Fastr by SIA Design Reform (iPad)
Released: Jun 20, 2012
Version: 1.0
Size: N/A
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Ranking - Education (iPad)

Fastr

SIA Design Reform
Fastr is a unique speed-reading app for iPad. Using latest technology and speed reading algorithms, Fastr presents a reading method available for every single person. Fastr improves reading speed as minimum by 30%, were satisfactory result is considered as improvement by 200%. Fastr app develops ability to learn new things rapidly and also retain the knowledge you've gained. It helps to absorb and comprehend the information.

*** Disclaimer about opening books purchased on iBooks Store and Amazon and others ***

Fastr app currently doesn't support opening books purchased on iBooks Store and Amazon due to DRM protection. We are negotiating solutions to access these books in Fastr in the nearest future. For the moment, you will be able to open DRM-free books, which can be bought online or downloaded for free from the web.

*** Disclaimer about Facebook sign up ***

You can use Fastr app with or without Facebook sign up. Facebook account currently is necessary to add and synchronize articles from the web with Fastr application. Adding and reading ePub books does not require Facebook sign up. We are working on a new version of the app, where articles could be added to the app directly without Facebook sign up.

*** Fastr v1.0 Features ***

Fastr version 1.0 has the following features implemented:
* DRM-free ePub and TXT formats support for ebooks
* Adding articles from a web browser on your iPad or on your desktop computer
* Adjustable number of words that is being displayed per screen
* Adjustable speed of reading (text presentation)
* 2 modes of reading - speed reading and classical reading with one side synchronization for ePub books
* Selection of fonts, font sizes and background styles for classical and speed reading
* Table of Contents that can be accessed on the same screen with the open book

What features we are working on now:
* Ability to add articles from the web without Facebook sign up
* Ability to open books from iBooks and Amazon
* Adding the books directly from the Fastr app
* PDF format support
* Reading statistics

The app is using speed-reading algorithm based on RSVP (Rapid Serial Visual Presentation) methodology. Fastr delivers reading speed improvement while retaining a high level of comprehension. It is being achieved by processing the text for a different way of presentation.

In Fastr app text presentation is done by displaying words at a set pace on the screen. The app allows you to customize settings so that you can pick a pace you’re comfortable with. You should also look in the center of the screen to avoid eye movement while reading.

Reading speed improvement is being achieved by increasing the number of words user can read in one screen with one fixation. Starting with 1 or 2 words per screen you can later increase the number of words up to 10.

The speed-reader dictates that a reader should maintain a constant high speed through reading material, not slowing down for anything. This coaxes a reader's speed from a typical 240 words per minute into the speed reading range, which is generally considered, between 600 and 1000 words per minute.

This speed depends upon a variety of factors, primarily the nature of the material, the alertness of the reader, the mental speed of the reader, the amount of practice of the reader, innate talent for speed reading, the thinking processes he has taught himself over the years, etc. A 600 word per minute rate is fairly common among beginning and semi experienced speed-readers. Speeds over 1000 words per minute require much more experience and intense concentration. Even at 600 words per minute, which is double or triple normal rates, speed-reading can be extremely beneficial.
Our verdict: Meh!
  • Fastr is a poorly rated app (2-star).
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