In March 2017 we released an updated version of the ClaroRead Cloud OCR service. In this latest version:
Administrators can decide which input and outputs (of local, photo, OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox) are available to end users. For example, if you have chosen Google Drive as your preferred cloud storage solution, you can turn off OneDrive and Dropbox so your users are not confused into using the wrong one.
You can now save to a particular Google Drive folder instead of simply into the Google Drive root.
You now get a nice suggestion for the output filename based on the input document.
We have updated ClaroRead Chrome, our Chrome extension for Chromebook and the Google Chrome browser. The free version is unchanged but the Premium version now supports reading with highlighting in Microsoft Office 365’s online version of Word. Premium Swedish users will also find some more voices, and there a couple of minor bug fixes.
Four free voices – you can now download up to 4 of our high-quality voices for free, inside the Store in ClaroPDF. ClaroPDF no longer comes pre-installed with any installed high-quality voices, so the initial app install time should be significantly reduced. Then you can choose to download your preferred voices in a wide range of languages.
Improvements to the “Convert as Text PDF” feature.
Export annotations as text.
New Animated Speech Highlighting on sentence mode.
ClaroRead Anywhere is our cross-platform Web App for any desktop, laptop, tablet or phone, and we’ve just released our first update of 2017 to it!
We know that readability and appearance of text is important, so we’ve worked on the display of Word and other documents you open. We still simplify the text layout to make it easier to read and work with, but the page width is now changed to optimise the number of words per line. This can really help with readability – newspapers have known this for years, which is why they use columns. Here’s what it looks like:
Of course, you can still set the font (typeface) and font size that suits your reading best, and the page will re-format to suit!
It’s great to be able to work with different popular programs and formats, so we’ve added support for LibreOffice (OpenOffice) ODT and ODF documents – you can still open Word DOCX and Adobe PDF files, of course. We’ve also added support for opening ebooks in the ePub format.
Opening image files now automatically sends them to scanning/OCR to be converted into text or readable PDF, no matter how you choose to open it. Previously you had to use the OCR/Scanning button, not the Open button, so this is simpler – if it’s a TIF file, you want to OCR it, no matter where it is from. (Of course, you have to have scanning/OCR credits available.)
Finally, Danish and Norwegian users will find that ClaroRead Anywhere is in their language.
One of the most common queries we get for ClaroRead for PC is “What’s the difference between ClaroRead Plus and ClaroRead Pro?” And indeed they have similar features – reading, proofing, and scanning/OCR. ClaroRead Pro also has “Advanced Scanning” – but what does that mean?
Of course, there is a comparison chart to help, but we thought it might be helpful to create a short video to explain the key differences – the proofing dialog and the advanced save options. View it here or watch it on YouTube:
We are delighted to announce the launch of our first native Android app, Claro ScanPen for Android. Just like the iPad or iPhone version, you can take a photo with your Android phone or tablet, wait a couple of seconds, and then simply select any text in the photo to hear it read back to you!
Claro ScanPen requires no Internet connection and is super-fast and easy to use, providing access to exam papers and other printed material. It supports ten languages: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.
Finally, we hope that our Android version is as well-received as Claro ScanPen for iOS, so to help it along we’ve made it completely free until the end of 2016. After that you only need a one-time in-app purchase of £2.99 – and you can check it out for fifteen days free trial any time.
We have updated ClaroSpeak Web and renamed it ClaroRead Anywhere. We think the name change reflects how it provides the key features we know people need – speech with highlighting, OCR, PDF – just like ClaroRead for PC and Mac and Chromebook, but with the added advantage that it can be used on any modern platform – Android, iOS, Windows, Mac – without the need for installation.
Other changes in this version include:
Mozilla Firefox users will find that they can use installed system voices in ClaroRead Anywhere. For Windows users, this includes the Vocalizer voices that come with ClaroRead, such as Daniel. For Apple Mac users, this includes the high-quality voices provided by Apple. All of these work offline, so you do not need an Internet connection.
We’ve changed how taking a photograph (or opening an image file) works. Instead of simply extracting the text for you, you now get an accessible PDF version of the photo so you can see the original text in context when you play it. Much better for understanding what you’re reading.
ClaroRead Cloud OCR is our online OCR document conversion service. You can send it any file type you would use in ClaroRead Plus or Pro – PDF, TIFF, JPEG – and get back an accessible PDF, Word or text file, or take a photo and get the text in the picture back. It’s great for organisations big and small that want to provide OCR capability across machines and tablets and phones without having to manage the installation of ClaroRead Plus or any other software.
We’ve upgraded ClaroRead Cloud OCR to V2, and the new version features better integration with three popular Cloud storage mechanisms. Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive are now all supported within ClaroRead Cloud OCR: you can select any file from your account with one of these services, OCR it, and save the result back to your Cloud storage – all entirely within your browser!
Select a local file, take a photo or get a document from your Cloud storage service:
Choose the accessible output format:
Save to your local machine or phone, or save back to Cloud storage:
All the features and simplicity of V1 are there: you can still take photos and OCR them on your phone, and convert local files from your computer, but we hope the new Cloud features make it a better fit for our users moving to Cloud-based solutions.