ClaroRead - Assistive Software - ClaroRead Plus V5

By: Claroread  09-12-2011
Keywords: Software Solution, Dictionaries


Version 5.7 released! ClaroRead for PC V5.7 was released on 20th June 2011.

ClaroRead is a highly effective multisensory software solution for supporting individuals who struggle with reading and writing. Designed with maximum simplicity, adaptability and flexibility, users of any age and level of ability will have a world of information unlocked through ClaroRead.

Users benefit from the addition of visual tools that color, highlight and focus on difficult to read text as it is spoken by the computer. Words can also be spoken back as they are typed, ensuring the accuracy of written papers, tests, and study notes.

The range of add-on voices in over 20 different languages is also helpful for language students.

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ClaroRead V5 features and benefits

New For ClaroRead V5

New For V5.7 

New For V5.7  - Send To iTunes Function

ClaroRead now includes a 'Send to iTunes' function. If iTunes is installed on the PC, users can send selected text as audio files to iTunes. These files can be named, indexed and organized easily. The created audio files can be uploaded to an iPod or iPhone for listening on the go.

New For V5.7  - Dragon Echo Feature

Updated For V5.7  - Full Internet Explorer 9 Support

ClaroRead is now fully integrated with Internet Explorer 9.

Updated For V5.7   - Improved Scanning options

New  - Definition Tooltip

The Speaking Dictionary feature in ClaroRead V 5.5 enables you to get a definition tooltip simply by holding down the control key and hovering the mouse cursor over your chosen word. The definitions tooltip will show English dictionary definitions as well as a Google lookup button if you require further information. To find out more, watch the video below.

New - Check Anywhere

New - ClaroUp

ClaroUp is the new software update mechanism. ClaroUp will automatically check for updates to any of the Claro Software product range and will notify you when a new patch or update is available for any of your software.

Updated - ClaroCapture V2

ClaroCapture V2 has been fully updated with improve image and screen capturing. 

Updated Advanced Settings Editor

The Advanced Settings Editor has been improved for V5.5, allowing for the settings to be saved and restored. This is helpful when moving PC's or to distribute a custom prediction dictionary.

Updated Word Prediction

Word Prediction in ClaroRead V5.5 is greater than ever, with the software now learning as you type in Word. This gives you greater speed and accuracy when using Word Prediction.

Updated Prediction Training

The Prediction Training mechanism in the Advanced Setting Editor is much faster allowing for greater ease of use. The mechanism also now includes word counts, the ability to rename and delete prediction dictionaries, export word lists, and to turn off spellcheck when adding words.

Updated Scan2Text

Now includes the latest Scan2Text Omnipage engine V16.3, giving greater accuracy and reliability.

New - Support for Open Office 2.4 and 3.0

ClaroRead V5.1 now supports speech in Open Office 2.4 and 3.0. Features supported include: highlighting by word, word trail, sentence or paragraph: background while highlighting. Features not supported: focus sentence, homophone and spell checker.

New  - Updated Voice List

Claro has always aimed to offer the highest quality voices for inclusion with ClaroRead. All versions of ClaroRead For PC now include ten high quality text to speech voices that read anything from your PC clearly and accurately.

New - Visual highlighting

The new focus sentence feature greys or dims out sentences in MS Word not being spoken by the ClaroRead voice. This is helpful for focusing the eye on the text, and also tracking the position in a document. The word trail feature makes words color progressively as it is spoken by ClaroRead. This mode allows effective word by word highlighting, with minimal visual disruption. Any color can be chosen to highlight the text.

New - Readable font

The Tiresias family of fonts have been designed for optimum accessibility and usability. Tiresias PC font is now installed by ClaroRead for use in all your Windows applications. Tiresias was developed by Dr John Gill currently at RNIB Scientific Research Unit, in the UK.

New - Research and capture information

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ClaroRead Plus V5 now uses the updated Omnipage 16 engine, which gives you faster and more accurate scanning, including a rich new Preview function. The Preview function lets you add, delete and re-order scanned areas, alter page orientation and other settings. The highest quality Optical Character Recognition is included in ClaroRead Plus, making it ideal for scanning or converting books, articles and other content to become accessible, readable and editable.

New - Word checking

Word Check now gives extra definitions, context for the current spelling, and a Google search link within the improved Word Check window. Any corrections you make in the ClaroRead spellcheck window are remembered, and you can review your own spelling corrections later. You can use this information to build your personal correction list and add your corrections directly to Word’s Autocorrect in bulk from the ClaroRead Advanced Settings Editor.

New - New voices

Claro has always aimed to offer the highest quality voices for inclusion with ClaroRead. Two new excellent voices have been introduced for ClaroRead Plus V5, a UK English male and US English female.


ClaroRead Plus V5 includes 10 RealSpeak voices. Three American English voices are included (Jill, Samantha and Tom) as well as two French Canadian voices (Felix and Julie). Also included is Daniel (British English), Virginie (French), Moira (Irish), and two Mexican Spanish Voices (Javier and Paulina).

Make your PC Speak with a human sounding voice

ClaroRead speaks back text as it is typed, allowing a student to check and proof-read their work quickly and easily. Text can be spoken at any point by highlighting individual sections of text and pressing Play - great for proofreading.

Speak This Word allows the user to hear a single word spoken back in their desired voice, simply by holding the CTRL button ClaroRead V5 will speak the word under the mouse pointer.

Spoken words can be tracked using a custom color selection. Any accessible text under the mouse can be spoken if needed.

Make audio and video files from text documents for listening to on your PC or a portable audio player. Simply Select and Save - great for revision or listening on the move. Audio quality has been further improved for V5.

A Text to Speech Pronunciation Dictionary is available to modify the way words are pronounced if needed.

Integration with Microsoft Word 2003, 2007 & 2011

ClaroRead V5 provides a single tool bar for use in Microsoft Word that combines a homophone and dictionary, font and spacing commands, a thesaurus, spell checker button and a save to audio function. All have clear graphic icons for ease of recognition.

Font and color changing

When working with Microsoft Word, ClaroRead’s Font Button allows you to easily modify the font size, type, and color of the whole document. ClaroRead V5 now includes the Tiresias family of fonts which have been designed for optimum accessibility and usability. Tiresias PC font is now installed by ClaroRead for use in all your Windows applications.

With the Font button you can:

  • Increase or decrease the font size.
  • Change the color of the text of a whole document and change the background color of your PC easily.

View the Video below to find out more about the Font Features of ClaroRead V5 for PC.


Text character, line and paragraph spacing using Microsoft Word menus requires detailed knowledge. ClaroRead makes it simple to space out text, both in Word and on web pages using Internet Explorer.

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 difficult 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 color all the homophones and difficult words in a document. Using the new Advanced Settings Editor, you can also add difficult and confusing words.
  • The Check Feature will list alternative words that sound the same, along with the meaning of each word.
  • Mark homophones in color as you type.
  • Word with Pictures: Over two thousand pictures are included in ClaroRead, helping users to select the correct homophone or choice of wording. Pictures can be turned on or 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 the definition. 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 time.

The Check Boxes are fully speech enabled, so hovering the mouse over the words will make them speak. We also have over 2000 picture icons to help with word definitions.

This feature works using all scanners with TWAIN or WIA compatible scanners.

Word Prediction

ClaroRead V5 contains a word prediction feature, which is be useful for certain computer users. 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 set the Prediction windows anywhere on the screen to use it as a reference.

The ClaroRead Advanced Settings Editor now allows the creation of multiple Prediction Dictionaries, by importing words from existing documents. Ideal for creating subject and curriculum specific dictionaries, it puts the tool into the hands of the teacher.

ClaroRead Extras

For ClaroRead V5 we have added more applications and utilities (ClaroRead Extras) to enrich the toolkit available to you. Existing and future ClaroRead users can visit the ClaroRead Extras website from ClaroRead to obtain product updates, free downloads, add on products and support information.

Save to video

Building on the popularity of our Save to Audio feature in all versions of ClaroRead, we have now enhanced this to produce Save to Video. It is now possible to convert any text into a video with a high quality "voice over," synchronized with the text. You can change the text color settings to your preferences and the video can be produced to suit a wide range of popular mobile devices with video screens - iPhones, iPod Touch and Nano, Nokia, Walkman phones, and of course Media Player software. It is quick and easy to do, allowing you to take your documents and webpages with you while on the move.



Exporter is designed to allow you to synchronize settings for ClaroRead products between your computer and ClaroRead USB stick. This is a great feature for people who move about between shared computers and do not want to have to set up their settings every time.


ClaroRead Plus includes the separate program ScreenRuler. ScreenRuler works as a reading bar and strip magnifier. This allows part of the PC screen to be highlighted and magnified in a horizontal band.

This will assist anyone with viewing and concentrating on text or objects. It provides a 'strip' or 'ruler' across the screen, which can magnify, change contrast, and 'grey' or 'dim' a background.


Our screen tinting product ClaroView is included on the ClaroRead CD. ClaroView acts as a colored overlay for the PC.


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