Txt Viewer (txt reader): Simple, Elegant, Reading


Price: $0.99
Txt Viewer (txt reader): Written & Video iPad App Review

Txt Viewer for iPad

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Since we first got our iPad those many eons ago, we’ve used a great deal of reading applications. We’ve tried all of the major brands, as well as a few more off-beat numbers offering more specialized purposes. However, throughout all of that we have seldom come across a text reader quite as elegant as Txt Viewer (txt reader) by developer Paperble. The app itself renders text with a deftness that’s not to be missed, and while the app remains at its introductory price, a bargain to boot. For our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break!

Concept and Functionality

The basic idea behind Txt Viewer (txt reader) is . . . well, basic. Unlike a lot of the more popular and existing readers a la Nook and Kindle, it instead focuses on pure, easy-on-the-eyes reading. It also shirks off PDFs and other more complex formats in favor the smaller and more concise .txt file. It’s a refreshing change, and what the app does with these files is what makes it marvelous.

All of the standard reading features you’d expect are here. You’ll get bookmarking, font changes, formatting options, and a number of other things—including page turning—that mark a notable entry into the field. However, Txt Viewer (txt reader) truly excels at what you don’t notice: That is to say, it simply works. Load any text file into the app, and it will render that file in such a way that it is immediately readable and enjoyable. We quite appreciated this, especially as the app already comes loaded with some exceptional entries out of the Project Gutenberg library. In other words, the ease with which it makes those simple .txt files works of art is astonishing, and should be quite rewarded.

Design and Interface

Txt Viewer for iPad

Txt Viewer (txt reader) for iPad

Likewise, the interface provided with Txt Viewer (txt reader) is completely intuitive, as well as barebones from the ground up. However, this is not to say that the app is lacking in features. We particularly liked the option to auto-format our paragraphs, saving us some awkward page corrections. All in all, its emphasis on touch-based controls and intuitive layouts is just as flawless as the reader itself. That being said, we do wish we could load up our PDFs, despite the refreshing change of pace. The distinction between these file formats may mean the difference between more classical literature, and perhaps a wider audience of users.

Overall Value

Still, though, it’s quite hard to ignore the value of the application. At only a dollar in the App Store, it will hardly put you out to give what Txt Viewer (txt reader) is offering a go. If you’re like us, you’ll have a smashing good time reading some of your favorite classics right out of the box, and then likely have a good long go at it afterward. In other words, this one comes recommended.

Txt ViewerTxt Viewer (txt reader) requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review, as well as a video production fee.

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