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June 26th - 27th, 2015
National Federation of the Blind National Convention 2015
July 5th - 9th, 2015
American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention 2015
July 4th - 8th, 2015
Check out our complete list of upcoming events.
We’re excited to announce that the next free update in the ZoomText 10.1 cycle is here. We’ve made several improvements to our Windows Live Mail support, tracking, Office 2013, focus enhancement performance, added in a bunch of bug fixes, and so much more.
If you own ZoomText 10.1 and you’ve got it set to download updates automatically, you’re good to go - the next time you launch ZoomText it will install the update for you. Otherwise, just go to the Help menu and choose “Check for Program Updates...”.
If you do not yet own ZoomText 10.1 would like to upgrade, please contact our sales team to get a quote: (802) 362-3612 option #2.
We’d like to invite you to test a pre-release version of ZoomText 10.1 for the Windows 7 operating system. The full version will be released for sale very soon, but in the meantime, we are interested in getting your feedback. You can provide your feedback by choosing “Help Improve ZoomText…” in ZoomText’s Help menu.
Benefits to trying out the pre-release are:
Note: Dual monitor support has not yet been implemented
If you are interested, please download the 60-day pre-release version. If this hyperlink does not work for you, simply copy and paste this link into your browser: http://liveupdate.zoomtext.com/ZT_large-en_10.1.7.149.exe. If you need the international version, here is the link: http://liveupdate.zoomtext.com/ZT_extra-large-inter_10.1.7.149.exe.
Again, this is just meant for users who have a Windows 7 machine. If you have a previous version of ZoomText on your machine, you do not need to uninstall it to try the pre-release version.
Thank you so much for your help, your feedback truly is the best way to improve ZoomText.
In the last issue of ZoomNews, we asked you to send in feedback for improving ZoomText Mac and ZoomText ImageReader. First off, congratulations to Stephen Coyne whose name was drawn in the raffle and is our $100 Amazon.com gift certificate winner!
We would like to thank you for taking the time to send us suggestions. We always take our customer’s feedback to heart and it’s the best way to improve our products. Here’s a sample of what you sent in:
ZoomText Mac continues to grow in features and functionality - we first released it with magnification and enhancements only, not too long ago added reading support, and now…
This feature is still in development but this new add-on will provide ZoomText Camera and ZoomText ImageReader-like functionality!!
Stay tuned, it should be released for sale in the coming months. If you want to be more involved, please join our ZoomText Mac Google Group. Very exciting stuff ahead!
Skype is a popular, free, and cross platform solution that enables people to communicate by voice, video and text over the Internet. In 2004, the Skype application programming interfaces (APIs) were released, allowing software developers to create unique products that provided access to many of Skype’s services.
GWConnect was one such product that many in the accessibility community embraced for its simple, elegant and keyboard friendly user interface. Unfortunately, on August 4th support for the SkypeKit API was terminated, causing all applications that used this API to stop functioning. Since GWConnect is no longer a viable option, the Ai Squared team thought it would be helpful to provide a free training on how to use the Skype for Windows desktop client with Window-Eyes.
This online training covered a number of useful topics including how to download, install, sign in, configure and use Skype to complete the most essential tasks. You can download the audio recording and check out the study guide worksheets and hotkey reference document archived at www.gwmicro.com/webinars. Look for the heading ”Using Skype for Windows Desktop with Window-Eyes”.
We’re pleased to introduce you to fellow ZoomText user, Mitchel Shapiro. When Mitch was diagnosed with Usher’s Syndrome, he could have given up many of the tasks he so loved, falling into a deep depression. After all, Usher’s Syndrome is the leading cause of deaf/blindness; as the disease progresses Mitch will be left completely deaf and blind. However, Mitch’s outlook is extremely positive, declaring that it was “time to stop making excuses for letting obstacles get in my way!”
Back in 1996, Mitch began volunteering for a national eye research organization. In his nine years as a volunteer, he helped raise over a million dollars for medical research and development. Although Mitch promotes studying the causes of hearing and vision loss, he believes in helping the community through a more hands-on approach.
Due to this vision, he developed the Foundation for Sight and Sound, a 501c3 nonprofit organization established in 2004, which strives to improve the quality of life for the hearing and visually challenged.
We would love for you to join us for a free live webinar. We have a few sessions remaining for the “ZoomText Top 20”, a great webinar that runs the gamut of ZoomText features, settings, license types, and so much more. This webinar would give you a real jump start if you’re new to ZoomText and even those who are ZoomText pros will come away with a tip or two they didn’t know about beforehand.
If you prefer in-person training, that’s where ZoomText University comes into play. Our hands-on training courses are a great way to learn all the ins and outs of ZoomText.
Check out our course schedule for details on all the upcoming classes. ZoomText University summer classes (through September) are only $399 per student for a two-day class, and it includes lunch both days, a goody bag full of giveaways, and the course curriculum on a USB stick. Starting in October, the price for ZoomText University will be $449 per student for a two-day class.
If you have any questions about ZoomText University, or would like to set up another class that’s closer to you, please email Kimberly Cline or give her a call at (802) 367-6152.
Our CEO, Dave Wu, was recently nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by the SSB Bart Group. We decided to do things a little differently around here and for every employee who donated to the cause, they could dump a bucket of water over his head!
We had a lot of fun with this, needless to say; you can feel like you were there by watching the Ice Bucket Challenge video. Pretty sure that Dave will be thawing out for quite a while. That was a LOT of water:
Challenge is now on for Mike Paciello of the Paciello Group; one of our dealers, Andy Kratter; and Dave’s college friend, Eric Liebeler. Keep the money ball rolling for a great cause!