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A Handy Reading Aid for the 21st Century

Line Reader transforms your mouse pointer into a handy reading aid that moves with your mouse, helping you to maintain your spot in any online document.

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What are people saying about Line Reader

Silas Wryt This software only works with online documents? It will not work with documents on my pc?
Mar 20 2009 at 5:42pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale This software will work with any application, it floats over the top of all other windows.
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 20 2009 at 6:46pm Copy Link
Software Guy What are the terms of your license? Can it be installed to a USB drive? Are we limited to 1 computer, or home plus laptop? Thanks!
Mar 23 2009 at 2:46am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale It's one computer plus a laptop, you could use a USB stick in addition. The full license is shown on installation.
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 23 2009 at 3:16am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Please note that we're going to be adding in a few new features to the Line Reader soon, and anyone purchasing will be able to get the upgrade at no charge.

Some of the highlights include:
Magnification Line
Inverted Background Color Line
Line Position Offsets
Keyboard Nudge Control
Auto Line Stepped Movement
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 25 2009 at 1:04pm Copy Link
Michael Parry-Thomas I have been using line reader for several weeks, most people find it diffiicullt readinng on a computer screeen
I use this tool in Libronix Diigital library for my biiblical studies and I usee it in Dragon naturallly speaking
when I'm in myy digital library I uuse the double line feature itt enables me to concentraate on the line of text I am reading in Dragon naturaally speaaking I have thee line where myy cursor is positioned the text appears above the line I simmply move the linee down as I coontinue speaking iin Dragon naturally speaking thank you thank you for making tthis uutility and loook forrward to future enhancements
Mar 26 2009 at 11:52pm Copy Link
Praveen Kumar Can you explain the new features please?
Can a line be highlighted and next line selected with arrow keys?

Mar 27 2009 at 8:19pm Copy Link
Mary Wilson I have been trying out the program and it is pretty good. The problem is that I could only get single line and the magnifer portion of the program to work. Unalbe to get Helper line portion to work at all. When I tried out the Start Tag the boxes where very small and do not allow you to make them bigger. Only box I could add anything to was text and after a ltitle bit of typing, I could not even see what I was writing. It does not grow in size when you type in it. In addition, It shows scroll bar on the side, but will not let you use it. The reminder is so small and will not allow me to add anything unless I go into the main program and this defeats the purpose of the program. The help function has nice definitions, but does not show you how to get nothing showing how to run this portion of the program. The problems I am having with the Smart Tag and helper line I was not able to correct due to lack of information from the help section.
Mar 28 2009 at 3:42am Copy Link
Praveen Kumar Hi Mary,

Open Line reader and click in check box USE HELPER LINE under Line reader Tab. That gets the helper line on.
I guess the size would increase only after purchase. It says TRIAL VERSION WITH LIMITED WIDTH/HEIGHT.
Just being helpful!
Mar 28 2009 at 3:55am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale @Praveen Kumar
In the future version the keyboard will allow movement of the line up and down, left and right. I hope this answers your question. The other features are still being worked on!
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 28 2009 at 4:01am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale @Mary Wilson
We'll make sure that the helper box expands in the next version. Great idea
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 28 2009 at 4:01am Copy Link
Praveen Kumar Can the transperancy of the lines too be adjusted please?
Mar 28 2009 at 4:09am Copy Link
Mary Wilson I understand the Limited Width/Height restrictions. This does not make up for the fact that the I can not try out the reminder box, image box and the helper line at all as they do not work with the restrictions. In addition, info that I typed into the text box(which I can use) is not saved any where. I can not even go into the box after typing any info from a test article into clipboard. Nothing I can do has saved the information. Your help function has great definistions, but little in the way of solving problems like what happens to the data that you typed into it and how to access this data afterwards. This was a great feature, but it will not help to take notes with this feature if I can not save the notes. How about a video on the functions and how they are suppose to work so that I see them in action?
Mar 28 2009 at 4:22am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale @Praveen Kumar
No the transparency cannot be adjusted. Again good idea though.
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 28 2009 at 4:29am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale @Mary Wilson
Thanks for your comments, saving the notes is a great idea and we'll try and incorporate all this feedback into the next version.
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 28 2009 at 4:30am Copy Link
Peter Wallace Greetings,

I still have not gotten my purchase confirmation / receipt / key info. Can you please let me know if there is a problem. I ordered 3/2 at 1:45 AM or so CST.
Mar 28 2009 at 5:05pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Peter, the deal was available on 28MAR '09, so there would be no way that you could have ordered this product through this site on the second of March. Also your email does not appear in our purchasing database. Are you sure you ordered this product?
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 29 2009 at 3:05am Copy Link
Peter Wallace That was just a typo on my part - it was indeed the 28th (Saturday) at 1:45AM CST. Sorry for the typo. I had went through the order - and I thought I got to the end and paid. My internet was on and off that night because of the snow that started coming down, but I am pretty sure it went through.
Mar 29 2009 at 11:15pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Well it seems we don't have any orders for your name or email address so I believe it did not go through.
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 30 2009 at 2:14am Copy Link
bvssunnydale I bought this previously on bitsdujour [it was of various limited utility but I thought with a few improvements it would be useful] - shortly thereafter they released an update but there was absolutely no way to get the manuf (who seems to be bitsdujour) to contact me. Extremely frustrating - eventually I abandoned the software [the version I have just draws a line on the screen that you can move around with your mouse]
Sep 27 2009 at 7:20pm Copy Link
Mark Hill I have a number of their utilities and there is no problem upgrading. You just download the current version from their site and install (making sure to have closed down existing version first).
For exact details on how to upgrade to version 2 of line reader go to this forum link:
Sep 28 2009 at 1:42am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Wm,

So sorry you had difficulties, Iconico Inc manufactures the software, and yes we own BitsDuJour too. The upgrade that we released works with your existing serial number, so all you needed to do was download the new version from
BitsDuJour Admin - Sep 28 2009 at 3:19am Copy Link
J T Hi,

I would like to buy Line Reader at the earliest, hope you have a special offer for Line Reader soon... please let me know.

Many thanks,
Jan 8 2010 at 12:34pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Click the Notify button above and you can get an email when we have a deal.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jan 8 2010 at 3:46pm Copy Link
Avid Reader Nice utility, but it will not install without administrator privileges. That is unfortunate as it could be used on my work computer very effectively, not to mention the fact that when coworkers see it, they go out and buy it. Many utilities do not require administrator privileges to install and run, so i am suggesting that for this utility. Thanks.
Mar 12 2010 at 2:33am Copy Link
Jim Barnes I hate it when I go to the trouble to download a trial version and don't find out until installing it that I have to have some sort of Net Framework installed! Why don't companies that depend on some sort of MS Net Framework announce it right up front and save some of us the trouble of downloading the program?
Mar 12 2010 at 2:34am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale @Jim Sorry about that, yes you do need .NET installed. All modern PCs have it these days so forgive that we didn't mention it.
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 12 2010 at 2:37am Copy Link
Ray Aquino I hate it when I go to the trouble to download a trial version and don't find out until installing it that it doesn't work on my Amiga 500. This really should be clearly stated. It's running great on my Tandy though.
Mar 12 2010 at 4:36am Copy Link
Sam H. Simple utility that does what it says. Thanks Bits du Jour.
Mar 12 2010 at 3:07pm Copy Link
DEAN i2 A utility that does what it says.
I tried it, and then upgraded to paid Version so I could use a longer underline. Before I had to highlite (select text) so I could keep my place but with this software I no longer need to.
Thanks Bits du Jour. I wish you could set it up with only one hotkey to turn off/on the line. It only offers all hotkeys or none.
Mar 13 2010 at 2:58am Copy Link
Louis H I picked this up a short time ago for full price and it has proven well worth the investment for me. I use it everyday and do not regret paying full price for it.

Some vision changes recently have made such a utility an absolute necessity for me (pending surgery) to continue to be able to work with computers.

A big plus for me is that all future upgrades are FREE! And in addition, you can install this on your desktop, your laptop, and it can be run as a portable app - VERY IMPORTANT for me.

I highly recommend folks give it a try as this is a great discount for a very useful utility.
Jul 11 2010 at 1:36am Copy Link
Daniel Walker In my experience - using a ruler actually slows reading substantially and trains the brain to be less used. Not a good thing in my opinion. Maybe as a 'bookmark' kind of thing. Beware.
Jul 13 2010 at 6:55pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale @Daniel, With respect you might find that Line Reader works differently from a ruler. It's just a thin red line on the screen which is easily controlled without having to hold up something over the screen, with a ruler you block out text, which could slow you down. We've had a lot of positive feedback, especially from those with vision difficulties that really like the product.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jul 13 2010 at 7:31pm Copy Link
bvssunnydale I'd previously purchased this and support in any way is absolutely non-existent [they don't return e-mails, for one thing] and never could get any use out of it. I rarely say anything negative about software (I use just curse a lot) but this was extremely disappointing.
Jul 13 2010 at 10:05pm Copy Link
Louis H My experience is quite the opposite from both Daniel's and Wm Shore's.

Back when I was much younger I had reading difficulty and learned early on that following along with my finger over the sentences actually increased my speed AND my comprehension. I have heard the opposite from others and so i guess I would recommend folks be leery of assuming it is either/or and instead find what works best for them and go with that method.

Now that I am older and have developed some vision problems, I find I have gone back to reading along with my finger moving over the words and sentences when reading a physical book and Line Reader serves that purpose when reading electronic books, articles, and data. Since picking up this item I find I am reading more, retaining more of what I read, and taking pleasure once again in the whole process. Thus, for me, I am using my brain far more WITH Line reader than I was without it.

As to customer support issues.... I have had issues with other companies with whom others have not had the same experience, so I am not negating Wm Shore's experience. I am simply stating that my own experience with Iconico has been the opposite and I am quite satisfied as a result.

Perhaps Line Reader is one of those utilities that folks will polarize upon, so i would recommend that if it sounds like something you might find helpful, give it a trial run and see for yourself. That is what I did and I remain satisfied with my purchase at full price.

Jul 13 2010 at 10:46pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale @WM - You might not know this, but the people who bring you BitsDuJour are the same as those that bring you Iconico. I'm happy to answer any questions and sorry if your email was mislaid, we do try to be on top of things! You can see by the Line Reader that we do try any reply to every email.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jul 14 2010 at 2:37am Copy Link
bvssunnydale These people don't respond to comments, questions, anything, and their program is more aggravation than useful (I'm a registered user). Waste of bucks.
Feb 23 2011 at 12:46pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale I can assure you that we respond to every question - please let me know what yours is!
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 23 2011 at 12:56pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale William I notice that you posted above back in July. We take our support very seriously and do try and reply to every question. We don't want to have an issue go unresolved for so long, please let me know what your question is and we'll do our best to get it answered.
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 23 2011 at 2:46pm Copy Link
Mick Hayes One day i was looking at the "Line Reader" rectangle in items i have purchased. i hadn't purchased it yet . i clicked the "confirm" link to see what it would do. It confirmed the purchase w/ no way to back out. i should have seen that one coming.

Last night i noticed that "Line Reader" was the bit of the day. It had almost 24 hours left on the timer. i decided to check it out today. But, i blew it. Got on my machine too late.

i still want this program. So, please put me back in the 'want product' section.

Feb 23 2011 at 6:02pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Mick, I'll email you a coupon code you can use to get the discount :-)
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 23 2011 at 6:13pm Copy Link
Anonymous Bitster Wait what the heck is this "WM Shore" talking about!!!?

If you click the old comments link it's right there as plain as day that the dev responded to his previous questions within hours. And yet, Mr. Shore still says:

"These people don't respond to comments..."

Uh... ok... can I have whatever you're smoking?

Keep up the good work BDJ!
Feb 24 2011 at 12:44am Copy Link
I looked on the website at the instructional "movies" and all I found were silent videos showing settings without any voice overs and even more importantly there were no videos at all showing the line reader in actual use or any of the features actually being used.

Perhaps Iconico could remedy this and provide a more complete video showing the line reader in use in time for the BitsDuJour offer.

I downloaded the trial but nevertheless an "in use" video would be really helpful.

Seeing in it use and Incorporating some of the features and setting changes with audio too would make it much easier to become familiar with this software and it's uses.


Michael K
Aug 27 2011 at 4:10am Copy Link
Constantin Florea Hi Michael. You are right, the videos do need to be updated. Because the promotion is tomorrow (Sunday 28 of August), I don't think there is enough time to put them together until then.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 27 2011 at 5:05am Copy Link
Hi Constantin - thanks for the quick response and my position is as follows:

I will buy line reader tomorrow because the offer price is right, it comes with free lifetime upgrades and because I have a lot of confidence in Iconico / BitsDuJour.

That said, please be good enough to record a video along the lines I mentioned above within the next few days if possible. I and quite a few of the others who have expressed an interest in buying this software, will be able to get the most from it if you show us how to best use it and it's key features.

Many thanks,

Aug 27 2011 at 8:19am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @ Michael. Thank you for your interest in the application. I will record and post the videos on Youtube in the next few days. I will post here a new message containing the URLs for the videos when they will be ready.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 27 2011 at 10:44am Copy Link
Thank you Constantin - your positive and quick response is very much appreciated.

Aug 27 2011 at 11:55am Copy Link
Michael K I bought line Reader today and I really like the "flip" feature as it enables me to put a vertical line over any position on any any window.

That is very useful because for some applications I can now see accurately if things are lined up vertically down a page instead of just having to "eyeballing" it.

Neat !


Aug 28 2011 at 3:56am Copy Link
J M Will this work with PowerPoint as a SlideShow is running so the audience can follow along with the words easier?
Aug 28 2011 at 6:43am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @ J M

Line Reader can be used with PowerPoint. The line does appear on top when the SlideShow is running.

Also please notice that while the PowerPoint SlideShow is running you can even use your keyboard to control Line Reader to flip, to show the Helper line, to increase the line width/height, to move the line itself by a specified amount to the left/right/down/up, to disable/enable the mouse cursor, to start the line and to stop the line.

So there's no need to stop the SlideShow and bring up the Line Reader application to set some settings, you just use the existing keyboard combinations or define new ones for all those Line Reader functionalities.

Any suggestions on new functionalities are greatly appreciated.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 28 2011 at 7:09am Copy Link
A S are you able to install on 2 machines own by user?
Aug 28 2011 at 7:53am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @ A S

You can install the application on one computer plus a laptop, you could use a USB stick in addition. The full license is shown on installation.

Also in case you need additional licenses we have a great volume discount system in place. The more units you order the less you pay per unit. The volume discount does work with the current deal in the sense that the discount of 50% is applied on top of your volume discount.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 28 2011 at 7:59am Copy Link
Avi S I've just purchased and installed the application.
I love the concept! In my research I often read scholarly articles as PDF documents, and linereader greatly enhances the experience of reading a complex document off the screen. Additionally, I expect that linereader will be very helpful during my university lectures, when I analyze texts together with my students on the projector screen - line reader will keep us all focused on the right line!
Of course, for a product like this to be useful and efficient, it must be completely controllable via keyboard shortcuts. Linereader does support a full array of keyboard shortcuts - moving around the red line, flipping horizontal/vertical, changing its size, etc. - a full 19 options for actions that can be controlled via the keyboard.
However, one very serious issue with the program is that when any keyboard shortcuts are enabled, the program insists that every single keyboard shortcut be defined to a unique key! That is, in order to use even one keyboard shortcut, one must set definitions (or accept the defaults) for all 19. As a power user and frequent utility purchaser, I don't have 19 key-combinations free just for this utility! There are about 5 shortcuts that I am interested in using for linereader, and I would like to disable the rest of them. I believe that this is a standard thing to do in other utilities. So, Iconico, unless there is something I'm missing here, can we please have a new version that allows this? Please let all of us BDJ readers know when we can expect a new release that deals with this issue.
Another thing to note: the keyboard shortcuts are passed through afterward to the underlying application. Thus, if a defined keyboard shortcut also does something in the underlying application, it will both control line reader as well as performing the other action within the program. That is most certainly undesirable behavior! Even if one would want to preserve shortcuts for both, it is extremely unlikely that one will want to do both actions at the very same time. Indeed, in every other utility that I am familiar with, the defined keyboard shortcut combos are trapped by the utility, and *not* passed along. I believe that this is the correct behavior; at the least, it should be an option for the user.
Once again, Iconico, please let us know if this can be fixed, and if so, when.
Aug 28 2011 at 8:21am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @ Avi S

Thanks for the great feed back on the keyboard functionality. What you say makes a lot of sense. We will have this ready and released on the site before 5th of September. We will publish here (as well as on the application forum) a comment notifying you all about the new release.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 28 2011 at 8:36am Copy Link
bvssunnydale Worthless. I had previously purchased this software and had questions/problem with it. They don't even have a website (if you go to their 'website' you'll notice it seems to be a third-party distributor. I sent several e-mails and tried multiple other times to contact someone and it's like they don't exist. Don't waste your money on this, a disappointment and too frustrating to be worth anything.
Aug 28 2011 at 9:20am Copy Link
Vivaldi I bought Line Reader during one of the earlier BDJ offers. While I don't use it every day, I'll use it mostly for reading pages with blocks of print, and I find it especially useful for reading spreadsheets.

This one's a keeper, and will be (legally) going to all of my future computers. It installed very quickly and easily. I find it to be extremely easy to use, and had no trouble at all figuring out what to do with it. I say this not as a criticism of anyone, but to reassure new users. I haven't used all the features, but I don't expect them to be any more complicated than the ones I've used.

A note to anyone with dyslexia or astigmatism (I have both) - you're going to love this software!
Aug 28 2011 at 9:23am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale @Wm, Wow that's an amazing comment! The Line Reader is hosted on, and that's run by the same people as run BitsDuJour - that's right it's us! Constantin is the developer who built the product!

We answer every email we get, but I'm very sorry if we missed yours. Please let us know what your problem is and we'll address it.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 28 2011 at 9:25am Copy Link
Emil Kucera Hi, I have just downloaded the trial version, and the first thing that comes to mind is a redundancy - why on earth do we need separate hotkeys to start and stop, why not a toggle? Next one - what is wrong with a simple Escape key to close the magnifier or measurement window?
AND count my voice agreeing with Avi S about the keyboard shortcuts - that needs fixing ASAP. Maybe you should repeat the deal when you do that?
Aug 28 2011 at 2:06pm Copy Link
A K I can't seem to download the videos, the.swf files are not cached.
Aug 28 2011 at 2:14pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Emil Kucera, Thanks for your suggestions. We will include them in the release scheduled before 5th of September.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 28 2011 at 2:18pm Copy Link
VLM Constantin, in response to Avi you wrote:

"Thanks for the great feed back on the keyboard functionality. What you say makes a lot of sense. We will have this ready and released on the site before 5th of September. We will publish here (as well as on the application forum) a comment notifying you all about the new release."

Do you mean his suggestion that not all 19 shortcuts need be defined, or his suggestion that shortcuts be trapped by the utility and not passed on to the underlying program, or both?

Also, I have a suggestion or request of my own: In addition to a line, would it be possible, in a future release, to offer an option to highlight the current line instead of (or in addition to) underlining it? This would make it SO very easy for the eye to follow ... and particularly during presentations up on a large screen in front of a room full of people. (Of course, one would wish to choose the highlighter color from some reasonable palette. :):)

Just a thought!

Question: Does this work with the Open Office applications? With Adobe FrameMaker? With any PDF products other than Adobe Acrobat family? (e.g., Nitro, Nuance)

Aug 28 2011 at 2:29pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @A K, You're right, the current videos from here:
are not cached. In order to see them you have to wait for the whole video to load. I've just tried to see if there are any issues by browsing to some of them and they do load. Do you mean that in your case they do not load at all and that you see no loading progress bar?

As promised earlier, by tomorrow we shall have new Line reader movies created and uploaded on Youtube. I shall post the new movie URLs here as well as on the forum page of the application:
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 28 2011 at 2:32pm Copy Link
A K They do load, I can watch them. But I can't save them onto my hard drive. The .swf embeds read as 0kb.
Aug 28 2011 at 2:52pm Copy Link
Emil Kucera Another suggestion - there should be an option to set transparency, at least of the helper line, if not both. That way one could always read a highlighted line, useful on websites with weird color schemes
Aug 28 2011 at 3:12pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @The Presiding Emissary for Vibrant Living Ministries and Successors, I was only refering to the fact that not all shortcuts need to be defined. And that this is what will be implemented in Line Reader. Sorry for not being so clear there.

Regarding the highlighter: this is something we thought about in the past and would definetely like to continue developing it for a future version. Since you did remind us of this functionality, would you mind if I'll contact you on your email in the next days to talk about this highlighter functionality further?

Regarding your question about Open Office applications, Adobe FrameMaker ... : we haven't specifically tried to see if Line Reader works with either of these but Line Reader does work with any Windows application which allows other windows to be visible while on top of that application. To put it simply: if you can drag Notepad over your application and you can see Notepad, then you can be sure that Line Reader works with that application :)
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 28 2011 at 3:12pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @A K, Not sure if you know but you can use FireFox to download those SWF files. To do this you should browse to the page which shows the movie and as an example I am going to choose this one (because it's smaller in size):
and anywhere at the very bottom of the page you should right click any white area (do NOT right click the movie) and select View Page Info. Then in the window which opens, choose the second icon from the top left called Media (or Multimedia in my case) and from the first list select the SWF file you want to download then press the "Save" button and choose your location where you want to save the file. I just did this to make sure I didn't forget how and it works great.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 28 2011 at 3:23pm Copy Link
Avi S Hi Constantin,
Thanks for your clarifications. I'm glad that you'll be adding the option to define only chosen keyboard shortcuts.
I'd like to point out that as I've been continuing to use the product today, I've found more and more that my second point - about the keyboard pass-through - is actually quite important.
For instance, I've assigned my line on/off to Ctrl-Shift Q (the default) and Ctrl-Shift W (since it is right next to Q). Now, over the last few minutes I found cause to use linereader while reading a firefox page. But when I hit Ctrl-Shift W to turn off the line, firefox responded "confirm close - you are about to close 21 tabs". Whoa! I didn't want to close my tabs, I only wanted to close linereader. It turns out that ctrl-shift W closes all in firefox (who knew?). I certainly don't want to inadvertently close all my tabs when turning off line reader.
In this case, there is luckily a "confirm close" dialog, so no harm done - it's just a nuisance to have to click "no" each time on the dialog. But who knows what the key combo may do in other apps, without any confirmation?
At the end of the day, as I am discovering, it is very, very dangerous to have global shortcut keys that will also be passed unwittingly to whichever application happens to be active. Additionally, assuming you are using one of the standard keyboard hook options within Windows, this issue should be fairly easy to fix (probably just a single line where the pass-through is done, which can be commented out).
So, I'd highly recommend (and plead) that this issue be solved as well in the Sept 5 release. What do you think?
Aug 28 2011 at 3:28pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Emil Kucera, I've written this down. Will be present in the 5th of September release.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 28 2011 at 3:29pm Copy Link
K X I picked up this program during the the last sale and find it iuseful in different situations. I wasn't completely sure how much I would use it because (if I remember correctly) that some of the functionality is not available in the trial version.

The setup screen is probably more complicated (busier) than it could be.

Features I like and use the most: different colors, flipping to horizontal, changing widths, helper line, profiles, multilines.

Features I don't get (or haven't found a use for): image, reminder, text.

Features that I already use much more powerful tools for: screen snapshot, magnifier, measure tool. I use SnagIt, Magnifying Glass Pro (from a previous Bits sale, Screen Calipers (another Iconico program).

I generally use the program for, well, mostly rreading and speed reading practice on my desktop computer.

I have several profiles set up: thin red line (to underline current line), thin red line with a blue helper line above it (to really make a line of text stand out), and a virtual white index card, possibly the neatest trick of all.

I wondered why you would want to make the line really wide (like several inches wide), and then I read about the white card method of speed reading, mentioned in interviews by Abby Marks Beale.

See: http://www.revitupreading...ageID=1952

And I realized I could make a virtual white "index card" with the program and use the method on my computer.
Aug 28 2011 at 3:44pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Avi S, if Line Reader were to do this, to eat the CTRL + SHIFT + W combination and not allow it to pass to FireFox then you wouldn't be able to use this key combination in FireFox. Of course, you could use ALT + F4 in FireFox and get the same response.

But suppose there's another application in which a specific key combination is vital for a certain functionality and that application does not allow you to change that specific key combination for whatever reason (take ColorPic for example where you cannot change the base CTRL + G combination which is vital for picking up colors from the screen). If you would define CTRL + G to do something in Line Reader and Line reader would eat this key combination then you won't be able to use ColorPic with Line Reader. This could bring up a whole list of other applications which won't be fully compatible.

I do agree with you regarding the functionality of not have to define all key combinations but I don't think Line Reader should eat up keys.

As an alternative I would suggest simply using another key combination in Line Reader for the start/stop functionalities.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 28 2011 at 3:53pm Copy Link
VLM Wow, Constantin, great responsiveness both today and WRT receiving suggestions ... thank you. Yes, most definitely contact me at your convenience, any time! I would feel honored to participate.

Also, GREAT Firefox tip, I've wondered how to do that easily and from withon Firefox itself. EASY!

And KX, great tip about the index card. May I ask how you set that up?
Aug 28 2011 at 3:59pm Copy Link
A K That was precisely what I was doing, but because FF wasn't registering the file size, I didn't bother to actually click on 'Save'. Have done so, now, and it works.
Thank you.
Aug 28 2011 at 4:09pm Copy Link
VLM Purchasing issue ... I clicked on the button, above, went through the process to the payment page, and thankfully saw this:

Please enter your billing details below. If you do not have a credit card or a PayPal account and wish to pay by cash, check, money order, wire transfer or purchase order then use our Alternate Web Store

But alas, that page does not list this product. I wish to pay by postal money order, how may I proceed?

Aug 28 2011 at 4:09pm Copy Link
Avi S @Constantin,
I maintain that the only possible correct behavior is indeed to "eat up" the keys, as follows:
1] As I noted, it makes no sense whatsoever for a shortcut key to do two things at the same time. If you leave the pass-through so that the user can both start linereader and do something in the app at the same time, then the user will end up doing *both* everytime the key is hit. Whenever starting linereader, the other action will occur, and whenever doing the other action, linereader will start. That is never, ever, going to be the desired behavior.
2] This is, in general, the very nature of assigning global shortcut keys - they are designated for that purpose alone. Every other program that I use in which I've assigned global shortcuts operates this way, completely eating up the key. I have over a dozen such programs running right now on my system and that's how they all work. Indeed, this is the reason that global shortcuts are *always* configurable: so that every user can take into account the things that he or she runs on the system with their various important keystrokes (such as the Ctrl-G that you mention), and set the global shortcuts accordingly, such that they don't conflict with any critical shortcuts on that particular machine.
As an example, on my Windows machine I've used the registry to set shortcuts for language switches: Ctrl-H for Hebrew, Ctrl-Y for Arabic, Ctrl-I for English. I switch languages often, and hence, these are important keystrokes for me. And of course, Windows eats these up! I would never want to be typing in Word and to find that every time I switch to English (Ctrl-I) I would also automatically get Italics. But fortunately, Word allows alternate keystrokes to be set, and so I've set up Ctrl-Alt-I to do Italics within Word instead of Ctrl-I
3] Finally, as I've noted, having the keystroke passed through is liable to do more harm than good. In any given application, a given user will use a certain generally small percentage of the keyboard shortcuts, not giving thought to the rest. But if a global shortcut all of a sudden effects an unexpected effect in another application, the result may be disastrous.
To sum: it's the responsibility of the user to set up unique shortcuts. And the responsibility of the application to allow for sufficient flexibility so that the user can find a keystroke that is appropriate. And then, at that point, the only reasonable thing for the program to do is to eat up the keystroke.
I'd be happy to have input from other BDJ readers here, too - do you all agree that the keystroke should be eaten up, as explicated here?
So, Constantin: please please do eat up the keystroke. Otherwise I will really be too afraid to use line reader on my various applications. And, at the very least, make it an option.
Aug 28 2011 at 4:12pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @The Presiding Emissary for Vibrant Living Ministries and Successors, I don't think we've used postal money orders before. I could be wrong. Please let me get back to you on this.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 28 2011 at 4:17pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Avi S, We'll have to think about this.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 28 2011 at 4:27pm Copy Link
Avi S Hey all you power-users out there - please chime in on this one. Should global shortcuts be "eaten up" after doing their bidding or should they also be passed on to the current foreground application? Constantin has opined that they should be passed on, but from a user perspective I believe that this is just not reasonable, as I've argued out carefully in my post above. If you have an opinion on this, too, please write it in here, so we can get a sense of the reigning consensus on the issue.
Aug 28 2011 at 4:32pm Copy Link
VLM Thanks Constantin. I can also send cash, I'm totally comfortable with that, do it regularly. I have saved a PDF of the payment page, to document that I really did do something ... just in case. :):)

My 2 cents on what Avi has written ... I agree with him completely. The examples he provides apply to me as well, though the specific applications may differ. And that's the point ... this will be a "gotcha" for many, many applications, doing damage that may not be reversible in some cases, creating extra work almost universally (as extra clicks to disallow or undo a change). And it will be particularly destructive for users who do everything in their power to use shortcuts over the mouse ... not only Avi's "power users", but also all users who have ever experienced wrist problems from all that mousing around.

Think Directory Opus, Winstep Nexus/Xtreme, etc. ... all programs that allow users to create and modify global shortcuts, all applications that completely eat these shortcuts, when used.

Avi, I deeply appreciate the great length to which you have gone to express your point clearly and comprehensively. Will benefit us all! I hope my response to your appeal ... which I actually wrote before I saw your appeal ... helps a bit.
Aug 28 2011 at 4:39pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Avi S and @The Presiding Emissary for Vibrant Living Ministries and Successors, Thank you both for your explanations. There will be an option for any definable key combination in Line Reader on whether or not it should be dealt with as a global shortcut (this option will say if the key will be eaten or not).
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 28 2011 at 5:07pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @The Presiding Emissary for Vibrant Living Ministries and Successors, I still haven't received any reply back regarding your chosen payment method. But don't worry, because you've expressed your desire to purchase the application during promotion day we will make it available to you at the same price after we will figure out the payment issue.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 28 2011 at 5:13pm Copy Link
VLM Constantin,

On the first point, thank you! Do you think this might make it into the Sept 5 release?

On the second point, thank you!

:) All smiles over here!
Aug 28 2011 at 5:16pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea Here is what the release from (or before) September 5th will contain:
- the removal of the current constraint which makes it so that all key combinations are required to be defined
- the global shortcut functionality (with the option)
- setting the opacity for both the main line and the helper line
- allowing the start and stop functionalities to work on the same key combination
- pressing 'Escape' will close the Magnifier and Measurement windows.

If I missed anything, just let me know.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 28 2011 at 5:31pm Copy Link
Aug 28 2011 at 7:33pm Copy Link
BILL DONNELLY OK, I finally got the reg screen. But there is no help file and I haven't a clue how to use this application. I click on START and nothing happens. Is it possible to provide something more intuitive??? I 'll read the web site intruction tomorrow, but this shouldn't be so opaque. And why is the window settled at 4" by 8" resolution without ribbons or menus? This is a very unfriendly interface.
Aug 28 2011 at 8:20pm Copy Link
K X To use the white card method of speed reading, I have a profile set up called "white card." And the settings are such that rather than the default red line, the "line" appears as a white rectangle. I think the line width is pretty close the default, on my smallish monitor it's roughly the width of half the screen. It just needs to be a bit wider than the column of text you want to read. I have the height set up to be a few inches tall. The color is set to white.

Then what I do is position the "white card" near the top of the screen, with the bottom edge of the card just above the top line of text I want to read.

I either scroll by using the down arrow key, or the mouse. Sometimes I will just drag the white card downward at my desired speed.

The idea behind this is to train yourself to not "regress", i.e. to not reread the lines you just read. If you just use a thin line as a reading pacer, your eyes can go up to the lines you just read. If you use a white card (an actual card or a virtual card) you can focus on the current line, and the previous lines are hidden behind the white card.

As I said above, the "white card method" is something that Abby Marks Beale has mentioned in a number of interviews (and on her website), which is how I heard about it.

She has a site called

I bought AceReader Pro Deluxe software at Bits and when I was searching for more information about the program I found her site.
Aug 28 2011 at 8:31pm Copy Link
Bill Donnelly OK, sorry for the complaints...things are falling into place. I think that the highlighter suggestion is excellent! I will take time tomorrow to gain a sense of the features, but for now this is working exactly as I wished for. Thanks.
Aug 28 2011 at 8:47pm Copy Link
K X I really like the feature suggestion of being able to have the line be transparent and thus Line Reader can appear like a highlighter.

There's already similarly named option called Hi-Lite, but I've checked the box for it and don't notice any difference. How do I turn that on?
Aug 28 2011 at 8:47pm Copy Link
VLM Thanks KX for that great explanation about the white card! Of great interest to me.
Aug 28 2011 at 9:20pm Copy Link
I bought this program and have been reading the various comments with interest.

With regard to using this to aid speed reading development the comments made by KX were of particular interest and I note the point about the white index card to avoid regression reading.

I was wondering if some further development of the "Helper" line might be a good solution:

Could the Helper line have an option to change it's color to something different from the Reader line and also, although the Helper line already has an option to adjust it's thickness it still cannot be made very thick to block out say 3 inches of text above the reading line.

If it was were possible to have a user defined color change and extra width change of the Helper line, might that be good solution to aid learning and using speed reading?


Aug 28 2011 at 10:15pm Copy Link
Glen Hilton Constantin, glad to hear you are adding options to shortcuts which needed some attention. That should keep everyone happy. I'd like to see a good text highlighter included rather than the other extras I'll never use. If the focus relates to the text aid and guide side rather than the other bells and whistles it could be the best of its type. There's so many other free apps that capture screens, magnify, measure and remind. Just a good, fast and user friendly line reader-helper is all I require. Also, the disabling of certain features in a limited trial is a potential turn off to some. Thanks for your "to do list" its enough to sway me to purchase a license this time around.
Aug 28 2011 at 11:44pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @K X, The Hi-Lite option you mention can be found in the "Line Reader Extra Features" tab. When you have Line Reader started and check the "Use Extra Features" option in the "Line Reader" tab and then you check the "Enable" checkbox in the "Line Reader Extra Features" tab, you will notice that the underlying portion of the screen on which Line Reader hovers, will be shown in the line and you can apply the existing image filters to that image. In this context when you further check the "Hi-Lite" option, you will see a rectangle in the center of the line (it works the same way as the Hi-Lite option of the Magnifier window). This feature of having a Hi-Lite option for the Line Reader (besides the existing one in the Magnifier) was requested previously by a customer.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 29 2011 at 2:38am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Michael, You can currently change the Helper Line color. There is a button at the bottom of the "Helper Line" section which does exactly that.

Thanks for your suggestion about beeing able to make the "Helper Line" bigger. Thinking about it, I think this could be allowed to be bigger. The initial reason behind constraining the maximum size of the Helper Line was so that it won't overlap the main line. But by adding a proper warning message when the size gets too big, I think it should be the user's choice on how big he wants to make the Helper Line.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 29 2011 at 2:51am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Glen Hilton, Thanks for purchasing. We intend to add a Highlighter to Line Reader but this requires more looking into and development so it will be present in a future release, not the one from September. But the opacity changer will be there in the September release.

Line Reader only has 2 disabled features in the trial version and one is in the Color Filtering functionality where the filter is set to the "INVERSE" filter and the other one is that the Zoom Factor for Line reader is locked to 2.

The other limitations are only related to size, for example in the trial version you cannot make Line Reader bigger than 150 pixels (width or height).

The full version has of course no limitations.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 29 2011 at 3:07am Copy Link
Constantin Florea Please notice below the Line Reader movies giving an insight on how you can use the application:

Presentation Line Reader

Apparent issue

Move mouse cursor in Line Reader using the keyboard

Multilines in Line Reader

Shows how to work with the Text, Reminder and Image Tag Along windows in Line Reader
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 29 2011 at 3:17am Copy Link
Hi Constantin

Thank you for all your constructive input into this conversation and also for being so receptive to the suggestions made to you..

It is clear you are a developer who takes customer suggestions seriously and wants to provide a good product and service. I know i am going to be very happy with my purchase and the end result.

Many thanks


PS: And thank you for uploading the videos - they will be very helpful in getting to know Line Reader and what it can do for us.
Aug 29 2011 at 12:51pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea Thanks Michael.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 29 2011 at 1:30pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea Hi. As promised, a new version of Line Reader version 2.2 has been released. It contains the following items:
- the removal of the current constraint which makes it so that all key combinations are required to be defined
- the global shortcut functionality (with the option)
- setting the opacity for both the main line and the helper line
- allowing the start and stop functionalities to work on the same user defined key combination or on different key combinations (depending on how the user prefers to set it up).
- pressing 'Escape' will close the Magnifier and Measurement windows.

Besides the above functionalities:
- there is a minimal screen shapes functionality integrated which allows you to use existing shapes (circle, rectangle, rhombus, different types of triangle) or to create new shapes. Add them on your screen, duplicate them, change their background color, change background image, change opacity, enable/disable click-through for any shape. Please notice that the minimal screen shapes functionality present in here is also present in Screen Divider The screen shapes concept has been taken to a whole new level in the new Screen Shapes application we're going to release later this month allowing much more functionality for a single shape as well as for all existing shapes.
- Line Reader allows you to use side lines (on all four sides of the screen). Each side line follows the mouse cursor but stays attached to its designated screen side (either north, south, west or east).
- the size of the Helper line can now be made as big as you want. There is a proper warning message letting you know why the size of the Helper line is initially limited to 20 pixels.
- in Settings there is now a new Shadow effect which can be chosen for the lines. If chosen, the line(s) will appear to drop a shadow on the right and bottom sides.


BitsDuJour Admin - Sep 4 2011 at 7:44am Copy Link
Constantin Florea To update to the new version of Line Reader, make sure you quit Line Reader if it is running. Then browse to this URL:
and download the new version by pressing the Download button

After the download is complete you can install the application which is now at version 2.2.
BitsDuJour Admin - Sep 4 2011 at 7:47am Copy Link
VLM Thank you, Constantin!
Sep 4 2011 at 2:13pm Copy Link
K X Wow, you've added a lot of features, even adding some surprise bonus ones. Being able to use the same key combination to start it and stop it is handy, and I know I will use it.

The only question I have is about changing the width of the helper line. It was Michael's suggestion, so I'm not completely sure what he had in mind, but the way I pictured it was that when you increased the width of the helper line, it would get wider by moving upward, and that it would never be overlap the main line, because it was widening in the opposite direction.

That way the "distance from mouse pointer" or the gap between the two lines would be constant. Is that doable?
Sep 4 2011 at 5:29pm Copy Link
Glen Hilton RE update 2.2 inc global shortcut functionality and opacity setting.
Nice improvements. Look forward to further tweaks. Thanks, Constantin.
Sep 5 2011 at 1:47am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @K X. I think what you've just said about the Helper line would be a nice addition on how it should behave. I'll provide a radio button setting so that the user can specify if he wants the Helper line to stay fixed (relative to the mouse cursor) as its size grows or to get close to the mouse cursor.

I've written this down to be implemented in a new release. I hope to have this done until the end of next week-end. As usual, I'll post here and also on the forum of the application.
BitsDuJour Admin - Sep 5 2011 at 6:08am Copy Link
K X and Constantin .... My thinking on how the Helper Line modifications would work are exactly as K X has described it in his recent post.

It seems from your response Constantin that you guys are in sync on this now and the adjustments will be made by the end of next week.

I applaud and thank you both.


Sep 5 2011 at 9:25am Copy Link
Roger Thomasson Love to see productive conversations like this on Bits!

I know, I know, I'm biased...

But still :-)

BitsDuJour Admin - Sep 5 2011 at 1:21pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea Hi. A new version of Line Reader version 2.3 has been released. It contains the following items:
- while modifying the helper line size you now have to options: you can either have the helper line keep the same distance from the main line or have the helper line keep a variable distance from the main line
- there is a new tab window to set up the side lines: you can change the color, presence, click-through for every side line and you can set the opacity for all the side lines.
- there is a key combination which you can assign to toggle (show/hide) the side line
- when the application is in the system tray and you right click its icon, there is a new option to toggle (show/hide) the helper line and the side lines.

To update to the new version of Line Reader, make sure you quit Line Reader if it is running. Then browse to this URL:
and download the new version by pressing the Download button.

After the download is complete you can install the application which is now at version 2.3


BitsDuJour Admin - Sep 11 2011 at 1:27pm Copy Link
VLM Brilliant, Constantin! Thank you!
Sep 14 2011 at 9:42pm Copy Link
Michael K Constantin - You and Iconico / BDJ are everything one could ask for - thanks you so much!!

Sep 15 2011 at 4:49am Copy Link
Constantin Florea Thank you guys!
BitsDuJour Admin - Sep 15 2011 at 7:35am Copy Link
Constantin Florea Hi guys. We've implemented the highlighter functionality in the new version of Line Reader which is now 2.4. As you know Line Reader comes with upgrades for life so you can use this new feature by downloading the new version.

To activate the highlighter you can press the 'Highlight' button found in the top menu. To deactivate it you can press the same button again. Here are the new highlighter functionalities many of which were inspired by your comments/requests above:
- there is a new key toggle (default is CTRL + SHIFT + E) which allows to toggle the active state of the highlighter.
- you can set the highlighter to be active/on all the time (when mouse is not clicked) and this way you can have a spotlight following your mouse where ever it goes. You can even set it to leave spotlight trails by increasing the number of highlighter mark groups.
- or you can set the highlighter to be active/on only when you click (and drag) the mouse which gives the ability to encompass certain regions of the screen during a presentation. The number of highlighter mark groups in this case will (logically) represent the number of groups you can have at any one time on your screen.
- both highlighter modes presented above are great for presentation since it gives you spotlight functionality and encompassing functionality (just change the highlighter mode to switch between the two).
- specify whether the highlighter marks are click through-able or click aware (by default they are click through-able).
- set the opacity of the highlighter
- there is a 9 color item palette present from which you can select a highlighter color by clicking the respective color item. You can right click the same item to select the color it holds.
- the shape of the highlighter mark(s) can be set to a filled shape like: circle, ellipse, rectangle, rhombus, triangle up/down/left/right, trapezoid, rhombus, horizontal and vertical lines or to an outline shape like: empty circle, empty ellipse, empty rectangle, empty rhombus and empty triangle up/down/left/right.
- the highlighter brush size affects the size of the highlighter mark(s) (no matter the shape type)
- the highlighter pen size affects the size of the outline when the highlighter brush type is set to an outline shape
- all the highlighter properties can be used in the Line Reader profiles
BitsDuJour Admin - Oct 4 2011 at 2:57pm Copy Link
VLM Constantin, amazing, just amazing. Bravo!!!
Oct 4 2011 at 8:35pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea Hi guys. We've improved the highlighter functionality in the new version of Line Reader which is now 2.6. As you know Line Reader comes with upgrades for life so you can use this new feature by downloading the new version.

Here are the latest improvements:
- there is now an "Eat Clicks" mode (since version 2.5) which makes it so that you can click anywhere on your screen without worrying that the underlying windows will register any clicks.
- there is a new key shortcut which you can define and use to switch between highlighter click-aware and click-through modes
- when in click-through mode you can right click anywhere on your screen and choose one of the following:
1. Clear all highlighter marks
2. Save current screen snapshot including the background image
3. Save current screen snapshot - only highlighter marks
4. Return to click-through mode
- there is a new option in the highlighter panel which allows you to create highlighter marks by pressing an associated key combination: the default is CTRL + SHIFT + K but you can use any key (including only CTRL or only SHIFT). The highlighter must be turned on for the highlighter marks to appear.
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 19 2011 at 2:37pm Copy Link
random user So this has to be used in a browser window only and it cannot be used with a PDF file? I have a number of subscriptions that re issued in PDF format for which this would be useful.
Dec 9 2011 at 5:12am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Zyria, No not at all! I can be used with any program, not just a browser. It overlays any application so PDFs, Word docs and graphics apps are all compatible.
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 9 2011 at 5:44am Copy Link
HJ B The instructions are somewhat confusing. Are all of the marking capabilities only temporary? Can a pdf document be highlighted useing this application, and the highlights be saved?

I tried the program in demo mode. Some of the functions seemed to work, such as the geometric objects, but the hilighting was no different that the usual windows highlighting. I suspect something is preventing that feature from being activated on my computer.
Dec 10 2011 at 1:03am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @ HJ B: In trial mode, the highlighting functionality is indeed limited as follows:
- the number of group marks is limited to two
- the number of marks in a group is limited to 15
Because of this trial mode limitation, when you try to mark anything, the mark trail will be quite short.

After the application is unlocked there is virtually no limitation on the highlighter functionality (or any other functionality): the number of mark groups can be set as high as 1000 which is more than anyone would use and the number of marks inside a group is unlimited.

You can mark anything on your screen (PDF documents, web sites, applications, you name it) because the highlighter marks stay on top of everything else. There are cases when you try to mark something and when you click to mark it, a menu activates or a window is activated or something similar happens which changes the state of your screen. To help you prevent this undesired functionality you can enter "Eat Clicks" mode and start creating the marks. In "Eat Clicks" mode you can click anywhere on your screen and the underlying windows won't register any clicks but the marks will be created.

After you've created the marks in "Eat Clicks" mode, you can save them in two ways:
- either save only the marks created by the highlighter (withough the background)
- you can save the marks alongisde the background image

The saving described above can be accessed only in "Eat Clicks" mode (right click your mouse to access the context menu containing the saving options).

The highlighter has three modes:
- to show marks when the mouse is moved (not clicked)
- to show marks when the mouse is clicked and dragged. Each click and dragg (until you released the mouse cursor) is considered a mark group
- to show marks when the mouse is moved AND when a custom defined key combination is pressed (see settings section to define the key combination, default is CTRL + SHIFT + K).

If there's anything else, please let us know.
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 10 2011 at 3:01am Copy Link
Goran Janevski Does this program work on Windows 7 64-bit?
Dec 10 2011 at 5:49am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Goran Yes it does.

The detailed platforms are: Windows XP, Vista (both 32 and 64 bit) and Windows 7 (both 32 and 64 bit). In order to run the application you need to have the .Net Framework installed on your computer (version 2.0 at least).
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 10 2011 at 5:50am Copy Link
HJ B I have System 7 64 ultimate.

The highlighting feature does not appear to work for me at all, either on pdf or html. The shapes work, but they appear on a top layer that remains where it is when the document is scrolled, i.e, it does not scroll with the rest of the document and is not fixed to a point in the document. At the moment, I have a white geometric shape that is about a half inch square that has implanted itself on my desktop and remains there coming through to whatever application, such as my browser, at the moment, is active.

It would be helpful if you described in greater detail what the objective of each of the functions is. Even in your most recent explanation, what you are saying is unclear. For example, you say: "either save only the marks created by the highlighter (without the background) " Why would one want to save only the marks? Or do you mean that only the marked text will be saved?
Dec 10 2011 at 6:17am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @ HJ B: The highlighter becomes active only if the picture above the "Highlight" top menu text is the red one (the red paw). This means that the highlighter is active. If the picture above the "Highlight" top menu text is green then the highlighter is inactive. After you made sure that the highlighter is active you need to switch to the "Highlighter" tab and to make a quick test you need to press the second radio button called ("Highlighter Marks on when mouse is clicked") and click and drag your mouse several times. When you click and drag, a small trail will be shown (in trial mode only two short trails will be visible). Please let me know if you can create those trails.

Regarding possibility of saving only the marks or the marks and the background image: it is true that probably 98% of cases someone will need to save the marks and the background but for flexibility purposes we thought of allowing saving only the marks (besides, this functionality of saving only the marks was already there so we only had to make it available through a menu).

At the moment the only use I can think where someone would need to save only the marks would be the case where a small drawing would be needed. To create the drawing you'd need to enter "Eat Clicks" mode, make your drawing, right click anywhere and choose to save only the marks. The advantage would be that the marks have opacity and the image would have transparency if saved as a PNG.

Regarding the shape functionality: the shapes are supposed to remain on top whatever you do and this is because if they would not remain on top then when you would try to create a small scene you would realize that some of your shapes would go behind the opened windows and you'd need to minimize those windows to see those shapes again. There are other reasons as well. Since the shapes are meant to stay on top no
matter what (even when you press Windows Key + D) this means that you can easily concentrate on creating your scene.

Here is a small summary of the objectives of each Line Reader functionality:
- the line itself can be used to remember your position while reading long documents. You can use it in conjunction with the
Helper line to do this. See both 'Line Reader' and 'Helper Line' tabs.
- the side lines are meant to slide alongside the screen edges and follow your mouse cursor. They are meant to help even more realize where your mouse cursor is.
- the 'Extra Features' functionality can be used in conjunction with the main line (when it is active) and refer to the position of the line relative to the mouse cursors and whether the line filters the underlying image or not. You can even select a few image filters and a magnification factor for the image presented inside the line.
- the highlighter gives the possibility to highlight anything on your screen or make small drawings when in "Eat Clicks" mode. You
can change the shape, color, opacity and size of the highlighter marks.
- the 'Tag Along' section gives you the possibility to have the following items (only one at a time) follow your mouse cursor: an image, a simple text or a reminder.
- the 'Shapes' section allows you to use existing or custom defined shapes (which you can create yourself) to help with 3D modeling work: where you would set the background image of a shape, set that shape's opacity, set it as being click-through-able and have it hover your working application. You can also use this section to create small colored scenes to express an idea.

The profiles give you the possibility to save the Line Reader run-time settings under a profile name which you can simply activate later to have the application behave in a predefined manner. You can have as many profiles as you want to.
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 10 2011 at 7:09am Copy Link
HJ B Thanks for the reply. It does not work for me and I have uninstalled it. Even if it did work, it seems to be too cumbersome to be worth the trouble. The program appeared to be corrupting my operating system and required a reboot. Netframework also gave me a message that the program is incompatible. I could go on, but, in sum, this program seems to need a good deal more work before it is issued in beta.
Dec 10 2011 at 7:16am Copy Link
Goran Janevski The way I thought this software would/should work is like this:

I move the cursor on the line I want to read - anywhere in the line - and the software is smart enough to underline the entire line, and by that i mean the software finds the bottom of the line, and underlines it. I move the cursor down a bit to the next line, that line is now underlined.

If trying to fast read, this is what I need.

If it did that, I'd buy it in a nanosecond.

But as it is, I don't see the point.

Hope this helps
Dec 10 2011 at 8:03am Copy Link
bvssunnydale I purchased this a year or two ago and then sent multiple e-mails to the maker and never got a response. This would be expensive (and still useless) even if it were free and the support is non-existent. [and STILL when is Bitsdujour going to default to NOT e-mailing updates that fill up your inbox with crap.. - sorry this is totally dumb and aggrevating..]
Dec 10 2011 at 8:47am Copy Link
peter hayes G'Day,

I concur with Goran Janevski, underlining the entire line would be more useful when it comes to reading on screen, not really my favourite pastime, but a necessity all the same.
Also when trying the demo the line detaches itself from the cursor and gets stuck on screen, while the cursor freely continues to move, thr whole application needs to be restarted to reset the cursor to line functionality.
Win 7 Pro 32bit sp1 all updates up -to -date.
Dec 10 2011 at 9:00am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Bvssunnydale, I've personally addressed your issue twice already, simply show the past comments and you can see my responses. I will disable email replies for you on this thread as they seem only to enrage you.
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 10 2011 at 9:25am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Goran and Peter regarding the text line underlining functionality: I understand your point but I also realize that this requires a bit more looking into how this functionality can be developed (if it should do everything itself just by activating it). Thanks for the suggestion. I've written it down and we'll have to see if and how this can be integrated.

@Peter did the issue with the cursor moving freely happen again after the first time you've restarted the application?
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 10 2011 at 9:58am Copy Link
peter hayes @Constantin,

Has happened 5 times so far and on the fifth time i noticed that it seems to happen when , after enabling sidelines, then disabling sidelines, then the cursor and line parts ways.

Had task manager open and when it refreshes the process screen and i am moving the line it and the cursor become sluggish and then they part ways again (6th time).

There does not seem to be a defining element here, it seems to be random causes and times, sometimes after 1 minute and sometimes longer, also seems to happen with fast movements of the line/cursor on the screen.
Dec 10 2011 at 10:31am Copy Link
Goran Janevski Now if you want to be able to double the price of your program, imagine this value - this builds on my previous suggestion:

Rather than me moving the cursor, the program itself starts at the beginning of the page, and moves down line-by-line at some default speed, and forces me to keep up reading with it. I cannot begin to describe to you how useful this would be for people with ADHD (a lot of people).

I can increase or decrease the speed with which it changes lines both interactively by pressing "s" for slower or "f" for faster, or "p" for pause - or in your customization window (of course if I do it interactively, he should remember my speed).

And maybe there is a key I press (like "b" for begin) after I go to the next page of the pdf, to tell the program to start underlining lines from the top of the page.

Now that would be a super duper deluxe useful program! (and I get a special discount for all this free advice :-) )

Dec 10 2011 at 11:39am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @peter: thanks for the detailed behavior you experienced. We will need to investigate this further.
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 10 2011 at 12:03pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Goran, Thanks for your suggestion.

What you describe would be very easy (and relatively fast) to implement if you would agree setting the length and height of the text line so that Line Reader would not have to calculate this for every text line it goes across. This is because it would take some calculating power and I believe complex logic to determine where the text line starts and where it ends both horizontally and vertically. If Line Reader would know this beforehand then the rest of the functionality you describe is very simple to implement.

This extra functionality won't scroll the document and will not flip the page if that's the case at least in the first implementation. To do the scrolling or flipping automatically, we'd need to look into how to do this, and if it is possible, perhaps by sending certain keys - defined by the user - to the program showing the document.

Future updates for Line Reader are free of charge so if you buy now then you're all set for any future improvements.

Please let me know what you think about setting up the width and height of document text line both vertically or horizontally so Line Reader would know about these beforehand.
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 10 2011 at 12:24pm Copy Link
peter hayes @Constantin,

I have purchased a licence and look forward to any fixes for the above issues, i can live with these for the moment, i was also wondering about some right click shell integration for starting and stopping the line functions, perhaps it could link to starting/stopping a profile, rather than having to remember hot key sequences??, just a thought.
Dec 10 2011 at 2:23pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @peter: we will have to look into the code to investigate this issue further. Also, thanks for the shell integration suggestion.
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 11 2011 at 10:11am Copy Link
Graham This program would be okay if the max line length wasn't restricted to 150. On most screens that I use it is barely 1/4 of the line length and I am visually impaired so I have a lower resolution than the max
Jun 6 2012 at 5:44am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Graham, the restriction of 150 pixels is only happening in the trial version. Once you purchase the title and unlock it, you'll be able to select a width and/or height of up to 2048 pixels, if you need more than 2048 pixels, we could do that as well :)
BitsDuJour Admin - Jun 6 2012 at 7:25am Copy Link
Graham It's a pity you don't mention that, this is why I never bought it in the past - unless I missed it of course.
Jun 6 2012 at 10:42am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Graham, we do mention this at the bottom of this page:
in the 'Trial Information' section and also when the application is installed and unlocked there is a message specifying that the Width and Height are limited until the application is registered.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jun 6 2012 at 11:10am Copy Link
RichU I am a home user with a desktop, a laptop and a tablet, all used only by me and only one of which is used at a time. If I understand the policy, you would require me to buy a licence for each computer? If this is true, it is the main reason I don't buy more software.
Jul 25 2012 at 7:34am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @RichU Actually, you can install Line Reader on two computers plus a portable device with one registration code. So you only need two registration codes to install it on 4 computers. Besides this, each registration code you purchase comes with life time updates.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jul 25 2012 at 10:12am Copy Link
Kelly Major The price on the purchase page is $10.xx instead of $8.77.

Please advise.
Jul 29 2012 at 2:18am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Kelly Major. The shopping cart (the first page) shows the actual discount which will be subtracted from the full price. The shopping cart (first page) does now show how much you will pay.

Also, it is possible that you are located in an EU country in which case VAT will be added to the $8.77 price which makes the final price above $10.00 . You can see this final price in the third page of the shopping cart.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jul 29 2012 at 3:08am Copy Link
Jim McGowan I'd like to see what this looks like on a regular web page with a lot of text, or a Word doc or PDF file. I cannot find any screenshots or videos showing Line Reader in action on a page where you would actually use it! It appears that every image or video shows Line Reader options or settings screens. Nothing showing it in real-world usage.

I realize I could download a trial and see it that way, but I won't do that without at least having an idea of what it actually looks like!

I'm curious: why don’t you show any views of Line Reader at work?

Thank you.

Jul 29 2012 at 10:07am Copy Link
Edie Murgia I purchased Line Reader and the total ended up being $9.30. Oh, well. Strange?
Jul 29 2012 at 8:49pm Copy Link
ZZ C I installed the trial version and was disappointed by the fact that the maximum width of the line is only a very short 150 pixels, not good enough for use on my Excel files.

Jul 29 2012 at 11:00pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @ZZ C The limit of 150 pixels (for both width and height) is applied only in the trial version.

The width and height can be set up to have 2048 pixels in the full version. If anyone will need more than 2048 pixels (either width or height) we can certainly increase that in the application.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jul 29 2012 at 11:05pm Copy Link
Joe Bowling I purchased this program when it was offered earlier. I like using the line, however sometimes I can not turn the line off. It stays with my cursor until I turn the computer off. Is there a fix for this problem?
Jul 29 2012 at 11:30pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Joe Bowling - I've just sent you an email regarding the issue. I've used the email address from your BDJ profile.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jul 30 2012 at 1:17am Copy Link
Joe Bowling The email comment did not offer a solution or suggestion about the problem. Is there a fix for the problem? The line is a distraction when I am finished using it and I want to get rid of it. The discontinue button on the program window does not always work. If I use the line, I must figure that it will be with my cursor until I turn off the computer.
Jul 30 2012 at 10:05am Copy Link
Danny This Line Reader software has a languages interface such as Dutch?
Sep 17 2012 at 11:34am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Danny - only English so far
BitsDuJour Admin - Sep 17 2012 at 3:14pm Copy Link
Michael Begley I purchased this product in the past and I find it really helpful when trying to compare information on the screen with information printed out. A nice long red line from line reader helps your eyes get back to the right place on the on screen document after looking at the printed out document. I recommend this product and the price is right.
Sep 18 2012 at 12:54am Copy Link
Nelson Carvalho Great resource for reading text and viewing context. I bought a few months ago and recommend it.
Sep 18 2012 at 4:14am Copy Link
Jim McGowan Still no screenshots or video to show what this looks like. Only screenshots available show just the settings screens.

Why nothing that shows Line Reader in action? I really don’t like downloading and installing apps just to see what it looks like.

Thank you.

Sep 18 2012 at 9:48am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Jim I've written this down and we will have one (or several) video(s) created to show Line Reader in action.
BitsDuJour Admin - Sep 18 2012 at 10:01am Copy Link
Matt Very nice software and great for the price! I purchased this last time it was on sale.

I am having some problems and may eventually need to contact the developer. Someone in the 'older comments' had the same problem as I'm having. Once I turn the 'underline' on, I'm unable to turn it back off. Anywhere I move my mouse, I have attached to my mouse pointer a red underline. The program then locks up the entire screen. I am unable to start Task Manager to end the process. I have to hold the power button in on my pc for several seconds to shut down my pc. Once I reboot, my pc is under my control again. I'm on a Win 7 (64-bit) pc. It may just be my pc. I'm not sure.

I recommend trying the demo.
Sep 18 2012 at 12:51pm Copy Link
Danny purchased! A must have software!
Sep 18 2012 at 12:56pm Copy Link
Matt Hi Danny. I was wondering if you had a chance to try out Line Reader yet. If so, how is it working for you? I'd like to get mine working properly. Thank you.
Sep 18 2012 at 1:30pm Copy Link
Danny @James Fischer Hi James, Have tried first, and it works excellent on my pc Windows XP! Such software can always come in handy, an indispensable tool!
Sep 18 2012 at 1:41pm Copy Link
Matt Hi Danny. An indispensable tool... you got that right! Really saves the eyes too! It's amazing someone hasn't thought of this kind of software sooner. Thank you for your fast reply and enjoy your reading. Take care.
Sep 18 2012 at 2:02pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @James In the latest version of the application we've introduced one small improvement which allows hiding the line by pressing the following keys: first press the opening bracket on your keyboard, then press the closing bracket and then the opening bracket again. This will cause the line to hide if it is visible or show if it is hidden. For the moment this could be a quick solution to your issue when trying to stop the line.

When you press the Stop button in Line Reader the line does become hidden but it also does not listen to mouse movements. When you press the above key combination first [ then ] and then [ the line is simply hidden but it continues to listen to mouse movements. Since there have been reports of issues when stopping the line we are considering making it so that:
- when the Stop button is pressed, the line becomes visible
- offer an option in the Settings section to unregister from mouse movements (when the Stop button is pressed).

Also we've had a positive solution (for another product of ours) after we advised the customer to update his operating system with the latest updates offered by Microsoft Update.

The current default setup we are offering for downloading works on 32 bits but we've just built one for 64 bit. I was wondering if you'd like to give it a try and see if the Stop button works in your case. You can download the 64 bit installer from here:

In all the tests we've made on Windows XP, Windows Vista 32 and 64 bit and Windows 7 32 and 64 bit, Line Reader worked great.
BitsDuJour Admin - Sep 18 2012 at 2:34pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @James I forgot to mention one important item: in order for the [ ] [ combination to work you need to enable/check the "Enable Key Listener Accross Application" setting in the Settings section - Keyboard Setup tab. Otherwise Line Reader won't pick up any key combinations. Don't forget to press the "Save" button after you're done in the Settings section.
BitsDuJour Admin - Sep 18 2012 at 2:53pm Copy Link
Matt Hi Constantin,

It works beautifully!!!

Thank you so much the new file, the very detailed instructions, and the excellent support!

I'm really looking forward to using Line Reader. Many thanks again!
Sep 18 2012 at 3:11pm Copy Link
bvssunnydale If upgrades are free for life (I have a previous version), do I just download the current version and apply the serial number (or key) from the last version? Thx for any help..
Sep 18 2012 at 11:29pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @bvssunnydale You only need to download the latest version and install it over the existing one. Please make sure to quit Line Reader if it is running while installing the new version.
BitsDuJour Admin - Sep 18 2012 at 11:31pm Copy Link
Brian Turner Looks very ingenious, haven't had time to properly dig in.

My big question is the width of the line when reading text, it's approx half the width of a normal line on a Word doc.

Is this becasue it's the trial version - which would be a shame as it reduces its usefulnees pretty fundmanetally for me, or is it built into the software (which would be even worse!).

The second question is can I really control the movement of the line through the down and up keys if line height has been properly calibrated?

Would appreciate a fast answer! Looks good and I want to buy it if the line width is variable and can be set to match the width of the line I am reading.
Oct 7 2012 at 12:17pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Brian - I am sorry for the delay in answering, I just saw your message. The line can be calibrated to your desired width and height. You can move the line using the keyboard but for this you need to set up the key combinations you want for moving it. The default is CTRL + SHIFT + UP/DOWN/LEFT/RIGHT but you can certainly set it to UP/DOWN/LEFT/RIGHT only (don't forget to press Save in the settings section when you're done).
BitsDuJour Admin - Oct 8 2012 at 10:07am Copy Link
Shay Hardin How many computers can this be installed on with a single user license?
Dec 7 2012 at 6:48am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Shay You may install the application on a computer and a laptop for every license you purchase.
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 7 2012 at 6:50am Copy Link
Rick Edwards I have purchased the product - but the link to the 64 bit version doesn't seem to work. Is it downloadable anymore?
Dec 10 2012 at 6:31am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Rick Edwards - The default download should work with both 32 and 64 bit operating systems.

In case you want the 64 bit download, please use the following URL:
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 10 2012 at 7:20am Copy Link
Karl Valentin Will the upgrade to version 3.x (if it is to come) be free of charge, when I buy version 2.8 now?
Apr 7 2013 at 9:21pm Copy Link
zhxiang xie Ha...I bought this program just a few days ago with 50% discount.
This is very helpful while reading a lot of technical materials.
Apr 4 2014 at 3:37am Copy Link
njf No mention of compatibility with Windows 8 or 8.1. (The iconico website doesn't even mention Windows 7!). Does it work with W8.1?
Apr 6 2014 at 3:17am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Norman Fisher - Thanks for noticing this. The Platforms in this promotion page are now updated. The application works on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1.
BitsDuJour Admin - Apr 6 2014 at 3:59am Copy Link
njf Is it possible to pause a line in a particular window, eg in a Word document, to keep your place and then go to another window without the line and do something there and then go back to the first window and the line is still there where you left it?
Apr 6 2014 at 10:57pm Copy Link
PJ Harr Does the line have any 'opacity' abilities (i.e., alpha channel) so that one can see thru/under the superimposed line(s) on the screen?
Jun 9 2014 at 8:33am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @PJ Harr - Yes, it does, please click on the first snapshot and there you will see the OPACITY track bar (at the right of the window) which controls the opacity of the line.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jun 9 2014 at 9:37am Copy Link
Chris Purchased and it won't work.

There was a problem trying to start the line reader!

at SoftwareRiviera.PrimaryProjects.AppHookOperations.Start(Boolean InstallMouseHook, Boolean InstallKeyboardHook)
at SoftwareRiviera.PrimaryProjects.AppHookOperations..ctor()
at SoftwareRiviera.LineReader.frmLineReader.StartLineReader() The specified module could not be found
Jan 1 2016 at 3:00am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Chris, I have just sent you an email.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jan 1 2016 at 3:37am Copy Link
Chuck Downloaded trial which worked fine. Purchased license then pasted license into software to get full version.

Now with the full version, the line fails to track with mouse movement unless I hold down the left mouse button on the line itself.

What am I missing?
Jan 1 2016 at 4:08am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Chuck, I've just sent you an email regarding the issue you mention.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jan 1 2016 at 4:37am Copy Link
Chuck @Constantin. Your email resolved the issue. Thanks!
Jan 1 2016 at 4:49am Copy Link
Albert Hi Constantin, would you post or email me the solution to the "Now with the full version, the line fails to track with mouse movement unless I hold down the left mouse button on the line itself" problem. I have the same or similar problem.
Jan 1 2016 at 11:29am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Albert User, Here are the suggestions I wrote in the email to Chuck, please try each of these separately:
1. Could you please quit the Line Reader application (make sure the Line Reader application is not started multiple times, also look in the Windows tray to verify that) and then restart the application again and see if the issue happens.
2. Make sure that the Highlight button at the top is green and see if the issue happens again.
3. Make sure Line Reader is not running (also look in the Windows Tray to check that). Then browse to the following path:
and delete the layoutSettings.file file. Please notice that YOUR_CURRENT_USERNAME is the username which you are using to login in Windows. For example mine is Constantin so the path in my case is:
Then restart the application and see if the issue happens again.

I am not sure which of these worked for him.

If none of these fixes your issue, please send an email at with the actual issue you are having.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jan 1 2016 at 11:35am Copy Link
Nelson Carvalho Interesting program. It works perfectly. Good resources. I recommend.
May 12 2016 at 7:28am Copy Link
Edgar Werner Which version is the LineReader offered here?
Nov 25 2016 at 2:49am Copy Link
Constantin Florea We offer the same version offered on the vendor's website.
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 25 2016 at 3:07am Copy Link
V M Hi,
Last night I tried to purchase Line Reader but for some reason I could not connect to your site. I tried connecting to other sites unrelated to BitsDuJour and I was able to connect. I think there was something not working on your site. This morning I opened up the section that listed products purchased off of your site and it did list Line Reader as a purchase that I made so I do not know what is going on.

Please help me straightened this out

thanks ,
Dec 23 2016 at 10:14am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @V M, I just sent you an email explaining the situation.
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 23 2016 at 11:16am Copy Link
Benjamin User Hello, I've bought your product, but it does not work properly on my Windows 10. For instance, when I use the highlight feature, the line does not start where I clicked with my mouse, but from another place of the screen which is not very comfortable for highlighting the words we want.

Furthermore, I'm very interested in the feature we see above (Line Reader), but I did not figure out how to do it...

I have been looking for a similar program for age, and I'm extremely happy you developed it. However, I hope you'll help me to figure out how to use it as I'm a total newbie and your setting is not very user friendly...Do n't take it bad, I like the design but there is too much information to the screen which distracts me from understanding how the product really works.

Is it a lifetime license or will I have to pay for big update?
Aug 20 2017 at 7:34am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Benjamin User, The version you purchased today is for the lifetime license meaning you will be able to upgrade for free to any future versions.

The application works on Windows 10 but the Text size should be 100% (not 125% or 150%), I am referring to the text size from here:
Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Display
If the text size is 125% or 150% then the mouse pointer will be off relative to the line.

To help get you started with the application you could check the following URLs:
and you can also check the movies:
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 20 2017 at 10:57am Copy Link
Jester Been using this for years now. It is a wonderful tool when reading lots of long documents, long text and PDFs. It also allows having a second static line object to keep your place while you are reading other sections. Anyway, great tool for readers.
Feb 9 2019 at 10:00am Copy Link
Brian Westerman Unfortunately, the installation asks to install .net 2.0, the current framework version is 4.5 so this must be a pretty old piece of software.

Had it not asked to install .net 2.0, I would probably have tried it and possibly even bought a copy, but installing a downgraded .net seemed like a really bad idea, so I stopped the trial and deleted the product installation file.

Mybe when they get it updated I;ll look at it again.
Aug 3 2019 at 1:41pm Copy Link
Jester Brain, you don't need to install .NET 2.0, The current version of .NET can handle any .NET functions needed by the software.

By the way, I have several licenses of Line Reader for my PCs. It is great when having to read PDF files, Excel spreadsheet and long document files.
Aug 3 2019 at 5:30pm Copy Link
Ron I have used this software for years and it has never given any trouble. It hasn't been updated (Though my vesion says 2.8) but I don't really know what they would add because it does about all it needs to do. Just my opinion......
Aug 3 2019 at 5:38pm Copy Link
Brian Westerman It may be true that the current version of .net can handle the software, but there are two reasons why this is an issue (for me). 1) if the person had not updated the software since .net 2.0, then they really can't care about maintaining it very much, and 2) If the software would work with the current .net, wouldn't it have already checked that it was there and not tried to install the older version?

It's not a matter of if it will work, but if you are going to pay for software, the seller should at least keep it updated. .net 2.0 was from 2006 to about 2009, that was 10 years ago.
Aug 3 2019 at 7:31pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea We have released a new version of Line Reader in which we have addressed the issue with the variable distance between the line and mouse cursor which happened on systems with certain resolution/text size settings. The application now has a 'Calibrate Line And Mouse Cursor' link in the "Line Reader" tab. Press that link, calibrate the distance between the line and the mouse cursor and then press the Lock button to lock the calibration settings. Once you do that, the issue should be fixed and the calibration settings will be saved when you close the application. You have to calibrate the line when either you change the resolution of the display or when you change the text size of the display. Please download the application and let me know if it works for you, you can download the application using any of the following URLs, depending on the number of bits your operating system is running on:
32 bits:
64 bits:
BitsDuJour Admin - May 10 2020 at 11:53am Copy Link
Paul Hello,

Can Line reader handle other languages then english, for instance dutch?
Oct 4 2020 at 8:44am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Tom, At the moment it cannot.
BitsDuJour Admin - Oct 4 2020 at 1:04pm Copy Link
Robert Rodenberg I get this error code when I try to install line reader:

Windows protected your PC
Microsoft Defender SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting. Running this app might put your PC at risk.
App: setupLineReaderx64.exe
Publisher: Unknown publisher
Apr 8 2021 at 4:55am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Robert Rodenberg, The application is perfectly safe to use, notice the scan page we have for this app:
BitsDuJour Admin - Apr 8 2021 at 5:22am Copy Link
Red Microuser bought LineReader but missed how to get into pasting in my long serial number. Don't see obvious entry for it after bringing up DLX version. Thanks- for some help.
Apr 8 2021 at 5:35pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Red Microuser, I wasn't able to identify your order based on the email address you provided. Please send us at the email you received with your serial and we will identify for you the serial part.
BitsDuJour Admin - Apr 8 2021 at 6:02pm Copy Link
Jester Been using this for years now. It is a wonderful tool when reading lots of long documents, long text and PDFs. It also allows having a second static line object to keep your place while you are reading other sections.

To create the static line object, do this:
1. Select the Shapes tab. 2. Select a Width of 1200 and Height of 30. 3. Pick a Color from the Select Color box. 4. Select a shape type (I like Triangle Pointing Down) 5. Uncheck the Circle shape (unless you want two shapes). 6. Press Add to Scene box to create the shape.

Now you have a static line object that can keep your place in one area of the screen while you are working in another area. To move it, just press and hold and move it where you want it. Great for big monitors or dual monitors. To delete the shape, just right click and select Close Shape.

Anyway, a great tool for readers. I have several licenses for all my PCs.
Oct 8 2021 at 9:08am Copy Link
A B When I try to order this and I use paypal I am being charged 19.50 for 1 license not the 9.75 special.
May 22 2022 at 3:10pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @A B, Could you please to clear your browser cache and cookies? The e-Commerce used is FastSpring and when doing this, the issue usually disappears. Or you could simply try purchasing using another browser.
BitsDuJour Admin - May 22 2022 at 3:12pm Copy Link
A B That worked. Thanks!
May 22 2022 at 3:17pm Copy Link
Robert W Please consider the discussion dealing with a potential Line Reader's Calibration Problem
Mar 11 at 12:45am Copy Link
Robert Crombie I failed my Rocket scientist exam, and my pilot's license has expired.
And even I cannot get it working properly.
W11 Pro 64 bit
The line is only 2 inches wide.
I calibrated - 2 inches
I reset to default - Still 2 inches
I assume there is a setting that makes the red line be the width of the screen ?
If so, just give me a button that sets it to that.
PS I suspect a very good programmer wrote/created the instructions.
What we need here is a systems analyst to design the settings screen
PPS I used to be one.
Sep 17 at 7:53pm Copy Link

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