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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 10.1.10 for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1


Released March, 2015

Image of EnhancementFreeze Window and Text Finder now available
ZoomText's Freeze Window and Text Finder features are now available in ZoomText 10.1.

Image of Bug FixImproved tracking when scrolling the Modern UI (Windows 8.x)
In the Windows 8.x Modern UI, each time the scroll bar was clicked on (e.g. clicking the arrow buttons), ZoomText's magnified view would jump to the first icon on the UI (in the top/left corner). ZoomText now keeps the scroll bar in view.

Image of Bug FixImproved tracking in Metro News app (Windows 8.x)
In the Windows 8 Metro News app, when clicking on various items, multiple extraneous tracking events would occur causing ZoomText to scroll to multiple locations before arriving at the correct location. The extraneous tracking events have been eliminated, providing a smoother experience.

Image of Bug FixImproved tracking of tiles in the Modern UI (Windows 8.x)
When activating the Metro UI in Windows 8.x, ZoomText would sometimes fail to track to tile was given focus by Windows. Tiles on the Modern UI are now properly tracked.

Image of Bug FixZoomText now supports multiple logins and Fast User Switching
You can now run ZoomText in multiple user accounts (simultaneous logins) and switch between the accounts using Fast User Switching.

Image of Bug FixTyping Echo, SpeakIt Tool and AppReader improved in Windows Notepad
In Windows Notepad, ZoomText's typing echo and SpeakIt Tool would only echo the first line of text. When pausing and resuming reading with AppReader, reading would always start over at the first line. These problems have been fixed.

Image of Bug FixImprovements to AppReader when reading in Microsoft Reader app (Windows 8.x)
When using ZoomText's AppReader to read PDFs and other document types Microsoft Reader (in Windows 8.x), at the end of each page, the magnified view would sometimes jump around before it continued reading on the next page. In addition, when pausing and resuming reading by AppReader, reading would sometime resume at the incorrect location. These problems have been fixed.

Image of Bug FixImprovements to AppReader when reading email in Outlook 2013
When using ZoomText's AppReader to read email in Microsoft Outlook 2013, occasionally AppReader's word highlighting would stop following the spoken word, mispronounce words, repeat paragraphs of text, and/or hang when reading email addresses. AppReader now reliably tracks, highlights and reads in Outlook 2013.

Image of Bug FixImprovements to AppReader when reading in Word 2013
When using ZoomText's AppReader to read documents in Microsoft word 2013, each time reading was paused and resumed, AppReader would start at the beginning of the sentence rather than the word where reading was paused. In addition, AppReader would sometimes stop reading (get stuck) in multi-column tables. These problems have been fixed.

Image of Bug FixExplorer window opened from Word 2013 is now tracked
ZoomText would fail to track the Explorer window when using the Open command in Microsoft Word 2013. The Explorer window is now properly tracked.

Image of Bug FixEmpty cells now tracked in Excel 2013
When navigating cells in Microsoft Excel 2013, ZoomText was not tracking empty cells (to bring them into the magnified view). Empty cells are now tracked.

Image of Bug FixImproved echoing of deleted characters when pressing the Delete key
When pressing the Delete key, ZoomText now reliably echoes the deleted character.

Image of Bug FixImproved tracking of text cursor in Word 2010
In Microsoft Word 2010, ZoomText would occasionally fail to track the text cursor. The text cursor is now reliably tracked.

Image of Bug FixTyping echo by Keys and Words now working properly in Word 2010
In Microsoft Word 2010, when ZoomText's Typing Echo feature was set to 'Keys and Word', ZoomText would echo each key (character) but not the completed words. ZoomText now echoes each key and each completed word.

Image of Bug FixZoomText release notes now open in Windows 8.x Metro IE
In Windows 8.x, ZoomText's release notes would not open when Metro version of Internet Explorer was the default browser. ZoomText's release notes now open in Metro IE.

Image of Bug FixZoomText auto start working again after ZoomText update
If ZoomText 10.1.8 was installed (or earlier 10.1.x) with the ZoomText auto start option enabled, after updating to 10.1.9 the ZoomText auto start option would be disabled. This problem was isolated to the 10.1.9 update and has been fixed in the 10.1.10 update.

Image of Bug FixView Locator now displayed properly in docked zoom windows
When the view locator was enabled in ZoomText's docked zoom windows, the locator (displayed in the 1x portion of the screen) would disappear behind the magnified portion screen. The locator now remains in view at all times.

Image of Bug FixFix for random occurrences of ZoomText not enabling
In the presence of various 3rd-party software, ZoomText could be started but would appear disabled, and clicking the ZoomText button on the ZoomText toolbar would not cause ZoomText to become enabled. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for ZoomText 10.1 setup failing to start from ZoomText USB
With the 10.1.9 release, attempts to launch the ZoomText 10.1 setup from a ZoomText USB drive could fail. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for ZoomText UI persistent in foreground in Windows 8.x
With the installation of a specific Microsoft Windows 8.x service patch (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3013455) the ZoomText user interface would persistently stay on top of Metro apps and the Windows 8.x Modern UI (unless the ZoomText UI was minimized). Pending a proper solution from Microsoft, the problem has been solved by forcing the ZoomText UI to only appear on the Windows desktop.

Image of Bug FixFix for random system hangs when using Metro apps
Random instances of system hangs would occur when using ZoomText with Metro apps. These problems have been fixed.

Read the release notes for all previous releases in the 10.1 lifecycle (10.1.9 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 (Beta now available
  • Text Finder
  • 'Area to Track’ settings

System Requirements


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

  • 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).