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Opening PDF files in RapidReader PRO

To RapidRead a PDF simply "Drag and Drop" it onto the RapidReader PRO desktop Icon.

Drag and Drop to Open a PDF

You don't even have to open Adobe Acrobat at all.
RR PRO uses an artificial intelligence engine to analyze the PDF to extract the text then import it into RapidReader for you. All the page numbers are the same for both RapidReader and the original PDF for easy reference between documents.

  • Make sure the PDF you wish to read is local to your computer
  • Single-Click the icon of the PDF then "Drag and Drop" onto the RapidReader icon
  • This will launch RapidReader and you will see the PDF page displayed in ParagraphView
  • Double-click on the word where you want to start
  • The RapidReader TurboView display will begin from that word
  • To set the speed please see the information HERE


PLEASE NOTE:

There is a special markup item for use with PDF files. It's called a "dog-ear". It can be inserted where ever there is a graphic referred to in the PDF text. When you save the PDF as a RapidReader file it will keep your markup. You can use the dog-ears to locate the items in the original PDF for review. You can find the information HERE about using the markup capabilities.

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Using the Microsoft Word Add-In for One-Click Access to RapidReader

When you install RapidReader an "Add In" is created on the Microsoft Word Tool Bar. This will appear as an icon.

The RapidReader Icon on Microsoft Word

When you click on the RapidReader icon it will select the all the text in the page and automatically open RapidReader.

  • The contents of the page will be displayed in ParagraphView.
  • Double-click on the word where you want to start
  • The RapidReader TurboView display will begin from that word
  • To set the speed please see the information HERE


PLEASE NOTE:
If you don't see the icon it may be that you will need to customize your toolbar to display it.
You can find the information HERE on accessing the add-in.

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Copy / Paste From Other Word Processor Applications

From most applications you can still import the contents into RapidReader

Copy Paste into RapidReader
  • Select either the entire document (CTL+A) or the text you wish to read by clicking and dragging
  • Copy the text (CTL+C)
  • Double-Click on the RapidReader Icon on Your Desktop to launch it
  • Press (CTL+V) to PASTE
  • The contents you selected will be displayed in the ParagraphView.
  • Double-click on the word where you want to start RapidReading


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Opening Plain Text Files in RapidReader

To RapidRead a .txt file simply "Drag and Drop" it onto the RapidReader desktop Icon.

Drag and Drop to Open Text Files

You don't even have to open the file at all.

  • Make sure the .txt file you wish to read is local to your computer
  • Single-Click the icon of the .txt then "Drag and Drop" onto the RapidReader icon
  • This will launch RapidReader and you will see the page displayed in ParagraphView
  • Double-click on the word where you want to start
  • The RapidReader TurboView display will begin from that word
  • To set the speed please see the information HERE

 

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Using the RapidReader Add-In for Outlook (requires RR PRO)

When you install RapidReader an "Add In" is created on the MS Outlook Tool Bar. This will appear as an icon.

With RapidReader PRO in Outlook you can speed through dozens of emails and attachments at a time. RapidReader will extract the text from all of them and collect them into a single file. You can then RapidRead them as you would any other document you've imported.

  • In any email folder SHIFT + CLICK to select a range of emails
  • Then click on the RapidReader button on the toolbar
  • As with any other document opened in RapidReader you will see the email collection in the ParagraphView
  • Double-click on the word where you want to start
  • Move from one email to the next "on the fly" by pressing "N"
  • For MS Word and PDF attachments press "A" to RapidRead the document
  • To set the speed please see the information HERE


PLEASE NOTE:
If you don't see the icon it may be that you will need to customize your toolbar to display it.
You can find the information HERE on accessing the add-in.

 

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Using the Internet Explorer Add-In for One-Click Access to RapidReader

When you install RapidReader an "Add In" is created on the Internet Explorer Tool Bar. This will appear as an icon.

RapidReader Icon on Internet Explorer

When you click on the RapidReader icon it will select the all the text in the page and automatically open RapidReader. .

  • You will see the contents of the page displayed in the ParagraphView
  • Scroll down to the item you wish to read
  • Double-click on the word where you want to start
  • The RapidReader TurboView display will begin from that word
  • To set the speed please see the information HERE

PLEASE NOTE:
If you don't see the icon it may be that you will need to customize your toolbar to display it.
You can find the information HERE on accessing the add-in.

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Copy / Paste from a Web Page into RapidReader

You can RapidRead text from any browser with the following method.

To Copy Text From a Web Page to RR

  • In a web page CLICK + DRAG to select the text you wish to read
  • Press (CTL+C) to COPY
  • DOUBLE-CLICK on the RapidReader Icon on Your Desktop to launch it
  • Press (CTL+V) to PASTE
  • The contents you selected will be displayed in the ParagraphView.
  • Double-click on the word where you want to start RapidReading


PLEASE NOTE:To streamline the process see the FREE Bookmarklets section BELOW to select your web helper.

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Free Bookmarklets That Can Make Using RapidReader Even Easier

The Readability Bookmarklet
When you're using either of the above methods to import text into RapidReader you may find that there are unwanted elements included. For instance navigation within the page or web site addresses. The Readability free utility strips out the navigation, advertising and any elements that don't contribute to the content of the page before you copy to RapidReader.

It's easy to install and use. Just download it and then install it in your browser of choice. Essentially the utility formats the text into something much like a printed page. This in turn means that opening the text in RapidReader is simplified because the bookmarklet delivers only the item you want to read. You can then open it in RapidReader with a few simple keystrokes. Each of these Bookmarklets have their own procedure for installing and customizing the utility. The links and instructions follow.


The readability bookmarklet

To Use the Readability Bookmarklet

  • Download the Bookmarklet from http://www.readability.com
  • Follow the instructions to install on your browser of choice
  • On any web page you wish to read Click on the Readability Icon on the tool bar of your web browser
  • TO IMPORT THE PAGE INTO RAPIDREADER
  • Select ALL (CTL+A)
  • COPY (CTL+C)
  • Double-Click on the RapidReader Icon on Your Desktop to launch it
  • Press (CTL+V) to PASTE
  • The contents you selected will be displayed in the ParagraphView.
  • Double-click on the word where you want to start RapidReading




 

Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Explorer all have a "reader view" similar to Readability available as an add-in from the tool bar. In each case please check the help files for installation or access instructions.

Note: These capabilites vary between browsers and may rely on the cooperation of individual websites to enable "reader mode".


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If you don't see the RapidReader icon on the MS Word, Internet Explorer or Outlook* toolbar...

You may need to manually enable the RapidReader add-ins.


Please Note: Check this first. in IE 8+ and newer MS Office Products the tool bar has been changed and the RR icon may be hidden. If so you will have to look for it on the toolbar under: Tools>manage add-ons>enable-disable add-ons. You will see RR as one of the choices.

Please click here for excellent general information about enabling and managing Microsoft Add-Ins.


To do this you will use the RapidReader app integration utility which was installed with RapidReader. This utility is what puts the button on the supported applications.

Please follow the instructions below.

*requires RR PRO

    To Manually Enable Add-ins...


  1. Close all MS Office components
  2. From your Start Menu or Computer C drive
  3. Go to Programs>Softology>rapidreader app-integration
  4. Click on App Integration Utility.
  5. This will launch a dialog box.
    You will then be asked to enable add-ins for Word, Explorer and Outlook.

  6. Click enable for each one.



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Programs>Softology>RapidReader App-Integration

Click on App Integration utility

Go to Program Files Select the RapidReader App Integration Utility

After you've enabled the addins, when you open Microsoft Word, Explorer or Outlook the RapidReader Button should be visible on the tool bar.

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