Using Speech with Fusion 11

ZoomText® Fusion 11 combines two of the best vision accessibility tools available – ZoomText Magnifier/Reader and JAWS® for Windows screen reader – into a single installation with one authorization.

If you have previously used ZoomText Magnifier/Reader, you will be very familiar with magnification operation when running Fusion. Because all screen reading is controlled by JAWS, you may notice differences with speech operation when running Fusion. The following briefly describes these differences and how to use speech with Fusion.

After Installing Fusion

When you first install and run Fusion, magnification is set at 2x, and speech is on by default with Eloquence as the default synthesizer.

Allowing Fusion to speak can help to reduce eye fatigue. When using magnification tools, such as the mouse pointer, text cursor, and focus enhancements, speech can also help you locate your position on the screen.

Shortcut Icons

When Fusion is installed, three icons are placed on the desktop.

Shortcut Description
Fusion desktop icon Click the Fusion icon to run Fusion.

The Fusion user interface controls screen magnification.

The JAWS menu, located in the notification area of the Windows taskbar, lets you change speech and braille settings, and use extra speech features. Press INSERT+J to open the JAWS menu.
ZoomText screen magnifier desktop icon Click the ZoomText icon to run only ZoomText.

The ZoomText user interface is used along with ZoomText speech features.

To learn more about ZoomText operation, refer to the ZoomText help (press F1 from the ZoomText toolbar).
JAWS screen reader desktop icon Click the JAWS icon to run only JAWS.

The JAWS user interface is used, and there is no magnification.

To learn more about JAWS operation, refer to the JAWS help (press INSERT+J, and click Help > JAWS Help Topics).

If Fusion is authorized and licensed to run on your computer, these installed versions of ZoomText and JAWS are also authorized. If Fusion is not authorized, Fusion and JAWS run in 40-minute Demo mode. When Demo mode expires, you must reboot your computer to continue using Fusion. If ZoomText is not authorized, it runs in 60-day Demo mode.

Turning Speech On or Off

To turn speech on or off, do one of the following:

  • Click the Voice button in the Fusion Reader tab

    Fusion Reader tab with Voice button selected

  • Press CAPS LOCK+ALT+ENTER when using desktop keyboard layout
  • Press CAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, S when using laptop keyboard layout

For more about keyboard layouts, see Choosing a Hotkey Layout.

Note: To momentarily stop speech while Fusion is speaking, press CTRL.

Changing the Voice Rate

To control how fast or slow Fusion speaks, do one of the following:

  • Use the Rate box in the Fusion Reader tab

    Fusion Reader tab with Rate box selected

For desktop layout:

  • Press CAPS LOCK+ALT+UP ARROW for faster speech
  • Press CAPS LOCK+ALT+DOWN ARROW for slower speech

For laptop layout:

  • Press CTRL+ALT+PAGE UP for faster speech
  • Press CTRL+ALT+PAGE DOWN for slower speech

Several hotkeys are available to make temporary and permanent changes to the voice rate. For more information, see Voice Rate Hotkeys.

Accessing Speech Settings with the JAWS Menu

The JAWS menu provides access to numerous JAWS settings and functions. For example, you can fine-tune speech settings, enable or disable mouse echo, download additional voices, configure braille settings, view help, and more.

JAWS runs in the notification area, also known as the system tray, and does not appear in the Fusion ribbon tabs.

JAWS icon in the System tray

Note: The JAWS icon may display or be hidden in the notification area of the taskbar depending on your Windows taskbar settings.

Opening the JAWS Menu

The hotkey INSERT+J is the fastest way to open the JAWS menu. Pressing INSERT+J smoothly moves the magnified screen view to the JAWS menu as shown below.

Note: You can also right-click the JAWS icon to open the menu.

JAWS menu in the notification area

Vocalizer Expressive Voices (Version 2)

Fusion 11 supports Vocalizer Expressive voices from Nuance® to add variety beyond the default Eloquence synthesizer. These voices offer very responsive, high quality, human-sounding speech in a wide variety of languages and dialects. They are offered in two forms: compact voices and individual high premium voices.

The compact voices are smaller files and take up less disk space on your computer. As a result, you can download a single file that contains all voices and dialects for a selected language. These voices offer very good speech quality at fast speech rates. The high premium voices are larger files, but offer the highest quality speech.

Downloading Vocalizer Expressive Voices

To download the voices, do the following:

  1. Click Synthesizer Downloads.
    Note: To download voices using the JAWS menu, press INSERT+J, and choose Help > More Voices.
  2. In your web browser, select Vocalizer Expressive 2 in the Synthesizer list.
  3. Select a language in the Language list.
  4. Do one of the following:
    • Click Download Compact Voices to download all voices for that language
    • Click Download Premium High for an individual voice. Once the file is downloaded, you can continue to download other Premium High voices.
  5. Locate and install the downloaded voice file.
  6. Restart Fusion so that the new voices are detected and available for use. To select and use a new voice, see Changing Voices.

Changing Voices

To change the current voice, do the following:

  1. Press INSERT+J to open the JAWS menu.
  2. Choose Options > Voices > Voice Adjustment.

    Selecting Voice Adjustment from the JAWS menu

  3. In the Voice Adjustment dialog box, select a synthesizer from the Profile Name list. For example, select Vocalizer Expressive – Factory to switch from Eloquence to Vocalizer Expressive version 2.
  4. In the Person list, select a voice. Click OK to save the change and close the dialog box.

Note: If you want to use multiple languages and voices, you can create a voice profile. It consists of settings for the synthesizer, language, voice, and other speech items that define how JAWS speaks. You can create voice profiles that are specific for different applications and task. To learn more, see “Selecting a Voice Profile” in the JAWS help.

Advanced Screen Reader Settings

JAWS Startup Wizard

Use the JAWS Startup Wizard to fine tune some of the more commonly changed speech and braille options.

To open Startup Wizard, press INSERT+J, and select Help > Startup Wizard.

Settings Center

Settings Center provides access to all JAWS settings. Use it to quickly configure and globally apply JAWS settings, or configure and apply settings for specific applications.

To open Settings Center, press INSERT+F2 and select Settings Center.

To learn more about Settings Center, see “Settings Center Overview” in the JAWS help.

JAWS Keyboard Help

With keyboard help, you can press any combination of keys and hear a description of what they do. The command is not performed while in this mode.

To use this feature, press INSERT+1 (number row key) to turn on keyboard help, and press any key combination. When finished, press INSERT+1 again to exit keyboard help.

JAWS Command Search

The JAWS Command Search is an excellent tool to help you quickly find hotkeys for various speech functions.

To use this tool, press INSERT+SPACEBAR, J, enter a brief description, for example, read current line, and then press ENTER.

Common Keyboard Commands

The following is a brief list of magnification and voice commands to get you started with Fusion.

Note: JAWS uses desktop keyboard layout by default. Desktop layout lets you use your keyboard’s numeric keypad to type commands (hotkeys). If your keyboard does not have a numeric keypad, use laptop keyboard layout instead. For more about keyboard layouts and how to avoid conflicts between ZoomText and JAWS commands, see Choosing a Hotkey Layout.


Magnification

Description Desktop Layout Command Laptop Layout Command
Zoom In / Out CAPS LOCK+UP ARROW / DOWN ARROW CAPS LOCK+ALT+UP ARROW / DOWN ARROW
Zoom to 1x (toggle) CAPS LOCK+ENTER CAPS LOCK+ALT+ENTER
Enhance Colors On/Off CAPS LOCK+C CAPS LOCK+ALT+C
Show User Interface CAPS LOCK+CTRL+U CAPS LOCK+CTRL+ALT+U
All Magnification and Speech On/Off without exiting Fusion CAPS LOCK+CTRL+ENTER CAPS LOCK+CTRL+ALT+ENTER


Speech On/Off

Description Desktop Layout Command Laptop Layout Command
Voice On/Off CAPS LOCK+ALT+ENTER CAPS LOCK+SPACE BAR, S
Quiet CTRL CTRL


Rate

Description Command
Increase voice rate – permanent CTRL+ALT+WINDOWS Key+PAGE UP
Decrease voice rate – permanent CTRL+ALT+WINDOWS Key+PAGE DOWN
Increase voice rate – temporary CTRL+ALT+PAGE UP
Decrease voice rate – temporary CTRL+ALT+PAGE DOWN
Increase voice rate while reading PAGE UP
Decrease voice rate while reading PAGE DOWN


Say Commands

Description Desktop Layout Command Laptop Layout Command
Say All for continuous reading of web pages or documents INSERT+DOWN ARROW CAPS LOCK+DOWN ARROW
Quiet CTRL CTRL
Say Character NUM PAD 5 CAPS LOCK+COMMA
Say Word INSERT+NUM PAD 5 CAPS LOCK+K
Spell Word INSERT+NUM PAD 5 twice CAPS LOCK+K twice
Say Prior Word INSERT+LEFT ARROW CAPS LOCK+Y
Say Next Word INSERT+RIGHT ARROW CAPS LOCK+L
Say Line INSERT+UP ARROW CAPS LOCK+I
Say To Cursor INSERT+HOME (7) CAPS LOCK+SHIFT+J
Say From Cursor INSERT+PAGE UP (9) CAPS LOCK+SHIFT+L
Say Bottom Line Of Window INSERT+PAGE DOWN (3) CAPS LOCK+SHIFT+N
Say Top Line Of Window INSERT+END (1) CAPS LOCK+SHIFT+Y

Choosing a Hotkey Layout

In Fusion 11, JAWS and ZoomText each provide hotkeys for operating their respective features. The key combinations assigned to these hotkeys depends on the selected hotkey layout—Desktop Layout or Laptop Layout—which is selected on the Fusion user interface by choosing ZoomText > Hotkey Layout > {layout mode}. Below is an explanation of the two layouts and how they differ from each other.

Hotkey Layout items shown in the ZoomText menu

Why are there two hotkey layouts?

There are two good reasons for having both desktop and laptop hotkey layouts. In favor of the desktop hotkey layout are the many JAWS users that are accustomed to the JAWS hotkeys that utilize the large INSERT key located on the keyboard’s numeric keypad, which is included on almost all desktop keyboards, but rarely included on laptop keyboards. In favor of the laptop hotkey layout are users that have migrated to a laptop that lacks a separate numeric keypad and large INSERT key, and therefore require the alternate set of JAWS hotkeys for a laptop layout.

What are the differences in the JAWS desktop and laptop hotkey layouts?

When using Desktop Layout Mode, JAWS uses the INSERT key as the main modifier in many of its hotkeys, as listed in the JAWS Help system. But when using the Laptop Layout Mode, JAWS uses the CAPS LOCK key as the main modifier (instead of INSERT). So, for example, when using Desktop Layout Mode, you would press INSERT+SPACEBAR to activate the JAWS® layered keystrokes, but in Laptop Layout Mode you would press CAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR to activate the layered keystrokes.

What are the differences in the ZoomText desktop and laptop hotkeys layouts?

When using Desktop Layout Mode, the key combinations used for ZoomText hotkeys are as they appear in the ZoomText Help system. When using the Laptop Layout Mode, you must add the ALT key to the key combination for each of active ZoomText hotkeys. So, for example, in Desktop Layout Mode, you can press CAPS LOCK+CTRL+U to open the ZoomText user interface, but in Laptop Layout Mode you must press CAPS LOCK+CTRL+ALT+U to open the ZoomText user interface.

Note: When running Fusion 11, JAWS provides the screen reading functionality and ZoomText’s screen reading features and associated hotkeys are disabled.

Getting Help

There are several ways to quickly get help while using magnification or speech.

  • When you hover the mouse pointer over an item in the Fusion user interface, a tooltip appears displaying the name, a brief description, and the hotkeys for that control. Tooltips are on by default, but can be turned off.
  • Pressing INSERT+F1 is similar to using tooltips except the name and description appear in a Virtual Viewer message window. INSERT+F1 messages are always available and are ideal for getting information when changing speech settings in JAWS.
  • You can browse the topics in the ZoomText help for complete details about magnification features and operation. To access help, press F1 while in the Fusion user interface.
  • You can browse the topics in the JAWS help for complete details about speech features and operation. To access help, press INSERT+J, and choose Help > JAWS Help Topics.

Restoring Factory Defaults – Magnification Only

When you restore factory default settings in Fusion, only the ZoomText magnification settings are restored. This action has no effect on JAWS speech settings.

To restore magnification settings, choose ZoomText > Configurations > Restore Factory Defaults in the Fusion user interface.

ZoomText Features Not Available in Fusion

Listening Group

The Listening group (Background Reader and Recorder) in the Fusion Tools tab is unavailable.

Listening group items shown as unavailable in the Tools tab