ClaroRead for Chromebook version 17 introduces spell check as a premium feature.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Mac OSX 10.11 or above.
920MB hard disk space (ClaroRead Standard and Plus).
We’ve released an update for our ClaroPDF iOS app that introduces some great new features and improvements.
One of the major changes is the revamped document list, which has been tweaked to be easier to view and read.
The document thumbnails are larger and easier to identify.
The document titles are a different colour.
Larger spacing between documents, which helps to aid readability.
You can see the difference between the old list and the new 2.3 list here:
New 2.3 list
As a further enhancement to the the My Documents list – you can now toggle between list mode, as seen above and grid mode, as shown below:
Grid view mode shows large document previews, so you can easily navigate and visually identify your documents.
Another great new addition to 2.3 is the direct integration with the popular file sharing platform Microsoft OneDrive. Because ClaroPDF is now integrated directly with OneDrive, you no longer need to have the OneDrive app installed or configured on your device to access your OneDrive files.
A new menu item will appear under Open from…which now lists OneDrive:
One Drive menu
Tapping this will prompt you to log in and then you’ll have access to all of your OneDrive files in ClaroPDF, similar to how the app is also integrated with Google Drive and Dropbox.
One Drive list
Likewise, you can also save files back to your OneDrive account using the Save > Save to OneDrive option in ClaroPDF.
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.
Next up for ClaroRead for Chromebook is our super-helpful spellcheck!
We are happy to announce the first release of ClaroPDF Android, an easy-to-use speaking PDF reading app for Android phones and tablets. It’s a simpler version of our hugely-successful ClaroPDF for iPhone and iPad and tries to provide the same convenience and usability for anyone who needs to be able to read back accessible PDF files, for study or reference.
Tap to open PDF files using the Android file picker, which gives you access to PDF files saved on your phone and also integrates smoothly with Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and other cloud file stores.
Then just tap in the PDF to show where to start and the PDF will be read back from the point of your finger. You can stop and make it repeat itself as many times as you want, read whole documents at your leisure, and relax while ebooks and references are read aloud to you with high-quality speech.
Choose from dozens of voices from Google and other vendors covering many accents and languages, and set the voice speed for faster reading (so you get through things faster) or slower (to give you time to digest and understand).
Want to read PDF files on your iPhone or iPad? ClaroPDF for iOS contains all the reading functionality of ClaroPDF for Android and more, and on iPhone and iPad you can also get ClaroPDF Pro, which lets you convert images and inaccessible PDFs into readable PDFs. On a Windows or Mac? Try our reading toolbar, ClaroRead.
Introducing Claro ScanPen Premium – a free-to-download iOS app which allows you to have 10 free scans. You can optionally sign up for the annual subscription to get a free 14 day trial. If you don’t cancel during the free trial, you will get charged the £9.99 annual subscription (correct as of October 2017). With an active subscription you have unlimited scans and unlimited access to all of our high-quality voices (currently Nuance Expressive, Acapela and children’s voices).
Claro ScanPen Premium joins our Claro ScanPen family alongside the standard Claro ScanPen version which is still available to purchase outright for £6.99 (correct as of October 2017).
Below is a comparison chart highlighting the differences between the two versions (click to enlarge or visit the original chart):
When you first launch Claro ScanPen Premium, you will see the following launch screen, just select whether you’d like to have the 10 free scans or sign up for the 14 day free trial (with the option to cancel at any time).
A New Integrated Optical Character Recognition engine – ClaroRead Plus for Mac now includes its own integrated optical character recognition engine which gives you the rapid Scan from Screen function to capture any inaccessible text, as well as quickly converting scanned files to accessible PDF, Word and text files.
New Scan from Paper feature – you can now quickly launch the MacOS Image Capture app and immediately get to scanning in physical documents and creating accessible, digital copies of them using “Scan to ClaroRead”*.
New Scan from PDF/File feature – using the new Scan from PDF/File feature you can convert PDF or image files to fully accessible formats, so that ClaroRead can then read aloud. You can also scan inaccessible files and create editable output formats, such as DOCX. Supported output formats are PDF, DOCX, TXT and RTF *.
New Scan from screen feature – with the new Scan from screen feature you can select an area of the screen to be read with your mouse and ClaroRead will quickly and accurately scan your chosen area and read it aloud. You can now instantly read anything on your screen as well as copy it to the clipboard.
Launch ClaroRead with PDF and image files. ClaroRead now supports opening of PDF and image files directly, so you can choose a PDF/image file, right-click and select Open With, choose ClaroRead and it will launch ClaroRead and start the file scanning process.
New extra app – ClaroSpeak. ClaroSpeak is a supportive reading and speaking app that read PDF files, Microsoft Word document, text files and more, aloud, with synchronised highlighting. When you open a document in ClaroSpeak, the text of the document gets copied in to the ClaroSpeak window and then you can also edit any text. ClaroSpeaks built-in text prediction and echo features can help you maintain accurate typing.
Fixed an issue that could cause text in Microsoft Word documents to be removed when speaking them and quickly moving/switching between different documents.
Fixed an issue where some prediction items were being spoken twice.
* indicates features only available in ClaroRead Plus