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ZoomText

ZoomText is a screen magnifier for Microsoft Windows, developed by Ai Squared. The first version was released for DOS in 1988, and the first version for Windows was released in 1991. ZoomText is available in two editions: ZoomText Magnifier and ZoomText Magnifier/Reader, which includes a built-in screen reader.

The latest version of ZoomText is ZoomText 10.1. AiSquared also released a cut-down version of ZoomText called ZoomText Express, intended for a more mainstream market.

Contents

  • Features 1
  • History 2
  • Release history 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Features

ZoomText is a stand-alone piece of software [1] designed for visually impaired people.[2] It is available for the Microsoft Windows operating systems 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7. The program allows you to see and hear everything on the computer screen [3] as well as providing access to applications, documents, email and the Internet.[4] The software can help individuals with ‘early vision loss, computer vision syndrome, and visual impairments such as macular degeneration and glaucoma’.[5] ZoomText has dual monitor support and is capable of magnifying the screen up to 36 times; it also allows you to choose which part of the screen is magnified. Text definition is maintained to preserve legibility. Color controls help improve the clarity of the screen and mouse pointers can be resized. It also provides enhanced navigation capabilities to help the user to launch programs and find documents on the desktop and find the hypertext links and controls on web pages, find words or phrases. In Windows Vista, magnification and screen reader support is enabled at the log on stage.[6]

History

ZoomText is produced by AiSquared, which is based in Vermont, USA. The product has been developed over 20 years and is currently available in 20 language versions.[7]

Release history

Version 1 to 6 release information not available.
Version 7.0 to 9.19.1 (2010) release information [8]

See also

References

  1. ^ Cardiff University guide to ZoomText
  2. ^ [ZoomText User Guide 9.1. Manchester Centre: Vermont, USA]
  3. ^ Cardiff University guide to ZoomText
  4. ^ Cardiff University guide to ZoomText
  5. ^ AiSquared company website
  6. ^ ZoomText features
  7. ^ AiSquared company website
  8. ^ ZoomText 9 Release Notes

External links

  • Ai Squared homepage
  • ZoomText Express
  • Review of Zoomtext 9 by AFB Accessworld
  • The Low Vision Computer Access List – a non-profit independent organization resource for magnification solutions information on the Internet
  • sitecues by Ai Squared
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