A great article and recorded webinar by Arran Smith, a dyslexia expert and adult with dyslexia. A long-term ClaroRead user, he describes how ClaroRead can help with reading and spelling, benefits for school pupils, and use in exams.
The ClaroSpeak text-to-speech App now brings the ‘Capture Text From Photo’ option and Google Drive to all ClaroSpeak users.
With ClaroSpeak’s advanced ‘Optical Character Recognition’ (OCR), users can easily photograph a document or screen-shot an image with text, and have this text extracted into ClaroSpeak. Add OCR, via in-App purchase, for just £1.99.
The ClaroSpeak update now includes Google Drive and Google Docs. Easily save, load and open files to your Google Drive account or open Google Docs in ClaroSpeak.
ClaroSpeak is a quality text-to-speech App for proofreading text through listening, helping with reading and literacy development, creating audio files from any text and scanning any document to convert the text into editable text. 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 Reviews And Quotes
ClaroSpeak “This App is absolutely brilliant! I’m currently doing a degree & have M.E, so at times I am unable to read when experiencing a relapse. I have the PC version of ClaroSpeak, I thought i’d try the App version, so glad I did. I am able to upload all module notes & open to Claro via Dropbox. This App has really helped me with my studies. I have it on my iPad & iPhone, I just listen, make notes where necessary, even on the go.” PhonexRising78 (App store)
Why the latest ClaroSpeak includes the OpenDyslexic font
Which font is easiest to read? Printers and designers and scientists have argued this for years. Are sans-serif fonts (strictly typefaces) like Arial clearer? Or do the embellishments of serif fonts like Times New Roman make it easier to read across the line?
There is not a very good clear answer. The simple one is that most people prefer, and find easiest to read, the fonts they read most often (1). Practice makes perfect. But there are exceptions: for example, people with a visual impairment certainly benefit from larger font sizes.
More interestingly, people with dyslexia often find it easier to read fonts that have clear differences between letters no matter their orientation (so b and d and p are not identical, even when rotated) and which have more obvious differences between letters, like a larger opening in the letter c so it looks less like an o. Microsoft Comic Sans is a ubiquitous font that fulfils some of these requirements and is therefore popular: Arial and Chalkface are also good.
A number of fonts have also been developed specifically for dyslexic people. They feature letters you cannot rotate, good letter openings and other helpful features. A recent one is the OpenDyslexic font, which has been made freely available by its creator, Abelardo Gonzalez, under an Open Source licence. You can download it from www.dyslexicfonts.com
We’ve also included OpenDyslexic in our latest version of ClaroSpeak, our iOS app, so you can read and write text in the OpenDyslexic font if its features help you to read it more easily. Try it out in ClaroSpeak: the most likely outcome is that you don’t find it any easier to read, but for some people using a font like this can make all the difference and help them to understand text and enjoy reading far more easily than before.
One last note: there’s some research suggesting that text that is harder to read is easier to remember and understand (2). Of course, if you can’t read it in the first place, this is no good to you: but it’s a reminder that there are many, many factors in reading and you should experiment with what is best for you.
1 Burt, C “A psychological study of typography” Cambridge University Press (1959).
2 Diemand-Yauman, C., et al. “Fortune favors the Bold (and the Italicized): Effects of disfluency on educational outcomes.” Cognition (2010).