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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 10.1.7


Released September, 2014 for Windows 8.1 and 8.0

Image of Enhancement Improvements to focus enhancement performance
Problems with focus enhancement flicker (in spreadsheet cells, menus, dialogs and other controls) have been fixed in a variety of applications, including Microsoft Excel, Windows Explorer and Windows Live Mail.

Image of Enhancement Improvements to tracking performance
Problems with excessive/erratic tracking behavior have been resolved in a variety of applications, including Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Windows Explorer and Gmail.

Image of Enhancement Inbox items now spoken in Windows Live Mail
In Windows Live Mail 2012, Inbox items are now spoken when navigating up and down the list of items.

Image of Enhancement Email now properly read in Windows Live Mail
In Windows Live Mail 2012, email is now properly read from beginning to end by ZoomText's AppReader.

Image of Enhancement Contact list now echoed in Windows Live Mail
In Windows Live Mail, ZoomText now echoes each item when navigating through the list of contacts.

Image of Enhancement ZoomText now reads email in Outlook.com
ZoomText's AppReader and Mouse Echo features can now be used to read email in Outlook.com.

Image of Enhancement Tables now properly read in Outlook email
In Microsoft Outlook, tables embedded in an email are now properly read by ZoomText's AppReader.

Image of Enhancement Clicked-in line of text now echoed in Word 2013
In Microsoft Word 2013, ZoomText now echoes the line of text that you click in with the mouse. Note: ZoomText's 'Text Cursor' option must be enabled in the Program Echo settings.

Image of Enhancement Text cursor now tracked and spoken in Word's Search box
In Microsoft Word 2010/2013, typing and text are now tracked, highlighted and spoken in the Search combo box that is located in the Navigation pane.

Image of Enhancement JavaScript buttons now displayed properly in Firefox
After installing ZoomText, when opening webpages containing JavaScript buttons in the Firefox web browser, all JavaScript buttons would appear as the same non-descript icon. JavaScript buttons now appear with their correct icons.

Image of Enhancement Windows Task Switcher items now echoed
When pressing ALT + TAB to cycle through items in the Windows Task Switcher, the name of each item is now echoed.

Image of Enhancement Windows 'Run' dialog box now properly tracked
When opening the Windows 'Run' dialog box, ZoomText now properly tracks the event to bring the dialog into view.

Image of Enhancement ZoomText's logon toolbar now stays in view when zooming in
In the Windows logon screen, when clicking the Zoom In button on the ZoomText logon toolbar, the toolbar used to drift out of view. The toolbar now stays in view when zooming in.

Image of Enhancement ZoomText toolbar tabs are now announced
When clicking on the tabs on the ZoomText toolbar, the tab name is now announced.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for DocReader freezing in Metro IE11
When using DocReader to read certain websites in the Metro version of Internet Explorer 11 (in Windows 8.x), DocReader would sometimes freeze. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for DocReader freezing in Word 2013
When using DocReader to read documents in Microsoft Word 2013, DocReader would sometimes freeze. This problem has been fixed.

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

Image of Bug Fix Fix for AppReader word highlighting in MS Reader
When using ZoomText's AppReader to read a document in MS Reader, AppReader's word highlight would become misaligned with the spoken word. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for system freeze when ZoomText starts up
On certain systems, the system would freeze (usually with a black screen) when ZoomText was started. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for error when using the doPDF print driver
When printing PDF documents using the doPDF printer driver (while ZoomText is running) an "Error accessing printer driver" error would sometimes occur. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for typing echo by word
In some applications, when using ZoomText's typing echo by word (or keys and words), ZoomText would echo more than that last typed word. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for loss of tracking on the text cursor
When typing in some applications, ZoomText would occasionally stop tracking the text cursor. This problem has been fixed.

Read the release notes for all previous releases in the 10.1 lifecycle (10.1.6 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 1.1.5


Released October, 2014 for Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite), Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

Image of New Feature Yosemite OS - Version 10.10 Compatibility
This release adds compatibility for Apple's new Yosemite OS - Version 10.10.

Read the release notes for all previous releases of ZoomText Mac (1.1.4 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).