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:

highlight_words_demo

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:

speech with highlighting

speech with highlighting

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ClaroPDF iOS 2.1 Released

ClaroPDF iOS V2.1 is now available and brings some great new features and improvements – check out the release notes for a complete list of all changes. Here’s an overview of two of the new major changes:

Access to all of the iOS system voices

The 2.1 update of ClaroPDF lets you access all of the iOS system voices, including the Siri voices, for free. This is great, because now you can choose between male and female voices for the same language, as well as opting to use the higher-quality versions of those voices.

File sharing integration

ClaroPDF has always supported different ways of sharing your PDF files between apps and locations to make your workflow as simple and as fast as possible. Now, in V2.1, the app is fully integrated with the iOS Files app, which means you can now access, share and organise your PDF files directly in Files:

 

ClaroPDF in the Files App

Files App

Create new folders:

ClaroPDF in the Files App

Create new folders

Moves files:

Moves file

Moves file

You can tap a PDF document here and ClaroPDF will open it directly. All of the changes you make in the Files app, are reflected inside the ClaroPDF app.

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ClaroRead for Mac V6.2 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of our latest version of ClaroRead for Mac, V6.2. There are lots of little improvements and bug fixes, but here are the top new features – check out the release notes for a complete list of all changes.

Future macOS Ready

The next version of macOS (after High Sierra) will only support 64-bit applications. ClaroRead V6.2 is now a 64-bit application, so ClaroRead and its Extras are all ready for that change.

Ignore Homophones

There are common words, such as “you” and “I”, which are homophones, but you probably never get them confused with the alternatives (like “ewe” and “eye”). In ClaroRead V6.2 you can now choose to ignore these kinds of homophones, so they don’t get highlighted when using the “Show Homophones” feature.

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ClaroRead V7.3 Released

We are pleased to announce the general availability of our latest version of ClaroRead for PC, V7.3. Of course, there are lots of little improvements and bug fixes, but here are the top new features – check out the release notes for a complete list of all changes.

Improved scanning/OCR

We know that converting inaccessible documents – paper or PDF or images – to readable Word or PDF files is very important to our users. We’ve updated ClaroRead with the very latest world-class OmniPage OCR engine to make sure that more documents work perfectly when you are getting ready to study, research or sit an exam. Documents produced by ClaroRead 7.3 will read better and more accurately, and we’ve worked to make ClaroRead 7.3 handle broken PDF files better so you know whatever you start with you can make a highly-compatible working accessible PDF file.

We’ve also added support for the Kurzweil eBook format. Schools and colleges often have books and documents as Kurzweil files, which is a problem if your students don’t have access to the Kurzweil software. ClaroRead 7.3 will convert Kurzweil into accessible PDF (or Word documents) so you can use your Kurzweil documents more freely.

Finally, we’ve decided to make ClaroRead output PDF/A by default. This is an “Archive” version of the PDF format that does some technical tweaks (like embedding fonts) to ensure that the PDFs you create work on more machines and devices. We think our users are increasingly consuming PDF on a variety of machines (Chromebooks, Android and iOS devices) and need the best inter-operability possible.

ClaroRead Chrome Extension

We’ve always supported reading web pages by selecting the text you want to hear, or using Scan from Screen. ClaroRead also supported reading web pages with highlighting – like in Microsoft Word and Adobe Reader – in the Internet Explorer browser: just click in the web page and press Play to read the page from that point.

The venerable Internet Explorer, however, has been superseded by the Google Chrome browser for most users. We’ve therefore built a ClaroRead Chrome Extension to give you reading with highlighting in web pages in Google Chrome, Google Docs, and PDFs you open in Google Chrome. We are really pleased with it, but of course an end user has to know it exists and how to get it.

ClaroRead for Windows 7.3 will therefore install the ClaroRead Chrome Extension, so it is easy for you to activate and use it. Of course we don’t activate it unless you say so – you’ll get a prompt the first Chrome next starts, and if you don’t turn it on you’ll never see the prompt again.

If you do choose to use ClaroRead Chrome you can unlock its premium features, including Scan from Screen, by entering your ClaroRead for Windows licence key into ClaroRead Chrome. We want our ClaroRead users to have the best experience and the widest range of tools available to them, no matter where they do their work and study.

More voices

We ship the very best-quality text-to-speech voices we can, because we know that having a voice that suits you is very important if you are going to use the software in the first place. Which voice you like best is a really personal preference, of course: that’s why we make thirteen English voices available to any end user (and 67 other voices if you are not reading English text).

Now Microsoft has started to ship good-quality voices for free with Windows 10, including many non-English voices like Swedish and Arabic. This means extra choice, which is great for end users: but Microsoft has decided to ship these new voices in a special format which meant that they were not available to ClaroRead (and other traditional desktop software).

We’ve done the work in ClaroRead 7.3 to make these new free Microsoft Mobile voices available for you to use: you will see them in the Speech settings in ClaroRead and they start with “Microsoft”, like “Microsoft George”, but do not have the word “Desktop” in them. Try them out, you might find one that suits you!

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