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ZoomText has been updated from ZT 11 to ZT 2018 (This is using the new versioning number).  The update includes ZoomText and ZoomText Magnifier/Reader. 

Also, Fusion 2018 has been released and is now essentially running ZT and JAWS at the same time.  Getting Fusion now means you get ZT, ZT M/R, Fusion, and JAWS.

Here are the release notes for both Fusion and ZoomText:

ZoomText and Fusion Release Notes

Current Version:

ZoomText 2018 and Fusion 2018 Release Notes

Older Versions:

ZoomText 2018 and Fusion 2018 Release Notes

This document contains the latest information on ZoomText 2018 and Fusion 2018 (at the time of release). This document is divided into the following sections:

  • Changes in each release since version 11.0
  • System Requirements

Version 2018 for Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

Released February 2018

Note: This update applies to version 2018 of ZoomText Magnifier, ZoomText Magnifier/Reader and Fusion.

New Version Number Scheme

Beginning with this release, ZoomText and Fusion will now be numbered using the year it will be shipping in, rather than an arbitrary number. You can think of it as though these are the 2018 models of ZoomText and Fusion coming out, just as they do with automobiles. This new version number system also makes it easier for users to know which versions of ZoomText, Fusion and JAWS go together, and when they were released.

New Lifetime Serial Number

ZoomText product activation is now performed using Freedom Scientific’s Internet License Manager, also known as “ILM”. With the ILM, ZoomText owners now receive a lifetime ZoomText serial number that persists when purchasing future ZoomText upgrades and other Freedom Scientific software products. No longer do users need to enter a new serial number for each upgrade.

For customers entitled to receive the ZoomText 2018 upgrade as part of the SMA program, if you have not received your new ILM authorization code, please contact your distributor (if you are outside of the United States) or Freedom Scientific (if you are inside the United States). Please have your previous ZoomText Serial number available to assist us with emailing you your new Authorization Code.

New ZoomText Setup Program

ZoomText has a new streamlined setup program that makes the installation of ZoomText faster and easier to complete. The Setup interface has been streamlined and modernized with a fresh look that is intuitive and comfortable to use. And each dialog is fully self-voiced providing verbal guidance to help you complete the ZoomText setup in a snap.

New ZoomText Startup Wizard

The new ZoomText Startup Wizard makes it easier for users to choose how ZoomText starts up. The Startup Wizard appears automatically right after you activate ZoomText, but you can always run the startup wizard at any time from the ZoomText > Preferences menu.

New Vocalizer Expressive Voices

All versions of ZoomText Magnifier/Reader now include Vocalizer Expressive voices, providing voices for the most commonly spoken languages and dialects from around the world. When you install ZoomText, one male and/or female voice matching the language of your Windows operating system is automatically installed. Additional voices can be added at any time by selecting Download More Voices in ZoomText’s Voice Settings dialog box.

Improved Performance for All

A wide range of Improvements in ZoomText’s foundation has provided major improvements in performance and compatibility with Windows, Office, Adobe Reader and many other mainstream and specialized applications.

New 4-Monitor Support

ZoomText can now be used with systems running up to 4 monitors and desktops. ZoomText’s innovative multiple monitor support allows you to view different applications on each monitor or different views of the same application on each monitor. The Lens zoom window is also now available when running with multiple monitors.

Localizations Available in this Release

This release of ZoomText 2018 provides a localized user interface for the following languages: Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, English UK, English US, French, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, and Swedish.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS APPLY TO FUSION 2018 ONLY

New “Speech On Demand”

Fusion 2018 introduces a new Speech On Demand option that allows you to mute automatic speech output (such as the announcements that normally occur when you navigate through menus and dialogs), while still allowing you to trigger screen reading commands to hear items of interest, such as the Say All command or Speak the Window Title command. Users who prefer to navigate silently (using their vision or a braille display), but then have items of interest spoken aloud will find Speech on Demand a very welcome addition.

New Convenient OCR (Optical Character Recognition)

The new Convenient OCR feature recognizes text in inaccessible PDF documents, screen images, and image files. When one of these inaccessible items is encountered, Fusion will alert you and provide the option to process the item for readable text. When the process is complete, Fusion will automatically read the recognized text to you. The Convenient OCR feature also allows you to capture and process printed items using a PEARL camera (from Freedom Scientific) or a supported flatbed scanner. Again, when process is complete, Fusion will automatically read the recognized text to you.
 

System Requirements

The following hardware and software are required to run ZoomText 2018 and Fusion 2018:

  • Windows 10, 8.1 or 7 with Service Pack 1 (or later).
  • Processor: 2 GHz i3 dual core processor or similar. i5 or i7 recommended.
  • 4 GB Ram. 8 GB recommended.
  • Video card with support for DirectX 10 or higher.
  • Recommended: 256 MB dedicated video memory.
  • 400 MB hard drive space. SSD drive recommended.
  • 5-point multi-touch display for touch screen support.
  • USB 2.0 for ZoomText Camera support.

The ZoomText development has delivered a robust set of version 11.5 updates for ZoomText 11 Magnifier, Magnifier/Reader and Fusion. These free updates deliver important enhancements to the ZoomText software, improving performance, stability and functionality in ZoomText’s features and tools. Also included are much faster updating of ZoomText (through the ZoomText Update Wizard), new localizations for Hebrew and Japanese, and a new “Hotkey Layouts” menu for simultaneously switching ZoomText and JAWS between their respective desktop and laptop hotkey layouts (when running ZoomText Fusion only). You can learn about all of the changes in the 11.5 update in the ZoomText 11 release notes: https://www.zoomtext.com/help/releasenotes.

To get the ZoomText 11.5 updates (for Magnifier and Magnifier/Reader)

  • If a previous version of ZoomText 11 Magnifier or Magnifier Reader is already installed on your system, go to the ZoomText 11 toolbar and choose ZoomText > Manage License > Check for Updates. This will launch the update wizard and walk you through the fast update process.

    If you need to install ZoomText 11.5 Magnifier or Magnifier/Reader on a new system (where ZoomText is not yet installed), you can download the full installer from the ZoomText Downloads webpage: http://zoomtext.com/downloads. On this webpage, go to the section titled “ZoomText 11 Magnifier and Magnifier/Reader” and choose the installer that matches your license type.

To get the Fusion 11.5 updates

  • Go to the ZoomText Downloads webpage: http://zoomtext.com/downloads. On this page, go to the section titled Fusion 11 and choose the installer that matches the language you require.

We hope you are enjoying ZoomText 11 and would love to hear your thoughts on how we can make it better. Send your feedback to support@aisquared.com.

The ZoomText 11.4 update is now available for ZoomText 11 Magnifier, Magnifier/Reader, and Fusion. This free update (for users of ZoomText 11) provides expanded support for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, including full 32- and 64-bit support, stable magnification, and our popular Smart Invert feature. In addition, this update also brings a variety of compatibility fixes for popular applications, a new banner and sound cues that improve the usability of ZoomText’s layered command keys, and other refinements to the ZoomText user interface and localizations.

Learn about all of the changes in the 11.4 update in the ZoomText 11 release notes https://www.zoomtext.com/help/releasenotes.

To get the 11.4 update, go to the ZoomText 11 toolbar and choose ZoomText > Manage License > Check for Updates. This will launch the update wizard and walk you through the installation. If you prefer, you can also download the full ZoomText 11.4 installer from the product updates page: https://www.zoomtext.com/help/product-updates/. Be sure to download the installer that matches your license type.

We hope you are enjoying ZoomText 11 and would love to hear your thoughts on how we can make it better. Send your feedback to support@aisquared.com.

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Boston Accessibility is hosting a roundtable at the IBM Innovation Center on 1 Rogers Street in Cambridge Massachusetts. Jeremey Curry from AISquared will talk about the new, ZoomText Fusion.

ZoomText Fusion is a Magnifier/Reader with a complete Screen reader that is designed for users with advanced or progressive vision loss. It tailored for individual who, over time, want a smooth and safe transition from magnification to full screen reading.  

 

Fusion is perfect for individuals who, over time, want a smooth and easy transition from magnification to full screen reading.  ZoomText Fusion is designed to grow with you, ensuring that you will always be able to use your computer.  

The 90-day license for the popular screen reader JAWS now includes MAGic Screen Magnification Software. When a timed licenses is purchased for JAWS the Magic 90-day license will be made available for download as well.  The 90 day period starts when the first product is authorized for use. Both JAWS and MAGic will use the same authorization.  

JAWS and MAGic can be purchased immediately from a freedom scientific representative.  For more information please visit the Freedom scientific website

Global assisteve technology leader and maker of the popular screen reader Jaws, Freedom Scientific, and ABiSee, the leader in scanning and reading solutions, announced their partnership today. The power team promises to bring an unprecedented portfolio of innovative hardware and software solutions for people who are blind and have low vision.

NJ Foundation for the Blind is hosting a free demonstration of the iPhones and iPads assistive technology. That assistive technology gives access to people who are blind or have low vision. The demonstration will be on Wednesday, Feb 18th from 10:00 am to 1:00pm at the NJ Foundation for the Blind on 230 Diamond Spring Road in Denville.

The demonstration will introduce people who are blind or have low vision to the iPhone and iPad accessibility features:

  • Voice Over
  • Gesture-based screen reader
  • Zoom magnification

You must register in advance by February 11 as seating is limited. To register call 973-627-0055 or by email.

Yesterday Google announced improvements to Google Drive and all their editors: Docs, Sheet, Slides, Drawings, and Forms. Many of the changes are targeted specifically toward blind and low-vision users.

Among the changes are:

  • Improved screen reader support for Drive and Docs
    • Improved keyboard access
    • Support for zoom & high-contrast mode
    • Improved usability with the screen readers.
  • Improved screen reader support for Docs, Sheets, Slides Drawings and Forms
    • Support for alt text on images in Docs
    • Improved support for keyboard when editing charts & pivot tables in Sheets
    • Screen reader improvement including spelling suggestion, comments and revision history
    • Quick search of menus and ability to perform actions in Docs, Slide and Drawings.
  • Refreshable Braille display support
  • Step-by-step guides for screen readers and Braille display

Read more on the accessibility improvements. And see the Google Accessibility site.

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