ZoomText Xtra 7.05.02 released
- Dear list members,
AiSquared has released version 7.05.02 of ZoomText Xtra.
I advice Windows 95 ZoomText users who want to upgrade to reboot their
computer without starting ZoomText before running the upgrade file. If you
are running the upgrade file during or after ZoomText was launched you can
get problems with menu tracking.
GTW: If ZoomText is running well now on your system, there is no reason to
Most bugs fixes have to do with DocReader in Windows 2000.
As you can read in the upgrade notes below by default ZoomText Xtra no
longer uses VRAM Memory allocation by default. Disabling VRAM memory
alocation causes sluggish mouse movement and a flickering mouse on my new
BTW: the upgrade file does not change your VRAM setting, but the question
remains if it is a good idea from AiSquared to change the default setting.
I think not!
You can upgrade to version 7.05.02 for free if you are a licensed user of
ZoomText Xtra 7.x.
Below are the release notes of version 7.05.01 and version 7.05.02.
Regards Peter Verhoeven
Release Date: February 16, 2001
3D Cursors in Windows 2000
In Windows 2000, ZoomText was displaying improper cursor color for cursors
in the 3D cursor scheme (or other cursors that use shading). This problem
has been fixed.
ZoomText and BigShot
ZoomText now prevents itself from running if BigShot Screen Magnifier is
currently running on your system. To run ZoomText, simply exit BigShot and
launch ZoomText again.
Color Filtering and DocReader
In Windows 2000, when using DocReader with Color Filtering enabled,
DocReader was not properly displaying text and screen corruption was
occurring when exiting DocReader. Both of these problems have been fixed.
DocReader Toolbar with Large Fonts
When using a large system font ("large" or "extra large" schemes in
Appearance tab of Display Properties) the DocReader toolbar could become
partially hidden. This problem has been fixed.
Downloadable Update Product Matching
The downloadable update program will now display an error message if the
installed ZoomText software does not match the update program. For
instance, if the ZoomText Xtra Level 1 update program is run but ZoomText
Xtra Level 2 is installed on the system a message is displayed suggesting
that the user download and run the ZoomText Xtra Level 2 update program.
Downloadable Update Administrative Rights
The downloadable update program will now check for administrative rights on
Windows 2000 and Windows NT systems. Before, if the user logged on did not
have administrative rights the update program would display an error
message indicating that ZoomText was not properly installed.
Release Date: January 29, 2001
User Configurations on a Network
Site license versions of ZoomText now support "floating" user
configurations. ZoomText automatically stores configurations on the network
server, allowing users to access their configuration files from any
workstation on the network. Each workstation running ZoomText still
requires that the program be installed on it, but the configuration files
are automatically associated with the user, based on their logon name.
Network administrators installing site license versions of ZoomText should
contact Ai Squared for complete details.
Starting ZoomText Minimized
A "Start ZoomText Minimized" checkbox has been added to the Advanced
Options dialog box. If this option is checked, the ZoomText user interface
will be minimized whenever the program is started. Clicking on the ZoomText
button in the Windows taskbar will restore the ZoomText user interface.
Remember to save the ZoomText configuration when changing the state of this
VRAM Memory Allocation
The VRAM Memory Allocation checkbox in the Profiler dialog is no longer
checked by default. With the vast majority of display drivers, VRAM memory
allocation is no longer needed, due to a new technique in ZoomText that
yields much better display adapter compatibility. In addition, ZoomText now
starts up faster without the VRAM allocation.
- I'm wondering how people deal with reading *.pdf documents. I've never
had to before--so don't know any methods. I need to be able to use a
Doc Reader-type application to read any significant amount of text. I
just started a new job where the train relies almost exclusively on online
*.pdf Acrobat documents.
Does anyone know how to read these?
The only accessiblity software I have right now is ZoomText 7.0 running on
a Windows NT machine.
- In a message dated 3/2/01 2:28:53 PM Eastern Standard Time, ecq@...
<< 'm wondering how people deal with reading *.pdf documents. I've never
had to before--so don't know any methods. >>
If you have the free access plug in to adobe acrobat sometimes docreader will
work. There is also a program available for $100 that converts PDF files to
speech with some magnification features called Biolink document reader. I am
in the process of experimenting with a demo of biolink, and have not yet
figured it out completely, but it does read PDF files pretty well.