gritz – speed text reader

gritz is an open source text reader that’s written in Perl. It reads the given UTF8 encoded input file and present it to you.

Words pop up one at a time, but at a configurable pace. According to the developer of gritz, this software makes your reading twice as fast as usual.

The software handles plain text files only. If you want to use gritz with other formats, you’ll need to convert them to plain text with open source software such as ebook-tools, html2text, or Calibre.

There’s a Perl module which implements the Knuth-Liang algorithm to find positions inside
words where it is possible to insert hyphens to break a line. A hyphenation algorithm is a set of rules, especially one codified for implementation in a computer program, that decides at which points a word can be broken over two lines with a hyphen. For example, a hyphenation algorithm might decide that impeachment can be broken as impeach-ment or im-peachment but not impe-achment.

The simple graphical interface offers backward/forward buttons, pause button, as well as faster/slower buttons. There’s a text label which reports the actual reading speed in words per minute. For beginners a good starting rate is around 250 words per minute.

There’s a command-line option that lets you jump to a specific sentence.

gritz is cross-platform software. It runs on platforms that support Perl and gtk2-perl.

Website: github.com/jeffkowalski/gritz
Support:
Developer: Peter Feuerer
License: GNU General Public License v2.0

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