Over the years, Claro Software have strived to accommodate and help our users across many different platforms, including iOS. Many of our powerful features such as spellchecking, prediction and text-to-speech are readily available in our suite of iOS apps. With the many apps available on iOS today, it would be great if you were able to use these features in any app. Traditionally, iOS apps are “sandboxed” and you can’t really use the features of one app in any other.

With this in mind, we have designed and developed our Claro Keyboard app for iOS. It is modelled closely after our ClaroSpeak iOS app, so you may notice some familiar features. Using Claro Keyboard, you can get the support of Claro’s text-to-speech, word prediction and definition feature in any app where you can type. Claro Keyboard can be used as a supplement or a replacement to the standard iOS system keyboard.

Amazing Features

Word Prediction

 
Prediction example
 

Claro Keyboard uses word prediction that makes extensive use of Claro Software’s word list frequencies, predicting more words and presenting the most likely words first. Word prediction in Claro Keyboard also supports images, so you can see a visual depiction of the proposed word to help make sure that you are choosing the correct word.

There is also support for phonetic prediction, to help with common phonetic mistakes. For example, if you type “wood”, you’ll see “would” predicted, so you can double-check that you have the correct word.

Text-to-Speech

Claro Keyboard words with all of the high-quality voices that our users are familiar with. You can choose to use any iOS system voice, or you can also download up to four higher-quality voices, free of charge, in over 60 different languages and accent variations.

Using your preferred voice, you can utilise the typing echo features in Claro Keyboard to have your typed text read back to you, as it is typed. This can help you proofread as you type and ensure the accuracy of your work.

Claro Keyboard, also supports tap and play. You can tap anywhere in an area of text and tap the play button on the keyboard toolbar and the text will be spoken aloud. The keyboard app will also progress to the next sentence and read that back as well.

Definitions

 
Example of Definition
 

You can tap a word, or tap and hold to select a word and then tap the definitions button on the keyboard toolbar, to get a definition of the current word. Unlike the iOS definitions feature, you don’t leave the app and you can still see your text for reference. In the Claro Keyboard definitions feature, you can also have the definition spoken aloud to you, by tapping the play button in the definitions window.

Tips to know?!

In order to fully utilise all features of the Claro Keyboard app, you will need to enable the “Allow Full Access” mode. This is necessary so the app can access to the internet to download any voices you would like. it is also required for the app to produce sound so the text-to-speech can work correctly. You can enable this in the iOS Settings app under ClaroSpeak > Keyboards > Allow Full Access.

How to get it?

Claro Keyboard is available only with ClaroSpeak Plus. Once you have installed ClaroSpeak Plus on your device, you can use Claro Keyboard with other applications.

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Assistive Software Developer Aaron
 

Visit Roadmap to see what we are planning to build in the coming months. To see what we actually built, see Releases. If you have something you think we should do, why not tell us?