ClaroRead for Mac V6 Release Notes

What’s New in V6.0?

  • A New Integrated Optical Character Recognition engine – ClaroRead Plus for Mac now includes its own integrated optical character recognition engine which gives you the rapid Scan from Screen function to capture any inaccessible text, as well as quickly converting scanned files to accessible PDF, Word and text files.
  • New Scan from Paper feature – you can now quickly launch the MacOS Image Capture app and immediately get to scanning in physical documents and creating accessible, digital copies of them using “Scan to ClaroRead”*.
  • New Scan from PDF/File feature – using the new Scan from PDF/File feature you can convert PDF or image files to fully accessible formats, so that ClaroRead can then read aloud. You can also scan inaccessible files and create editable output formats, such as DOCX. Supported output formats are PDF, DOCX, TXT and RTF *.
  • New Scan from screen feature – with the new Scan from screen feature you can select an area of the screen to be read with your mouse and ClaroRead will quickly and accurately scan your chosen area and read it aloud. You can now instantly read anything on your screen as well as copy it to the clipboard.
  • Launch ClaroRead with PDF and image files. ClaroRead now supports opening of PDF and image files directly, so you can choose a PDF/image file, right-click and select Open With, choose ClaroRead and it will launch ClaroRead and start the file scanning process.
  • New extra app – ClaroSpeak. ClaroSpeak is a supportive reading and speaking app that read PDF files, Microsoft Word document, text files and more, aloud, with synchronised highlighting. When you open a document in ClaroSpeak, the text of the document gets copied in to the ClaroSpeak window and then you can also edit any text. ClaroSpeaks built-in text prediction and echo features can help you maintain accurate typing.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue that could cause text in Microsoft Word documents to be removed when speaking them and quickly moving/switching between different documents.
  • Fixed an issue where some prediction items were being spoken twice.

* indicates features only available in ClaroRead Plus

System Requirements

ClaroRead SE/Standard/Plus for Mac:

  • Mac computer with an Intel processor
  • Mac OS X 10.8 or later
  • 850MB of disk space
  • 200MB-650MB for each voice

Recommended:

  • Microsoft Word 2008, 2011, 2016
  • Pages ‘09 (V4)

ClaroRead Pro for Mac:

  • Mac computer with an Intel processor
  • Mac OS X 10.8 or later
  • 1.3GB of disk space
  • 200MB-650MB for each voice

Recommended:

  • Microsoft Word 2008, 2011, 2016
  • Pages ‘09 (V4)

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 for Mac V5.3 Released

ClaroRead V5.3 is now released! Update using ClaroUp. Below is a list of what’s new:

  • Fully compatible with the new Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan operating system.
  • Prediction window size can now be adjusted (drag the bottom right corner of the window). This will increase/decrease the font size of the suggestions.
  • Updated Vocalizer Expressive voice selection. See ‘ClaroRead’ > ‘Download more Claro voices’ in the ClaroRead file menu.
  • ClaroView’s screen overlay now works over multiple monitors.
  • Other minor bug fixes and improvements.

ClaroRead for Mac V5

ClaroRead for Mac V5 is the latest version of our reading and writing support tool for Mac. ClaroRead for Mac is designed to support individuals who struggle with reading and writing. Users of any age and level of ability will have a world of information unlocked through ClaroRead.

ClaroRead for Mac V5

New in ClaroRead for Mac V5

Nuance Vocalizer Voices
ClaroRead for Mac now includes 8 high quality Nuance Vocalizer Voices. Click on the following links to hear audio samples of the voices.

ClaroRead Plus and Standard include 8 high quality voices.

ClaroRead  Standard USB includes 4 high quality voices.

Apple Pages
ClaroRead for Mac supports speech in Pages. Features supported include the homophone checker and highlighting features.

Check Anywhere Feature
The Check Anywhere feature allows users to spell check any text in any application, whether it is a web page, document or PDF.

Improved in ClaroRead for Mac V5

Check Window Feature
The Check Window feature now includes extras such as a dictionary definition of the chosen word and context box. The Check Window also displays the meaning and Synonyms of a chosen word.

Dock Icon Feature
Control the functions of ClaroRead including Play, Stop and Save to Audio through the dock icon. Access the main features of ClaroRead even when the application is minimised.

Prediction Feature
The Prediction feature has been enhanced and can now be used when typing in any application, such as the web browser or TextEdit.

To find out more, go to the ClaroRead for Mac V5 Web Page