ZoomText Fusion Release Notes
Release notes for the ZoomText 10.1 Fusion product line.
Currently Shipping Version
Version 10.1 Release Notes (AKA 10.1P) Released April 25, 2016
Improved support for Office 2016
ZoomText now has greatly improved support for Microsoft Office 2016 applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. You can now use all of ZoomText features to create, edit and read documents in Office 2016. Enjoy!
New Run ZoomText As menu item
When you install ZoomText Fusion, there will now be one red icon on the Desktop called ZoomText 10.1. Under the Settings menu, a Run ZoomText As menu item has been added. This menu item opens a dialog that enables users to run ZoomText as Magnifier, Magnifier/Reader, or Fusion.
Cursor Tracking and Cursor Enhancements improved in Office 2016
In Microsoft Office 2016 applications (including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint), ZoomText’s cursor tracking and cursor enhancements are now accurate and reliable when typing and navigating in text controls.
DocReader commands now more responsive in Word 2016
When using ZoomText’s DocReader feature in Microsoft Word 2016 and pressing CTRL + END to navigate to the end of the document or have read to the end of the document, there was a long delay before DocReader would announce “End of document”. This problem has been fixed.
List of messages are now properly tracked in Outlook 2016
In Microsoft Outlook 2016, when navigating up and down a list of messages ZoomText magnified view would not follow along. This problem has been fixed.
Fix for ZoomText spontaneously closing in PowerPoint 2016
In Microsoft PowerPoint 2016, when clicking on certain controls and ribbon tabs, ZoomText would sometimes spontaneously close. This problem has been fixed.
Improved stability and performance issues in many applications
A wide variety of stability and performance issues have been eliminated and improved in a variety of applications.
Fix for loss of xFont magnification in the Windows 10 Start menu
When opening the Windows 10 Start menu, ZoomText would sometimes fail to display the Start menu text with smooth xFont magnification. This problem has been fixed.
Fix for viewport tracking to opposite desktop when minimizing the ZoomText UI
When using ZoomText’s multiple monitor support and closing the ZoomText user interface, sometimes the magnified view would track to the opposite desktop. This problem has been fixed.
Fix for icons
Sometimes the incorrect ZoomText icon was showing depending on if Magnifier/Reader or Fusion was running. This issue has been fixed.
Version 10.1 Release Notes Released April, 2016
Added Swedish Localization
Version 10.1 Release Notes Released March, 2016
General stability and performance improvements
A wide variety of architectural and process changes have been implemented in this release to improve ZoomText’s stability and performance across all supported operating systems and applications.
New multiple monitor features and documentation now complete
ZoomText’s current lineup of multiple monitor modes and settings are now complete. These features include the innovative MultiView Local and MultiView Global views, automatic detection of monitor configuration and display mode changes, and user friendly settings. Using ZoomText with multiple monitors will enhance and optimize your work productivity in all applications.
“ZoomText News” now delivered when starting ZoomText
ZoomText’s current lineup of multiple monitor modes and settings are now complete. On a periodic basis, when starting ZoomText the latest news and announcements from Ai Squared are presented in the new “ZoomText News” window. ZoomText News keeps you informed of product updates and upgrades, special sales offers, training and show events, and more. ZoomText News lets you select the types of announcements you want to receive and how frequently you want to receive them. You can view ZoomText News at any time by choosing ZoomText News… in ZoomText’s Help menu.
Fix for loss of xFont magnification in Office 2013
In certain updated versions of Microsoft Office 2013, ZoomText’s xFont magnification would fail to display smooth magnified text. The problem has been fixed.
Fix for crash when saving documents in Word 2010
On occasion, when using ZoomText in Microsoft Word 2010 and attempting to save a document a crash would occur. This problem has been fixed.
Fix for Avast warning when installing ZoomText
On installing ZoomText on a system with Avast antivirus software enabled, Avast would display an alert message stating that a potentially harmful file within the ZoomText software. This problem has been fixed.
Fix for “Mag Init Error” on Turkish and Azerbaijan locales
On Windows operating systems configured with Turkish and Azerbaijan locales, a “Mag Init Error” would occur when starting ZoomText. This problem has been fixed.
Fix for “Print driver host” error
When using ZoomText in Microsoft Word 2013 (and potentially other programs) and attempting to access the printer properties dialog box, a “Print driver host” error could occur. This problem has been fixed.
Fix for ZoomText unintentionally starting after UAC prompt
In Windows 10, when exiting a User Access Control (UAC) prompt, ZoomText would unintentionally start up. This problem has been fixed.
Fix for Firefox window appearing in full screen mode when running ZoomText
When running ZoomText and launching Firefox, the Firefox window would appear in full screen mode, which would result in the Firefox title bar and the Windows task bar not being visible or accessible. This problem has been fixed.
More improvements to the Cursor Enhancements feature
Another large batch of improvements have been made in ZoomText’s Cursor Enhancements feature, providing more accurate and reliable highlighting of the text cursor. These improvements appear in many applications, with special attention given to cursor enhancements in Microsoft Office 2016.
More improvements to the Focus Enhancements feature
Another large batch of improvements have been made in ZoomText’s Focus Enhancements feature, providing more accurate and reliable highlighting of the item with focus in menus, dialogs, toolbars and other application controls. These improvements appear in many applications, with special attention given to focus enhancements in Microsoft Office 2016 and Adobe Acrobat DC.
Improved xFont support
ZoomText’s “xFont” text magnification now provides smooth magnified text in locations that were previously not supported, including the Windows 10 Start menu, Windows Modern UI applications, miscellaneous locations in Office 2016, and the Visual Basic 6 IDE editor.
Improved stability in IE 10/11
A variety of random crashes that were occurring in Internet Explorer 10 and 11 have been fixed.
Improved support for the inbox in older versions of Outlook
In Outlook 2010 and earlier, ZoomText would fail to track when navigating up and down the list of email. ZoomText now reliably tracks the Inbox items.
ZoomText UI now opens at the current viewport location
When the ZoomText toolbar and dialogs are activated or opened, they will now open at the current viewport location, keeping the magnified view from scrolling away from where you are working.
Zoom In and Zoom Out hotkeys changed for ZoomText Camera feature
In the ZoomText Camera feature, the Zoom In and Zoom Out hotkeys have been changed to Ctrl + Win + Up (zoom in) and Ctrl + Win + Down (zoom out). This change was made to eliminate conflicts with new operating system commands added in Windows 10.
Improved colors in “Invert Brightness” scheme
The colors are now much brighter and sharper in the “Invert Brightness” color enhancement scheme.
Fix for sorting contacts in Outlook 2013
In Microsoft Outlook 2013, attempts to sort the contacts would fail when ZoomText was running. This problem has been fixed.
Fix for black screen after installing ZoomText in Windows 10 update (32-bit edition)
In the 32-bit edition of Windows 10 with the First Update, after installing ZoomText and restarting the system a black screen would appear. This problem has been fixed.
Fix for unreliable tracking in the Windows 10 Start menu
In the Windows 10 Start menu, ZoomText would fail to track, highlight and echo some of the menu items. This problem has been fixed.
Fix for invisible I-beam mouse pointer when using Large DPI display mode
When the display devices were set to the “Large” DPI setting (in the Windows Display Settings), the I-beam mouse pointer would not appear when the pointer was moved inside a text editing window, such as Notepad or Microsoft Word. This problem has been fixed.
Fix for slow tracking in the Windows Control Panel
When navigating through the Windows Control Panel, ZoomText’s tracking would fail to keep up with the item with focus. This problem has been fixed.
Fix for DocReader not starting from the ZoomText toolbar
Attempts to start DocReader from the ZoomText toolbar would sometime fail. This problem has been fixed.
Fix for Adobe Reader DC hanging on startup
When attempting to start Adobe Reader DC while ZoomText was already running, Adobe Reader would hang until you exited ZoomText. This problem has been fixed.
Installer Audio Feedback
During the installation, a progress bar displayed to show installation, but there was no audio feedback. Now, an audible tone will be heard every ten seconds and the installer will tell the user if it is working on the magnifier or the screen reader. This allows a user who cannot see the screen to ensure that the installation is still in progress.
Multiple Synthesizer Languages Now Available in Installer
The ZoomText Fusion installer now has the ability to select and install numerous synthesizer languages.
Installer Text Improvements
Users are now told to close other programs and disable anti-virus before proceeding with the installation.
Update to Braille Manufacturer in Installer
The list of Braille display manufacturers in the installation has been updated.
Fix in Learning Center for Non-U.S. English
Customers who were running Non-U.S. English versions of Windows were not able to open Learning Center videos. This has been fixed.
ZoomText Fusion Icon Updated
Users will now see a brand new ZoomText Fusion icon on the Desktop and in the Notification Area when ZoomText Fusion has been installed.
ZoomText Fusion Icon Added to Desktop
After installing ZoomText Fusion, users will have two icons. One icon will be for ZoomText Magnifier Reader and the other icon will be for ZoomText Fusion. Launching ZoomText Magnifier/Reader from the icon will launch the traditional Magnifier/Reader. Please note that settings may not be saved between ZoomText Magnifier/Reader and ZoomText Fusion.
ZoomText Fusion Manual Updates
Several errors and additions to the manual were updated, including multi-monitor support.
Screen Reader Improvements
Fix for Screen Reader Video Support
A change was made specific to Windows 10 to correct a problem where the ZoomText Fusion video support would fail to load when the program automatically launched after the user logged in to the Desktop.
Fix for Windows Volume control reading
When navigating through the Windows volume control applet, the slider names could sometimes be repeated. This issue has been fixed.
Fix for Capslock not working on Lock Screen
If ZoomText Fusion was running and the Windows lock screen appeared, the state of the Capslock key could not be changed. This has been fixed.
Fix for Windows 10 System Settings Combo Boxes
The combo boxes found in the Windows 10 System Settings -> Notifications and Actions -> Quick Actions window were incorrectly spoken with the same name. This issue has been fixed.
Fix for Multiple Clocks
If multiple clocks have been defined in the system’s Date and Time -> Additional Clocks control panel applet, ZoomText Fusion will speak them when the Time and Date hot key is pressed. Previously it would speak only the current system time and date.
Fix for Windows Explorer
Some edge cases where ZoomText Fusion could cause Windows Explorer to crash when navigating with the mouse in Windows 7 have been fixed.
Fix for Windows 10 File Explorer
Responsiveness in the Windows 10 File Explorer has been improved.
Fix for Windows 10 Insider System Caret
ZoomText Fusion did not see the system caret in the Windows 10 Insider build. This has been fixed.
When running ZoomText Fusion International, support has been added for Non-U.S. English synthesizers. These synthesizers are direct, thus providing a very responsive speech experience.
New Menu Item in Help
When running ZoomText Fusion International, a menu item in the Help menu has been added called “Get More Voices.” ZoomText Fusion International customers can activate this menu item, which will allow them to download a multitude of Vocalizer Expressive synthesizers in various languages.
Fix for Browse Mode Crash
Under a very specific set of conditions, ZoomText Fusion could crash if it was started and the active window supported Browse Mode. This has been fixed.
Fix for Mozilla Firefox Crash
A problem where backspacing rapidly in Firefox 43 could cause ZoomText Fusion to crash has been fixed. This fix also corrects a similar issue in the corresponding Thunderbird update.
Fix for Spell Check dialogs in Office
The updated Office Enhance app which ships with ZoomText Fusion boasts considerably improved reading of all spell check dialogs in Office 2010, 2013, and 2016.
Fix for Outlook Responsiveness in Windows 10
The responsiveness of the Outlook 2010, 2013, and 2016 inbox under Windows 10 has been improved.
Fix for Column Headers in Outlook
If ZoomText Fusion has been configured to speak the name and value of a message column in Outlook 2010 and up, but the value is empty, the column header will not be announced. Previously ZoomText Fusion would always speak the name of the column header.
Fix for Outlook Message Virtualization
If ZoomText Fusion was restarted while Outlook was open, message virtualization would stop functioning until Outlook was restarted. This issue has been fixed.
Fix for Links in Virtualized Window
A case where some links could not be opened from within virtualized messages has been fixed.
Images and Stylized Text Now Available in Outlook Virtualized Windows
Previously, images and stylized text would not display in virtualized email messages. Unless they are blocked for security purposes, they will now display allowing for a better visual appearance.
Added Dialog to Outlook for Best Reading Experience
ZoomText Fusion defaults to virtualize Outlook messages. This results in the best possible reading experience. However, this changes the visual appearance. To allow for a better user experience, ZoomText Fusion now asks the user if they want to have the best reading experience. If the customer answers no, virtualization is not enabled and the visual appearance remains the same. If they answer yes, virtualization is enabled. If they answer Ask Me Later, then they will be asked each time they open Outlook.
Fix for Outlook Preview Pane
If the option to automatically disable the Outlook preview pane is disabled, the pane would not reappear. This problem has been fixed.
Outlook No Longer Auto-Maximizes
In the previous version of ZoomText Fusion, Outlook would automatically maximize. This no longer happens automatically.
Fix for Outlook Enhance Addin
If message virtualization is enabled and the location to the Outlook Enhance addin has changed, Outlook would display an error. Now, ZoomText Fusion will correct the problem and prompt you to restart Outlook.
Fix for PowerPoint Slide Show Reading
When a PowerPoint slideshow started, and ZoomText Fusion was set to automatically read the entire document, only the content of the first slide would be spoken. This has been fixed.
Fix for Excel Monitor Cells
Sometimes Monitor Cells in Excel did not work as expected. This has been fixed.
Fix for Java Access Bridge Install
A problem where the ZoomText Fusion Java Access Bridge installer would copy incompatible access bridge files to recent versions of Java has been fixed. If the installed Java runtime environment is version 7.0.6 or higher, ZoomText Fusion will enable the built-in Access Bridge support. If the installed Java runtime environment version is less than 7.0.6, then the Access Bridge files will be installed as before.
Java applications Support
Java applications are now supported in Windows 10.
Fix for Java double-speak
A problem where some Java controls could double-speak has been fixed.
Setup Wizard Now Support Unified English Braille
If a Braille display has been selected, it is now possible to set the active Braille table to Unified English Braille (when available).
Built-in Optical Character Recognition Added
The Virtual View app, accessed with Control-Alt-V by default, now supports exciting new features such as the ability to recognize text from images from files or the screen, and virtualizing various document formats (including image-based PDF files). Images ending in .bmp, .jpg, .png, and .tiff can be recognized directly from within the app. In addition, pressing Alt-Print Screen to capture the active window will cause Virtual View to automatically perform text recognition on its contents. The Virtual View options dialog provides options for adjusting how images are manipulated to increase the probability of successful character recognition.
You can choose several different kinds of file formats to virtualize, including .txt, .html, .xml, and .zip. If Office is installed, you can also virtualize documents ending in .docx, .pptx, and .xlsx. Imagine a Word document filled with text boxes and word art. That information will show up as plain text when passed through Virtual View. Spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations are the same way. If you want to quickly skim a PowerPoint presentation without opening PowerPoint, use Virtual View. With zip files, Virtual View can open the zip file and get the text of all text files. At the very least, you can get a list of the files in the archive.
More details are available in the Virtual View documentation, which is accessible in the ZoomText Fusion Screen Reader dialog under the Apps menu.
Fix for Virtual View
A problem where a document could not be opened from the Virtual View File menu has been fixed.
Fix for Enable/Disable
When enabling or disabling Tutor Mode from the Tutor Mode button, ZoomText Fusion would report that it was enabled or disabled, but Tutor Mode would not engage or disengage. This has been resolved.
Fix for Menu Items
When in a menu, Tutor Mode would not read tutor messages. This has been resolved.
Fix for Thunderbird
In newer versions of Thunderbird, Arrowing through text when composing emails would often times yield a ding. This problem has been fixed.
Fix for Reading Colors
The background and foreground text colors were incorrectly reported in some applications which utilize the ZoomText Fusion off-screen model in Windows 8 and above. This issue consequently made it difficult to read the text in the affected programs. This problem has been corrected.
Fix for Mouse Search
The on-screen mouse search command now supports UIA and IA2-based applications.
Fix for Mouse Clips
An issue where navigating by mouse clips didn’t work has been fixed.
Fix for Mouse Clips in Powershell
A case where the button names were not announced when navigating by clip in PowerShell ISE with the mouse has been fixed.
Fix for Routing the Mouse
A scenario where attempting to route the mouse to the focused item would move to the wrong position has been corrected.
Continue Mouse Search Reverse Hot Key Added
The “Continue Mouse Search Reverse” hot key has been added, and it is assigned to Shift-Insert-F by default. This command performs the current mouse search in reverse, only without having to re-enter the mouse find dialog to change direction. If the find dialog is opened because of a reverse find (which happens if you press Shift-Insert-F without previously performing a search), then “Reverse Find” will be set as the default button in the dialog.
Fix for Speech Parameters Getting Out of Sync
If different speech parameters are used for the screen, keyboard, or mouse voices, there was a potential problem where the voices could become out of sync. This has been fixed.
Sound Card can be Selected for SAPI 5 Synthesizers
The output sound card for SAPI 5 synthesizers can now be set directly from within ZoomText Fusion. Note this is not possible with SAPI 4 voices, and the default output device will always be used.
Fix for stand-alone NeoSpeech
An issue where the pitch of the stand-alone NeoSpeech Kate and Paul voices would not change has been fixed.
Fix for Mouse Voice
If the ZoomText Fusion mouse voice was set to “no echo,” the mouse voice adjustment hot keys would not work. This problem has been fixed.
Status Hot Key Now Supports Windows 10 File Explorer
The read status line hot key now reads information in the Windows 10 File Explorer.
Fix for Windows 10 Multiple Hooking Errors
An issue where multiple hooking errors would occur in the latest testing builds of Windows 10 has been fixed.
Fix for Speech Hang
If ZoomText Fusion is unable to hook into a program, it would previously display a dialog to indicate this fact, which also caused speech to hang. This problem has been resolved. Note if hooking errors are detected, you will be asked to send this information to Ai Squared for analysis when ZoomText Fusion is next launched.
Login Screen Fix
On fast machines, ZoomText Fusion would sometimes speak “Window-Eyes” at the login screen. This has been fixed.
Other Miscellaneous Stability Fixes
Many other refinements to the program’s stability have been added thanks to customer error reports.
New Braille Display Support Added
Support has been added for the Handy tech Active Star, Handy Tech Modular, and BAUM VarioUltra displays.
Stability Improvement for HIMS Braille Displays
The HIMS Braille display drivers have been updated to improve connection stability and performance.
Fix for Braille Crash in Internet Explorer
A crash which could occur when Arrowing through context menus in Internet Explorer while Braille was active has been fixed.
App Updates on Second Launch
App updates were previously installed on the first launch of ZoomText Fusion. For a better user experience, app updates will now notify the user on second launch or after.
Miscellaneous Speech/Braille Scripting Fixes and Additions
An issue where the final hot key in a list of hot keys could not be accessed has been fixed.
If Nothing was passed as the window parameter to the WEDialogs.AddRemove() method, ZoomText Fusion would crash. This has been fixed.
NOTE: Please refer to the ZoomText Fusion Speech/Braille scripting manual for detailed information about all new objects, properties, methods, and enumerations.
Version 10.1 Release Notes Released November, 2015
Browse Mode – Provides enhanced keyboard navigation for web pages, PDF documents, Powerpoint Presentations and other file types that are presented in a web style view.
Page Navigation – lists the available links, frames, tables, headings, lists, anchors, forms, controls and landmarks on the current web page.
Tutor Mode – Provides spoken keyboard hints for interacting with common Windows controls.
Learning Center – an instructional tool that provides access to self-paced ZoomText Fusion tutorials.
Pronunciation – allows the user to correct common pronunciation errors.
Setup Wizard – helps the user create a specific combination of speech and magnification settings customized to their preference.
Easy-to-see, Easy-to-use Installer – Self-voiced and self-magnified installation process.
iTunes support – improved support for Apple’s iTunes product.
Braille support – support for many popular Braille devices.