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File size:
5.74 MB
February 28, 2012
January 9, 2013

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Speed Reading is a utility to help you read and comprehend text quickly. Type or paste any text you want to the main text window. Click the OK button to have Speed Reading read the text to you Word-by-Word, highlighting and speaking each word.

Please note: not all speech voices can be increased in speed. This program works best with Apple's Premium voices such as Lee (downloadable via Speech in the System Preferences).

Use Speed Reading to improve:
  • your reading speed by increasing the Words per Minute in the Preferences
  • your reading comprehension by having the message coming to you via two senses (visual and aural)
  • your productivity by freeing yourself from the screen to perform other tasks while the text is being read to you, yet seeing exactly where you are up to
  • your accuracy by verifying your outgoing messages for grammatical, spelling or logical errors before they are sent

    Speed Reading automatically takes any text on the clipboard, pastes it into the main window then speaks that text. It can work with text from any application including Mail, Pages or Safari.

    Voice - choose a voice from any of the built-in System voices, including the downloaded premium voices
    Auto-Talk - turn on/off the automatic speaking of the clipboard.
    Remove URLs - turn on/off the automatic removal of web site addresses (they are often long and interrupt the flow)
    Volume - change the computer's System Volume, even while speaking.
    Rate - changes the Words per Minute of the speaking. Note that the speaking must be stopped (not just paused) for the rate to take effect.
    Audio File - you can save the current text, voice and rate as an AIFF audio file.
    Wikipedia on Speed Reading - you can view the Wikipedia web page on Speed Reading from inside the application.
    Talking Web - you can use the same web page window to navigate to other web sites, highlight and speak their text.

    Speed Reading takes into account accented and foreign characters, but depends on the Voice chosen.

  • Speed Reading (com.holymackerelsoftware.speedreading) is a Mac software application that has been discovered and submitted by users of Software.com.

    Operating System: Mac

    Default Install Path: /Applications/Speed Reading.app

    Minimum OS version: 10.6.6

    Bundle Information: Speed Reading (23 February 2012) by Holy Mackerel Software. Copyright 2003-2012