New Voice Assistant to Help with Various Fusion and
ZoomText Commands and Features
Voice Assistant provides a way to interact with Fusion and
ZoomText in Windows 10 using speech input. Supported languages include English,
Dutch, German, Spanish, and French. You can ask Voice Assistant to help you with
various Fusion or ZoomText features using natural language and speech. This
means that the same action can be performed using similar phrases instead of a
single predefined voice command. For instance, to increase magnification, you
could say "zoom in" or "increase zoom level" or "increase magnification."
Unlike keyboard shortcuts, which can be hard to remember, natural voice commands
are an easier way to interact with Fusion and ZoomText. Using voice input to
control actions can also benefit users with any conditions that prevent or limit
them from using a keyboard effectively.
Using Voice Assistant
Voice Assistant accepts voice commands to perform Fusion
and ZoomText functions. To activate the feature and the listening process, you
can use either a wake word, a key combination, or the user interface. You can
speak voice commands using your computer's internal microphone, an external
microphone, or a wired headset's microphone.
Note: Since all voice recognition processing is performed over the Internet
using Microsoft Services in the cloud, there may be a slight delay depending on
- To begin listening for a specific command, do one of
- Press the key combination, CAPS LOCK+ALT+SPACEBAR.
- Speak the wake word which alerts the software to
begin listening for a voice command, similar to using an Alexa or Google
Home device. The wake word for ZoomText and Fusion is "Zoomy." Speak this
word followed by a specific command, such as, "Zoomy, speech off" or "Zoomy,
- Click the microphone button in the upper right corner
in the Fusion or ZoomText toolbar.
Note: The wake word is not available if you are
using a Bluetooth microphone. In this case, you must press CAPS
LOCK+ALT+SPACEBAR before speaking the voice command.
- When Voice Assistant starts listening for a
voice command, a short audible notification plays, and a visual indicator
appears on the screen.
You can now
speak the command. After hearing a voice command, a different audio and visual
indicator plays and displays until the command is processed.
- When complete, the visual indicator
disappears, another audio indicator plays, and the requested action is
If Voice Assistant does not hear anything, it says, "Sorry, I didn’t hear
If Voice Assistant does not understand or if the voice command is not
supported, it says, "Sorry, I didn’t catch that."
Here are a few commands you can try to help you get started. Remember to say
"Zoomy" or press CAPS LOCK+ALT+SPACEBAR before speaking each command:
- Zoom in
- Zoom out
- Toggle zoom
- Color off
- Color on
- Speech on
- Speech off
- Talk faster
- Talk slower
Turning Voice Assistant On and Off
To turn off and disable Voice Assistant, do one of the following:
- Use the voice command, "Voice Assistant off."
- On the Tools toolbar tab, select the Voice Assistant
- Click the down arrow on the Voice Assistant button
and choose Settings.
In the Voice Assistant Settings dialog box, clear the "Enable Voice
- In the Startup Wizard, clear "Enable Voice Assistant"
in the Voice Assistant page.
(Fusion > Preferences > Run Startup Wizard or ZoomText > Preferences > Run
Note: When Voice Assistant is off, the microphone
button in the upper right corner in the ZoomText and Fusion toolbar is
Turning Off the Wake Word
You can turn off the wake word and use CAPS
LOCK+ALT+SPACEBAR instead to make Voice Assistant begin listening for a
command. You can then speak the command after pressing the keystroke.
To turn off the wake word, do one of the following:
- Use the voice commands, "Wake word off" or "Disable
- Toggle off "Listen for wake word Zoomy" in the Voice
Note: When the wake word is off, you must always
press CAPS LOCK+ALT+SPACEBAR first to tell Voice Assistant to begin
listening for a command.
Turning Off Voice Assistant Sounds
To turn off the sounds associated with the wake word and
command processing, do the following:
- On the Tools toolbar tab, click the arrow next to
Voice Assistant or navigate to Voice Assistant and press the DOWN ARROW
- In the Voice Assistant menu, choose Settings.
The Voice Assistant Settings dialog box appears.
- Choose "Enable Voice Assistant sounds" to toggle wake
word and command processing sounds on or off.
FS Support Tool for Gathering System Information
The FS Support Tool is a new utility that collects
information about your computer and sends a report to our Technical Support and
Software Development teams to help us troubleshoot any issues you may be
experiencing while running Fusion or ZoomText. You will typically be asked to
run this utility during a technical support session if it is determined that
additional details about your system are needed. Some information that is
- System information such as processor, RAM, operating
system, architecture, and more
- Event logs
- Version of Adobe Reader (if installed)
- Versions of all installed web browsers
- Information on installed Microsoft Office
- Crash dumps
- Installation logs
- Currently running system processes
- User settings
The FS Support Tool can be started from the ZoomText
Support or the Fusion Support menus and guides you through collecting and
submitting a report.
Migrating Settings from Previous Releases
When upgrading to a new version of ZoomText or Fusion, any custom settings from
a previous release are automatically imported. This includes features such as
magnification level, color, pointer, cursor, mouse enhancements, and any custom
settings you created for applications. The import is silent (no messages or
dialog boxes appear) and begins the first time you start the new version. Custom
settings older than the two previous versions will not be imported.
Fusion 2021 Only
Picture Smart Improvements
Introduced in Fusion 2019, Picture Smart allows you to
choose a photo and submit it to be analyzed. A description of the image is then
displayed in the Results Viewer. To use Picture Smart, press INSERT+SPACEBAR,
followed by P to activate the Picture Smart layer. You can then press
A to describe a photo acquired from the PEARL camera or a flatbed scanner,
F to describe a selected image file in Windows Explorer, C to describe
the current control, or B to describe an image on the Windows Clipboard.
Fusion 2021 continues to expand this feature by offering several improvements
- Describing images on web pages: If focused on
an image that is part of a web page, such as a photo on Facebook, pressing
INSERT+SPACEBAR, P followed by C now describes the photo.
- Submitting images to multiple services to help
improve accuracy: By default, images are submitted to Microsoft for
analyzing. However, the Results Viewer now contains a More Results link
which submits the image again to additional services for analyzing and
displays an updated description. You can also add SHIFT to a Picture
Smart command to use multiple services. For example, INSERT+SPACEBAR, P
followed by SHIFT+F, SHIFT+C, or SHIFT+B.
- Using Picture Smart in multiple languages: If
you are using Fusion in a language other than English and you attempt to use
Picture Smart, Fusion will use machine translation to display descriptions
in the particular language. You can also manually choose from 38 languages
for displaying results, configurable using the new Picture Smart Language
option in Settings Center. To open Settings Center, press INSERT+J, U, E
Please note that these changes, especially the machine
translation for other languages, is still experimental, so things may not always
work as expected. Results will improve as we continue refining this
For more information on Picture Smart, press
INSERT+SPACEBAR, P followed by QUESTION MARK.
OCR Text Directly into a Word Document
The Convenient OCR (Optical Character Recognition) feature has been enhanced to
send recognized text directly to Word. Convenient OCR enables you to access
images containing text that is part of the image and displays this information
in the Results Viewer. This includes onscreen images such as the graphical setup
screen for an application, an inaccessible PDF opened in Adobe Reader, a
currently selected image file in Windows Explorer, or a document acquired by the
PEARL camera or a flatbed scanner.
If Microsoft Office is installed on your system, you can now:
- Use the new command INSERT+SPACEBAR, O
followed by R to perform OCR on a selected image file in File
Explorer or the Desktop and place the recognized text directly into a Word
document. You can also press the APPLICATIONS key and choose "Convenient OCR
to Word with Fusion" from the context menu.
- Use the new Open in Word link that appears at the
bottom of the Results Viewer once the OCR process is complete.
For more information about using Convenient OCR, press
INSERT+SPACEBAR, O followed by QUESTION MARK or refer to the
Convenient OCR help topic. To access the help topic in Fusion, press INSERT+J,
New Keystroke for Setting Punctuation Level
You can now press INSERT+SHIFT+2 on the number row
(CAPS LOCK+SHIFT+2 in the Laptop keyboard layout) to cycle through the
four punctuation levels which controls how much punctuation Fusion speaks while
reading. The available levels are None, Some, Most, and All. Similar to toggling
Screen Echo (INSERT+S) or Typing Echo (INSERT+2), the punctuation
level will revert back to the previous setting when Fusion is restarted. To
permanently set a punctuation level, use the JAWS/Fusion Startup Wizard or
To access the Startup Wizard in Fusion, press INSERT+J, H, Z.
To access Settings Center in Fusion, press INSERT+J, U, E.
Note: Due to issues with some Dell keyboards when using the Laptop
layout, you may need to use the RIGHT SHIFT key to perform this keystroke.
Automatic Message Reading in Outlook 365
When you open a message from the Inbox in Outlook 365,
Fusion will now immediately begin reading the message contents without reading
the title or header information. Currently, messages are not automatically read
if you ALT+TAB to an open message, or you press ENTER on a message
in the Inbox that is already open.
To further customize how messages are read, open Quick Settings (INSERT+V) while
in Outlook, search for "message," and configure any of the resulting options. A
few items you might want to change include:
- Message Header Field with Message Announcement: Turn
this option on if you want Fusion to announce the sender's email address and
the subject of the message when a message opens or gains focus.
- Messages Automatically Read: Turn this option off if
you do not want Fusion to automatically read messages when they are opened.
- Speak Window Titles For Read-only Messages
Automatically: Turn this option on if you want Fusion to announce the title
of the message window when a message opens or gains focus.
Enhancements in ZoomText (April 2021)
- Improved overall stability and performance of focus
and cursor tracking in Outlook 2016, Excel 2010 and Excel 2016
- Resolved an issue where the title of the current
window was repeated while navigating in it
- Resolved an issue where AppReader would mistake
abbreviations (such as the salutations Mr. or Ms.) as the end of a sentence
- Resolved reported issues with the Background reader
- Resolved an issue where reading zones were not
working correctly in Chrome and Edge
- Resolved an issue where ZoomText would shut down
after starting Background Reader
- Resolved an issue where switching among applications
with different color enhancement settings would cause the screen to freeze
- Resolved an issue where focus tracking would not work
in Word after unlocking a computer
Enhancements in ZoomText (February 2021)
- The ZoomText Support Settings tab and dialog is new.
It lets you easily choose whether or not to send error reports to Freedom
Scientific. You can also choose whether or not to send anonymous data to
help Freedom Scientific improve its software.
- Resolved an issue in Outlook 2019 where it would
crash when correcting spelling (using the Editor’s suggested spelling or
words) when composing or replying to a message.
- Resolved an issue where ZoomText could lose tracking
when changing settings via the ZoomText UI and then returning focus back to
an Office 365 or Office 2016 app.
- Resolved an issue in Excel 2010 where focus tracking
would unexpectedly jump between a cell and the ribbon.
- Resolved an issue in Word 2010 where cursor tracking
would disappear once you stopped typing.
- Resolved an issue in Google Chrome where you could
not create reading zones or save Chrome application settings.
- Resolved an issue where mouse echo was not reading
when moving or hovering over text and menu items with the mouse pointer.
This occurred in both Chrome and Firefox when using Google Docs, Google
Slides, and Google Sheets.
- Resolved an issue where the cursor focus was not
following the system cursor when typing in edit fields such as the Search
box on web pages.
- Resolved an issue in Chrome where ZoomText was not
announcing check box labels in Chrome history.
- Resolved an issue in the Chrome omnibox (where you
type web addresses and search terms) where ZoomText would not move to or
announce the Close button associated with search responses.
- Improved Chrome and Firefox stability and performance
Enhancements in ZoomText 2021.2012.48 (January 2021)
The following changes new since the initial release in
Select a Microphone to Use with Voice Assistant
Microphone Input Device is a new Voice Assistant setting. It shows all available
microphones on your computer (for example, an internal microphone and a
connected headset) and lets you choose which microphone Voice Assistant uses
when listening for commands. By designating a different microphone for this
feature than what is being used for other applications such as Teams or Zoom, it
allows you to mute those applications during meetings and still use the Voice
Assistant with JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion. You will find this option in the Voice
Assistant menu by choosing the Settings Dialog.
- A customer in France recently reported an issue
discovered when using ZoomText with Chrome and Edge Chromium on the web site:
www.pagesjaunes.fr/. After further review, it was determined that it was a
web browser problem. Freedom Scientific shared information with Microsoft
and Google, and the problem was resolved as of Chrome build 87.
- Resolved an issue where the Vocalizer Expressive
synthesizer was not available if both ZoomText 2021 and ZoomText 2020 were
installed on the same computer.
- Resolved issues where mouse echo was not working in
Outlook 365, Outlook 2016, and Excel 365.
- Resolved focus tracking and cursor enhancements
problems when running ZoomText with Excel 2010.
- Resolved a reported issue from Europe related to
ZoomText performance when used with the OpenScape SoftPhone application.
- Improved stability and performance based on feedback
received using the FS Support Tool.
Senast uppdaterat April 2021