Follow

Tools

This chapter describes ZoomText's Tools features. The ZoomText Camera feature is included in ZoomText Magnifier and Magnifier/Reader. The Recorder, Background Reader and ImageReader are included in ZoomText Magnifier/Reader only.

The Tools Toolbar

The Tools toolbar provides quick access to ZoomText's tools features. Each toolbar button has an intuitive icon and label for easy identification. Related buttons are grouped together and the group is labeled with a clickable link that opens their associated dialog box.

 

 

Full   Launches the ZoomText Camera in Full view. The camera image occupies the entire screen.

Docked   Launches the ZoomText Camera in Docked view. The camera image occupies one half of the screen.

Recorder   Launches the ZoomText Recorder with text captured from the Windows Clipboard.

BgRdr   Launches the Background Reader with text captured from the Windows Clipboard. Background Reader automatically starts reading the captured text.

Camera   Launches ZoomText ImageReader with the camera as the image source. *

File     Launches ZoomText ImageReader and prompts you to select an image file to process. *

Clipbrd   Launches ZoomText ImageReader to process an image already that is already in the Windows Clipboard. *

Screen   Launches ZoomText ImageReader with the screen capture tool active. *

 

* ZoomText ImageReader is a companion product for ZoomText Magnifier/Reader. Contact Ai Squared or your Ai Squared dealer for more information.

 

 

 

 

ZoomText Camera

The ZoomText Camera feature allows you to use any high-definition (HD) webcam to magnify printed items and other objects right on your computer screen—including bills, magazines, photographs, medicine labels, craft items and more. Simple controls allow you to quickly zoom in and out and choose between full and high contrast colors. You can also switch between Full and Docked screen views which allow you to see the camera image and your Windows desktop at the same time. And by utilizing affordable and readily available HD webcams, the ZoomText Camera feature offers a portable and affordable compliment or alternative to conventional CCTVs.

 

 

 

 

Full view

 

 

Docked (Top) view


Getting Started With ZoomText Camera

Before you can use the ZoomText Camera feature you must acquire a suitable camera and camera stand, set up the camera in your work space and choose your camera in the ZoomText Camera settings.

Acquiring a suitable camera and stand

To use the ZoomText Camera feature, you will need an HD webcam with autofocus. For best quality, your webcam should deliver 1080p video resolution with automatic low-light correction. An available USB 2.0 port is also required to connect your webcam.

In addition to a camera, you will also need a camera stand that can securely position the camera over the items you want to view. The stand should be adjustable and stable.

Ai Squared offers high quality webcam and camera stand packages that are flexible, portable and affordable. For more information on these packages, visit the Ai Squared website at www.aisquared.com, or contact your Ai Squared dealer.


Setting up your camera in your workspace

To achieve best performance and usability with the ZoomText Camera feature, use the following guidelines when setting up your camera in your workspace:

  • Position the camera as close as possible to your computer screen. This will allow you to easily manipulate items under the camera while viewing the image.
  • Make sure there is sufficient lighting around the camera to minimize shadows in the camera's view.
  • Adjust the camera stand so that the camera is about 4 inches from the target item.

Selecting a camera (when more than one camera
is present)

ZoomText automatically detects all webcams that are attached or built into your system. If your computer has more than one webcam, you will need to tell ZoomText which webcam you want it to use. This setting resides in the Camera settings in ZoomText's Tools dialog box.

�   To select a camera

  1. In the Tools menu, choose Camera...

The Tools dialog appears with the Camera tab displayed.

  1. In the Active Camera list box, choose the camera you want ZoomText Camera to use.
  2. Click the OK button.


Using ZoomText Camera

Use the following processes to start, configure and use ZoomText Camera.

�   To start ZoomText Camera

  1. On the Tools toolbar, click the Docked button.

The camera image appears in the top half of the screen while ZoomText's magnified view of the desktop remains on the bottom half of the screen. The ZoomText Camera toolbar appears in the bottom half.

  1. If the Camera toolbar is not in view, press
    CTRL + WINDOWS + T to bring the toolbar into view.

 

ZoomText Camera toolbar

 

�   To rotate the camera image

Place a document under the camera so that it is right-side up from your perspective. If the document is not oriented right-side up on the screen, click the Rotate button until the image appears right-side up.


�   To zoom the image in and out

Click the Zoom + and Zoom - buttons to adjust the magnification to a comfortable reading size.

�   To adjust the image colors

  1. Click the Color button.

The color menu appears.

  1. Choose between Normal (full color) and a variety of high-contrast Two-Color Schemes.

Note:   You can toggle between Normal (full color) and the selected Two-Color scheme using the Camera Two-Color On/Off hotkey: ALT + WINDOWS + SPACEBAR.


�   To adjust the camera clarity (Brightness/Contrast)

  1. Click the Clarity button.

The Camera Clarity dialog appears.

  1. Place a checkmark next to Enable brightness and contrast settings.
  2. Move the Brightness and Contrast sliders to adjust the clarity.
  3. Click the Reset button to return the Brightness and Contrast settings to the camera's defaults.
  4. Click the OK button.

Tip:     Use the Brightness setting to eliminate glare spots that are appearing in the image.

Note:   This button will be disabled (grayed out) if the active camera does not support adjustments to both brightness and contrast.


�   To adjust the camera focus

  1. Click the Focus button.

The Camera Focus dialog appears.

  1. Place a checkmark next to Enable manual camera focus.
  2. Move the Focus slider to adjust the image focus.
  3. Click the OK button.

Note:   This button will be disabled (grayed out) if the active camera does not support autofocus.

�   To move the docked view location

Click the Docked button. Each click cycles through the docked views in the following (clockwise) order: Docked Top > Docked Right > Docked Bottom > Docked Left.


�   To switch between Full and Docked views

Do one of the following:

  • From either Full or Docked view, press
    CTRL + WINDOWS + SPACEBAR.
  • From Docked View, on the ZoomText Camera toolbar click the Full button.

Note:   By default, when starting or switching ZoomText Camera into Full view, a dialog will appear to inform you that the ZoomText Camera toolbar is not available in Full view. The dialog also displays a list of hotkeys you can use to operate ZoomText Camera in Full view (or Docked view). Should you become stuck in Full view, press ESC to exit the ZoomText Camera.


�   To exit the ZoomText Camera

Do one of the following:

  • From Full view, press ESC.
  • From Docked view, click the Exit button.
  • From either Full or Docked view, press
    CTRL + WINDOWS + ENTER.

 

Camera Video and System Performance

On older computers, when using ZoomText Camera you may experience slow system and camera video performance when the camera is configured to run at a higher resolution, particularly at camera resolutions of 1280 and above. To resolve this problem, lower the camera resolution until your system and camera video performance is at an acceptable level. The resolution setting for ZoomText Camera is located in the Camera tab in ZoomText’s Tools dialog box. See "ZoomText Camera Settings" below.


ZoomText Camera Settings

The ZoomText Camera settings allow you to configure and launch the ZoomText Camera.

�   To configure the ZoomText Camera settings

In the Tools menu, choose Camera...

The Tools dialog appears with the Camera tab displayed.

 

ZoomText Camera dialog

The following table describes the ZoomText Camera settings.

 

Setting

Description

Active Camera

Displays the name of the camera currently being used by ZoomText and allows you to select a different camera.

Automatically set camera resolution for widest view

ZoomText auto-selects a camera resolution that provides the closest match to the screen resolution.

Resolution

Displays the current camera resolution and allows you to select a specific camera resolution. To use this setting you must uncheck Automatically set camera resolution for widest view.

Note:   Use of both a high resolution and a high frame rate may slow down overall system performance.

Frame Rate

Displays the current camera frame rate and allows you to select a specific camera frame rate.

Note:   Use of both a high resolution and a high frame rate may slow down overall system performance.

View Mode

Displays the current camera view and allows you to select a different view for the ZoomText Camera.

(Continued)

 

 

Image Rotation

Displays the current image rotation of the camera image and allows you to select a different image rotation.

Color

Displays the current color filter setting and allows you to select a different color filter.

Keep toolbar on top of other windows

When checked, the Camera toolbar stays in view (on top of other windows) even when it does not have focus.

Note:   This setting is also available in the system menu in the Camera title bar (displayed by clicking the Camera icon in the title bar of the Camera toolbar).

Display command instructions when activating Full view

Enables or disables displaying an alert with command instructions when switching to Full view.

Launch Camera

Launches the ZoomText Camera. This button is grayed out if the ZoomText Camera is already active.

 

 

 


ZoomText Camera Hotkeys

The following hotkeys can be used to operate the ZoomText Camera settings.

Commands

Keys

Camera On/Off

CTRL + WINDOWS + ENTER

Camera Toolbar

CTRL + WINDOWS + T

Camera Zoom In

CTRL + WINDOWS + UP

Camera Zoom Out

CTRL + WINDOWS + DOWN

Camera View: Full/Docked

CTRL + WINDOWS + SPACEBAR

Camera View: Cycle Docked

CTRL + WINDOWS + D

Camera View: Rotate Image

CTRL + WINDOWS + R

Camera Manual Focus On/Off

CTRL + WINDOWS + M

Camera Manual Focus In

CTRL + WINDOWS + RIGHT

Camera Manual Focus Out

CTRL + WINDOWS + LEFT

Camera Clarity On/Off

ALT + WINDOWS + C

Camera Clarity Reset

ALT + WINDOWS + R

(Continued)

 

 

Camera Brightness Increase

ALT + WINDOWS + UP

Camera Brightness Decrease

ALT + WINDOWS + DOWN

Camera Contrast Increase

ALT + WINDOWS + RIGHT

Camera Contrast Decrease

ALT + WINDOWS + LEFT

Camera Two-Color On/Off

ALT + WINDOWS + SPACEBAR

Camera Two-Color Scheme

ALT + WINDOWS + S

 

 

 


ZoomText Recorder

ZoomText Recorder allows you to turn text from documents, webpages, email or other sources into audio recordings that you can listen to on your computer or transfer to your mobile device for listening to on the go. You simply copy or select the text you want to record and start ZoomText Recorder. With a few simple steps you give your recording a friendly name, choose a destination to record to and click the record button. And each recording is created using your choice of ZoomText voices or any other voices available on your system. When choosing iTunes or Windows Media Player as your destination your recordings are conveniently placed in a "ZoomText Recorder" playlist. And when using iTunes your recordings can be automatically synced when you plug in your iPod, iPhone or other iDevice.


Starting ZoomText Recorder

There are two ways to record text when starting ZoomText Recorder. ZoomText Recorder can record text that you have copied to the Windows Clipboard or text that you have selected in the active application.

�   To record text from the Windows Clipboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Select the text that you want to record and copy it to the Windows Clipboard.
  2. Use one of the following methods to start ZoomText Recorder:
    • Press the Record Clipboard Text hotkey:
      CTRL + CAPS LOCK + C.
    • On the Tools toolbar, select Recorder.

The ZoomText Recorder dialog appears.

�   To record text selected in the active application

  1. Select the text you want to record.
  2. Press the Record Selected Text hotkey:
    CTRL + CAPS LOCK + S.

The ZoomText Recorder dialog appears.


Completing the recording process

When you start ZoomText Recorder its dialog appears with the captured text ready to record. All you have to do is choose the desired recording options and select the Record Text button. A progress indicator appears during the recording process to let you know that it is working. You can stay and watch the progress indicator or switch to another application and make better use of your time. A friendly chime will sound when the recording process is complete.

Recording times vary depending on the size of the text selection, chosen synthesizer, destination and speed of the system. However, our general rule of thumb for recording time is about 5 to 10 seconds per page of text.

Note:   When "Record text to:" is set to iTunes the iTunes application will open at the end of the recording process.

 

 

ZoomText Recorder dialog

 

 

 

 

Setting

Description

Record text to:

Selects the destination for your recording. Choices are iTunes, Windows Media Player or to a file.

Note:  This overrides the Group Name setting.

Track Name

Allows you to type a meaningful name for your recording. Each time new text is captured the track name is automatically set to the first 5 words of the captured text. You can type over this text.

Note:   Invalid file naming characters are replaced with the underscore character.

Track Type

Selects or displays the type of audio file format in which the recorded text will be saved.

If "Record Text To" is set to File, you can choose WAV or WMA.

If "Record Text To" is set to iTunes, the audio file is automatically set to MP3.

If "Record Text To" is set to Windows Media Player, the audio file is automatically set to WMA.

(Continued)

 

 

Track Location

Displays the current folder location where the audio file will be saved and allows you to enter a new folder location.

Note:   The control is disabled (grayed out) when the Track Location is set to iTunes—because the location is predefined for iTunes.


Browse...

Opens a Windows Explorer dialog for selecting a location to save the audio file.

Note:   The button is disabled (grayed out) when the Track Location is set to iTunes.

Record Text

Initiates the recording process. During the recording process this button changes to "Cancel Recording".

Listen to Preview / Cancel Preview

Speaks up to the first 400 words of the captures text. During the preview this button changes to "Cancel Preview".

Capture Clipboard

Captures the text currently in the Windows Clipboard (replacing the previously captured text).

Show / Hide Synthesizer Settings

Expands and collapses the section of the ZoomText Recorder dialog that contains the synthesizer settings.

(Continued)

 

 

 

Synthesizer

Displays a list of available synthesizers on your system.

Note:   ZoomText supports SAPI 4 and SAPI 5 based speech synthesizers.

Voice

Displays a list of available voices in the selected synthesizer.

Rate

Adjusts the voice rate (if supported by the synthesizer).

Pitch

Adjusts the voice pitch (if supported by the synthesizer).

Volume

Adjusts the voice volume (if supported by the synthesizer).

 

 


Background Reader

Background Reader allows you to listen to documents, webpages, email or any text while you simultaneously perform other tasks. You simply copy or select the text you want to listen to and start Background Reader. While the text is being read aloud, you are free to type notes, browse the web or do other work on your computer.

Starting Background Reader

There are two ways to capture text when starting Background Reader. Background Reader can read text that you have copied to the Windows Clipboard or text that you have selected in the active application.

�   To read text from the Windows Clipboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Select the text that you want to listen to and copy it to the Windows Clipboard.
  2. Use one of the following methods to start Background Reader:
    • Press the Read Clipboard Text hotkey:
      CAPS LOCK + C.
    • On the Tools toolbar, select BgRdr.

The Background Reader toolbar appears and automatically starts reading the text you placed in the Windows Clipboard.

 

 

�   To read text selected in the active application

  1. Select the text you want to listen to.
  2. Press the Read Selected Text hotkey: CAPS LOCK + S.

The Background Reader toolbar appears and automatically starts reading the text you selected in the active application.

Note:   If the toolbar does not appear when starting Background Reader the "Start toolbar minimized" option has been selected in the Background Reader settings. To access and disable this setting, Background Reader Settings see "Background Reader Settings" in this chapter.


Operating Background Reader

Once you have started Background Reader you can operate it using the toolbar or the hotkeys. The toolbar is an easy way to get started and learn how Background Reader works. However, we highly recommend learning to use the hotkeys as they will allow you to seamlessly control Background Reader while you are working in other applications (without having to switch back and forth) and realize the true multitasking potential of Background Reader.

 

Background Reader toolbar

 

�   To operate Background Reader using the toolbar

  1. To start and stop reading, click the Play/Pause button.
  2. To skim forward and backward, click the Sentence and Word buttons.
  3. To restart reading at the beginning, click the Restart button.
  4. To read new text that you have placed in the Windows Clipboard, click the Capture button.
  5. To exit Background Reader, click the Exit button.


�   To bring the Background Reader toolbar into view

When Background Reader is running you can bring its toolbar into view by pressing Caps Lock + T.

�   To operate Background Reader using hotkeys

Use the following commands:

Commands

Keys

BGR Read Clipboard Text

CAPS LOCK + C

BGR Read Selected Text

CAPS LOCK + S

BGR Play / Pause

CAPS LOCK + ENTER

BGR Restart
(from the beginning)

CAPS LOCK + BACKSPACE

BGR Next Sentence

CAPS LOCK + RIGHT

BGR Current Sentence

CAPS LOCK + SPACEBAR

BGR Previous Sentence

CAPS LOCK + LEFT

BGR Next Word

CTRL + CAPS LOCK + RIGHT

BGR Current Word

CTRL + CAPS LOCK + SPACEBAR

BGR Previous Word

CTRL + CAPS LOCK + LEFT

BGR Show Toolbar

CAPS LOCK + T

BGR Exit

CAPS LOCK + ESC

 

 

 


Background Reader Settings

The Background Reader settings allow you to choose how the toolbar appears when you start and run Background Reader.

�   To adjust the Background Reader settings

  1. In the Tools menu, choose Background Reader...

The Tools dialog appears with the Background Reader tab displayed.

  1. Adjust the Background Reader settings as desired.
  2. Select the OK button.

 

Background Reader dialog

 

 

Setting

Description

Keep toolbar on top of other windows

The Background Reader toolbar will remain on top of all other application windows even when ZoomText is not the active application.

Start toolbar minimized when launched by hotkey

When Background Reader is started by a hotkey (Read Clipboard Text or Read Selected Text), the toolbar starts up minimized to the Windows taskbar.

 

 


ZoomText ImageReader

ZoomText ImageReader is a companion product to ZoomText Magnifier/Reader that allows you to scan and read printed materials and convert them into electronic documents or audio files. Image Reader comes with a state of the art document camera that is USB powered and fits in a laptop bag or backpack—ideal for on the go users and when away from a power source.

Buttons for launching ZoomText ImageReader appear on ZoomText's Tools toolbar. This buttons are only enabled when ZoomText ImageReader is installed on the system.

For more information on ZoomText ImageReader, visit the Ai Squared website at www.aisquared.com, or contact your Ai Squared dealer.

   

Was this article helpful?
0 out of 0 found this helpful
Have more questions? Submit a request
Powered by Zendesk