ClaroRead Mac vs ClaroRead PC

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ClaroRead for Mac has the same core features as ClaroRead for Windows – speech, scanning/OCR, spellcheck, screen tinting, word prediction – but a slightly smaller feature set. These are generally less-used features, for the obvious reason that if they were popular we would have built them into ClaroRead for Mac already!

Here is a fairly comprehensive list:

  • ClaroRead for Mac has ScreenRuler, ClaroView, ClaroCapture and ClaroIdeas. But there is no Claro AudioNote or AutoConverter.
  • ClaroRead for Mac is always a floating toolbar – no docking or following the window. That’s simpler in many ways.
  • ClaroRead for Mac can save text to audio, but not to video, and it can’t send text direct to Music.
  • You can’t cursor around a Word document and hear words and lines spoken out, nor is there a Play On feature.
  • You use the included ClaroSpeak for Mac to read PDF files with highlighting rather than using Adobe Reader.
  • Word prediction has fewer options – still the same dictionaries and words, but (for example) you can’t arrow down to see the next set of words.

These are quite specific features that an advanced user might notice, but they aren’t generally items that we think affect the vast majority of users:

  • You cannot have a word by holding Control and pointing at it – select the word instead.
  • The Check Window doesn’t have “change all”, “ignore” or “ignore all” buttons, nor syllabification.
  • No pop-up dictionary tooltip.
  • No alert sound when a homophone is typed.