One of the most common queries we get for ClaroRead for PC is “What’s the difference between ClaroRead Plus and ClaroRead Pro?” And indeed they have similar features – reading, proofing, and scanning/OCR. ClaroRead Pro also has “Advanced Scanning” – but what does that mean?
Of course, there is a comparison chart to help, but we thought it might be helpful to create a short video to explain the key differences – the proofing dialog and the advanced save options. View it here or watch it on YouTube:
We have tested ClaroRead and our other Windows PC programs with the new Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, released 2 August 2016, and can confirm that there are no known problems and that our software is compatible with this new version of Windows. If you encounter any problems do please contact us.
Our Windows software as of August 2016 includes (but is not limited to):
Another short but really useful video from the great Codpast blog goes through the stand-out features of ClaroRead for Windows PC. Proofing, reading, positioning the floating toolbar, shortcut keys, saving text to audio, spellchecking and homophone checking are all demonstrated in double-quick time.
A great article and recorded webinar by Arran Smith, a dyslexia expert and adult with dyslexia. A long-term ClaroRead user, he describes how ClaroRead can help with reading and spelling, benefits for school pupils, and use in exams.
‘I have problems reading black text on a white background,’ said Sarah. ‘It tends to go blurry and I need a blue overlay. I’ve got really poor handwriting. I am quite a good reader but I am very slow and my spelling is atrocious!’
Sarah is a student at Hereford Sixth Form College. Last year she took some extra GCSEs and this year is studying A-level history and AS Health and Social Care. She has problems keeping pace with the reading required and getting her assignments finished on time. Learning Support Assessor Shaneagh Moriarty suggested that she try ClaroRead software which is freely available to any students at the college.
‘I was introduced to Claro my second year at the college and I use it on a laptop. I’m using it to read web pages, college handouts and any work that I have written. If I hear a voice reading my essay back to me, I can see if it makes sense.
‘I have been using it for about 18 months now and I’m noticing a big difference. I can finish my work faster. I hold more information in my head and it’s even helping me with my spelling as I hear the word and see it written on the screen at the same time.
We have updated ClaroRead for PC so it runs more smoothly and easily than ever. We’ve improved features, including spellcheck, reading and scanning. But we have kept it as simple as it always has been to get on with reading and proofing and working. ClaroRead 7 has been shipping in the UK since August and is now generally available for download world-wide.
You can get the latest ClaroRead by logging in to ClaroRead Cloud and entering your ClaroRead licence key. You can then download ClaroRead 7, any of our other Windows programs, any of our 80 high-quality text-to-speech voices in 30 languages, and even ClaroRead for Mac!
If you own a copy of ClaroRead but don’t have a licence key, please contact email@example.com to get one. Note that ClaroRead 6 or 7 keys work just the same – you don’t need a new ClaroRead 7 key if you have a ClaroRead 6 one already.
We are committed to keeping up with the latest technologies. ClaroRead 7 (and ClaroRead 6) – both support the latest Microsoft Office 2016 and Windows 10.
We are also excited to announce ClaroRead Chrome, a Google Chrome extension that provides text-to-speech and screen tinting for any webpage in Google Chrome on Windows, Mac or Chromebook – including speech with highlighting in Google Docs. It is currently free in the Chrome Web Store so get it now:
AudioNote from Claro Software makes it easy to listen back to any recording. Use a dedicated recording device such as an Olympus DM670, and listen back later on your PC with AudioNote.
AudioNote is a simple, clear application that is easy-to-use and won’t get in the way of following a lecture or listening back to your notes.
‘As an integral part of a student’s studies, Olympus recognise the importance of recording lectures effectively. With the Olympus DM-670 recorder and ME-34 lecture microphone you are able to record lectures in the highest quality, and then use the Index mark feature to bookmark important points of reference of the recording. Within this, we are pleased to support Claro with the release of the new Claro AudioNote software which supports recordings made on the Olympus DM range of recorders.’ Lee Buckley, National Account Manager at Olympus
• Support for index marks/bookmarks made on Olympus recorders. You can jump from index mark to index mark, which is great when working with long lecture recordings. There is no limit on number of index marks used so long recordings can be split into bite-size chunks. AudioNote can be opened straight from an Olympus recorder when it is connected by USB.
• Playback support for all common audio recording formats – MP3, WAV, WMA, M4A, AAC. Listen to recordings made straight into a laptop or dedicated device. You can also listen to recordings and audio files downloaded from the Internet.
• Simple toolbar that floats on-top of the open window making it easy to pause, repeat, and control recording with a single click. On-top means AudioNote can be accessed easily to pause or rewind when you need to, without breaking your concentration trying to hunt down the toolbar. The big bookmark and toolbar buttons let you use AudioNote quickly and easily.
• Record directly into PowerPoint presentations. As each slide is presented, record straight into that slide for later listening back – with only one click for each slide. Recordings stay in the PowerPoint document so you can listen to them later without AudioNote or email them to another machine or student.
• Record directly into Word documents. Record notes and comments straight into the current Word document. The recordings stay in the Word document when you save them so you can get at them easily or email them to another machine or student. Double-click the audio recording in Word any time to play it back.
• Audio-only Recording. Record straight into an audio file on your computer so you can record a lecture with a laptop, even if the notes aren’t available in PowerPoint. Easily add bookmarks/index marks while recording so you can quickly find and jump to the right point quickly and easily. • AudioNote was created in partnership with Olympus.
ClaroRead has had a summer refresh! This free update has many small but important improvements to make ClaroRead even better:
More support for phonetic misspellings. Thousands more words that are phonetically correct but the wrong English spelling, like ‘rizen’, will be corrected to their ‘proper’ spelling.
New subject-specific prediction dictionaries. Art History, Accountancy, Mathematics and Philosophy support learning new vocabulary.
Thousands of new symbols and pictures in Homophones and Spellcheck. The images help with spelling and reviewing.
A new toolbar icon theme. ClaroRead has an optional Windows 8 icon set to make it comfortable and unobtrusive to use.
Perfect text and speech coordination in Save To Video. Reviewing saved text on a phone is now easier and clearer.
ScreenRuler works across many monitors. This increasingly-common setup is now supported in ScreenRuler.
Improved webpage capturing in ClaroCapture. Webpage addresses in Chrome and Firefox as well as Internet Explorer from 6 to 10 are now captured along with the page for easy reference. Documents, images and audio can be dragged into ClaroCapture to create complete projects with files all in one place.
Access electronic dictionary definitions. Double-clicking on words in web pages, Word or PDF documents and email reveals easy explanations.
ClaroRead 6 continues to support Microsoft Office 2013, the latest edition of the productivity suite. ClaroRead V6.2 also has updated support for the latest versions of OpenOffice and LibreOffice.
ClaroRead V6.2 is available as a free update through the built-in ClaroUp update system for existing users and can be purchased through all our usual partners.
If you are an assessor and would like a free evaluation copy of ClaroRead for training, review and demonstration please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dragon NaturallySpeaking V12 gives PC users the power to create documents, reports, emails and more – all by speaking. Fast, easy and amazingly accurate, it’s over three times faster than typing.
Updated for 2012, Dragon NaturallySpeaking V12 introduces a raft a new features. From natural sounding text-to-speech, smart format rules and an interactive tutorial. Dragon NaturallySpeaking V12 has been redesigned to be faster, better and simply smarter.
New Dragon Features
Natural sounding text-to-speech reads back editable text for easy proofing or multitasking.
Smart Format Rules allow Dragon to adapt by detecting format corrections – abbreviations, numbers and more – so whatever is dictated is laid out the way it’s needed every time.
An interactive tutorial provides simulations to enable users to learn and practice good dictation, correction and editing habits.
Use Dragon with two of the most popular web based email applications – Gmail™ and Hotmail® – with Full Text Control and commands for the most frequent actions.
Use an iPhone®, iPod® touch (4th gen), iPad® or compatible Android™ device as a remote microphone for greater freedom and flexibility.
System administrators can create a recognition log that provides rich, objective information about usage for guiding enterprise users in achieving better results. The log also provides valuable metrics for measuring productivity gains (Available in Dragon Professional).