ClaroRead Cloud OCR March 2017 Update

In March 2017 we released an updated version of the ClaroRead Cloud OCR service. In this latest version:

    • Administrators can decide which input and outputs (of local, photo, OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox) are available to end users. For example, if you have chosen Google Drive as your preferred cloud storage solution, you can turn off OneDrive and Dropbox so your users are not confused into using the wrong one.
    • You can now save to a particular Google Drive folder instead of simply into the Google Drive root.
    • You now get a nice suggestion for the output filename based on the input document.

ClaroRead Anywhere V11 Released

ClaroRead Anywhere is our cross-platform Web App for any desktop, laptop, tablet or phone, and we’ve just released our first update of 2017 to it!

We know that readability and appearance of text is important, so we’ve worked on the display of Word and other documents you open. We still simplify the text layout to make it easier to read and work with, but the page width is now changed to optimise the number of words per line. This can really help with readability – newspapers have known this for years, which is why they use columns. Here’s what it looks like:

ClaroRead Anywhere showing page width adjusting to font size in V11

Of course, you can still set the font (typeface) and font size that suits your reading best, and the page will re-format to suit!

Other changes:

  • It’s great to be able to work with different popular programs and formats, so we’ve added support for LibreOffice (OpenOffice) ODT and ODF documents – you can still open Word DOCX and Adobe PDF files, of course. We’ve also added support for opening ebooks in the ePub format.
  • Opening image files now automatically sends them to scanning/OCR to be converted into text or readable PDF, no matter how you choose to open it. Previously you had to use the OCR/Scanning button, not the Open button, so this is simpler – if it’s a TIF file, you want to OCR it, no matter where it is from. (Of course, you have to have scanning/OCR credits available.)
  • Finally, Danish and Norwegian users will find that ClaroRead Anywhere is in their language.

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ClaroRead Anywhere V10 Released

We have updated ClaroSpeak Web and renamed it ClaroRead Anywhere. We think the name change reflects how it provides the key features we know people need – speech with highlighting, OCR, PDF – just like ClaroRead for PC and Mac and Chromebook, but with the added advantage that it can be used on any modern platform – Android, iOS, Windows, Mac – without the need for installation.

Other changes in this version include:

  • Mozilla Firefox users will find that they can use installed system voices in ClaroRead Anywhere. For Windows users, this includes the Vocalizer voices that come with ClaroRead, such as Daniel. For Apple Mac users, this includes the high-quality voices provided by Apple. All of these work offline, so you do not need an Internet connection.
  • We’ve changed how taking a photograph (or opening an image file) works. Instead of simply extracting the text for you, you now get an accessible PDF version of the photo so you can see the original text in context when you play it. Much better for understanding what you’re reading.

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ClaroRead Cloud OCR V2 Released

ClaroRead Cloud OCR is our online OCR document conversion service. You can send it any file type you would use in ClaroRead Plus or Pro – PDF, TIFF, JPEG – and get back an accessible PDF, Word or text file, or take a photo and get the text in the picture back. It’s great for organisations big and small that want to provide OCR capability across machines and tablets and phones without having to manage the installation of ClaroRead Plus or any other software.

We’ve upgraded ClaroRead Cloud OCR to V2, and the new version features better integration with three popular Cloud storage mechanisms. Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive are now all supported within ClaroRead Cloud OCR: you can select any file from your account with one of these services, OCR it, and save the result back to your Cloud storage – all entirely within your browser!

Select a local file, take a photo or get a document from your Cloud storage service:
ClaroRead Cloud OCR V2 Input

Choose the accessible output format:
ClaroRead Cloud OCR V2 Output

Save to your local machine or phone, or save back to Cloud storage:
ClaroRead Cloud OCR V2 Save

All the features and simplicity of V1 are there: you can still take photos and OCR them on your phone, and convert local files from your computer, but we hope the new Cloud features make it a better fit for our users moving to Cloud-based solutions.

Try out ClaroRead Cloud OCR now by signing up for ClaroRead Cloud today and getting five documents a month completely free!

ClaroSpeak Web 9 Released

We have updated our online cross-platform Web App, ClaroSpeak Web, to Version 9. ClaroSpeak Web is designed to work on any modern browser on any platform – Windows, Mac OSX, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Chromebook. It gives you text-to-speech anywhere.

In this new version:

  • You were already able to paste in text from web pages and documents, or open text, HTML and PDF files to read them back. Now you can open Microsoft Word DOCX and Rich Text RTF files directly in the browser. If you are online you can also open and Microsoft Word DOC, OpenOffice/LibreOffice ODT and Apple Pages documents (using our servers to process them – hence the need to be online.) Formatting that is suitable (e.g. boldness and size, not floating text boxes) is retained and you can play and edit the text at will.
  • We’ve added support for OneDrive to the existing Google Drive and Dropbox cloud storage systems, so you can open PDF and DOCX and other documents from your OneDrive account.
  • The speaking dictionary now supports French, Spanish and German words. Switch to a French, Spanish or German voice to look up the selected word and hear its definition read aloud.

See also the ClaroSpeak Web Release Notes. ClaroSpeak Web is available through ClaroRead Cloud site licences and individual accounts.