ZoomText 9.19 Release Notes

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This document contains information on ZoomText 9.0 - 9.19. The information is grouped by release, with the most recent version listed first.

Version 9.19.1
Version 9.19.0
Version 9.18.8
Version 9.18.7
Version 9.18.6
Version 9.18.5
Version 9.18.4
Version 9.18.3
Version 9.18.2
Version 9.18.1
Version 9.18.0
Version 9.14.5
Version 9.14.4
Version 9.14.3
Version 9.14.2
Version 9.14.1
Version 9.14
Version 9.13
Version 9.12.2
Version 9.12.1
Version 9.12
Version 9.11.2
Version 9.04
Version 9.03.1
Version 9.03
Version 9.02.2
Version 9.02.1
Version 9.02
Version 9.01.1
Version 9.01.0



ZoomText Version 9.19.1

Released March, 2011 for Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000

Image of New FeatureNew Support for SAP software
ZoomText now supports SAP business management software.

Image of EnhancementNew default verbosity mode
The factory default mode for ZoomText’s Verbosity feature has been changed from ‘Beginner’ to ‘Expert’.

Image of EnhancementNew default mouse echo mode
The factory default mode for ZoomText’s Mouse Echo feature as been changed from ‘Echo the word only’ to ‘Echo all words in the line or object’.

Image of Bug FixText cursor now supported in Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition
In Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition, ZoomText would not track or echo the text cursor in Word and Excel. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixAuto-complete list boxes now supported in Microsoft Outlook 2010
In Microsoft Outlook 2010, when typing a name in the recipient fields (e.g. From, To and CC), attempting to select an item from the drop down auto-complete list would cause the list to close prematurely with the first item selected. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for corrupted activation process in Japanese ZoomText
In the Japanese version of ZoomText, when attempting to activate the software the Windows UAC dialogs would become corrupted and difficult to access. This problem has been fixed.



ZoomText Version 9.19.0

Released December, 2010 for Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000

Image of Bug FixZoomText now supports Roxio 2010 and 2011
When ZoomText was running, attempts to start Roxio 2010 or 2011 would result in a “window has stopped working” error. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixFix for missing or clipped text in ZoomText’s magnified view
On certain systems, small portions of text would be partially or completely disappear in random areas on the screen. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug FixAdditional fixes for system freeze when running ZoomText
Some additional causes of random system freezes have been identified and fixed.

Image of New FeatureIcelandic localization now available
ZoomText’s user interface and all documentation are now available in Icelandic.



ZoomText Version 9.18.9

Released August, 2010 for Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000

Image of Bug Fix Fix for random crashing in Windows 7 64-bit edition
On systems equipped with higher end processors, ZoomText would sometimes crash (sometimes with a blue screen). This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for system freeze when starting ZoomText
On systems equipped with higher end processors, ZoomText would sometimes freeze the system, usually when the ZoomText splash screen or toolbar first appeared. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for failure to connect to activation server
On some systems, attempts to activate ZoomText would fail even though the ZoomText activation server was available. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for corrupted text in Office 2010 ribbons
In Microsoft Office 2010, some of the text in the Office ribbons was corrupted in ZoomText’s magnified view and speech output. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for cursor tracking in Word 2010 64-bit edition
In Microsoft Word 2010, ZoomText was not tracking the text cursor. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Inbox tracking in Outlook 2010
In Microsoft Outlook 2010, ZoomText was not tracking the focus when navigating up and down in the Inbox list. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for AppReader and DocReader errors in Windows Live Mail
In Windows Live Mail, AppReader and DocReader would fail to read email messages. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for erroneous prompt to restart in Windows Vista
On certain Windows Vista configurations (with Aero Glass enabled), ZoomText would prompt to restart the system after updating the DCM chain. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for failure to install from copied Setup image
If the CD image were copied to a folder with spaces in the name, the installation would fail. This has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for failure to create backup for ZoomText USB
When attempting to create a backup for ZoomText USB, if the chosen path for the backup ended in a backslash (’\’), the backup would fail. This has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for ZoomText freezing or hanging on startup
With certain systems, ZoomText would freeze or hang (usually at the splash screen) when attempting to launch the program. This problem has been fixed.



ZoomText Version 9.18.8

Released March, 2010 for Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000

Image of Bug Fix ZoomText hotkeys now work in the Windows logon screen and UAC prompts
In 64 bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista, ZoomText’s hotkeys were not supported in the Windows logon screen and UAC prompts. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for degrading performance and system freeze
On certain systems, after running ZoomText for a while the system would slow down and/or freeze up. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for AppReader “ID #9” error in Internet Explorer
On certain systems, when attempting to start AppReader in Microsoft Internet Explorer, error “ID #9” would occur. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for AppReader “ID #19” error in Microsoft Word
On certain systems, when attempting to start AppReader in Microsoft Word (2002, 2003 or 2007), error “ID #19” would occur. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for C++ runtime error after Guest login in Windows XP
In Windows XP and when logged in as a Guest, a C++ runtime library error would occur when starting ZoomText. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for tracking and speaking the Task Switcher
In version 9.18.7, ZoomText stopped tracking and speaking the Windows Task Switcher (when pressing ALT + TAB) in 32 bit versions Windows 7 and Windows XP. This problem has been fixed.



ZoomText Version 9.18.7

Released December, 2009 for Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000

Image of Bug Fix Fix for crash when using AppReader in Firefox
In Firefox, ZoomText would crash when attempting to read certain web pages with ZoomText’s AppReader. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Windows 7 Shutdown menu now spoken correctly
In the Windows 7 Start menu, ZoomText would announce the Shutdown button and its submenu as the “Games menu”. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Start menu items now spoken correctly in 64-bit versions of Windows
In 64-bit versions of Windows, ZoomText would incorrectly announce the state of items in the Start menu. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for screen freeze on single processor systems
On some single processor systems ZoomText would occasionally freeze while ZoomText was running. The system would have to be retarted to clear the problem. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for ‘suutils.dll’ error when installing ZoomText in Windows 2000
When installing ZoomText in Windows 2000, a “Cannot load the suutils.dll” error message could appear, causing the installation to terminate. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Accelerator keys corrected in Brazilian Portuguese localization
In the Brazilian Portuguese localization, some menus and dialogs contained duplicated accelerator keys. These problems have been fixed.



ZoomText Version 9.18.6

Released December, 2009 for Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000

Image of Bug Fix Fix for AppReader not tracking the highlighted word
In certain applications, AppReader would sometimes stop tracking the highlighted/spoken word. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for loss of tracking in Firefox
In the Firefox web browser, ZoomText would fail to track and read when tabbing between links and other page elements. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for slow AppReader and DocReader startups in PDF documents
In certain PDF documents, AppReader and DocReader would take a long time to startup. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for reading italicized text in PDF documents
In certain PDF documents, AppReader would read italicized words one character at a time. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Pointer Enhancement now displayed when pressing modifier keys
With ZoomText’s Pointer Enhancements feature, when the “Display the pointer locator” option was set to “When the modifer key is pressed”, pressing the modifier key would fail to display the pointer enhancement. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Windows 7 Start menu now properly tracked
In some cases, ZoomText would fail to track and speak the Windows 7 Start menu. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for errors when running Windows with 150% DPI setting
When the Windows font scaling setting was set to 150% (DPI), any one of the following errors could occur when starting ZoomText:

  • DLL load failure
  • Stopped responding error
  • An error has occurred in Visual C++
  • ZoomText hangs at the splash screen
  • Screen remains dim when starting ZoomText in Windows 7 (if ZoomText is configured to auto-start)

Image of Bug Fix Fix for disappearing mouse pointer on dual monitor systems
When running ZoomText on a dual monitor system (with ZoomText’s dual monitor modes turned off), the mouse pointer would disappear after it had been moved to the secondary desktop. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Enhancement ZoomText and Window Eyes can now load in either order
Previously in Windows XP, you had to start ZoomText after Window Eyes. ZoomText and Window Eyes can now be started in either order.


ZoomText Version 9.18.5

Released October, 2009 for Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000

Image of New Feature Reading support in IE8
ZoomText’s AppReader and DocReader now provide full reading support in Internet Explorer 8.

Image of Enhancement ZoomText now fully supports Windows 7
With this release ZoomText now fully supports Windows 7. All known installation, update and compatibility issues have been resolved.

Image of Enhancement Support for reading protected PDF documents
ZoomText’s AppReader and DocReader now provide full support for reading protected PDF documents.

Image of Enhancement Support for screen magnifier/ screen reader compatibility protocol
ZoomText now provides support for a new compatibility protocol (for Windows Vista only) that allows screen magnifiers and screen readers to start in any order without crashes or conflicts. At the time of this release the latest versions of ZoomText and Window Eyes (from GW Micro) provide support for this protocol.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for ZoomText’s driver self-recovery in Windows Vista 64-bit
In Windows Vista 64-bit, ZoomText’s self-recovery of an incomplete driver installation was not working properly. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for BSOD when launching ZoomText after Window Eyes
When Window Eyes was running and ZoomText subsequently launched a crash and blue screen (BSOD) would occur. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for uninstalling ZoomText after update from 9.18.0
On some systems, after updating from the 9.18.0 release to a later release attempts to uninstall would fail. This problem has been fixed.



ZoomText Version 9.18.4

Released August, 2009 for Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000

Image of New Feature ZoomText ready for Windows 7
With this release, ZoomText is now ready for use with the current Windows 7 release candidate.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for ZoomText Setup “check for updates”
When running a custom installation in ZoomText Setup, the check for updates option would fail to detect an available update. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for poor reading performance in IE7 (Vista systems only)
In Windows Vista, poor performance and errors (ID #14) would occur when using ZoomText’s AppReader and DocReader tools in IE7. These problems have been fixed.



ZoomText Version 9.18.3

Released July, 2009 for Windows Vista, XP and 2000

Image of Bug Fix Additional fix for Visual C++ runtime error when running ZoomText Setup
In the 9.18.2 release, a fix was implemented for a Visual C++ runtime error that would occur when running ZoomText Setup. An additional error condition was discovered and fixed in the 9.18.3 release.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for updating ZoomText from behind a proxy server
If ZoomText was located behind a proxy server, ZoomText’s online updating would fail to find an available Internet connection and abort the update. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Paragraph symbol now announced correctly by German speech synthesizers
In the German version of ZoomText, paragraph symbols are now announced correctly.



ZoomText Version 9.18.2

Released May, 2009 for Windows Vista, XP and 2000

Image of Bug Fix Improvements to ZoomText’s tracking and alignment behavior
A variety of improvements to ZoomText’s tracking and alignment of text cursors and control focus (in menus, dialogs, etc.) have been applied in this release.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for modifier keys echoed more than once in Office applications
In the ZoomText 9.18.1 release, if ZoomText’s Typing Echo was set to echo “Keys” or “Keys and Words”, and “Modifier Keys” was checked under “Echo these keys when they are pressed”, when modifier keys (Ctrl, Alt and Shift) would be echoed more then once each time they were pressed. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Modified hotkeys are properly restored when restarting ZoomText
When ZoomText hotkeys were reassigned, the assignments worked properly until ZoomText was restarted. After ZoomText was restarted the reassigned hotkeys were disabled or . Reassigned hotkeys are now properly saved and restored when restarting ZoomText.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Visual C++ Runtime Library error
On some systems, if ZoomText was running when launching the ZoomText Setup program, a “Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library. Runtime Error!” would appear. Even when this error would occur, the ZoomText installation would still complete and run properly. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for “Out of disk space - Volume D:” error
On some systems, when installing ZoomText a “Out of disk space - Volume D:” error would occur. This problem has been fixed.



ZoomText Version 9.18.1

Released April, 2009 for Windows Vista, XP and 2000

Image of New Feature Windows 2000 now supported
Support for Windows 2000 was not included inintial 9.18 release. Support for Windows 2000 has been added in this release.

Image of Bug Fix Improved support for Java applications
ZoomText now has improved support for tracking and reading the text cursor and controls in Java based applications.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for typing accented characters
With the initial 9.18 release, there were situations where you could not type accented characters while ZoomText was enabled. This problem has been fixed.



ZoomText Version 9.18.0

Released March, 2009 for Windows Vista, and XP. Support for Windows 2000 will be added in the forthcoming 9.18.1 release

Image of New Feature New smooth panning
ZoomText now features smooth panning (patent pending), which provides a more natural panning motion when the magnified view scrolls to keep the focus in view. As you type text and navigate menus, dialogs and other program controls the magnified view smoothly pans across the screen, rather than jumping in an abrupt manner. You can also use “smooth mouse panning” to smoothly pan and explore in any direction.

Image of New Feature New scripting support
ZoomText’s new scripting feature allows you to create and utilize scripts to customize the behavior of ZoomText and other applications, providing more informative visual and audible feedback, and automation of tasks.  This is turn allows you to work with improved speed and efficiency

Image of New Feature Support for Windows Vista 64-bit
This release of ZoomText introduces support for Windows Vista 64-bit operating systems.

Image of Bug Fix “Start ZoomText automatically” now works properly
Under certain conditions, ZoomText’s “Start ZoomText automatically when the system starts” option would not operate according to what the user selected during the installation of ZoomText. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Improved scrolling of web pages in Internet Explorer
On certain systems, when running ZoomText with Internet Explorer, scrolling a webpage with the mouse or scroll bar was not smooth. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for AppReader repeating text in Outlook 2007 email
Under certain conditions, ZoomText’s AppReader would repeat sections of text when reading email in Outlook 2007. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Links now properly highlighted by AppReader in Firefox 3
When using ZoomText’s AppReader to read web pages in Firefox 3, AppReader would only highlight the first word of each displayed link. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Improved reliability when starting DocReader
On certain complex web pages, ZoomText’s DocReader would fail to startup.  DocReader now starts up more reliably on these pages.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for paragraph navigation failures in DocReader
When reading certain documents with ZoomText’s DocReader, the next and previous paragraph commands would fail to go to the beginning of the corresponding paragraph. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for non-printable characters appearing in Web Finder’s list of links
When using ZoomText’s Web Finder tool, non-printable characters would sometimes appear in the list of links. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for intermittently frozen mouse
On some systems, when running ZoomText the mouse would intermittently freeze (stop working) for a few seconds.  When the mouse would start working again, all mouse actions that occurred while the mouse was frozen would be initiated. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for loss of cursor tracking in Microsoft Word
Under certain conditions, ZoomText would stop tracking the cursor when typing in Microsoft word XP and 2007. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for “space” being spoken instead of actual characters (in Word 2007)
When arrow keying through text in a Word 2007 document, ZoomText’s would sometimes speak “space” instead of the actual characters. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for speaking word by word text selections
In Microsoft Word, Notepad and WordPad, ZoomText was not speaking word by word selections when press CTRL + SHIFT + Right Arrow. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for “bullet” being spoken before links on web pages
On certain web pages, ZoomText would speak “bullet” before speaking each link on the page. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for non-printable characters appearing in Web Finder
In ZoomText’s Web Finder dialog, non-printable characters would appear in the list of links. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for slow ZoomText startups when running in trial mode
On some systems, ZoomText would startup very slowly when running in trial mode. This problem has been fixed.



ZoomText Version 9.14.5

Released March, 2009 for Windows Vista, XP and 2000

Image of Bug Fix ZoomText update mechanism replaced.
The mechanism for automatically detecting and applying ZoomText updates has been replaced. ZoomText users can also download the latest ZoomText 9.1x.



ZoomText Version 9.14.4

Released September, 2008 for Windows Vista, XP and 2000

Image of Bug Fix Included support for the Hungarian language.



ZoomText Version 9.14.3

Released June, 2008 for Windows Vista, XP and 2000

Image of Bug Fix Fixed a blue screen crash linked to a memory error



ZoomText Version 9.14.2

Released May, 2008 for Windows Vista, XP and 2000

Image of Bug Fix Enhanced support for portable CCTV’s in Windows Vista
ZoomText now has enhanced support for portable CCTV devices when run together in Windows Vista. These enhancements improve video performance for both ZoomText and the portable CCTV device in use.  Note: To realize these enhancements you must also obtain a software update for your portable CCTV device. If you have a CCTV device that supports ZoomText, contact the manufacturer to request the update.

Image of Bug Fix Fixes for Design Science Math Player
Several fixes have been added for improved compatability and support of the Design Science Math Player.



ZoomText Version 9.14.1 - This is a Japanese only release, non-Japanese verions are not affected

Released March, 2008 for Windows Vista, XP and 2000

Image of Bug Fix Fix for improperly sized Setup dialogs when installing in Japanese Window
When installing ZoomText in Japanese Windows operating systems, some of the Setup dialogs were not displayed correctly — appearing in a small compressed size. These dialogs are now displayed in their proper size and layout.



ZoomText Version 9.14

Released January, 2008 for Windows Vista, XP and 2000

Image of Bug FixUnmagnified dialog no longer appears when installing in Windows Vista SP1
When installing ZoomText in Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1), an unmagnified dialog would appear during the installation. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for system hang when using ‘Film View’ in Windows Explorer
When using ZoomText in Windows Vista, using the ‘Film View’ mode in the Windows Explorer could cause the system hanging. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for hidden mouse pointer when starting ZoomText
On some systems the mouse pointer would disappear when starting ZoomText. Once ZoomText was fully initialized, moving the mouse would cause the pointer to reappear. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Design Science MathPlayer now supported
ZoomText now supports reading math equations displayed using Design Science’s MathPlayer in Internet Explorer.

Image of Bug Fix Switching user interface languages now supported in ZoomText USB international products
When using international versions of ZoomText USB, you could not switch the user interface language (selected in the Preferences dialog box).  Switching languages is now supported.

Image of Bug Fix French Eloquence speech synthesizers now fully supported in ZoomText
When using ZoomText’s AppReader with French Eloquence speech synthesizers, AppReader would randomly skip over words and/or lines of text. These problems have been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix New Setup command line override for minimum hard disk space
By default, to install ZoomText you must have a minimum of 100MB of free hard drive space. To accomodate users who want to override this requirement, a new SETUP command line parameter (/SDSC) has been added to allow the installation to proceed even when the default minimum hard drive space is not available. This parameter is used as follows:

SETUP.EXE /SDSC



ZoomText Version 9.13

Released November, 2007 for Windows Vista, XP and 2000

Image of Bug Fix Support for new ZoomText USB
This release introduces the new "ZoomText USB" — ZoomText on a USB flash drive that users can conveniently carry with them and use at any time. With ZoomText USB, you can install and run ZoomText whenever and wherever you need to (with administrative privileges), without having to purchase additional licensing or activate each installation of the software.



ZoomText Version 9.12.2

Released November, 2007 for Windows Vista, XP and 2000

Image of Bug Fix Fix for scrolling lockup in Google search results
When viewing a web page containing Google search results, if you used the mouse wheel to scroll the page the system could lock up. This problem has been fixed.



ZoomText Version 9.12.1

Released September, 2007 for Windows Vista, XP and 2000

Image of Bug Fix Fix for freeze at splash screen when starting ZoomText
When Compuguard (by Maze Technology) was active on the system, the screen would freeze when starting ZoomText (just after the ZoomText splash screen appeared). The splash screen would turn gray and the magnified view would be frozen, although you could escape the problem by toggling ZoomText off using the ALT + DELETE hotkey command. This problem has been fixed.



ZoomText Version 9.12

Released September, 2007 for Windows Vista, XP and 2000

Image of Bug Fix ZoomText tutorial now included on ZoomText CD
The ZoomText 9 Tutorial is now included on the ZoomText CD. The tutorial includes an overview and instructions for using 15 of ZoomText’s most important features. The ZoomText Setup program provides the option of installing the tutorial onto the system.

Image of Bug Fix Simplified Chinese, Hebrew and Japanese localizations now available
ZoomText’s user interface and all documentation are now available in Simplified Chinese, Hebrew and Japanese.

Image of Bug Fix Improved performance in ZoomText’s focus enhancements feature
The performance and accuracy of ZoomText’s focus enhancements has been improved across all applications. Users should notice marked improvements in Microsoft Office 2007 applications and the Windows Explorer.

Image of Bug Fix Improved performance in Microsoft Office 2007
Overall display performance has been improved when running ZoomText with Microsoft Word 2007 and Outlook 2007.

Image of Bug Fix ZoomText now starts faster in trial mode
When starting ZoomText in trial mode, a noticeable delay would occur before the ZoomText toolbar would appear and ZoomText would become fully operational. This problem was especially noticeable when running ZoomText in Windows Vista. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for missing text in Hotmail Live messages
On certain systems, when sending email using Hotmail Live the recipient would receive a blank email. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Czech characters with hooks now spoken
ZoomText was not speaking certain Czech characters with hooks. This problem would occur when typing, reading by characters and when backspacing. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix "Bullet" no longer spoken when reading bulleted lists
When ZoomText would read a bulleted list, "bullet" was announced at the beginning of each list item. This announcement no longer occurs unless the following setting is added to the TESTSUPP.INI file, located in the ZoomText program folder:

Under the [Test Support] section, add a new line with ReplaceBullets=1

Image of Bug Fix TruVoice synthesizers now removed after Setup is complete
When installing ZoomText, TruVoice synthesizers are used to speak the dialogs during the setup process. In previous versions of ZoomText, the TruVoice synthesizers were left on the system after Setup was complete, regardless of whether or not they had been selected in the speech synthesizer options during Setup. The TruVoice synthesizers are now removed after Setup is complete if a "Custom Installation" was performed and the TruVoice synthesizers were unchecked.

Image of Bug Fix New Network Setup command parameter to disable dual monitor prompting
With a ZoomText Network License product, the server setup can now be run with a nodualmonpromt command line parameter to disable ZoomText’s dual monitor support prompt from appearing when running ZoomText network client installations for the first time (on systems configured with two monitors). The use of this parameter is as follows:

{path to CD drive}\SETUP.EXE NODUALMONPROMPT

Image of Bug Fix New shortcut key for starting ZoomText
The default key combination for starting ZoomText from a shortcut key has been changed from Ctrl + Alt + Z to Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Z. This change was made because the Ctrl + Alt + Z combination was already assigned to activate the New Reading Zone Tool.

Image of Bug Fix More fixes for incomplete or corrupted magnified view
On certain Windows Vista systems, ZoomText’s magnified view would not occupy the correct portion of the screen or the magnified view would be corrupted. This problem has been fixed. In Windows Vista, if SuperNova 8 (from Dolphin Computer Access) and ZoomText 9.1 are both installed on the same system, the system will crash. Ai Squared is working with Dolphin Computer Access to resolve this problem. In the meantime, SuperNova 8 must be removed from the system in order to install and run ZoomText 9.1.



ZoomText Version 9.11.2

Release Date:  June 22, 2007

Image of Bug Fix Google search bar now supported in FireFox
In the Firefox web browser, ZoomText now reads text typed into the Google search bar.

Image of Bug Fix Improved tracking and reading in Microsoft Excel 2003 and earler
On some systems, ZoomText was not tracking or reading cells or comments in Excel 2003 and earlier. These problems have been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for "ID#3" Error when starting AppReader
In certain applications and documents, when attempting to start ZoomText’s AppReader the following error would occur.  "AppReader is unable to start because a menu, dialog or other control is active. (ID#3)"

Image of Bug Fix Fix for unexpected DocReader exit in dual monitor mode
When running in Windows Vista with dual monitor support enabled, ZoomText’s DocReader would sometimes exit immediately after being started. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for AppReader prematurely announcing "end of document" in HTML email and web pages
In certain HTML email and web pages, AppReader would sometimes stop reading before reaching the end of the document and announce "end of document." This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for repetitive restart message
On certain Windows Vista systems, ZoomText’s display driver installation would become corrupted resulting in a repetitive occurence of the following error.

"The ZoomText video driver has been installed. You must restart your computer before running ZoomText."

This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for "Unable to communicate with the display driver" error
On certain Windows Vista systems the following error would occur.

"Unable to communicate with the display driver."

This problem would occur under the following conditions:

  • The Vista mirror driver had been removed
  • A certain type of Toshiba flash card was present on the system

This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for incomplete or corrupted magnified view

On certain systems, ZoomText’s magnified view would not occupy the correct portion of the screen or the magnified view would be corrupted. This problem has been fixed.



ZoomText Version 9.04

Release Date:  November 6, 2006

Image of New Feature Expanded support for Internet Explorer 7
ZoomText has been updated for compatibility with Internet Explorer 7, including support for tabbed browser windows.

Image of New Feature ZoomText now supports USB CCTV’s
ZoomText can now be used with USB CCTV devices, allowing for simultaneous magnified viewing from ZoomText and a CCTV camera. When used together, ZoomText’s magnified view appears in one half of the screen while the CCTV camera view appears in the other.

The following CCTV manufacturers have added or are currently adding support for ZoomText in their USB CCTV products: Ash Technology, Clarity Solutions, Low Vision International, Optelec, Optron and SynSupport.  For information on using your USB CCTV device with ZoomText, contact your CCTV manufacturer.

Note: Some ZoomText features are not available when a USB CCTV device is active on the system.

Image of New Feature ZoomText now available in Turkish
ZoomText Magnifier and Magnifier/Reader have been localized (translated) for the Turkish language.

Image of Improvement Incompatible screen rotation software now detected
ZoomText now detects and alerts the user when incompatible screen rotation software is present on the system, including Pivot, Pivot Pro, EZTune and Magic Rotation. When any of these programs are detected, the user is instructed to remove them from the system in order to use ZoomText.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Internet Explorer crash when clicking in Yahoo website
When ZoomText was running, Internet Explorer would sometimes crash when clicking buttons and other page elements on Yahoo’s website (www.yahoo.com). This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for errors in DCM chain
On certain systems, if a video card was added or replaced, the following error would occur when attempting to start ZoomText:

An error has occurred in the DCM Chain

The error was caused by failure of Microsoft’s "Driver Chaining Manager" (aka "DCM") to detect changes to the systems video card configuration.  The Driver Chaining Manager (installed with ZoomText) has been updated and now properly detects and adjusts to video card changes.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for miscellaneous AppReader problems
On certain systems, a variety of AppReader problems would occur, including: random freezing, word highlight sticking on the screen, and inability to exit the AppReader tool. These problems have been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix  Fix for typing echo and tracking in Microsoft Excel
In Microsoft Excel, ZoomText’s typing echo and tracking would sometimes stop working. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for loss of activation when switching regional settings
With domestic versions of ZoomText, if you switched Windows’ regional settings to something other than "English (United States)" or "English (Canada)", ZoomText’s activation license would be lost the next time ZoomText was started. ZoomText now preserves the activation license and instructs the user to select one of the supported regional settings.



ZoomText Version 9.03.1

Release Date:  June 5, 2006

Image of New Feature ZoomText 9.0 Magnifier now available in Simplified Chinese and Hebrew
ZoomText Magnifier has been localized (translated) for the Simplified Chinese and Hebrew languages.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Error 50-12 when activating a ZoomText District License
When attempting to activate a ZoomText District License (versions 9.02.1, 9.02.2 or 9.03.0), or transfer the activation back to Ai Squared’s activation server, an Activation Error dialog with error code 50-12 would appear. This problem has been fixed.



ZoomText Version 9.03

Release Date:  May 18, 2006

Image of New Feature ZoomText 9.0 Magnifier now available in Japanese
ZoomText Magnifier has been localized (translated) for the Japanese language.

Image of Bug Fix ZoomText desktop icon now reliably starts ZoomText
In certain conditions, when clicking on ZoomText’s desktop icon ZoomText would fail to start. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Improvement NeoSpeech rate changes now applied immediately in DocReader
When using the NeoSpeech synthesizer in DocReader, changes to the speech rate (while reading) would not take effect until the next sentence was read, or reading was paused and restarted. Changes to speech rate are now applied immediately.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for CrypKey crashes when starting and exiting ZoomText
On certain computers, when starting or exiting ZoomText the CrypKey license management software would cause either the system or ZoomText to crash. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Improvement ZoomText no longer supports LH Michael and LH Michelle speech synthesizers
Due to incomplete functionality, ZoomText no longer supports certain Lernout & Hauspie speech synthesizers when they exist on the system. These synthesizers formerly appeared as "LH Michael" and "LH Michelle" in ZoomText’s Speech dialog box.

Image of Improvement French Help system and user’s guide updated
The French Help system and user’s guide have been updated to resolve translation errors. For user’s of ZoomText 9.00 through 9.02, the updated Help system can be obtained by installing the 9.03 update - via the ZoomText Update Wizard. The updated user’s guide in can obtained via downloaded from the Documentation page on Ai Squared’s website — http://www.aisquared.com/support/more/documentation

Image of Improvement Dutch user’s guide updated
The Dutch user’s guide has been updated to resolve translation errors. The updated user’s guide in can obtained via downloaded from the Documentation page on Ai Squared’s website — http://www.aisquared.com/support/more/documentation



ZoomText Version 9.02.2

Release Date:  March 30, 2006

Image of Improvement Optimization of ZoomText error logging
ZoomText’s error logging has been optimized for easier interpretation by Ai Squared support technicians. This change does not impact the performance of ZoomText and does not provide any additional feature enhancements or bug fixes.



ZoomText Version 9.02.1

Release Date:  March 16, 2006

Image of Improvement AppReader now starts faster
When starting AppReader it would sometimes hesitate for several seconds before it would begin reading. This problem occurred when ZoomText’s user interface was open on the Windows Desktop (or in other words, not minimized to the Windows Taskbar). AppReader now starts immediately regardless of the state of ZoomText’s user interface.

Image of New Feature ZoomText now reads single lines in Word Perfect
In Word Perfect, ZoomText’s text reading feature would speak multiple lines of text when the cursor had moved into a new line. ZoomText now reads only the line to which the cursor has moved.

Image of Bug Fix Shortcut key for launching ZoomText now preserved after reinstalling
When reinstalling ZoomText, if a shortcut key for starting ZoomText had been defined, the shortcut would no longer work. This shortcut key is now preserved when reinstalling ZoomText.

Note: This problem did not occur when installing a ZoomText update via the Internet.

Image of Improvement Text is now clearer when magnification is set to 1x
When the magnification level is set to 1x, ZoomText now enables Windows ClearType font smoothing, improving the boldness and clarity of unmagnified text.

Image of Improvement ZoomText no longer supports LH Michael and LH Michelle speech synthesizers
Due to incomplete functionality, ZoomText no longer supports certain Lernout & Hauspie speech synthesizers when they exist on the system. These synthesizers formerly appeared as "LH Michael" and "LH Michelle" in ZoomText’s Speech dialog box.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for random system freezes when using a Kensington trackball mouse
On computers configured with a Kensington trackball mouse, occasional system freezing would occur when running ZoomText. When this occurred the system would have to be rebooted. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for jumpy display when using the eraser tool in Microsoft Paint
When using the eraser tool in Microsoft Paint, ZoomText’s magnified view would jump back and forth rapidly between the eraser tool and the image coordinate indicator in Microsoft Paint’s status bar. This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for inconsistent typing echo and caret reading in Microsoft Excel
In Microsoft Excel, when typing or deleting text, or moving the caret through text with the arrow keys, ZoomText would sometimes echo the wrong character or word. ZoomText now echoes the correct characters and words.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for jagged text after changing screen resolutions
On some systems, if the screen resolution changed while ZoomText was running, random text characters would appear with jagged edges. All text now appears correctly after a change in screen resolution.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for delayed tracking after exiting View Mode
When exiting ZoomText’s View Mode, tracking the mouse pointer and other on-screen activity would stop working for a few seconds. Tracking now works immediately when exiting View Mode.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for clip art and graphics corruption in Microsoft Word and Excel
In Microsoft Word and Excel (2000 and 2002), when inserting clip art or graphics the image would appear corrupted. Moving the mouse over the image would fill-in the corrupted areas. Clip art and graphics are now properly displayed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for loss of InfoVox speech output
When using InfoVox speech synthesizers, speech output would drop out for several seconds when entering and exiting menus. This problem has been fixed.



ZoomText Version 9.02

Release Date:  January 18, 2006

Image of Improvement "Run ZoomText automatically" is now a default Setup option
When installing ZoomText, the Setup option - "Run ZoomText automatically when the system starts" - is now displayed during both the automatic and custom installation procedures and enabled (checked) as the default setting. If you do not wish to have ZoomText start automatically, uncheck this option during the Setup process. After installing ZoomText, you can enable or disable this option at any time in the Program Preferences dialog box (from the ZoomText user interface, select Settings > Program...).

Image of Improvement Clarification of serial number error
When attempting to activate an international installation of ZoomText with a domestic serial number, the following error message would appear:

The number you have entered is for a different license type.

This error message has been revised as follows to clarify the error condition:

You have entered a domestic ZoomText serial number. An international serial number is required to activate ZoomText on this system. Please enter an international serial number and try again.

Image of Improvement Mouse pointer magnification limited to 16x
When using ZoomText’s pointer enhancements and magnification levels greater than 16x, the magnified mouse pointer would occupy too much of the screen for practical use. In addition, when zooming in and out above 16x, system performance and stability was compromised. To resolve these problems, magnification of the mouse pointer is now limited to 16x, even when the magnified view is set to a higher level of magnification.

Image of Bug Fix Program echo and tracking in Microsoft Office task panes
In Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, ZoomText now tracks and speaks when navigating the Task Pane.

Image of Bug Fix Improved performance when scrolling Excel spreadsheets
When scrolling a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel, slow scrolling performance and repetitive announcement of the active cell would occur.  This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for loss of ZoomText functionality in Windows NT4
When installing ZoomText in Windows NT4, if the option to "Start ZoomText automatically when the system starts" was selected, loss of ZoomText functionality would occur when ZoomText was launched at Windows startup. Loss of functionality included: loss of tracking, loss of speech output, and inability to launch AppReader and DocReader.  Note: The user could resolve the problems in the current Windows session by exiting and restarting ZoomText. These problems have been fixed.

Image of Improvement Fix for network client installation errors
In certain situations, when attempting to install a ZoomText 9.0 network client (for a ZoomText network license), the following setup error would appear:

The network server installation is invalid or corrupt. Please notify your system administrator.

This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for "Vptray.exe..." and "ccApp..." errors
On computers containing NTFS file systems, when a user has logged on without administrator privileges, the following Windows errors would occur when starting ZoomText and other programs (such as Norton and Symantec anti virus utilities):

Vptray.exe failed to initialize" and/or "ccApp failed to initialize

This problem has been fixed.

Image of Bug Fix Fix for "ZoomText DLL Load Failure" error after CD update
After reinstalling or updating ZoomText 9.0 from a CD and rebooting the system, if the user logged in without administrative privileges, the following error could occur when attempting to start ZoomText:

ZoomText DLL Load Failure

This problem has been fixed.



ZoomText Version 9.01.1

Release Date:  November 14, 2005

Image of Bug Fix Fix for AppReader startup failures on caretless documents
AppReader sometimes would not start on documents without a caret (example: Web pages). When this happened the mouse pointer would disappear and Windows would stop responding to the keyboard. Windows would need to be restarted using the reset button on the computer. This problem has been fixed.



ZoomText Version 9.01.0

Release Date:  November 7, 2005

Image of Improvement Rate Setting Now Applied to Document Reading
In version 9.00, the Rate setting on the Reader toolbar was only applied to the screen reading speech rate. The speech rate for document reading, in AppReader and DocReader, was selected separately in the Reading Options dialog. In version 9.01, the default configuration has been modified so that the Rate setting now adjusts the speech rate for both screen reading and document reading. This configuration change was implemented by enabling the "Use screen reading speech rate" option in the Reading > Options dialog. 

Image of Bug Fix Text Cursor Now Tracked and Spoken in Firefox
In the Firefox web browser, ZoomText now tracks and speaks when typing text or moving the text cursor. 

Image of New Feature Adobe Acrobat Professional is Now Supported
You can now use ZoomText’s AppReader and DocReader to read documents in Adobe Acrobat Professional. 

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Saving Application Settings
After configuring ZoomText for a particular application, if you switched to ZoomText’s user interface via ZoomText’s system tray icon, and then selected File > Save Application Settings, the saved settings would be associated with the Windows Desktop rather than the intended application. This problem has been fixed. 

Image of Bug Fix Fix for Color and Pointer Menus in Windows 9x
On systems containing Windows 98 or Windows Millennium, the names of color and pointer schemes did not appear correctly in the Color and Pointer button menus (located on the Magnifier toolbar).  These problems have been fixed. 

Image of Bug Fix Courier New Font Is Now Easier To Read
When using xFont, text displayed in the Courier New font type would appear thin and gray, making it difficult to read. The appearance of the font is now consistent with all other fonts.