ClaroRead Edge Release Notes

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ClaroRead Edge was released March 2020. It is the Microsoft counter part to Google’s ClaroRead Chrome. It’s releases follow the same as ClaroRead Chrome’s found here ClaroRead Chrome Release Notes


Product ManagerAlasdair King Alasdair
DeveloperDan MacArthurDan
DeveloperPaul Bond Paul

Version 1

Version 1 released 1 March 2020. Blog Post: ClaroRead Edge – New Extension for Microsoft Edge Web Browser

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  • Version 25

    In development.

    • Spelling corrections you make with ClaroRead Chrome are now collected to improve your spelling in the future. This is entirely optional, of course, and you or your organisation can opt out at any time, and delete any correction data we have collected for you.
    • 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 has continued to grow in power and the cute little settings window we built for Version 1 is struggling to work on every machine, especially low-end Chromebooks with small screens. The Google extension settings system is now better evolved, so it’s time to move to using that. You’ll still find a button for settings, but now they will open on a clean new tab, and you can also use the standard right-click and “Extension settings” option.

    Version 24

    In development.

    • 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.

    Version 23

    In development.

    • We’re improving our spellchecker to provide better results.

    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 (in process)

    • 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).

    This page was last updated on 6th July 2021.