The only commercial screen magnifier for the Mac platform, ZoomText Mac makes it easy and enjoyable to see and use all of your applications, including email and the Internet. Now also includes several speech features including an innovative reading tool called WebReader!
Magnification can change from 1x to 36x in the following increments:
2x to 8x in steps of 1
10x to 16x in steps of 2
20x to 36x in steps of 4
Fractional powers of 1.0 – 2.0 in steps of .1, along with 2.5x
With other screen magnifiers, including OS X’s built-in solution called Zoom, the clarity of text is degraded in the magnified view. As a result, text on screen is blurry and very difficult to read.
With ZoomText’s font smoothing technology, you’ll see amazingly clear text at all magnification levels. All types and sizes of text are displayed with high-definition clarity, in all of your applications.
Our custom smoothing techniques display images sharper at every magnification level.
ZoomText Mac now contains some very exciting reading tools – the WebReader tool provides a quick and easy way to read not only web content, but text in your clipboard or open application windows and the echo features are designed to give you helpful auditory feedback as you navigate around screen! Read more about each feature below, or you can watch the video that demonstrates all the new features.
WebReader makes it easy to read busy webpages or any text you’ve placed in the clipboard. It presents the information in a special environment where the text has been reformatted for a clean viewing and reading experience. Text is presented either in full-screen or windowed mode, with customizations for text size, font, line spacing, and a wide range of color and voice options.
WebReader automatically extracts just the essential information from online articles, making the content much easier to consume. It will automatically read through all of the content, or you can choose to manually read by word, sentence, or paragraph.
As reading occurs, each sentence and spoken word is highlighted so you can follow along. If you don’t need to follow along visually, feel free to go about and do other things on your computer; WebReader will continue to read until it reaches the end of the document.
Watch the WebReader video to see it in action:
Focus Echo speaks on-screen items as you navigate and use your applications. Text information from the current active control, text fields, menu items, or buttons will now be automatically read aloud.
You can adjust how much detail is spoken aloud for these items in the ZoomText Preferences Panel. You have a choice of how much is read aloud:
Labels Only: Item labels only are spoken.
Labels and Context: Item labels, control type, and accelerator key (if applicable) are all spoken.
Mouse Echo automatically reads text that is underneath your mouse pointer. It will speak the entire item name, or if you’re on a webpage, the entire paragraph of text you are hovering over will be read.
By default, Mouse Echo will only read text if you first press the Option key. You can change the key that activates it, or you can set it to “Always On”; in this case text will be read aloud immediately as soon as the mouse is over text.
If at any time you’d like to interrupt Mouse Echo, just press the CONTROL key.
Watch the video!
To see all these new features in action, watch the video below.
Screen Colors allow you to change the appearance of all colors on screen. There are seven high-contrast color modes:
Black on White
White on Black
Blue on Beige
Yellow on Black
Yellow on Blue
Here’s how a webpage looks using the Invert Brightness scheme:
Pointer Enhancements make it easy to locate and follow the mouse pointer. You can change the color (Normal, Red, Green, Blue, or Yellow), size (Normal, Large, or Extra Large), locator type (Off, Circle, or Crosshair), and choose when to display the locator (Always, or when pressing a variety of keys).
Here’s an example of our smooth pointer enhancement:
Cursor Enhancements make it easy to locate and follow the text cursor. You can choose from a variety of preset cursor enhancement schemes: Blue Wedge, Green Circle, or Red Frame.
Here’s an example using the Cursor Enhancement in the Pages application:
Focus Enhancements make it easy to locate and follow the control focus when you tab and arrow key through menus, dialogs and other application controls. You can choose from two preset schemes: Red Rectangle or Green Underline.
Here’s what the Red Rectangle enhancement looks like when you’re in a menu:
ZoomText has the ability to track a wide range of events and items that appear on screen. Here is a list of each item that ZoomText can track:
Mouse Pointer: Tracks whenever you move the mouse pointer.
Text Cursor: Tracks whenever you input text on screen.
Menus: Tracks whatever menu item is currently highlighted.
Controls: Tracks controls when they receive focus. Controls include things like buttons, check boxes, list boxes, etc.
Windows: Tracks windows when they become activated.
Tool Tips: Tracks to tool tips when they appear on screen.
Alerts: Tracks to any alert that pops up on screen.
By default, ZoomText will track the Mouse Pointer, Text Cursor, Menus, Controls and Windows. These are all items or actions that we feel you will always want to see on screen.
If you ever want to disable tracking on a certain item, simply open the Preferences Pane, click on the Tracking tab, and uncheck the box next to the items you no longer want tracked. Same goes for enabling other forms of tracking – just check the box next to the desired item and ZoomText will track accordingly.
The Mac already has built-in Zoom and VoiceOver, what can ZoomText do for me that those tools can’t?
Apple has done an admirable job addressing accessibility issues in their OS. While the tools they provide are good, we’re confident that we can bring great added value to the platform. Here’s why.
Apple’s Zoom simply stretches everything it sees on the screen. As you zoom in, you’ll notice an “anti-aliasing” effect. The edges of letters get blurry and less distinguishable. We’ve implemented sophisticated techniques in ZoomText Mac to make text more readable to sharpening edges and distinguishing text from the background. These techniques work very well in true color mode and exceptionally well in any of our two-color schemes. While the retina displays on Apple’s top of the line machines do an even better job with anti-aliasing, ZoomText can still make improvements.
Our smoothing algorithms sharpen all images. Even as you magnify, we’re able to help images stand out with improved clarity.
Innovative Speech Features
Focus Echo and Mouse Echo give you control over what speech information is read back to you, whether you’re using the mouse or keyboard. The audio feedback helps you keep track of where you are on screen – plus you are able to quickly spot read an area of interest.
Document Reading Tools
Our WebReader tool allows you to easily read text from a busy webpages. It cleans up the presentation and provides you with a wide range of customization options. It can also read aloud text from an open application window (for instance, an email) or the contents of your clipboard.
Intelligent Screen Tracking
ZoomText will automatically move your magnified view when an event happens on-screen. Apple’s Zoom may not automatically keep events in view, like your text cursor when you’re typing, or application windows and messages that pop up.
In a magnified view, it’s very easy to lose track of where your cursor appears on the screen. ZoomText’s cursor enhancements make it easy to find the cursor by drawing a blue wedge, green circle or red frame near the cursor.
As magnification increases using Apple’s Zoom, the pointers lose their clarity and become fuzzy. ZoomText changes that by redrawing pointers at multiple magnification levels, ensuring a smooth, sharp pointer, no matter how large. We do this with the built in system arrow pointer as well with other pointers used in the OS like the “Hand”, “Resize Left/Right”, “Drag” and many more.
As you move your focus on screen with the mouse or the keyboard, it’s easy to lose track of where your focus is. With Apple Zoom, your best bet is simply to guess. With ZoomText, we draw a red frame or a thick green underline where your focus is, ensuring that you never lose your place.
Innovative color controls improve screen clarity and reduce eyestrain. We supply seven high contrast color modes: Invert Brightness, Reverse Video, Black on White, White on Black, Blue on Beige, Yellow on Black, and Yellow on Blue. Apple provides only two options, invert colors and grayscale.
How many times can I activate it?
The ZoomText Mac license agreement allows for a single user to activate their copy three times. This is meant to accommodate users who have multiple computers – a laptop and a PC at home and another computer at work.
How is it different than ZoomText on the PC?
Font smoothing technology will smooth fonts AND sharpen images. This is not the same text clarity as xFont, but everything on screen will remain very clear at any magnification level.
Smoothed mouse pointers, only available in ZoomText Mac, look great when magnified at any level.
Supports all applications that adhere to accessibility development standards of Mac OS X.
Unified reading tool called “WebReader” allows you to easily read text from the web, all text from an application window, or any text you can copy into your clipboard.