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Jiffy Reader

A Browser Extension for Bionic Reading on ANY website!

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How it works

Below is a screenshot demonstrating how the extension works by bolding out the initial parts of all text on any page when clicked. There are toggles and sliders to customize it to your preference so you can enjoy your time reading. You must agree this is awesome right? Screenshot from 2022-05-29 19-13-02

The best way to install this extension is to follow the instructions below. However, we will also periodically be releasing this extension on the various stores under the name Jiffy Reader.

Table of Contents

Installation Instructions

Chrome

Download via Chrome Store or follow the instructions below

  1. Click here to download the latest jiffyReader-chrome.zip release
  2. Extract the file
  3. Open Chrome
  4. Enter chrome://extensions in the address bar
  5. Enable developer mode with the toggle on the top right side of the page if it is not enabled already
  6. Click load unpacked on the left side of the page
  7. Find and select the extracted folder, this extension should now be installed
  8. To pin the extension, click the puzzle icon on the top right of Chrome, then pin the extension.
  9. The extensions default reading mode is set to off when installed
  10. See the faq section on how to use the extension, customize it (global and per site settings) and excluding sites from always on

Firefox

Download via the Mozilla Firefox Plugin/Add-on Store or follow the instructions below

  1. Download jiffyReader-firefox.xpi by right clicking here and choose Save link as to download the latest jiffyReader-firefox.xpi release
  2. Open Firefox
  3. Enter about:debugging#/runtime/this-firefox in the address bar
  4. Click Load Temporary Add-on... and navigate to the path of the downloaded jiffyReader-firefox.xpi and select it to install it
  5. The extensions default reading mode is set to off when installed
  6. See the faq section on how to use the extension, customize it (global and per site settings) and excluding sites from always on

Firefox will remove the extension when the browser is closed if the extension is not downloaded from the store.

Firefox Nightly / Fennec F-droid / Mull (Android)

  1. Go to settings
  2. Scroll to the bottom and select About {browser name}
  3. Tap the browser logo five times
  4. Go back to settings and in the Advanced section, select Custom Add-on collection
  5. Type 17432789 as the collection owner (user ID)
  6. Type jiffyreader as the collection name. The browser will close to apply the settings.
  7. Go to Add-ons/Add-ons manager to install the add-on.

For convenience you may want to enable the extension by default by clicking on the Turn On Always button in the add-on's menu.

Opera

  1. Download: Click here to download the latest jiffyReader-opera.crx release
  2. Extract the file
  3. Open Opera
  4. Enter opera://extensions in the address bar
  5. Enable developer mode with the toggle on the top right side of the page if it is not enabled already
  6. Click load unpacked on the left side of the page
  7. Find and select the extracted folder, this extension should now be installed and listed on the screen
  8. To pin the extension, click the cube icon on the top right of Chrome, then pin the extension.
  9. The extensions default reading mode is set to off when installed
  10. See the faq section on how to use the extension, customize it (global and per site settings) and excluding sites from always on

Edge

  • Please follow the steps for chrome above

Android (kiwi Browser)

  1. Download the kiwi browser if you do not already have it installed
  2. Open kiwi browser
  3. Navigate to the extension listing on Chrome Store and
  4. Click the Add to Chrome button to install the extension
  5. The extensions default reading mode is set to off when installed
  6. See the faq section on how to use the extension, customize it (global and per site settings) and excluding sites from always on

Bookmarklet

(Note: Bookmarklet is not in active support and may break when new updates are released)

  1. To install the bookmarklet, head over to this link

First Installation Welcome

  • Thank you for installing JiffyReader.
  • Read the 8 points bellow which will help you the most in getting you started with JiffyReader

Notes on the extension

  1. Why did the browser open this page? because this is the first time you installed JiffyReader.
  2. The extension is on the default settings and optimal for most websites.
  3. Changes to settings are saved instantly and can be restored to the default optimal settings by clicking the Reset Settings button at the bottom of the extension.
  4. If confused on how to use the buttons and sliders check out the section on what are the functions of the buttons and sliders.

Notes on this page

  1. You can find important resources such as the FAQ section, how to contribute and how to report issues on this page.
  2. You can always get to this page by clicking the FAQ link in the footer of the extension popup.
  3. For futher help on check the table of contents or open an issue ticket using the links at the very top of this page.
  4. You can close this page and return at anytime to find more help or clarification.

FAQ

How to access the extension settings/popup ui

Desktop

  1. Click on the (on chrome: puzzle icon | on edge puzzle icon | on opera cube icon | on brave puzzle icon)
    • Note: Firefox will auto pin the extension
  2. Click on the pin icon next to jiffy reader to pin it next the address bar
  3. Click on the pinned icon to access the settings/popup menu

Android (kiwi browser)

  1. Click on the more (3 vertical dots) button and scroll down
  2. Click on Jiffy Reader to open the settings/popup ui

What are the functions of the buttons and sliders

Global preferences button

  • clicking this button enters global mode where your preferences are saved and applied to applied to all other sites when you open them afterwards

Site preferences button

  • Clicking this buttons activates and saves preferences only for the site you are presently on.
  • Any changes you make with the other buttons and sliders persist for only this site.

Enable reading mode button

  • Click this button to turn on/off the emphasization(bionification) of the text on the page.
  • Press ALT + B on chrome and ALT + W on firefox to achieve the same effect as clicking this button on chrome. see the shortcut-section for more info.

Saccades interval slider

  • Use this slider to set how many words are left untouched/unbolded or un-emphasized after the first emphasized word or the first word.
  • 0 means there will not be a single or any untouched words, all words are emphasized.
  • 1 means exactly 1 word is left untouched before the next successive emphasized word.
  • 2 means 2 words are left untouched so does 3 and 4.

Fixation strength slider

  • Use this to control how much or how little of each word is emphasized you your liking .

Fixation edge opacity

  • Use this to control how faint(weakly visible) or strongly visible you want the edge(un-emphasized) part of words to appear.

Saccades colors

  • Use this to select a means of emphasization using colors.

Saccades styles

  • Use this to select a means of emphasization using bold variations or underline variations.

Line height buttons

  • Use these buttons to increase or decrease line height to strain and improve the confort of reading.

Always on/off button

  • Use this button to controls the default behaviour which is if words on pages are or aren't emphasized when loaded by default.

Reset Defaults

  • Resets preferences of the currently engaged preference mode.

Google Play Books Native (Epub and PDF support)

  1. Open or navigate to google play books
  2. Click on any book in your library to read it and turn on the extension if not on already
  3. You can search for new books (paid or free) and add to your library to start reading

Upload Books (Epubs & PDFs)

  • Upload your ebooks to Google Play Books reads to be able to read it with JiffyReader.
  1. Open google play books
  2. Click the upload button
  3. Select your epub or pdf file to complete the upload
  4. Click on the uploaded file to open it in the Google Play Books web reader. Have fun.
PFD files not working

PDF files may still not work after uploading to Google Play Books Use steps in Google Play Books Native (Epub and PDF support) to search for the book if you believe it is commercially/freely available in the google play books

Google Docs support

You can use JiffyReader with documents from Google docs with a catch.

  1. Download the document as an html (prefered) or epub optional
  2. Enable JiffyReader to work with tabs that have file urls by right clicking on the JiffyReader icon
  3. Click manage extension
  4. Find and enable work with file urls
  5. Open the downloaded html with your browser and turn on JiffyReader reading mode.

Customizations

Shortcut

  • Alt+B is the default toggle shortcut to turn on or off the extension
  • If prefered you may customize the extension shortcut with the help of the resources below
  • Chrome, Firefox and Edge
  • Opera: open the extension management tab and click the Keyboard shortcuts link to access the page for customizing opera shortcuts

What is Bionic Reading?

Bionic Reading is a new method facilitating the reading process by guiding the eyes through text with artficial fixation points. As a result, the reader is only focusing on the highlighted initial letters and lets the brain center complete the word. In a digital world dominated by shallow forms of reading, Bionic Reading aims to encourage a more in-depth reading and understanding of written content.

Read more about Bionic Reading.

Reporting Issues, bugs and feature request

Visit the issues page to report, bugs or tell us about a feature you would like to see and hopefully we will get to you. Kindly allow for some time after submitting a issue for someone to get back to you. You can also see a list of open issues that you may contribute to by commenting to help out someone with a challenge or developing and opening a PR. See contribution section

How to Contribute

Anyone is welcome to provide contributions to this project by submitting a PR (Pull Request) and it will be happily merged to provide features and fixes to the incredible people using the extension.

Help with Translations

JiffyReader is in need of translation help for what ever language you can. To help:

  1. Please check that the language you would like to help with has not already been taken up by someone else by looking through both the open and closed tickets for translations.
  2. Open a issue ticket and add the translation label to it along with the name of the language you want to translate. Use this shortcut link to open a new ticket
  3. Copy either the english locale json click here or spanish local json click here translate into the language you can assist with using your prefered editor or even ms word.
  4. Indicate the language you would like to help translate in the ticket title. This helps to eliminate duplicate work.
  • Attach any questions or updates to the ticket you are working on and someone will try and get to them within a day or two.

Working with the translation files.

The translation files are json formats. You only need to worry about translating the text associated with the message key.

 <!-- example -->
 "exampleText":{
   "message": "this is the text to translate",
   "description": "it is not required to translate this text"
 }
 ```

 - result after tranlsation into spanish
 
 ```
 "exampleText":{
   "message": "esto es el texto a traducir",
   "description": "it is not required to translate this text"
 }

Submitting your translations

  • You can email the translated file or paste the entire translation as a new comment in the ticket you opened and we will take it from there.
  • Dont forget to indicate your name for attribution.

Supported languages

  1. English: by JiffyReader maintainer
  2. Spanish: by JiffyReader maintainer
  3. Others coming soon: contributor name

JiffyReader has been updated to support displaying information in multiple languages thanks to a strong interest and constant emails and enquiries about it. We have implemented the required mechanisms to support displaying the extension in the language of your choice. The challenge we have now is to get as many translations as possible.

Development

  1. Clone the project
  2. Open in VS Code or your favourite editor
  3. Run yarn or npm i to install dependencies
  4. Install pnpm if you dont already have it, use npm i -g pnpm
  5. Run pnpm dev:chrome or pnpm run dev:chrome to build the development version. Substitute chrome for firefox if that is your prefered browser.
  6. Follow the installation version for your prefered browser but navigate to the projectRootFolder/build/ and choose the folder that corresponds with your browser.

Configure vscode to run the project when it is opened

  1. Copy .vscode/tasks.json.example to .vscode/tasks.json or enter cp .vscode/tasks.json.example .vscode/tasks.json in the terminal from the project root
  2. Open vs code command pallet
  3. Type and select Tasks: Manage Automatic Tasks in Folder
  4. Click Allow Automatic Tasks in Folder.
  5. Reload VS code.

Release a new version

  • Change version in package.json, eg. "version": "1.0.0"
  • Push a new tag to GitHub, eg. git tag 1.0.0 && git push --tags
  • The Workflow should be running here
  • Check the release version here and edit release notes.