Reading is Fundamental!

A versatile, multi-format document reader in a Workflow Extension so you can read the document without leaving FCP.

I love simple tools that make my life easier.

Reading is Fundamental! will make my life easier.

Scott Simmons, Editor


Reading is Fundamental! reads and displays:

  • PDF,
  • Word (.doc, .docx),
  • Pages,
  • Excel (.xls and xlsx),
  • Numbers,
  • Keynote,
  • PowerPoint (.ppt and .pptx),
  • Comma Separated Variables (CSV),
  • Rich Test Format (.rtf and .rtfd), and
  • Plain Text.

Pinch to Zoom

Most document types allow you to zoom in and out by using your trackpad’s “pinch with two fingers” — if you’ve enabled this in System Preferences > Trackpad. (Not supported by Rich Text Format or Plain text files.)


Documents display over Final Cut Pro so you don’t have to toggle between apps to read from scripts, spreadsheets, etc

Floats over FCP

The workflow extension window floats above Final Cut Pro so you can view your document and project timeline at the same time.

The workflow extension window can be repositioned, resized, and saved as part of a Final Cut Pro workspace layout.

Reading is Fundamental! adds a versatile document viewer to the Final Cut Pro user interface. Its floating window means I can position it wherever I want – so that both the document I need to see and the Final Cut tools I need to work with are visible at the same time. 

Alex Gollner
(a.k.a. Alex4D)

Much of my post production these days involves editing from multiple transcripts. “Reading is Fundamental!” lets me shuffle effortlessly among Word documents and mail messages, without turning my desktop into dozens of windows. 

Thanks you for this app!

(via app store)

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