ClaroRead Chrome Release Notes

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ClaroRead Chrome 28.1.15 was released 6 September 2022.

Version 29

Under development.

  • When you have a selection in Google Docs or Word Online and then click Check, ClaroRead will spellcheck the selection from beginning to end (rather than just starting from the end of the selection). This matches ClaroRead Windows and Mac and makes it easy for you to choose which bit of your work you need to spellcheck rather than having to go through the whole document.
  • ClaroRead can now switch the voice it is using when the text it is reading switches language. For example, if a document contains English and Swedish, ClaroRead will switch between your chosen English and Swedish voice when it encounters it. You can turn this on or off in Setting, Language.
  • In Google Docs your chosen highlight colour is used, rather than always grey.

Version 28

Version 28.1.15 released 6 September 2022.

  • New settings screen – Larger and unified settings screen with an updated user interface. This settings screen can be accessed from the ClaroRead Chrome toolbar and the extension options. The new settings will only open one set of settings for multiple tabs so you don’t need to keep track of multiple settings windows being opened. And it all resizes according to the browser window size, supports Dark Mode and has lots of images in it to help you find the setting you need.
  • Extras toolbar button – ClaroRead Chrome now contains an extras button on the toolbar which contains a further three buttons for ClaroIdeas, ePub Reader and Speaking Calculator.
  • We’ve put a prediction toggle button on the toolbar so you can turn prediction on and off with a single click. Hide it away and bring it out again to suit the webpage you are on.
  • In settings you will now find a View tab which allows you to control which buttons you can see on the toolbar. Take away buttons to make the application simpler and smaller, or add buttons to get more features.
  • Lots more English phonetic and dyslexic corrections in spellcheck.
  • The Stop button is always on the toolbar, no matter what settings you change, so you can always stop speech with a single click.
  • Fixed Google Docs reading correctly.

Version 27.1

Version 27.1.8 released 4 July 2022.

  • Lots more Swedish phonetic and dyslexic corrections in spellcheck.
  • Bug fixes and improvements

Version 27

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Version 27.0.11 released 8 June 2022.

  • 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 show incorrectly-split words when using the Homophone Check and Spell Check feature in ClaroRead Chrome.
  • If you don’t want to see highlighting when reading you can turn this off in Settings.
  • The speed slider now has some numbers on it to help you know where to set it and to tell someone else where you have set it.
  • You can read ePubs in ClaroRead Chrome by going to Settings, Extras, and clicking the new ePub Reader button to open our ePub Reader App.
  • You can now add words to your personal lexicon so if a word is correct but ClaroRead Chrome thinks it is misspelled you can fix it.

Version 26

Version 26.0.15 released 9 May 2022.

  • Adding “spellcheck all” to Microsoft Word Online. Currently you can spell check a whole document in Google Docs, we’re also bringing that functionality to Word Online.
  • Word prediction in Swedish now uses our latest updated and powerful prediction technology, built by world-class linguists to help you get the right work at the right time. This is Cloud-provided, so Swedish spellcheck will now need you to be online to work.
  • Adding lots more “dyslexic-style” spelling corrections to our Swedish spellcheck service – again, this is online-only.

Version 25

Version 25.0.1 released 14 April 2022.

  • Save to audio. Much like in ClaroRead for Windows you can now save your text selection to audio using the nearest appropriate voice. Go to Settings, Extras tab, and check Save To Audio to enable the feature. You will then have a new Save button on the toolbar: just select some text, click it, and you’ll get an MP3 to save and use as you wish.

Version 24

Version 24.0.2 released 28th March 2022.

  • Currently the extension runs even when the toolbar is closed. Certain settings work such as prediction and the coloured overlay. We’re updating the toolbar so that when you close the toolbar everything is switched off.
  • Performance improvements with how long it takes to extension to load on each page and become ready to go.
  • We’ve improved the accessibility for users who rely on other assistive technologies, like screenreaders. Buttons and settings are all now accessible and properly written to comply with WCAG and other standards.
  • ClaroRead Chrome now has a dark mode! Changing your systems preferred theme should automatically switch the way the extension looks

Version 23.2

Version 23.2.1 released 22 December 2021

Updates to usage tracking.

Version 23.2

Version 23.2.1 released 15 December 2021

Updates to usage tracking.

Version 23.2

Version 23.2.0 released 15 December 2021

Updates to usage tracking.

Version 23.1

Version 23.1.5 released 6 October 2021

Bugfixes and scanning.

Version 23.1

Version 23.1.4 released 20 September 2021

Fixes for Google Docs reading.

Version 23.1

Version 23.1.3 released 9 September 2021

  • Fixes for Google Docs reading.

Version 23

Version 23.1.2 released 24 August 2021.

  • We’ve improved our spellchecker to provide better results for Swedish: you’ll see the right word suggested more often. Spellcheck is super-important in Sweden, and combined with our word prediction and speech it makes ClaroRead very powerful.
  • Google Docs is updating the way they display their documents so we’ve updated ClaroRead Chrome to handle this.

Version 22.3

Version 22.3.7 released 11 December 2020

  • We’re updating our scan from screen feature to be more accurate.

Version 22.3.8 released May 2021

  • Fixes for Google Docs reading.

Version 22.2.2

Version 22.2.2 released 6 November 2020

  • Contains a bug fix for Google docs that prevented the users from typing correcting if echo sentences/words was enabled.

Version 22.2

Version 22.2 released 22 October 2020

  • We’re removing font awesome from the Chrome extension and replacing all the icons with images. This will allow for faster load times and a reduction in collisions with host websites.

Version 22.1

Version 22.1 released 6 October 2020

  • We’ve improved the accessibility for users who rely on other assistive technologies, like screenreaders. Buttons and settings are all now accessible and properly written to comply with WCAG and other standards.
  • Performance improvements with how long it takes to extension to load on each page and become ready to go.

Version 22

Version 22 released 27th of July 2020

  • Making and capturing highlights. Highlighting passages in documents and then extracting them is super popular on Windows and iOS (in ClaroPDF) so we’ve brought this to ClaroRead Chrome. You can select and highlight passages in web pages (and only web pages for now), sort them and review them, then send them to a Google Docs document. To activate the Capture buttons turn on Capture on the Extras tab in Settings.
  • The Overlay tab is now called Extras. Here you can control the settings for the screen overlay feature, but also the capturing features new in this version. We’re working towards having our ClaroRead Windows and Mac Extras all in ClaroRead Chrome, and this is where they will live!
  • Improved next word prediction. Help with your writing by suggesting the next word you want.
  • ClaroRead now favours your selected prediction dictionary in its suggestions.
  • ClaroRead has improved phonetic prediction so it keeps checking phonetic options as you type more letters – this mean that “kat” suggests “cat”, where before “cat” would disappear when you got to “ka”.
  • if a full stop is typed it is automatically moved to the end of the sentence. So “This is a sentence .” becomes “This is a sentence. ” without you having backspace: just keep typing and writing.
  • Prediction now works in Word Online: spellcheck and speech recognition do not work here yet, and you have to type a space after each word. Prediction works fully in Google Docs.
  • Prediction now shows (1) correctly-typed words, so you can see that you have written a valid and word, AND (2) shows a spelling correction for the word you have typed so far, so you can see the correct spelling for what you meant.
  • Prediction can also show homophones, so if you type “their” you’ll see “there” and “they’re” suggested. Lets you know there are confusable words and pick the right one.
  • Improvements to ClaroRead Chrome Swedish with a better corpus and three new prediction dictionaries for different school ages, so prediction matches the literacy level.
  • We’ve added a quick link to the help page if you right-click on the ClaroRead icon in the toolbar in Chrome so you can get help easily.

Version 21

Version 21 released 15th of April 2020. Blog Post: ClaroRead Chrome Update – Updated Voice List and Maths Support

  • Improved spellcheck for Swedish. More words right more often.
  • Improved voice selection. We provide lots of voices in lots of languages with ClaroRead Chrome – we have users all over the world and can provide dozens of languages, even in the free version of ClaroRead. This can make it hard to find the voice you want in the long list. Now voices are grouped by language and dialect, and we’ve added flags to make it easier for people who find reading harder to find the language they want. Finally, we’ve re-ordered the voices so the voices you are likely to want to use are at the top. It’s easier to pick the voice you want and enjoy reading and proofing in ClaroRead Chrome 21.
  • Oh, and we’ve added a button to let you test the voice!
  • Reading (or math!) Most maths is found in web pages as images, with nothing actually readable: but some websites provide actual maths in the form of MathML or LaTeX, so we can read it out. ClaroRead Chrome 21 reads out maths it finds as you read through a web page, or you can point at or select the maths to hear it read aloud. In ClaroRead Chrome 21 it just reads the whole equation to keep it simple: if we find that people want to have lower-level reading (e.g. each symbol at a time) then we could look at that.
  • More accurate scan-from-screen (updated training data in OCR engine).

Version 20

Version 20.2 released 29 november 2019

  • Updated Swedish Prediction to be consistent with ClaroRead Windows

Version 20

Version 20.1 released 4 November 2019

  • Improvements to PDF file opening and handling invalid PDF files. If anything goes wrong with loading PDF files for reading, especially in Chromebooks, ClaroRead will simply pass the PDF to Chrome’s native PDF reading feature. This will mean that clicking Play will not work – you can’t read through the document. However, you can still speak you document: just select some text you want to hear and right-click, then select “Speak selected text” to hear it read aloud.

Version 20

Version 20 released 19 August 2019. Blog Post: Extra Features in Spellcheck and Prediction – ClaroRead Chrome

  • Additional second language option like ClaroRead Windows
  • (Premium) Word translations in spell check for your other language
  • (Premium) Pictures in spell check and prediction
  • (Premium) Improved phonetic prediction
  • (Premium) Additional high-quality voices

Version 19

Version 19 released 18 April 2019

  • Additional subject-specific prediction dictionaries
  • Improved base prediction dictionary
  • (Premium) Additional Swedish TTS voices

Version 18

Version 18 released 4 December 2018

  • (Premium) Speech Recognition
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

Version 17

Version 17 released 26 September 2018. Blog Post: ClaroRead for Chromebook Version 17 Live Now!

  • (Premium) Spell Check and Homophone Check (English and Swedish languages)
  • Norwegian prediction support
  • Google Docs reading and highlighting improvements
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

Version 16

Version 16 released 1 June 2018. Blog Post: New Features – ClaroRead Chromebook 16

  • Changes to text highlighting in editable text areas. ClaroRead for Chromebook now works more like ClaroRead for Windows/Mac when working in editable text areas. Clicking on the text will no longer immediately highlight the current sentence, highlighting will begin when the play button is pressed
  • New Sign in option allowing you to sign in to your ClaroRead Cloud account inside ClaroRead for Chromebook. This will unlock premium features if you have the appropriate licence key in your ClaroRead Cloud account
  • Echo letter sounds enabled for Norwegian voices
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

Version 15

Version 15 released 8 March 2018

  • (Premium) CereProc Swedish voice now available
  • New toolbar and settings UI. Toolbar has a titlebar and close button that will allow you to turn off the extension without turning off all of the settings.
  • New context menu speech option: Right Click -> Speak selected text
  • Norwegian UI translations
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

Version 14

Version 14 released 30 November 2017. Blog Post: ClaroRead Chrome Extension 14 Released

  • (Premium) Scan from Screen is now much faster to start up.
  • (Premium) When you do Scan from Screen the text recognised is also copied into the clipboard so you can paste it into a new document.
  • New users will have a new Welcome tab open up when they start Google Chrome with ClaroRead for the first time.
  • You can now see your Google Domain in Settings. This is useful for configuring site licences.
  • Blog Post

Version 13

Version 13 released 3 July 2017. Blog Post: ClaroRead Chrome V13 Released

  • You can now find a Scanning/OCR button on a dropdown below the Scan from Screen button. This allows access to online document conversion using our ClaroRead Cloud OCR service. A ClaroRead Cloud account is required.
  • Unlocking ClaroRead Chrome with a licence key requires assent to our EULA.
  • ClaroRead Chrome will not load PDF files (it will leave that to Chrome) if ClaroRead Chrome speech options (“Click and Play”, echo, speak on mouse select, speak on mouse hover) are all turned off.
  • ClaroRead Chrome Premium users will now find that their Premium features are still available offline.
  • Final fixes to some PDFs not loading correctly

Version 12

Version 12 released 8 May 2017

  • Fixes to some PDFs not loading correctly.

Version 11

Version 11 released 4 May 2017. Blog Post: ClaroRead Chrome V11 Released

  • ClaroRead Chrome now reads back Google Slides with highlighting.
  • Prediction now supports phonetics in Swedish, so “sj” brings up “just”.
  • Prediction now also supports French, German, Spanish, Polish, and Arabic.
  • Predictions remain visible even if you keep typing past three characters (so long as they match).

Version 10

Version 10 released 24 February 2017. Blog Post: ClaroRead Chrome V10 Released

  • (Premium) Microsoft Office 365 Word now has reading with highlighting.
  • (Premium) Swedish Emil, Filip, Emma and Freja voices added to Premium.

Version 9

Version 9 released 10 November 2016

  • System administrators can now manage ClaroRead Chrome centrally for their users with a special control panel. Site policies
  • You can now buy a ClaroRead Chrome Premium subscription through the Google Web Store.

Version 8

Version 8 released 2 August 2016. Blog Post: ClaroRead Chrome Extension 8 Released

  • Choose your text highlighting colour.
  • Word prediction.
  • Click-to-play now speaks until you click Stop.

Version 7

Version 7 released 22 March 2016

  • Scan from screen (Premium only).
  • Read Google Docs annotations.
  • Unlock Premium features with licence key.

Version 6

Version 6 released 25 February 2016. Blog Post: ClaroRead Chrome Extension 6 released

  • Read PDF files with highlighting.
  • Read Google Docs extensions with hover or select.
  • Unlock premium features (high-quality TTS voices) for Google for Education and Work site licence customers.

Version 3

Version 3.1.4 released 14 September 2015

  • Improved reading in Google Docs and other pages.

Version 3

Version 3.1 released 14 August 2015

  • Echo words in general web pages and Google Docs
  • Echo sentences in general web pages and Google Docs
  • Renamed from “ClaroSpeak” to “ClaroRead”
  • Highlighting in Google Docs.
  • Made public in Chrome Web Store.

Version 3

Version 3 released 21 May 2015

  • Speed control for online server voices
  • Echo characters in Google Docs

Version 2

Version 2 released 20 April 2015

  • Speed control on Web Speech API voices
  • Speech with synchronized sentence highlighting (Click and play)
  • Coloured overlay, user-defined colour and opacity

Version 1

Version 1 released May 2014

  • Web Speech API voices
  • Online server voices
  • Speak on mouse select (including Google Docs)
  • Speak on mouse hover
  • Echo characters while typing
  • Use letter sounds instead of characters (Swedish only)


This page was last updated on 6th September 2022.