Self-voicing PDF reader now available for your Windows device.

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Reading can be a challenge for people with print and reading difficulties. How would you feel if you had a self-voicing PDF reader to help students read their work aloud, and help them with exams?

With ClaroPDF, you can have your PDF files read aloud using a built-in screen reader to ensure maximum readability.

It’s easy to use. Just click to indicate where to start reading and press play. Your text will then be read aloud with highlighting with any colour you choose, making text easier to follow.

Don’t worry if you need to go back, you can do this as many times as you want. You can start and stop the screen reader as required using the play and stop buttons.

Press pause at any time to annotate your files. When you are finished you can print your finalised PDF.

It’s a simple, effective study tool that helps with reading and is now available on Windows machines as an extra on ClaroRead for PC. You can also use it on Android and the Web.

“Wonderful app for students and anyone with accessibility needs. Developers are also very responsive with support. – 5-star review from our App Store.

If you require any assistance, go to our support page where you can access the user guide, or contact our Support Team who are always happy to help.

Create Dual Mac and Windows USB Sticks with Claro USB Creator 2!

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You can now download and run ClaroRead from a USB drive on any Windows PC or Mac with USB Creator 2!

To use the USB Creator, you will need a valid License Key, and a USB stick with at least 2GB of free space. You will also need to ensure you are online throughout.

The USB drive is protected so it can’t be copied and run elsewhere: it is personal to you and your licence key.

What’s New?

  • Create dual Mac and Windows USB sticks.
  • Download SE, Standard and Plus on MacOS to a USB.
  • Download SE, Standard, Plus and Pro on Windows to a USB.
  • Create a USB version of ScreenRuler Suite.
  • Update your USB to the latest released version of ClaroRead or ScreenRuler without having to reinstall the software.
  • Change voices after the USB stick has been created.
  • Release Notes

For further information, and to download the USB Creator App, see ClaroRead USB.

If you need any support or have any questions, please get in touch with our Support Team. 

ClaroRead for Chromebook Version 17 Live Now!

ClaroRead for Chromebook version 17 introduces spell check as a premium feature.

ClaroRead Chrome Toolbar

Place the cursor in a document and press the spell check button to start spell checking. The spell check window will appear and you can see suggestions for corrections as well as definitions of each word. Choose a suggestion, click change, and the word will be corrected inside your document.

ClaroRead Chrome Spellcheck Demonstration Screenshot

You can also perform homophone checking as part of the spell check. On the toolbar, press the drop down button next to the spell check button. Use the “Check spelling and homophones” button that appears to check the current word for both spelling mistakes and possible homophones.

ClaroRead Chrome Homophone Checker Demonstration Screenshot

Click “Add” on the spell check window and you can add the word to your own custom spelling exceptions list so that ClaroRead stops identifying it as a spelling mistake. You can manage your list of custom spelling exceptions by opening settings and choosing the “Check tab”.

ClaroRead Chrome Spellcheck Settings Screenshot

If you are using spell check inside a Google Docs document then you will also have the option to do a spell check on the whole document. Place the cursor anywhere in the document then press the spell check button. When the spell check window appears press “Check all”. ClaroRead will perform a spell check on the whole document, and work through each word until it no longer detects any spelling mistakes. If you use the check spelling and homophones button to start spell check, then “Check all” will perform a spelling and homophone check on the whole document.

Google Docs Reading and Highlighting Improvements

We have made improvements to how reading and highlighting works in Google Docs. Text highlighting is now much more accurate as the document is read back to you.

Norwegian Prediction Support

Norwegian word prediction is now available in ClaroRead for Chromebook. Select a Norwegian voice in settings, check “Use Prediction” (“Bruk ordprediksjonen”) and begin typing in a document. ClaroRead for Chromebook will attempt to predict the word you are typing. Click on any of the prediction entries and they will be inserted in to the document.

Full List of Supported Prediction Languages

  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Spanish
  • Swedish


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Contact Support if you have any questions.

Claro Introducing Monthly Webinars

We are introducing monthly webinars. These will be presented live on the Internet, allowing participants to see and hear the presenter in different locations, learn how to use our software, and ask any questions.

Our aim is to provide you with the opportunity to gain free, practical learning that will keep you up-to-date with using the features in our software.

The webinars will take place on the third Thursday of the month at 10am (GMT) and the content details and dates will be added to our new Webinars page soon.

Don’t worry if you are unable to make the live webinar, as you can watch the archived versions at a time most convenient to you.

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ClaroIdeas can now be used on Chrome, Web and Mac

ClaroIdeas has been released across Web, Mac and Chrome platforms.

This is an easy to use, powerful and fresh visual software solution for the creation of Idea Maps.

Idea Maps allow a user to focus on bringing together thoughts and related content in various formats, and are a recognised way to maximise learning potential, improve problem-solving, enhance research and aid revision.

Use ClaroIdeas to illustrate your ideas, projects, plans and everything else you can imagine. Draw and connect ideas, add titles, hyperlinks, images and notes and personalise your ideas.

Mac

You can download ClaroIdeas for Mac with a Cloud account if you have ClaroRead for Mac activated.

Screenshot of ClaroIdeas for Mac

Web

You can freely test ClaroIdeas Web.

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Chrome

Get ClaroIdeas Chrome from the Chrome Web Store. 

Screenshot of ClaroIdeas for Chrome

iOS 12 and ClaroPDF

All our Apps were tested and work fine on the new iOS 12. However, a small number of users have reported that after updating to iOS 12 they find that ClaroPDF closes about 3 seconds after it is started.

We have managed to replicate the problem. We are currently investigating to find a general solution. In the meantime, if you are affected, there are technical work-arounds: mail support@clarosoftware.com with details of your device and we’ll identify what is best for you. Sorry for any inconvenience.

ClaroRead for Mac 6.3 Released

ClaroRead for Mac 6.3 is now available!

ClaroRead for Mac will work with the new macOS version, Mojave (10.14).

One of the new security features of Mojave is that it will make sure you are aware of when apps are communicating with each other. This means you will have to allow ClaroRead to access the programs it’s trying to read from (e.g. Microsoft Word). Simply click OK and it won’t ask you again for that application.

ClaroRead’s study skills Extra, ClaroCapture, has been updated to include the option Capture Text from Screen. This lets you draw a box around some text on the screen and ClaroCapture will convert it to text and insert it as a new item. This feature is only available if you have ClaroRead also installed.

Another ClaroCapture improvement is that items captured using Capture highlighted text from Word will now keep their colours when using Export project to Word.

ClaroIdeas, our mind-mapping software, is now included with ClaroRead as standard.

We have some new Swedish only features too:

  • Language profiles allow you to switch between Swedish and English settings and resources (like voice and homophones) easily.
  • The Check button now checks compound words if you also have ClaroStava installed.

How To Update

Update to the latest version by downloading the installer from your Cloud account or by selecting Check for updates in ClaroRead for Mac’s menu bar.

System Requirements

  • Mac OSX 10.11 or above.
  • 2GB RAM.
  • 920MB hard disk space (ClaroRead Standard and Plus).
  • 620MB hard disk space (ClaroRead SE).
  • Plus 200MB-650MB for each voice.

Recommended:

  • Microsoft Word 2016.

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Claro USB Creator for Windows

We have released an update for Claro USB Creator for Windows. This lets you create your own USB pen drive versions of ClaroRead SE, Standard, Plus or Pro for Windows PC. It downloads and copies everything to a USB drive you provide, and you can then run ClaroRead from the USB drive on any Windows PC. The USB drive is protected so it can’t be copied and run elsewhere: it is personal to you and your licence key.

What’s New?

  • USB Creator has been updated to support the latest version of ClaroRead (7.3.7), it previously supported 7.1.23.
  • ClaroView, ScreenRuler, Batch Audio Converter and Save to Video now available in ClaroRead USB!
  • Release Notes

For further information, and to download the USB Creator App, see ClaroRead USB.

Claro ScanPen iOS V1.9 Released

We have released an update for Claro ScanPen. Claro ScanPen advances reading aloud support. It gives access to printed text materials and documents for all, in a wide range of languages.

What’s New?

  • Highlight words settings:

Enabling this will highlight the individual words as they are spoken, so you can more closely follow which words are being spoken.

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New features in action:

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Improvements

  • Tap to select and speak text.
  • Bug fixes.

System Requirements

  • iOS 9.0 or above.

Check out Claro ScanPen in the App Store!