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Flash

A speed reading web app

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Max
Maker
Hello, ProductHunt! Flash is a FREE speed reading web app inspired by an iOS app Spdr. I really loved the idea of Spdr, but I primarily read on my laptop, so I decided to create a web version. The app allows you to speed read a lot of text by flashing (get it? πŸ˜…) words one by one rapidly. It supports virtually any rate and has a Dark mode and Light mode. https://flash.now.sh/static/preview.gif https://flash.now.sh/static/preview_light.gif Let me know what you think πŸ™ŒπŸ» Also if you like the app and find it helpful, or hate it and want to rant or have improvement suggestions, be sure follow me and hit me up on Twitter πŸ™‚
Abadesi
@rdev I've experimented with these before ... I'd love to see a product that delivers this in a way that feels gamified or fun. Personally I never stuck to it and just went back to old fashioned reading.
Max
Maker
@abadesi I still read normally all the time πŸ˜… But sometimes I need to speed through a chunk of text and this kind of tool helps a lot :)
Abadesi
@rdev I feel you - will def try with articles since I tend to stop at the headline or skim too much
Steven Rueter
@rdev Yes! I have to say I am genuinely flattered that you used the UI/UX from Spdr! Maybe we should combine forces, DM me!
Avi
Haha, this is quite fun. Is it a good idea to read articles using it? eg -> how would it deal with para changes, quotes, lists with lots of text, etc?
Max
Maker
@aviaryan123 It treats spaces and line breaks the same way and change of paragraph always (at least in my Medium tests) resolves as multiple spaces, so it'll give you a slight pause between paragraphs.
johnny
@aviaryan123 @rdev I just copy/pasted an article, and every for every blank line (which separate paragraphs), it's displaying "Flash - A Speed Reading App". It's quite jarring. If you can fix this, I'll use this regularly. Thanks.
Max
Maker
@jholton Oh shit. It's fixed now, sorry about that πŸ˜…
johnny
@rdev Awesome, thanks!
Guus Hoeve
@aviaryan123 Great idea to use for reading articles. I could easily follow along with 500 wpm and the format of words flashing keeps me focussed and I don't need to scan.
Sergej Lotz
Is there a chrome extension for example to 1-click read a medium article (which is opened and in the active tab), which gives me an overlay (similar to normal reader extension) for speed reading? Or do I always need to manually copy the text?
Max
Maker
@serglotz there isn’t right now but it sounds like a good idea. I’ll look into this. Thanks! :)
Brodie Pointon
Super great. I just tested with some multi-para product reviews, more effective way to consume snappy information. Would be nice if I could change the type weight like I can with the bg colour.
Max
Maker
@brodie_richard I had this idea just before launching. It'll probably be available tomorrow :)
Patrick Lu
Anyway to customize the speed? The default gif flashes too quickly and gives me a headache.
Dylan Bryan
I love this idea! I've wanted something simple to use for reading articles/books like this. I would a love a feature to import articles/pdfs/other documents too! Edit: Also, a way to pause would be nice (Sometimes I need to blink)
Joel Karacozoff
Just tired this app - very cool, biggest issue was paragraphs, they don't seem to parse well
Tim Scullin
This is awesome. Would be cool as a chrome extension or bookmarklet that could pull content from the page you're on.
Brian Storti
This is nice, but a bit inconvenient to have to copy/paste what I want to read from one place to another. Maybe you could take a look at what this extension is doing and also try something similar: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/spreed-speed-read-the-web/ipikiaejjblmdopojhpejjmbedhlibno Also, I'm yet to find a tool like this that works well with pdfs, so that would be a good differentiator. Congrats and keep shipping!
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