Claro Software at The DSA Roadshow 2018

Claro Software will be exhibiting at The DSA Roadshow workshops in April to June. These events are suitable for DSA Assessors and other professionals working in roles to support students’ learning.

We are glad to invite you to come to our workshop and visit our stand, see our latest products and meet our team. We will have demonstrations of all our software including the latest ClaroRead for Windows and our great Apps for iPhone and iPad like ClaroPDF and Claro ScanPen.

Register your place on one of the events below.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sheffield Hallam UniversityWe are at Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus on Wednesday 18th April 2018.

Event Location:
Sheffield Hallam University
Howard St
Sheffield
S1 1WB

 

Image result for swansea universityWe are at Swansea University, Singleton Park Campus on Wednesday 25th April 2018.

Event Location:
Swansea University
Singleton Park Campus
Sketty
Swansea
SA2 8PP

 

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We are at the Dublin Institute of Technology, City Centre Campus on Wednesday 23rd May.

Event Location:
Dublin Institute of Technology
City Centre Campus
Kevin Street
Dublin 2
D08 X622

Image result for uweThen we are at the UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, Frenchay Campus on Monday 11th June 2018.

Event Location:
UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre
Rilton Rd
Stoke Gifford
Bristol
BS34 8QZ

Then we are at the University West of Scotland in Paisley on Wednesday 14th June 2018.

Event Location:
McLean Building,
Paisley Campus,
University West of Scotland,
Paisley,
PA1 2BE

ClaroPDF iOS 2.1 Released

ClaroPDF iOS V2.1 is now available and brings some great new features and improvements – check out the release notes for a complete list of all changes. Here’s an overview of two of the new major changes:

Access to all of the iOS system voices

The 2.1 update of ClaroPDF lets you access all of the iOS system voices, including the Siri voices, for free. This is great, because now you can choose between male and female voices for the same language, as well as opting to use the higher-quality versions of those voices.

File sharing integration

ClaroPDF has always supported different ways of sharing your PDF files between apps and locations to make your workflow as simple and as fast as possible. Now, in V2.1, the app is fully integrated with the iOS Files app, which means you can now access, share and organise your PDF files directly in Files:

 

ClaroPDF in the Files App

Files App

Create new folders:

ClaroPDF in the Files App

Create new folders

Moves files:

Moves file

Moves file

You can tap a PDF document here and ClaroPDF will open it directly. All of the changes you make in the Files app, are reflected inside the ClaroPDF app.

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Claro Software at BDA International Conference 2018

Claro Software will be attending the BDA International Conference & Expo, 12th-14th April 2018, in Telford.

Come and see us at Stand 45 where we can show you our latest products. We’ll have demonstrations of all our software including the latest ClaroRead for Windows and our great Apps for iPhone and iPad like ClaroPDF and Claro ScanPen.

Register for the BDA International Conference 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Event Location:
The Telford International Centre
St Quentin Gate
Telford
TF3 4JH
United Kingdom

Claro AudioNote 1.1 Update

We’ve tweaked our audio recording and lecture capture program, Claro AudioNote. Recording multiple audio tracks into the same PowerPoint slide is much nicer, and we have added support for more recent Olympus audio recording devices like the DM-770. This means you can open recordings from these dedicated voice recorders and play them back. You can even use any bookmarks you’ve added to the recordings on your device to jump around the lecture to where you want to listen.

Claro AudioNote comes with ClaroRead Standard, Plus and Pro and you can download it from ClaroRead Cloud.

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ClaroRead for Mac V6.2 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of our latest version of ClaroRead for Mac, V6.2. There are lots of little improvements and bug fixes, but here are the top new features – check out the release notes for a complete list of all changes.

Future macOS Ready

The next version of macOS (after High Sierra) will only support 64-bit applications. ClaroRead V6.2 is now a 64-bit application, so ClaroRead and its Extras are all ready for that change.

Ignore Homophones

There are common words, such as “you” and “I”, which are homophones, but you probably never get them confused with the alternatives (like “ewe” and “eye”). In ClaroRead V6.2 you can now choose to ignore these kinds of homophones, so they don’t get highlighted when using the “Show Homophones” feature.

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ClaroRead V7.3 Released

We are pleased to announce the general availability of our latest version of ClaroRead for PC, V7.3. Of course, there are lots of little improvements and bug fixes, but here are the top new features – check out the release notes for a complete list of all changes.

Improved scanning/OCR

We know that converting inaccessible documents – paper or PDF or images – to readable Word or PDF files is very important to our users. We’ve updated ClaroRead with the very latest world-class OmniPage OCR engine to make sure that more documents work perfectly when you are getting ready to study, research or sit an exam. Documents produced by ClaroRead 7.3 will read better and more accurately, and we’ve worked to make ClaroRead 7.3 handle broken PDF files better so you know whatever you start with you can make a highly-compatible working accessible PDF file.

We’ve also added support for the Kurzweil eBook format. Schools and colleges often have books and documents as Kurzweil files, which is a problem if your students don’t have access to the Kurzweil software. ClaroRead 7.3 will convert Kurzweil into accessible PDF (or Word documents) so you can use your Kurzweil documents more freely.

Finally, we’ve decided to make ClaroRead output PDF/A by default. This is an “Archive” version of the PDF format that does some technical tweaks (like embedding fonts) to ensure that the PDFs you create work on more machines and devices. We think our users are increasingly consuming PDF on a variety of machines (Chromebooks, Android and iOS devices) and need the best inter-operability possible.

ClaroRead Chrome Extension

We’ve always supported reading web pages by selecting the text you want to hear, or using Scan from Screen. ClaroRead also supported reading web pages with highlighting – like in Microsoft Word and Adobe Reader – in the Internet Explorer browser: just click in the web page and press Play to read the page from that point.

The venerable Internet Explorer, however, has been superseded by the Google Chrome browser for most users. We’ve therefore built a ClaroRead Chrome Extension to give you reading with highlighting in web pages in Google Chrome, Google Docs, and PDFs you open in Google Chrome. We are really pleased with it, but of course an end user has to know it exists and how to get it.

ClaroRead for Windows 7.3 will therefore install the ClaroRead Chrome Extension, so it is easy for you to activate and use it. Of course we don’t activate it unless you say so – you’ll get a prompt the first Chrome next starts, and if you don’t turn it on you’ll never see the prompt again.

If you do choose to use ClaroRead Chrome you can unlock its premium features, including Scan from Screen, by entering your ClaroRead for Windows licence key into ClaroRead Chrome. We want our ClaroRead users to have the best experience and the widest range of tools available to them, no matter where they do their work and study.

More voices

We ship the very best-quality text-to-speech voices we can, because we know that having a voice that suits you is very important if you are going to use the software in the first place. Which voice you like best is a really personal preference, of course: that’s why we make thirteen English voices available to any end user (and 67 other voices if you are not reading English text).

Now Microsoft has started to ship good-quality voices for free with Windows 10, including many non-English voices like Swedish and Arabic. This means extra choice, which is great for end users: but Microsoft has decided to ship these new voices in a special format which meant that they were not available to ClaroRead (and other traditional desktop software).

We’ve done the work in ClaroRead 7.3 to make these new free Microsoft Mobile voices available for you to use: you will see them in the Speech settings in ClaroRead and they start with “Microsoft”, like “Microsoft George”, but do not have the word “Desktop” in them. Try them out, you might find one that suits you!

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Claro Software at BETT London and ATIA Orlando

We are exhibiting at two big trade fairs this month, so do come visit our stands, see our latest products and meet our team. We’ll have demonstrations of all our software including the latest ClaroRead for Windows and our great Apps for iPhone and iPad like ClaroPDF and Claro ScanPen.

We are at the BETT show at ExCeL London, 24-27 January 2018, on Stand A441.

Then we are at the ATIA show in Orlando, Florida, 31 January – 3 February 2018, at Booth 209.

We hope to see you there!

Claro ScanPen V1.8 iOS Released

Version 1.8 of our ScanPen apps for iOS have been released! This latest version introduces the powerful new document detection feature.

Using the new document detection feature allows you to detect and enhance only the documents in your camera feed. It will automatically search, take a photo, crop out any unwanted background space and then straighten the photo to give you the best possible scanning and text selection experience.

For example, these two screenshots compare the photos taken [1] without document detection and [2] with document detection.

[1] Without document detection

The document of interest is slightly skewed and there is a lot of background space that we are not interested in. It scans and reads OK, but it could be better.

[2] With document detection

This is a much better photo. The document is cropped to fit the entire image and it has been straightened up. This results in a much more accurate scanning and text speaking experience.

Along with the new document detection feature, V1.8 also introduces image filters to help you enhance your images. Here is an example of the greyscale filter that we have applied to the above document:

This increases the contrast between the text and the background, enhancing and improving the results of the OCR.

Another major new improvement to V1.8 is the addition of lots more iOS system voices. You can now access Siri voices, enhanced quality voices and male and female voices for many of the supported languages. These voices are all still freely available to use.

For the full release notes of V1.8 of Claro ScanPen, check here: Claro ScanPen V1.8 Release Notes.

View Claro ScanPen and Claro ScanPen Premium on the App Store now!

ClaroRead Chrome Extension 14 Released

We’re pleased to announce another update to our Google Chrome web browser extension for Windows, Mac and Chromebook.

ClaroRead Chrome Extension Premium users have a Scan from Screen feature. This lets you simply select part of the screen with the mouse and hear it read aloud to you. We’ve made it much faster, especially the first time it is used, and we’ve also added the option to copy the text into the clipboard when it is selected so you can paste it into another application. This is perfect for websites like Google Books or anywhere where you can see the text you want but selecting it is impossible.

The ClaroRead Chrome Extension is free in the Chrome Web Store, but Premium is not: but you may be able to get Premium if you have a ClaroRead for PC or Mac licence key. Just open the ClaroRead Chrome Extension settings and click “Upgrade to Premium” and paste in your licence key, and the Premium features will be unlocked permanently for you!

A couple of other little tweaks: new users get a welcome tab explaining the extension they’ve just enabled, and if you open Settings then your Google Domain is displayed at the bottom – great if you are enabling a site licence of ClaroRead Chrome extension and need to know your Google Domain to do it.

Get the ClaroRead Chrome Extension for Google Chrome now! Available free on Windows, Mac or Chromebook. Or check out the release notes for more details.