Reading PDF by Line and sentence

iOS & iPadOS

Please does anyone know how to read PDF files on the iPhone line by line or sentence by sentence using VoiceOver gestures? Or are there applications that make this levels of reading possible? I have Adobe reader, Documents Pro and iBooks installed on my iPhone 4S and I love to employ them for PDF reading. But these only allow for character by character, word by word, and page by page reading, which could sometimes make reading unsatisfactory or even frustrating. Someone with some helpful information?



Submitted by yorkshire-drew on Sunday, March 22, 2015

I haven't tried it on PDFs, but I know with Voice Dream Reader you can navigate by units of 15, 30, 60 seconds, sentence and paragraph. I know PDFs are supported as are EPUB files. You set the navigation unit from within the app rather than use Voiceover gestures.

Submitted by Cameron Roles on Monday, March 23, 2015


If you import the pdf file into iBooks, you can then run your finger slowly down the screen, and read the file line by line. Hope this helps.


Submitted by Osibote B.H. on Monday, March 23, 2015

In reply to by yorkshire-drew

I'm highly appreciative of your response. Actually I haven't downloaded or purchased the voice dream reader app, but I've read much about it and its ability to facilitate varied reading modes. I did try to purchase it from the app store over the weekend, but I found a notice added to the app details by the developer, stating that the app currently has some malfunctional issues with PDF files. The developer assured that the issues would be fixed in a subsequent update. So I'll simply be on the alert for that. Meanwhile you said you haven't tried it with reading PDF. Please in case you eventually get to try it before long, do let me know. Thanks.

Thanks a lot Cam! I was thrilled to find that your suggestion actually worked---I've just tried it out! Though at a glance the process appears kind of tricky. Guess I'd just stick with that in the meantime until I am able to acquire the Voice dream reader app. Much love!

Submitted by yorkshire-drew on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Voice Dream reader has been updated to once again play PDF files. I set the navigation unit to sentence and went back and forth a few times. It seemed to find the beginning of the next sentence okay but was sometimes a word or two out when going backward.

To be fair, I only did a brief test and only on one PDF document. Other results may vary.

I am a huge fan of this app and it's probably the second most used app on my iPhone. Hope this helps.