iReadFast
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iReadFast allows you to increase your reading speed of every electronic text document. It is lightweight and really simple for everyday use. It is useful to save time reading your email or your favourite news Web site, and it is great for studying: with the time saved you will be able to read more times the text you have to study or read other texts to increase comprehension.
What's New
Version 2.0:
  • This version introduces the document library. In the library it is possible to save any document along with its bookmarks and the point where you stopped reading the last time.
  • Program icon updated to high resolution.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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Thephoenix reviewed on 16 Feb 2011
It takes some getting used to and gave me a slight headache but I was able to read much faster. It's funny too, reading through the instructions, they were obviously translated from another language with many spelling and grammatical errors.
[Version 2.0]


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Gianluca Del Maschio (developer) commented on 09 May 2010
About my previous post: Since some days the web hosting service of my website seems fine again.
[Version 1.9]


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Gianluca Del Maschio (developer) commented on 18 Apr 2010
Unfortunately the server of my hosting service is down since a few days. Their service was very good until now, so I will wait some other day before to move to a new hosting service. Until the problem will be resolved or the site moved the download will not be available, I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
[Version 1.8]


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Wjb3wvu reviewed on 20 Dec 2009
Outstanding program. Just what I've needed for a lot of years. I find that when I read "normally," I either read every flippin word, one by one, which really slows me down, or I skip too many words when I try to speed up. This program makes me read every word, but at a constant speed, thereby really increasing my speed. I find myself actually cutting long article from emails or news feeds and pasting them into iReadFast. Great job, and I like the preference options.
[Version 1.8]


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Dalahast commented on 26 Oct 2009
It's been a while since the last update, and I'm still looking forward to that font selection option. Any news?
[Version 1.6]

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Gianluca Del Maschio (developer) replied on 06 Dec 2009
Hi Zangief,
I've almost done with the font choosing feature, I can tell you and the other users that iReadFast 1.8 will be online very soon with that feature.

Thank you for your interest and your patience.

Gianluca Del Maschio
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Dalahast replied on 07 Dec 2009
Glad to hear it, that's one release I'll certainly be looking forward to. :D
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Dalahast commented on 20 Mar 2009
The new 1.5 is great, just one more thing I'd like to see to make it perfect: I want to be able to change the font, with a standard font selection panel. Excellent work, as were 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4, Signor Del Maschio. ^_^
[Version 1.5]

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Gianluca Del Maschio (developer) replied on 10 Jul 2009
Thank your for you comment Zangief!
About your request, I will try to add the font selection in one of the next releases.

Goodbye!
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ticonuck reviewed on 20 Mar 2009
A beautiful piece of software. I only just discovered it, but it now has a home on my Hard Drive and even in my Dock. It is perfectly configurable and comes with a help file that is helpful and concise. It does its job very well, without being heavy on system resources. It really shouldn't be freeware.

Highly recommended. It's going to help me out tremendously!
[Version 1.5]


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bingcady reviewed on 29 Sep 2008
(To those noticing the BARQSX review below, the developer replied and set the record straight; all is well.)

Now, as to the product - it's awesome! I've used a similar tachistoscope program called Ace Reader for years. However, that program is both fairly expensive and much more involved than I've wanted. iReadFast is much more Maclike; simple, easy to use, very attractive, and works just as advertised. And since it's free, everyone can try out this great tool and improve their reading speed!

The only think I can think to add to this program in the future might be the ability to display multiple words at a time, since some speed reading techniques involve taking in whole phrases at a time instead of single words. But I am not certain whether this chunking technique can be used with tachistoscope presentation or whether the reader must choose his/her own chunk of words on which to focus.

Mille grazie per questo buonisimo regalo, signore Del Maschio!
[Version 1.2]

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Gianluca Del Maschio (developer) replied on 11 Oct 2008
Dear John,
thank you very much for your comment and even more for your donation that made me very happy because it was the first I ever received!

I'm happy to hear you consider iReadFast better than other products. This was my goal when I started creating it, after I discovered that none of available programs was complete with all the features I was looking for, while many of them are pricy.

About the multiple words display, as I said in the private email I sent you, I can tell you and all the Macupdate visitors that this option will soon be available in iReadFast. I already have a good working version of iReadFast with this feature, so I reasonably believe it will become the next release of the program.

Thank you very much for your support John,
Gianluca Del Maschio
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barqsX reviewed on 23 Sep 2008
Stay away! Developer is unreliable and untrustworthy.

When iReadFast first came out, I participated in the beta comments program, where I sent in my suggestions in return for a promised free license. I sent in my suggestions, the developer sent an acknowledgment of receipt, but I never received the promised free license. Follow-up emails went unanswered. If you're looking for a trustworthy and reliable developer, stay away!
[Version 1.2]

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Gianluca Del Maschio (developer) replied on 23 Sep 2008
Hi BARQSX, I apologize if I never answered to your suggestions. I received tens of emails and I know I missed to answer to some of them. As you know I was planning to sell iReadFast but then I realized that because of bureaucracy and taxes this was going to cost me more money than what I was going to earn. I abandoned the development of iReadFast for some months and only some weeks ago I decided to distribute it as freeware, I know people who sent me comments and suggestions like you may feel this was unjust, but the option was to not distribute iReadFast at all.
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PizzaCake reviewed on 23 Sep 2008
I love this app. Looks terrific and really helps me with reading speed and comprehension by avoiding re-reading.

Here's an applescript which works as follows:
You copy the text (Command C) you want to be read

Run the applescript which does:
Asks if you want to open iReadFast if it's not open
Pastes the text into iReadFast
Presses the play button for you!


--Start of applescript
(* Please note only run this script after you have run iReadFast at least once. This is because in Leopard the first time you run a new application you have to give permission for the application to run.*)

tell application "System Events"
set isiReadFastOpen to (name of processes) contains "iReadFast"
end tell
if isiReadFastOpen then
runiReadFast() of me
else
activate
set Btn to button returned of (display dialog "iReadFast is not currently running. Run iReadFast?" buttons {"No", "Yes"} default button "Yes" with icon 1)
if Btn is "Yes" then
runiReadFast() of me
end if
end if

on runiReadFast()
tell application "iReadFast"
activate
tell application "System Events"
keystroke "v" using command down
tell process "iReadFast"
click checkbox 1 of group 1 of window 1
end tell
end tell
end tell
end runiReadFast
--End of applescript

Paste this into Script Editor and either save as script in folder iReadfast (create if necessary) in scripts folder or save as application bundle and run from dock.

Developer: Consider a service menu item that can do this. In Leopard keyboard shortcuts can be assigned to service menu items. I have a keyboard shortcut for speaking text, works very well. Nice work btw.
[Version 1.2]

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Gianluca Del Maschio (developer) replied on 23 Sep 2008
Hi PIZZACAKE, thank you for your comment, I just want to say that from version 1.12 iReadFast already creates a service menu "Read with iReadFast" (if you just installed iReadFast you may need to reboot the computer in order to see the menu). I know this is an undocumented feature and I'm going to update the program help in the next releases.

Thank you for you interest.
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PizzaCake replied on 24 Sep 2008
Just rebooted and I see the service :) However, iReadFast doesn't start reading until I press the play button. Could you change this to automatically start playing?
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Gianluca Del Maschio (developer) replied on 28 Sep 2008
Yes, I could add an option in the preferences for this, but I believe it's better as it works now for two reasons:

- Using the services menu item already makes iReadFast the active application so you just have to press the spacebar to start playing, I think this is already very straight and comfortable.

- The automatic play could make you save the press of a button, but could very likely make you miss the first words of the text in case the program window takes longer to become active, or simply because you need some time to focalize on it when it pops up.

Really I believe that as the program is now requires you to do an extra action, but doing so leaves you all the control and you will never have the playing started when you not expected it. I would like to know the opinion of other users about this.
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PizzaCake replied on 29 Sep 2008
I only realised space activates play after I wrote the comment. Doh! I think the reasons you give for not automatically playing are valid. Thanks.
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Dalahast replied on 24 Feb 2009
Assuming that users placed iReadFast in the Applications folder, you could add this to the beginning of that script to prevent the quarantine window (the window asking you if you're sure you want to run the app) from appearing:

do shell script "xattr -d com.apple.quarantine /Applications/iReadFast.app"
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Downloads:17,043
Version Downloads:5,679
Type:Education : Miscellaneous
License:Free
Date:06 Jul 2010
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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iReadFast allows you to increase your reading speed of every electronic text document. It is lightweight and really simple for everyday use. It is useful to save time reading your email or your favourite news Web site, and it is great for studying: with the time saved you will be able to read more times the text you have to study or read other texts to increase comprehension.


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