ZoomText Release Notes

This page provides release notes for ZoomText 2018, Fusion 2018, ZoomText 11 and Fusion 11.
 
ZoomText and Fusion 2018 Release Notes
ZoomText and Fusion 11 Release Notes
 

Release Notes for Legacy Products

 

ZoomText and Fusion 2018 Release Notes

This section contains the latest information on ZoomText 2018 and Fusion 2018 (at the time of release).

  • Changes in each release since version 2018 first release
  • System Requirements

 

ZoomText 2018 and Fusion 2018 August Update

This update applies to ZoomText 2018.1808.25 and Fusion 2018.1808.2.

General improvements to performance and stability

  • A collection of “under the hood” changes have been implemented to provide general improvements to ZoomText’s performance and stability.

Improved interop between ZoomText 2018 with JAWS 2018

  • Communication between ZoomText and Fusion has been refined for improved Interoperability.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS APPLY TO FUSION ONLY
Remote desktop support is now available in Fusion 2018

  • With the remote desktop add-on, users of Fusion 2018 can now use Citrix or Windows Remote Desktop Connections to access remote computers with full magnification, screen reading and Braille support. Users can also choose between running Fusion, JAWS or ZoomText in their remote session. The remote desktop add-on can be purchased with new products or as an upgrade to existing Fusion 2018 products. For more information, contact your local Freedom Scientific dealer.

Fix for tracking and highlighting when using Quick Keys and Tab key in Firefox 61

  • In Firefox 61, tracking and highlighting are now working when using the Quick Keys and Tab key.

Fix for SayAll tracking and highlighting in Word, WordPad and Notepad

  • When using the SayAll command in Microsoft Word, WordPad and Notepad; the spoken words are now tracked and highlighted.

 

ZoomText 2018 July Update (v2018.1807.8)

This update applies to ZoomText 2018 and Fusion 2018.

Improvements in Microsoft Office

  • Problems with the focus enhancement getting stuck on controls or not following the focus into certain controls have been fixed.
  • In Word 2016
    • AppReader now starts and exits faster in Word documents.
    • AppReader now reads paragraphs more accurately and reliably when using the Next Paragraph and Previous Paragraph reading commands.
    • ZoomText’s tracking, program echo and focus enhancement now work in the Find and Replace dialog box.
    • ZoomText’s cursor enhancement now appears in the Reviewing Pane.
    • ZoomText’s cursor enhancement no longer gets stuck when scrolling the document with the mouse wheel.
  • In Outlook 2016
    • Email windows are now reliably announced when opened using the keyboard or the mouse.
  • In Outlook 2016 and 2013
    • To, Cc and Bcc fields are now reliably announced.
  • In Excel 2016 and 2013
    • A problem that caused ZoomText to read the previous cell that had focus when editing the current cell with focus has been fixed.
  • In Excel 2010
    • When navigating from one cell to another would cause the spreadsheet window to scroll, ZoomText would start echoing and highlighting the incorrect cell. This problem has been fixed.

Improvements in Chrome

  • ZoomText no longer echoes typed passwords when logging into to websites.
  • A problem that caused the cursor enhancements to disappear has been fixed.

Improvements in Firefox

  • Typing echo by word is now more reliable.
  • A problem that caused Firefox to hang momentarily when logging into websites has been fixed.
  • A problem that caused Firefox Quantum to hang momentarily when activating the Open menu has been fixed.

Improvements in the Windows Start menu

  • ZoomText now tracks and echoes all search results In the Windows Start 10 and Windows 8.1 menu.

ZoomText now appears in the Windows Ease of Access Center

  • When ZoomText is installed it will now be presented as an assistive technology option in the Windows Ease of Access Center.

Improvements in the ZoomText Setup Program

  • A newer version of ZoomText 2018 can now be installed while an older version of ZoomText 2018 is running.
  • A problem that caused the ZoomText Setup Repair Package to fail (with error code 80070666) has been fixed. This problem would occur when aninstallation of JAWS 2018 was present on the system.

Improvements in the ZoomText toolbar

  • On the ZoomText toolbar, the ZoomText menu is now announced as “ZoomText menu” instead of “application menu”.

Improvements in ZoomText AppReader

  • A problem that caused AppReader to repeat list items in webpages has been fixed.
  • A problem that caused AppReader to freeze when pressing the AppView hotkey while in Text View has been fixed.
  • A problem that caused the mouse pointer to disappear when exiting AppReader has been fixed.
  • A problem that caused AppReader to crash after switching to Ticker mode has been fixed.
  • A problem that caused AppReader to crash when opening the Text View settings has been fixed.

Improvements in ZoomText xFont magnification support

  • ZoomText’s xFont magnification is now provided in Slack team collaboration tools.

Improvements in ZoomText’s Cursor and Focus Enhancements

  • In the Windows Start menu, the focus enhancement now appears and follows along when moving the mouse over the menu.
  • A problem that caused ZoomText’s focus enhancement to appear in the wrong location when the display scaling was set above 100% has been fixed.
  • A problem that caused ZoomText’s focus enhancement to drift outside of an application or dialog window has been fixed. This problem would occur when scrolling the contents of a scrollable window, list view or list box.

Improvements in ZoomText’s voice support

  • A problem that caused ZoomText’s voice to inadvertently switch from disabled to enabled has been fixed. This problem was known to occur when activating the Windows lock screen.
  • A problem that caused non-English localizations of ZoomText to speak with an English voice has been fixed. This problem with installations of ZoomText that were installed with a Fusion installation.

Improvements in localizations

  • A collection of translation and formatting errors have been fixed in localized versions of ZoomText and Fusion. These fixes occurred in the French and Japanese localizations.

New Arabic localization

  • This release adds Arabic to the localizations available in ZoomText 2018. The complete list of localizations now includes: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, UK English and US English.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS APPLY TO FUSION ONLY
Improvements to Fusion toolbar

  • On the Fusion toolbar, the Fusion menu is now announced as “Fusion menu” instead of “application menu”.

Improvements in Fusion Skim Reading

  • The Skim Reading feature in Fusion 2018 now behaves identical to the Skim Reading feature in JAWS 2018.

Improvements in Braille support

  • A problem that caused unexpected flash messages to appear on Braille displays has been fixed.

 

ZoomText 2018 May Update (v2018.1805.53)

This update applies to ZoomText 2018 and Fusion 2018.

Improved in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
ZoomText and Fusion support for Adobe Acrobat Reader DC has been overhauled to provide more reliable and usable access to PDF documents. These improvements include the following:

  • The AppReader tool is now more reliable and accurate for reading PDF documents that are properly formatted. AppReader reliably starts up in the selected mode (App View, Text View or SpeakIt Tool) and begins reading at the location that corresponds to the Launch AppReader command being used. Continuous reading and skim reading (by word, line, sentence and paragraph) are smooth and accurate.
  • When using the AppReader in App View, a problem with the word highlight sometimes appearing over entire paragraphs has been fixed.
  • When using the AppReader in Text View, text now fills each line in the view, as opposed to a single word per line. An additional problem with the Text View only displaying a single word when switching from App View has also been fixed.
  • When starting AppReader with the Launch AppReader from Pointer command (Caps Lock + Alt + Left-click) and then exiting AppReader, a large block of text would sometimes be selected in the PDF document. This problem has been fixed.
  • When moving the text cursor through the text in a PDF document, Cursor Echo now announces “space” when the cursor moves to space character. When the cursor moves into the last line of a PDF document, Cursor Echo announces the text in the as opposed to announcing “blank”.
  • Mouse Echo is now echoes text reliably in PDF documents and the Adobe Reader user interface. Problems with the mouse echo feature erroneously selecting text has also been fixed.
  • The Cursor Enhancement now correctly tracks and highlights the text cursor and is properly hidden when the text cursor loses focus.
  • The Focus Enhancement now correctly tracks and highlights the program focus when switching to and from Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.
  • The Reading Zones Tool can now be used in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

Improvements in Microsoft Office

  • In office 2016 and 2013 applications, text in the application user interface and document are now reliably magnified with xFont.
  • In Office 2016 and 2013 applications, the Focus Enhancement is now properly displayed.
  • In Word 2016, the Cursor Enhancement no longer gets stuck for several seconds after scrolling the document view.
  • In Excel 2016, the Cursor Enhancement and Focus Enhancement are now reliably displayed and reliably track the text cursor and active spreadsheet cell.
  • In Excel 2016, Cell formulas are now properly announced.
  • In Excel 2016, Cell values are now properly echoed when the cell contains a formula.
  • In Excel 2016, a problem with the magnified view jumping back and forth when selecting a range of cells has been fixed.
  • A problem with ZoomText freezing when running with JAWS in Microsoft Outlook 2016 has been fixed.

Improvements in Firefox 59 (or later)

  • The names of links are now echoed without the associated address also being echoed.
  • Cursor Enhancements and Focus Enhancements are now reliably displayed in the Firefox user interface and in webpages.
  • In the Firefox user interface, a problem with text being blocked out when ZoomText is running has been fixed.
  • A problem with the names of checkboxes in web pages being double-echoed has been fixed.
  • A problem with ZoomText focus tracking jumping away when moving through items in a list box or combo box has been fixed.

Improvements in Chrome 65 (or later)

  • Cursor Enhancements and Focus Enhancements are now properly displayed in the Chrome user interface and in webpages.
  • A problem with AppReader failing to launch directly into Text View has been fixed.

Improvements in Internet Explorer 11 (IE11)

  • A problem with the magnified view freezing when opening the Twitter website in Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) has been fixed.

Improvements in iTunes

  • Cursor Enhancements and Focus Enhancements now properly displayed in the iTunes user interface.
  • ZoomText’s Program Echo and Mouse Echo are now properly announcing the names of controls and links the iTunes user interface and content library.
  • ZoomText’s Typing Echo by word now works when typing in the iTunes Search Field.
  • ZoomText’s Typing Echo no longer echoes the typed password in iTunes logon windows.

Improvements in Windows Settings

  • ZoomText Focus Enhancement now reliably follows the application focus in the Windows Settings dialog boxes.

Improvements to Magnification Features

  • Toggling of the Zoom to 1x feature is now announced by ZoomText.
  • Mouse Wheel Zooming is now reliably disabled when unchecking the “Enable wheel zooming” checkbox in the Zoom Window Settings dialog box.
  • The Freeze window can now be enabled and adjusted when the magnification level in the primary zoom window is set to 1x.
  • In the Zoom Windows Settings dialog box, a problem with the Zoom Level spin box not updating has been fixed. This problem occurred when using the Zoom Level commands and mouse wheel zooming.
  • A problem with screen corruption appearing when exiting ZoomText or Fusion has been fixed.

Improvements to ZoomText’s mouse pointers, Pointer Enhancements and Focus Enhancements

  • All of ZoomText’s tool modes now feature smooth-edge mouse pointers that are crisp at all magnification levels.
  • Problems with ZoomText’s Enhanced Pointers becoming invisible or getting stuck along the edges of the screen have been fixed.
  • A problem that caused two mouse pointers to appear after exiting the screen saver has been fixed.
  • A problem with a hard freezing occurring when adjusting the colors in ZoomText’s Pointer Enhancements and Focus Enhancements settings has been fixed.

Improvements in AppReader

  • When using the AppReader in App View and Text View, AppReader now correctly announces words preceded by a double quote.
  • When using the AppReader in App View and navigating by lines and paragraphs, AppReader now reads the entire line or paragraph.
  • When using the AppReader in Text View, the word highlight is now displayed when using the “underline” and “frame” highlight shapes.
  • In the Text View Settings dialog, adjustments to the Document Color and Highlight settings are now properly applied in the Text View.
  • When using AppReader and switching from App View to Text View, sometimes only a single word would appear in the Text View. This problem has been fixed.
  • The Zoom to 1x command can now be used in AppReader (without causing AppReader to exit).

Improvements in Finder

  • When navigating to the Next or Previous instance of a searched for phrase, Finder now interrupts the announcement of the previous phrase.
  • A problem with the Finder spontaneously closing a few seconds after it is launched has been fixed.
  • A problem with the Finder crashing when initiate the search for a word or phrase (by pressing the Enter key) has been fixed.

Improvements in ZoomText Camera

  • ZoomText Camera Settings are not properly restored to their defaults when choosing the Restore Factory Defaults menu command.
  • Changes to settings in the Camera Clarity and Camera Focus dialogs are now discarded when closing the dialog with the close button in the title bar.

Improvements in the ZoomText and Fusion toolbars

  • “Licensed to:” information now appears in status bar on the ZoomText and Fusion toolbars.

Improvements in Localizations

  • A collection of translation and formatting errors have been fixed in localized versions of ZoomText and Fusion.
    Installation Issues Resolved
  • A variety of rare ZoomText and Fusion installation conflicts and errors have been resolved.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS APPLY TO FUSION ONLY

Improvements in the Fusion speech output

  • Tutor messages are now off by default.
  • Mouse Echo now works on the Fusion toolbar.
  • When double-tapping the Caps Lock key to toggle the Caps Lock state, the on/off state is now announced.

 

ZoomText 2018 April Update (v2018.1804.53)

This update applies to ZoomText 2018 and Fusion 2018.

Fix for dongle authorization failure in Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

  • Dongle authorization for ZoomText 2018 and Fusion 2018 was not working in the Windows 10 Spring 2018 Creators update. Customers who authorize using a dongle must install this ZoomText or Fusion update to continue authorizing ZoomText or Fusion after installing the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update.

Fix for system freeze on systems configured with multiple monitors and Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

  • On systems configured with multiple monitors and the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update, when launching ZoomText 2018 or Fusion 2018 the system would freeze with black screen. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for Acrobat Reader spontaneously closing when opening PDF documents

  • When running Adobe Acrobat Reader DC with ZoomText 2018 or Fusion 2018, Acrobat Reader would sometimes crash when opening PDF documents that contain forms or dynamic content. This problem has been fixed.

 

ZoomText 2018 First Release (February 2018)

Here’s what’s new in ZoomText 2018

New Version Number Scheme

  • Beginning with this release, ZoomText and Fusion will now be numbered using the year it will be shipping in, rather than an arbitrary number. You can think of it as though these are the 2018 models of ZoomText and Fusion coming out, just as they do with automobiles. This new version number system also makes it easier for users to know which versions of ZoomText, Fusion and JAWS go together, and when they were released.

New Lifetime Serial Number

  • ZoomText product activation is now performed using Freedom Scientific’s Internet License Manager, also known as “ILM”. With the ILM, ZoomText owners now receive a lifetime ZoomText serial number that persists when purchasing future ZoomText upgrades and other Freedom Scientific software products. No longer do users need to enter a new serial number for each upgrade. For customers entitled to receive the ZoomText 2018 upgrade as part of the SMA program, if you have not received your new ILM authorization code, please contact your distributor (if you are outside of the United States) or Freedom Scientific (if you are inside the United States). Please have your previous ZoomText Serial number available to assist us with emailing you your new Authorization Code.

New ZoomText Setup Program

  • ZoomText has a new streamlined setup program that makes the installation of ZoomText faster and easier to complete. The Setup interface has been streamlined and modernized with a fresh look that is intuitive and comfortable to use. And each dialog is fully self-voiced providing verbal guidance to help you complete the ZoomText setup in a snap.

New ZoomText Startup Wizard

  • The new ZoomText Startup Wizard makes it easier for users to choose how ZoomText starts up. The Startup Wizard appears automatically right after you activate ZoomText, but you can always run the startup wizard at any time from the ZoomText > Preferences menu.

New Vocalizer Expressive Voices

  • All versions of ZoomText Magnifier/Reader now include Vocalizer Expressive voices, providing voices for the most commonly spoken languages and dialects from around the world. When you install ZoomText, one male and/or female voice matching the language of your Windows operating system is automatically installed. Additional voices can be added at any time by selecting Download More Voices in ZoomText’s Voice Settings dialog box.

Improved Performance for All

  • A wide range of Improvements in ZoomText’s foundation has provided major improvements in performance and compatibility with Windows, Office, Adobe Reader and many other mainstream and specialized applications.

New 4-Monitor Support

  • ZoomText can now be used with systems running up to 4 monitors and desktops. ZoomText’s innovative multiple monitor support allows you to view different applications on each monitor or different views of the same application on each monitor. The Lens zoom window is also now available when running with multiple monitors.

Localizations Available in this Release

  • This release of ZoomText 2018 provides a localized user interface for the following languages: Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, English UK, English US, French, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, and Swedish.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS APPLY TO FUSION 2018 ONLY

New “Speech On Demand”

  • Fusion 2018 introduces a new Speech On Demand option that allows you to mute automatic speech output (such as the announcements that normally occur when you navigate through menus and dialogs), while still allowing you to trigger screen reading commands to hear items of interest, such as the Say All command or Speak the Window Title command. Users who prefer to navigate silently (using their vision or a braille display), but then have items of interest spoken aloud will find Speech on Demand a very welcome addition.

New Convenient OCR (Optical Character Recognition)

  • The new Convenient OCR feature recognizes text in inaccessible PDF documents, screen images, and image files. When one of these inaccessible items is encountered, Fusion will alert you and provide the option to process the item for readable text. When the process is complete, Fusion will automatically read the recognized text to you. The Convenient OCR feature also allows you to capture and process printed items using a PEARL camera (from Freedom Scientific) or a supported flatbed scanner. Again, when process is complete, Fusion will automatically read the recognized text to you.

System Requirements

The following hardware and software are required to run ZoomText 2018 and Fusion 2018:

  • Windows 10, 8.1 or 7 with Service Pack 1 (or later).
  • Processor: 2 GHz i3 dual core processor or similar. i5 or i7 recommended.
  • 4 GB Ram. 8 GB recommended.
  • Video card with support for DirectX 10 or higher.
  • Recommended: 256 MB dedicated video memory.
  • 400 MB hard drive space. SSD drive recommended.
  • 5-point multi-touch display for touch screen support.
  • USB 2.0 for ZoomText Camera support.

 

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ZoomText 11 Release Notes (also applies to Fusion 11)

 

This section contains the latest information on ZoomText 2018 (at the time of release).

  • Changes in each release since version 11.0
  • System Requirements

 

Version 11.8 for Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

Released May 2018

This update applies to ZoomText 11 and Fusion 11.

Fix for system freeze on systems configured with multiple monitors and Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

  • On systems configured with multiple monitors and the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update, when launching ZoomText 11 or Fusion 11 the system would freeze with a black screen. This problem has been fixed.

ZoomText 11 can now run with a ZoomText 2018 or Fusion 2018 authorization

  • ZoomText 11 can now activate and run using a local or dongle authorization from ZoomText 2018 or Fusion 2018.

Support for Adobe Reader DC restored

  • With the release of ZoomText 11.7, AppReader stopped working in Adobe Reader DC. Support for Adobe Reader DC restored in ZoomText 11.8.

Fixes for issues in AppReader Text View

  • When using AppReader in Text View, the following problems have been fixed:
    • When the AppReader Settings dialog was inside of Text View, the dialog could not be closed.
    • ZoomText would stop working when changing the zoom level inside of Text View.
    • Screen corruption would sometimes appear along the left side of the Text View.

Fix for Acrobat Reader DC spontaneously closing when opening PDF documents

  • When running Adobe Acrobat Reader DC with ZoomText 2018 or Fusion 2018, Acrobat Reader would sometimes crash when opening PDF documents that contain forms or dynamic content. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for AppReader hang in Microsoft Word 2016

  • When using ZoomText’s AppReader to read documents in Microsoft Word 2016, AppReader would sometimes hang. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for disappearing mouse pointer in Windows screen savers

  • The mouse pointer no longer disappears when the Windows screen saver becomes active.

Improved support for PRATIKLOG applications

  • ZoomText 11 now provides improved support for the collection of PRATIK medical and paramedical software applications from PRATILOG. These applications include Medi Pratik, Kin Pratik and Infi Pratik. ZoomText now tracks, highlights and echoes each item when navigating through the Pratik menu system.

Fixed access keys in Korean localization

  • In the Korean localization a batch of missing and broken access keys in menus and dialog boxes have been fixed.

CHANGES IN THE FUSION 11.8 UPDATE

The Fusion 11.8 update includes all of the changes in the ZoomText 11.8 update, plus the following::

Fix for in correct association of form labels

  • In Internet Explorer, addressed a reported issue where form labels were being incorrectly associated with table headers in some situations.

Updated Dongle Support for changes in Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

  • Added dongle support for ZoomText 11 and updated JAWS 18, Fusion 11 and MAGic 14 to resolve issue with dongle use in the latest Windows 10 Spring Creators Update.

 

Version 11.7 for Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

Released December 2017

This update applies to ZoomText 11 and Fusion 11.

Improved stability and performance

  • ZoomText 11.7 contains major design changes that improve ZoomText’s stability and performance in most applications. These improvements eliminate crashes that would occur unpredictably and accelerate ZoomText’s responsiveness to user and application events. These improvements also eliminate stability and performance problems that occurred during the install, uninstall and activation processes.

Improvements to ZoomText’s Tracking

  • A large batch of improvements has been made in ZoomText’s tracking feature, ensuring that user actions and the application focus are more reliably followed in ZoomText’s magnified view. These improvements appear in Microsoft Office (2010, 2013 and 2016), Adobe Reader, web browsers, Windows apps and utilities, and more.

Improvements to ZoomText’s Cursor Enhancements

  • A large batch of improvements has been made in ZoomText’s cursor enhancements feature, providing more accurate and reliable highlighting of the text cursor in Office 2016 applications and the Google Chrome web browser.

Improvements to ZoomText’s Focus Enhancements

  • A large batch of improvements has been made in ZoomText’s focus enhancements feature, providing more accurate and reliable highlighting and tracking of the Windows control focus. These improvements appear in a wide variety of applications, including Microsoft Office (2010, 2013 and 2016), Adobe Reader, web browsers (IE11, Chrome and Firefox), Skype, Windows File Explorer, Windows apps and utilities, and more.

Improvements to ZoomText’s Program Echo

  • A large batch of improvements has been made in ZoomText’s program echo feature, providing more complete and reliable echoing of controls as you navigate menus, dialogs and other application controls. These improvements appear in a wide variety of applications, including Microsoft Office (2010, 2013 and 2016), Acrobat Reader, web browsers (IE11, Chrome and Firefox), Windows apps and utilities, and more.

Fix for ZoomText not starting up after installation

  • On certain systems, ZoomText would fail to start up when clicking the ZoomText program icon. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for ZoomText hanging at splash screen

  • On certain systems, when starting ZoomText the splash screen would appear and ZoomText would hang without initiating magnification and speech. This problem has been fixed.

Improved word highlighting in AppReader

  • When using AppReader in App View, the word highlighting would sometimes get out of sync with the current spoken word when navigating word by word. This problem has been fixed.

Improved AppReader support in Mozilla Firefox

  • With the release of the Mozilla Firefox 57 web browser, full use of ZoomText’s AppReader modes—App View, Text View and SpeakIt—have been restored.

Improvements in ZoomText’s Finder tool

  • ZoomText’s Finder tool has been improved providing more reliable startups and search results. The improvements appear in Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word and Google Chrome.

Pixelated image problems in Windows 7 Aero mode eliminated

  • On some Windows 7 systems running in Aero mode, ZoomText’s Geometric Smoothing would cause pixilated screen corruption in the magnified view. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for “DLL Load Failure” when starting network versions of ZoomText and JAWS

  • When separate installations of ZoomText and JAWS 18 network licenses were launched together, a “DLL Load Failure” error would occur if JAWS was launched before ZoomText. This problem has been fixed.

Silent install process now exposed to installer recording software

  • When performing a silent install of ZoomText or Fusion, the ZoomText installation process now exposes the install process to installer recording software.

ZoomText is now localized for the Korean language

  • This release adds Korean to the localizations available in ZoomText 11. The complete list of localizations now includes: Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, UK English and US English.

Refinements to ZoomText localizations

  • A collection of language translation issues have been resolved in localized versions of ZoomText. These issues include corrections to dialog layouts and access keys, and problems with controls not being echoed properly.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS APPLY TO FUSION 11 ONLY
Improved stability and performance

  • Fusion 11.7 contains major design changes that improve Fusions stability and performance in most applications. These improvements eliminate crashes that would occur unpredictably and accelerate ZoomText’s responsiveness to user and application events. These improvements also eliminate stability and performance problems that occurred during the install, uninstall and activation processes.

Fusion toolbar is now magnified with xFont

  • The Fusion toolbar is now magnified with xFont, making the toolbar text clearer and easy to read.

Echo modes now properly loaded at startup

  • When starting Fusion 11, the modes for Mouse Echo, Typing Echo and Verbosity are now reliably loaded according to the saved settings.

Modified hotkeys are now properly saved

  • When running Fusion 11, if you modified one or more hotkeys and then selected ZoomText > Configurations > Save As Default, the changes would not be saved. Customized hotkeys are now properly saved when selecting Save As Defaults.

AppReader’s “Track and Highlight Words” setting now properly saved

  • When running Fusion 11, if you toggle the state of AppReader’s “Track and highlight words” setting (located in the AppReader Settings dialog > App View tab) and then saved the changes by selecting ZoomText > Configurations > Save As Default, the changed setting would not be saved. This setting is now properly saved when selecting Save As Defaults.

Microsoft Word Controls no longer double echoed

  • When running Fusion 11, in Microsoft Word dialog boxes some controls were double echoed when clicked on. This problem has been fixed.

Fusion installer voices now fully working on 64-bit Windows

  • When installing Fusion 11 on a 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows, some of the voices included with the Fusion installer would not work during the setup process. These voices are now available when installing Fusion.

 

Version 11.6 for Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

Released October 2017

This update applies to ZoomText 11 and Fusion 11.

Support for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

  • This ZoomText 11.6 update adds support for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which is scheduled for release on October 17th 2017. Note: Without this update ZoomText may start up without magnification.

Improved support in Chrome 60 web browser

  • ZoomText reading features that were broken by Chrome 59 are restored in Chrome 60. The affected ZoomText features include mouse echo not working and AppReader only reading portions of webpages. Users are advised to update to Chrome 60 (or later).

Improved support in Firefox 55 web browser

  • Using ZoomText’s Mouse Echo feature in Firefox 55 would sometime cause Firefox to freeze and display a “Not responding” error. Use of ZoomText and Mouse Echo is now stable in Firefox 55. Important! The release of Firefox 56 introduced new problems for ZoomText’s reading tools. VFO is working with Mozilla to correct these problems in near future updates of ZoomText and Firefox. To work around these problems, and possibly as a permanent solution, we are advising users to use the latest Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR). Firefox ESR is designed for organizations that deploy and maintain large numbers of computer workstations and require a version of Firefox that has been thoroughly field-tested. For this reason, Firefox ESR is also a sensible solution for individual users of ZoomText 11 and Fusion 11. To learn more about this issue and how to install the latest version of Firefox ESR, see following technical support notification (TSN) from VFO: http://www.freedomscientific.com/Support/TechnicalSupport/Bulletin/1655.

AppReader navigation commands are now fully supported in Word documents

  • When using the AppReader in App View in Microsoft Word documents, the commands for navigating to the next or previous word, line, sentence and paragraph are now fully supported.

AppReader operation is now more reliable when running with JAWS

  • When running ZoomText with JAWS 18, the AppReader tool would sometimes read one sentence and then stop reading. This problem would occur in Microsoft Word and possibly other applications. AppReader now reads properly when running ZoomText with JAWS.

Finder support improved in Word 2016

  • When using ZoomText’s Finder tool in Microsoft Word 2016, the Finder now locates searched for words and phrases with greater speed and reliability. In addition, as you navigate to each found instance of the word or phrase, a portion of the sentence containing the word or phrase is announced to provide helpful context.

Improvements to ZoomText’s Cursor Enhancements

  • Another large batch of improvements has been made in ZoomText’s Cursor Enhancements feature, providing more accurate and reliable highlighting of the text cursor in many applications.

Typing and text cursor support are now provided in the Thunderbird 52

  • In the Mozilla Thunderbird email client (build 52 and later), ZoomText now echoes when typing text and when moving the text cursor through existing text (using the arrow keys). ZoomText’s cursor enhancement is also displayed allowing you to quickly locate and follow the text cursor.

ZoomText now tracks the text cursor in IBM Personal Communications

  • ZoomText can now track and highlight the text cursor block in IBM Personal Communications v12, a terminal emulation program that is also commonly referred to as “PCOMM 12”. The following steps must be performed in order for ZoomText to track the text cursor in PCOMM 12:
    1. Run ZoomText and enable the Cursor Enhancement feature (on the Magnifier toolbar).
    2. In the Windows Start menu, choose IBM Personal Communications > Start or Configure Sessions.
    3. In the IBM Personal Communications – Session Manager window, click the New Session button. A few console windows will appear.
    4. In the Customize Communication window, choose the required settings to initiate the session and then click OK.
    5. In the Session window, choose Edit > Preferences > Appearance > Display setup.
    6. Set the Cursor settings, se the Blink option to Yes and then click OK.
    7. The text cursor should now blink in the top left corner of the session window. ZoomText should now track and highlight the text cursor.

WordPad support in Windows 7 32-bit restored by installing Microsoft update

  • In the 32-bit version of Windows 7, the installation of the Microsoft KB4025340 update (released in July 2017) broke ZoomText’s support for WordPad. This created problems with stability, tracking and echo features. These problems are fixed by installing the Microsoft KB4034664 update (released in August 2017). This update can be obtained from the following Microsoft webpage: http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4034664

Unmagnified menus appearing over the magnified view no longer occur

  • On certain systems and configurations of ZoomText, unmagnified application menus would sometimes appear or flicker in the magnified view, and then disappear. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for crash in ZoomText’s File Sender utility

  • When using ZoomText’s Report a Problem dialog, after sending the report and clicking the Close button the File Sender utility would crash. This problem has been fixed. Note: The Report a Problem dialog is opened by choosing ZoomText (menu) > ZoomText Support > Report a Problem.

ZoomText now restarts properly when switching localized languages

  • When switching the ZoomText user interface language, you are prompted to restart ZoomText in order to apply the selected language. In some cases ZoomText would fail to restart. This problem has been fixed.

Refinements to ZoomText localizations

  • A collection of language translation issues have been resolved in localized versions of ZoomText. These issues include corrections to dialog layouts and access keys, and problems with controls not being echoed properly.

Updates to ZoomText Scripting Support

  • The scripting support in ZoomText has been updated to provide use of the Caps Lock key as a hotkey modifier, defined as “VK_CAPITAL”. Also added to ZoomText’s scripting support are new TextSearch and TextChunk functions in UIA and SMDB based windows.

THE FOLLOWING ITEM APPLIES TO FUSION 11 ONLY
Fusion 11 is ready for Firefox 57

  • This release of Fusion 11 contains changes necessary to support Firefox version 57, scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2017.

 

Version 11.5 for Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

Released August 2017

This update applies to ZoomText 11 and Fusion 11.

Finder performance improved for all supported applications

  • The ZoomText Finder now starts and operates with greater speed and reliability in all supported applications, including faster search results and faster switching between the Page View and List View modes.

AppReader performance improved in Microsoft Outlook

  • When reading email in Microsoft Outlook 2013 or 2016, certain types of text could cause AppReader to freeze for a long period, sometimes requiring the user to log out and back into Windows. This problem has been fixed.

AppReader performance improved in Mozilla Firefox

  • ZoomText’s AppReader now starts and operates more reliably in the Mozilla Firefox web browser. All of AppReader’s reading modes can be used, including App View, Text View and the Speak It tool. Skimming and reading text by word, line, sentence and paragraph are also supported.

AppReader now exits properly without residual reading

  • When exiting AppReader, sometimes ZoomText would start reading the same document again. This problem has been fixed.

Support for ZoomText’s reading tools restored in Chrome 60

  • ZoomText’s reading tools did not work in Chrome 59. Support for ZoomText’s reading tools has been restored in Chrome 60.

Improved stability in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

  • A defect that caused Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 to crash after running for only a few minutes has been fixed.

Improved support for Java applications

  • A defect in ZoomText’s support for Java applications has been fixed. This fix should improve compatibility in a variety of Java applications.

GeoSmoothing now supported in Mozilla Thunderbird

  • ZoomText’s GeoSmoothing now works in the Mozilla Thunderbird email application, providing magnified text and graphics that are easy to read and view.

Save As Default now works in ZoomText Magnifier

  • When running ZoomText Magnifier, attempts to save changes to ZoomText default configuration file would fail. This problem has been fixed.

ZoomText Update Wizard is now faster and more reliable

  • The ZoomText Update Wizard has been improved and now provides faster downloads of ZoomText updates. The update wizard checks for available updates to make sure that your installation of ZoomText is current with the latest enhancements and fixes. You can run the update wizard manually at any time or configure the wizard to run automatically each time you start ZoomText. To launch the update wizard manually, choose ZoomText (menu) > Manage License > Check for Updates. To configure the wizard to run automatically, choose ZoomText (menu) > Preferences > Program, then check the box next to Check for online updates each time ZoomText is launched.

Localizations added for Hebrew and Japanese

  • This release adds Hebrew and Japanese to the localizations now available in ZoomText 11. The complete list of localizations now includes: Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, UK English and US English.

Refinements to ZoomText localizations

  • A collection of language translation issues have been resolved in localized versions of ZoomText. These issues include refinements to dialog layouts and access keys, and problems with controls not being echoed properly.

ZoomText now properly restarts after switching the user interface language

  • When switching the ZoomText user interface language (in the Preferences dialog), after ZoomText restarted the ZoomText toolbar would not appear. This problem has been fixed.

Fast exit and restart of ZoomText and Fusion are now stable

  • Exiting and restarting ZoomText of Fusion too quickly would sometimes cause the program to crash. This problem has been fixed.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS APPLY TO FUSION 11 ONLY

Name of Fusion desktop icon shortened to “Fusion 11”. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

  • When Fusion 11 is installed, program icons for Fusion, ZoomText and JAWS appear on the Windows desktop. To make the Fusion icon more distinguishable from the ZoomText 11 icon, the name of the icon has been shortened from “ZoomText Fusion 11” to “Fusion 11”.

Echo buttons are now functional when running Fusion. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

  • When running Fusion 11, the Keyboard, Mouse and Verbosity buttons on the Reader tab now control the corresponding features in JAWS.

New menu for selecting desktop and laptop hotkey layouts. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

  • When running Fusion 11, a new “Hotkey Layout” submenu, located in the ZoomText menu, allows you to simultaneously switch the ZoomText and JAWS hotkeys between their desktop and laptop layouts. This ensures that the ZoomText and JAWS hotkeys are working in the same layout mode, eliminating conflicts that would otherwise occur./li>

AppReader now speaks using JAWS voices. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

  • When running Fusion 11, AppReader now reads using JAWS voices and voice settings.

Toggle Default Settings command now works in Fusion 11. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

  • The Toggle Default Settings commands provided in JAWS are now fully supported in Fusion 11. This allows you to toggle between personalized settings and the factory defaults for all ZoomText and JAWS settings. Toggling between the personalized settings and factory defaults is performed using the ToggleDefaultSettings layered command: INSERT + SPACEBAR, Z. You can also force Fusion to startup with the factory defaults by launching Fusion from a command prompt by opening the Windows Run command window, typing FUSION /DEFAULT and pressing the Enter key.

ZoomText and JAWS voice settings are now reliably in sync. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

  • When running Fusion 11 and using the JAWS Toggle Speech command, the state of the ZoomText Voice button would get out of sync and display the incorrect state. This problem has been fixed.

ZoomText menu now properly announced. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

  • When navigating to the ZoomText menu, the menu was announced as being a button rather than an application menu button. The ZoomText menu is now announced as “ZoomText application menu button”.

Installing older version of Fusion 11 over newer version of ZoomText 11 now works. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

  • When installing Fusion 11, if a newer version of ZoomText 11 was already installed on the system the Fusion 11 installation would be blocked. This problem has been fixed.

Custom setup options now correctly applied in Fusion 11 installation. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

  • When running the Fusion 11 setup and choosing the custom install options, unchecking the options to run Fusion at startup and in the logon screen were not applied to the installation. As a result, ZoomText was still automatically launched at Windows startup and in the logon screen. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for word highlighting not tracking in AppReader. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

  • When running Fusion 11 and using ZoomText’s AppReader feature, the word highlight was not reliably tracking the spoken word. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for Fusion 11 spontaneously unloading when IE11 or Firefox are running. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

  • When running Fusion 11, if Internet Explorer 11 or Mozilla Firefox were launched, Fusion would spontaneously unload. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for crash when running AppReader in WordPad. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

  • When launching the AppReader in WordPad, the system would sometimes freeze requiring a forced restart of Windows. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for keyboard not working in the Windows logon screen after 40-minute demo expired. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

  • When running Fusion 11 in the 40-minute demo mode, after the 40-minute period had expired use of the keyboard in the Windows logon screen was broken. Characters could be typed in the logon fields, but the backspace, delete and other keys would not work. This problem has been fixed.

FS Client Activator now displays the Freedom Scientific products. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

  • When launching the Freedom Scientific Client Activator, the activator did not display a list of the Freedom Scientific applications installed on the system. This problem has been fixed.

 

Version 11.4 for Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

Released June 2017

This update applies to ZoomText 11 and Fusion 11.
Improved support for Google Chrome

  • The 11.4 release of ZoomText delivers three major improvements for using ZoomText with Google Chrome.
    • ZoomText now works with both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Chrome, whereas previous versions of ZoomText only worked with the 32-bit version of Chrome.
    • ZoomText now provides high quality smoothing of magnified text that is consistent and reliable with each release of Chrome.
    • ZoomText’s “Smart Invert” feature is now available in Chrome allowing you to see photographs in their natural colors when using ZoomText’s Invert Brightness or Invert Colors effects

Important note about ZoomText’s reading tools in Google Chrome 59

  • Changes in Google Chrome 59 have broken the reading tools in ZoomText 11. The Chrome development team is aware of these problems and expects to have this fixed in Google Chrome 60, which is scheduled for release in July 2017.

Improved support for Mozilla Firefox

  • The 11.4 release of ZoomText delivers two major improvements for using ZoomText with Mozilla Firefox.
    • ZoomText now works with both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Firefox, whereas previous versions of ZoomText only worked with the 32-bit version of Firefox.
    • ZoomText now provides high quality smoothing of magnified text that is consistent and reliable with each release of Firefox.

New ZoomText Layered Command Keys banner and sound cues

  • When using ZoomText’s Layered Command Keys feature, a new banner and sound cues now provide visual and audible indication that the layered command keys are active and a visual display of each command layer and command that you use. The size and color of the Layered Command Keys banner and the sound cues can be customized in the Banner Settings dialog by choosing ZoomText > Command Keys > Banner Settings.

  • ZoomText toolbar now appears correctly when using custom text size settings
    When using Windows custom text size settings (DPI) or the Windows Classic theme with larger font sizes, the ZoomText toolbar would not scale properly and a portion of the toolbar controls would be missing. The ZoomText toolbar now appears properly when using these settings.

“Welcome to ZoomText 11” window now appears correctly when using custom text size settings

  • When using Windows custom text size settings (DPI), the “Welcome to ZoomText 11” window would scale up and exceed the size of the screen. This would make the window inaccessible. This window now scales without exceeding the boundaries of the screen.

Application Settings now detect the correct target application

  • When attempting to use ZoomText’s Application Settings, ZoomText would fail to detect the correct target application; that is, the last application that had focus. Instead, ZoomText would always present Windows Explorer as the detected application. This problem has been fixed.

Improved xFont magnification in Windows Start menu, Cortana and universal applications

  • In Windows 10 and 8.1, ZoomText xFont magnification is now more complete and reliable in the Windows Start menu, Cortana, and universal applications such as News, Weather and Money.

Cursor enhancement now reliably displayed in IE11

  • In Internet Explorer 11 (IE11), ZoomText’s Cursor Enhancement would sometimes fail to appear in webpage form controls. This problem has been fixed.

AppReader navigation is more reliable in IE11

  • When using AppReader in IE11, the commands for navigating by word, line, sentence and paragraph are now more reliable.

Startups are now much faster in AppReader’s Text View

  • When launching AppReader into Text View, the captured text now appears and begins reading much faster than in previous versions of ZoomText. Typical startup times have been reduced from 20 seconds to 2 seconds.

AppReader keyboard commands are now more reliable

  • On certain systems, ZoomText’s AppReader commands would intermittently fail to work, requiring multiple attempts to execute the commands. This problem has been fixed.

Imported hotkeys are now saved with ZoomText configuration

  • After importing hotkeys and saving them to the ZoomText configuration, when ZoomText was restarted the imported hotkeys would not be loaded. This problem has been fixed.

ZoomText now aborts starting up when MAGic is running

  • When starting ZoomText, if the MAGic screen magnification software is already running, ZoomText will gracefully exit.

ZoomText now tracks spoken words when reading in OpenBook

  • When using ZoomText with OpenBook (scan and read software), ZoomText now tracks each spoken word when OpenBook is reading.

Improved compatibility for KeyPass Password Safe

  • When running ZoomText with KeyPass Password Safe, an open source password manager, KeyPass could become unstable and crash. This problem has been fixed.

Improved compatibility with Mozilla Thunderbird

  • After running ZoomText with Mozilla Thunderbird (version 45 and later), and then exiting ZoomText, Thunderbird could become unstable and crash, and then fail to restart. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for ZoomText UI improperly staying on top of other application windows

  • In a variety of situations, the ZoomText user interface would remain on top of other application windows that had received focus. This would occur even when ZoomText’s “Keep toolbar on top of other windows” option was not enabled. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for feature keys not working when using the v4 ZoomText Keyboard software

  • When using the v4 ZoomText Keyboard software with ZoomText 11, the feature keys would intermittently stop working and could only be restored by restarting Windows. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for a fragment of the ZoomText toolbar remaining on the screen after minimizing

  • In certain situations, when minimizing the ZoomText toolbar, a fragment of the toolbar would remain visible on the screen and obscure other application windows. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for multiple errors appearing when attempting to launch the ZoomText Finder tool

  • When repeated attempts to launch the ZoomText Finder failed, multiple instances of the same error message would appear. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for ZoomText Finder crashing when opening the Finder’s List View

  • In the ZoomText Finder feature, opening the List View would sometimes cause ZoomText to freeze or crash. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for hang when attempting to exit the ZoomText Finder

  • In certain situations, when attempting to exit the ZoomText Finder by clicking the close box on the title bar, the Finder would hang for a long period of time before finally exiting. In some cases a “ZoomText 11 is not responding” error would appear. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for ZoomText Finder starting up in an unresponsive state

  • When launching the ZoomText Finder by using the Finder hotkey, Caps Lock + Ctrl + F, the Finder would sometimes startup in an unresponsive state. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for no magnification and screen flicker after reconfiguring the orientation of desktops

  • On a multiple monitor system, if you exited ZoomText and then reconfigured the orientation of the primary and extended desktops (for example, moving desktop 1 from the left side of desktop 2 to the right side), when attempting to restart ZoomText, magnification would not become active and the screen would flicker. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for Layered Command Mode not exiting when disabling ZoomText

  • When the Layered Command Mode was active, if you disabled ZoomText and then re-enabled ZoomText, the Layered Key Command Mode would still be active. The Layered Key Command Mode is now fully exited when disabling ZoomText.

ZoomText Camera now properly starts up after disconnecting secondary monitors

  • When the ZoomText Camera had been used with multiple monitors, if the secondary monitor was detached or disabled leaving only a single monitor active, the camera would fail to restart. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for crashes when exiting ZoomText while the ZoomText Camera is active

  • When the ZoomText Camera feature was active, if you disabled and re-enabled ZoomText, ZoomText would sometimes crash. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for the system hanging when exiting the ZoomText Camera from the Windows 7 taskbar

  • In Windows 7, when the ZoomText Camera feature was active, if you right-clicked on the ZoomText Camera button (in the Windows taskbar) and selected Close Window, the system would hang. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for temporary freeze of the Windows desktop when using Windows Task View

  • When ZoomText was running, pressing Windows + Tab or selecting the Task View button to access the Windows Task View would cause the system to freeze for 30 to 40 seconds. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for crash when attempting to start the Windows Calculator

  • When attempting to start the Windows Calculator with ZoomText was running, the Calculator app would sometimes crash. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for improper display and reading of special Czech/Slovak characters in AppReader and DocReader

  • When using ZoomText’s AppReader and DocReader, special characters used in the Czech and Slovak languages were not properly processed. As a result words containing these characters would become split into segments and incorrectly displayed and spoken. This problem has been fixed.

Refinements to ZoomText localization (various languages)

  • A collection of language translation issues have been resolved in localized versions of ZoomText. These issues include refinements to dialog layouts and access keys, and problems with controls not being echoed properly.

Fix for typing extended ANSI characters using Alt + Numpad keys

  • When ZoomText was running, attempts to insert extended ANSI characters using the Alt + Numpad did not work. This problem has been fixed.

Cancel button now working properly in the Voice Settings dialog

  • In ZoomText’s Voice Settings dialog box, clicking the Cancel button would save any changes made in the dialog. Changes should only be saved when clicking the OK button. This problem has been fixed.

New setting to re-enable display of the Welcome to ZoomText 11 window

  • By default, when starting ZoomText the “Welcome to ZoomText 11” window appears, displaying information and commands that are useful to new users. This window can be disabled by selecting the “Don’t show me this again” checkbox that appears in the window. You can now re-enable display of the window by selecting the “Display the Welcome window when ZoomText starts” in the Program Preferences dialog box.

“Keep toolbar on top of other windows” now works properly

  • When enabling the “Keep toolbar on top of other windows” option in ZoomText’s User Interface Preferences, the ZoomText toolbar now reliably stays on top of other application windows.

“Prompt to confirm intent to exit” setting now works properly with “Save ZoomText settings automatically”

  • In the Program Preference settings, enabling the option to “Save ZoomText settings automatically when exiting” would cause the option to “Prompt to confirm intent to exit ZoomText” to not appear when exiting ZoomText. This problem has been fixed.

Restore Factory Defaults command now restores the Freeze window settings

  • When executing the Restore Factory Defaults command, the Freeze window settings were not restored. This problem has been fixed.

The folders and files for ZoomText’s hotkey configurations has been reorganized

  • The organization and naming of ZoomText’s hotkey configuration files have been refined to improve usability. These folder and files appear when selecting “Import Hotkeys” in ZoomText’s Command Keys dialog box.

 

Version 11.3 for Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

Released April 17, 2017

Fix for performance/stability problem when ZoomText was not running

  • A defect that caused degraded performance and stability when ZoomText was not running has been identified and solved.

4 new localizations added to the ZoomText 11 user interface

  • The 11.3 update also adds 4 additional localizations to the ZoomText 11 user interface. These new localizations include Hungarian, Italian, Romanian and Russian.

 

Version 11.2 for Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

Released March 16, 2017

Support for the Windows 10 Creators Update

  • This release of ZoomText is ready for use in Windows 10 Creators Update, currently available from Microsoft as “Insider Builds” and scheduled for full release in spring 2017.

Refinements to ZoomText features and user interface

  • A wide variety of fixes and enhancements have been applied throughout ZoomText, making ZoomText’s features and user interface more usable and dependable.

Global improvements in performance and stability

  • A wide variety of code refinements have been implemented in this ZoomText update that provide a global improvement of performance and stability in the Windows desktop and native applications, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and many other applications.

Localizations expanded to 14 languages

  • This release of ZoomText 11 now provides a localized user interface for the following languages: Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, UK English and US English.

ZoomText trial period failures have been fixed

  • On some systems, when installing ZoomText 11 for the first time the 60-day trial period would be expired on the first day. This problem has been fixed.

ZoomText’s Mouse Echo now works in IE11

  • When ZoomText’s Mouse Echo feature was enabled, using the mouse in Internet Explorer 11 (aka IE 11) would sometimes cause Internet Explorer to crash and display an “Internet Explorer has stopped working” message. This problem has been fixed.

Text cursor now reliably tracked in Microsoft Word

  • In Microsoft Word 2010 and later, when using the arrow keys to move the text cursor through the document text, ZoomText’s magnified view would sometimes fail to track the text cursor, allowing the cursor to drift out of view. This problem has been fixed.

Tracking, enhancing and echoing of the text cursor restored in Word 2016

  • Following the installation of Microsoft Office 2016 updates released in late 2016, ZoomText stopped tracking, enhancing and echoing the text cursor in Word 2016. This problem has been fixed.

WordPad no longer crashes when clicking controls on the toolbar

  • When using WordPad while ZoomText was running, clicking the buttons on the WordPad toolbar would sometimes cause WordPad to crash. This problem has been fixed.

MS Paint no longer crashes when clicking buttons on the toolbar

  • When using MS Paint while ZoomText was running, clicking the buttons on the MS Paint toolbar would sometimes cause MS Paint to crash. This problem has been fixed.

Windows Live Mail 2012 no longer crashes when clicking buttons on the toolbar

  • When using Windows Live Mail 2012 while ZoomText was running, clicking the buttons on the toolbar would sometimes cause Windows Live Mail to crash. This problem has been fixed.

The “Open New Window” command now works in Windows Explorer

  • In Windows 10, when using Windows Explorer and selecting File > Open New Window, a new window would not appear. This problem has been fixed.

Selecting of File menu items is now reliable

  • In Windows 10, crashes could occur when selecting items in the File menus of Windows Explorer, MS Paint, WordPad, Notepad and other applications. These problems have been fixed.

Magnification is more reliable in ZoomText Secure Mode

  • With ZoomText Secure Mode enabled, magnification is provided in the Windows logon prompt and UAC prompts. On some systems, magnification would disappear after a few seconds after entering these prompts. This problem has been fixed.

Keyboard commands now working properly in ZoomText Secure Mode

  • When engaging the Windows logon screen and UAC prompts the command keys for navigating the logon or UAC prompt and the ZoomText Secure Mode toolbar were not working properly. These problems have been fixed.

User defined hotkeys now supported in ZoomText Secure Mode

  • Customized hotkeys for zooming in and out, toggling color enhancements on and off, and toggling speech on and off are now supported when using ZoomText Secure Mode in the Windows logon prompt and UAC prompts.

AppReader’s Text View properly displays and navigates text

  • When using the AppReader’s Text View in the Prompter mode, text would sometimes appear with only one word per line and use of the next and previous paragraph commands would only move one word at a time. The Prompter View now displays multiple words per line and properly navigates when using the next paragraph and previous paragraph commands.

AppReader’s Text View starts reading continuously when launched

  • When launching AppReader into Text View, the first word would be spoken and then reading would pause. Reading will now starts and continues until you execute the pause command.

AppReader’s Execute Link command is now working in Text View

  • When using AppReader in Text View, the Execute Link command can now be used to trigger link in documents and webpages.

Zoom level adjustments are now announced when adjusted with arrow keys

  • On ZoomText’s Magnifier toolbar, when moving the focus to the Zoom Level spin box and pressing the up and down arrow keys, the changes to the zoom level are now announced.

Zoom level changes are now announced when using the zoom in and out commands

  • When using the Zoom In and Zoom Out commands the new zoom level is now announced.

Voice rate adjustments are now announced when adjusted with arrow keys

  • On ZoomText’s Reader toolbar, when moving the focus to the Rate spin box and pressing the up and down arrow keys, the changes to the voice rate are now announced.

Voice names are now announced properly in ZoomText’s Voice dialog

  • In the Voice tab of ZoomText’s Voice Settings dialog, when navigating through the list of voices the announcement of each voice name would occur with a stutter. This problem has been fixed.

Mouse Echo works after accessing the Power button

  • In the Windows 10 Start menu, after clicking on the Power button ZoomText’s mouse echo feature would stop working. This problem has been fixed.

Enhance Color command now works in the Windows “Switch User” screen

  • In the Windows logon screen, if you chose the Switch User command and then used ZoomText’s Enhance Colors hotkey, the system would freeze. This problem has been fixed.

Zoom levels are now properly presented when using the 8MP ZoomText Camera

  • When using the Camera feature (on ZoomText’s Tools toolbar) with the ZoomText document camera, attempts to increase and decrease the zoom level through the optical range would have no effect (i.e. when the Zoom In and Zoom Out buttons are green). This occurred because the ZoomText document camera does not support optical zooming. These zoom level settings are no longer included when using the ZoomText document camera.

New command keys for adjusting the camera image

  • New command keys are now provided for adjusting the camera image when using the Camera feature. You can now rotate the camera image clockwise or counterclockwise by pressing the Right and Left arrow keys. The position of camera image can now be moved around the edges of the screen (or between multiple monitor screens) by pressing Caps Lock + Right and Caps Lock + Left. You can now cycle forward and backward through the two-color schemes by pressing Alt + Right and Alt + Left.

Finder now launches after creating a reading zone

  • After using ZoomText’s Reading Zones feature and creating a reading zone, ZoomText’s Finder feature would fail to launch. This problem has been fixed.

Accelerator keys for Background Reader toolbar are now working properly

  • When ZoomText’s Background Reader toolbar was active the accelerator keys for the Next and Previous buttons would not trigger the Next and Previous commands. This problem has been fixed.

Accelerator key for Speak Sample control now works

  • In the Voice tab of ZoomText’s Voice Settings dialog, the accelerator key for the Speak Sample button would not trigger the Speak Sample command. This problem has been fixed.

Focus Enhancement now restored when toggled off and on

  • When toggling ZoomText’s focus enhancement feature off and back on the focus enhancement would not reappear around the control with focus. The focus enhancement would only reappear when the input focus moved to a new control. The focus enhancement now immediately reappears around the active control (if a control has focus).

Zoom window borders are now visible when using Invert Brightness or Invert Colors

  • When using one of ZoomText partial screen zoom windows (Overlay, Lens, Line or Docked) and using Invert Brightness or Invert Colors (in the Color Enhancements), the zoom window border was not inverted resulting in the borders blending in with the inverted screen. This made it difficult to distinguish the magnified view from the unmagnified view. The zoom window borders are now inverted making it easy to distinguish the zoom window border between the magnified and unmagnified views.

Cursor Enhancement “Preview” box now displays text when using Windows high contrast schemes

  • In the Cursor tab of ZoomText’s Screen Enhancement Settings dialog box, text would not appear in the Preview box when using a Windows high contrast scheme. This problem has been fixed.

Transparency level is now displayed properly in the AppReader Settings dialog

  • In the App View tab of ZoomText’s AppReader Settings dialog box, the selected Transparency level is now properly displayed in the Preview box.

ZoomText tooltips now stay in view

  • When moving the mouse pointer over the controls on the ZoomText toolbars, a tooltip appears with a description of the control and its associated hotkey. Previously, these tooltips would immediately disappear when the pointer moved off the control. Now, when you move the mouse pointer from the control to the tooltip the tooltip will stay in view, allowing you to scroll the magnified view to read the entire tooltip.

ZoomText tooltips no longer display disable hotkeys

  • When the hotkey associated with a toolbar control has been disabled the hotkey no longer appears in the tooltip for that control.

Expanded support for Windows screen resolutions and font scaling

  • ZoomText now supports more combinations of Windows screen resolutions, screen orientations and font scaling settings (100%, 125%, 150% and 200%).

Flicker eliminated when using multiple monitor configurations

  • On some systems, when using multiple monitors a random flicker would occur in the magnified views. This problem has been fixed.

ZoomText activation dialog properly displayed after reinstalling ZoomText

  • When a ZoomText trial license had expired, if you uninstalled and reinstalled ZoomText the activation dialog would not appear, blocking the ability to activate the product. This problem has been fixed.

GEM software now support when using multiple monitors

  • When running with a multiple monitor configuration, ZoomText’s magnified view would stop updating if the GEM software (from Freedom Scientific) was also in use. This problem has been fixed.

ZoomText icon on the Windows taskbar now launches ZoomText

  • In Windows 10, if ZoomText 11 icon was pinned to the Windows taskbar, clicking the pinned icon would fail to launch ZoomText. This problem has been fixed.

Erroneous “ding” sounds no longer heard when using ZoomText hotkeys

  • When pressing ZoomText hotkeys, if the modifier key(s) were release before the primary key, a “ding” sound would occur, giving the impression that an error had occurred. These erroneous sounds have been eliminated.

 

Version 11.0 for Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

Released January 25, 2017

For the release of ZoomText 11 our goal was to make ZoomText faster and friendlier than ever before. So we streamlined the toolbars, simplified command keys, and unified the core features to make them easier to learn and use. We’ve also made sure that the ZoomText interface is fully accessible using the mouse or the keyboard.

Here’s a list of the key changes in ZoomText 11.

New Modern Toolbar

  • ZoomText has a brand new toolbar with a fresh clean look. We’ve streamlined and modernized the layout to make it easier to learn and fast and fluid to use. And you can access and operate the entire toolbar with the mouse or the keyboard. Go ahead, drive it around.

New Command Keys

  • We’re shaking things up. ZoomText 11 has a new system of ‘Command Keys’ that are easier to learn and use. The new command keys also eliminate conflicts and compatibility issues that existed in previous versions of ZoomText. Don’t worry; making the transition from your previous version of ZoomText is quick and easy.

New Zoom to 1x

  • The new Zoom to 1x feature lets you instantly switch between zoomed and 1x views, without having to zoom in and out one level at a time. And when you zoom out to 1x, all of the other ZoomText features are still there for you.

New Geometric Smoothing

  • ZoomText now smooths the edges of text in places where xFont magnification can’t go. Here’s a hint; your magnified PDF documents never looked this good.

New Consolidated AppReader

  • We’ve made automatic reading more efficient and flexible by combining ZoomText’s legacy reading tools into one new AppReader. With the new AppReader you can read right in the target application, or switch on-the-fly to a high contrast text view that’s better for visual reading. You can also spot read blocks of text by clicking and dragging the mouse. So sit back, relax your eyes, and just listen.

New Unified Finder Tool

  • Locating what you are looking for is easier than ever with the new Finder Tool. Finder lets you search and skim through documents, web pages and email to instantly find any word or phrase you are looking for. You can search through all of the text or only within specific items like headings, forms, links and images. It’s simple, you type and the Finder finds.

New Smart Invert

  • See photos as they were meant to be seen in Internet Explorer 11. With ZoomText’s new Smart Invert feature, photos are displayed in their natural colors when ZoomText’s Invert Brightness and Invert Colors are active. It’s not an illusion, it’s Smart Invert.

New ZoomText/JAWS Interoperability

  • Starting with the releases of ZoomText 11 and JAWS 18, ZoomText and JAWS are now officially compatible, giving you the best combination of speech and magnification available. You’ll enjoy how the two programs work together to keep your spoken point of interest in view, even when using the JAWS Say All command and virtual cursor. Now the two “Best in Category” are the “Best in Combination.”

System Requirements

The following hardware and software are required to run ZoomText 11:

  • Windows 10, 8.1 or 7 with Service Pack 1 (or later).
  • Processor: 2 GHz i3 dual core processor or similar. i5 or i7 recommended.
  • 4 GB Ram. 8 GB recommended.
  • Video card with support for DirectX 10 or higher.
  • Recommended: 256 MB dedicated video memory.
  • 400 MB hard drive space. SSD drive recommended.
  • 5-point multi-touch display for touch screen support.
  • USB 2.0 for ZoomText Camera support.