ClaroRead. Assistive software for reading and writing
ClaroRead is a multi-sensory, text to speech software program for supporting reading and writing tasks. It is closely integrated with Microsoft Word and Internet Explorer. Text can be spoken aloud and can help deliver high quality documents through using the "proofreading" capability. You can scan a paper document or convert a PDF and have it spoken back clearly.
To activate, go to ‘All programs’ and select ClaroRead 5
The visual toolbar will appear on your screen. When you bring your word document to the screen, the tool bar will move to the top. Make sure you have headphones ready.
Click the cursor key beside the text you would like to hear and press play. The text being spoken is highlighted in blue.
The visual toolbar lets you colour, highlight and focus on text as it is spoken by the computer. Words can also be spoken back as they are typed, improving accuracy of written papers, tests and study notes - so it is useful for teachers too.
The Settings button allows you to alter settings (such as the chosen voice, speed, volume) and access additional functions.
*To be able to read a document from the intranet or internet, go to:
Settings – Advanced Speech. Click on All.
Extras include a Screen Ruler which allows you to concentrate on text by providing a strip or ruler across the page. This can be magnified, have the contrast altered or the background dimmed.
ClaroRead includes RealSpeak voices
ClaroRead speaks back text as it is typed, allowing you to check and proof-read your work quickly and easily. Text can be spoken at any point by highlighting individual sections of text and pressing Play - great for proofreading.
Close integration with Microsoft Word and Internet Explorer means you can click and play at any point in a document or web page.
A single word can be spoken back simply by holding the CTRL button - ClaroRead will speak the word under the mouse pointer.
Audio and video files from text documents can be made for listening to on your PC or a portable audio player. Simply Select and Save - great for revision or listening on the move.
A Text to Speech Pronunciation Dictionary is available to modify the way words are pronounced if needed.
Font and colour changing
ClaroRead’s Font Button allows you to modify the font size, type, and colour of the whole document very easily. With the Font button you can:
- Increase or decrease the font size
- Change the font to one of 3 popular fonts with one click. The fonts can be chosen in the ClaroRead Advanced Settings Editor
- Change the colour of the text of a whole document and change the background colour of your PC easily.
ClaroRead makes it simple to space out text, both in Word and on web pages. Pressing the Spacing Button when working in Word or Internet Explorer will help you:
- Expand spacing
- Change line spacing
- Changes the number of points (spaces) after the end of each paragraph.
Homophones and tricky words
Homophones are words that are pronounced alike even if they differ in spelling or meaning, such as "pair" and "pear". ClaroRead Homophone features will:
Mark in colour all the homophones and confusable words in a document. Using the new Advanced Settings Editor, you can also add additional tricky and confusable words.
- The Check Feature will list alternative words that sound the same, along with the meaning of each word.
- Mark homophones in colour as you type
Word with Pictures: Over a thousand pictures included in ClaroRead, help users to selec the correct homophone or choice of wording. Pictures can be turned off.
Check word - a single button press
ClaroRead provides a single Check Button for use in Microsoft Word that combines a homophone dictionary, thesaurus, reference dictionary and spellchecker, making the checking of your text and documents easier and more comprehensive.
If a word is a homophone the Homophone Check Box will appear, along with meanings. If the word has alternative words with the same or similar meaning, the Meaning Check Box will appear. You can then view more to see the dictionary definition. You can SpellCheck individual words or the whole of your document at any point.
The Check Boxes are fully speech enabled, so hovering the mouse over the words will make them speak. There are 2000 picture icons to help with word meanings.
Scan paper & convert PDF files into Word
Textbooks, photocopies and handouts are easily converted into Word documents. The text can then be spoken out by ClaroRead or edited. PDF files can also be unlocked and edited. This feature works using all scanners with TWAIN or WIA compatible scanners.
ClaroRead uses a base prediction dictionary consisting of the most frequently used words in the English language. The dictionary learns as you type, and rejects words that don't pass the automatic spellcheck.
The Prediction List will automatically appear by your cursor during typing. Alternatively, you can dock the Prediction windows anywhere on the screen to use it as a reference.
By importing words from existing documents, subject and curriculum specific dictionaries can be produced.