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.

More

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.

More

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.

More

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.