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ZoomText 10.1 Release Notes



This document contains the latest information on ZoomText 10.1 (at the time of release). For updated information, go to our support page or contact technical support at tel: (802) 362-3612 or .

This document is divided into the following sections:

  • Changes in each release since version 10.10

  • What's missing in ZoomText 10.1

  • System requirements

  • Compatibility with other accessibility programs



Version 10.1.6


Released July, 2014 for Windows 8.1 and 8.0

Image of Enhancement Focus tracking improved in Outlook 2013
In Microsoft Outlook 2013, ZoomText now reliably tracks to the Inbox when Outlook becomes active.

Image of Enhancement Spinbox controls are now properly announced in Word 2013
In Microsoft Word 2013, spinbox control values are now echoed with each adjustment.

Image of Enhancement Navigating and reading by line now working in Word 2010
In Microsoft Word 2010, ZoomText now echoes each line of text as you move the cursor from line to line.

Image of Enhancement Combo box controls are now tracked and spoken in Word 2010
In Microsoft Word 2010, combo box items are now tracked and spoken when navigating up and down the list of items.

Image of Enhancement Text is now smoothed in the Notes section of PowerPoint 2010
In Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, text in the Notes section is now displayed with xFont quality.

Image of Enhancement ZoomText Help System now read properly by AppReader and DocReader
In ZoomText's Help System, AppReader and DocReader now read topic text in the proper order.

Image of Enhancement Focus enhancement now displayed in Start menu when using the mouse
In the Windows Start menu, ZoomText's focus enhancement is now displayed over each menu item that the mouse is moved over.

Image of Enhancement Cursor enhancement is now displayed in the Web Finder toolbar
In ZoomText's Web Finder toolbar, the cursor enhancement is now displayed in the Search box.

Image of Bug Fix Text cursor is now reliably tracked and enhanced in Firefox browser
In the Mozilla Firefox browser, ZoomText's tracking, echo, and text cursor enhancement were not reliable. These problems have been fixed in Firefox 24 and later.

Image of Bug Fix On ZoomText's toolbars, labels for disabled buttons are now displayed properly
When toolbar buttons were disabled on ZoomText's toolbars, the grayed button labels were corrupted and difficult to read. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for DocReader freeze in MS Reader
When using DocReader in Microsoft Reader and navigating by paragraphs or pages, DocReader would sometimes freeze. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for corrupted text in Windows Command Prompt screen
In the Windows Command Prompt screen, the text was corrupted and unreadable and would blink while typing on the command line. These problems have been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for AppReader freeze in Outlook 2013
In Microsoft Outlook 2013, using AppReader to read email would sometimes cause the system to freeze. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for missing ZoomText desktop icon
After opening and exiting ZoomText's Program Settings dialog, the ZoomText desktop icon would disappear. This problem has been fixed.

Read the release notes for all previous releases in the 10.1 lifecycle (10.1.5 and earlier).





What's Missing in ZoomText 10.1


The following ZoomText 10 features are temporarily unavailable in ZoomText 10.1. These features will be added in a series of free updates as quickly as possible:

  • Freeze Window
  • Dual monitor support
  • Text Finder
  • 'Area to Track’ settings

System Requirements


The following hardware and software is required to run ZoomText 10.1 for Windows 8:

  • Windows 8.1 or 8.0
  • Processor: 2 GHz single core or 1 GHz dual core
  • Memory (RAM): 2 GB
    • Recommended: 4 GB or higher
  • Graphics card with support for DirectX 9.1 or above
    • Recommended: DirectX 10 or later
    • Recommended: 256 MB dedicated video memory
  • Hard disk space: 100 MB for US English, 350 MB for International versions
  • 5-point multi-touch display required for ZoomText Touch Mode support
  • Sound card (for ZoomText Magnifier/Reader only)
  • USB 2.0 (for future ZoomText Camera support)

Compatibility with Other Accessibility Programs


When two or more accessibility products are installed on the same machine, there is the potential for compatibility problems with the accessibility programs. It is also possible that installing multiple accessibility programs may cause a crash when the system boots.

If you are running other accessibility programs on your system, check with the manufacturers of each program for compatibility information and upgrades recommended for improved compatibility with other accessibility programs.



ZoomText 10 Release Notes



This document contains the latest information on ZoomText 10.0 (at the time of release). For updated information, go to our support page or contact technical support at tel: (802) 362-3612 or .

This document is divided into the following sections:

  • Changes in each release since version 10.0

  • System Requirements

  • Network Discovery

  • Compatibility with Other Accessibility Programs

  • Known and Potential Problems



Version 10.0.10


Released June, 2014 for Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP

Image of Bug Fix Third party synthesizers now can be saved as default configuration
Previously, you were unable to save a third party synthesizer as your default configuration in ZoomText. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Enhancement Improved support for Windows Live Mail 2012
In Windows Live Mail 2012, ZoomText now reliably echoes and reads labels and text in email recipient fields and ribbon bars. ZoomText's cursor enhancement is also properly displayed in the recipient fields and other controls that display a cursor.

Image of Bug Fix Instance number for items are now properly announced in Windows Explorer
In the Windows Explorer 'Details' view, the instance number for each item (e.g. "1 of 5", "2 of 5", ...) is now properly announced as you navigate up and down the list.

Image of Bug Fix ZoomText's 'Pass Thru' hotkey now works in Office 2010
In Microsoft Office 2010 applications, attempts to use ZoomText's 'Pass Thru' hotkey followed by the shared hotkey to pass through to the Office application would result in both ZoomText and the Office application processing the hotkey. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Invert Brightness setting now reliably saved in ZoomText configurations
In ZoomText's Color Enhancement settings, if you enabled the Invert Brightness option in a custom scheme and then saved the ZoomText configuration, when restarting ZoomText with that configuration, the Invert Brightness setting was not enabled. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Mouse Echo now reads correctly in IE9 and Firefox
In Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and Firefox 25 and later, on certain webpages ZoomText's Mouse Echo feature would only echo every other line. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Duplicate menu accelerators eliminated in the Swedish version of ZoomText
In the Swedish version of ZoomText, several menus contained two or more menu items that were assigned the same accelerator key. These problems have been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Lock ups eliminated in Microsoft Outlook 2010
When using ZoomText in Microsoft Outlook 2010, the computer would sometimes slow down and eventually lock up. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for ZoomText Network License starting up in 10-minute trial mode
On certain systems, a ZoomText Network License would fail to find its activation license and start up in a 10-minute trial mode. This problem has been fixed.

Read the release notes for all previous releases in the 10.0 lifecycle (10.0.9 and earlier).




System Requirements


The following hardware and software is required to run ZoomText 10:

  • Windows 7, Vista, or XP (SP2)

  • 1.5 GHz for Windows 7 and Windows Vista
    1 GHz Pentium® 4 or equivalent for Windows XP

  • 1 GB RAM for Windows 7 and Vista (2GB recommended)
    512 MB RAM for Windows XP (1 GB recommended)

  • 50 MB free hard disk space (additional 60 MB required for each NeoSpeech synthesizer)

  • USB 2.0 (for webcam support if using ZoomText Camera feature)

  • Sound card (for Magnifier/Reader version only)


Compatibility with Other Accessibility Programs


Most accessibility programs install a chaining display driver that is always active, whether or not the accessibility program is currently running. When two or more accessibility products are installed on the same machine, there is the potential for compatibility problems with the accessibility programs. It is also possible that installing multiple accessibility programs may cause a crash when the system boots.

Some accessibility programs, including ZoomText 10, utilize DCM (Driver Chain Manager) to improve compatibility with other DCM compliant accessibility programs. ZoomText 10 utilizes DCM on Windows XP systems and Windows Vista systems that are equipped with older video hardware. If you are running other accessibility programs on your system, check with the manufactures of each program for compatibility information and upgrades recommended for improved compatibility with other accessibility programs.


Known and Potential Problems


In Firefox (web browser) you need to run the browser zoom level at 100%. Otherwise ZoomText's SpeakIt tool and Reading Zones will not read correctly, and AppReader, DocReader and Web Finder highlighting will not line up with the current spoken word.

ZoomText will co-exist and run alongside JAWS screen reader, however, crashes and errors are known to occur when exiting JAWS. To work around this problem you need to start JAWS before ZoomText and then exit ZoomText before JAWS.


ZoomText Mac Release Notes



This document contains the latest information on ZoomText Mac (at the time of release). For updated information, go to our support page or contact technical support at tel: (802) 362-3612 option #3 or .


ZoomText Mac 1.1.4


Released July, 2014 for Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

Image of Bug Fix Fixed random loss of tracking
ZoomText Mac users may have experienced a random loss of tracking and the Cursor Enhancement being mistakenly displayed. This issue has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fixed giant Cursor Enhancement being displayed on non-text elements
ZoomText Mac users may have noticed a giant Cursor Enhancement being displayed on screen while using arrow keys to move through items such as images in an email. This issue has been fixed.

Image of Enhancement Improved tracking with embedded lists
ZoomText Mac users may have noticed issues when scrolling through embedded lists, such as in Safari. Prior to this fix, when scrolling a page, ZoomText continued to track back to the cursor position within the list, which made scrolling difficult.

Read the release notes for all previous releases of ZoomText Mac (1.1.3 and earlier).








ZoomText ImageReader Release Notes



This document contains the latest information on ZoomText ImageReader (at the time of release). For updated information, go to our support page or contact technical support at tel: (802) 362-3612 option #3 or .


ZoomText ImageReader 1.1a


Released August, 2014 for Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, and XP

Image of Bug Fix Fix for image files not appearing in the Open Image dialog
In the Danish and Spanish localized versions of ImageReader, some of the image file types supported by ImageReader would not appear in the Open Image dialog box. This problem has been fixed.

Read the release notes for all previous releases of ZoomText ImageReader (1.1 and earlier).