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ZoomText 11.5 Release Notes (for ZoomText 11 and Fusion 11)

Version 11.5 for Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

Released August 2017

Note: This update applies to version 11 of ZoomText Magnifier, ZoomText Magnifier/Reader and ZoomText Fusion.

Finder performance improved for all supported applications

The ZoomText Finder now starts and operates with greater speed and reliability in all supported applications, including faster search results and faster switching between the Page View and List View modes.

AppReader performance improved in Microsoft Outlook

When reading email in Microsoft Outlook 2013 or 2016, certain types of text could cause AppReader to freeze for a long period, sometimes requiring the user to log out and back into Windows. This problem has been fixed.

AppReader performance improved in Mozilla Firefox

ZoomText’s AppReader now starts and operates more reliably in the Mozilla Firefox web browser. All of AppReader’s reading modes can be used, including App View, Text View and the Speak It tool. Skimming and reading text by word, line, sentence and paragraph are also supported.

AppReader now exits properly without residual reading

When exiting AppReader, sometimes ZoomText would start reading the same document again. This problem has been fixed.

Support for ZoomText’s reading tools restored in Chrome 60

ZoomText’s reading tools did not work in Chrome 59. Support for ZoomText’s reading tools has been restored in Chrome 60.

Improved stability in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

A defect that caused Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 to crash after running for only a few minutes has been fixed.

Improved support for Java applications

A defect in ZoomText’s support for Java applications has been fixed. This fix should improve compatibility in a variety of Java applications.


GeoSmoothing now supported in Mozilla Thunderbird

ZoomText’s GeoSmoothing now works in the Mozilla Thunderbird email application, providing magnified text and graphics that are easy to read and view.

Save As Default now works in ZoomText Magnifier

When running ZoomText Magnifier, attempts to save changes to ZoomText default configuration file would fail. This problem has been fixed.

ZoomText Update Wizard is now faster and more reliable

The ZoomText Update Wizard has been improved and now provides faster downloads of ZoomText updates. The update wizard checks for available updates to make sure that your installation of ZoomText is current with the latest enhancements and fixes. You can run the update wizard manually at any time or configure the wizard to run automatically each time you start ZoomText. To launch the update wizard manually, choose ZoomText (menu) > Manage License > Check for Updates. To configure the wizard to run automatically, choose ZoomText (menu) > Preferences > Program, then check the box next to Check for online updates each time ZoomText is launched.

Localizations added for Hebrew and Japanese

This release adds Hebrew and Japanese to the localizations now available in ZoomText 11. The complete list of localizations now includes: Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, UK English and US English.

Refinements to ZoomText localizations

A collection of language translation issues have been resolved in localized versions of ZoomText. These issues include refinements to dialog layouts and access keys, and problems with controls not being echoed properly.

ZoomText now properly restarts after switching the user interface language

When switching the ZoomText user interface language (in the Preferences dialog), after ZoomText restarted the ZoomText toolbar would not appear. This problem has been fixed.

Fast exit and restart of ZoomText and Fusion are now stable

Exiting and restarting ZoomText of Fusion too quickly would sometimes cause the program to crash. This problem has been fixed.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS APPLY TO FUSION 11 ONLY

Name of Fusion desktop icon shortened to “Fusion 11”. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

When Fusion 11 is installed, program icons for Fusion, ZoomText and JAWS appear on the Windows desktop. To make the Fusion icon more distinguishable from the ZoomText 11 icon, the name of the icon has been shortened from “ZoomText Fusion 11” to “Fusion 11”.


Echo buttons are now functional when running Fusion. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

When running Fusion 11, the Keyboard, Mouse and Verbosity buttons on the Reader tab now control the corresponding features in JAWS.

New menu for selecting desktop and laptop hotkey layouts. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

When running Fusion 11, a new "Hotkey Layout" submenu, located in the ZoomText menu, allows you to simultaneously switch the ZoomText and JAWS hotkeys between their desktop and laptop layouts. This ensures that the ZoomText and JAWS hotkeys are working in the same layout mode, eliminating conflicts that would otherwise occur.

AppReader now speaks using JAWS voices. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

When running Fusion 11, AppReader now reads using JAWS voices and voice settings.

Toggle Default Settings command now works in Fusion 11. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

The Toggle Default Settings commands provided in JAWS are now fully supported in Fusion 11. This allows you to toggle between personalized settings and the factory defaults for all ZoomText and JAWS settings. Toggling between the personalized settings and factory defaults is performed using the ToggleDefaultSettings layered command: INSERT + SPACEBAR, Z. You can also force Fusion to startup with the factory defaults by launching Fusion from a command prompt by opening the Windows Run command window, typing FUSION /DEFAULT and pressing the Enter key.

ZoomText and JAWS voice settings are now reliably in sync. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

When running Fusion 11 and using the JAWS Toggle Speech command, the state of the ZoomText Voice button would get out of sync and display the incorrect state. This problem has been fixed.

ZoomText menu now properly announced. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

When navigating to the ZoomText menu, the menu was announced as being a button rather than an application menu button. The ZoomText menu is now announced as “ZoomText application menu button”.

Installing older version of Fusion 11 over newer version of ZoomText 11 now works. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

When installing Fusion 11, if a newer version of ZoomText 11 was already installed on the system the Fusion 11 installation would be blocked. This problem has been fixed.

Custom setup options now correctly applied in Fusion 11 installation. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

When running the Fusion 11 setup and choosing the custom install options, unchecking the options to run Fusion at startup and in the logon screen were not applied to the installation. As a result, ZoomText was still automatically launched at Windows startup and in the logon screen. This problem has been fixed.


Fix for word highlighting not tracking in AppReader. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

When running Fusion 11 and using ZoomText’s AppReader feature, the word highlight was not reliably tracking the spoken word. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for Fusion 11 spontaneously unloading when IE11 or Firefox are running. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

When running Fusion 11, if Internet Explorer 11 or Mozilla Firefox were launched, Fusion would spontaneously unload. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for crash when running AppReader in WordPad. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

When launching the AppReader in WordPad, the system would sometimes freeze requiring a forced restart of Windows. This problem has been fixed.

Fix for keyboard not working in the Windows logon screen after 40-minute demo expired. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

When running Fusion 11 in the 40-minute demo mode, after the 40-minute period had expired use of the keyboard in the Windows logon screen was broken. Characters could be typed in the logon fields, but the backspace, delete and other keys would not work. This problem has been fixed.

FS Client Activator now displays the Freedom Scientific products. [Applies to Fusion 11 only]

When launching the Freedom Scientific Client Activator, the activator did not display a list of the Freedom Scientific applications installed on the system. This problem has been fixed.