Roadmap

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What we are planning to build in the coming months. For what we have actually built, see Releases. If we don’t end up shipping something, you might find it at Claro Software Labs. If you have something you think we should do, why not tell us? Lots of opinions, really into new software? Join the Claro Software Insider Program!

Long-term Roadmap

Alasdair King Alasdair, Chief Executive, January 2021

We see hinged devices (laptops and desktops) as where people write and work, and flat devices (tablets, phones) for consumption and editing. That’s not to say one is “better” or “more valuable”, especially for our users: being able to sit in a comfy sofa and go through your revision notes on your iPad is a super-great use of time! But when you come to write your essay you are probably going to go sit at a Windows, Mac or Chromebook.

It follows that ClaroRead for Windows, Mac and Chromebook need all the reading, writing and study features, and our Apps – mainly ClaroPDF, ClaroSpeak and Claro ScanPen – are for out-and-about, for reading, and for annotation (your revision notes and your reading list).

The plan for 2021 is:

  • Major engineering work on ClaroRead Windows. In 2020 we updated ClaroRead 9 with some great new writing features, released super new study skills tool Writing Helper, and produced amazing updates to our other tools like ClaroView 3. We also started letting users customise their ClaroRead with the new Extras Editor. Now while we promote and take these out to our users we’re going to do some internal work on our flagship ClaroRead product to improve its speed, reliability and security. Features are fine, performance is vital. 
  • Continue to build up ClaroRead Chromebook to be a “first class citizen” with the much more mature ClaroRead Windows and Mac.
  • Focus on integrating with platform identity on Apple iOS and macOS and iPadOS – we know Apple users value seamless operation with native apps and processes, and it is very much its own ecosystem. The new Claro Keyboard is particularly interesting since it allows our technology to help in any App in iOS/iPadOS, much more like ClaroRead for Mac. And of course, ClaroRead for Mac will work on ARM!
  • Build out our successful iOS Apps onto Android. We don’t think there is much actual business on Android, but that’s where our users are, so we have a duty to support them.
  • Roll out seamless SSO and support for new ways of provisioning software. This is particularly vital for the move to Cloud we’re seeing across the industry.
  • Take Website Reader out to the new Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) that are newly important in our COVID-19 world for our school and university customers.
  • Got any more suggestions? Contact me!

Soon

ClaroRead Mac 8.1
Show/clear homophones is back! Prediction improvements and ability to reorder the toolbar buttons.

More about ClaroRead Mac
ClaroPDF Windows 4
Open and read password-protected PDF files.

More about ClaroPDF Windows
ClaroSpeak iOS 6
A powerful update with a new assistive spelling engine that helps with spelling and grammar checks as you type.

More about ClaroSpeak iOS 6
ClaroRead Windows 10
A cleaner, more attractive ClaroRead with a smoother and more modern technical base, Welsh support and improved spelling and homophone features.

More about ClaroRead Windows 10

In Development

ClaroCom iOS 2
Version 2 modernises ClaroCom by adding lots of new voice options, an updated UI and an automatic phrase and category sync option.

More about ClaroCom iOS 2
SyllableReader 1
Show syllables for words and speak them individually so you can learn to read faster.
ClaroRead Chrome 23
Updated settings to make ClaroRead Chrome work more like your other extensions: works better on smaller Chromebooks and easier to find and change settings.

More about ClaroRead Chrome 23
Claro Website Reader 9
Use text-to-speech feature with PDF files. Extra features in the overlay tab.

More about Claro Website Reader 9
ClaroCapture 6
New and improved interface: more responsive and fast, but keeping the familiar and intuitive layout and style.

More about ClaroCapture 6
Claro Writing Helper 2
You can now import and export projects which will allow students to move projects between different computers or save them to cloud or physical storage.

More about Claro Writing Helper 2
Claro Writing Helper Mac
The Mac version of our popular Windows app.

This page was last updated on 22nd March 2021.

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