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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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.

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Web

You can freely test ClaroIdeas Web.

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Chrome

Get ClaroIdeas Chrome from the Chrome Web Store. 

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New Features – ClaroRead Chromebook 16

ClaroRead Chrome Extension

ClaroRead Chromebook 16 has some new features that make it easier to use and more versatile.

 

We’ve worked on the toolbar user interface so it feels more intuitive to use, more like a standard desktop application.

We’ve added a title bar and the close button stops ClaroRead Chromebook speaking entirely. This makes it super-easy to turn speech in the extension off without having to hunt through settings. Word prediction and screen tinting stays on, so you still get support for your reading and writing – just no speech.

But what if you want speech sometimes?

You don’t want to keep having to open settings and turn the toolbar on. To help we have added a menu option. If you right-click on a selection you have made in a web page, Google Doc or PDF file: you’ll see an option for “Speak selected text”. This speaks the text you have highlighted. So you get no speech until you really want it, which is less distracting. It is also particularly useful in PDF files opened on Chromebooks where your organisation’s security settings prevent ClaroRead being able to open PDF files.

Finally we’ve also made reading in text areas, like most composition and edit boxes, smoother and more like the Windows and Mac experience. And Norwegian users get ClaroRead for Chromebook in Norwegian and with Norwegian letter sounds when typing.

Updates to ClaroRead for Chromebook 16 are free and automatic. Check out the release notes for more details.

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Next up for ClaroRead for Chromebook is our super-helpful spellcheck!

ClaroRead Chrome Extension 14 Released

We’re pleased to announce another update to our Google Chrome web browser extension for Windows, Mac and Chromebook.

ClaroRead Chrome Extension Premium users have a Scan from Screen feature. This lets you simply select part of the screen with the mouse and hear it read aloud to you. We’ve made it much faster, especially the first time it is used, and we’ve also added the option to copy the text into the clipboard when it is selected so you can paste it into another application. This is perfect for websites like Google Books or anywhere where you can see the text you want but selecting it is impossible.

The ClaroRead Chrome Extension is free in the Chrome Web Store, but Premium is not: but you may be able to get Premium if you have a ClaroRead for PC or Mac licence key. Just open the ClaroRead Chrome Extension settings and click “Upgrade to Premium” and paste in your licence key, and the Premium features will be unlocked permanently for you!

A couple of other little tweaks: new users get a welcome tab explaining the extension they’ve just enabled, and if you open Settings then your Google Domain is displayed at the bottom – great if you are enabling a site licence of ClaroRead Chrome extension and need to know your Google Domain to do it.

Get the ClaroRead Chrome Extension for Google Chrome now! Available free on Windows, Mac or Chromebook. Or check out the release notes for more details.

ClaroRead Chrome V13 Released

We have updated our ClaroRead Chrome extension with a new feature, document conversion, and made a change to better support site licence users.

Document conversion

We know that you sometimes need to convert an inaccessible file – maybe a TIFF or JPEG scan of a paper document, maybe an inaccessible PDF file – into a readable, accessible format, like Word or accessible PDF. Then you can read it in any software, or send it to someone else to use.

ClaroRead Chrome Extension now lets you do this by accessing our ClaroRead Cloud OCR service online. On the ClaroRead Chrome toolbar you’ll now see a drop-down on the Scan button (you’ll need to turn on the Scan button if you have not already!)

Then click on the ClaroRead Cloud OCR button that appears on the dropdown:

You’ll then be taken to our ClaroRead Cloud OCR web app, where you can select your inaccessible file and it will be uploaded, OCR/scanned, and returned to you as accessible PDF, Word or plain text.

Note that this document conversion feature is only available to Premium users – anyone paying for ClaroRead Chrome through a site licence or personal account, or anyone who has ClaroRead for Windows or Mac. If you are interested in upgrading, see the ClaroRead Chrome webpage for options.

PDF handling

ClaroRead Chrome opens PDF files in a special way to make them readable. If you’re deploying ClaroRead Chrome across a site you may not want ClaroRead Chrome to do this, even though you want to deploy ClaroRead Chrome to every user.

In V13, if you or a user turn off all the speech options in ClaroRead Chrome – click and play, echoing typing, speak on select, and scan from screen – then ClaroRead Chrome will no longer open PDF files and will leave it entirely to Chrome.

If you have reasons to use the native PDF handling in Chrome – additional extensions, for example – then this may be of use to you.

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ClaroRead Chrome V11 Released

We have updated ClaroRead Chrome, our Chrome extension for Chromebook and the Google Chrome browser.

ClaroRead Chrome now supports reading with highlighting in Google Slides (the Google version of PowerPoint). Many people like to use presentations and slides in web documents, so we hope this will be helpful when you run across them:

ClaroRead Chrome reading Google Slides with highlighting

We’ve also broadened out word prediction, with new prediction languages (French, German, Spanish, Polish and Arabic) and support for phonetic prediction in Swedish. Word prediction is a good aid for getting the word you want (and making sure it is spelled correctly) so we’re pleased to have it in more of the many languages supported by ClaroRead Chrome.

Finally, we should note that Google has updated Chrome and as a result ClaroRead Chrome on Windows now allows access to more installed voices (SAPI5 voices, for the technical). You could always access the default system voice, but now you can choose from all the voices available. With many free voices this means you can read web pages, PDF files and Google documents with ClaroRead Chrome in more languages and voices than ever before.

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ClaroRead Chrome V10 Released

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.

Screenshot of Chrome with Office 365 reading.

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ClaroRead Chrome Extension 8 Released

A new version of the ClaroRead Chrome extension is now available from the Chrome Web Store. Of course, if you already have it installed in Google Chrome or your Chromebook, it will automatically update.

  • If you have the (paid-for) version of ClaroRead Chrome then you also gain the ability to scan from the screen. This speaks any text in your browser, including text in images and inaccessible displays. For example, you can speak text from pages in Google Books, even though you cannot save or select the text.
  • You can now change the colour of text highlighting when you use the “Click and play” option. Just click on the “Text Highlight Colour” option in settings and choose the colour that you find most comfortable and vivid to follow as you listen to ClaroRead Chrome reading a document aloud.
  • We’ve introduced word prediction in a floating window. Just check “Use Word Prediction” in settings and type and you will see up to five suggestions appear. Click on a suggestion to have it complete the word you have started. Hover over a suggestion to hear it read aloud (if you have “Speak under mouse” checked.) This can help you get the right word, and make sure it is correctly spelled, when you are writing.
  • You gain the ability to speak comments aloud in Google Docs documents – just select with the mouse or hover (if these options are turned on in settings!

Install ClaroRead Chrome for free now on your Windows PC, Apple Mac or Chromebook and check it out!

ClaroSpeak Chrome App 9 Released

We have updated our free ClaroSpeak Chrome App. The new version, version 9, now opens Word DOCX files and Adobe PDF files for reading with highlighting. You can also open the cross-platform rich text RTF format. In PDF view you get a thumbnail view, printing and full text search too.

Opening these hugely popular file types makes ClaroSpeak Chrome a powerful tool for independent reading, research, writing and proofing. It’s not a fully-fledged word processor though: if you’re looking for integration with a powerful editor like Google Docs, we suggest you check out our ClaroRead Chrome Extension – also free in the Chrome Web Store.

We’ve also added speech recognition for dictation of short passages of text in fifteen languages including English and Spanish. Speech recognition is useful but requires a little practice and good audio – a relatively quiet room, a reasonable microphone. However, it’s such a powerful tool for some users we wanted to include it.

We’ve also improved speech. You can now vary the rate of speech, and echo sentences as you type them, and highlighting is improved. Finally, our speaking dictionary now supports German, French and Spanish as well as Swedish, English and Dutch.

You can get the ClaroSpeak Chrome App free from the Chrome Web Store.

ClaroRead Chrome Extension 6 Released

We have updated our free Chrome extension, ClaroRead Chrome.

Existing users should all have been automatically updated. You can get it now from the Chrome Web Store.

Version 6 includes some new features:

Read PDFs with highlighting.
Chrome opens PDF documents in the browser just like web pages. With ClaroRead Chrome you can have these PDFs read back to you with highlighting. Click Play and the whole PDF will be read aloud, sentence by sentence. Of course, the PDF needs to be an accessible non-image PDF for this to work – you may want to check out our ClaroRead Cloud OCR Web App if you need to convert a PDF you find that doesn’t read.
Read Google Docs extensions with hover or select.
Google Docs has extensions and add-ons that help you with your writing, such as spell-checking or translation. ClaroRead Chrome will now speak these extensions – just hover over items or select text in them.
Unlock premium features
Google for Education and Google for Work admins can deploy ClaroRead Chrome to their users and unlock premium features, including best-quality text-to-speech voices.