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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 10.1.0

  • What's missing in ZoomText 10.1

  • System requirements

  • Compatibility with other accessibility programs



Version 10.1.8


Released November, 2014 for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

Image of New Feature ZoomText 10.1 now supports Windows 7With this release, ZoomText 10.1 now officially supports Windows 7, in addition to the existing support for Windows 8 and 8.1.

Image of Enhancement More improvements to focus enhancement performance
A variety of general ZoomText focus enhancement issues that occur in various applications have been resolved, including problems with the focus enhancement not appearing and disappearing properly, and not following control focus properly (i.e. tracked items). For example, when the focus moves through items in a list box or cells in a spreadsheet.

Image of Enhancement Spinbox controls now announced in Word 2010In Word 2010, when clicking on spinboxes in the ribbon and dialog boxes, the new value is now announced.

Image of Enhancement Items in a drop-down list are now tracked in WordPad
In Microsoft WordPad, ZoomText now tracks the highlighted item in a drop-down list.

Image of Enhancement DocReader support improved in Modern UI version of Internet Explorer 10/11 in Windows 8.x
ZoomText's DocReader now supports reading in more websites and webpages when used with the Modern UI versions of IE 10/11 in Windows 8.x..

Image of Enhancement Faster startup of DocReader in Ticker Mode
ZoomText's DocReader now starts up faster in Ticker Mode when reading from WordPad and applications that display text in a rich edit control.

Image of Enhancement Improved routing of text cursor when exiting DocReader
When exiting ZoomText's DocReader, the text cursor in the source application/document is now routed more reliably to the last spoken word (if a cursor exists).

Image of Bug Fix Fix for random crash in Excel 2013
Excel 2013 would sometimes crash when the focus went in and out of the spreadsheet. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for incorrect echo when using the Delete key in Excel 2013
In Excel 2013, when using the Delete key to remove text to the right of the text cursor, spaces and punctuation characters that appeared to the right of the text cursor (after deleting a character) were not announced. Instead the next character to the right of the space or punctuation was announced. This problem has been fixed..

Image of Bug Fix Fix for crash when exiting Excel 2013
After typing in certain edit fields in Excel 2013 (with ZoomText running), Excel would sometimes crash when attempting to exit the program.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for loss of tracking and program echo after exiting Word 2013
After exiting Word 2013, ZoomText would sometimes stop tracking and echoing program activity. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for inconsistent typing echo in Word 2010
When using ZoomText's typing echo by word in Word 2010, each typed word was not reliably echoed. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for ZoomText freeze in Office 2010/2013 search boxes
ZoomText would sometimes freeze when typing in the search boxes in Office 2010/2013 applications. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Internet Explorer 11 crash in Windows 7
When launching Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 7 (with ZoomText running), Internet Explorer would sometimes crash and display a "Not Responding" message. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Outlook 365 crash in Internet Explorer 9
When using Outlook 365 in Internet Explorer 9 (with ZoomText running), after composing and sending an email, an "Internet Explorer has stopped working" error would sometimes occur. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for jumpy text cursor in ZenDesk
When typing in a ZenDesk email (with ZoomText running), after a while the text cursor would jump to the end of the email. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for misaligned highlight and crash when AppReader reads numbered lists
When using ZoomText's AppReader to read email and documents containing numbered lists, AppReader's word highlight would be misaligned from the spoken word and ZoomText would eventually crash. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for screen corruption in Windows 8.1 Start Screen and desktop
On Windows 8.1 systems containing NVIDIA graphics cards and drivers, screen corruption could occur on the Windows Start Screen and desktop, most notably black squares around desktop icons and in the path of mouse pointer. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for crash when opening Firefox
When launching Firefox (with ZoomText enabled), Firefox would sometimes crash. This problem has been fixed..

Image of Bug FixFix for garbled text in Firefox browser when using xFont Bold option
When using ZoomText's xFont 'Bold' option in Firefox, text on some webpages would be garbled and unreadable. This problem has been fixed.

Read the release notes for all previous releases in the 10.1 lifecycle (10.1.7 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 10.0.11


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

Image of Bug Fix AppReader now reads email properly in Windows Live Mail
In Windows Live Mail, AppReader would not start reading at the beginning on an email. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix System Info tab now displays the correct amount of system RAM
In ZoomText's About dialog box (System tab), the amount of system RAM displayed was incorrect. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix ZT Recorder now works with NeoSpeech synthesizers
In the 10.0.10 release, use of the NeoSpeech speech synthesizers in the ZoomText Recorder was broken. This problem has been fixed.

Read the release notes for all previous releases in the 10.0 lifecycle (10.0.10 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 1.1.6


Released November, 2014 for Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) and Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks)

Image of Bug FixImproved tracking in Safari
ZoomText Mac failed to track properly on some sites in Safari. This has been fixed.


Read the release notes for all previous releases of ZoomText Mac (1.1.5 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).