in an editor to replace one return with two to maintain paragraph formatting in ToFu. It's not a major problem though.

Maybe that's a function which could be incorporated into ToFu itself for the times when it's needed.
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imacbie commented on 29 Mar 2006
This is a very neat app.
Hopefully PDF support will be complete with ease o.O
[Version 2.0a2]


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HuevoX reviewed on 28 Mar 2006
This is a simple and effective app. Thank you so much for such a great tool! I would gladly pay a fee to use this.
[Version 2.0a2]

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tloesch replied on 29 Mar 2006
Dear Huevox,

if you really feel like sending the developer some money you may donate :+)

http://homepage.mac.com/asagoo/donate/index.html

Ture
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hugelshofer rated on 16 Mar 2011

[Version 2.0.1]


Downloads:45,047
Version Downloads:21,348
Type:Business : Word Processing
License:Free
Date:09 Sep 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Tofu helps address the common problem that people don't like reading text on the screen. Why is that, anyway? I believe there are two main reasons: line width and visual instability. Text is usually very wide on the screen, which makes going from the end of one line to the beginning of the next difficult. That's why newspapers have narrow columns: It makes them faster to read.

So why not just take a normal window and make it narrower, scrolling down as you need? Well, there are usually a lot of lines in a text, and all look more or less the same, so if they move past your eyes vertically, they are difficult to keep track of. The text doesn't feel stable, and you get lost easily.

In Tofu, text is arranged in columns, and each column is only as high as your window. So lines are nice and narrow, they don't move about vertically, plus your text is now in easy-to-digest chunks. You just scroll from column to column horizontally, and feel more in control.

Tofu also includes some other useful features to make reading easier for you. You can jump to any point in your text by simply typing some letters near it (without choosing any command first). There's a "View In Columns" service so you can, for example, grab some text from a Web page. And it lets you use your voice to navigate text, so you can literally sit back and read.


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