Reading can be a tedious task when using an iPhone or iPod Touch. After trying to read small type for a decent amount of time, one’s eyes become fatigued, causing headaches in many. However, with Flash Reader by Didstopia, users can now paste any portion of text they wish to read and have the words flash across the screen, one at a time, in big, bold letters.
When you begin, the screen will initially say that there is no text loaded yet, with a Play button at the bottom. The gear icon will take you to the menu, where you will find the Paste, Clip Library and Settings buttons. Use the Paste button so you may enter the portion of text you wish to have appear on screen. Give the selection a name and save it if you plan on using it again in the future, or simply press Play to watch your message blink upon the screen.
The Clip Library will display all those items that you have pasted and saved in the past. Settings allows you to change how fast or slow the words appear on the screen and whether you would like to have the clipboard load upon startup. For those with extremely fast reading abilities, set Flash Reader to a comfortably speedy pace. For those who prefer to read leisurely, slow down the speed to a rate that allows you to take in and retain each word without putting yourself to sleep.
Ideal for those who have no patience, or those who simply hate reading in general, Flash Reader introduces an interesting way to tackle this unavoidable task without just staring blankly at a page covered with writing. And though many may find this method just as grueling if not more so, for you can no longer skim when reading a single word at a time, reading is a fundamental part of our society and any application that helps to promote such an activity seems well worth one’s attention.
Flash Reader [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.