ClaroPDF Windows, Mac, Android, Web

Version 1-14

Version 15, Coming 2018

  • Creation of ClaroPDF Web, based on ClaroSpeak Web.
  • Release of App versions on Windows, Mac and Android, of ClaroPDF Web.
  • ClaroPDF can open PDF files from device.
  • If it is an accessible PDF then the text can be read back using your choice of voice.

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Low Contrast in ScreenRuler

ScreenRuler helps you with reading by colouring (tinting) your whole screen, or by providing a reading toolbar.

Using colour overlay for the whole screen tints everything, making text easier to read. This is useful when reading text on web-pages.

Screen tinting can cause black pixels to appear slightly yellow in colour and is a result of low contrast which can make things look washed out.

ClaroRead includes a Font and Background colour option within the toolbar, which is a popular feature of the software.

We recommend using SreenRuler as its features cover everything and works everywhere. You get some reduced contrast using this, but that is often good for people, especially with dyslexia.

An alternative to this is changing the background colour settings in Windows.

This changes the background of text areas to the colour you choose. For example, you can set yellow, and the black pixels in the text on the area don’t change. This is due to a higher contrast and prevents the text looking washed out.

However, Word no longer pays any attention to anything changing this setting UNLESS you turn on High Contrast in Windows Settings.

Instead you have to do Design tab > Page background section (at the right) > Page Color (sic) button. And you have to set it for every document.

Or you can turn on High Contrast. This makes lots of programs less efficient. Some programs ignore it by default, such as Chrome and Adobe Reader.

See our ClaroRead and ScreenRuler User Guide for further guidance using the features.

Neither Reading Nor Writing

We have lots of programs for lots of users with disabilities, though nowadays we concentrate on print impairments like dyslexia with our ClaroRead range and Apps.

Below is a run-down of our software for other needs. You can always check out Labs (https://www.clarosoftware.com/labs) for other software that might be of interest, or our complete commercial range. https://www.clarosoftware.com/all

Any questions about usage, do contact us at support@clarosoftware.com. If you are interested in licensing or developing any of these, let us know at sales@clarosoftware.com. (Read more…)

ClaroSpeak iOS V3.0 Release Notes

What’s new in V3.0?

  • New voices available
    • You can now access the higher quality iOS system voices, including male and female variants and the Siri voices, all for free.
    • A new range of Acapela kids voices are also available for purchase.
  • New font and colour options now accessible from the keyboard font button
    • This allows for quicker changing of these settings and allows you to see the changes in real time.
  • Drag and drop
    • You can now drag text and images to move them to a new location, or to another app.
  • Resize images
    • Inserted images can now be resized.  Tap and hold an image and you’ll get the options to make them smaller or larger.
  • Read webpages (Plus only) 
    • You can now read webpages in Safari and other browsers, using the “Read with ClaroSpeak” extension from the Share menu.  This lets you open a webpage and have the text read back with highlighting.
  • Auto document detection (Plus only)
    • Auto document detection has been added to the camera scree. This feature uses smart technology to detect document shapes in your camera and will automatically crop and deskew your photos to give you the best possible image to OCR.
  • New image filters (Plus only)
    • Image filters have been added to the image preview screen that can be used to configure your image to get the best possible OCR results.
  • Now supports Claro login (Free only)

Improvements

  • Better integration with the iOS Files app
    • ClaroSpeak is now fully integrated with the Files app and you can access all of your ClaroSpeak files from the app.  Accessing the Files browser from within ClaroSpeak has also been streamlined.
  • Bug fixes.

System Requirements

  • iOS 9.0 or above.

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ClaroRead for Mac vs ClaroRead for PC

ClaroRead for Mac has the same core features as ClaroRead for Windows – speech, scanning/OCR, spellcheck, screen tinting, word prediction – but a slightly smaller feature set. These are generally less-used features, for the obvious reason that if they were popular we would have built them into ClaroRead for Mac already! Read more for a comprehensive list of features. (Read more…)

How to automate your ClaroRead Cloud logins for iOS using an MDM

Download a PDF version of this article here.

If you have a ClaroRead Pro or app-specific licence key in your ClaroRead Cloud account, you can login in our iOS apps and activate or unlock the app. You can login by tapping the login button and entering your ClaroRead Cloud username and password.

Similarly, if you are using a licensed domain, you can also use this to log in and unlock our apps.

This login procedure can also be automated, which is useful for organisations that distribute their apps using Mobile Device Management (MDM) systems. This is simple to configure and all that is required, is to configure a settings file and push that out to all devices. (Read more…)

The Claro PDF Format

PDF is a surprisingly complicated format: a PDF file can contain almost anything. Some PDFs work well with assistive technology like ClaroRead, some don’t: how can you be sure you have made or been given a PDF that will read properly? Will an exam paper in PDF format work in your exam? (Read more…)

ClaroPDF iOS App Release Notes

Version 2.1.14

April 2018

  • Access to all of the iOS system voices, including the Siri voices.
    • This gives you greater choice, including male and female variants for the same language.
  • New camera view, with document detection support.
    • Auto mode can automatically crop and deskew your photos to give you the best possible image for creating a PDF.
  • Improved support with the Files App and other file sharing apps.
    • You can now access and organise all of your PDF files from the On My iPad section in the File app.

Improvements

  • Adds an option to overwrite the existing file when choosing to OCR a PDF.
    • This can help to reduce your workflow when creating OCR PDFs.
  • Adds an option to lock/unlock an annotation or video in place.
  • Improvements to the multimedia player.
  • Bug fixes.

System Requirements

  • iOS 9.0 or above.

Version 2.0.31

December 2017 (Read more…)

ClaroPDF V2.0.31 Release Notes

December 2017
In the 2.0.31 update of our ClaroPDF apps, we upgraded the OCR engine we use on our servers, so that when you use the Convert to Text PDF feature, your returned PDFs will be quicker to download and view as well as being faster when being annotated. This should make the whole conversion process a lot smoother.

ClaroIdeas Web Help manual

ClaroIdeas is an easy-to-use tool to support the creation and editing of concept or idea maps using visual components. It has been specifically developed to support people with wide age and ability ranges. We have tried to keep the complexity of the program down whilst still retaining the functionality of an idea map. (Read more…)

Resetting AutoCorrect in Microsoft Word

You may have added your spelling corrections to Microsoft Word’s AutoCorrect feature and want to remove them. Here is how to restore the default AutoCorrect entries.

  1. Close Word, Outlook and other Office programs and open Windows Explorer.
  2. Navigate to C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Office For example, C:\Users\Alasdair\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Office.
  3. Delete the .ocl files.
  4. Restart Word.

Claro MagX Release Notes

Version 1, June 2013

  • Zoom up to 16x.
  • Tap the viewfinder to freeze the image.
  • Change mode (normal, invert, two-colour, greyscale)
  • Change colour in two-colour and greyscale mode.
  • Activate iPhone or iPod Touch flash as a light (not iPad)
  • Take a photo with the current view settings.
  • Project display to external monitor.

Version 1.1, July 2013

  • Tap viewfinder to freeze image.

Version 1.5, November 2016

  • Added pinch to zoom in and out.

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