Simplify Internet Clutter With Safari Reader

22 01 2014

Have you ever tried to read an article on the internet, only to be distracted by the ads, the imbedded videos, and extraneous links  that will take you off of the article to another site? Well, you’re not the only one. For many users, reading anything off the internet can be overwhelming. Some may require a more streamlined approach.

Enter Safari Reader.

If you are running the latest and greatest version of Safari, Reader allows for web pages to be “decluttered”. By clicking on the

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To look like this:

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If you highlight the text, the built-in text-to-speech feature will work within Reader as well.  There is also an option to enlarge the text, which can help students with visual impairments. (Or older folks like me that are refusing to get reading glasses).

The other great tool is that this page can be saved as a PDF Document by selecting “File- Print”. This is great because students can then use the PDF file that’s been created to annotate, highlight, take notes, and have the text read to them all within Preview.

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There is also a Reader feature in IOS Devices as well and works in the same manner. Check it out here on Cult of Mac!

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