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Tofu: The Best Document Reader Ever Devised

April 25, 2008

TofuLast week I stumbled upon a program for OS X called Tofu. Like it’s namesake, its simple, flexible, and awesome. So what does it do? Basically, it allows you to take any text or RTF file and presents it in columns. I won’t go into depth on the subject, suffice to say that there is a good reason why almost all commercial print is done with narrow columns (there’s more about it on the Tofu site). Even if none of this has convinced you, it’s totally free, so there’s no reason not to try it.

So what could you use it for? Well, reading that transcript by Charlie Stross would have sucked if I hadn’t done it in Tofu. More importantly, it makes reading digital fiction much more enjoyable, I currently use it to proof anything over one page in length that I write. In any case, you read a lot on your computer (or else you wouldn’t be reading this, would you?), why not make it enjoyable?

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