ZoomText Changelog

New in version 10.1

September 30th, 2013
  • Image of New Feature Support for US English:
  • The initial release of ZoomText 10.1 Windows 8 is available in US English and UK English only. Localized versions will be introduced in a follow up version 10.1.xx update release.
  • Image of New Feature Support for Windows 8:
  • ZoomText 10.1 provides unmatched magnification and reading support for the new Windows 8 operating system and interface. Whether you’re running new Windows 8 apps or legacy applications, ZoomText allows you to work at the highest level of speed and productivity. ZoomText 10.1 also includes ZoomText’s patented “xFont” magnification, which provides the sharpest magnified text available on the market today.
  • Image of New Feature Support for Microsoft Office 2013:
  • ZoomText 10.1 supports the core applications in Microsoft Office 2013 including Word, Excel and Outlook. Create, navigate and read your documents with ease and accuracy.
  • Image of New Feature Support for Internet Explorer 10:
  • With robust support for Internet Explorer 10 (aka IE10), ZoomText 10.1 makes web browsing a snap. Search, navigate and read your favorite websites using ZoomText’s powerful Web Finder and reading tools.
  • Image of Enhancement Improved Support for Videos and Games:
  • With a new magnification engine and full DirectX support, you now can watch and play all types of videos and games with ZoomText.
  • Image of Enhancement Support for Touch Screen Devices:
  • ZoomText 10.1 can be used on Windows 8 touch screen devices including tablets, laptops and desktop monitors. ZoomText follows along as you tap, drag and swipe your way through all of your applications. And you can instantly access key ZoomText features using the ZoomText Touch Icon and gestures. Note: Requires a 5-point or greater multi-touch device.
  • Image of New Feature Additional Levels of Magnification:
  • To support users wanting higher magnification levels and ultra-high resolution displays, ZoomText’s magnification levels have been extended and now include 42x, 48x, 54x and 60x. We’ve also added more fractional levels between 1x and 5x.
  • Image of Enhancement Improved Tracking and Program Echo:
  • ZoomText’s improved event handling delivers more accurate and complete tracking and reading as you navigate application menus, dialogs and other controls.
  • Image of New Feature Smooth Mouse Pointers:
  • At all magnification levels, ZoomText now displays mouse pointers with smooth edges that are more pleasing to look at and use.
  • Image of New Feature Color Enhancement Transition Effects:
  • ZoomText’s new transition effect gives a fresh, comfortable feel when switching between color enhancement schemes.

New in version 10.0.8 (September 30th, 2013)

  • Improved support for reading email in Outlook 2010 (64-bit version):
  • ZoomText's AppReader and DocReader can now be used to read email in the 64-bit version of Outlook 2010.
  • Image of Enhancement Improved support for Excel 2010 and Excel 2007:
  • Support for Microsoft Excel 2010 (32-bit and 64-bit versions) and Microsoft Excel 2007 (32-bit version) has been greatly improved in this release. Tracking, highlighting and reading are now fully supported when navigation and editing content in spreadsheet cells, the formula bar, comments.
  • Image of Enhancement Improved reading support in IE8:
  • ZoomText's reading tools are now faster and more reliable when reading webpages in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).
  • Image of Enhancement Improved support for Mozilla Firefox:
  • ZoomText now reads webpage frames and iframes in Mozilla Firefox.
  • Image of Bug Fix Web Finder's Execute command is now more reliable:
  • The Execute command in ZoomText's Web Finder's would sometime fail. This problem has been fixed.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for accessing the Hotkey field in the Reading Zones dialog box:
  • In ZoomText's Reading Zones dialog box, you could not move the focus to the Hotkey field using the Tab key. This problem has been fixed.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for crashes when running IE9 (64-bit version) with ZoomText and JAWS:
  • Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) would crash if both ZoomText and JAWS were running. This problem has been fixed.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for corrupted text in Firefox:
  • Some webpages supply their own set of special fonts to display text that appears on the webpage. In the Firefox web browser, these fonts would not appear correctly. This problem has been fixed.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for announcement of checkboxes in Yahoo email:
  • ZoomText would incorrectly announce checkboxes in Yahoo email. This problem has been fixed.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for menu and dialog formatting in the Japanese localization:
  • A variety of menu and dialog formatting problems were corrected in the Japanese localization of ZoomText

New in version 10.0.7 (September 30th, 2013)

  • Image of Enhancement Improved reading support for Internet Explorer 8:
  • ZoomText's "WebSupport" engine for Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) can now be enabled in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8); providing faster startup, accuracy and reliability in ZoomText's reading tools (AppReader, DocReader and SpeakIt Tool).
  • To enable the WebSupport engine in IE8:
  • In ZoomText's Help menu, choose Tech Support...
  • In the Fix-It Command edit box, type: WebSupport Add IE8
  • Click the OK button.
  • To disable the WebSupport engine in IE8:
  • In ZoomText's Help menu, choose Tech Support...
  • In the Fix-It Command edit box, type: WebSupport Remove IE8
  • Click the OK button.
  • Image of Enhancement Improved support for OpenOffice:
  • ZoomText now provides improved support for OpenOffice applications. These improvements include the following:
  • ZoomText's tracking, echo and focus enhancements now work in OpenOffice application menus
  • ZoomText's cursor echo now works in OpenOffice applications
  • ZoomText now provides basic AppReader support in the OpenOffice Writer application (start, stop and arrow key navigation)
  • Important! ZoomText's support for OpenOffice requires that the Java Access Bridge (JAB) is installed and enabled on your system. Information and instructions for installing and enabling the Java Access Bridge can be found in an Ai Squared knowledge base article.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for running Java applications:
  • When ZoomText was running, attempts to launch 32-bit Java applications that utilize the Java Access Bridge would fail (the Java application would open momentarily and then close). This problem has been fixed.

New in version 10.0.6 (September 30th, 2013)

  • Image of Enhancement Improvements to IE9 support:
  • ZoomText now provides greatly improved support for email and other web sites when running in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9). Improvements cover many of ZoomText's features including: typing and program echo, cursor echo and tracking, cursor enhancements, reading with AppReader and DocReader, and use of Reading Zones.
  • Image of New Feature 64-bit version of IE9 is now supported:
  • ZoomText can now be used with the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9).
  • Image of Enhancement Improved support for Yahoo email:
  • ZoomText now provides specifically improved support for Yahoo email running in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9). Improvements cover typing and program echo, cursor echo and tracking, cursor enhancements, and use of ZoomText's document reading tools.
  • Image of Bug Fix PDF documents now open quickly in Adobe Reader:
  • When ZoomText was running, PDF documents would open very slowly in Adobe Reader. This problem has been fixed.
  • Image of Bug Fix Caps Lock state now correctly announced:
  • In various applications, including Microsoft Office and Firefox; ZoomText would incorrectly announce the state of the Caps Lock. This problem has been fixed.
  • Image of Enhancement WebFinder now works with Firefox 15:
  • ZoomText's WebFinder can now be used in Firefox 15 to find text in webpages.
  • Image of New Feature ZoomText now reads in ABBYY FineReader:
  • ZoomText's AppReader and DocReader can now be used to read text captured from images in ABBYY FineReader.
  • Image of New Feature Support for QQ:
  • ZoomText now supports QQ, a Chinese social media application.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for DocReader error ID#13 in various applications:
  • In various applications, including Microsoft Office, WordPad, Notepad and Adobe Acrobat 9; DocReader would fail to start and present error ID#13. This problem has been fixed.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for IE9 crash when attempting to compose Gmail "In New Window":
  • When using Gmail in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and attempting to compose a new email "In New Window", ZoomText would cause IE9 to crash. This problem has been fixed.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for crash when starting ZoomText after JAWS 13:
  • When the 64-bit version of JAWS 13 was already running, attempting to start ZoomText would cause a crash. This problem has been fixed.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for crash when opening Support and Help in Windows 7 64-bit OS:
  • In 64 bit versions of Windows 7, attempting to access Support and Help from the Windows Start menu would cause a crash. This problem has been fixed.

New in version 10.0.5 (September 30th, 2013)

  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for using Reading tools in Gmail running in Internet Explorer:
  • When using Gmail in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) or Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), ZoomText's reading features and tools would fail to work. These problems have been fixed.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for using AppReader in Comcast Mail:
  • In the Comcast email client, ZoomText's AppReader would fail to read the body of an email message. This problem has been fixed.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for starting Java applications:
  • When ZoomText was running, attempts to start some Java applications would fail. This problem has been fixed.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for AppReader starting slowly in IE8:
  • ZoomText's AppReader tool would start slowly in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8). This problem has been fixed.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for Mouse Echo not reading lines in Office Communicator 2005:
  • When using Microsoft Office Communicator 2005, ZoomText's Mouse Echo feature would only echo the word under the mouse pointer when it was configured to "Echo all words in the line or object". This problem has been fixed.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for crash when clicking the "In new window" button in Gmail:
  • When using Gmail in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and composing a new email, if you clicked the "In new window" button IE9 would crash. This problem has been fixed.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for crash when running with Thunderbird 14:
  • When attempting to run ZoomText with Thunderbird 14 a variety of crash behaviors could occur. These problems have been fixed.

New in version 10.0.3.2 (September 30th, 2013)

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

New in version 10.0.3 (September 30th, 2013)

  • Image of Enhancement Improved magnification and reading in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9):
  • ZoomText now provides smooth text magnification (xFont) and reading of web pages in IE9. Reading support includes ZoomText's AppReader, DocReader, SpeakIt tool and echo features (including echo of the IE9 browser cursor).
  • Image of New Feature Support for ARIA and HTML5 in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9):
  • When using Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), ZoomText now supports: ARIA landmarks and HTML5 tags for navigating page sections when using Web Finder, ARIA roles and attributes for announcing clearer descriptions of web page controls and other elements, and ARIA live regions to track and announce pop up bars and alerts (enabled by the Alert check boxes in ZoomText's Program Echo and Navigation > Tracking dialog boxes).
  • Image of New Feature Support for text cursor and reading in Thunderbird email client:
  • ZoomText now provides support for the text cursor in the Thunderbird email client, including cursor tracking, cursor enhancements and typing echo. In addition, ZoomText's reading tools can now read email that is open in its own window (as opposed to the preview pane).
  • Image of New Feature Support for Portuguese languages:
  • Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese localizations have been added in this release of ZoomText 10.
  • Image of Bug Fix Reading and executing links works properly in Adobe Reader:
  • AppReader and DocReader will now read and execute links in Adobe Reader.
  • Note: When executing links a security warning dialog may appear according to Adobe Reader's Manage Internet Access settings. To view and change these settings:
  • In the Adobe Reader menu bar, choose Edit > Preferences. The Preferences dialog will appear.
  • In the Categories list, choose Trust Manager. The Trust Manager settings will appear in the right pane of the dialog.
  • Under "Internet Files from PDF Files", click the Change Settings... button. The Manage Internet Access dialog will appear.
  • Select the desired Internet access settings.
  • Click the Ok button.
  • Image of Enhancement Improved support for running ZoomText with JAWS:
  • Starting with ZoomText version 10.0.3 and JAWS version 13.0.900, ZoomText and JAWS can now be started and exited in any order (32-bit only).
  • Note: Prior to these versions, you had to start ZoomText before JAWS and exit JAWS before ZoomText. Starting and exiting in the wrong order could cause the system to crash.
  • Image of Bug Fix Brightness and Contrast adjustments for ZoomText Camera now spoken correctly:
  • When using the ZoomText Camera feature, adjustments to the brightness or contrast settings are now announced as "increase brightness" or "decrease brightness", and "increase contrast" or "decrease contrast".
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix to keep ZoomText USB from backing up onto itself
  • With previous versions, the ZoomText USB backup utility would allow backing up onto itself, corrupting the USB device. The ZoomText USB backup utility no longer allows backing up onto itself.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for NeoSpeech/ZoomText crash when speaking certain number patterns:
  • NeoSpeech and ZoomText would crash when reading number sequences containing a string of numbers with decimal points between. This problem has been fixed.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for occasional crash with Optelec USB CCTVs:
  • When using ZoomText with Optelec USB CCTVs, repeated enabling and disabling of the CCTV would cause occasional crashes. This problem has been fixed.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for occasional loss of xFont:
  • When ZoomText had been running for longer periods of time, xFont magnification would occasionally stop working. This problem has been fixed.
  • Image of Bug Fix Fix for jumpy tracking when using Web Finder:
  • When using Web Finder and navigating through web page menus, ZoomText's magnified view would sometimes jump or bounce. This problem has been fixed.