Reedy – A read faster app for Chrome browsers and Android devices
Reedy – Intelligent Reader is an application that promises that your reading speed will improve. This is an Android app but it also has an extension for Google Chrome.
It displays text one word at a time, gradually increasing the speed at which the words are flashed on-screen. Reedy can be used on any Android device or devices that feature Google Chrome.
Reedy Intelligent Reader – Overview
You may well ask what the differences between Reedy and other speed reading apps, such as your web browser, e-book reader and word processor is and why you should use a separate app for reading. The main difference is that the words are displayed one at a time, and that the interval between words can be set faster or slower. This, the developers say, will certainly improve your reading speed, increase your retention of knowledge and allow you to read for longer periods at a time.
The Spritz technology that was used for the development of this app was originally designed to help beginners and those with learning disabilities to read.
Reedy App – Features
Versatile. Reedy can be used with text in almost any format. You simply select the text that you wish to read, right-click and activate Reedy.
Variable reading modes. There are three reading modes: regular (slower), speed reading (up to 3000 words per minute) and even text-to-speech mode (the app will read the text to you).
More than just text. Tables, images and styled text are efficiently displayed.
User friendly. Reedy allows you to adjust the text size, colour and font to make things easier. It also features day and night themes that will ensure that the brightness of your screen is always at a comfortable level.
Smart text display. You can adjust your reading speed or pause at any time. When you pause, you will be presented with a quick preview of the entire text. The display speed is also automatically slowed when complicated words or punctuation marks are encountered.
Full records kept. Reedy gives you access to a quick list of all web pages, documents and bookmarks. This makes it easy to continue reading where you left of previously or to review the material that you have already read.
No-nonsense user-interface. The user-interface is clean, easy to use and intuitive.
Reedy – Pros and Cons
Speed reading vs reading fast. Despite the claims of the developers, this app does not teach speed reading. It may, however, help some readers to read faster. On the down side, it does not make provision for skimming, an essential part of speed reading, especially for study purposes.
No scientific base. The art of reading and retention has been the focus of many empirical studies. Reading text one word at a time is not conductive to retaining the central theme of entire sentences, paragraphs and even sections.
Excellent teaching tool. On the upside, Reedy can be a very valuable tool in teaching beginners to read and to open new worlds to those suffering from learning disabilities.
Versatility. The ability of Reedy to display images and tables is a definite plus and gives it an edge of other reading apps.
Good user interaction. A goodly number of users have commented on the fact that the developers are very quick to react to suggestions and complaints. This must be seen as a very large plus too.
Reedy App Review – Verdict
It is difficult to understand why the average reader will want to read text one word at a time. It is just too easy to get completely lost in the nuances of the text, especially with long sentences and paragraphs. I tried it, but the app’s welcome in my digital world was very short lived.
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