ClaroRead 7.1 Released

ClaroRead 7.1 Released on

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.

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VeritySpell now available on PC and Mac as a digital download


We are pleased to announce that the powerful spellchecking and language support software, VeritySpell, is now available to purchase from as a digital download!

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VeritySpell provides spelling, homophone and dictionary support for those who find a standard spell-checker insufficient. It can be used in virtually any application, whether composing text in Microsoft Word, writing and instant message or filling in a form on a web page.

The software helps distinguish similar sounding words, like which or witch, by showing them in an every-day language context. It also comes with a built-in dictionary and thesaurus which provides definitions, similar words and related words.

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Reading Harry Potter used to study brain

177389984Fiction reading can have a significant impact on the brain.

According to new research, reading fiction books such as Harry Potter can point to how the brain processes language, grammar and meaning.

Computer scientists and neurologists from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Queen’s University in Belfast and the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore set out to gain a clearer understanding of the role of the different brain regions that are activated in response to reading.

Led by CMU’s Machine Learning Department, the researchers conducted functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans on the brains of eight people who were each reading chapter nine of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – which detailed Harry’s first flying lesson.

The brain scans were then analysed by each cubic millimetre in order to detect each four-word segment in the chapter, from which the first ever integrated computational model of reading was created.

Using this model, the researchers compared the fMRI activity of the participants’ brains to various passages from the book, so that they could determine which sections were being read. This produced 74 per cent accuracy in tracking brain activity while reading.

Leila Wehbe, a PhD student at CMU, said: “It turns out that movement of the characters – such as when they are flying their brooms – is associated with activation in the same brain region that we use to perceive other people’s motion.

“Similarly, the characters in the story are associated with activation in the same brain region we use to process other people’s intentions.”

The research, entitled Simultaneously Uncovering the Patterns of Brain Regions Involved in Different Story Reading Sub-processes, has been published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Such in-depth brain maps serve as a gateway to understanding and diagnosing learning difficulties like dyslexia – whereby the affected individual struggles with reading and comprehension.

In the meantime, computer-based assistive technologies such as the Nessy Learning Programme can help to boost the literacy skills of children with dyslexia, enabling them to gain confidence and setting them in good stead for the future.

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