• Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good

  • Slicereader
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  • Last modified: Sep 1, 2013

Review Summary:

PROS: Very interesting application. Brings something new to the market.

CONS: Complicated input of text and articles. Interface needs additional polishing, even in its current beta version.

Slice reader 3Over the past few years, a lot has changed in the world of text editors. Nowadays, most writers tend to use specifically designed writing apps. These applications are made to help you focus on your writing, and they tend to come in extremely minimalistic interfaces which turns out to be an excellent way to get things done. In combination with Markdown syntax, which helps you format a piece of text on the fly, and in a combination with OSX’s Full-Screen mode, you’ve got all the writing tools you might possibly need on your Mac.

It’s interesting to note that, even though writing apps evolved, the same thing did not happen to reading apps. These are designed to help you read large chunks of text, or full-featured books, but they are mostly the same apps we all used years ago. As you probably know, there’s plenty of “read later apps” which could be put in this category up to some point, but I was talking about full-featured reading apps which need to change the way we consume text materials on our computers. Well, in case you’re interested in trying out a new reading app, which is promising to change and ease up your everyday reading, you should try Slicereader.

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Slicereader looks like just about any minimalistic writing app, in terms of light background and complete lack of any toolbars or icons. Also, it doesn’t have any settings, so there’s no Preferences pane, which is a bold step taken by its developer who wanted to make it as simplistic as possible. During my testing of Slicereader, I haven’t had any urge to change any of its settings like font size, color, and anything similar (which you can’t change even if you wanted to), but I also understand that some users like to dig into settings and adjustments, so it’s hard to say which way is better. The most important thing is that if an application tries to “go minimalistic”, this shouldn’t affect its functionality, and this is just the case with Slicereader.

In order to actually read a text using Slicereader, you’ll need to copy it (within your browser for example, if you’d like to read a long article) and then open Slicereader, press CMD+N and you’ll be able to add your text. This seems a bit unusually long way to insert text into a reading app, but you can also set-up OSX’s Services menu which will create a very helpful “Read in Slicereader” context-menu option. It is also important to say that according to a recent interview, developer of Slicereader said that the final version will bring much easier way to add text into this app, and I am really looking forward to it.

The bottom line is that Slicereader comes with a great potential. I am going to give it a rating of 3.5, since I need to rate its current state and not the state I want it to be in its final version. This rating is caused by some crashes and annoyances, and some confusing and unfinished interface elements.


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