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!

USB Front Screen Screenshot Explains What to Do

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.

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!

ClaroPDF iOS 2.3 Released

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:

Old list

Old list

New 2.3 list

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

Grid view

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

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

One Drive list

Likewise, you can also save files back to your OneDrive account using the Save > Save to OneDrive option in ClaroPDF.

For a full list of changes, please see the ClaroPDF release notes.

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!

ClaroSpeak iOS 3.0 Released

Version 3 of our ClaroSpeak for iOS app was released towards the end of May 2018 and brought with it lots of great new features and improvements.  For a complete list of these changes, you can check the release notes here: ClaroSpeak 3.0 release notes.

One of the biggest changes gives everyone access to all of the iOS system voices, free of charge.  This means you can now choose male and female variants for different voice languages, as well as accessing higher-quality versions and the Siri voices.

Another change saw the font and colour options now being accessible from the keyboard:

font and colour button

font and colour button

This change not only lets you change these settings more quickly, but it also lets you see the changes as they are applied, so you can be sure to choose the right settings for you:

settings in real time

settings in real time

One of the best new features in V3 is the addition of the “Read with ClaroSpeak” web extension.  This lets you choose a webpage from Safari, or other browsers, and then have that web page read back to you with highlighting.  You can access this new extension from the Share menu in your browser app:

accessing "Read with ClaroSpeak" button

accessing “Read with ClaroSpeak” button

You can then tap on some text to set the start point and tap the play button and the text will be spoken back with highlighting so you can follow the text as it is being spoken:

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speech with highlighting

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