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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 10.1.11 for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1


Released May, 2015

Image of EnhancementNew "Independent Views" in multi-monitor support
A new "Independent Views" mode has been added to ZoomText's multi-monitor support. Independent Views display separate magnified views on each monitor, allowing you to have magnified views of two applications at the same time, or to have two magnified views of different areas within the same application. Only one magnified view is active at a time--that is, tracking movement of the mouse, text cursor and other focus events. The other magnified view is parked, but continues to display a live view of the desktop location where it is parked. You can toggle the active and parked views by pressing CTRL + ALT + Spacebar.

Note: ZoomText's multi-monitor features are still under development and will continue to evolve over forthcoming update releases, including many new settings for customizing the behavior of Independent Views.

Image of Bug FixImproved support for Office applications
This release of ZoomText provides greatly improved support of Microsoft Office applications from Office 2003 through 2013. Improvements include smooth text magnification (xFont), program echo, tracking and speaking the text cursor, cursor and focus enhancements, and reading with AppReader and DocReader.

Image of Bug FixSmooth text magnification restored in Firefox and Thunderbird
Support for smooth text magnification (xFont) has been restored in the Firefox browser and Thunderbird email client.

Image of Bug FixImproved AppReader support in MS Reader
ZoomText's AppReader tool now works more reliably when reading PDF documents in Microsoft Reader.

Image of Bug FixImproved support for the Say Status Bar command
ZoomText's Say Status Bar command has been updated to work in more applications. The Say Status Bar command can be invoked in application windows that have a status bar by pressing CTRL + ALT + X.

Image of Bug FixImproved support for the Say Dialog Tab command
ZoomText's Say Dialog Tab command has been updated to work in more applications. The Say Dialog Tab command can be invoked in application windows that have a status bar by pressing CTRL + ALT + T.

Image of Bug FixImproved support for the Say Selected Text command
ZoomText's Say Selected Text command has been updated to work in more applications. The Say Selected Text command can be invoked by selecting a block of text and then pressing CTRL + ALT + S.

Image of Bug FixSticky Notes app now opens faster
Window's Sticky Notes app now opens much faster when ZoomText is running.

Image of Bug FixFeedback forms now work in high DPI
Feedback forms now work in high DPI.

Image of Bug FixCheckboxes now spoken in IE Advanced Options
In Internet Explorer's Advanced Options dialog box, ZoomText now properly speaks all of the dialog controls.

Image of Bug FixWindows 8.1 Search field now reliably tracked
In Windows 8.1, ZoomText now reliably tracks to the Search field when you press the Windows Key and begin typing a new search string.

Image of Bug FixFix for crash in Oracle Open SQL Developer
When using ZoomText in Oracle's Open SQL Developer, a crash would sometimes occur when open the application, or when clicking in the reports pane. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for crash in Oracle OEDA app
When using ZoomText in Oracle's Exadata Deployment Assistant (OEDA), a crash would occur in the form screens. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for ZoomText's Freeze window moving after being created
When creating a Freeze window, after completing the mouse click and drag to define the Freeze window location, the window would jump to different location. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for adjusting ZoomText's Lens window
When attempting to adjust the size of ZoomText's Lens window (with the Adjust Tool), sometimes the sizing handles would not appear on the Lens window frame or the handles would not respond to the mouse click and drag action. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for ZoomText's Mouse Echo announcing too much of menu bar
When using ZoomText's Mouse Echo tool on ZoomText's menu bar, the entire menu bar was announced when only the item under the mouse should have been announced. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for ZoomText dialog box controls being echoed too many times
In some of ZoomText's dialog boxes, when selecting controls the control information would be announced multiple times. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for loss of program echo and tracking after using MS Reader
After using Microsoft Reader, when switching to the Windows desktop, ZoomText's program echo and tracking would stop working. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for Focus Enhancement getting stuck on ZoomText's menu bar
When navigating the ZoomText's menu bar with the keyboard, the focus enhancement would often get stuck on one of the menu items. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for mouse pointer disappearing
When running ZoomText, the mouse pointer would occasionally disappear in some applications, including Audacity (by SourceForge). This problem has been fixed.


Read the release notes for all previous releases in the 10.1 lifecycle (10.1.10 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).