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ACEREADER PRESS RELEASES

April 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bernie Marasco, President, StepWare, Inc.
(970) 243-9390 berniem@acereader.com

StepWare Releases a major AceReader Elite update. Now includes hundreds of e-books, video tutorials and text-to-speech capabilities.

For 2014, StepWare has released an updated and enhanced version of AceReader Elite, a powerful Windows and Mac application that helps students increase their reading rate, comprehension and fluency. With this new version, StepWare has added more content and new features to help make it easier for users to reach their reading improvement goals.

The 2014 version contains a whopping 830 grade-leveled and themed Reading Comprehension Tests; 625 built-in e-books of varying lengths and difficulty on a wide variety of topics; video tutorials; and a text-to-speech feature useful for early reading fluency. It still allows you to import your own content and to choose your learning Mode: 1) a completely automated Course Mode, 2) a pick-and-choose Menu Mode, and 3) a fully customizable Reading Mode that allows you to train with material you need to read anyway.

“I’m pleased that we can offer such a diverse package to our customers,” said Bernie Marasco, President of StepWare. “We truly believe AceReader’s capabilities can make a difference in their reading efficiency, and thereby their lives. What has kept us motivated over the past 18 years is the positive feedback we continue to get from individual consumers, parents, students and reading instructors – even the military. We feel honored that our program is helping this wide variety of users.”

Along with the new features, AceReader Elite continues to offer the fundamental training activities that help readers break the five habits keeping them from reading quickly and efficiently. The software trains you to 1) minimize subvocalization (pronouncing the words in your mind as you read them); 2) eliminate re-reading (letting your eyes wander back to earlier text); 3) expand your eyes' fixation zone (so you can read more text without refocusing your eyes); 4) reduce your eyes' fixation time; and 5) increase your re-fixation speed (so you can reposition your eyes faster).

The software also helps users set reasonable goals and makes an assessment of each reader's skill level; it then automatically adjusts its Drills and Courses to the individual. Results are available in chart or graph form, and there is even a readability statistics analysis tool to help determine the grade level and complexity of the chosen text.

Whether you want to improve your own reading efficiency or if you are a parent who wants to give your children the tools they need to succeed in school and in life, AceReader Elite has what you need.

The program supports an unlimited number of users, making it ideal for the entire family. A single-user license covers all of the people in your immediate family, and up to three family computers.

AceReader Elite costs $89.95 (US). There is a Windows version that supports 8/7/Vista/XP/2000 and a Mac version that support OS X. It may be purchased securely online from http://www.acereader.com/personal/buy.html . You can download the 30-day free trial from http://www.acereader.com/personal/free-trial.html . The company also offers versions of AceReader for schools and businesses.

For more information, contact StepWare, Inc. at 619 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502 USA. Phone: 1-800-ACE-READ (1-800-223-7323), Ext. 2, Fax: (970) 243-9482, Email: sales@acereader.com or visit their website at http://www.acereader.com.

January 2013

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bernie Marasco, President, StepWare, Inc.
(970) 243-9390 berniem@acereader.com

StepWare, Releases AceReader Elite. An enhanced edition of our popular Pro series.

StepWare has released AceReader Elite, a powerful Windows speed reading application that helps you read faster and increase your comprehension. With the Elite version, StepWare has added more content, added more features and streamlined the user interface.

AceReader Elite offers new training activities to help readers break the five habits that are keeping them from reading quickly and efficiently. The software trains you to minimize subvocalization (pronouncing the words in your mind as you read them), eliminate rereading (letting your eyes wander back to earlier text), expand your eyes' fixation zone (so you can read more text without refocusing your eyes), reduce your eyes' fixation time, and increase your re-fixation speed (so you can reposition your eyes faster).

The software helps you set speed reading goals and keep track of your progress. AceReader Elite makes an assessment of each reader's skill level, and automatically adjusts its drills and courses to the individual.

AceReader Elite now includes the company's entire library of Test Sets. Previously sold individually as add-ons, the American History, Earth and Space Science, Famous People, Fun Facts, and SAT Preparation Test Sets are now included. In addition, the software includes 50 hand-picked eBooks that you can use to improve your reading skills.

The Elite version includes the advanced administration tools that were previously only available in the School version of the software. Now parents can generate reports and graphs for monitoring each student's progress, create and customize tests, and easily create flash cards. There is even a readability statistics analysis tool that helps you determine the grade level and complexity of text that you choose for your drills and courses.

AceReader Elite supports an unlimited number of users, making it ideal for the entire family. A single-user license covers all of the people in your immediate family, and up to three family computers.

Whether you're a student who wants to read more efficiently, a parent who wants to give your children the tools that they need to succeed in school, or a homeschooled student who wants to learn reading techniques that will help you succeed throughout your life, AceReader Elite has the tools that you need.

AceReader Elite costs $99.95(US), runs on Windows 8/7/Vista/XP/2000, and may be purchased securely online from http://www.acereader.com/personal/. You can download the trial version from the same web address. In addition to AceReader Elite, the company also offers versions for schools and businesses.

For more information, contact StepWare, Inc. at 619 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502 USA. Phone: 1-800-ACE-READ (1-800-223-7323), Ext. 2, Fax: (970) 243-9482, Email: sales@acereader.com or visit their web site at http://www.acereader.com.

April 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bernie Marasco, President, StepWare, Inc.
(970) 243-9390 berniem@acereader.com

Affordable Cloud-Based Speed Reading Software for Colleges and College Prep

StepWare, Inc. announces the availability of AceReader Online, the Cloud version of its flagship Windows/Mac application AceReader Pro. AceReader Online is a powerful educational tool that assesses, improves, and monitors students' reading speed, fluency, and comprehension.

AceReader Online has been used by 30 colleges, schools and learning centers during the 2011/2012 school year with great success. We are now making it available to all education institutions.

For a fraction of the price of a typical college textbook, AceReader Online teaches students to break bad reading habits such as subvocalization (pronouncing the words in their minds as they read) and regression (reading passages more than once). This educational software also helps expand students' eye fixation zone so they can read multiple words at a time.

The online version of AceReader offers features that benefit college, university, and high school teachers and students. There is no software to install. AceReader Online can be accessed from any PC or Mac that has an Internet connection. Students can work independently on a personalized self-adjusting reading course, or choose from a library of reading assessment and improvement regimens. Educators can monitor each student's progress by viewing reports for each student consisting of reading speeds, comprehension scores, graphs, activity logs and much more.

The same proven technologies used in the desktop versions of AceReader Pro for well over a decade are used in AceReader Online, and includes hundreds of timed and leveled reading comprehension tests, eye pacing drills, and fun eye exercise games. Texas A&M University conducted a study entitled "Using AceReader Online to Improve Collegiate Students' Word Reading Speed and Comprehension." Details of the study can be found at http://www.acereader.com/papers/Using_AceReader_Online_to_Improve_Collegiate_Students.pdf.

AceReader Online won ComputED's 18th Annual Bessie Award for Best Educational Software in the High School Reading Website category - http://computedgazette.com/page4.html. High school and college students can use this new software to strengthen their reading skills, and prepare themselves for success in college.

Since AceReader Online includes 13 levels of text complexity, it is being used by younger students (i.e. grade schools) and even for students who need vision training (i.e. students with dyslexia). But it is primarily designed for high school and college level students for the purpose of improving their reading fluency. It is not attempting to teach how to read, but rather how to read better and faster with good comprehension.

AceReader Online is available to schools for low price per student cost with starting prices as low at $20 per student. AceReader Online also includes free training, automatic updates, plus continuous support via email and toll-free phone. To learn more about AceReader, visit: http://www.acereader.com. To schedule a demonstration or for more information about AceReader Online, call 1-800-223-ACE-READ, ext. 2 (1-800-223-7323, ext. 2) or email berniem@acereader.com.

May 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bernie Marasco, President, StepWare, Inc.
(970) 243-9390 berniem@stepware.com

StepWare Releases Spanish Language Versions of AceReader Pro for PC/Windows

The Spanish editions are available at http://www.acereader.com/es.

AceReader Pro teaches you to break bad reading habits such as subvocalization (pronouncing the words in your mind as you read), and regression (reading passages more than once). It also helps expand your eye fixation zone so that you can read multiple words at a time. AceReader has been winning awards every year for over a decade and continues to be a leader in the industry.

The Spanish language versions of AceReader Pro include all of the features that have brought the English language versions critical acclaim for years. The program includes all the content and reading material necessary for training but also allows you to load PDF files and Word files. You can also load AceReader with text from the clipboard via the standard copy/paste operations which makes it easy to load text from web pages, email and other documents. The ability to load your own material allows you to train with material that you may have needed to read anyway.

"The program enhances reading speed and comprehension by training the eyes to properly scan electronic pages. As a result, people read faster, on and off the computer." said Bernie Marasco, President of StepWare. "We are happy to announce that we now have Spanish editions of the program available."

The AceReader Pro series of products runs on PC's with Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista/7, and Macintosh OS X computers. The PC versions has passed Vista and Windows 7 Certifications. The Macintosh versions are Universal Compliant. AceReader Pro has a starting price of $69.95(US) for individual consumers and a starting price of $129.00(US) for school editions. You can securely purchase AceReader Pro online at http://www.acereader.com. Purchase Orders are welcome from schools and institutions. Free trial downloads are also available from the same address.

For more information, contact StepWare, Inc. at 619 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502 USA. Phone: 1-800-ACE-READ (1-800-223-7323), Ext. 2, Fax: (970) 243-9482, Email: sales@stepware.com or visit their web sites at http://www.stepware.com and http://www.acereader.com.

December 2010

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bernie Marasco, President, StepWare, Inc.
(970) 243-9390 berniem@stepware.com

StepWare, Inc. releases Universal edition of AceReader

StepWare, Inc. continues to improve its flagship product, AceReader Pro, a Windows and Macintosh application that teaches students, business executives, and readers of all ages to read faster.

New features in AceReader include:

  • Universal Logo compliant. The Macintosh version of AceReader is now "Universal" meaning that it is now designed to work efficiently on Intel based Macintosh computers.
  • Both the PC/Windows and Macintosh Deluxe versions of AceReader now include an SAT Prep Test Set. This allows students to learn SAT and ACT test taking skills while learning how to become an efficient reader.

AceReader continues to receive accolades from reviewers worldwide. This year, TopTenREVIEWS again gave AceReader Pro a Perfect Score and awarded AceReader with their 2011 Award of Excellence. StarReviews.com rates AceReader as their number one speed reading software title.

StepWare is now a proud member of the SIIA (Software & Information Industry Association). This is same association that honored AceReader as a CODIE finalist in 2005 in the category of Best Secondary Education Instructional Solution: Language Arts/English.

StepWare continues to focus on developing and marketing its AceReader line of products. AceReader Pro teaches you to break bad reading habits such as subvocalization (pronouncing the words in your mind as you read), and regression (reading passages more than once). It also helps expand your eye fixation zone so that you can read multiple words at a time. AceReader has been winning awards every year for over a decade and continues to be a leader in the industry.

The AceReader Pro series of products runs on PC's with Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista/7, and Macintosh OS X computers. The PC version has passed Vista and Windows 7 Certifications. The Macintosh version is now Universal Compliant. AceReader Pro has a starting price of $69.95(US), with teacher, student and quantity discounts available. You can securely purchase AceReader Pro online at http://www.acereader.com, or download a free trial version from the same address.

For more information, contact StepWare, Inc. at 619 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502 USA. Phone: 1-800-ACE-READ (1-800-223-7323), Ext. 2, Fax: (970) 243-9482, Email: sales@stepware.com or visit their web sites at http://www.stepware.com and http://www.acereader.com

December 2009

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bernie Marasco, President, StepWare, Inc.
(970) 243-9390 berniem@stepware.com

StepWare, Inc. Updates AceReader Pro, Receives Critical Recognition

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado - December, 2009 - StepWare, Inc. has released a major upgrade to its flagship product, AceReader Pro, a Windows and Macintosh application that teaches students, business executives, and readers of all ages to read faster.

New features in AceReader include:

  • The ability to flash graphics in AceReader's warm-up drills
  • A new "How to use AceReader" course activity to help new users become proficient more quickly
  • Support for PDF and Word file formats (including Word 2007) in PC Versions
  • New college-level and SAT preparation vocabulary exercises
  • New Triple Speed course for more aggressive training

AceReader continues to receive accolades from reviewers worldwide. This year, TopTenREVIEWS gave AceReader Pro a Perfect Score and awarded AceReader with their 2010 Award of Excellence. AceReader won the 2009 Software Industry Conference (SIC) People's Choice Award in the category of "Best Educational Program". In addition, AceReader won the 2009 EDDIE Award.

Closing The Gap honored AceReader Pro in 2009 in a 4-1/2 page review and recommendation. Closing The Gap provides parents, students, and educators with the information and training necessary to assess, plan and implement assistive technology to help those with special needs learn to read proficiently.

StepWare continues to focus on developing and marketing its AceReader line of products. AceReader Pro teaches you to break bad reading habits such as subvocalization (pronouncing the words in your mind as you read), and regression (reading passages more than once). It also helps expand your eye fixation zone so that you can read multiple words at a time. AceReader has been winning awards every year for over a decade and continues to be a leader in the industry.

The AceReader Pro series of products runs on PC's with Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista/7, and Macintosh OS X computers. The PC version has passed Vista and Windows 7 Certifications. AceReader Pro has a starting price of $69.95(US), with teacher, student and quantity discounts available. You can securely purchase AceReader Pro online at http://www.acereader.com, or download a free trial version from the same address.

For more information, contact StepWare, Inc. at 619 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502 USA. Phone: 1-800-ACE-READ (1-800-223-7323), Ext. 2, Fax: (970) 243-9482, Email: sales@stepware.com or visit their web sites at http://www.stepware.com and http://www.acereader.com

December 2008

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bernie Marasco, President, StepWare, Inc.
(970) 243-9390 berniem@stepware.com

StepWare, Inc. Announces Free Online Reading Tests

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado - June 22, 2008 - StepWare, Inc. today announced that it released two free online reading tests. Two versions are available: On the web at: http://www.freereadingtest.com and on Facebook at: http://www.freereadingtest.com/facebook (note: Facebook version is no longer available due to Facebook changes in 2012).

"We wanted to offer a useful free online tool to help teachers, students and individual of all ages determine their reading proficiency," said Bernie Marasco, President of StepWare. "The tests allows you to pick from 13 levels of text complexity and also provide interesting educational content with themes such as American History, Earth & Space Science and Famous People. We tried to make the Facebook version fun by maintaining a list of the Top 100 performers and by allowing everyone online to challenge each other."

Other recent development news includes the release of our new web site, additional test sets and new versions of AceReader Pro for both the Macintosh and PC platforms. We also recently released the Text-To-Speech add-on for our Macintosh line of products. StepWare is now a Certified Microsoft Partner.

StepWare continues to focus on developing and marketing it's AceReader line of products. In short, AceReader helps you become a more efficient reader both online and offline. AceReader teaches you how to break bad reading habits, such as subvocalization (pronouncing the words in your mind as you read), and regression (reading words or passages more than once). It also helps you expand your eye fixation zone (or eye span) so you can read multiple words or lines at a time. AceReader has been winning awards every year for over a decade and continues to be a leader in the industry.

The AceReader Pro series of products is designed to run on PC's running Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista, and Macintosh computers running OS X. The PC version is Vista Certified. AceReader Pro has a starting price of $49.95(US), with teacher, student and quantity discounts available. You can securely purchase AceReader Pro online at http://www.acereader.com/, or download a free trial version from the same address.

For more information, contact StepWare, Inc. at 619 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502 USA. Phone: 1-800-ACE-READ (1-800-223-7323), Fax: (970) 243-9482, Email: sales@stepware.com or visit their web sites at http://www.stepware.com and http://www.acereader.com

June 2007

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bernie Marasco, President, StepWare, Inc.
(970) 243-9390 berniem@stepware.com

StepWare, Inc. Announces AceReader Pro for Windows Vista

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado - June 11, 2007 - StepWare, Inc. today announced that it released AceReader Pro, AceReader Pro Deluxe, and AceReader Pro Deluxe Plus, which are "Certified For" Windows Vista. AceReader Pro teaches students, business executives, and readers of all ages to read faster.

"The program enhances reading speed and comprehension by training the eyes to properly scan electronic pages," said Bernie Marasco, President of StepWare. "As a result, people read faster, on and off the computer. By working with Microsoft, we feel confident that AceReader Pro will provide users of Windows Vista with enhanced reliability, security and compatibility."

"Products that carry the Certified for Windows Vista logo have met explicit standards of reliability and quality, and have been tested and proven to deliver a superior experience with Windows Vista," said Brad Goldberg, General Manager for Windows Vista Product Management at Microsoft Corp. "We are extremely pleased that StepWare's AceReader Pro carries the certified logo and takes advantage of the new technologies available in Windows Vista."

AceReader Pro teaches you how to break bad reading habits, such as subvocalization (pronouncing the words in your mind as you read), and regression (reading words or passages more than once). It also helps you expand your eye fixation zone (or eye span) so you can read multiple words or lines at a time.

AceReader Pro's text-to-speech add-on expands the usefulness of the software beyond its mainstream audience of grades 4 through adult. By pacing eye movement and reading words aloud, the program also helps kids in grades 1 through 3 learn to read. ESL and foreign language students can now hear the words as the text is flashed on the screen. Business people and other online readers can save time and increase productivity by having their computer read aloud their email and news. AceReader Pro uses AT&T's Natural Voices technology, which employs the highest-quality human sounding voices available.

The AceReader Pro series of products is available for PCs running Windows 95/98/Me/NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista, and Macintosh computers running OS 9.2.2 - OS X. AceReader Pro has a starting price of $49.95(US), with teacher, student and quantity discounts available. You can securely purchase AceReader Pro online at http://www.acereader.com/, or download a free trial version from the same address.

For more information, contact StepWare, Inc. at 619 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502 USA. Phone: 1-800-ACE-READ (1-800-223-7323), Fax: (970) 243-9482, Email: sales@stepware.com or visit their web sites at http://www.stepware.com and http://www.acereader.com

December 2006

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bernie Marasco, President, StepWare, Inc. (970) 243-9390 berniem@stepware.com

AceReader Pro is Top Winner in Technology & Learning Magazine's 2006 Awards of Excellence

Technology & Learning Magazine named AceReader Pro from StepWare its "Top Winner" in the 24th annual Awards of Excellence. Eclipsing programs from such well-known educational software companies as Microsoft, Apple, Scholastic, and Harcourt, AceReader Pro was singled out as the finest of the 55 curriculum products that won this year's Awards of Excellence.

AceReader Pro teaches students, teachers, and business executives to read faster, on and off the computer. The program enhances reading speed and comprehension by training the eye to properly scan electronic pages. AceReader Pro teaches you how to break bad reading habits, such as subvocalization (pronouncing the words in your mind as you read), and regression (reading words or passages more than once). It also helps you expand your eye fixation zone (or eye span) so you can read multiple words or lines at a time.

The judges cited AceReader Pro's text-to-speech features, ease of use, and usability in the classroom and in the home. They also gave high praise to AceReader Pro's interactive flash card games for their ability to engage kids and keep them on track.

AceReader Pro's text-to-speech add-on expands the usefulness of the software beyond its mainstream audience of grades 4 through adult. By pacing eye movement and reading words aloud, the program also helps kids in grades 1 through 3 learn to read. ESL and foreign language students can now hear the words as the text is flashed on the screen. Business people and other online readers can save time and increase productivity by having their computer read aloud their email and news. AceReader Pro uses AT&T's Natural Voices technology, which employs the highest-quality human sounding voices available.

The AceReader Pro series of products is available for PCs running Windows 95/98/Me/NT4/2000/XP/2003, and Macintosh computers running OS 9.2.2 - OS X. The original versions of AceReader are still available and support earlier PC and Macintosh operating systems. AceReader Pro has a starting price of $49.95(US), with teacher, student and quantity discounts available. You can securely purchase AceReader Pro online at http://www.acereader.com/, or download a free trial version from the same address.

For more information, contact StepWare, Inc. at 619 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502 USA. Phone: 1-800-ACE-READ (1-800-223-7323), Fax: (970) 243-9482, Email: sales@stepware.com or visit their web sites at http://www.stepware.com and http://www.acereader.com

To read more about AceReader's "Top Winner" designation, please visit Technology & Learning Magazine's web site - http://www.techlearning.com/issues/2006AOE.php

September 2005

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bernie Marasco, President, StepWare, Inc. (970) 243-9390 berniem@stepware.com

StepWare releases Text-To-Speech add-on for PC AceReader Pro series.

StepWare has released a Text-to-Speech add-on for its flagship product, AceReader Pro. Designed for students, teachers and business executives, AceReader Pro can help you learn to read faster, on and off the computer. Now, AceReader Pro reads to you, aloud, in your choice of many natural human sounding voices.

Adding text-to-speech capabilities to AceReader Pro supports three of AceReader's critical markets:

  • Early Reading Fluency (grades 1-3): Up to now, the AceReader product line was typically recommended for grades 4 through adult, and has mainly been focused on helping students become "better" readers. "Better" meaning "faster" while maintaining or improving comprehension. With Text-To-Speech, the program can now help children just learning to read by pacing eye movement in the many available display modes while speaking the words at the same time.
  • ESL and foreign language students: Students learning English can now hear the words as the text is flashed or highlighted on the screen. Forced speed/mode comprehension tests can now be used to test listening skills.
  • Online Readers: Customers who use the Online Reader screen as a productivity tool to help them read more efficiently while on the computer can sit back and not read at all while web pages, email, word processing documents... are spoken to them at desired display modes and speeds. This is especially useful for the vision impaired.
AceReader Pro can also be used as an Online Reader to help you read more efficiently while online. AceReader teaches you to break bad reading habits such as subvocalization (pronouncing the words in your mind as you read), and regression (reading passages more than once). It also helps expand your eye fixation zone so that you can read multiple words at a time.

About the text-to-speech technology used:

  • AT&T's Natural Voices technology. High quality human sounding voices. Voices for English, Spanish, French and German are available.
  • Unique fine tune speed options which include the ability to pause and/or slow voice keyed off of word lengths punctuation marks.
  • Voice Speeds up to 500 words per minute.
  • Requires PC AceReader Pro Series (Version 4 or later) and Microsoft SAPI 5.1 (built-in to Windows XP).
"We're pleased to partner with AT&T, and add their Natural Voices(tm) Text-to-Speech Engine to our flagship product," said Bernie Marasco, President of Stepware, Inc. "The schools and parents who use our software will appreciate the high quality of AT&T's human voices."

AceReader Pro awards in 2005:

  • AceReader Pro Deluxe Plus wins 2005 10th Annual Education Software Review Award for Best Software in High School Reading.
  • AceReader Pro Deluxe Plus is a finalist in the 2005 Software & Information Industry Association's 20th Annual Codie Awards.
  • AceReader wins the 2005 SIC Peoples Choice Award in the category of Best Educational Programs.
  • Media & Methods Magazine announces StepWare, Inc. as a Portfolio 2005 winner for the product AceReader Pro Deluxe.
The AceReader Pro series of products is available for PCs running Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP and Macintosh computers running OS 9.2.2 - OS X. The original versions of AceReader are still available and support earlier PC and Macintosh operating systems. AceReader Pro has a starting price of $49.95, with teacher, student and quantity discounts available. You can securely purchase AceReader Pro online at http://www.acereader.com/, or download a free trial version from the same address.

For more information, contact StepWare, Inc. at 619 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502 USA. Phone: 1-800-ACE-READ (1-800-223-7323), Fax: (970) 243-9482, Email: sales@stepware.com or visit their web sites at http://www.stepware.com and http://www.acereader.com

October 2003

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bernie Marasco, President, StepWare, Inc. (970) 243-9390 berniem@stepware.com

StepWare has released Version 3.0 of the AceReader Pro series of products for the PC platforms.

The AceReader Pro series of reading improvement software gets even better! Teacher requested display modes have been added along with new games, new tests and much more.

Choose between AceReader Pro, AceReader Pro Deluxe or AceReader Pro Deluxe Network. Version 3.0 includes:

  1. New advanced display modes - You can now be paced to read at preset speeds by letting your eyes follow highlighted text segments. Display whole sentences or phrases at a time (allows you to read whole thoughts at a time). Display text with white space formatting. You can even specify how many times you want to reposition (re-fixate) your eyes per line which helps re-enforce proper eye movement for both online and offline reading.
  2. New games and game features - Three new eye exercise games have been added. Game levels have been added to make the games more fun and challenging. You can also incorporate your own game text through the use of the built-in Game Text Editors.
  3. New tests - The base set of 260 reading comprehension tests have been re-written from the ground up and now include more stories with informational and educational content.
The Deluxe versions include a readability statistics tool built into the Drill Text and Comprehension Test Editors to help determine the complexity and grade level of the reading material. The Network version is ideal for reading lab and networked environments. With the Network version, students do not need to sit in front of the same computer for each session and teachers can monitor the progress of all the students from any computer on the network.

Designed for students, teachers and business executives, AceReader Pro can help you learn to read faster, on and off the computer. It can also be used as an Online Reader to help you read more efficiently while online. AceReader teaches you to break bad reading habits such as subvocalization (pronouncing the words in your mind as you read), and regression (reading passages more than once). It also helps expand your eye fixation zone so that you can read multiple words at a time

"The AceReader line of products continues to win educational industry awards. Media & Methods Magazine announces StepWare, Inc. as a Portfolio 2003 Cream-of-the-crop Winner for the Product AceReader Pro Deluxe," said Bernie Marasco, President of StepWare. "Our product line continue to evolve based on needs specified by teachers and reading specialist all around the world."

The AceReader Pro series of products is available for PCs running Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP and Macintosh computers running OS 8.6 - OS X. The original versions of AceReader are still available and support earlier PC and Macintosh operating systems. AceReader Pro has a starting price of $49.95, with teacher, student and quantity discounts available. You can securely purchase AceReader Pro online at http://www.acereader.com/, or download a free trial version from the same address.

For more information, contact StepWare, Inc. at 619 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502 USA. Phone: 1-800-ACE-READ (1-800-223-7323), Fax: (970) 243-9482, Email: sales@stepware.com or visit their web sites at http://www.stepware.com and http://www.acereader.com

April 2002

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bernie Marasco, President, StepWare, Inc. (970) 243-9390 berniem@stepware.com

StepWare has released AceReader Pro series of products for the Macintosh platforms (OS 8.6 - OS X).

Now you have your choice of products to select from to help you become a more proficient reader both online and offline.

Choose between AceReader Pro, AceReader Pro Deluxe or AceReader Pro Deluxe Network. The AceReader Pro Family of Products has: (1) a new and improved user interface with more functionality, (2) drills that lead students through the process of using the product, (3) more comprehension tests broken out by grade levels 1-12+ and (4) the ability to be customized.

The Deluxe versions include a readability statistics tool built into the Drill Text and Comprehension Test Editors to help determine the complexity and grade level of the reading material. The Network version is ideal for reading lab and networked environments. With the Network version, students do not need to sit in front of the same computer for each session, and teachers can monitor the progress of all the students from any computer on the network.

Designed for students, teachers and business executives, AceReader Pro can help you learn to read faster, on and off the computer. It can also be used as an Online Reader to help you read more efficiently while online. AceReader teaches you to break bad reading habits such as subvocalization (pronouncing the words in your mind as you read), and regression (reading passages more than once). It also helps expand your eye fixation zone so that you can read multiple words at a time.

"In 2001 AceReader was the top download pick by PC World for self-improvement, and in 1999, AceReader won the FamilyPC Award in the education category, as well as the FamilyPC Program of the Year honor," said Bernie Marasco, President of StepWare. "By popular demand, we introduced our Pro series to address advanced customer needs."

The AceReader Pro series of products is available for PCs running Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP and Macintosh computers running OS 8.6 - OS X. The original versions of AceReader are still available and support earlier PC and Macintosh operating systems. AceReader Pro has a starting price of $49.95, with teacher, student and quantity discounts available. You can securely purchase AceReader Pro online at http://www.acereader.com/, or download a free trial version from the same address.

For more information, contact StepWare, Inc. at 619 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502 USA. Phone: 1-800-ACE-READ (1-800-223-7323), Fax: (970) 243-9482, Email: sales@stepware.com or visit their web sites at http://www.stepware.com and http://www.acereader.com

November 2001

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bernie Marasco, President, StepWare, Inc. (970) 243-9390 berniem@stepware.com

StepWare has released Version 2.0 of AceReader Pro Series of Products.

Once again, StepWare has met customer demands by adding new features and product enhancements to its family of speed reading and reading improvement software.

New features include: (1) A new Startup Wizard screen that makes the product easier and more intuitive to use, (2) The ability to create and group custom content (Comprehension Tests, Drills...) into separate sets. These sets can now be imported and exported, allowing the AceReader community to share custom content. (3) Two Eye-Fixation Games that are designed to improve reading skills while having fun. (4) Smarter Drills that now set pacing speeds relative to individual reading levels. (5) Two new Drill Sets to choose from that push reading speed to double and triple the reader's personal base reading speed.

AceReader Pro is three tools in one: (1) A Reading Assessment Tool to determine and track your reading level. It includes reading comprehension tests for grades 1-12 plus adult, and test scores are logged and graphed for accountability. (2) A Reading Improvement Training Tool to help improve your online and offline reading speed while maintaining even better comprehension. AceReader Pro teaches you to increase your eye fixation span and helps break common bad reading habits such as subvocalization (pronouncing the words in your mind while you read) and re-reading (letting your eyes wander back to re-read text you previously read). (3) An Online Reader to help you read more efficiently while online. With the Online Reader you can rapidly read and skim text from Web pages and other sources in RSVP mode. In RSVP mode the words come to your eyes instead of your eyes going to the words.

AceReader Pro utilizes Tachistoscope Technology to pace your reading speed and is designed for all ages (grades 1-12 plus adult). AceReader Pro is feature packed and is very customizable. You can train with the Comprehension Tests and Drills that come with the product or create your own custom content. Custom content can be created with the built-in Comprehension Test and Drill Editors. The Editors even come complete with a Readability Analysis Tool to help determine the grade level of the text.

Three versions of AceReader Pro are available: (1) AceReader Pro, (2) AceReader Pro Deluxe and (3) AceReader Pro Deluxe Network. The Deluxe version is recommended if you want the Test Editor, the Readability Statistics, or if more than one person will be training on the product in a non-networked environment. The Deluxe Network version is recommended for networked, reading lab and school environments and includes central administration.

"In 2001 AceReader was the top download pick by PC World for self-improvement and in 1999, AceReader won the FamilyPC Award in the education category, as well as the FamilyPC Program of the Year honor," said Bernie Marasco, President of StepWare. "By popular demand, we introduced our Pro series to address advanced customer needs."

The AceReader Pro series of products is available for PCs running Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP and Macintosh computers running OS 8.6 - OS X. The original versions of AceReader are still available and support earlier PC and Macintosh operating systems. AceReader Pro has a starting price of $49.95, with teacher, student and quantity discounts available. You can securely purchase AceReader Pro online at http://www.acereader.com/, or download a free trial version from the same address.

For more information, contact StepWare, Inc. at 619 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502 USA. Phone: 1-800-ACE-READ (1-800-223-7323), Fax: (970) 243-9482, Email: sales@stepware.com or visit their web sites at http://www.stepware.com and http://www.acereader.com

February 2001

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bernie Marasco, President, StepWare, Inc. (970) 243-9390 berniem@stepware.com

StepWare has released AceReader Pro Series of Products.

Now you have your choice of products to select from to help you become a more proficient reader both online and offline.

Choose between AceReader Pro, AceReader Pro Deluxe or AceReader Pro Deluxe Network. The AceReader Pro Family of products have: (1) a new and improved user interface with more functionality, (2) drills that lead students through the process of using the product the way the drill author intended, (3) more comprehension tests broken out by grade levels 1-12+ and (4) the ability to be customized. The Deluxe versions include a readability statistics tool built into the Drill and Comprehension Test Editors to help determine the grade level of text. The Network version is ideal for reading lab environments and includes central administration functions so that teachers can perform analysis and monitor student progress.

Designed for students, teachers and business executives, AceReader Pro can both help you to read faster and help you learn to read faster, on and off the computer. AceReader teaches you to break bad reading habits such as subvocalization (pronouncing the words in your mind as you read), and reading passages more than once.

"In 1999, AceReader won the FamilyPC Award in the education category, as well as the FamilyPC Program of the Year honor," said Bernie Marasco, President of StepWare. "By popular demand, we're introducing our Pro series to address advanced customer needs."

The AceReader Pro series of products is available for PCs running Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP and Macintosh computers running OS 8.6 - OS X. The original versions of AceReader are still available and support earlier PC and Macintosh operating systems. AceReader Pro has a starting price of $49.95, with teacher, student and quantity discounts available. You can securely purchase AceReader Pro online at http://www.acereader.com/, or download a free trial version from the same address.

For more information, contact StepWare, Inc. at 619 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502 USA. Phone: 1-800-ACE-READ (1-800-223-7323), Fax: (970) 243-9482, Email: sales@stepware.com or visit their web sites at http://www.stepware.com and http://www.acereader.com

April 2000

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bernie Marasco, President, StepWare, Inc. (970) 243-9390 berniem@stepware.com

AceReader Developer Bernard Marasco Wins Pava Prize for Assistive Technologies.

Bernard Marasco, president of the software firm StepWare, has won the 2000 Calvin H.P. Pava Prize for advancing the application of assistive technologies that enhance the productivity and independence of brain tumor patients.

StepWare's flagship product, AceReader, is an award-winning productivity and education program that increases reading speed and comprehension. AceReader is designed for reader of all levels (students, business executives...). It can be used as: (1) an Online Reader to help you read faster while on the computer; and (2) an Educational Tool to help you learn to read faster, both on and off the computer.

In honoring Marasco and his software, AceReader is recognized as being an effective tool for helping brain tumor patients improve their reading and eye tracking skills. Prior years' winners of the Pava Prize include Marc Andreessen for his contributions in developing access to the Internet, and Ray Kurzweil for his invention of the Kurzweil Reading Machine.

For more information, contact StepWare, Inc. at 619 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502 USA. Phone: 1-800-ACE-READ (1-800-223-7323), Fax: (970) 243-9482, Email: sales@stepware.com or visit their web sites at http://www.stepware.com and http://www.acereader.com

About AceReader

AceReader is an award winning software application designed to make you a more proficient reader by increasing your reading speed and comprehension.

AceReader teaches you to break bad reading habits such as subvocalization (pronouncing words in your mind as you read them), and reading passages more than once.

In AceReader's Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) mode, words are displayed in the center of the text area. RSVP can be used to read faster than normal because your eyes do not need to move. In RSVP mode, the words come to your eyes instead of your eyes going to the words. When AceReader is in Tachistoscopic Scroll Presentation mode, the reader's eyes move just like they do in normal reading. This allows users to train themselves to read at higher speeds, whether reading from a monitor or from paper. In short, AceReader's RSVP mode lets you read faster while you're on the computer, and the Tachistoscopic mode trains you to read faster, on and off the computer.

AceReader lets you read text from your hard drive or from the Internet. As your reading speed increases, you can track your progress by taking the reading/comprehension tests. AceReader comes with more than 200 tests, broken out by grade levels.

Whether you're studying for a test or preparing a business presentation, AceReader is ideal for memorizing important facts and figures. Using the Burst Forward, Back and Repeat features, you can rapidly reread and memorize text. You can use AceReader to create Flash Cards to accomplish goals as diverse as programming your subconscious with positive suggestions and learning a foreign language.

The AceReader Pro series of products is available for PCs running Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP and Macintosh computers running OS 8.6 - OS X. The original versions of AceReader are still available and support earlier PC and Macintosh operating systems. AceReader Pro has a starting price of $49.95, with teacher, student and quantity discounts available. You can securely purchase AceReader Pro online at http://www.acereader.com/, or download a free trial version from the same address.

For more information, contact StepWare, Inc. at 619 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502 USA. Phone: 1-800-ACE-READ (1-800-223-7323), Fax: (970) 243-9482, Email: sales@stepware.com or visit their web sites at http://www.stepware.com and http://www.acereader.com

October 1999

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bernie Marasco, President, StepWare, Inc. (970) 243-9390 berniem@stepware.com

StepWare Releases AceReader for Macintosh.

Speed Up Your Reading and Retain More Information with AceReader

StepWare has released AceReader version 1.1 for Macintosh, an award-winning productivity and education program that increases your reading speed. AceReader is designed for reader of all levels (students, business executives...). It can be used as: (1) an Online Reader to help you read faster while on the computer; and (2) an Educational Tool to help you learn to read faster, both on and off the computer.

AceReader teaches you to break bad reading habits such as subvocalization (pronouncing words in your mind as you read them), and reading passages more than once.

In AceReader's Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) mode, words are displayed in the center of the text area. RSVP can be used to read faster than normal because your eyes do not need to move. In RSVP mode, the words come to your eyes instead of your eyes going to the words. When AceReader is in Tachistoscopic Scroll Presentation mode, the reader's eyes move just like they do in normal reading. This allows users to train themselves to read at higher speeds, whether reading from a monitor or from paper. In short, AceReader's RSVP mode lets you read faster while you're on the computer, and the Tachistoscopic mode trains you to read faster, on and off the computer.

"In 1999, AceReader won the FamilyPC Award in the education category, as well as the FamilyPC Program of the Year honor," said Bernie Marasco, President of StepWare. "By popular demand, we're introducing a Macintosh version of the program."

AceReader lets you read text from your hard drive or from the Internet. As your reading speed increases, you can track your progress by taking the reading/comprehension tests. AceReader for Macintosh comes with more than 200 tests, broken out by grade levels.

Whether you're studying for a test or preparing a business presentation, AceReader is ideal for memorizing important facts and figures. Using the Burst Forward, Back, and Repeat features, you can rapidly reread and memorize text. You can use AceReader to create Flash Cards to accomplish goals as diverse as programming your subconscious with positive suggestions, or learning a foreign language.

The AceReader Pro series of products is available for PCs running Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP and Macintosh computers running OS 8.6 - OS X. The original versions of AceReader are still available and support earlier PC and Macintosh operating systems. AceReader Pro has a starting price of $49.95, with teacher, student and quantity discounts available. You can securely purchase AceReader Pro online at http://www.acereader.com/, or download a free trial version from the same address.

For more information, contact StepWare, Inc. at 619 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502 USA. Phone: 1-800-ACE-READ (1-800-223-7323), Fax: (970) 243-9482, Email: sales@stepware.com or visit their web sites at http://www.stepware.com and http://www.acereader.com

August 1999

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bernie Marasco, President, StepWare, Inc. (970) 243-9390 berniem@stepware.com

AceReader Sweeps Shareware Industry Awards.

( Tampa , Florida ) - July, 1999 -- AceReader, the productivity and education program from StepWare, has won three awards at the 1999 Shareware Industry Conference.

AceReader won the Shareware Industry Awards Foundation's People's Choice Award for Educational Software. AceReader also won Ziff-Davis' 1999 FamilyPC Shareware Awards competition in the education category, as well as the 1999 FamilyPC Shareware Awards "Program of the Year."

AceReader is a Windows 98/95/NT productivity and education program that increases your reading speed. AceReader is designed for reader of all levels (students, business executives...). It can be used as: (1) an Online Reader to help you read faster while on the computer; and (2) an Educational Tool to help you learn to read faster, both on and off the computer.

AceReader version 4.0 is a major update. It has multi-line display modes, and comes with more than double the reading/comprehension tests that were available with previous versions (now over 200 tests, broken out by grade levels). This version also implements a new speed algorithm, which means that the speed will auto-adjust depending on how much text is displayed. Other new features include: Ability to set margins and text widths; ability to save your clipboard to files; and the ability to select from a list of pre- configured productivity and educational option settings. In addition, the File menu now remembers the last 5 files loaded, and now all options are auto-saved when the program exits.

In AceReader's Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) mode, words are displayed in the center of the text area. RSVP can be used to read faster than normal because your eyes do not need to move. In RSVP mode, the words come to your eyes instead of your eyes going to the words. When AceReader is in Tachistoscopic Scroll Presentation mode, the reader's eyes move just like they do in normal reading. This allows users to train themselves to read at higher speeds, whether reading from a monitor or from paper. In short, AceReader's RSVP mode lets you read faster while you're on the computer, and the Tachistoscopic mode trains you to read faster, on and off the computer.

AceReader lets you read text from your hard drive, the Windows clipboard or from the Internet. As your reading speed increases, you can track your progress by taking the reading/comprehension tests, which are broken out by grade levels.

AceReader can help people with vision impairments or mobility problems by allowing them to read without moving their heads or eyes. They can even adjust the text font and background colors to make reading easier.

And whether you're studying for a test or preparing a business presentation, AceReader is ideal for memorizing important facts and figures. Using the Burst Forward, Back and Repeat features, you can rapidly reread and memorize text. You can use AceReader to create Flash Cards to accomplish goals as diverse as programming your subconscious with positive suggestions or learning a foreign language.

AceReader runs under Windows 95, 98 and NT, and will run under Windows 3.x with WIN32S installed. AceReader costs $24.95, with teacher, student and quantity discounts available.

For more information, contact StepWare, Inc. at 619 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502 USA. Phone: 1-800-ACE-READ (1-800-223-7323), Fax: (970) 243-9482, Email: sales@stepware.com or visit their web sites at http://www.stepware.com and http://www.acereader.com

January 1999

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bernie Marasco, President, StepWare, Inc. (970) 243-9390 berniem@stepware.com

StepWare has released version 4.0 of AceReader, a productivity and education program that increases your reading speed. AceReader is designed for reader of all levels (students, business executives...). It can be used as: (1) an Online Reader to help you read faster while on the computer; and (2) an Educational Tool to help you learn to read faster, both on and off the computer.

AceReader version 4.0 is a major update. By popular demand, this version now has multi-line display modes. It comes with more than double the reading/comprehension tests that were available with previous versions (now over 200 tests, broken out by grade levels). This version also implements a new speed algorithm which means that the speed will auto-adjust depending on how much text is displayed. Other new features include: Ability to set margins and text widths; ability to save your clipboard to files; and the ability to select from a list of pre- configured productivity and educational option settings. In addition, the File menu now remembers the last 5 files loaded, and now all options are auto-saved when the program exits.

In AceReader's Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) mode, words are displayed in the center of the text area. RSVP can be used to read faster than normal because your eyes do not need to move. In RSVP mode, the words come to your eyes instead of your eyes going to the words. When AceReader is in Tachistoscopic Scroll Presentation mode, the reader's eyes move just like they do in normal reading. This allows users to train themselves to read at higher speeds, whether reading from a monitor or from paper. In short, AceReader's RSVP mode lets you read faster while you're on the computer, and the Tachistoscopic mode trains you to read faster, on and off the computer.

AceReader lets you read text from your hard drive, the Windows clipboard or from the Internet. As your reading speed increases, you can track your progress by taking the reading/comprehension tests, which are broken out by grade levels.

AceReader can help people with vision impairments or mobility problems by allowing them to read without moving their heads or eyes. They can even adjust the text font and background colors to make reading easier.

And whether you're studying for a test or preparing a business presentation, AceReader is ideal for memorizing important facts and figures. Using the Burst Forward, Back and Repeat features, you can rapidly reread and memorize text. You can use AceReader to create Flash Cards to accomplish goals as diverse as programming your subconscious with positive suggestions or learning a foreign language.

AceReader runs under Windows 95, 98 and NT, and will run under Windows 3.x with WIN32S installed. AceReader costs $24.95, with teacher, student and quantity discounts available.

For more information, contact StepWare, Inc. at 619 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502 USA. Phone: 1-800-ACE-READ (1-800-223-7323), Fax: (970) 243-9482, Email: sales@stepware.com or visit their web sites at http://www.stepware.com and http://www.acereader.com

February 1998

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bernie Marasco, President, StepWare, Inc. (970) 243-9390 berniem@stepware.com

AceReader Helps You Read Web Pages, E-Mail and Documents Faster!

StepWare has released version 3.2 of AceReader, a productivity and education program that increases your reading speed. AceReader is designed for reader of all levels (students, business executives...). It can be used as: (1) an Online Reader to help you read faster while on the computer; and (2) an Educational Tool to help you learn to read faster, both on and off the computer.

In AceReader's Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) mode, words are displayed in the center of the text area. RSVP can be used to read faster than normal because your eyes do not need to move. In RSVP mode, the words come to your eyes instead of your eyes going to the words. When AceReader is in Tachistoscopic Scroll Presentation mode, the reader's eyes move just like they do in normal reading. This allows users to train themselves to read at higher speeds, whether reading from a monitor or from paper. In short, AceReader's RSVP mode lets you read faster while you're on the computer, and the Tachistoscopic mode trains you to read faster, on and off the computer.

AceReader lets you read text from your hard drive, the Windows clipboard or from the Internet. As your reading speed increases, you can track your progress by taking the reading/comprehension tests, which are broken out by grade levels.

AceReader can help people with vision impairments or mobility problems by allowing them to read without moving their heads or eyes. They can even adjust the text font and background colors to make reading easier.

And whether you're studying for a test or preparing a business presentation, AceReader is ideal for memorizing important facts and figures. Using the Burst Forward, Back and Repeat features, you can rapidly reread and memorize text. You can use AceReader to create Flash Cards to accomplish goals as diverse as programming your subconscious with positive suggestions or learning a foreign language.

AceReader runs under Windows 95, 98 and NT, and will run under Windows 3.x with WIN32S installed. AceReader costs $24.95, with teacher, student and quantity discounts available.

For more information, contact StepWare, Inc. at 619 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502 USA. Phone: 1-800-ACE-READ (1-800-223-7323), Fax: (970) 243-9482, Email: sales@stepware.com or visit their web sites at http://www.stepware.com and http://www.acereader.com