ClaroRead Chrome V11 Released

We have updated ClaroRead Chrome, our Chrome extension for Chromebook and the Google Chrome browser.

ClaroRead Chrome now supports reading with highlighting in Google Slides (the Google version of PowerPoint). Many people like to use presentations and slides in web documents, so we hope this will be helpful when you run across them:

ClaroRead Chrome reading Google Slides with highlighting

We’ve also broadened out word prediction, with new prediction languages (French, German, Spanish, Polish and Arabic) and support for phonetic prediction in Swedish. Word prediction is a good aid for getting the word you want (and making sure it is spelled correctly) so we’re pleased to have it in more of the many languages supported by ClaroRead Chrome.

Finally, we should note that Google has updated Chrome and as a result ClaroRead Chrome on Windows now allows access to more installed voices (SAPI5 voices, for the technical). You could always access the default system voice, but now you can choose from all the voices available. With many free voices this means you can read web pages, PDF files and Google documents with ClaroRead Chrome in more languages and voices than ever before.

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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:

ClaroRead 7.1 Released

We are pleased to announce the update of ClaroRead for Windows to Version 7.1.

This version makes it even easier to download extra text to speech voices. It also adds “Scan from Screen” to ClaroRead SE and ClaroRead Standard, speaking any inaccessible text from the screen.

We’ve done a quick video to show the full details:


You can also read our detailed ClaroRead 7.1 Release Notes.

You can get the latest ClaroRead 7.1 SE and Standard versions by logging in to ClaroRead Cloud and entering your ClaroRead licence key. You can then download ClaroRead 7.1, 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 are a ClaroRead Plus or ClaroRead Pro user you can get the free update via the ClaroUp updater program.

If you own a copy of ClaroRead but don’t have a licence key, please contact support@clarosoftware.com. Note that ClaroRead 6.5 or 7.0 keys work still – you don’t need a new ClaroRead 7.1 key if you have a ClaroRead 6 or 7 key 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 an update to v8.08 of 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, Word Prediction and more. It is currently still free in the Chrome Web Store from:

“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!’

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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 support@clarosoftware.com 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:

ClaroRead V6 Refreshed For Summer 2013

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ClaroRead V6 Refreshed For Summer 2013

ClaroRead has had a summer refresh! This free update has many small but important improvements to make ClaroRead even better:

  • More support for phonetic misspellings. Thousands more words that are phonetically correct but the wrong English spelling, like ‘rizen’, will be corrected to their ‘proper’ spelling.
  • New subject-specific prediction dictionaries. Art History, Accountancy, Mathematics and Philosophy support learning new vocabulary.
  • Thousands of new symbols and pictures in Homophones and Spellcheck. The images help with spelling and reviewing.
  • A new toolbar icon theme. ClaroRead has an optional Windows 8 icon set to make it comfortable and unobtrusive to use.
  • Perfect text and speech coordination in Save To Video. Reviewing saved text on a phone is now easier and clearer.
  • ScreenRuler works across many monitors. This increasingly-common setup is now supported in ScreenRuler.
  • Improved webpage capturing in ClaroCapture. Webpage addresses in Chrome and Firefox as well as Internet Explorer from 6 to 10 are now captured along with the page for easy reference. Documents, images and audio can be dragged into ClaroCapture to create complete projects with files all in one place.
  • Access electronic dictionary definitions. Double-clicking on words in web pages, Word or PDF documents and email reveals easy explanations.

ClaroRead 6 continues to support Microsoft Office 2013, the latest edition of the productivity suite. ClaroRead V6.2 also has updated support for the latest versions of OpenOffice and LibreOffice.

ClaroRead V6.2 is available as a free update through the built-in ClaroUp update system for existing users and can be purchased through all our usual partners.

If you are an assessor and would like a free evaluation copy of ClaroRead for training, review and demonstration please contact us at sales@clarosoftware.com

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To find out more about ClaroRead Pro go to the ClaroRead Pro Web Page

To find out more about ClaroRead Plus go to the ClaroRead Pro Web Page

For more information about the rest of Claro Software’s range, or to download free demos, go to www.clarosoftware.com, email sales@clarosoftware.com or call +44 (0)1772 977888.

Claro Software at ATIA 2013 Orlando

Claro Software will be at ATIA 2013 later this month. The conference is taking place on the 30th January to the 2nd February at the Caribe Royale All-Suites Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Come and see the latest ClaroRead for PC and Mac and our new ClaroSpeak iOS app for iPad.

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