EnableMart sponsored an educational webinar with Dr. Alasdair King, Director of Claro Software. Dr. King shows webinar viewers different aspects of the ClaroRead software and highlights how easy it is to change settings and use the built in tools.
This walkthrough demonstrates key features of this software related to reading and writing. In this webinar you have the opportunity to see the software in action. Dr. King walks though features such as:
- Easily accessible and adjustable toolbar to access ClaroRead functions
- Ability to read PDFs, Word documents, and Email
- Various languages and voice speed
- Auto-speak anything the mouse is pointed on
- The 3 ways to scan and access material you’d like ClaroRead to interact with
- Saving written text as an audio or video file
- Making changes to text font, size, color/background color, character spacing, line spacing
- Extra Functions- including a screen ruler, highlights and graphic mind mapping tools
A feature that peaked my interest was the Claro Capture. This feature captures the image or text on the screen and notes the website address where it came from in an outline type of format. What a great tool for things you are researching or when you simply come across a webpage or article you like while browsing online.
The writing and proofing features are impressive, especially the ability to highlight possible homophones. The detailed definitions assist in making sure the words you wrote are what you meant to write. ClaroRead has a 100,000-word prediction dictionary and uses phonetic word prediction.
The Claro Software apps mentioned in this webinar can be found at www.claro-apps.com. I downloaded ClaroMagX (free) and ClaroSpeak ($6.99) to my iPad to learn more about them. The ClaroMagX allowed me to zoom in on anything with my iPad camera and capture the image. ClaroSpeak offered several of the features that Dr. King mentioned in the computer software demonstration, so it was easy for me to check them out after having watched his informative webinar. When using this product, I was able to shave one step off of the process I usually use when I send outgoing email or text. Certainly the computer software holds many more functions than the apps provide. However, it’s a great way to see if some of those features might be helpful to you.
Written by Gabe Ryan, EnableMart Blog Writer and Contributor from Sacramento, California. He enjoys creating abstract paintings, as well as spending time with his family and friends. He enjoys exploring and using his iPad and iPhone. One of his favorite things to do is listening to music ranging from Journey to Macklemore. He is always interested in trying new things, getting out in the community and meeting new people. Using varied assistive technology tools to better access his environments comes second nature to him as he has used a wheelchair since he was three years old. Some of these tools have been life-changing for him and they have opened up new opportunities. He looks forward to sharing his experiences and perspectives with our readers.