Claro ScanPen 4+

Photo/document reader with OCR

Claro Software Limited

    • 4.2 • 134 Ratings
    • $9.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Need to listen to printed text spoken aloud - at school, in a test or exam, at work or at home? Use Claro ScanPen to photo your printed text document, letter, test paper - then select the text with your finger (or stylus), and hear it spoken straight back to you. Instantly! No internet connection required.

Claro ScanPen advances reading aloud support. It gives access to printed text materials and documents for all, in a wide range of languages. Using your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, simply:

• Take a photo of the text or select a photo of the text document from your camera roll.
• Highlight with your finger or stylus which section of text you want to hear spoken to you.
• Listen as Claro ScanPen instantly reads the text back to you using a human quality voice in a language of your choice.

With your finger (or stylus) you can highlight all of the text, word by word or line by line. Tap anywhere to stop the speech. Claro ScanPen can also be used with the built in iOS VoiceOver accessibility feature, allowing low vision and blind users to access text.

Claro ScanPen has no access to the internet or any reference material, so is perfect to use as a computer reader under exam and test conditions, helping students who cannot read text very well (e.g. students with dyslexia) to listen to the exam test paper questions and information. It can also be used for quickly converting class handout materials, printed presentations, instructions, books - in fact anything containing printed texts. Great for independent access and learning.

Claro ScanPen uses the latest premium Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to convert your picture into text and uses iOS system voices to read the text back to you. The OCR in Claro ScanPen fully supports the recognition of text in the following languages:

• English
• Danish
• Dutch
• French
• German
• Italian
• Norwegian
• Portuguese
• Spanish
• Swedish

Simply select the voice that matches the language of your text to hear it read back correctly. Higher-quality Nuance Expressive and Acapela voices are available to purchase in-app. Claro ScanPen is a great addition to the popular Claro Reading and Writing support apps ClaroSpeak and ClaroPDF.

Claro ScanPen does not require internet access to function. Explore using the Apple iOS Guided Access feature to lock the iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone into a single app, for more secure and controlled usage. Tap iOS Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access to set up Guided Access.

Selected text can be copied to the clipboard by enabling the advanced setting in iOS Settings.

A share button can be enabled in advanced settings in iOS Settings. This lets you export your image to other apps, email and other destinations.

Now supports drag and drop of the scanned text, to apps that support text, such as Notes. Requires iOS 11 and an iPad that supports multi-tasking.

*** Minimum camera spec: 2MP ***

If you require any product support please email us at

We cannot respond to any support requests made via the App Store review channel, so please email us first.

What’s New

Version 4.0.3

* New Google OCR engine
Improves OCR speed and accuracy.
More supported languages.

* Focus mode
A new setting that helps to eliminate distractions and increase your focus.
When this setting is enabled, all the other text in the app will be dimmed.

* Updated UI icons

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
134 Ratings

134 Ratings

Mom to dyslexic ,

Not accurate enough but great functionality

If you are looking for an app that reads an isolated word, Claro Scan Pen is perfect. It's the first app that finally feels like it was developed with a dyslexic reader in mind (not a translating app that a dyslexic can use.) Unfortunately with larger sections of text, I found that it was simply not as accurate as Prizmo. I tested it with an ipod touch and an ipad mini.

Pixxxxxxxcc ,


I purchased this app to help my students with disabilities become more independent; however, the app does not read but about 30% of the words correctly. My students loved the fact they could scan in a test and not have to wait on me when I am working with other students, but I still have to clarify what the app says most of the time which is a disappointment.

Developer Response ,


Thank you for leaving feedback on our ScanPen app.

We're disappointed to hear that you have had less-than-satisfactory results with the app. Sometimes this can be caused by the taken photos not being clear enough.

If you're still using the app and still having these issues, please get in touch at and we'd love to be able to help you resolve this.

dyslexic app ,

Amazing has helped me with my dyslexia

If you have dyslexia or anybody around you has dyslexia you should talk about this app of them because it is very helpful.

Developer Response ,


Thanks for using our app and leaving such kind words. We hope it can continue to be of use to you and others.

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