ABC Speedreading 08.08 enables you to improve your reading skills. The software trains you to practice fast reading on a regular basis.
Pros: By using ABC Speedreading software, you can mix the letters and still read the text. You can also divide the words into different groups and read the text. It is readable even if you strip the text. The software can be used to study foreign languages as well. You can start reading slowly and then speed up by repeating familiar texts. Speedreading enables you to read backwards. The software prepares you for this with a lot of training and practice. Speedreading uses various helpful techniques for the speed reading training. There is Flash Reading technique where the text is cut into small pieces. Each piece flashes up in the center of the computer screen. Learners have to read the flashing text without concentrating on one spot. Another technique is to cut the text into short fragments and put them in separate windows. A red point is placed on each window. Learners have to be aware of the red points while reading in the windows. Dominant technique involves finding keywords, making semantic rows and defining the most important parts of the text. The software contains Shultz Tables exercises for developing your peripheral vision. Angle of Vision technique helps you get a wider peripheral vision so that you can read faster. Different techniques by Speedreading can enable you to increase your attention span, ability to concentrate, quick word recognition, etc.
Cons: ABC Speedreading has some limitations. Articulation of words becomes almost impossible because nobody can articulate the text while reading at a high speed. You cannot decrease the speed of reading in order to return to what has already been read.
Overall: ABC Speedreading is self-instructing software that enables slow readers to improve their reading skills. It uses computer-generated visual exercises for developing perceptual habits of readers. Mainly designed to expand your peripheral vision with speed reading skills, the software deserves a 3 star rating.