ZoomText 8 Released
- AiSquared has released local version 8 of ZoomText. The international
version is coming later this month.
By Peter Verhoeven
The last 5 years Zoomtext was awarded as the best screen magnifier for
Windows by visitors of The Screen Magnifiers Homepage.
The question is if there is realy so much difference between
professional screen magnifiers? What is new in a product of a specific
company is copied by another company later.
All companies claim they have the best product and on the web sites of
all of them you can find testimonials that support those claims.
The good news is, that the new AppReader feature in Zoomtext now highly
improves access to the Internet including support for reading web pages
and E-Mail and that speech support is much accurate than it was in
previous releases of Zoomtext.
The bad news is the absurd upgrade price of $195 (33% of new price,
where 20% is normal) and the fact that the old DocReader has much more
features than the new one has.
After launching Zoomtext 8 the first thing that strikes me is the
redesigned user interface. But don't worry most hotkeys work like in
Zoomtext was always praised because of the high magnification quality.
AiSquared has successful improve this magnification quality again and
ZoomText now includes full color smoothing.
You can magnify videos, normaly played in a small window on your
computer screen, without any problems. So you can turn your computer
monitor in a video screen by zooming in.
Also the performance of magnification, moving magnification by using the
mouse or keyboard is better than it is in any other professional screen
With the new AppReader feature you can now read web pages on the
Internet, like MAGic and Lunar users already could. You can start
reading from any point in the web page by clicking the position you want
to start from. Information on web pages is now read in the right order.
A lot of web pages include tables for layout reasons, that must be read
column by column. In previous ZoomText versions it was realy hard to
read web pages.
Another important new feature in Zoomtext 8 is mouse echo. Everything
that comes beneath the mouse pointer is spoken out. We already know this
feature from GW-Micro's Window-Eyes.
Zoomtext 8 comes as stand alone magnifier and magnifier / screen reader.
Unless speech support in Zoomtext 8 is highly improved, it is meant for
people with remaining useful vision. For people who are completely blind
Zoomtext offers too less feedback.
A free 30 days trial and more information is available at:
Regards Peter Verhoeven
Internet : http://www.magnifiers.org (The Screen Magnifiers Homepage)