ClaroRead 7.2 Release Notes

ClaroRead 7.2.36, 7 July 2017.

New Features

  • Play On. Sometimes users might want ClaroRead to keep reading through their document as they switch to other Windows to check things, edit the document as it goes, or just leave it playing in the background. You can now hold down Control when clicking Play or pressing F7 and ClaroRead will go into “Play On” mode, where it will keep playing until you explicitly press Stop or press F8 – even if you use the mouse or press keys or change window or type into the same Word document.
    • While Play On is operating you can skip forward to the next sentence forwards by clicking Play or pressing F7 again. (The Play button changes to show you can do this). So you can move quickly through your document, updating it where you need.
    • Play On operates in Microsoft Word and LibreOffice. It will always do sentence highlighting.

  • Updated Spelling Engine. ClaroRead 7.2 includes an updated spelling engine.
    • The updated engine now includes the powerful international HunSpell system, which powers Safari, Google Chrome, and LibreOffice spellcheck.
    • Danish, British and US English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Polish, and Swedish are all supported.
    • The ClaroRead spelling engine supports spelling in documents (Google Docs, Microsoft Word, LibreOffice) and any other application.
  • Dynamic phonetic spelling suggestions. ClaroRead has always supported common phonetic or dyslexic misspellings with an exceptions list derived from years of research. This is highly effective way to target high-frequency phonetic errors. Now ClaroRead includes a dynamic phonetic spellcheck mechanism, so English words that are particularly hard to spell are checked against the phonetics of the user’s word to produce extra suggestions even when the original user’s word is very far removed from the orthography of the targeted word (e.g. “bzr” for “bazaar”).
    • To keep things simple the base hard-to-spell wordlist is set by ClaroRead online, restricted to high-value hard-to-spell words to reduce “false positives”, and is updated as and when required, with no user intervention required. The phonetic suggestions can be disabled entirely in spellcheck settings.
    • If a user selects or creates a custom dictionary in Prediction then this custom dictionary will also be used as a source of spelling suggestions – just as it is used to inform spelling results now. So users can create subject-specific phonetic spelling suggestions to help them in their studies and with their new, unfamiliar vocabulary.
    • The dynamic phonetic spelling suggestion system supports both UK and US English.
  • Compound Words (Swedish). Spelling errors that consist of two words that look correctly-spelled but really should be combined into one, like “straw berry”, are common in Swedish. The new Compound Word feature is available in Swedish only, and will highlight incorrectly-split words when using the Homophone Check feature in ClaroRead.
    • The database of compound words is provided by Claro Software online so it can be updated without needing to update ClaroRead (e.g. adding new corrections, identifying one as an error). The database is cached so ClaroRead can still compound-word-check if offline.
    • Compound word checking can be turned off in the Homophones setting screen in ClaroRead.
    • Compound words are never flagged during typing to keep complexity to a minimum (unlike homophones).
    • Compound word checking is only available when checking text in Microsoft Word.
  • Speak word under mouse. We know that users like to quickly check the meaning of a word, or hear it read aloud. In ClaroRead 7.1 this means selecting the word, but this can be fiddly, and some words cannot be selected (e.g. in images). ClaroRead 7.2 uses the built-in scan-from-screen that became available to all versions of ClaroRead in 7.1 and gives you the ability to simply hold control, point the mouse and hear any word on the screen read aloud and/or defined with a speaking dictionary.

Changes and Bugfixes

  • You can now save audio files in the MP3 format as well as WMA, WAV and OGG.
  • To simplify the product for new users, the Font and Spacing buttons are no longer shown by default. You can make them visible by opening Settings, going to the View tab and checking their buttons.
  • PDF files now open after scanning in Adobe Acrobat DC.
  • If running as a USB stick, does not check Program Files for Extras.
  • ClaroRead will be named as “ClaroRead” not “ClaroRead.exe” in Windows settings (e.g. “Select which icons appear in the taskbar”)
  • WordRead Plus is still supported as a rebranded ClaroRead Standard. Simply install the Swedish version of ClaroRead Standard and it will appear as “WordRead Plus”. This means two fewer installers to manage (authenticated and network)
  • The licence input dialog now appears in the Windows taskbar so you can get (back) to it if you have to enter a licence key.
  • An Argentinian Spanish version is now available on installation and defaults to an Argentinian Spanish voice.
  • Users can now proceed straight through installation by simply pressing Return (except for having to check the licence agreement.)
  • Opening Spellcheck on a correctly-spelled word now shows the word so you can hover and hear it and look it up online and see a definition, even if we have no synonyms for it.
  • The Scan tab now has a Reset button to clear all previously-configured scanners. This can be useful for resolving scanner setup issues.
  • Installation. If you are (re)installing ClaroRead on a machine that has already been authenticated and licenced with ClaroRead, the licence key already used will be extracted and supplied to the installer for you without having to re-key it. This is helpful when upgrading or reinstalling ClaroRead.
  • Re-licensing. If the installed licence key is now expired according to the saved hash, then tries it again from michelle.ini against server. This is to allow us to remotely increase the lifespan of a code by changing the server. ClaroRead will re-authenticate against any stored key, e.g. in michelle.ini.
    • System admins no longer face having to re-enter licence keys on networks with keyed ClaroRead installations. Claro can supply a keyed licence key version to a site licence and simply extend the licence on its own servers.
  • Dictionary definitions have been widely expanded for Spanish, Dutch and French using Wiktionary.
    • Dictionary definitions from Wiktionary are only available when online.
  • To improve stability, speak on mouse select no longer operates in Windows Explorer.
  • ClaroRead SE no longer overwrites ClaroRead Plus settings if run on the same machine.
  • The spellcheck window now defaults to closed in Sweden.
  • ClaroRead no longer installs Software ID Tags.