ClaroRead 7.1 Released

ClaroRead 7.1 Released on Dyslexic.com

This week, Claro Software are pushing out a minor update to their text-to-speech software, ClaroRead. It is a point update with some simple improvements to make servicing the software easier, to extend speech, and make a lot of small technical improvements.

ClaroRead Version 7.1

What is included in the update?

The update to version 7.1 includes a range of new features and technical changes to ClaroRead. A scan-from-screen tool has been integrated into ClaroRead Standard. This was a feature that was previously limited to Plus and Pro, and allows you to scan an inaccessible part of a webpage or document and paste the text into another application. The text can then be read aloud by pressing the play button on the toolbar. This feature can be quickly launched using the key combination Ctrl + Shift + S. The update also allows you to install up to eighty additional voices covering 30 languages via the Claro Voice Setup program.

A wide range of technical changes and fixes have been made in this update. Details of this can be found on the Version 7.1 Release Notes web page.

How do I update my current version of ClaroRead?

To update to version 7.1, you will need to login at ClaroRead Cloud. From there you will be able to update your software to the new version.

For any more information about the minor update that has been released, please comment below.

C-Pen Reader Scanning Pen Dyslexic.com Review

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Scanning pens, such as the C-Pen Reader, are a popular form of assistive technology which help those with literacy difficulties access printed text. They are especially handy for those with dyslexia as they can read aloud text from books, labels and documents. This tackles literacy difficulties surrounding reading that many dyslexic children and adults face on a day to day basis.

There are many scanner pens which are also approved by The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) for use in exams. This means that students with literacy difficulties can independently take their exam knowing that they can read and understand each question. Other portable scanner pens include the Exam Pen Reader from C-PenIRIS Pen and the Wizcom Reading Pens. To find out more about any of these assistive technology products, please visit the Scanning Pens page on Dyslexic.com.

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How does the C-Pen Reader work?

The C-Pen Reader is the latest scanner pen which was released by C-Pen in November 2015. C-Pen also created the 3.5 Bluetooth Portable Scanning Pen and the TS1 Digital Highlighter Pen. These products have now been discontinued, but the new C-Pen Reader is a great replacement.

It uses impressive optical character recognition (OCR)technology to read aloud printed text. With the integrated Collins 10th Edition English Dictionary, individual words can be highlighted and the definition read aloud. This is particularly helpful for dyslexic children and adults who struggle understanding complex words but prefer to hear words read aloud to them. The C-Pen Reader comes complete with a headphone jack so the handy tool can be made more discrete if you are listening to text in public places.

How does it differ from other scanning pens and digital highlighters on the market?

There are lots of different digital highlighters and scanner pens on the market, so what makes the C-Pen Reader any different? Well, it features a much clearer and more natural text-to-speech voice than most reading pens. This makes it a lot easier to understand the words and hear pronunciations. It is also much more accurate when scanning over a line of text. Some pens that read can struggle when moving at a faster pace; however the C-Pen Reader worked quite well.

The size of the C-Pen Reader scanning pen is fantastic. It is half the size of other reading pens and weighs just 50g. Measuring just 13.5cm long, it can be used by younger children from aged 6+ as well as younger children. Plus, its ergonomic design means that it’s very easy to hold and move along a page of text.

The C-Pen Reader is the first portable line scanner on the market that is both Mac and PC compatible. With no software needed, you simply need to connect the pen to your computer via the USB cable and it will appearas an external hard drive. You can scan pieces of text, store to the pens memory and transfer to your computer. This is an extremely useful feature if you are a university student or researcher. The C-Pen Reader also doubles up as a USB drive with 3GB of data space available.

A feature that is very useful is the Voice memo tool. The reading pen doubles up as a dictaphone and allows you to record audio and voice memos. These files are saved to the device and can be listened to or uploaded to your computer at any time.

How can I buy the C-Pen Reader Scanning Pen?

Simply follow this link to purchase the C-Pen Reader on Dyslexic.com >> http://ian.lt/1SVqn4l

Olympus introduce the DM-7

This week Olympus introduced the DM-7 model – a digital recorder that promises to be much more than just a voice recorder.

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The iansyst team were lucky enough to be invited to the product launch event at the impressive Dans le Noir in London. The event gave an informative overview of the key features and how these will help disabled users in their day to day lives. All attendees were able to test out the Olympus DM-7, as well as their new smartphone app, Olympus Audio Controller, to see how they worked. We were also treated to a dining in the dark experience. We were guided in by blind guides (50% of the staff at Dans le Noir are either blind or disabled) and shown to our seats. The surprise 3 course menus were bought out leaving us to try and work out what we were eating. All of the people around us were saying the same thing – you keep expecting your eyes to adjust to the darkness, but they never do. It also bought us all to try and remember the last time we were actually in complete pitch darkness, not many of us could to our surprise. Not having the use of sight really heightened our other senses. It was a truly memorable experience and something that we would recommend you to try out for yourself!

The top-of-the-range DM-7 takes recording to a whole new level with Wi-Fi smartphone compatibility, a stereo sound microphone, and a slick, intuitively-designed user interface. The Olympus Audio Controller app allows users to record from their smartphone device via Wi-Fi. For example, if a student was sat at the back of a lecture hall they could leave their DM-7 by the speaker and control the device from their smartphone at the back of the room optimising the recording quality. Another feature using the app is users can include images taken by their smartphone and use these as a handy visual index. This makes it much easier to search and manage recordings. Audio files can be instantly shared via the app to Dropbox and OneDrive. The DM-7 has a low-noise microphone that boasts a 90° outward orientation which delivers stereo sound recordings with natural ambience. There have also been huge improvements to the voice command and text-to-speech function.

You can find out more and purchase the Olympus DM-7 at a very competitive price from www.dyslexic.com. Plus, enjoy free delivery on all orders!

CapturaTalk Junior launched on the App Store

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CapturaTalk Junior helps students with reading printed text and integrates the powerful ABBYY OCR (Optical Character Recognition) feature. Students are able to take a picture of text and convert it to digital text, ready to have it read aloud and then the option to edit it further. For example, the app includes its own integrated text editor with text-to-speech, assisting students with the sound of letters and words and supporting reading and comprehension. Other features include custom ‘phrase banks’ for students to create and store words and sentences, an integrated dictionary with homophone support and a range of user interface options including screen tint overlays, the ability to easy change the size of font and to choose a dyslexia friendly font.

Download CapturaTalk Junior on the App Store today.