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ZoomText 10.1 Release Notes


This document contains the latest information on ZoomText 10.1 (at the time of release). For updated information, go to our
support page or contact technical support at tel: (802) 362-3612 or support@aisquared.com.

This document is divided into the following sections:

  • Changes in each release since version 10.1.0
  • What’s missing in ZoomText 10.1
  • System requirements
  • Compatibility with other accessibility programs

Version 10.1.11 for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

Released May, 2015

Image of Enhancement iconNew “Independent Views” in multi-monitor support
A new “Independent Views” mode has been added to ZoomText’s multi-monitor support. Independent Views display separate magnified views on each monitor, allowing you to have magnified views of two applications at the same time, or to have two magnified views of different areas within the same application. Only one magnified view is active at a time–that is, tracking movement of the mouse, text cursor and other focus events. The other magnified view is parked, but continues to display a live view of the desktop location where it is parked. You can toggle the active and parked views by pressing CTRL + ALT + Spacebar.

Note: ZoomText’s multi-monitor features are still under development and will continue to evolve over forthcoming update releases, including many new settings for customizing the behavior of Independent Views.

Image of Bug FixImproved support for Office applications
This release of ZoomText provides greatly improved support of Microsoft Office applications from Office 2003 through 2013. Improvements include smooth text magnification (xFont), program echo, tracking and speaking the text cursor, cursor and focus enhancements, and reading with AppReader and DocReader.

Image of Bug FixSmooth text magnification restored in Firefox and Thunderbird
Support for smooth text magnification (xFont) has been restored in the Firefox browser and Thunderbird email client.

Image of Bug FixImproved AppReader support in MS Reader
ZoomText’s AppReader tool now works more reliably when reading PDF documents in Microsoft Reader.

Image of Bug FixImproved support for the Say Status Bar command
ZoomText’s Say Status Bar command has been updated to work in more applications. The Say Status Bar command can be invoked in application windows that have a status bar by pressing CTRL + ALT + X.

Image of Bug FixImproved support for the Say Dialog Tab command
ZoomText’s Say Dialog Tab command has been updated to work in more applications. The Say Dialog Tab command can be invoked in application windows that have a status bar by pressing CTRL + ALT + T.

Image of Bug FixImproved support for the Say Selected Text command
ZoomText’s Say Selected Text command has been updated to work in more applications. The Say Selected Text command can be invoked by selecting a block of text and then pressing CTRL + ALT + S.

Image of Bug FixSticky Notes app now opens faster
Window’s Sticky Notes app now opens much faster when ZoomText is running.

Image of Bug FixFeedback forms now work in high DPI
Feedback forms now work in high DPI.

Image of Bug FixCheckboxes now spoken in IE Advanced Options
In Internet Explorer’s Advanced Options dialog box, ZoomText now properly speaks all of the dialog controls.

Image of Bug FixWindows 8.1 Search field now reliably tracked
In Windows 8.1, ZoomText now reliably tracks to the Search field when you press the Windows Key and begin typing a new search string.

Image of Bug FixFix for crash in Oracle Open SQL Developer
When using ZoomText in Oracle’s Open SQL Developer, a crash would sometimes occur when open the application, or when clicking in the reports pane. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for crash in Oracle OEDA app
When using ZoomText in Oracle’s Exadata Deployment Assistant (OEDA), a crash would occur in the form screens. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for ZoomText’s Freeze window moving after being created
When creating a Freeze window, after completing the mouse click and drag to define the Freeze window location, the window would jump to different location. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for adjusting ZoomText’s Lens window
When attempting to adjust the size of ZoomText’s Lens window (with the Adjust Tool), sometimes the sizing handles would not appear on the Lens window frame or the handles would not respond to the mouse click and drag action. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for ZoomText’s Mouse Echo announcing too much of menu bar
When using ZoomText’s Mouse Echo tool on ZoomText’s menu bar, the entire menu bar was announced when only the item under the mouse should have been announced. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for ZoomText dialog box controls being echoed too many times
In some of ZoomText’s dialog boxes, when selecting controls the control information would be announced multiple times. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for loss of program echo and tracking after using MS Reader
After using Microsoft Reader, when switching to the Windows desktop, ZoomText’s program echo and tracking would stop working. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for Focus Enhancement getting stuck on ZoomText’s menu bar
When navigating the ZoomText’s menu bar with the keyboard, the focus enhancement would often get stuck on one of the menu items. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for mouse pointer disappearing
When running ZoomText, the mouse pointer would occasionally disappear in some applications, including Audacity (by SourceForge). This problem has been fixed.

Read the release notes for all previous releases in the 10.1 lifecycle (10.1.10 and earlier).

What’s Missing in ZoomText 10.1

The following ZoomText 10 features are temporarily unavailable in ZoomText 10.1. These features will be added in a series of free updates as quickly as possible:

  • Freeze Window
  • Dual monitor support (Beta now available
  • Text Finder
  • ‘Area to Track’ settings

System Requirements

The following hardware and software is required to run ZoomText 10.1:

  • Windows 8.1 or 8.0
  • Processor: 2 GHz single core or 1 GHz dual core
  • Memory (RAM): 2 GB
    • Recommended: 4 GB or higher
  • Graphics card with support for DirectX 9.1 or above
    • Recommended: DirectX 10 or later
    • Recommended: 256 MB dedicated video memory
  • Hard disk space: 100 MB for US English, 350 MB for International versions
  • 5-point multi-touch display required for ZoomText Touch Mode support
  • Sound card (for ZoomText Magnifier/Reader only)
  • USB 2.0 (for future ZoomText Camera support)

Compatibility with Other Accessibility Programs

When two or more accessibility products are installed on the same machine, there is the potential for compatibility problems with the accessibility programs. It is also possible that installing multiple accessibility programs may cause a crash when the system boots.

If you are running other accessibility programs on your system, check with the manufacturers of each program for compatibility information and upgrades recommended for improved compatibility with other accessibility programs.

Version 10.1.10 for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

Released March, 2015

Image of Enhancement icon Freeze Window and Text Finder now available
ZoomText’s Freeze Window and Text Finder features are now available in ZoomText 10.1.

Image of Bug FixImproved tracking when scrolling the Modern UI (Windows 8.x)
In the Windows 8.x Modern UI, each time the scroll bar was clicked on (e.g. clicking the arrow buttons), ZoomText’s magnified view would jump to the first icon on the UI (in the top/left corner). ZoomText now keeps the scroll bar in view.

Image of Bug FixImproved tracking in Metro News app (Windows 8.x)
In the Windows 8 Metro News app, when clicking on various items, multiple extraneous tracking events would occur causing ZoomText to scroll to multiple locations before arriving at the correct location. The extraneous tracking events have been eliminated, providing a smoother experience.

Image of Bug FixImproved tracking of tiles in the Modern UI (Windows 8.x)
When activating the Metro UI in Windows 8.x, ZoomText would sometimes fail to track to tile was given focus by Windows. Tiles on the Modern UI are now properly tracked.

Image of Bug FixZoomText now supports multiple logins and Fast User Switching
You can now run ZoomText in multiple user accounts (simultaneous logins) and switch between the accounts using Fast User Switching.

Image of Bug FixTyping Echo, SpeakIt Tool and AppReader improved in Windows Notepad
In Windows Notepad, ZoomText’s typing echo and SpeakIt Tool would only echo the first line of text. When pausing and resuming reading with AppReader, reading would always start over at the first line. These problems have been fixed.

Image of Bug FixImprovements to AppReader when reading in Microsoft Reader app (Windows 8.x)
When using ZoomText’s AppReader to read PDFs and other document types Microsoft Reader (in Windows 8.x), at the end of each page, the magnified view would sometimes jump around before it continued reading on the next page. In addition, when pausing and resuming reading by AppReader, reading would sometime resume at the incorrect location. These problems have been fixed.

Image of Bug FixImprovements to AppReader when reading email in Outlook 2013
When using ZoomText’s AppReader to read email in Microsoft Outlook 2013, occasionally AppReader’s word highlighting would stop following the spoken word, mispronounce words, repeat paragraphs of text, and/or hang when reading email addresses. AppReader now reliably tracks, highlights and reads in Outlook 2013.

Image of Bug FixImprovements to AppReader when reading in Word 2013
When using ZoomText’s AppReader to read documents in Microsoft word 2013, each time reading was paused and resumed, AppReader would start at the beginning of the sentence rather than the word where reading was paused. In addition, AppReader would sometimes stop reading (get stuck) in multi-column tables. These problems have been fixed.

Image of Bug FixExplorer window opened from Word 2013 is now tracked
ZoomText would fail to track the Explorer window when using the Open command in Microsoft Word 2013. The Explorer window is now properly tracked.

Image of Bug FixEmpty cells now tracked in Excel 2013
When navigating cells in Microsoft Excel 2013, ZoomText was not tracking empty cells (to bring them into the magnified view). Empty cells are now tracked.

Image of Bug FixImproved echoing of deleted characters when pressing the Delete key
When pressing the Delete key, ZoomText now reliably echoes the deleted character.

Image of Bug FixImproved tracking of text cursor in Word 2010
In Microsoft Word 2010, ZoomText would occasionally fail to track the text cursor. The text cursor is now reliably tracked.

Image of Bug FixTyping echo by Keys and Words now working properly in Word 2010
In Microsoft Word 2010, when ZoomText’s Typing Echo feature was set to ‘Keys and Word’, ZoomText would echo each key (character) but not the completed words. ZoomText now echoes each key and each completed word.

Image of Bug FixZoomText release notes now open in Windows 8.x Metro IE
In Windows 8.x, ZoomText’s release notes would not open when Metro version of Internet Explorer was the default browser. ZoomText’s release notes now open in Metro IE.

Image of Bug FixZoomText auto start working again after ZoomText update
If ZoomText 10.1.8 was installed (or earlier 10.1.x) with the ZoomText auto start option enabled, after updating to 10.1.9 the ZoomText auto start option would be disabled. This problem was isolated to the 10.1.9 update and has been fixed in the 10.1.10 update.

Image of Bug FixView Locator now displayed properly in docked zoom windows
When the view locator was enabled in ZoomText’s docked zoom windows, the locator (displayed in the 1x portion of the screen) would disappear behind the magnified portion screen. The locator now remains in view at all times.

Image of Bug FixFix for random occurrences of ZoomText not enabling
In the presence of various 3rd-party software, ZoomText could be started but would appear disabled, and clicking the ZoomText button on the ZoomText toolbar would not cause ZoomText to become enabled. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for ZoomText 10.1 setup failing to start from ZoomText USB
With the 10.1.9 release, attempts to launch the ZoomText 10.1 setup from a ZoomText USB drive could fail. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for ZoomText UI persistent in foreground in Windows 8.x
With the installation of a specific Microsoft Windows 8.x service patch (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3013455) the ZoomText user interface would persistently stay on top of Metro apps and the Windows 8.x Modern UI (unless the ZoomText UI was minimized). Pending a proper solution from Microsoft, the problem has been solved by forcing the ZoomText UI to only appear on the Windows desktop.

Image of Bug FixFix for random system hangs when using Metro apps
Random instances of system hangs would occur when using ZoomText with Metro apps. These problems have been fixed.

Version 10.1.9

Released January, 2015 for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

Image of Enhancement icon Beta version of Multi-Monitor support
A beta version of Multi-Monitor support is now available in 10.1. This feature is still under development and will evolve with additional functionality and settings over several forthcoming update releases. Users that have a workstation with two monitors are encouraged to try the Multi-Monitor feature and report problems and suggestions to Ai Squared. Reports can be sent by choosing Help > Report a Problem from the ZoomText menubar.

Image of Bug Fix Improved stability in Internet Explorer 11
On certain webpages, Internet Explorer 11 (aka IE11) would sometimes stop responding when ZoomText was running. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Favorites are now spoken correctly in Internet Explorer 11
In Internet Explorer 11 (aka IE11), when navigating the list of Favorites, ZoomText would sometimes announce the wrong item. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixCheckboxes now spoken correctly in Internet Explorer 11
In the settings dialogs of Internet Explorer 11 (aka IE11), when selecting or unselecting a checkbox, both the previous state and current state would be announced. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Text cursor now tracked in Metro Internet Explorer 10 Search box
In the Metro version of Internet Explorer 10 (aka IE10), ZoomText now tracks the text cursor when typing in the Search box.

Image of Bug Fix Mailbox items now tracked and spoken in Outlook 2013
In Microsoft Outlook 2013, ZoomText now tracks and speaks each mailbox item when navigating through the list of items.

Image of Bug Fix Auto-select feature now works properly in Outlook 2013 and 2010
In Microsoft Outlook 2013 and 2010; when creating an email and attempting to type the name of a contact to add to the recipient list, when typing the first letter of the desired contact name the first contact beginning with that letter would be automatically selected into the recipient list. As a result, other names beginning with that letter could not be typed into the recipient list. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for slow performance in Outlook 2010
When ZoomText was running but toggled off, the user interface in Microsoft Outlook 2010 would become sluggish. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for hang when saving documents in Visio 2013
In Microsoft Visio 2013, when attempting to save documents Visio would hang. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Font style and size lists are now tracked and spoken in Word 2010 ribbon bar
In the Home tab of the Microsoft Word 2010 ribbon bar, the Font style and Font size drop down list are not tracked and spoken.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for crash when launching DocReader in Microsoft Reader
In Microsoft Reader (aka MS Reader), when attempting to read certain PDF documents with ZoomText’s DocReader, Microsoft Reader would crash. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix AppReader now reads from click point in TextPad
When using ZoomText’s AppReader in TextPad (a popular text editor), when clicking a word in the middle of a line of text, AppReader would start reading from the beginning of the line instead of from the clicked on word. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for “DWM has stopped” error when starting ZoomText
On some systems, after installing ZoomText and restarting the system, when launching ZoomText a “DWM has stopped” error would occur and Windows would be forced into non-Aero mode. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixCheckboxes now spoken correctly in FireFox
In the settings dialogs of Firefox, when selecting or unselecting a checkbox, ZoomText would announce the opposite of the current state. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixSlider controls are now tracked and spoken in the ZoomText dialogs
In ZoomText’s dialog boxes, the names and values of slider controls are now reliably announced.

Read the release notes for all previous releases in the 10.1 lifecycle (10.1.8 and earlier).

Version 10.1.8

Released November, 2014 for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

Image of New Feature icon ZoomText 10.1 now supports Windows 7
With this release, ZoomText 10.1 now officially supports Windows 7, in addition to the existing support for Windows 8 and 8.1.

Image of Enhancement icon More improvements to focus enhancement performance
A variety of general ZoomText focus enhancement issues that occur in various applications have been resolved, including problems with the focus enhancement not appearing and disappearing properly, and not following control focus properly (i.e. tracked items). For example, when the focus moves through items in a list box or cells in a spreadsheet.

Image of Enhancement icon Spinbox controls now announced in Word 2010
In Word 2010, when clicking on spinboxes in the ribbon and dialog boxes, the new value is now announced.

Image of Enhancement icon Items in a drop-down list are now tracked in WordPad
In Microsoft WordPad, ZoomText now tracks the highlighted item in a drop-down list.

Image of Enhancement icon DocReader support improved in Modern UI version of Internet Explorer 10/11 in Windows 8.x
ZoomText’s DocReader now supports reading in more websites and webpages when used with the Modern UI versions of IE 10/11 in Windows 8.x..

Image of Enhancement icon Faster startup of DocReader in Ticker Mode
ZoomText’s DocReader now starts up faster in Ticker Mode when reading from WordPad and applications that display text in a rich edit control.

Image of Enhancement icon Improved routing of text cursor when exiting DocReader
When exiting ZoomText’s DocReader, the text cursor in the source application/document is now routed more reliably to the last spoken word (if a cursor exists).

Image of Bug Fix Fix for random crash in Excel 2013
Excel 2013 would sometimes crash when the focus went in and out of the spreadsheet. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for incorrect echo when using the Delete key in Excel 2013
In Excel 2013, when using the Delete key to remove text to the right of the text cursor, spaces and punctuation characters that appeared to the right of the text cursor (after deleting a character) were not announced. Instead the next character to the right of the space or punctuation was announced. This problem has been fixed..

Image of Bug Fix Fix for crash when exiting Excel 2013
After typing in certain edit fields in Excel 2013 (with ZoomText running), Excel would sometimes crash when attempting to exit the program.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for loss of tracking and program echo after exiting Word 2013
After exiting Word 2013, ZoomText would sometimes stop tracking and echoing program activity. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for inconsistent typing echo in Word 2010
When using ZoomText’s typing echo by word in Word 2010, each typed word was not reliably echoed. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for ZoomText freeze in Office 2010/2013 search boxes
ZoomText would sometimes freeze when typing in the search boxes in Office 2010/2013 applications. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Internet Explorer 11 crash in Windows 7
When launching Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 7 (with ZoomText running), Internet Explorer would sometimes crash and display a “Not Responding” message. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Outlook 365 crash in Internet Explorer 9
When using Outlook 365 in Internet Explorer 9 (with ZoomText running), after composing and sending an email, an “Internet Explorer has stopped working” error would sometimes occur. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for jumpy text cursor in ZenDesk
When typing in a ZenDesk email (with ZoomText running), after a while the text cursor would jump to the end of the email. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for misaligned highlight and crash when AppReader reads numbered lists
When using ZoomText’s AppReader to read email and documents containing numbered lists, AppReader’s word highlight would be misaligned from the spoken word and ZoomText would eventually crash. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for screen corruption in Windows 8.1 Start Screen and desktop
On Windows 8.1 systems containing NVIDIA graphics cards and drivers, screen corruption could occur on the Windows Start Screen and desktop, most notably black squares around desktop icons and in the path of mouse pointer. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for crash when opening Firefox
When launching Firefox (with ZoomText enabled), Firefox would sometimes crash. This problem has been fixed..

Image of Bug FixFix for garbled text in Firefox browser when using xFont Bold option
When using ZoomText’s xFont ‘Bold’ option in Firefox, text on some webpages would be garbled and unreadable. This problem has been fixed.

Version 10.1.7

Released September, 2014 for Windows 8.1 and 8.0

Image of Enhancement icon Improvements to focus enhancement performance
Problems with focus enhancement flicker (in spreadsheet cells, menus, dialogs and other controls) have been fixed in a variety of applications, including Microsoft Excel, Windows Explorer and Windows Live Mail.

Image of Enhancement icon Improvements to tracking performance
Problems with excessive/erratic tracking behavior have been resolved in a variety of applications, including Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Windows Explorer and Gmail.

Image of Enhancement icon Inbox items now spoken in Windows Live Mail
In Windows Live Mail 2012, Inbox items are now spoken when navigating up and down the list of items.

Image of Enhancement icon Email now properly read in Windows Live Mail
In Windows Live Mail 2012, email is now properly read from beginning to end by ZoomText’s AppReader.

Image of Enhancement icon Contact list now echoed in Windows Live Mail
In Windows Live Mail, ZoomText now echoes each item when navigating through the list of contacts.

Image of Enhancement icon ZoomText now reads email in Outlook.com
ZoomText’s AppReader and Mouse Echo features can now be used to read email in Outlook.com.

Image of Enhancement icon Tables now properly read in Outlook email
In Microsoft Outlook, tables embedded in an email are now properly read by ZoomText’s AppReader.

Image of Enhancement icon Clicked-in line of text now echoed in Word 2013
In Microsoft Word 2013, ZoomText now echoes the line of text that you click in with the mouse. Note: ZoomText’s ‘Text Cursor’ option must be enabled in the Program Echo settings.

Image of Enhancement icon Enhancement Text cursor now tracked and spoken in Word’s Search box
In Microsoft Word 2010/2013, typing and text are now tracked, highlighted and spoken in the Search combo box that is located in the Navigation pane.

Image of Enhancement icon JavaScript buttons now displayed properly in Firefox
After installing ZoomText, when opening webpages containing JavaScript buttons in the Firefox web browser, all JavaScript buttons would appear as the same non-descript icon. JavaScript buttons now appear with their correct icons.

Image of Enhancement icon Windows Task Switcher items now echoed
When pressing ALT + TAB to cycle through items in the Windows Task Switcher, the name of each item is now echoed.

Image of Enhancement icon Windows ‘Run’ dialog box now properly tracked
When opening the Windows ‘Run’ dialog box, ZoomText now properly tracks the event to bring the dialog into view.

Image of Enhancement icon ZoomText’s logon toolbar now stays in view when zooming in
In the Windows logon screen, when clicking the Zoom In button on the ZoomText logon toolbar, the toolbar used to drift out of view. The toolbar now stays in view when zooming in.

Image of Enhancement icon ZoomText toolbar tabs are now announced
When clicking on the tabs on the ZoomText toolbar, the tab name is now announced.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for DocReader freezing in Metro IE11
When using DocReader to read certain websites in the Metro version of Internet Explorer 11 (in Windows 8.x), DocReader would sometimes freeze. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for DocReader freezing in Word 2013
When using DocReader to read documents in Microsoft Word 2013, DocReader would sometimes freeze. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for AppReader freezing in Outlook 2013
When using AppReader to read email in Microsoft Outlook 2013, AppReader would sometimes freeze. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for AppReader word highlighting in MS Reader
When using ZoomText’s AppReader to read a document in MS Reader, AppReader’s word highlight would become misaligned with the spoken word. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for system freeze when ZoomText starts up
On certain systems, the system would freeze (usually with a black screen) when ZoomText was started. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for error when using the doPDF print driver
When printing PDF documents using the doPDF printer driver (while ZoomText is running) an “Error accessing printer driver” error would sometimes occur. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for typing echo by word
In some applications, when using ZoomText’s typing echo by word (or keys and words), ZoomText would echo more than that last typed word. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for loss of tracking on the text cursor
When typing in some applications, ZoomText would occasionally stop tracking the text cursor. This problem has been fixed.

Version 10.1.6

Released July, 2014 for Windows 8.1 and 8.0

Image of Enhancement icon Focus tracking improved in Outlook 2013
In Microsoft Outlook 2013, ZoomText now reliably tracks to the Inbox when Outlook becomes active.

Image of Enhancement icon Spinbox controls are now properly announced in Word 2013
In Microsoft Word 2013, spinbox control values are now echoed with each adjustment.

Image of Enhancement icon Navigating and reading by line now working in Word 2010
In Microsoft Word 2010, ZoomText now echoes each line of text as you move the cursor from line to line.

Image of Enhancement icon Combo box controls are now tracked and spoken in Word 2010
In Microsoft Word 2010, combo box items are now tracked and spoken when navigating up and down the list of items.

Image of Enhancement icon Text is now smoothed in the Notes section of PowerPoint 2010
In Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, text in the Notes section is now displayed with xFont quality.

Image of Enhancement icon ZoomText Help System now read properly by AppReader and DocReader
In ZoomText’s Help System, AppReader and DocReader now read topic text in the proper order.

Image of Enhancement icon Focus enhancement now displayed in Start menu when using the mouse
In the Windows Start menu, ZoomText’s focus enhancement is now displayed over each menu item that the mouse is moved over.

Image of Enhancement icon Cursor enhancement is now displayed in the Web Finder toolbar
In ZoomText’s Web Finder toolbar, the cursor enhancement is now displayed in the Search box.

Image of Bug Fix Text cursor is now reliably tracked and enhanced in Firefox browser
In the Mozilla Firefox browser, ZoomText’s tracking, echo, and text cursor enhancement were not reliable. These problems have been fixed in Firefox 24 and later.

Image of Bug Fix On ZoomText’s toolbars, labels for disabled buttons are now displayed properly
When toolbar buttons were disabled on ZoomText’s toolbars, the grayed button labels were corrupted and difficult to read. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for DocReader freeze in MS Reader
When using DocReader in Microsoft Reader and navigating by paragraphs or pages, DocReader would sometimes freeze. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for corrupted text in Windows Command Prompt screen
In the Windows Command Prompt screen, the text was corrupted and unreadable and would blink while typing on the command line. These problems have been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for AppReader freeze in Outlook 2013
In Microsoft Outlook 2013, using AppReader to read email would sometimes cause the system to freeze. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for missing ZoomText desktop icon
After opening and exiting ZoomText’s Program Settings dialog, the ZoomText desktop icon would disappear. This problem has been fixed.

Version 10.1.5

Released May, 2014 for Windows 8.1 and 8.0

Image of New Feature icon Touch screen support in Windows 8.1
ZoomText now supports touch devices running the Windows 8.1 operating system – you will be prompted right within ZoomText to download a fix from Microsoft first. Once you do this, ZoomText will follow along as you tap, drag, and swipe your way through all of your applications on your touch device.

Image of Bug Fix AppReader and DocReader working in Word 2010 and Outlook 2010
In the ZoomText Setup program, a specific sequence of dialog navigation and choices could result in the incorrect localization (user interface language) being installed. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix AppReader now reads to end of Word 2013 document
In Microsoft Word 2013, if the document zoom level was above 100%, AppReader would only read the portion of the document currently displayed on the screen. AppReader will now page the document window and read through the entire document.

Image of Bug Fix AppReader now pauses and resumes reading at same location in Microsoft Reader
When using ZoomText’s AppReader in Microsoft Reader, when pausing and resuming reading AppReader would sometimes resume reading from the incorrect location. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Windows Task Manager window is now tracked when opened
ZoomText now tracks the Windows Task Manager window when it becomes active on the screen.

Image of Bug Fix Erratic tracking eliminated in the Windows Run dialog box
When opening the Windows Run dialog box, ZoomText tracking would erratically bounce back and forth between controls located within the dialog box. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix List view focus now tracked in Outlook 2010 Inbox and folders
In Microsoft Outlook 2010, ZoomText now tracks the focus when navigating up and down the list views in the Inbox and other folders.

Image of Bug Fix Program echo now supported in some Java applications
ZoomText now provides tracking and program echo support in Java applications that are running on the Java Runtime Environment v7 (JRE7) and the Java Access Bridge (JAB).

Image of Bug Fix Echo of Backspace and Delete keys now working in Outlook 2010
In Microsoft Outlook 2010, when typing in the address and subject fields and using the Backspace or Delete key, the deleted character (when pressing Backspace) or new character to the right of the text cursor (when pressing Delete) are now properly echoed.

Image of Bug Fix Drop down lists in WordPad are now tracked and focus enhanced
In Microsoft WordPad, ZoomText now tracks and focus enhances the items in WordPad’s drop-down lists, such as the “Font family” and “Font size” lists.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for freezing in Word 2013
When running ZoomText in Microsoft Word 2013 and opening certain types of document templates, such as the Birthday Gift Certificate template, Word would become unresponsive. This problem has been fixed.

Version 10.1.4

Released April, 2014 for Windows 8.1 and 8.0

Image of Enhancement icon Smoother startup of ZoomText
The ZoomText startup process has been optimized for a faster and smoother user experience. The ZoomText toolbar is now appears after ZoomText is fully initialized and is reliably centered on the screen.

Image of Enhancement icon High DPI settings now supported in Windows 8.1
ZoomText now supports high DPI settings in Windows 8.1.

Image of Enhancement icon Pointer Enhancements now provide even smoother pointers
ZoomText’s Pointer Enhancement feature now displays perfectly smooth-edged pointers at all magnification levels.

Image of Enhancement icon xFont Exclude feature now available
The xFont Exclude feature in ZoomText 10.0 is now available in ZoomText 10.1.

Image of Enhancement icon xFont text smoothing now more reliable in IE11 and other Modern UI apps
In the Metro version Internet Explorer 11 (IE11), ZoomText now reliably displays smooth (xFont) text in IE11’s address bar and the displayed webpage. Smooth text is also reliably displayed in the Modern UI Calculator, search panel and other apps.

Image of Enhancement icon Detection of missing Windows Media Player
ZoomText now detects and notifies you when the Windows Media Player is not installed, which is a required component for use of the ZoomText Recorder feature.

Image of Enhancement icon Optimized performance in ZoomText’s tracking and program echo
ZoomText’s core processing has been improved to provide faster and more accurate response to events that are tracked and spoken.

Image of Enhancement icon Improved reading support in IE11 “Reading View”
ZoomText’s AppReader and DocReader now have improved reading support when using the Reading View in Internet Explorer 11 (IE11). Text that extends outside the browser window is now read and scrolled into view.

Image of Enhancement icon Echo when using the Backspace and Delete keys is now more reliable
In various applications, when typing in text and edit fields and using the Backspace or Delete key, the deleted character (when pressing Backspace) or new character to the right of the text cursor (when pressing Delete) are now properly echoed more greater reliability.

Image of Enhancement icon SpeakIt tool now properly reads items in Office 2013 Ribbons
In Microsoft Office 2013 applications, items in the Office Ribbons are now properly read by ZoomText’s SpeakIt tool.

Image of Enhancement icon TO:, FROM: and SUBJECT: fields now properly echoed in Outlook 2013
In Microsoft Outlook 2013, the TO:, FROM: and subject fields are now properly echoed when ZoomText’s program echo is enabled.

Image of Enhancement icon Drop menu items now echoed in Word 2013 Ribbon
In Microsoft Word 2013’s Ribbon, items in drop-down menus are now echoed when accessed with the keyboard or mouse.

Image of Enhancement icon AppReader commands now working in Word 2013
In ZoomText’s AppReader tool, the “Beginning of Document” and “End of Document” commands are now working in Microsoft Word 2013.

Image of Enhancement icon “Say Last Word On Line” command now working properly in Word 2013
When using ZoomText’s AppReader and DocReader in Microsoft Word 2013, the “Say Last Word On Line” command now works properly.

Image of Enhancement icon SpeakIt tool now reads spreadsheet cells in Excel 2013
In Microsoft Excel 2013, text displayed in a spreadsheet can now be read by ZoomText’s SpeakIt tool.

Image of Enhancement icon Names of colors now echoed properly in Excel 2013
In Microsoft Excel 2013, ZoomText now echoes the color names in popup color pickers.

Image of Enhancement icon Row and column headings now spoken in Excel 2013
In Microsoft Excel 2013, row and column headings are now spoken by ZoomText’s program echo when the focus moves into a new cell. Note: ZoomText’s program echo must be enabled and set to a verbosity level that includes echoing of row and column headers. By default, “Beginner” verbosity level echoes row and column headings, while “Intermediate” and “Advanced” verbosity level do not.

Image of Enhancement icon Spinbox controls now properly tracked in ZoomText dialog boxes
In ZoomText dialog boxes, spinbox controls are now properly brought into view receiving focus.

Image of Enhancement icon Cursor enhancement now appears in the Metro Search box
In Windows 8.1, ZoomText’s cursor enhancement is now displayed when typing in the search box on the Modern UI.

Image of Enhancement icon ZoomText pointer enhancements now appear correctly Docked zoom windows
When using any of ZoomText’s “Docked” zoom window types, ZoomText’s pointer enhancements now appear in the correct size.

Image of Enhancement icon Mouse pointer now sticks with WebFinder toolbar
When using ZoomText’s WebFinder toolbar and clicking the Next or Previous buttons, the mouse pointer now reliably stays over the clicked button as the toolbar moved from item to item.

Image of Enhancement icon ZoomText Camera resolution now reliably changes when adjusted
When using the ZoomText Camera feature, adjustments to the camera resolution (in the ZoomText Camera dialog box) are now reliably applied.

Image of Enhancement icon ZoomText Touch Screen gestures now work when using ZoomText Camera
When using the ZoomText Camera on a touch screen device you can now use touch screen gestures to adjust the camera’s magnification level and to exit the ZoomText Camera:

  • To adjust the magnification level: Double-tap and hold three fingers inside the camera view portion of the screen, then drag up to zoom in and drag down to zoom out.
  • To exit the ZoomText Camera: Double-tap inside the camera view portion of the screen with three fingers.

Image of Bug Fix ZoomText Camera “Full/Docked” hotkey reassigned
To eliminate a conflict with a new system hotkey in Windows 8.1, the “Camera View: Full/Docked” hotkey combination has been reassigned from CTRL + WINDOWS + SPACEBAR to CTRL + WINDOWS + Z.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for loss of xFont after installing Office 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
After installing Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Microsoft Office 2013, ZoomText’s xFont text smoothing stopped working in the Office 2013 applications, resulting in magnified text that was jagged and blurry. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for ZoomText restart when switching color enhancement schemes
On certain systems, switching between ZoomText’s color enhancement schemes would sometimes cause ZoomText to restart. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for incorrect localization installed by ZoomText Setup
In the ZoomText Setup program, a specific sequence of dialog navigation and choices could result in the incorrect localization (user interface language) being installed. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for word highlighting problem when using NeoSpeech voice with AppReader
When using one the NeoSpeech voices with ZoomText’s AppReader, word highlighting would sometimes skip words. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for ZoomText Camera dialogs becoming hidden
When activating the ZoomText Camera and opening the Clarity or Focus dialogs, the dialogs could become hidden under another application window. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Firefox crash when using ZoomText’s WebFinder
The Mozilla Firefox web browser would sometimes crash when using ZoomText’s WebFinder. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for incorrect translation in Norwegian menus
In the Norwegian localization of ZoomText, several menu items were translated incorrectly. These problems have been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for jumpy tracking when opening Windows Explorer
When opening Windows Explorer, ZoomText magnified view would sometimes jump around and then stop at a random location. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for extraneous tracking when using “Say Word Below” in AppReader
In ZoomText’s AppReader, when using the “Say Word Below” command (i.e. pressing the Down arrow key), if the source document needed to scroll in order to bring the word below into view, a series of jumpy tracking would occur and the document would over scroll to a word further down in the document. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for extraneous track when accessing the Windows 8 command bar
When accessing the Windows 8 command bar, ZoomText’s magnified view would track to the left edge of the screen. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for cursor enhancement appearing too low on last line of paragraph
When the paragraph was configured to add space between paragraphs, when the text cursor moved into the last line of a paragraph, the bottom portion of ZoomText’s cursor enhancement would appear further below the line. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for system freeze when changing zoom window while ZoomText Camera is active
When the ZoomText Camera was active, using the Zoom Window Type hotkey command would cause the system to freeze. This problem has been fixed.

Version 10.1.3 for Windows 8

Released December, 2013 for Windows 8.1 and 8.0

Image of New Feature icon Support for Windows 8.1
This release of ZoomText introduces support for the new Windows 8.1 operating system.
Note: Touch screen support is currently unavailable in Windows 8.1.

Image of Enhancement icon ZoomText Camera feature now available
The ZoomText Camera feature has been restored in this release. This feature was introduced in ZoomText 10.0, but temporarily unavailable in ZoomText 10.1.

Image of Enhancement icon ZoomText CCTV support now available
Support for using ZoomText with (supported) USB-CCTVs has been restored in this release. This feature was introduced in ZoomText 10.0, but temporarily unavailable in ZoomText 10.1.

Image of Bug Fix AppReader and DocReader are now blocked from starting in Microsoft Excel
ZoomText’s AppReader and DocReader were erroneously starting up in Microsoft Excel, which is a document type that AppReader and DocReader are not designed to support. AppReader and DocReader are now fully blocked from starting in Excel.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for cursor highlight sticking on scrolling window in IE10
In Internet Explorer 10 (IE10), when scrolling the page in the browser window, ZoomText ‘s cursor enhancement would remain on the screen even though the text cursor had moved out of view. This cursor enhancement is now properly hidden or moved when the text cursor moves.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for crash in Outlook 2007
When using ZoomText in Outlook 2007, Outlook would become unresponsive when using the spell checker. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for loss of xFont in Excel 2013
In Microsoft Excel 2013, spreadsheet text would sometimes lose xFont smoothing when decreasing Excel’s zoom level below 100%. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for loss of xFont in Word 2013
In Microsoft Word 2013, document text would sometimes lose xFont smoothing in the following situations: (1) in Word’s Design View, the loss of xFont smoothing would sometimes occur after moving the mouse pointer over the title thumbnails; (2) loss of xFont smoothing would also occur when adjusting font attributes. These problems have been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for loss of xFont in the Windows clock
Loss of xFont smoothing would sometimes occur on the clock in the Windows system tray. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for system slow down when running ZoomText with NVDA
When running ZoomText with the NVDA screen reader, the system would sometimes become extremely slow and system memory errors would occur. This problem has been fixed.

Version 10.1.2 for Windows 8

Released October, 2013 for Windows 8

Image of Enhancement icon Performance Improvements
A variety of process refinements were implemented to improve ZoomText’s performance (speed).

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Crashes in Internet Explorer 10 (IE10)
A variety of random crash problems were fixed, including crashes that would occur when closing browser tabs.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for No xFont and Blurry Images in Non-DPI Aware Apps
When the Windows Display setting was set to 150% (selected in the Control Panel settings), text and images in certain apps would be blurry. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Lens Zoom Window Losing its Frame
When using the Lens zoom window, if you decreased the magnification level to 1x (zoomed out) and then increased the magnification level (zoomed in), the frame around the Lens window would sometimes disappear. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Miscellaneous Corrections to Localizations
A variety of translation errors were corrected in the localized (international) versions of ZoomText.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Wiggling View in Gmail
When typing in Gmail, the magnified view would sometimes wiggle back and forth. This problem has been fixed.

Version 10.1.1 for Windows 8

Released October, 2013 for Windows 8

Image of New Feature icon Support for International Languages
In addition to US English and UK English, ZoomText 10.1 is now localized for the following languages: Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Slovak, Spanish and Swedish.

Image of New Feature icon Complete View Mode and Locator Settings Now Available
Some of ZoomText’s View Mode and Locator settings were not available in the initial 10.1 release. These settings have been restored.

Image of New Feature icon Desktop Finder Now Available
ZoomText’s Desktop Finder was not available in the initial 10.1 release. This feature has been restored.

Image of New Feature icon Support for Windows 8 Hiberboot
ZoomText now supports the Hiberboot feature in Windows 8. This means you can leave ZoomText running when shutting down and starting Windows with the Hiberboot feature.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Trial Period Expiring Early
On certain systems, ZoomText trial periods would expire prematurely (before the 60-day trial period had passed). Trials should now operate for the full 60-day period.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Starting AppReader from Web Finder
After finding a word or item with the WebFinder, attempts to launch the AppReader (from the Web Finder toolbar) would fail. A message would appear stating that “AppReader is unable to start reading from the current Web Finder location”. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Incorrect 1x / Magnified View
After disabling and re-enabling ZoomText, the 1x and magnified views displayed in partial screen zoom window configurations did not always match. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Clipped Text in the Outlook 2010 Search Box
In Outlook 2010, when typing text in the Search box, characters with descenders (such as g, j, p, y) were clipped off. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Shadow Pixels in Microsoft Word 2010
In Microsoft Word 2010, when pressing moving the text cursor through a line of text (by pressing the arrow keys), colored pixels would appear around the text cursor. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Jiggling Zoom Window When Using the Adjust Tool
When using the Adjust Tool to resize a zoom window, the zoom window would jiggle. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Corrupted Text after Changing Screen Resolutions
When changing the screen resolution while ZoomText was enabled, after the resolution change, text would appear in the wrong locations on the screen. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Echo in Verbosity Settings Dialog Box
When navigating through ZoomText’s Verbosity dialog box, incorrect control names were sometimes announced. This problem has been fixed.

Version 10.1.0 for Windows 8

Released August, 2013 for Windows 8

Image of New Feature icon Support for US English
The initial release of ZoomText 10.1 Windows 8 is available in US English and UK English only. Localized versions will be introduced in a follow up version 10.1.xx update release.

Image of New Feature icon Support for Windows 8
ZoomText 10.1 provides unmatched magnification and reading support for the new Windows 8 operating system and interface. Whether you’re running new Windows 8 apps or legacy applications, ZoomText allows you to work at the highest level of speed and productivity. ZoomText 10.1 also includes ZoomText’s patented “xFont” magnification, which provides the sharpest magnified text available on the market today.

Image of New Feature icon Support for Microsoft Office 2013
ZoomText 10.1 supports the core applications in Microsoft Office 2013 including Word, Excel and Outlook. Create, navigate and read your documents with ease and accuracy.

Image of New Feature icon Support for Internet Explorer 10
With robust support for Internet Explorer 10 (aka IE10), ZoomText 10.1 makes web browsing a snap. Search, navigate and read your favorite websites using ZoomText’s powerful Web Finder and reading tools.

Image of Enhancement icon Improved Support for Videos and Games
With a new magnification engine and full DirectX support, you now can watch and play all types of videos and games with ZoomText.

Image of Enhancement icon Support for Touch Screen Devices
ZoomText 10.1 can be used on Windows 8 touch screen devices including tablets, laptops and desktop monitors. ZoomText follows along as you tap, drag and swipe your way through all of your applications. And you can instantly access key ZoomText features using the ZoomText Touch Icon and gestures. Note: Requires a 5-point or greater multi-touch device.

Image of New Feature icon Additional Levels of Magnification
To support users wanting higher magnification levels and ultra-high resolution displays, ZoomText’s magnification levels have been extended and now include 42x, 48x, 54x and 60x. We’ve also added more fractional levels between 1x and 5x.

Image of Enhancement icon Improved Tracking and Program Echo
ZoomText’s improved event handling delivers more accurate and complete tracking and reading as you navigate application menus, dialogs and other controls.

Image of New Feature icon Smooth Mouse Pointers
At all magnification levels, ZoomText now displays mouse pointers with smooth edges that are more pleasing to look at and use.

Image of New Feature icon Color Enhancement Transition Effects
ZoomText’s new transition effect gives a fresh, comfortable feel when switching between color enhancement schemes.

What’s Missing in ZoomText 10.1

The following ZoomText 10 features are temporarily unavailable in ZoomText 10.1. These features will be added in a series of free updates as quickly as possible:

  • Freeze Window
  • Dual monitor support
  • Text Finder
  • ‘Area to Track’ settings

System Requirements

The following hardware and software is required to run ZoomText 10.1 for Windows 8:

  • Windows 8.1 or 8.0
  • Processor: 2 GHz single core or 1 GHz dual core
  • Memory (RAM): 2 GB
    • Recommended: 4 GB or higher
  • Graphics card with support for DirectX 9.1 or above
    • Recommended: DirectX 10 or later
    • Recommended: 256 MB dedicated video memory
  • Hard disk space: 100 MB for US English, 350 MB for International versions
  • 5-point multi-touch display required for ZoomText Touch Mode support
  • Sound card (for ZoomText Magnifier/Reader only)
  • USB 2.0 (for future ZoomText Camera support)

Compatibility with Other Accessibility Programs

When two or more accessibility products are installed on the same machine, there is the potential for compatibility problems with the accessibility programs. It is also possible that installing multiple accessibility programs may cause a crash when the system boots.

If you are running other accessibility programs on your system, check with the manufacturers of each program for compatibility information and upgrades recommended for improved compatibility with other accessibility programs.


ZoomText 10 Release Notes

This document contains the latest information on ZoomText 10.0 (at the time of release). For updated information, go to our support page or contact technical support at tel: (802) 362-3612 or support@aisquared.com.

This document is divided into the following sections:

  • Changes in each release since version 10.0
  • System Requirements
  • Network Discovery
  • Compatibility with Other Accessibility Programs
  • Known and Potential Problems

Version 10.0.11

Released November, 2014 for Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP

Image of Bug Fix AppReader now reads email properly in Windows Live Mail
In Windows Live Mail, AppReader would not start reading at the beginning on an email. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix System Info tab now displays the correct amount of system RAM
In ZoomText’s About dialog box (System tab), the amount of system RAM displayed was incorrect. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix ZT Recorder now works with NeoSpeech synthesizers
In the 10.0.10 release, use of the NeoSpeech speech synthesizers in the ZoomText Recorder was broken. This problem has been fixed.

Version 10.0.10

Released June, 2014 for Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP

Image of Bug Fix Third party synthesizers now can be saved as default configuration
Previously, you were unable to save a third party synthesizer as your default configuration in ZoomText. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Enhancement icon Improved support for Windows Live Mail 2012
In Windows Live Mail 2012, ZoomText now reliably echoes and reads labels and text in email recipient fields and ribbon bars. ZoomText’s cursor enhancement is also properly displayed in the recipient fields and other controls that display a cursor.

Image of Bug Fix Instance number for items are now properly announced in Windows Explorer
In the Windows Explorer ‘Details’ view, the instance number for each item (e.g. “1 of 5”, “2 of 5”, …) is now properly announced as you navigate up and down the list.

Image of Bug Fix ZoomText’s ‘Pass Thru’ hotkey now works in Office 2010
In Microsoft Office 2010 applications, attempts to use ZoomText’s ‘Pass Thru’ hotkey followed by the shared hotkey to pass through to the Office application would result in both ZoomText and the Office application processing the hotkey. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Invert Brightness setting now reliably saved in ZoomText configurations
In ZoomText’s Color Enhancement settings, if you enabled the Invert Brightness option in a custom scheme and then saved the ZoomText configuration, when restarting ZoomText with that configuration, the Invert Brightness setting was not enabled. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Mouse Echo now reads correctly in IE9 and Firefox
In Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and Firefox 25 and later, on certain webpages ZoomText’s Mouse Echo feature would only echo every other line. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Duplicate menu accelerators eliminated in the Swedish version of ZoomText
In the Swedish version of ZoomText, several menus contained two or more menu items that were assigned the same accelerator key. These problems have been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Lock ups eliminated in Microsoft Outlook 2010
When using ZoomText in Microsoft Outlook 2010, the computer would sometimes slow down and eventually lock up. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for ZoomText Network License starting up in 10-minute trial mode
On certain systems, a ZoomText Network License would fail to find its activation license and start up in a 10-minute trial mode. This problem has been fixed.

Version 10.0.9

Released November, 2013 for Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP

Image of Enhancement icon Improved support in Outlook.com
Reading support has been greatly improved in Outlook.com (for all of ZoomText’s reading tools).

Image of New Feature icon New factory default settings for screen enhancements
Pointer, cursor and focus enhancements are now enabled in ZoomText’s default configuration. The new defaults are: Pointer Enhancement: Large Yellow; Cursor Enhancement: Blue Wedges; Focus Enhancement: Red Rectangle.

Image of Enhancement icon Maximum size of Lens zoom window increased
ZoomText’s Lens zoom window can now be sized to cover 75% of the screen (width and height). Previously the maximum size was 50% of the screen.

Image of New Feature icon New switch for disabling ZoomText Recorder
A new command line switch has been added to ZoomText’s setup program that disables ZoomText Recorder. This switch was added to accommodate organizations with security concerns.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for freeze in Outlook 2010
In Microsoft Outlook 2010, dragging and dropping items in the Navigation pane with ZoomText running would sometimes cause the system to freeze. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Enhancement icon Sharper mouse pointers
Mouse pointers are now sharper and easier to see when running ZoomText.

Image of Bug Fix Miscellaneous fixes in ZoomText localizations
A variety of localization issues have been fixed in the international versions of ZoomText, including: inconsistent translations as well as missing or duplicate accelerators in menu items and dialog controls.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for reading radio button and check box controls
For certain radio button and check box controls, ZoomText was incorrectly announcing the name, type and state of the control. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for broken NeoSpeech license (after uninstalling ZoomText Magnifier/Reader)
When both ZoomText Magnifier/Reader and ZoomText ImageReader were installed on the same system, uninstalling ZoomText Magnifier/Reader would break the NeoSpeech voice usage for ZoomText ImageReader. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for ZoomText Recorder files not being saved in iTunes 11
When using ZoomText Recorder with iTunes 11, the recording would not save properly. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for ZoomText not starting when Windows Media Player is not installed
If Windows Media Player (WMP) was not installed on the system, ZoomText would not start up. This problem occurred because the ZoomText Recorder requires services provided by WMP. ZoomText now starts up if WMP is not installed, but with ZoomText Recorder disabled. A message is also displayed with a link to download WMP.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for installation error when using the -p: command line parameter
When running ZoomText setup with the -p: command line parameter, the installation would sometimes fail and generate a “-5011” error message. The problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for broken link in the ZoomText Help system (“Writing ZoomText Scripts” topic)
In the ZoomText Help system, a link in the “Writing ZoomText Scripts” topic was bad and when clicked would generate an error message. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for ZoomText activation failures caused by antivirus programs
Some versions of antivirus programs were causing ZoomText product activation to fail. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for crashes in Internet Explorer 9
A variety of random crash problems were fixed, including crashes that would occur when closing browser tabs.

Version 10.0.8

Released June, 2013 for Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP

Image of Enhancement icon Improved support for reading email in Outlook 2010 (64-bit version)
ZoomText’s AppReader and DocReader can now be used to read email in the 64-bit version of Outlook 2010.

Image of Enhancement icon Improved support for Excel 2010 and Excel 2007
Support for Microsoft Excel 2010 (32-bit and 64-bit versions) and Microsoft Excel 2007 (32-bit version) has been greatly improved in this release. Tracking, highlighting and reading are now fully supported when navigation and editing content in spreadsheet cells, the formula bar, comments.

Image of Enhancement icon Improved reading support in IE8
ZoomText’s reading tools are now faster and more reliable when reading webpages in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).

Image of Enhancement icon Improved support for Mozilla Firefox
ZoomText now reads webpage frames and iframes in Mozilla Firefox.

Image of Bug Fix Web Finder’s Execute command is now more reliable
The Execute command in ZoomText’s Web Finder’s would sometime fail. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for accessing the Hotkey field in the Reading Zones dialog box
In ZoomText’s Reading Zones dialog box, you could not move the focus to the Hotkey field using the Tab key. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for crashes when running IE9 (64-bit version) with ZoomText and JAWS
Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) would crash if both ZoomText and JAWS were running. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for corrupted text in Firefox
Some webpages supply their own set of special fonts to display text that appears on the webpage. In the Firefox web browser, these fonts would not appear correctly. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for announcement of checkboxes in Yahoo email
ZoomText would incorrectly announce checkboxes in Yahoo email. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for menu and dialog formatting in the Japanese localization
A variety of menu and dialog formatting problems were corrected in the Japanese localization of ZoomText.

Version 10.0.7

Released February, 2013 for Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP

Image of Enhancement icon Improved reading support for Internet Explorer 8
ZoomText’s “WebSupport” engine for Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) can now be enabled in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8); providing faster startup, accuracy and reliability in ZoomText’s reading tools (AppReader, DocReader and SpeakIt Tool).

To enable the WebSupport engine in IE8

  1. In ZoomText’s Help menu, choose Tech Support…
  2. In the Fix-It Command edit box, type: WebSupport Add IE8
  3. Click the OK button.

To disable the WebSupport engine in IE8

  1. In ZoomText’s Help menu, choose Tech Support…
  2. In the Fix-It Command edit box, type: WebSupport Remove IE8
  3. Click the OK button.

Image of Enhancement Improved support for OpenOffice
ZoomText now provides improved support for OpenOffice applications. These improvements include the following:

  • ZoomText’s tracking, echo and focus enhancements now work in OpenOffice application menus
  • ZoomText’s cursor echo now works in OpenOffice applications
  • ZoomText now provides basic AppReader support in the OpenOffice Writer application (start, stop and arrow key navigation)

Important! ZoomText’s support for OpenOffice requires that the Java Access Bridge (JAB) is installed and enabled on your system. Information and instructions for installing and enabling the Java Access Bridge can be found in an Ai Squared knowledge base article.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for running Java applications
When ZoomText was running, attempts to launch 32-bit Java applications that utilize the Java Access Bridge would fail (the Java application would open momentarily and then close). This problem has been fixed.

Version 10.0.6

Released January, 2013 for Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP

Image of Enhancement icon Improvements to IE9 support
ZoomText now provides greatly improved support for email and other web sites when running in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9). Improvements cover many of ZoomText’s features including: typing and program echo, cursor echo and tracking, cursor enhancements, reading with AppReader and DocReader, and use of Reading Zones.

Image of New Feature icon 64-bit version of IE9 is now supported
ZoomText can now be used with the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9).

Image of Enhancement icon Improved support for Yahoo email
ZoomText now provides specifically improved support for Yahoo email running in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9). Improvements cover typing and program echo, cursor echo and tracking, cursor enhancements, and use of ZoomText’s document reading tools.

Image of Bug Fix PDF documents now open quickly in Adobe Reader
When ZoomText was running, PDF documents would open very slowly in Adobe Reader. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Caps Lock state now correctly announced
In various applications, including Microsoft Office and Firefox; ZoomText would incorrectly announce the state of the Caps Lock. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Enhancement icon WebFinder now works with Firefox 15
ZoomText’s WebFinder can now be used in Firefox 15 to find text in webpages.

Image of New Feature icon ZoomText now reads in ABBYY FineReader
ZoomText’s AppReader and DocReader can now be used to read text captured from images in ABBYY FineReader.

Image of New Feature icon Support for QQ
ZoomText now supports QQ, a Chinese social media application.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for DocReader error ID#13 in various applications
In various applications, including Microsoft Office, WordPad, Notepad and Adobe Acrobat 9; DocReader would fail to start and present error ID#13. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for IE9 crash when attempting to compose Gmail “In New Window”
When using Gmail in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and attempting to compose a new email “In New Window”, ZoomText would cause IE9 to crash. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for crash when starting ZoomText after JAWS 13
When the 64-bit version of JAWS 13 was already running, attempting to start ZoomText would cause a crash. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for crash when opening Support and Help in Windows 7 64-bit OS
In 64 bit versions of Windows 7, attempting to access Support and Help from the Windows Start menu would cause a crash. This problem has been fixed.

Version 10.0.5

Released September, 2012 for Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP

Image of Bug Fix Fix for using Reading tools in Gmail running in Internet Explorer
When using Gmail in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) or Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), ZoomText’s reading features and tools would fail to work. These problems have been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for using AppReader in Comcast Mail
In the Comcast email client, ZoomText’s AppReader would fail to read the body of an email message. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for starting Java applications
When ZoomText was running, attempts to start some Java applications would fail. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for AppReader starting slowly in IE8
ZoomText’s AppReader tool would start slowly in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8). This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Mouse Echo not reading lines in Office Communicator 2005
When using Microsoft Office Communicator 2005, ZoomText’s Mouse Echo feature would only echo the word under the mouse pointer when it was configured to “Echo all words in the line or object”. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for crash when clicking the “In new window” button in Gmail
When using Gmail in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and composing a new email, if you clicked the “In new window” button IE9 would crash. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for crash when running with Thunderbird 14
When attempting to run ZoomText with Thunderbird 14 a variety of crash behaviors could occur. These problems have been fixed.

Version 10.0.3.2

Released June, 2012 for Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP

IMPORTANT! This 10.0.3.2 update only applies to ZoomText 10 installations that were previously updated to 10.0.3 via ZoomText’s update wizard. Installations of 10.0.3 via CD or trial download do not contain the problems addressed in this 10.0.3.2 update.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for reading problems in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9)
The 10.0.3 update introduced support for IE9. In the 10.0.3 online update (obtained through ZoomText’s update wizard) an incorrect component was included that caused problems with ZoomText’s reading support in IE9, including slow startup of AppReader and DocReader, and incorrect display of the word highlight (for spoken words). This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for cursor and reading support in the Thunderbird email client
In the 10.0.3 online update (obtained through ZoomText’s update wizard) a required component for ZoomText’s cursor and reading support in the Thunderbird email client was missing. This problem has been fixed.

Version 10.0.3

Released June, 2012 for Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP

Image of Enhancement icon Improved magnification and reading in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9)
ZoomText now provides smooth text magnification (xFont) and reading of web pages in IE9. Reading support includes ZoomText’s AppReader, DocReader, SpeakIt tool and echo features (including echo of the IE9 browser cursor).

Image of New Feature icon Support for ARIA and HTML5 in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9)
When using Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), ZoomText now supports: ARIA landmarks and HTML5 tags for navigating page sections when using Web Finder, ARIA roles and attributes for announcing clearer descriptions of web page controls and other elements, and ARIA live regions to track and announce pop up bars and alerts (enabled by the Alert check boxes in ZoomText’s Program Echo and Navigation > Tracking dialog boxes).

Image of New Feature icon Support for text cursor and reading in Thunderbird email client
ZoomText now provides support for the text cursor in the Thunderbird email client, including cursor tracking, cursor enhancements and typing echo. In addition, ZoomText’s reading tools can now read email that is open in its own window (as opposed to the preview pane).

Image of New Feature icon> Support for Portuguese languages
Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese localizations have been added in this release of ZoomText 10.

Image of Bug Fix Reading and executing links works properly in Adobe Reader
AppReader and DocReader will now read and execute links in Adobe Reader.

Note: When executing links a security warning dialog may appear according to Adobe Reader’s Manage Internet Access settings. To view and change these settings:

  1. In the Adobe Reader menu bar, choose Edit > Preferences. The Preferences dialog will appear.
  2. In the Categories list, choose Trust Manager. The Trust Manager settings will appear in the right pane of the dialog.
  3. Under “Internet Files from PDF Files”, click the Change Settings… button. The Manage Internet Access dialog will appear.
  4. Select the desired Internet access settings.
  5. Click the Ok button.

Image of Enhancement icon Improved support for running ZoomText with JAWS
Starting with ZoomText version 10.0.3 and JAWS version 13.0.900, ZoomText and JAWS can now be started and exited in any order (32-bit only).

Note: Prior to these versions, you had to start ZoomText before JAWS and exit JAWS before ZoomText. Starting and exiting in the wrong order could cause the system to crash.

Image of Bug Fix Brightness and Contrast adjustments for ZoomText Camera now spoken correctly
When using the ZoomText Camera feature, adjustments to the brightness or contrast settings are now announced as “increase brightness” or “decrease brightness”, and “increase contrast” or “decrease contrast”.

Image of Bug Fix Fix to keep ZoomText USB from backing up onto itself
With previous versions, the ZoomText USB backup utility would allow backing up onto itself, corrupting the USB device. The ZoomText USB backup utility no longer allows backing up onto itself.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for NeoSpeech/ZoomText crash when speaking certain number patterns
NeoSpeech and ZoomText would crash when reading number sequences containing a string of numbers with decimal points between. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for occasional crash with Optelec USB CCTVs
When using ZoomText with Optelec USB CCTVs, repeated enabling and disabling of the CCTV would cause occasional crashes. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for occasional loss of xFont
When ZoomText had been running for longer periods of time, xFont magnification would occasionally stop working. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for jumpy tracking when using Web Finder
When using Web Finder and navigating through web page menus, ZoomText’s magnified view would sometimes jump or bounce. This problem has been fixed.

Version 10.0.2

Released March, 2012 for Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP

Image of New Feature iconAdditional Support for International Languages
The following languages have been added in the localized versions of ZoomText 10: Chinese, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic and Turkish.

Image of Enhancement iconAdditional Performance Enhancements to ZoomText Camera
The ZoomText Camera feature has been optimized to provide faster video performance when the camera image is rotated to 90, 180 or 270 degree orientations.

Version 10.0.1

Released February, 2012 for Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP

Image of New Feature icon Support for European Languages
ZoomText 10 is now available in the following European languages: Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Slovak, Spanish and Swedish.

Image of Bug Fix Enhanced ZoomText Camera Performance
The ZoomText Camera feature has been optimized to provide faster video performance on systems equipped with a multi-core processor. Controls have also been added in the ZoomText Camera dialog providing manual selection of the camera video frame rate, allowing you to balance overall camera and system performance. In addition, ZoomText now disables the screen when the ZoomText Camera is active. This allows use of the ZoomText Camera without the screen shutting off (because of inactivity of the computer keyboard and mouse). Note: The system’s monitor sleep mode may still cause the monitor to sleep due to inactivity.

Image of Bug Fix Enhanced support for iTunes
Performance and stability have been greatly improved when running ZoomText in iTunes.

Image of Bug Fix Support for Java Access Bridge (version 2.02)
ZoomText now supports Java Access Bridge v2.02 allowing ZoomText to magnify, track and read Java applications.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for random activation errors
On some systems, errors would occur when attempting to activate ZoomText. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for phantom Web Finder highlight
After exiting ZoomText’s Web Finder the green toolbar highlight would sometimes remain on the screen. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for failed AppReader startup when launched from Web Finder
When starting AppReader from the Web Finder, AppReader would sometimes fail to start and display an error. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for input focus issues when using ZoomText logon support
When ZoomText’s logon support was active in the Windows logon screen, the ZoomText logon toolbar would steal the keyboard focus. Although a blinking text cursor would appear in the logon controls (user name or password field), text would not be entered when typing. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for ZoomText Update Wizard failures
Under certain conditions, downloads initiated by the ZoomText Update Wizard would stop before the download was complete. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for ZoomText closing when using Windows task switcher
On some systems, ZoomText would close unexpectedly when invoking the Windows task switcher (i.e. when pressing ALT + TAB). This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for AppReader issues in Adobe Reader 10
In Adobe Reader 10, ZoomText’s AppReader would sometimes skip portions of the document and prematurely exit. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for incorrect program echo when using Windows high contrast schemes
When using Windows high contrast schemes, ZoomText would announce the state checkboxes as “checked” even when they were not checked. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for removal of files when uninstalling ZoomText
When uninstalling ZoomText, the ZoomText Setup program would fail to remove the ZoomText program folder. This problem has been fixed.

Version 10.0

Released November, 2011 for Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP

Image of New Feature icon Support for US English
The initial release of ZoomText 10 (version 10.0) is available in US English only. Localized versions will be introduced in a follow up version 10.0x update release.

Image of Enhancement icon Enhanced Web Finder
The newly redesigned Web Finder has been expanded to allow you to swiftly search, skim, navigate and read web pages. You can now search for words or phrases throughout an entire webpage to find topics of interest. When you’ve found a topic of interest you can have Web Finder start reading from that location (ZoomText Magnifier/Reader only). Web Finder can also find and execute links and controls allowing you to seamlessly navigate between web pages.

Image of New Feature icon New ZoomText Camera
The new ZoomText Camera feature allows you to use any high-definition (HD) webcam to magnify printed items and other objects right on your computer screen—including bills, magazines, photographs, medicine labels, craft items and more.

Image of New Feature icon New Background Reader
The new Background Reader allows you to listen to documents, webpages, email or any text while you simultaneously perform other tasks. You simply copy or select the text you want to listen to and start Background Reader. While the text is being read aloud, you are free to type notes, browse the web or do any other work on your computer.

Image of New Feature icon New ZoomText Recorder
The new ZoomText Recorder allows you to turn text from documents, webpages, email or other sources into audio recordings that you can listen to on your computer or transfer to your mobile device for listening to on the go. Create recordings in your choice of ZoomText voices or any other voices available on your system.

Image of New Feature icon New Read from Pointer
The new “Read from Pointer” command lets you instantly start AppReader at the word under the mouse pointer, making use of AppReader fast and seamless in documents, web pages and email.

Image of Enhancement iconImproved support for iTunes
Performance and stability have been greatly improved when using ZoomText in iTunes.

Image of New Feature icon New Text Finder Highlight
You can now configure unique highlight settings for the ZoomText Text Finder.

System Requirements

The following hardware and software is required to run ZoomText 10:

  • Windows 7, Vista, or XP (SP2)
  • 1.5 GHz for Windows 7 and Windows Vista
    1 GHz Pentium® 4 or equivalent for Windows XP
  • 1 GB RAM for Windows 7 and Vista (2GB recommended)
    512 MB RAM for Windows XP (1 GB recommended)
  • 50 MB free hard disk space (additional 60 MB required for each NeoSpeech synthesizer)
  • USB 2.0 (for webcam support if using ZoomText Camera feature)
  • Sound card (for Magnifier/Reader version only)

Compatibility with Other Accessibility Programs

Most accessibility programs install a chaining display driver that is always active, whether or not the accessibility program is currently running. When two or more accessibility products are installed on the same machine, there is the potential for compatibility problems with the accessibility programs. It is also possible that installing multiple accessibility programs may cause a crash when the system boots.

Some accessibility programs, including ZoomText 10, utilize DCM (Driver Chain Manager) to improve compatibility with other DCM compliant accessibility programs. ZoomText 10 utilizes DCM on Windows XP systems and Windows Vista systems that are equipped with older video hardware. If you are running other accessibility programs on your system, check with the manufactures of each program for compatibility information and upgrades recommended for improved compatibility with other accessibility programs.

Known and Potential Problems

In Firefox (web browser) you need to run the browser zoom level at 100%. Otherwise ZoomText’s SpeakIt tool and Reading Zones will not read correctly, and AppReader, DocReader and Web Finder highlighting will not line up with the current spoken word.

ZoomText will co-exist and run alongside JAWS screen reader, however, crashes and errors are known to occur when exiting JAWS. To work around this problem you need to start JAWS before ZoomText and then exit ZoomText before JAWS.