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ClaroRead for PC
ClaroRead for PC ClaroRead is a highly effective multi-sensory software solution for supporting any computer user who struggles with reading and writing - perhaps due to dyslexia or other conditions. It is designed and crafted by experts, and provides a quality text to speech tool that is simple to use.
 

Description

ClaroRead provides text to speech support tools that allow computer users to read and write independently. By making a computer speak any text with a human voice, text documents can be proofed out loud along with web pages, e-mails and any other text. ClaroRead can reduce reliance on teachers, partners, support staff and parents by giving its user the opportunity to achieve the same standards as everyone else.

Key Features

  • Close integration with Microsoft Word 2003 and 2007, and Internet Explorer 6 and 7 means you can click and play at any point in a document or web page.
  • When used in Microsoft Word you can quickly and easily change the font size, colors and spacing and any word can be checked for definition and meaning with a single click on the ClaroRead toolbar.
  • The toolbar also features a homophone checking tool which highlights these tricky words which sound alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings.
  • Have the voice echo characters, words, sentences while typing (all applications).
  • Includes a pronunciation editor for changing how the voice pronounces words.

Training

Printable resources

ClaroRead User's Guide

Audio/Video Resources

The ClaroRead Toolbar
Speech Features
Font Features
Spacing Features
Word Prediction Feature

Practice/Simulation

Under construction. Please check back later for these resources.

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Troubleshooting

System Requirements

Windows Vista, XP
Sound Card
512 MB RAM or more is recommended
250MB Hard Disk Space Maximum Required
Scanner Supporting TWAIN or WIA Drivers requried for Scan2Text scan from paper.
Microsoft Word 2000, XP, 2003 or 2007 recommended

Q: "It's not reading anything any more!" or "I press Play and everything flashes really quickly in Word but no speech"

  1. Download and run SAPI5Test.exe - If none of the voices work, go to Step 2.
  2. Open Control Panel > "Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices"> "Speech". If the Speech panel does not appear, Try Cure Number 2 first.
  3. If it does appear, switch to the Microsoft Sam voice. Click the Preview button: no sound is produced, or an error message results. Try Cure Number 3 first.

Cure 1 Reinstall SAPI5

You do this by downloading and running SAPI5.MSI from the Claro Software support website. If that does not work, proceed to Cure 2:

Cure 2 Re-register sapi.dll

You can either download and run this program, or do it manually using the following instructions:
1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Speech". Right-click on sapi.dll, and select Open With from the drop-down menu, then select "Choose Program..." from the second menu.
Screenshot of location of sapi.dll
2. This will open the Open With dialog. Click the Browse button.
Screenshot of Open with dialog box
3. Navigate to "C:\Windows\System32\regsvr32.exe".
Screenshot of Open with navigation box
4. Click OK and you should see "Microsoft (C) Register Server" as the selected program. Click OK.
Screenshot of selected program
5. You should see this message (or something very similar): "DLLRegisterServer in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Speech\sapi.dll succeeded."
Screenshot of confirmation box

Cure 3 Delete User Lexicons

This is a known Microsoft problem with speech and way to cure it, Microsoft Fix 838659. You can find out more at the Microsoft website.
1. Click on Start and Run to bring up the Run box (on Vista, just click Start and start typing).
2. Enter %appdata% into the Run box and press Return.
Image of Run command box
3. Windows Explorer should now open in a folder called "Application Data". Navigate by double-clicking on folders to "Application Data\Microsoft\Speech\Files\UserLexicons". This will contain one or more files with very long filenames.
Screenshot of UserLexicons folder
4. Delete all the files in this UserLexicons folder. They will be recreated next time speech is used.
5. Close Windows Explorer and restart your Claro program.

Q: How do I reset the ClaroRead settings?

A: You need to run the ClaroRead Restore Settings Program: Navigate to the ClaroRead Program folder (e.g. C:\Program Files\Claro Software\ClaroRead Plus 2008) and run "Restore Settings.exe".

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