ClaroRead 9 for Windows is out now! This is the first of three posts about our new version.
Spellcheck and word prediction are super techniques for helping you get your writing just right, especially where speech recognition isn’t an option.
Spellcheck and homophone check
People with dyslexia find homophones (e.g. “it’s” and “its”) particularly hard, and we’ve always supported them by letting them identify possible homophones and checking them out one-by-one.
This is fine, but it is a bit cumbersome. In ClaroRead 9 we’ve changed it so that you can now check homophones or confusable words in your whole Word document. ClaroRead will just take you to the next word you need to check out – it’ll skip super-common words you almost certainly have right, like “I”, though, so it doesn’t take too long. And it includes expert spellcheck technology from Lingit in Norway, world leaders in spellcheck for dyslexic people, so it can spot lots of wrong homophones and offer you up the correct one!
This in-depth homophone check is a perfect complement for a normal spellcheck, which takes you through every definitely-wrong word, like “caht” spelled “cat”. You can just click the check button that suits your time and need to get it right. Maybe for your notes you just use Check, but for your dissertation submission you get a cup of tea and do a whole Homphones check. Either way, you can now easily work through your whole document and make sure it is right – no stress.
Improved word prediction
Word prediction is not for everyone, but some people – and some countries – find it enormously helpful.
In ClaroRead 9 word prediction now has pictures to help you identify which word you want. This is especially great when typing homophones, where you need to choose between same-sounding words.
We’ve also added new ways to get the right word you want: type H_E and see horse, hearse, hope – any number of letters match _. Type H*T and see hat, hit, hot, hut – one letter matches *. This gives you the power to find the right word faster and get on with your writing.
Phonetic prediction now supports more letters too – so “sch” can now suggest for “sheep”. This widens the suggestions that make sense when sounded out but don’t quite match the spelling you are using, so you are more likely to see the word you want.
Custom prediction dictionary
Finally, if you want to create a custom prediction dictionary, we’ve made this easier in Advanced Settings Editor: it’s important that you get exactly the words you need for your writing.
ClaroRead for Windows will update on your machine automatically if you are a single user, or you can always download it from our website.