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Here's how it works: instead of using plain black text, we display text using eye-guiding color gradients. These gradients flow from the end of one line to the beginning of the next, so that when you move your eyes from right to left, they're automatically drawn to the appropriate line.

Vision, literacy, and medical experts agree that BeeLine Reader improves reading speed and reading ability for readers of all ages and skill levels. It is particularly helpful for readers with dyslexia, ADD, or vision impairments—some readers are able to read over 50% faster with BeeLine. Find out how much it will help you by taking the BeeLine Reading Challenge on our website:

Included app functionality: Read with BeeLine in Safari using our BeeLine Action Extension; save articles for later using the BeeLine Share Extension; and browse the web with BeeLine on select popular websites (AP News, Reuters, and within the BeeLine app. Never used an extension before? Find out how:

IAP: Add premium news sites to your reading list and read Kindle books with BeeLine (iPad only).

Have epub files you want to read with BeeLine? Grab the ReadMe! app, which supports DRM-free EPUB files.

What’s New

Version 1.9.0

New: Text to Speech!

Ratings and Reviews

2.6 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

chriscjd87575866 ,

I wanted to like this, but...

...the only useful feature is the color gradient added to each line. Otherwise, it's painful to use.

If I'm reading a PDF and switch to a different app and don't switch back within a few seconds, the app loses track of what I was reading. Additionally, there's no way (or perhaps no obvious way) to save a PDF for future reference. So when I switch to Safari to look up a concept, for example, when I switch back into Beeline, I have to go through the rigamarole of searching all my PDFs and finding the one I was originally reading.

Another quirk is that trying to scroll sometimes triggers the sidebar. The only "fix" is waiting a few seconds and then trying to scroll again.

While I am happy to pay for useful apps, especially accessibility-related apps,$15 ($10 to be able to read PDFs, $5 for the app) is a lot for something that's this buggy. My experiences thus far have all been on an iPad, so I don't know if the iPhone version is this frustrating to use. I should have heeded earlier reviews and passed on this one because the efficiency gains provided by the colored lines are negated by the kludginess of everything else.

Cailise ,

Great idea, meh implementation.

Beeline reader is great for me. However, even excluding the issues with availability due to external limitations, the implementation leaves something to be desired.

The UI is white with lines for options. There is no guide or settings, and you have to spend some time figuring out how it works - especially with the current iOS bug that means you need to restart to add anything new to the “share” list. I found this helpful tidbit in the pocket documentation.

The pricing structure is great, much more reasonable than the subscription service I saw at one point. I’m really happy about this.

I strongly suggest getting in touch with a UI/UX designer for iOS apps and work on that, since it’s the only major downside to the app that you can do anything about. (Most other complaints seem to be that it won’t work everywhere, which is unfortunately to be expected.)

As it stands, this isn’t quite worth the money, but it’s still so useful for accessibility reasons that I paid it. I also suggest adding in a feature - paid or otherwise - to read files we add. Epub, html, docx, I thunk even just those would help a ton.

Axmshi ,

Very limited

I primarily read on my iPad for class and we use a variety of PDFs and websites. I use GoodNotes currently to mark up the text and file them appropriately, so I’m not looking for this app to function in that way, but in other ways this app is archaic. I can’t take the color gradient PDFs or pages and put them into other apps to mark them up or save them as files on my iPad. I have to stay in the app that does only one thing... change colors... not worth the $15 I paid for the app and PDF reader. and maybe if the app looked nicer and not like 1965 Microsoft word, i wouldn’t mind reading in the app, but I mind very much. Definitely a rip off, worth .99 at most.

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