Developer: Arkadiusz Holko
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Time is money, or something like that at least. Either way, there’s almost always so much to do and so little time to do it in. While it’s nice to be able to take the time to slowly read something, it’s also convenient to be able to speed-read through some text. That’s where Outread comes into the equation, enabling users to quickly read through various different texts.

The app supports numerous methods such as Instapaper, Pocket and Readability, as well as the option to paste text or add a URL. It’s all simply done and quick to get set up, much like the rest of the app.

outread4outread1Once some text has been imported in some way, it’s then just a matter of tapping the play button and allowing Outread to take over. A yellow highlighter scrolls through each word at the desired speed with the marker size as well as the reading speed easily adjusted. Users can opt to have just one word at a time highlighted or many, all at once. Similarly, a mere 50 words per minute can be arranged or a more frantic 1000 words per minute. A slider ensures it’s constantly easy to adjust, which is handy as different texts often change how fast one wants to read.

Further useful options come from the ability to read articles offline, archive them for future consultation, and filter through the different options easily enough. Combined, that ensures that Outread is a great reading solution on the whole, as well as a way in which to increase one’s speed reading potential.

Being able to import ebooks would have been a great bonus feature, but as it stands, Outread is still a very useful organizational and time saving reading app.

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