ClaroRead's ability to make the computer talk is one of its key innovative features.
ClaroRead uses high-quality synthesized voices, such as RealSpeak or Vocalizer voices
from Scansoft (now Nuance). ClaroRead will also work with any other text to speech
synthesiser voices that may be installed on your computer so long as they comply with
the SAPI5 standard.
The Play button or the F7 key start speech in Word or Internet Explorer or Adobe
Reader. They also start speech from the clipboard. Other speech is activated by mouse
actions or key presses.
With ClaroRead you have the following extensive range of speech facilities:
Make Microsoft Word documents speak by simply clicking the cursor at the point
you want to start, and clicking Play. The text will also be highlighted as it is
spoken back. More about Highlighting.
Make Web pages speak by hovering your mouse or simply pressing the Play
Button [or F7].
Make Adobe Reader PDF files speak by clicking the cursor at the point you want
to start, and clicking Play. The text will be highlighted as it is spoken back. More
Make any other program speak by selecting with the mouse. Great for proofing
any text from word processors and listening to your e-mails.
Echo back letters, words or sentences as you type them. Great for positive
confirmation that you have typed what you wanted to!
Automatically hear many menu items, tooltips and "objects" spoken by hovering
the mouse over the item.
Echo back words and phrases dictated into any text processor or email application
using Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred or Professional Versions speech
recognition software (ClaroRead Plus edition only). This increases your confidence
that the speech recognition has recognised what you said, or draws your
attention to words for later correction.
Make audio and video files from Word documents or web pages for listening
to/watching later on your PC, 'phone or media player. Or you could transfer the
audio/video files from your computer to a portable device. (Using separate
portable audio player software).
Make Calculator speak.
Get a Speaking look-up dictionary.
At any time you can stop the computer talking by pressing either the Control or F8 key
or by clicking the mouse button.
See Speech Settings and Advanced Speech Settings.