ClaroRead Mac vs ClaroRead Windows

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ClaroRead Mac has the same core features as ClaroRead 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 Mac already!

Here is a fairly comprehensive list:

  • ClaroRead Mac has ScreenRuler, ClaroView, ClaroCapture, Auto Converter and ClaroIdeas. But there is no Claro AudioNote.
  • ClaroRead Mac is always a floating toolbar, or docked to the top of the screen – no following the current window. That’s simpler in many ways.
  • ClaroRead Mac can save text to audio, but not to video.
  • 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 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) there are no prediction modes to choose from.

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 spoken by holding Control and pointing at it – select the word instead.
  • The Check Window doesn’t have syllabification.
  • No pop-up dictionary tooltip.
  • No alert sound when a homophone is typed.

This page was last updated following the ClaroRead Mac 8 and ClaroRead Windows 9 releases.

This page was last updated on 22nd October 2020.