ClaroCom V1.4 Released

In April 2017, we updated our ClaroCom app with a couple of great new features:

Link & chat to iOS device (Pro only)

This adds the ability to connect your device to any other device that is also using ClaroCom. You can then chat between the devices using the text that you type or words or phrases that you select. You can also use your word and phrase prediction to help you compose messages.

This feature is disabled by default, but you can switch it on in the ClaroCom Settings menu:

Then new button will appear on the top toolbar:

Tap this button to open the chat connection window.  ClaroCom will then automatically search for any other devices in range that are also using ClaroCom.  When you find a device you want to connect to, tap it to ask them to chat:

When you are connected, you can close the chat connection window are start chatting:

When you are finished, you can open the chat connection window and tap Disconnect to close the chat and return ClaroCom back to its normal use.

This feature requires bluetooth or Wi-Fi.  The devices must both be using ClaroCom and be on the same Wi-Fi network or within bluetooth range.

Added support for split screen on iPads

You can now use ClaroCom in multi-tasking mode, allowing you to run it split-screen with other apps:

Updated Icon

We’ve also updated the app icons to a more modern style as well as updating the Speak button to match this.

ClaroCom Pro Review

ClaroCom Pro is an app from Claro Software designed for AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), available on iOS for iPad or iPhone. An AAC app helps to replace speech or assist writing for those with impairments in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language. Read more at claro-apps.com.

We’ve received the following helpful review of ClaroCom from Loretta and Krystal.

Loretta has limited use of natural speech so uses ClaroCom to communicate and says “ClaroCom has been highly beneficial with these new things I have to keep in mind about my voice and not over-using it”.

Krystal is unable to speak at all but is now leader of a volunteer call centre providing information technology help desk services to anyone who needs them. Krystal can consistently keep under an 8 minute call time averaging about 5-6 minutes when the goal is 10 minutes using nothing but text to speech (ClaroCom).

ClaroCom Pro AAC App Review by Loretta and Krystal, 11th August 2014

DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT an expert in alternative and augmentative communications (AAC) solutions. What works for myself or Krystal MIGHT NOT be the best choice for everyone else. Furthermore the opinions expressed herein are those of myself or Krystal as appropriate. We have no affiliation with the developers of any application mentioned and we were not “bought” to make these opinions, we came to them from actual experience with the products mentioned.

Man… Krystal had me on an adventure into the deep dark corners of the iOS App store. This assignment was because she finally said “it’s time for a communications upgrade for me! A dedicated AAC app is in order!” so off into the app store I went looking for free apps. There were truly free and the “free apps that are just to show you what the paid version can do”. I only focused on the apps that required a zero dollar investment to install.

Two days ago I spent close to 6 hours testing installing and configuring close to 80 different apps from the app store. There was the good, the bad, and the downright incomprehensible. There were those that were feature packed and those that could use a little more meat on the bones.

I was just about ready to call it a night for testing when through an unlikely search I found an app I fell in love with (see Note 1) and was sure Krystal would too. This app is called ClaroCom.  The free version is only limited in a few “minor use” functions… nothing too bad (see Note 2). The free ClaroCom app comes populated with close to 1,024 pre-canned messages in several different categories from restaurants, technology, medical, entertainment, general phrases, and many others. I could add my own phrases to any of these categories and have them be dynamic or static.

A static phrase is something that has no variables like “my name is Loretta, I live on Maple drive in no where California”. Something that never needs revision based on context. A dynamic phrase is kind of like that game madlibs and textually looks like this “I need to know if Dr. ___ has any available appointments on or before ___ in the ___.” If I had multiple doctors this might allow for something like “I need to know if Dr. (Briggs, Shay, Benson, Puckett, Jones) has any available appointments on or before (next Friday, the 15th, June 1st,) in the (morning, afternoon, late afternoon, evening).” where any of those items in the parentheses could fill in that part of the sentence or request.

For dynamic speech the ClaroCom dialog will pop up asking “fill in the first blank…” if there’s only one blank, just fill it in. If there is more than one it steps you through them in order. When you fill the first blank and then it asks you to fill the next it shows you the statement up to the blank so in my doctor example first “I need to know if Dr. ___ has any available appointments on or before ___ in the ___.”, then “I need to know if Dr. Shay has any available appointments on or before ___ in the ___.” then “I need to know if Dr. Shay has any available appointments on or before next Tuesday in the ___.” and finally “I need to know if Dr. Shay has any available appointments on or before next Tuesday in the late afternoon.”

These message creation wizards make even dynamic content creation even easier!

The ClaroCom “Pro” USA version is decently priced at 14 bucks and adds a few extra little “nice to haves”. I fell in love with the free version which had its limitations so wound up later buying the pro version for the extra value.

I gave a presentation to Krystal to see if she liked the app or could find some use for it yesterday. She was absolutely in love with it. She downloaded the free version and tested it and has plans to support the developer by buying the pro version next month.

Note 1: the features I fell in love with are the “madlib style” dynamic content creation, the high quality voices, and the ease of use.

Note 2: the “value added features” that made the ClaroCom Pro version all the more attractive were among other things:

  • custom categories: which makes grouping pre-canned messages into categories that make the most sense for me. This also useful so I can have all my stuff specific to say burger king or the call center in it’s own category.
  • bulk-add: the adding of messages to the phrase list was easy, but with bulk-adding I can populate a new category with less effort.
  • Post to facebook or twitter: this handy little feature allows me to post up my Wendy’s order or the text version of any utterance to Facebook or Twitter. Krystal loved that demo because in her words “the less apps I have to keep open the better… if I don’t have to leave my speech screen to do something I do already, even easier!”

so yeah… the Pro version in my eyes is well worth it!

ClaroCom App Store Links

UK

USA

ClaroCom – New Communicator App From Claro Software

ClaroCom from Claro Software

ClaroCom and ClaroCom Pro are the new apps from Claro Software designed for AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), available on iOS for iPad or iPhone. An AAC app helps to replace speech or assist writing for those with impairments in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language.

ClaroCom has an easy-to-use user interface that is appropriate for users who face challenges with social communication. ClaroCom helps AAC users to communicate with people outside their family in a variety of social situations.

ClaroCom Pro adds more powerful editing, privacy and communication features to the high-quality speech, user-editable phrases, and word prediction found in ClaroCom.

ClaroCom is available via the Apple App Store and is free for a limited time only!

To see ClaroCom in action view our overview video:

Watch the ClaroCom Overview Video

ClaroCom Or ClaroCom Pro

Can’t decide which app would best suit you? Check out our comparison chart below to help you decide.

ClaroCom versus ClaroCom Pro – All versions of ClaroCom have two text-to-speech voices, word prediction, phrase banks, messaging, and the ability to add your own phrases individually. ClaroCom Pro also has the ability to add phrases in bulk, post to FaceBook and Twitter, and flip the screen for private communication. Full details at www.claro-apps.com

To Purchase ClaroCom Visit The App Store

More Information

To find out more about ClaroCom go to the ClaroCom Web Page

To find out more about ClaroSpeak go to the ClaroSpeak Web Page

To find out more about Claro Apps go to the Claro Apps Website

Claro Software at Bett 2013 – Stand C135

Claro Software at Bett 2013

Come and see the latest ClaroRead for PC and Mac and our new ClaroSpeak iOS app for iPad. Assessors get a free copy of ClaroSpeak!

ClaroSpeak App

ClaroSpeak™ is the first assistive technology app from Claro Software, available on iOS for iPad or iPhone. ClaroSpeak is a high quality text-to-speech reader capable of speaking any accessible text with a range of human high quality voices. ClaroSpeak offers the option of visual highlighting in sync with the spoken words – and a great range of colour and font settings to allow for optimum reading. ClaroSpeak is available in a wide range of languages and voices, for different countries, via the Apple App Store. ClaroSpeak is a quality app for proofreading text through listening, helping with reading and literacy development and creating audio files from any text.

ClaroSpeak is part of the Claro solutions range, and complements our successful ClaroRead for PC and ClaroRead for Mac software.

To find out more go to the ClaroSpeak Web Page

ClaroRead Compatible With Windows 8

All our software including ClaroRead is compatible with Windows 8, and ClaroRead for 2013 includes many new and improved features. View the video to see ClaroRead running on Windows 8.

Visit us at stand C135 to find out more about the updated ClaroRead in 2013.

ClaroRead Windows 8

To find out more go to the ClaroRead for PC Web Page

Coming Soon From Claro

ClaroCom App

ClaroCom is the new text communicator app from Claro Software, available on iOS for iPad or iPhone. ClaroCom is a communicator aid for users who need literacy assistance and a way to communicate with others. ClaroCom includes high quality voices, word and phrase prediction. See the app at Bett or contact us to join the pre-launch trialist programme (limited availability).

Claro BookReader

Our new Claro BookReader provides a simple all-in-one PDF eBook alternative.

With Claro BookReader PDFs can be opened in the simple reading window and read back with highlighting and high-quality speech. Multiple languages are supported through Claro’s range of voices.

Claro BookReader is simple to deploy and is an all-in-one solution to PDF reading that is easy to deploy over RemoteApp and Citrix.

Protected PDFs (with appropriate password) can be accessed with Claro BookReader. Any inaccessible PDFs can be turned into accessible PDFs for Adobe Reader or BookReader with ClaroRead Plus and Pro.

Need More Information!

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