Safari Reader offers a great way to focus on content found on Web sites without being distracted by flashing ads, polls, and other distractions commonly found online. If you like the default reader but would still like to see some improvements and more customization options, then CustomReader for Mac might help you feel more at home.
This browser extension keeps it neat and simple in both installation and user interface. The first thing we noticed was that the CustomReader for Mac doesn't feature the black semitransparent background found in the Safari Reader, so you definitely won't be distracted by moving ads that may still catch your eye. This improvement seems to be a quite handy piece of code that indeed makes you wonder why this is not natively supported. The settings panel offers four tabs -- Basic, Advanced, Auto-Read, and Other. In the Basic tab, you can easily customize your reading experience by changing the font type, size, color, alignment, and more. More advanced users will probably appreciate possibilities offered under the Advanced tab, though. Here this plug-in lets you directly edit the CustomReader's style sheet if you know how to handle CSS. User preferences are arranged in a slightly inconsistent manner, but this shouldn't be an issue for the average user. We appreciated the preview option key to preview changes.
Free, light, and really easy to install and uninstall, CustomReader for Mac offers more advanced options to Mac users who would like to see some improvements done to the Safari Reader. Although not perfect, this extension delivers on its customization promises.