Version History

ZoomText 8.13 Release Notes
ZoomText 8.0 Release Notes
ZoomText 7.0 - 7.11 Release Notes

New Feature
Enhancement
Bug Fix

ZoomText Version 9.14.4

Released September, 2008 for Windows Vista, XP and 2000

Included support for the Hungarian language.

ZoomText Version 9.14.3

Released June, 2008 for Windows Vista, XP and 2000

Fixed a blue screen crash linked to a memory error

ZoomText Version 9.14.2

Released May, 2008 for Windows Vista, XP and 2000

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.

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

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

Unmagnified 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

"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

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.

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

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.

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

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

 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.

 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)"

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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

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

 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.

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

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

"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...).

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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. 

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. 

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

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. 

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. 

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.

Fix for NeoSpeech Crash in Windows 9x
On systems containing Windows 98 or Windows Millennium, if you attempted to access the NeoSpeech dictionary by clicking the Options button in the Speech dialog, the system would crash. To eliminate this problem, access to the NeoSpeech dictionary has been disabled in Windows 98 and Windows Millennium. 

Fix for AppReader Hang in Large Word Documents
When using AppReader in a large Microsoft Word document, AppReader would sometimes stop reading in the middle of the document and announce"end of document". When this problem occurred, a restart of ZoomText was required before AppReader could be used again. This problem has been fixed. 

Fix for Clipped or Corrupted Text Characters
With certain font types and sizes, the edges of random characters were clipped or corrupted.  This problem has been fixed.

ZT_with_Laptop.zxc Configuration File is Now Valid
The ZT_with_Laptop.zxc configuration file provided with ZoomText 9.00 was invalid and could not be loaded.  This problem has been fixed.

Note: The ZT_with_Laptop.zxc configuration file provides an alternate set of hotkeys designed for easier access on laptop keyboards. 

Manual Activation Dialog Sequence Optimized
When performing a manual activation of ZoomText, if you entered an invalid serial number, the activation wizard would automatically display an error message and then exit the activation process.  The activation wizard now prompts you to re-enter a valid serial number.

Fix for Invisible ZoomText UI in Tray Only mode
When ZoomText’s taskbar settings were set to ‘Display ZoomText tray icon only’, ZoomText’s main user interface (toolbar window) would get into a state of being invisible. This problem has been fixed.

ZoomText Version 9.00.1

Release Date: September 16, 2005

NeoSpeech Now Configured as Default Synthesizer
On systems containing an English language version of Microsoft Windows; When using the Automatic Installation option in ZoomText’s Setup program, the installed ZoomText program was not configured, as intended, to use NeoSpeech as the default speech synthesizer. NeoSpeech is now configured as the default synthesizer.

Cursor Enhancement Stays in Sync with Cursor
In word processing and text editing programs, after performing a block text selection, ZoomText’s cursor enhancement would occasionally get out of sync with the application cursor. The cursor enhancement now stays in sync with the cursor.

Improved Alignment of Application Menus
Occasionally, when using the mouse to activate an application menu, ZoomText would not properly track and align the menu in the magnified view. Menus are now tracked and aligned properly.

Miscellaneous Corrections in Localized Versions
A collection of minor text and formatting errors have been corrected in the localized versions of ZoomText 9.0.