Assistive software

This page provides information about the assistive software available on computers at UWE Bristol, including mind mapping and text-to-speech software. Other assistive software is available in the library assistive technology areas.

Windows

ClaroRead Plus text-to-speech software

ClaroRead is a text-to-speech program which can read text and documents back to you in a human-sounding voice. It has a floating toolbar which can be docked at the top of the computer screen that looks like this:

ClaroRead toolbar

ClaroRead can read web pages aloud, act as a screen reader, and read icons and menu items. It also contains a comprehensive dictionary, spellchecker and can convert text to audio for listening on an MP3 player.

What can ClaroRead help with?

The program can help you:

  • hear documents and web pages read aloud
  • read
  • spell
  • proofread
  • gather information for research using ClaroCapture
  • reduce visual tracking difficulties using ScreenRuler
  • change the colour of your computer screen using ScreenRuler.

How do I access ClaroRead on UWE Bristol computers?

ClaroRead is currently available on student desktop Windows computers in the Programs menu. Staff can also access the software on UWE Bristol computers please email the Assistive Technology Service at Library.Disability@uwe.ac.uk for more information on how to do this.

Tutorial videos

Tutorial videos are available on the Claro Software YouTube channel.

User guides

Help files and user guides are available to download from the Claro software website.

Mindview mind mapping software

Mindview software allows you to organise, collate and structure ideas and research in a visual way, by using colours and shapes. It does this by creating a mind map or spider diagram. You can then add notes, link web pages and other kinds of information:

Mindview mind mapping software - example

How can Mindview help?

Mindview can help you:

  • organise information
  • plan and structure your essays
  • gather your thoughts and ideas
  • create flow charts and diagrams for use in documents and presentations.

How do I access Mindview on UWE Bristol computers?

Mindview is available on Windows student desktop computers. Staff can also access the software on UWE Bristol computers. Please email the Assistive Technology Service at Library.Disability@uwe.ac.uk for more information on how to do this.

If you are using Windows, please search for the Matchware folder in the Programs menu.  

What if I need help using the software?

The Assistive Technology Service at UWE Bristol provides support for the software that is available on university computers. They will be able to train you if you are a student or member of staff. Please email the Assistive Technology Service at Library.Disability@uwe.ac.uk for further details.

Tutorial videos

Tutorial videos are available on the Matchware YouTube channel.

Mac

ClaroRead for Mac text-to-speech software

ClaroRead for Mac is a text-to-speech program which can read aloud text on your computer. It has a free-floating toolbar and works with Microsoft Word for Mac on documents you have produced or scanned in. It can read aloud web pages when you use the Safari browser. ClaroRead can also act as a screen reader, reading aloud icons and menu items.

claroread

What can ClaroRead for Mac help with?

The program can help you:

  • hear documents and web pages read aloud
  • read
  • spell
  • proofread
  • change the colour of your computer screen
  • gather information for research
  • reduce visual-tracking difficulties.

How do I access ClaroRead for Mac on UWE Bristol computers?

ClaroRead can be accessed on Macs at Bower Ashton and in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET) on Frenchay campus.

Tutorial videos

Tutorial videos in QuickTime format are available as well as on the Claro Software YouTube Channel.

Also available on Mac computers:

  • Claroview screen-tinting software
  • Claro Capture  with collecting information
  • Screen Ruler  reduces tracking difficulties when reading
  • Mindview  mind-mapping software

What if I need help using the software?

The Assistive Technology Service at UWE Bristol provides support for the software that is available on university computers. They will be able to train you if you are a student or member of staff. Please email the Assistive Technology Service at Library.Disability@uwe.ac.uk for further details.

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