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ZoomText 10 Magnifier/Reader - Discontinued


Fully integrated magnification and screen reading program that enlarges, enhances and reads aloud everything on the computer screen

This product is no longer available from Spectronics.

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Combining the revolutionary new features of ZoomText Magnifier with a powerful set of reading tools, ZoomText Magnifier/Reader gives you the total computer access solution. See and hear what you’re doing in all of your applications, and give your eyes a rest while ZoomText reads your documents, web pages and email – right through your computer’s speakers. With ZoomText Magnifier/Reader, your computer is easier to see, hear, and use.

See What’s New in ZoomText version 10.0.4

ZoomText 10 Magnifier/Reader includes all the features of ZoomText Magnifier, plus:

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New in ZoomText 10

The ZoomText Recorder allows you to turn text from documents, webpages, email, etc. into audio recordings that you can transfer to on your mobile device and listen to at your convenience. Recordings can be saved directly to a ZoomText Recorder playlist in iTunes or Windows Media Player and automatically synced to your mobile device. Each recording is created using your choice of ZoomText voices or any other voices available on your system.

Key benefits and advantages

  • Convert documents and other text into recordings that you can put on your mobile device
  • Save recordings directly to iTunes, Windows Media Player or any folder location
  • Listen to your recordings at your convenience — at or away from your computer
  • Simple recording process
  • Continue performing other tasks while ZoomText records in the background

ZoomText Recorder settings
ZoomText Recorder settings

New in ZoomText 10

ZoomText’s Background Reader allows you to listen to documents, webpages, email, etc. while you simultaneously perform other tasks. You simply select the text you want to listen to and press the Background Reader hotkey, Background Reader begins reading the text while you go about other work. At any time you can pause and resume reading and skim forward and backward by word or sentence.

Key benefits and advantages

  • Listen to documents and other text while simultaneously performing other tasks. For example:
    • Listen to what Background Reader is speaking and take notes.
    • Listen to what Background Reader is speaking while browsing web pages
    • Listen to what Background Reader is speaking while viewing corresponding information, such as pictures and illustrations.
    • Listen to one article while searching for the next.
  • Simple to learn and use
  • Promotes multi-tasking for increased productivity.

Background Reader toolbar
Background Reader toolbar

NeoSpeech provides human-sounding male and female voices that are closer to the real thing than ever before (English only).

ZoomText comes with four speech synthesisers: TruVoice, ViaVoice, Microsoft Speech and the impressive NeoSpeech, recognised for its human-sounding voice quality. With NeoSpeech, all of your documents, web pages and email are read aloud with natural sounding voices that are clear and enjoyable to listen to.

Listen to MP3 samples of Neospeech Paul and Kate

ZoomText automatically speaks all program controls, including menus, dialogs, list views and messages. Its powerful screen reading options let you hear what you are doing. As you type text, use the mouse and navigate through your applications, ZoomText narrates and confirms each of your actions. By adjusting ZoomText’s Verbosity settings, ZoomText can speak as little or as much as you want.

Typing Echo iconTyping Echo allows you to hear the keys and words that you type. You can choose to have individual keys, words, or both spoken. Whatever your choice, you’ll be able to type with greater speed and accuracy.

Mouse Echo iconMouse Echo automatically reads text beneath the mouse pointer. As you move the pointer across the screen, single words or complete lines of text are echoed. Mouse echo is great for exploring the layout of your desktop and applications, or for spot reading in documents, web pages and email.

Program Echo speaks window titles, menus, dialogs, list views, and all other program controls as you navigate and use your applications. As each window or control becomes active, program echo announces its name and description, so you always know where you are and what choices are available. Program echo is your personal navigation system.

Verbosity iconVerbosity allows you to adjust the amount of information spoken by the program echo feature. Three verbosity levels – Beginner, Intermediate and Expert – allow you to quickly increase or decrease the verbosity. Beginner verbosity provides more information, while Expert verbosity provides less information. Each of these verbosity levels can be fully customised according to your personal needs.

ZoomText offers a variety of tools for quick and easy reading of documents, web pages and email. Each of these tools has unique characteristics that lend themselves to particular reading tasks.

Reading Zones allow you to instantly see and hear selected locations in your applications. Define up to 10 zones per application that you can trigger via pop-up menu or keyboard commands.


Using AppReader in Firefox AppReader reads documents, web pages and email, within the parent application. As you enter and exit AppReader your view of the document does not change, providing quick and seamless transitions between document editing and reading. AppReader can automatically read through the entire document, or you can manually read by word, line, sentence or paragraph. As reading occurs, each spoken word is highlighted. AppReader settings allow you to customise the appearance of word highlighting, including the highlight shape, size, colour and transparency level.

Full Internet Accessibility

ZoomText reads any web page, in the proper reading order. You can read automatically or manually navigate by word, line, sentence and paragraph.


DocReader reads documents, web pages and email, in a special environment where text is reformatted for easier viewing. Text is presented in a single line (Ticker) or wrapped lines (Prompter), with your choice of fonts, colours, word highlighting, and magnification level. DocReader can automatically read through an entire document, or you can manually read by word, line, sentence or paragraph. As reading occurs, each spoken word is highlighted. The DocReader screen occupies the entire display with a toolbar at the top of the screen and the document text below it. The document text is formatted and displayed according to the current DocReader settings.

DocReader Ticker Mode
DocReader Ticker Mode
DocReader Prompter Mode
DocReader Prompter Mode

Reading Zones

Reading zones let you instantly see and hear selected locations in an application window. For example; your database application may display a dozen or more fields of information. In your normal work flow you may be interested in only a few of these fields. With reading zones, you can instantly see and/or hear these select fields with the press of a hotkey.

You can create up to 10 reading zones for each of your applications. As you open and switch applications, zones defined for the active application are automatically loaded and ready to use.

Additional Features

Text Navigation

Navigation keys make it easy to read while creating and editing documents. With simple commands you can read by character, word, line, sentence and paragraph, even while selecting text.

SpeakIt Tool

The SpeakIt tool allows you to read selected areas of the screen by clicking or dragging the mouse.

Special Application Support

Built in support for popular applications – including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), Adobe Acrobat X. Adobe Reader X, Firefox, iTunes and Java – allow you to read and navigate your documents with 100% accuracy.

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Why should I buy ZoomText when magnification is already built into Windows 7?

ZoomText offers a more complete set of features for people who suffer from visual impairments or those who simply need magnification to alleviate the strains of extended computer usage.

For those who have visual impairments and rely on their computer for work, home usage or just to communicate with family and friends ZoomText is a fully featured program designed to make your computer easier to use. Why rely on basic technology when you can put ZoomText to work for you?

While the new magnifier in Windows 7 is an improvement from past technologies, its feature set and capabilities are still far below those of ZoomText.


Click here to view testimonials of ZoomText Magnifier/Reader at Ai Squared website (opens in a new windows).

The Perfect Compliment

The ZoomText Large-Print Keyboard is the perfect combination to ZoomText Magnifier and ZoomText Magnifier/Reader. Used together, your low-vision computer workstation is complete.

Can I install ZoomText Magnifier/Reader Single User Licensed software on 2 or more computers?

You can install and activate ZoomText 10 Magnifier/Reader single-user licensed software on up to three computers (in accordance with the ZoomText Software Licence Agreement). Multiple activations are provided to accommodate individuals that use more than one computer, such as a home computer, a work computer and a laptop computer.

While ZoomText 10 Magnifier/Reader may be installed on up to three computers, concurrent use on two (2) or more computers is not authorised without purchasing additional single-user licences or a ZoomText Magnifier/Reader multi-user licence.

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System Requirements and ResourcesexpandClick to collapse

  • Windows
    • Operating System: Windows 7, Vista, XP
    • System Memory: Minimum 1 GB MB RAM for Windows 7 and Vista (2 GB recommended); Minimum 512 MB required for Windows XP (1 GB recommended)
    • Hard Drive Space: 50 MB
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz processor for Windows 7 or Vista; 1 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent for Windows XP
    • USB 2.0 (for external webcam support)
    • Sound card

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ZoomText 10 Magnifier/Reader is targeted at the following age ranges:

  • All Ages

ZoomText 10 Magnifier/Reader is designed to foster development in the areas of:

  • Access to computers

Users can access ZoomText 10 Magnifier/Reader in the following ways:

  • Mouse/ Trackball/ Joystick
  • Keyboard

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