Assistive software

UWE Bristol student computers have assistive software installed which can help with your studies. There is also software available for loan.

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.

Help with accessing text

Magnification

Supernova Magnifier and Speech (Windows)

This program is able to magnify the computer screen up to 64x. It also has speech capability to help with accessing text.

Supernova Magnifier and Speech can be accessed on the assistive technology computers at the campus libraries.

Supernova Magnifier and Screen Reader can be borrowed on a USB drive for use at home.

More information on Supernova can be found on the Dolphin Computer Access website.

Screen tinting

ScreenRuler (Windows and Mac)

This software helps reduce glare from the computer screen and assists with visual tracking.

It can tint the whole screen using the colour of your choice, provide a ruler or underline of a different colour on the screen, which can then be moved up and down.

ScreenRuler can be accessed on all UWE Bristol computers and can be borrowed on a USB drive to use at home.

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.

Text to speech

ClaroRead Plus (Windows and Mac)

This program can read documents and web pages aloud in a human-sounding voice.

It contains a comprehensive dictionary, spellchecker, and converts text to audio for listening on an MP3 player.

This software is ideal for checking your work for sense and structure.

ClaroRead can be accessed on all UWE Bristol computers and can be borrowed on a USB drive for use at home.

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.

Help with organisation

Mind mapping

Mindview (Windows and Mac)

This software enables you to create mind maps, timelines, essay plans and Gantt charts; organizing thoughts and ideas in a structured way. You can also add references and clip useful information from web pages for use in your mind map.

Mindview exports to Microsoft Office programs for easy creation of assignments and presentations.

Mindview can be accessed on all UWE Bristol computers.

Tutorial videos can be found in the Quick Start panel in Mindview.

ClaroIdeas (Windows)

This program enables you to create mind maps, using colours and shapes to organise your ideas in a more freeform way. You can also add notes and other useful information from webpages.

The software exports to Microsoft Word and PowerPoint for easy creation of assignments and presentations. It can export a mind map as a PDF or image file. You can import any ClaroCapture projects you have created. 

ClaroIdeas can be accessed on UWE Bristol Windows computers and can be borrowed on a USB drive  to use at home.

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.

Help with productivity

Research

ClaroCapture (Windows and Mac)

This program can collect text and images from any document or webpage, grouping it together as a project. The resulting file can then be exported to Word together with a bibliography and a table of contents.

You can also import ClaroCapture projects into ClaroIdeas mind-mapping software.

ClaroRead can be accessed on all UWE Bristol computers and can be borrowed on a USB drive to use at home.

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.

Other apps and software

There are many great Apps and programs that can help you with your studies. You can find more of these in the Assistive Technology workbook.

For more information or help using any of these programs, please contact the Library Disability Team.

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