We’ve updated Claro ScanPen for Android with a powerful new Share feature and made it easier to get.
First, you can now share text you have captured with other Apps. You can use ScanPen to take a picture and speak the text in the picture out loud. But what if you want to use the text somewhere else?
We’ve added a Share button to ScanPen Android, so you can just tap on Share and the text you have selected will be sent to wherever you choose – an email, a message, even Word for Android or Google Docs. This lets you include printed documents in your work and communications – put a quotation in your essay, or send a copy of a page to yourself for reference.
Select the text to share (copy). Then tap the Share button (top, centre)
Select the Share action (where the text will be sent). Select “Copy to clipboard” to simply copy the text to the Android clipboard. I’m going to select Outlook.
The selected text is now Shared to the chosen application, in this case an email App.
Second, you can now unlock ScanPen for Android with a ClaroRead key. If you’ve purchased ClaroRead for Windows or ClaroRead for Mac with a licence key, you can simply install Claro ScanPen for Android and enter your licence key. This will unlock all of its features: essentially Claro ScanPen for Android is now included free with ClaroRead for Windows or Mac.
We have just come across a wonderful review of Claro ScanPen. This one is from Sweden and the reviewer, consumer editor Martin Appel, has really nailed some of the best features for his readers.
For those of you who do not read Swedish, this is what he said:
Some apps are almost magic, and just a few years ago they would feel like science fiction. Claro ScanPen is one such. What the app does is to turn written text into speech. You can keep the phone in front of a regular page in a paper book, and after a few seconds you hear the text read by a synthetic voice.
We agree. Every time people try out Claro ScanPen at exhibitions or conferences, they think it is magic. It is something about the mix of old style paper print with new technology that really appeals.
Martin Appel goes on to talk about the different groups who will benefit:
The scan pen is primarily intended for schoolchildren who have difficulty reading. By hearing the text while reading, it becomes easier to understand. But, of course, it’s not just schoolchildren who may have trouble reading, and the app may as well be used by people with impaired vision – or all of us who sometimes need some help concentrating.
Thanks Martin for the excellent review and the helpful tips.
ScanPen can now automatically copy the selected text to your device’s clipboard ready to paste into another app. This feature is switched off by default, to turn it on simply open ScanPen’s settings and select “Advanced settings” and switch on “Copy selected text to clipboard”.
A share button can be enabled in Advanced Settings. This lets you export your image to other apps, email and other destinations.
ScanPen now includes a range of Acapela kids voices, that are available as in-app purchases (£3.99). Here are some samples:
We are delighted to announce the launch of our first native Android app, Claro ScanPen for Android. Just like the iPad or iPhone version, you can take a photo with your Android phone or tablet, wait a couple of seconds, and then simply select any text in the photo to hear it read back to you!
Claro ScanPen requires no Internet connection and is super-fast and easy to use, providing access to exam papers and other printed material. It supports ten languages: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.
Finally, we hope that our Android version is as well-received as Claro ScanPen for iOS, so to help it along we’ve made it completely free until the end of 2016. After that you only need a one-time in-app purchase of £2.99 – and you can check it out for fifteen days free trial any time.