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What is ClipRead?

What is ClipRead?

ClipRead is a software application that enables you to submit text, via the internet, to powerful parsing engines which reformat the text in a way which makes it easier to read and easier to understand, all while reducing the strain on your eyes. ClipRead is a "thin client" application, which means it takes up very little room on your computer (about 580 KB). It takes whatever text you place on your Clipboard, sends it to the parser, and displays the reformatted text almost instantaneously.


What are the technical requirements?

  1. You must have a Windows operating system, 95 or later. We are presently developing a version for Macintosh which we will start testing in the fall.
  2. You must be online to submit and receive the text.
  3. For optimal performance, we recommend the following:
    • Monitor set at 1024x768 resolution or greater
    • Color settings for your monitor set at 16 bit or greater (to adjust, click on "Start Menu", then "Settings", then "Control Panel"; Click on the"Display" icon, then choose the "Settings" tab.)
    • Modem speeds of 56K or faster will lead to measurably faster parse return times


What is our privacy policy?

  1. Walker Reading Technologies will carefully guard your privacy. Any personal information will be used strictly to initiate and maintain your account. Otherwise, we will not divulge your personal information to any third party.
  2. Document Copy issues.
    When you submit text to our parsing service, we will not make a copy of it: the software will analyze the text and send it directly back to you without any human reading or involvement. Therefore, you must bear responsibility for the texts that you submit or transform with this technology. You are also responsible for saving up-to-date copies of any other documents that are open on your computer while you use the software. You need to obey copyright laws, and should not submit text for which you do not have copyright permission. The parsed text formatting of the text is itself a copyrightable derivative of the original text. This derivative version is only to be used for your own reading or for the educational activities of students; it is not to be published or sold.


What comes with a ClipRead subscription?

When you subscribe for a ClipRead account, you receive a user name and password which enables you to access our parsing engines 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You will receive regular updates as we continue to improve our service. You will be able to e-mail or call us and receive technical assistance, as needed, within one business day (or faster!).


How do I get started using my ClipRead account?

Once you have subscribed, we will provide you with a link to our download site, a user name and password. We suggest you:
  1. Download the application, saving it to a file you can readily access. Many users drag the feather icon onto their Quick Launch Toolbar at the bottom of their computer screen so they can use ClipRead with the single click of a button.
  2. Open the application and enter your user name and password. Now would be a good time to follow the onscreen instructions to change your password (if you ever forget your password, please notify us by e-mail at support@clipread.com. Include your user name, and we will e-mail back your password promptly).
You are now ready to submit text to the parser. The following instructions will help you get going:
  1. Save some text to your Clipboard - do this by highlighting your chosen text at a web site, or an e-mail, or a text document on your computer, then press 'Ctrl+C' (or select 'Edit' from your toolbar and click on 'Copy' from the drop down menu).
  2. Open your ClipRead window - the reformatted, cascading text will appear almost instantly. Page through the text, or change display options, by using the controls on the right-hand side of the application.
  3. You can select different text at any time without closing your ClipRead application - just copy text to your Clipboard, as above, and ClipRead will do the rest.


What kind of text can I submit for parsing?

Any text you can save to your Clipboard can be submitted for parsing. On the Web, popular choices include newspapers and magazines (like www.nytimes.com, www.slate.com), document libraries (like the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov), public domain literature sites, and the like. Sites which offer a "printer friendly format" are particularly suited for ClipRead. Since you cannot copy Java files or .pdf files to your Clipboard, they cannot be parsed.

You may also find yourself parsing longer e-mails (rather than printing them out!), or your own text documents: some students, teachers, and writers have found it useful for proofing their own writing for syntactical and spelling errors. ClipRead dramatically improves out loud reading fluency, so it is particularly suited for speeches and presentations.


What is the scientific basis of ClipRead?

To read more about how our technology improves reading, please go to What is Live Ink?

To read a brief summary of the results of independent scientific research, please go to Reading Research.


How can I contact Walker Reading Technologies?

You can contact us by e-mail at support@clipread.com,
by toll-free telephone at 1-877-LIVEINK,
or by mail at:
   Walker Reading Technologies
   2 Appletree Square, Suite204
   Bloomington, MN 55425


What does the reformatted text look like when it is returned from the parser?

Plain Text

Reformatted Text

When in the Course of human events, it
becomes necessary for one people to
dissolve the political bands which have
connected them with another, and to assume
among the powers of the earth, the separate
and equal station to which the Laws of
Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a
decent respect to the opinions of mankind
requires that they should declare the causes
which impel them to the separation.
  When in the Course
         of human events,
       it becomes necessary
             for one people
            to dissolve the political bands
          which have
                connected them with another,
       and to assume
             among the powers
                 of the earth,
         the separate and equal station
           to which the Laws
                 of Nature
               and of Nature's God
                entitle them,
       a decent respect
             to the opinions
                 of mankind requires
           that they
              should declare the causes
                which impel them
                     to the separation.


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