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“The 100 Cameras Project” on Kickstarter

Kickstarter is a fascinating place - you can easily spend hours perusing the interesting projects that people are hoping to get financed.  We featured one project on our blog last summer for The Bradley, a timepiece that requires no sight to tell the time.  That project was immensely successful and grossly outperformed its goal.  While they hoped to raise $40,000, by the end of the campaign they collected over $450,000!

Well now we’ve got another one for you to consider - “The 100 Cameras Project”, an extension of a successful program that was chronicled in an award winning documentary, Shooting Beauty. Over the past decade, Courtney Bent has adapted cameras for people with a wide range of disabilities - from those who cannot speak to those who have to press the shutter button with their tongue since they’re unable to use their hands.  She gathered the works of art from her photographers and created a very special exhibit that not only allowed their unique perspectives to be seen but also helped to spread awareness of ability just as much as disability.

For even more information, head over to our blog!

Sign Up for a Free Webinar

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We would love for you to join us for a free live webinar.  The topics we’re covering in the coming weeks are:  “Introducing ZoomText University” where we talk about our in-person training events and “Using ZoomText & Gmail: Gmail Keyboard Accessibility Settings” where we will show you how to turn on keyboard shortcuts so you can easily navigate through your inbox or start writing an email message when using ZoomText.

All our weekly webinars are free but you do need to sign up to attend. If you’re unable to attend a live session, check out the recorded versions.

Hope to “see” you there!

Upcoming Training Courses

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Have you heard about ZoomText University? Our hands-on training courses are a great way to learn all the ins and outs of ZoomText. The courses take place over two days; you have a lot of fun while learning a lot and you’ll come away with some pretty nice gifts as well.

Check out all the courses we have coming up - right now there are seven classes to pick from, taking place all over the United States.  We’ll be adding a bunch more soon, but if you don’t see one that works for you or have questions, please email Kimberly Cline or call her at (802) 367-6152.

Cool Websites #22

Image of a smiley face with sunglasses onZoomText user Kathy Kalaluhi sent in a bunch of websites that she thought other ZoomText users would find interesting and helpful.  We liked the idea so much that it’s become a regular “column” in ZoomNews!  Below were her suggestions and if you’d like to submit any websites for the next issue, please email them to Becca.

Check out all the sites she recommends!

ZoomText 10.1.4 is Released

Picture of a green circle with white arrows.We’re excited to announce that the next free update in the ZoomText 10.1 cycle is here. This release contains mostly bug fixes but we also improved the startup experience, enhanced the mouse pointers, optimized overall performance, and made several improvements in Office 2013.

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 and need support for a Windows 8 or 8.1 machine, please contact our sales team to get a quote:  (802) 362-3612 option #2.

Learn more about 10.1, read the release notes, or download a free 60-day trial to give it a try yourself.

New ImageReader Multilingual Edition Now Available

Picture of a globeWith the new Multilingual Edition, you can capture and read printed materials in over 150 languages.  The captured text can be read aloud using your choice of over 70 premium-quality “ZoomText Voices”.  You can even set it so that languages are detected automatically – in documents containing more than one language, the voice will switch as soon as a different language is detected, providing an enhanced reading experience.

Currently an ImageReader English-Only customer?  You can upgrade to the Multilingual Edition for just $149.  Call our sales team to place your order:  (800) 859-0270.

Want to learn more and see a video of the new Multilingual Edition in action?  Head on over to the ImageReader page

ZoomText ImageReader… Portable, Affordable, and Easy to Use.

Survey Results:  Testimonials

Image of speech bubbles with the word testimonials underneath.In the last issue of ZoomNews, we asked you to send in your testimonials on how ZoomText or any of our products has improved your life.  First off, congratulations to Claude Roberts whose name was drawn in the raffle and is our $100 Amazon.com gift certificate winner!

We would like to thank each and every person who submitted their story.  The entire staff here at Ai Squared enjoyed reading them - we have some pretty amazing customers!  While we encourage you to read through the entire document, here are some great tidbits:

  • “I love ZoomText and it saved my life.”

  • “Before using ZoomText, I was unable to use my computer adequately to run my business.  I don’t know what I would do without it.”

Read on for more great testimonials!

ZoomText Mac Reading Tools:  Coming Soon!

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Coming this spring:  ZoomText Mac with speech!  We’ve been hard at work on a bunch of features including Focus Echo, Mouse Echo, and WebReader.  Here’s a rundown of each:

  • Focus Echo:
    • Reads text information from the current active control, text fields, menu items, or buttons

  • Mouse Echo:
    • Reads text information from the current mouse pointer location, speaking the entire item name, or paragraph of text on a webpage

  • WebReader:
    • Reading tool that allows you to extract just the important information from a busy webpage, all text from an application window, or text in the clipboard

Read on for all the details!

New Ai Squared Logo and Tagline

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Ai Squared is proud to announce a new company logo!  We’ve got a new tagline as well, to better encompass our growing line of products:  We’ve got accessibility covered.

In the coming months, we’re unveiling a brand new website to complete our “face lift”.  Stay tuned!

New Product Launched:  sitecues

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As you may have heard, Ai Squared recently launched sitecues, an assistive technology that builds magnification and reading capabilities right into websites.

sitecues is a SaaS (Software as a Service) solution; corporations, organizations, municipalities, cities, state and federal government agencies, and schools can purchase sitecues to make their websites easier to read and hear.  Their sites are now more inclusive and enjoyable to visit, making it easier for visitors to consume content.  In turn, there is no cost to the website visitor.

Read on for all the details!

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