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ClaroRead for PC


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ClaroRead speaks back text as it is typed, allowing a user to check and proofread work quickly and easily. Text can be spoken at any point by highlighting individual sections of text and pressing the Play button – great for proofreading.

  • Close integration with Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer and Adobe Reader means at any point in a document, web page or PDF can be clicked and played.
  • Pronunciation Dictionary enables the way words are pronounced to be modified if required.

Speak This Word

  • Allows the user to hear a single word spoken back in their desired voice.
  • Spoken words can be tracked using a custom colour selection.
  • Any accessible text under the mouse can be spoken if required.

Dragon Echo

  • Will echo back as words are typed, a good proofreading feature.


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ClaroRead Pro, Plus and Standard include 8 high quality voices. Click on the following links to hear audio samples of the voices:


USA ClaroRead includes 10 Nuance Vocalizer voices. Click on the following links to hear audio samples of the voices:

Full voice list of the Nuance Vocalizer Voices

To purchase additional voices contact us for a quote at sales@clarosoftware.com


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Integration With Microsoft Word, OpenOffice And LibreOffice

ClaroRead provides a single toolbar for use in Microsoft Word 2007, 2010 and 2013 that combines a homophone and dictionary checker, font and spacing commands, a thesaurus, spell checker and save to audio or video function. All have clear graphic icons for ease of recognition.

Open Office and LibreOffice

  • Supports speech in Open Office.
  • Highlighting by word, word trail, sentence or paragraph and background colour while highlighting.
  • Not supported are focus sentence, homophone and spell checker.


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Font And Colour

When working in Microsoft Word, ClaroRead’s Font button allows the font size, type and colour of the whole document to be modified easily.

  • Increase or decrease the font size
  • Change the font to one of 3 popular fonts with one click.
  • Choose fonts in the Advanced Settings Editor.
  • Change the colour and highlight colour of the text of a whole document easily.


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Visual Highlighting

Visual highlighting works in Microsoft Word, Open Office, PDF and Internet Explorer. The Word Trail feature makes words colour progressively as they are spoken by ClaroRead.

  • Any colour can be chosen to highlight the text.
  • Effective word by word highlighting with minimal visual disruption.

Microsoft Word

  • Focus Sentence feature greys or dims out sentences not being spoken by the ClaroRead voice.


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Text character, line and paragraph spacing using Microsoft Word requires some detailed knowledge. ClaroRead makes it simple to space out text in Microsoft Word.

  • Expand spacing.
  • Change line spacing.
  • Changes the number of points (spaces) after the end of each paragraph.


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Homophones are words that are pronounced the same even if they differ in spelling or meaning, such as ‘pair’ and ‘pear’.

  • Mark in colour all the homophones and confusable words in a document. Using the Advanced Settings Editor, additional tricky and confusable words can be added.
  • The Check feature will list alternative words that sound the same, along with the meaning of each word.
  • Mark homophones in colour as words are typed.
  • ClaroRead includes over two thousand pictures, helping users to select the correct homophone or choice of wording.


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Spell Check

Spell check any text in any application, whether a web page, word document or PDF. ClaroRead provides a single Check button that combines a homophone dictionary, thesaurus, reference dictionary and spell checker, making the checking of the text and documents easier and more comprehensive.

  • Spell check individual words or the whole of the document at any point.
  • The Check boxes are fully speech enabled.
  • Clicking the Homophones button will show all the homophones in the text.
  • If the word has alternative words with the same or similar meaning, the Meaning Check box will appear.
  • Over 2000 picture icons to help with word meanings.


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Word Check

  • Gives extra definitions, context for the current spelling and a Google search link.
  • Any corrections made in the spell check window are remembered and can be reviewed later.
  • Information can be used to build a personal correction list and add corrections directly to Word’s Auto-correct in bulk from the ClaroRead Advanced Settings Editor.

Definition Tooltip

  • Definitions tooltip will show English dictionary definition.
  • Google lookup button will perform a Google search for the chosen word, if further information is required.


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Scan And Convert Files

With ClaroRead Plus and Pro the powerful Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology means that any paper document or PDF file becomes accessible. Through Omnipage 17, textbooks, photocopies and handouts are easily converted into Microsoft Word documents or accessible PDF files. The text can be spoken out loud by ClaroRead or edited. PDF files can also be unlocked and edited.

Scanning with ClaroRead Pro

  • ‘Scan from screen’ options to perform OCR on on-screen images such as books displayed on web pages.
  • Omnipage 17 is the highest quality Optical Character Recognition software. Ideal for scanning or converting books, articles and other content to become accessible, readable and editable.
  • Faster accurate scanning.
  • Add, delete and re-order scanned areas, alter page orientation and other settings.
  • Outputted documents can be saved in a variety of formats, including an accessible PDF.


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Word Prediction And Training

ClaroRead contains a Word Prediction feature, which can be useful for certain computers users. ClaroRead uses a base prediction consisting of the most frequently used words in the English language. The dictionary learns as words are typed and rejects words that do not pass the automatic spell check.

  • Word Prediction list automatically appears by cursor during typing.
  • Prediction Window can be docked anywhere on the screen to use as a reference.
  • Creation of multiple Prediction Dictionaries. Ideal for creating subject and curriculum specific dictionaries.
  • Ability to rename and delete prediction dictionaries.
  • Export word lists and turn off spell check when adding words.
  • Learning words as you type and adding to the prediction dictionary

Change the style of the prediction list by selecting one of the four styles.

Completion - Will offer suggestions based on the letters that have been entered. For example, typing ‘p’ will bring up ‘page’ and ‘place’.

Phonetic - Will offer suggestions on what has been typed phonetically. For example typing ‘ka’ will bring up ‘company’ and ‘country’.

First & Contains - Will suggest words using the first letter entered as the first letter of the word. Each letter entered after that will be contained somewhere in the word in the correct order. For example, typing ‘st’ will bring up ‘site’ and ‘September’.

Contains Anywhere - Will suggest words where the letters are found anywhere at all in the word. For example, typing ‘gt’ will bring up ‘against’ and ‘containing’.


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Save To Audio, Video Or iTunes

It is possible to convert any text into a video with a high quality voice over synchronised with the text. Change the text colour settings to the preferences and the video can be produced to suit a wide range of popular mobile devices with video screens including iPhone, iPod Touch and Nano, Nokia and Walkman phones as well as Media Player software. It is quick and easy to do, allowing documents and web pages to be taken on the move.

Sample videos

Send To iTunes Function

  • Send selected text as audio files to iTunes.
  • Files can be named, indexed.
  • Audio files can be uploaded to iPod or iPhone.


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ClaroRead Extras

ClaroRead includes a range of applications and utilities to enrich the toolkit available. These features can be turned on at any time if required for a particular task or assignment. Existing and future ClaroRead users can visit the ClaroRead Extras website to obtain product updates, free downloads, add on products and support information.

  • ScreenRuler - reading ruler. Helps anyone who has problems keeping focus while reading.
  • ClaroView - screen colour overlay tool. Helps dyslexic students focus on the screen and read.
  • ClaroCapture - study tool. Capture images and text from web pages and documents to help write essays and organise references.
  • Speaking Calculator - echoes back figures when the return key is pressed.
  • Accessible PDF - open accessible PDF documents in a format that may be easier to read than the original PDF.
  • ClaroIdeas - our easy to use, powerful and fresh visual software solution for assisting with research, planning, outlining, studying and presenting. ClaroIdeas will help users and groups to capture their ideas, pictures, research notes, web page links, audio and video files with more freedom, flexibility and creativity.


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Exporter is designed to allow the synchronisation of Claro products between the computer and USB stick. Ideal for people who use shared computers and don’t want to set up their settings each time.

Download Exporter


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Product Downloads And Trials

Click on the links below to download free 15 day trials.

UK ClaroRead Trials

US ClaroRead Trials


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Click the link to download documentation in PDF format:

Click the link to view online documentation:


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Software Upgrades

Upgrades are available for existing users of ClaroRead. These can be provided by special download link on request. Upgrades may be chargeable, depending on the version of ClaroRead. Contact sales@clarosoftware.com for more information.

To upgrade ClaroRead to the latest version download our updater program ClaroUP. This program will assess the installed Claro Software on the PC and provide the necessary updates.

  • Automatically checks for updates to any Claro Software product.
  • Notify users when a new patch or update is available.
  • Click here to download ClaroUP


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Online Help

For information and help using ClaroRead we have an extensive online help section. Find out more

Click on the links below to view ClaroRead Videos


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System Requirements

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  • Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 SP1, XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1.25GB hard disk space
  • DVD drive
  • Microsoft Word 2007 or later
  • Sound Card
  • Scanner supporting TWAIN or WIA
  • 150-500MB for each Voice
  • Additional voices available at www.clarosoftware.com


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