USB Creator 2
Released October 2018
Released October 2018
ClaroRead 7.3.7 released 19 February 2018.
ClaroRead 7.2.36, 7 July 2017. (Read more…)
ClaroRead 7.1.21 (with Scan2Text 5.2.5 and Access2Text 1.1.3, Advanced Settings Editor 3.2.6). Released August 2016.
You may need to disable the spellcheck features in ClaroRead, for example if you are using it for exams. You can disable it in Settings, or install ClaroRead SE instead (it has no spellcheck: contact Support to get a copy if you have ClaroRead Standard or Plus). But you might want to disable it and prevent the user from being able to turn it back on.
You have two options: first, you can run a simple program that locks spellcheck off and password-protects it. You don’t need to be an admin, but this only turns it off for the current user. Second, you can set a per-machine registry key that disables spellcheck for any ClaroRead running on that machine. This is suitable for network administrators who want to disable ClaroRead using something like Group Policy.
Summary: tells you where ClaroRead saves files on the network/user profile and warns you not to roam the %localappdata% folder.
ClaroRead 7 and later work great with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. Acrobat Reader DC is the new name for Adobe Reader (so the last version of Adobe Reader was Adobe Reader XI or 11).
ClaroRead 6 and earlier do not have speech with highlighting. You can update ClaroRead to version 7 through ClaroRead Cloud or by using this simple patch. Just download, then run it – you will need to be an administrator – and it will simply update ClaroRead for Acrobat Reader DC support.
Customers owning a site licence or multi-user licence version of a Claro product are able to distribute that product over multiple computers. This could be done by visiting each computer with the installers on a USB pen drive, and manually installing the product, but this would be very time-consuming. If the computers are connected on a network however it is possible to use Microsoft networking tools to distribute the software from a central location.
Our licence key (or license key) versions of ClaroRead require a licence key before they will run. This is time-consuming to install by hand across many machines. (Read more…)
How to solve problems using ClaroRead and other Claro products with Microsoft Word.
14 March 2013.
In Windows XP, Vista, and 7, you can change the background colour of windows to make them easier to read.
In Windows 8 the setting to do this is still there, but it’s buried away. You have to change your Theme to one of the High Contrast themes in the Control Panel\Appearance and Personalisation\Personalisation screen. Then? you can change the Color setting.
This is long-winded and you may not want to set your machine to High Contrast – many people, such as people with dyslexia, want to change the background colour to reduce contrast, not increase it. And you lose the attractive Windows 8 styling.
You can use ClaroRead (Standard, Plus or Pro) to change the background colour in Windows 8:
You can now close ClaroRead and the background colour will be set.
Mathematical Markup Language (MathML) can be used to display mathematical formula in webpages. To make such a formula accessible to ClaroRead for reading back, a plugin for Internet Explorer is required.
The plugin is called Design Science MathPlayer and is available as a free download from here.
Once MathPlayer has been installed, simply hover the cursor over the formula with ClaroRead running and ClaroRead will read it back.
Translation tooltips are switched off in English editions of ClaroRead by default. To use this feature, do the following:
Quick Summary: Claro Software programs work fine on Windows 8 / 8.1 machines.
We have tested all of our products with Windows 8 / 8.1, and all of our products below work fine with Windows 8 / 8.1 when using it on the traditional desktop where non-Modern UI apps like Office, Internet Explorer and Adobe Reader run:
OpenOffice and LibreOffice are free open-source Office/Productivity suites – competitors to Microsoft Office. ClaroRead for Windows PC works with both of them for highlighting and reading back in their word processors. However, if you have both installed on your system, then one them may fail to work. This is because the programs were the same program until very recently, and they conflict at a system level if both are installed.
Uninstall one of the suites and reinstall the one you want to use to make sure ClaroRead works with it.
12 March 2012
ClaroRead lets you click in a PDF file in Adobe Reader, click Play on the ClaroRead toolbar, then hear the PDF file read back from that point.
If you are on a touchscreen computer/monitor with Adobe XI then you may find that you cannot click on the PDF file to place the caret (cursor) to indicate where you want to start reading.
Adobe Reader detects that you are on a touchscreen and goes into Touch Mode when you open a PDF. This is helpful to let you flick and scroll through the PDF file, but it also changes the default Selection Tool to the Hand Tool. To click and place the caret you need to use the Select Tool instead, but Adobe Reader XI also hides the button on the toolbar that changes to the Select Tool.
You can quickly change to the Select Tool by right-clicking on the PDF document and selecting Select Tool from the drop-down menu:
You can now click in the document to indicate where you want to start reading, or select text to have ClaroRead read it out straight away.
To make the Select Tool button reappear on the toolbar so that you can get to it more easily, open the View menu, the Show/Hide menu item, Toolbar Items menu item, Select & Zoom menu item, and click Select Tool. The button will now appear on the toolbar and you can click it on any time more easily:
Adobe Reader turns off text smoothing by default if it detects ClaroRead is running because it wrongly thinks that ClaroRead might want to magnify the text and this is easier if smoothing is off.
You can prevent this happening by starting ClaroRead, then opening Adobe Reader and going to the Edit menu, Preferences, Page Display category, Rendering section, and changing “Smooth Text” to “For Laptop/LCD screens” or “For Monitor”. This will leave smoothing on when ClaroRead is running and your text will look better.
ClaroRead for Arabic works perfectly on machines with Arabic Windows. However, some users prefer to run English Windows, and find that some of the ClaroRead user interface does not display properly as a result.
You can fix this with the free AppLocale tool from Microsoft. This tells Windows that ClaroRead is working in Arabic, and the parts of the user interface that did not display correctly will look perfect.
AppLocale was designed for Windows XP so you can install it directly if you are using Windows XP:
AppLocale still works correctly in Windows Vista, 7 and 8 but?installing it requires an elevated command prompt. Follow these instructions:
These same steps are described in more detail at this site:
Having installed AppLocale you start it up from the Start menu and follow the instructions. A good walkthrough is provided by AppLocale: here are the specific settings for ClaroRead:
You should see ClaroRead launch, and you should now have a “ClaroRead Arabic” shortcut in your Start menu. You or the user can just click on the shortcut in future and ClaroRead will launch entirely in Arabic on your non-Arabic Windows machine.
Claro Software has Arabic and Hebrew versions of ClaroRead and other software. However, support for right-to-left languages has many limitations, in Windows and other software, especially older versions. Arabic and Hebrew users will know many of these: these are generally not problems with ClaroRead, but problems with other programs and with Windows.
On Windows XP you may find that ClaroRead does not play in Adobe Reader with highlighting. Disabling Protected Mode may fix this.
(The setting is located at the bottom of the General tab on older pre-XI versions of Adobe Reader)
AppV is a way to deploy applications so that they are isolated from the rest of the system. This helps system administrators to manage their networks: they do not have to worry about operating system version, or Internet Explorer version, or many rights issues. It is also useful for older software.
Applications using AppV are running in their own Virtual Machine – another whole copy of Windows. That’s fine for standalone applications, where the user works with the application, like ClaroIdeas or Microsoft Word. But it does not work well with ClaroRead, which is designed to work with other applications – reading text in Word or Internet Explorer or Adobe Reader, for example. If you run ClaroRead with AppV then ClaroRead cannot access these other applications – it is running in another copy of Windows. This is by design: ClaroRead has been isolated from the rest of the system. But it means that it will install and run correctly, but it will not read other applications like it should, and only the default Windows voices will be available.
You should instead look at alternative Claro products:
ClaroRead is not currently compatible with the Click-to-Run version of Microsoft Office. (Read more…)
When you press the Play button ClaroRead or WordRead uses the same speech settings (voice, volume, speed) for all of the text it reads out. Everything will sound the same. You might, however, want to put in pauses, or make some text louder, or lower-pitched, or use a different voice halfway through. ClaroRead lets you use Microsoft’s XML Tags to do this. You can alter which voice is used, put in pauses, change pitch and speed and many other things as ClaroRead speaks. This works for both text read out and text saved to audio files.
Since writing this, Microsoft SAPI 5.2 and later versions have introduced support for the W3C standard Speech Synthesis Markup Language SSML so you may want to use that instead of the Microsoft-specific XML detailed here. The mechanisms to employ SSML (start with a < left-angled bracket) are the same, however.
ClaroRead 5.7 and later supports reading with highlighting (“click and play”) in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat.
|Your system clock appears to have been
changed, possibly in an attempt to defeat the
security system on this program. Please correct
your system clock before trying to run this
program again. If your clock is already correct,
rebooting the system may fix this problem,
otherwise contact the author of this program for
instructions (report code CCB-A).
Your system clock appears to have been set
back, possibly in an attempt to defeat the
security system on this program. Please correct
your system clock before trying to run this
program again. If your clock is correct, please
contact the author of this program for
instructions on correcting this error (report code
|This is an uncommon error caused by the
computer?s system clock changing too much. To
fix this, contact Claro for a ?FixClock? key and
Below is a list of add-on voices you can buy to use with ClaroRead PC or Mac. You can obtain these free by selecting “Get more Claro Voices” from the Voice selection in Settings.
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ClaroRead will speak from Office Starter Edition using mouse select. To do this, highlight the text you want to be read out, ClaroRead should then speak this text. Click and Play functionality as well as highlighting in Microsoft Office Starter Edition is currently unsupported.
The following will not work on ClaroRead 5.0 – 5.6 on 64-bit Windows machines:
Update ClaroRead to the latest version 5.7 to fix all 64-bit problems (July 2011)
All our voices are 32 bit packages and will work with the Claro software with which they are sold on both 32 and 64 bit systems however on a 64 bit system the voice may not work in third party programs and will not be shown in the Windows Speech Control Panel or in the Narrator voice selection panel.
In order to display the 32 bit Windows Speech Control Panel on a 64 bit version of Windows…
Windows Vista & 7
MathML is a way to put complex mathematics and equations in web pages and other documents. We recommend getting the free MathPlayer plugin, which means that ClaroRead will then speak the maths when you point the mouse at it. You can also right-click on MathML equations and see many more reading options, including reading the equation aloud with highlighting.
You can make ClaroRead speak non-Western characters using a Western voice, for example reading Greek characters in chemistry using RealSpeak Daniel. You need to be an administrator, you may need your Windows installation CD, and only one non-Western language can be supported in addition to English – English and Cyrillic, or English and Greek are fine, but not Greek and Cyrillic.
22 August 2011
22 August 2011
Alasdair King, 2011
ClaroRead has a number of features that can help using Dragon NaturallySpeaking dictation speech recognition software.
You need to set up your scanner for use using the Scanner Setup Wizard.
Below are steps to take to create a Russian prediction dictionary from a Russian Word document. These instructions can be used for any language.