We have updated our free ClaroSpeak Chrome App. The new version, version 9, now opens Word DOCX files and Adobe PDF files for reading with highlighting. You can also open the cross-platform rich text RTF format. In PDF view you get a thumbnail view, printing and full text search too.

Opening these hugely popular file types makes ClaroSpeak Chrome a powerful tool for independent reading, research, writing and proofing. It’s not a fully-fledged word processor though: if you’re looking for integration with a powerful editor like Google Docs, we suggest you check out our ClaroRead Chrome Extension – also free in the Chrome Web Store.

We’ve also added speech recognition for dictation of short passages of text in fifteen languages including English and Spanish. Speech recognition is useful but requires a little practice and good audio – a relatively quiet room, a reasonable microphone. However, it’s such a powerful tool for some users we wanted to include it.

We’ve also improved speech. You can now vary the rate of speech, and echo sentences as you type them, and highlighting is improved. Finally, our speaking dictionary now supports German, French and Spanish as well as Swedish, English and Dutch.

You can get the ClaroSpeak Chrome App free from the Chrome Web Store.

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