Claro USB Creator

You can now create a totally portable ClaroRead on a USB stick. Using it is super simple: just insert your personal ClaroRead USB into any Windows or Mac computer, run ClaroRead from the stick and you have the whole program and extras – reading Word and PDF, high-quality voices, OCR and scanning, scan from screen, screen tinting and more.

Demonstrate ClaroRead on a student or client machine. Use ClaroRead on your machine without having to install it. Lend ClaroRead out while a laptop is being repaired. Run ClaroRead anywhere you want!

All you need is your normal ClaroRead licence key, a USB stick, and a tiny program you can download for free from our website:

On a Windows PC you can make a ClaroRead for PC USB stick that runs on any Windows PC. On an Apple Mac you can make a ClaroRead for Mac USB stick that runs on any Apple Mac.

Your licence key is good for two of your personal devices, so you can create your personal ClaroRead USB even if you have used the key to install on a Windows or Mac machine already. You can check your key at to find out how many times it has been used.

The whole program – any version of ClaroRead, including ClaroRead Plus – is installed on the USB stick and will run on any Windows machine (for ClaroRead for PC USB) or Mac machine (for ClaroRead for Mac USB) – just you plug it in. You don’t have to install anything or be an administrator.

We really want our software out there being used by people who will benefit: we hope personal ClaroRead USB sticks will help.

Are you an accessibility professional? Do you want to have your own personal ClaroRead USB stick? Get in touch to get you your own ClaroRead licence key!

ClaroRead Plus versus ClaroRead Pro Video

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:

Claro Software compatibility with Windows 10 Anniversary Edition

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):

  • ClaroRead SE
  • ClaroRead Standard
  • ClaroRead Plus
  • ClaroRead Pro
  • ClaroIdeas
  • ClaroCapture
  • ScreenRuler
  • Claro AudioNote
  • ClaroView

“DYSboxing 8: ClaroRead Text-to-Speech Software Review”

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.

Want to try ClaroRead out yourself? Download a free 15-day ClaroRead trial to try on your computer.

ClaroRead for faster and more accurate assignments

Sarah, a student at Hereford Sixth Form College, UK, and ClaroRead user

‘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.

‘I can’t praise ClaroRead enough!’


ClaroRead 7 Released

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 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:

We’ve also done a quick video to complement the full release notes:

AudioNote Playback and Recording Software


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.