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Cool Websites # 23

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 Mac 1.1.2 Released

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Ai Squared is pleased to announce a free ZoomText Mac update (1.1.2) which includes improvements for mouse tracking, the focus enhancement, and several bugs fixes including support for QuickBooks!

This is a free update for anyone who already owns ZoomText Mac.  Read more about ZoomText Mac, check out the release notes, or download a free 30-day trial to give it a try yourself. 

ZoomText 10.1.5 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 adds touch support for those running in Windows 8.1 as well as a bunch of bug fixes for Office 2010, Office 2013, Java applications and 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 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.

ZoomText Mac Free Update Released!

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Ai Squared is pleased to announce a free ZoomText Mac update (1.1.1) which includes a brand new feature called ZoomText News!

ZoomText News is a great way to stay informed with the latest product news, special offers, and any other communications from Ai Squared. A friendly alert window will automatically display news stories when you start ZoomText, or if you’re currently running ZoomText while a story is posted, a notification will pop up on screen.

To learn more about ZoomText News, watch the video on YouTube.

This is a free update for anyone who already owns ZoomText Mac.  Read more about ZoomText Mac, check out the release notes, or download a free 30-day trial to give it a try yourself. 

ZoomText 10.0.10 is Released!

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We’re excited to announce that the next free update in the ZoomText 10.0 cycle is here. We’ve improved our support for Office 2010 as well as for Windows Live Mail 2012; added in a bunch of bug fixes, and so much more.

Read more about version 10.0, read the release notes, or download a free 60-day trial to give it a try yourself.  We also have a trial for those running on the Windows 8 operating system.

Ai Squared and GW Micro Merge Forces

Picture of the Ai Squared logoWe are thrilled to announce that we have merged with GW Micro, the creator of the Window-Eyes screen reader. 

There are many compelling reasons that led to the merger of Ai Squared and GW Micro.  Here are just a few:  first and foremost, Ai Squared and GW Micro have complementary cultures, expertise and product lines that are a perfect synergistic fit for our existing products and new products already under development.  We want to leverage these synergies to accelerate and broaden the development of new and innovative products.

Second, Ai Squared and GW Micro have enjoyed a long history (over 20 years) of sharing knowledge and even collaborating on small projects from time to time. We have mutual trust and respect for each other and enjoy working together. 

Third, Ai Squared and GW Micro share a common vision for the future of our companies and products.  Working together will allow us to reach these goals faster and with even greater success. 

This merger is perfectly in line with the mantra of Ai Squared:  “We’ve got accessibility covered.” Now with our combined forces, we are able to deliver an even wider range of computer access solutions to our customers who are low vision and blind.

For more information, please visit the GW Micro merger page or download the press release as a Word document.

Spring into Savings!

Picture of a field of tulips.As you might have heard, the Multilingual Edition of ZoomText ImageReader was released earlier this week.

To sweeten the deal, we’re offering upgrades from the English-Only edition for just $99 (normally $149) or 10% off any new ImageReader purchase (English or Multilingual Editions, your choice).  Just use the code “SPRING” when you call us up to place your order:  (802) 362-3612 option #2 or (800) 859-0270.  These offers are only good through the end of the month so act fast!

For more information on the Multilingual Edition, head on over to the ImageReader page which includes a short video highlighting all of the new features! 

**Offers are valid for end users only.  No dealers or agencies, please.**

Survey Results:  Tips & Tricks Suggestions

Image of the words Tips n tricks.In the last issue of ZoomNews, we asked you to send in ideas for future tips and tricks videos.  First off, congratulations to Richard Erdlen 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.  While we have made a lot of tips and tricks videos already (posted on the blog), we are always looking for more ideas.  Here are just a few:

  • “I’d like to see a video on using the speech reader with PDF documents that contain multiple columns of text plus pictures with captions (I edit a magazine and need to proof the PDF layout of articles).”

Read on for complete details!

New Contest

Image of a hand holding paper money.This time around, we are gathering your feedback about our support and sales teams.  We are always looking to improve our services and we pride ourselves on providing the best customer support.

If you’ve contacted either our support or sales team (or both) in the last year, we’d love to hear about your experience.  Everyone who fills out the brief survey will receive an entry into the drawing for a $100 Amazon.com gift certificate.

You have until May 16th to fill out the survey but why not take a few minutes now and enter the drawing?  Good luck and we appreciate your comments!

Tech Support Spotlight:  Breton Knight

Picture of Breton, his daughter Kaia and fiancee Jasmine.

If you’ve called tech support lately, it’s possible that you’ve spoken with Breton Knight.  He’s our newest tech in support, though he has been here almost a year and a half already - time sure flies.  Breton is always eager to help and is very patient on the phone - we are lucky to have him here at Ai Squared!  Now let’s get to know him a bit better…

Breton was born and raised in our home state of Vermont and graduated with a degree in programming from the New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) in Rhode Island.  Luckily for us, Breton wasn’t able to find a job near NEIT so he moved back to Vermont after graduation.  A friend of his told him about an open position here at Ai Squared, and you can say the rest is history.

“I love the personal and relaxed environment here at the Ai Squared office,” says Breton.  “Plus the customers we help are very kind and friendly.  I got very lucky to have found such a great job right out of college.”

Breton and his fiancée Jasmine have their hands full with their adorable 18-month old daughter Kaia - check out the cute picture of them above!  When not hard at work, you might find Breton camping in the summer with family and friends.  Be sure you give him a warm hello next time you’re talking with him on the phone.

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