GutenFlash – streaming text reader

GutenFlash is a text reader designed for reading etexts on linux-based PDAs.

GutenFlash displays a few words at a time, flashing each “line” in quick succession.

It delays a variable amount of time between each line, depending on context. Sentences, clauses, and paragraphs each get their own delay, to simulate natural reading patterns.

The effect is vaguely similar to reading a narrow column of text, but the eyes do not need to move as the text flashes by.

More display modes have been added for better readability.

Concepts based on the RSVP (Rapid Serial Visual Presentation) idea in GNU sview and Panamedia PanaRead.

Features include:

  • 3 modes:
    • One word.
    • Three words.
    • Multiword.
  • Jump to chapter, next chapter and previous chapter.
  • Calculate length.
  • Calculate remaining.
Usage: gutenflash [options] FILE1 [FILE2 ... FILEN]
  -n -e --enter-pbreak    Set option for "newline is paragraph break".
                          (for books with each paragraph on one line)
        --showcfg         Print out current configuration and exit.
                          Use this to generate a config file:
                            gutenflash --showcfg > ~/.gutenflash.conf
  -h    --help            Print this help message, and exit.

Developer: Selene Scriven
License: GNU General Public License version 3 or (at your option) any later version

GutenFlash requires:

  • PyGTK.
  • GTK2.
  • tktk module (included).
  • pycfg module (included).
  • Texts to read.

GutenFlash is written in Python. Learn Python with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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