What's New in MAGic 13 Screen Magnification Software

This page describes the new features and improvements available in MAGic 13.

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  • MAGic 13 Enhancements, for a complete list of fixes made in this release, including the most recent update.
  • Read previous MAGic release notes by selecting a version from the list

MAGic 13.1 Features

MAGic 13.1 offers several new features and improvements as described on this page. To learn more, read the entire What's New, or, if you are a MAGic user, press INSERT+F6 to open a list of headings and then jump directly to a specific item.

MAGic 13.1 Free Update from MAGic 13.0

If you have automatic update notification enabled in MAGic 13.0, you will receive a message stating that MAGic 13.1 is available for download. To install this new version, simply run the installation.

While this is a free update from MAGic 13.0 to 13.1, a significant change was made to the file structure, which now makes it easier and faster for localization in the future. To do this, we are incorporating speech from JAWS 17 and using the new file structure changes that were introduced when JAWS 17 was released in October 2015.

In MAGic, we are doing this without going to version 14, which would result in a cost to a user’s SMA count. However, it does mean that we decided to do a clean install starting with version 13.1. As a result, after you update to 13.1, you will find that MAGic 13.0 is still installed on your machine. You can safely uninstall MAGic 13.0 at any time, without removing shared components, and 13.1 will continue to function as expected.

Microsoft Office 2016 Support

MAGic 13.1 now includes support for Microsoft Office 2016.

Navigation Quick Keys Now Remain Active when Navigating Between Web Pages

Navigation Quick Keys allow you to move easily and quickly around web pages and PDF files. By default, Navigation Quick Keys are off and can be toggled on by pressing INSERT+Z.

The setting for Navigation Quick Keys is now persistent during a web browser session. For example, if you toggle on Navigation Quick Keys, they will remain on as you load new web pages and switch between browser tabs. When you switch to a different application, or close the web browser, Navigation Quick Keys will return to the default value.

Enhancements in MAGic 13.1.1216 (November 2016)

The following is a list of improvements made between MAGic 13.1.1207 and MAGic 13.1.1216.

To download the latest release, visit the Downloads web page.

  • Beginning with the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition released by Microsoft in August 2016, when MAGic starts, it now tells Windows 10 that you are using MAGic and asks Windows to avoid forcing you into Edge when searching the web using Cortana. As a result, Cortana web searches will instead be done using Internet Explorer. This change has no impact in prior Windows 10 releases.
  • Resolved a reported issue where MAGic was not correctly reading form fields on certain web pages in Internet Explorer 11.
  • Resolved focus enhancement issues when quickly scrolling through a web page.
  • When using the ALT+NUMBER ROW keystrokes to read the contents of the various fields in a meeting request in Outlook 2013 and later, resolved an issue where the field content was not matching the prompt.
  • Fixed an issue related to typing in LinkedIn’s chat feature.
  • Improved stability for issues identified by users through MAGic’s error reporting feature.

Enhancements in MAGic 13.1.1207 (August 2016)

The following is a list of improvements made between MAGic 13.1.1198 and MAGic 13.1.1207.

Windows 10

  • Resolved an issue with Windows 10 and Citrix not allowing more than one person at a time to log in to a Citrix server.
  • Issue with Windows Store shutting down unexpectedly when MAGic is running has been resolved.
  • Resolved an issue where MAGic support for the Windows 10 Calculator was not working as expected.
  • Improved MAGic performance in the Windows 10 Open With dialog box, which allows you to select the application to use to open the current file.
  • The MAGic settings for the Windows 10 Task Manager are now loaded as expected.

MAGic

  • Focus tracking and the display of the focus enhancement now work correctly when magnification is set to 1x.
  • Reported instability issues when running MAGic at the same time as Window Eyes have been resolved.
  • Corrected an issue where the mouse was stopping growth in step with magnification levels before it reached a size one-third the height of the screen.
  • Increased the maximum size of the mouse to allow the mouse to be up to 6x normal mouse size.
  • Due to issues with obtaining results from 411.com, the People Search Research It lookup source has been updated to use the web site 10digits.us. To search, you now only need to enter the person's first and last name. If you receive too many results, you can narrow the search further by typing the person's first and last name followed by a comma, and then the city and state, or zip code. For example, John Smith, Saint Petersburg FL, or John Smith, 33716.
  • Dictionary pronunciation rules have been added so that MAGic now correctly speaks the name "Ai Squared."
  • Addressed reported instances where MAGic was unexpectedly closing or restarting in some Windows 10 apps.

Microsoft Excel

  • Addressed issues with opening drop-down lists contained in cells.
  • Resolved a reported issue where combo boxes in the Sort dialog box were not being read as expected.
  • Resolved an issue with Excel 2013 and later where pressing ALT+EQUALS to add the numbers in a column or row was not announcing the range of cells to be included in the total.

Microsoft Outlook

  • Corrected an issue when reading messages in Outlook 2016 where MAGic was speaking the word "blank" when reading by Say All or by line.
  • MAGic now tracks the typing location when typing in the Location field of new appointments.
  • When the Go To dialog box is launched using CTRL+Y in Outlook, MAGic now immediately moves visual focus to this dialog box.
  • If a meeting request or reminder is received while typing an email message, addressed an issue where MAGic was saying "selected" when pressing the SPACEBAR.

Microsoft PowerPoint

  • When using INSERT+F7 to list the links on a slide, addressed a customer reported issue where the URL of the link was being displayed instead of the actual text of the link.

Microsoft Word

  • In Word 2013 and Word 2016, addressed a customer reported issue where MAGic was announcing "find and replace" instead of "go to" when pressing CTRL+G.

Web Browsers

  • Corrected an issue in Internet Explorer when using SHIFT+TAB to move backwards through a form. MAGic would announce check boxes as buttons.
  • Resolved a reported issue with Internet Explorer's Add a Favorite dialog box where MAGic was not reading the "Create in" combo box.
  • In Firefox, addressed a reported issue where the contents of some edit fields were not being read by MAGic while navigating using the Arrow keys.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue with ARIA alerts not being spoken consistently in Internet Explorer.

EndNote

  • EndNote would not launch from the Start Menu if MAGic was installed. This has been resolved.

Enhancements in MAGic 13.1.1198 (May 2016)

The following is a list of improvements made between MAGic 13.1.1103 and MAGic 13.1.1198.

MAGic

  • MAGic has been modified to ensure compatibility with a WINDOWS 10 update that is scheduled for summer 2016.
  • Dictionary pronunciation rules have been added so that MAGic now correctly speaks the abbreviation for American Printing House as "A P H."
  • Resolved an issue where some settings were temporarily saved while others were permanently saved when making changes through the MAGic Options dialog box (MAGic Key+O). All changes made through this dialog box are now temporary for the current session of MAGic. To make these changes permanent, save them as default settings or application-specific settings in the MAGic File menu.
  • Resolved an issue where on occasion MAGic could become unresponsive for several seconds when switching between apps.
  • In Windows 10, addressed a reported issue where MAGic was not announcing the current level when expanding or collapsing tree view items, such as books in the Contents tree view in the MAGic help system.
  • The new "Detect Keyboard Language" option in the Preferences dialog box has been added for international customers. When selected, typing echo uses the default language and keyboard layout as set in Windows. For example, if the default language and layout is Spanish, but your voice profile uses English, typing echo will still be in Spanish. When cleared, typing echo is in the same language as your current voice profile.

Microsoft Excel

  • Resolved a reported issue where combo boxes in the Sort dialog box were not being read as expected.

Microsoft Office

  • An issue was reported where the screen would sometimes flash as the mouse pointer moved over ribbons in Office 2013. This has been fixed.

Microsoft Outlook

  • If a meeting request or reminder is received while typing an email message, addressed an issue where MAGic was saying "selected" when pressing the SPACEBAR.

Microsoft PowerPoint

  • When using INSERT+F7 to list the links on a slide, addressed a customer reported issue where the URL of the link was being displayed instead of the actual text of the link.

Web Browsers

  • Fixed an issue with Firefox where you could not copy text to the clipboard using standard keyboard commands.
  • Resolved an issue with Chrome where hot keys that use the SHIFT key were not working.
  • MAGic now recognizes ARIA switch controls and correctly announces the on/off state as they are toggled using the SPACEBAR.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue with ARIA alerts not being spoken consistently in Internet Explorer.

Enhancements in MAGic 13.1.1103 (April 2016)

The following is a list of improvements made between MAGic 13.1.1006 and MAGic 13.1.1103.

MAGic

  • Improved stability for issues identified by users through MAGic’s error reporting feature.
  • Improvements continue to be made to MAGic’s performance when running with JAWS 17.
  • Resolved an issue with Internet Explorer 11 where cursor enhancements would not display when typing in edit fields.
  • The Transition Animation feature can now have application specific settings. For example, you can leave the default Transition Animation Focus Duration at 50 percent, but set this animation to be much faster in a specific application such as Word.
  • When using Locator, the Full Cross style was not working in Full screen view. This has been fixed.
  • MAGic 13.1 installation no longer fails when reinstalling MAGic with JAWS 17 running.

Enhancements in MAGic 13.1.1006 (February 2016)

The following is a list of improvements made between MAGic 13.0.1126 and MAGic 13.1.1006.

MAGic

  • Improved stability for issues identified by users through MAGic’s error reporting feature.
  • Fixed an issue regarding verbose speech in Outlook 2016 message list when running MAGic and JAWS together.
  • MAGic now provides keyboard echo when performing a cut, copy, or paste.
  • It is now much easier to explore the variety of provided schemes for Mouse, Cursor, and Color enhancements when using the MAGic Large Print Keyboard. The following key combinations allow users to rotate through the schemes available on their system, including custom created schemes.

SwitchToNextMouseEnhancementScheme = Shift+MkMouseEnhancements

SwitchToNextCursorEnhancementScheme = Shift+MkCursorEnhancements

SwitchToNextColorEnhancementScheme = Shift+MkColorEnhancements

Note: Add CTRL to the above key combinations to rotate the prior schemes.

Web Browsers

  • Mouse echo now works in Firefox.
  • Corrected an off-set spotlighting issue in Internet Explorer during a SayAll when the reading was in a bulleted list.
  • Fixed an issue with printing in Internet Explorer 11 while running MAGic.
  • When opening a list of form fields on a web page (INSERT+F5), some fields were not displaying properly if they contained HTML markup. This issue has been fixed.
  • MAGic now correctly announces the presence of edit fields when moving through web pages.
  • Addressed an issue in Internet Explorer where MAGic would repeat text when using the DOWN ARROW to move through a web page.
  • Microsoft Edge no longer fails to operate if MAGic is installed on the same Windows 10 computer.

Microsoft Office

  • Corrected misplaced spotlighting in Word 2013 and Word 2016 when navigating by paragraphs using CTRL+DOWN ARROW or CTRL+UP ARROW keyboard commands.
  • Cursor tracking performance has been improved. Some of the resolved issues address loss of tracking in Office 2010 and Word 2016, and text rendering in web browsers.
  • Fixed an issue where certain controls in dialog boxes were not rendered correctly when magnified. This was observed on Windows 8.1 computers running Outlook 2013.
  • Fixed an issue with PowerPoint that was keeping MAGic from speaking.
  • Corrected an issue with Focus Enhancement not tracking the Excel Function list box correctly in Excel 2013.

Windows

  • Resolved an issue where items on the screen are not rendering correctly when MAGic is installed on a Windows 7 computer.
  • Cursor focus no longer returns to the area of the screen where the Password box was located after unlocking a computer.

MAGic 13.0 Features

Below are the features and improvements introduced in earlier versions of MAGic 13.0.

Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Support

MAGic 13 or later now runs on Windows® 8.1 and Windows 10 computers. All MAGic features that you are used to using in Windows 7 are now available in Windows 8.1 or later.

Text Viewer

Text Viewer™ is a rectangular window that displays a continuous line of text across the top or bottom of your screen. It provides clarity and ease of reading by allowing you to work in a live application while referencing normalized text in the Text Viewer window. You control the text formatting (font styles and colors) that displays in the window so that it is easier for you to read documents, e-mails, Web pages, and more. This is very useful when you encounter text that is difficult to read because of its formatting, varying sized text, and contrasting colors used in the application.

Text Viewer eliminates the need to adjust the magnification level of the screen when trying to follow along with what MAGic is reading. This is especially helpful when reading by Say All. The Text Viewer also provides easy right and left line panning using the MAGic Key+CTRL+RIGHT ARROW and MAGic Key+CTRL+LEFT ARROW hot keys.

The text shown in the Text Viewer window follows your navigation within Windows. For example, if the cursor is moved, the text at the cursor position displays in the Text Viewer window. Likewise, if you navigate with the mouse, the text that comes in contact with the mouse displays in the Text Viewer window. Although Text Viewer can be placed at the top or bottom of your screen, it does not block any part of the screen. You are still able to see everything that displays on your screen.

To toggle Text Viewer on or off, press MAGic Key+CTRL+V.

Press The Text Viewer button  when using the MAGic Large Print Keyboard.

New Magnification Levels

MAGic now provides more incremental magnification levels between 2x and 4x, making more of the screen available at comfortable reading levels for users working in the 1x to 4x magnification range. New high level magnification levels have also been added with single-level magnification jumps all the way to 60x magnification. You can choose among the following magnification levels:

  • 1x to 2x in nine magnification increments (1.1x to 1.9x)
  • 2x to 3x in three magnification increments (2.25x, 2.5x, and 2.75x)
  • 3x to 4x in three magnification increments (3.25x, 3.5x, and 3.75x)
  • 4x to 60x in whole number increments

Mouse Border Color

A common problem when using magnification programs and inverting screen colors has always been that the mouse border becomes hidden in dark backgrounds.

MAGic now makes it possible to change the border color of the mouse pointer, making it visible even on inverted colored or dark backgrounds. This, in addition to the mouse enhancements, makes it easier to locate and see the mouse against the current screen color enhancements.

Vocalizer Expressive Synthesizer

MAGic supports Vocalizer™ Expressive voices from Nuance® Communications. These new voices work exclusively with MAGic 13 or later and JAWS 15 or later. Vocalizer Expressive offers many benefits including pitch control, so you can more easily identify upper case characters, improved performance, especially in the areas of latency and speech quality, as well as support for a wide variety of languages.

To download these voices, visit the Vocalizer Expressive Voices Web page. If MAGic 13 is already installed, you can also open the Web page by pressing ALT+F, choosing the Help menu, and then More Voices. Each voice can be downloaded as high premium or premium. The high premium voices are large files, but offer the highest quality speech. The premium voices offer very good speech quality and a smaller file size. Both high premium and premium versions of a voice can be installed on the same computer so they can be compared. After installing a voice, a Vocalizer Expressive profile is added to the list of MAGic voice profiles.

If you have JAWS on your computer, and you previously installed Vocalizer Expressive voices, there is no need to install them again for MAGic. Simply switch to the Vocalizer Expressive voice profile in MAGic.

Enhanced Language Support in Voice Profiles

The Voice Adjustment dialog box has been modified so that you can configure individual settings for each available language in the same voice profile.

A voice profile consists of settings for the synthesizer, language, voice, and other speech items that define how MAGic speaks. Traditionally in MAGic, users have created specific language voice profiles, along with task specific profiles such as profiles for proofreading, pleasure reading, and speed reading. Beginning with MAGic 13, single profiles can now contain the settings for multiple languages, allowing users to have a single task specific profile that works regardless of the language they switch to.

For example, if a person spoke English, Spanish, and French, they can create a single "proofreading" profile. With speech set to English, they would turn on the announcement of all punctuation and set the speaking rate to be a little slower than their normal reading rate. Next, they would switch the language to Spanish, choose their preferred voice, and make the punctuation and reading rate changes. After that, they would do the same for French and save their profile with "proofreading" as the name. This proofreading profile can now be used regardless of whether the voice is set to English, French, or Spanish.

As with previous versions of MAGic, you can set profiles to automatically be used when you enter specific applications. For example, you may want a profile that simply sets punctuation to "All" when your focus is in a coding application.

Finally, you can also now manually switch to another language in the current profile using the Select a Language dialog box (WINDOWS Key+CTRL+L). This displays a list of all currently available languages. Select the language you want to use, and MAGic then switches to it and applies the appropriate settings you specified in the Voice Adjustment dialog box. The selected language remains active until you change to a different profile, or press WINDOWS Key+CTRL+L again to change languages.

Improved Performance with Microsoft Office 2013

A significant increase in speech and tracking performance has been made with Office 2013. You will notice better responsiveness with focus tracking, mouse speech, and Text Viewer operation.

Updated Skype Support

MAGic offers support for the latest version of Skype™. Using Skype, you can make free voice and video calls as well as send and receive instant messages with other users across the Internet. Make sure to update to the latest version of Skype to take full advantage of MAGic's Skype support.

For best results, it is recommended that you switch to Compact View, which displays your Contact list in the main window, while conversations are displayed in their own separate windows. You can then use ALT+TAB or the Windows List dialog box (INSERT+F10) to move between conversation windows and the Skype main window.

To switch to Compact View, press ALT+V, and then choose Compact view.

Some other key enhancements include:

  • If you are in a chat window typing messages back and forth with another Skype user, MAGic automatically announces incoming messages as they are received. If you are involved in multiple conversations and you are using the Compact View, which opens each conversation in a separate window, MAGic will also read incoming messages from other conversations in the background.
  • Pressing CTRL in conjunction with number 1 through 0 on the number row will read the last 10 items in the history list with CTRL+1 being the most recent.
  • Pressing CTRL+SHIFT+E will move focus to the chat entry field if the currently open Skype window contains one.
  • Pressing CTRL+WINDOWS Key in conjunction with number 1 through 5 on the number row will let you specify up to 5 conversation windows you can quickly switch to by pressing INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by number 1 through 5.

Navigation Quick Key Changes

Several Navigation Quick Key assignments have been changed. Below are the new assignments.

  • Next Radio Button. A
  • Previous Radio Button. SHIFT+A
  • Next Region. R
  • Previous Region. SHIFT+R
  • Move to the main region of a page. Q
  • Next OnMouseOver. SEMICOLON
  • Previous OnMouseOver. SHIFT+SEMICOLON
  • Jump to Table Cell. CTRL+WINDOWS Key+J
  • Jump Return from Table Cell. CTRL+SHIFT+WINDOWS Key+J

Initial State of NUM LOCK

The "Initial State of NUM LOCK Key" option allows you to control whether or not the NUM LOCK key is enabled when MAGic starts. This new option is available in Preferences in the File menu.

MAGic uses the numeric keypad to perform numerous speech, magnification, tracking, and panning functions.  By default, the NUM LOCK key is turned off when MAGic starts so that you can easily use these functions.  However, you may have a job that requires extensive use of the numeric keypad, in which case, you must always turn on the NUM LOCK key after MAGic starts.

You can always quickly toggle NUM LOCK when you want to use the keypad for MAGic commands.

New FSReader 3 with HTML Support

A new version of FSReader, Freedom Scientific's DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) book reader, is included with MAGic 13. In FSReader 3, the text area of the book is now in HTML format, which means you can navigate using the same techniques that you use on the Web. For example, you can use Navigation Quick Keys such as H to move by heading or P to move by paragraph.

To learn more about using FSReader 3 to access DAISY content, refer to the FSReader Getting Started book which can be accessed by pressing F1 while in FSReader.

Download Freedom Scientific Training Materials Using FSReader 3

You will now download and install Freedom Scientific training DAISY books directly through FSReader 3. Training materials will no longer be listed in the Check for Updates dialog box.

To access Freedom Scientific training DAISY books, do the following:

  1. Start FSReader 3.
  2. Press ALT+F to open the File menu and choose "Open MAGic Training Table of Contents." The MAGic table of contents opens automatically.
  3. Each available DAISY book is identified as a link. Navigate to the book you want to open and press ENTER. If the selected book has not yet been installed on your computer, FSReader will automatically download and install the book and then open it. Otherwise, the selected book is opened.

Error Reporting

The MAGic error reporting feature allows you to send information over the Internet to Freedom Scientific about any MAGic errors. If MAGic unexpectedly closes, a memory dump file, containing diagnostic information, is created in the MAGic user settings folder.

If you also experience any issues where MAGic appears to still be running, but you have lost speech, you can press INSERT+WINDOWS Key+F4 to manually close MAGic, terminate all related processes, and create the memory dump file. After the file is created, MAGic restarts and gives you the option of sending the error report to Freedom Scientific. No personal information about you is included in the report.

MAGic Recovery Hot Key

If MAGic hangs and fails to respond to keyboard input, you can easily recover using the new hot key, MAGic Key+WINDOWS Key+F8. This action causes MAGic to shut down and automatically restart.

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Enhancements in MAGic 13.0.1126 (September 2015)

The following is a list of improvements made between MAGic 13.0.1119 and MAGic 13.0.1126.

Transition Animation Feature

Display dialog box showing the Transition Animation itemsTransition Animation produces a continuous smooth motion on the screen when changing magnification levels, moving focus between objects, or when moving to the beginning of a new line or column while reading with Say All. This eliminates the visual jump often seen when performing these actions.

To quickly see this feature in action, use the 1x Toggle button to switch between the current magnification level and 1x magnification.

There are three types of animation: magnification, focus, and Say All. You can make independent adjustments to any animation speed, or disable any animation using items in the Display dialog box. (Press ALT+F, and then Display from the Visual menu to open the Display dialog box.)

Transition Animation is available only for Windows 8.1 or later.

What people are saying about Transition Animation

“BTW, I love the animation feature. It really helps me orient to where I am on the screen when jumping around and switching between 1x and higher magnification levels with MAGic Key plus Delete.” – Jeff

“With the new transition animation, the screen looks more peaceful while navigating and increasing / decreasing the magnification level.” – Timothy

“The new animation feature is fantastic!” – John

“The smoothness of the animation makes it so easy to tell what is happening on the screen.” – Karl

“The new transition animation feature is great! I really like it.” – Kostadin

Windows 10

  • Support for the Windows 10 Start Menu has been expanded. MAGic now speaks the topmost item in the Start Menu when you are typing in the menu’s Search box.
  • Focus tracking has improved when running MAGic with Windows 10.

IBM Notes (formerly Lotus Notes)

  • Corrected issues when using the meeting and chat features in IBM® Sametime®.

MAGic

  • The Locator is now visible when using inverted colors in documents with white backgrounds.
  • Corrected an issue with cursor enhancements not functioning in Visual Studio 2013.
  • Text that has focus is now properly displayed in the Text Viewer window when navigating in Firefox.
  • Automatic panning is smoother when panning horizontally or vertically.
  • Focus enhancement functionality is now stable when working with Outlook 2013.
  • The mouse pointer is no longer hidden when using Remote Desktop or Citrix with Windows Server 2012.
  • Several improvements have been made to MAGic’s performance and stability.
  • MAGic would sometimes speak erroneous information in an email when navigating between the Subject field and message area in a Windows Live Mail message. This has been corrected.
  • EndNote® research software now works correctly when launched from the Start menu while MAGic is running.
  • Keyboard support for the Speech Rate slider has been expanded in MAGic. The UP ARROW and DOWN ARROW now change the speech rate, similar to the LEFT and RIGHT ARROWS.

Enhancements in MAGic 13.0.1119 (July 2015)

The following is a list of improvements made between MAGic 13.0.1006 and MAGic 13.0.1119.

Windows 10 Support

  • MAGic will install and run correctly with Windows 10 releases. MAGic 13.0.1119 is the first build targeted for use in Windows 10. Anyone planning on updating must first update to this build or later. For information, see Windows 10 upgrade.

MAGic

  • MAGic now displays smoother movement up and down or across the screen when using automatic panning. This is especially noticeable when increasing or decreasing panning speed during automatic panning.
  • We have added keyboard functionality when focus is on the Speech Rate slider of the MAGic Toolbar. Now, in addition to using the ARROW keys to change the value, you can jump in larger increments using the PAGE UP and PAGE DOWN keys. The new speech rate is also announced as it is increased or decreased.
  • Resolved an issue where Research It was not yielding any results in the Wikipedia lookup source.
  • Considerable speed improvements have been made when copying large passages of text while running MAGic with web browsers and PDF documents
  • MAGic now correctly announces if text smoothing is enabled or disabled when you toggle it on or off. This applies when running MAGic on a Windows 8.1 computer.

Microsoft Office

  • An issue with Outlook 2007 when running international versions of MAGic 13 using magnification levels above 3x has been resolved
  • The slide thumbnails on the Slides tab in PowerPoint 2013 now display correctly when running with MAGic 13

Windows Live Mail

  • Fixed an issue in Windows Live Mail where MAGic was speaking information unrelated to the email you were composing or reading

Mozilla Firefox

  • Resolved an issue with Forms Mode not working as expected after using the ALT+DOWN ARROW keystroke to open a combo box
  • When using the Select a Form Field dialog box (INSERT+F5) to move to a specific form field, an issue has been resolved where MAGic was not automatically reading the field prompt when focus moved to it

Mozilla Thunderbird

  • Improved MAGic performance when navigating large messages. In addition, MAGic no longer reads the selected item twice after deleting a message.

Facebook

  • When running MAGic and JAWS together on the Facebook web site, a problem was observed with some Navigation Quick Keys and punctuation symbol keys conflicting with dedicated Facebook actions. These keystrokes are now correctly passed through to Facebook.

Enhancements in MAGic 13.0.1006 (June 2015)

The following is a list of improvements made between MAGic 13.0.704 and MAGic 13.0.1006.

JAWS and MAGic 90-day Timed License

The popular JAWS 90-day timed license has been expanded to include MAGic. This means that when you purchase a timed license, you can download both JAWS and MAGic for use over a 90-day period. This period begins when the first product is authorized for use. The same authorization will work for both products. For more information or to purchase a 90-Day license, contact your Freedom Scientific dealer or visit the Freedom Scientific eStore.

Text Smoothing Effects in Windows 8.1

Text smoothing compensates for the stair-step effect that appears as screen objects are magnified. In MAGic, text smoothing is on by default and can be adjusted using the Display dialog box. To open the dialog box, choose the MAGic Main menu button in the upper left corner of the MAGic user interface, and then choose Visual followed by Display.

Because everyone has different vision needs, MAGic also offers several smoothing effects. These different effects produce a better rendering of solid colors to enhance the edges of letters and other screen objects. Some effects cause letters to appear thicker, while others sharpen the contrast between adjoining colors.

You are encouraged to try each style and choose the one that works best for you. Keep in mind that your favorite may not be the best for another MAGic user.

Text Smoothing Fixes

  • Issues found with Text smoothing in Windows Explorer and Excel have been resolved.
  • Text smoothing now works consistently in remote desktop and Citrix environments.

Mouse Echo

  • Mouse Echo now correctly reads the line at the mouse when working in PDF documents.

Focus Tracking

  • An issue with MAGic not always following the screen focus after working with modern applications, such as Mail, has been resolved
  • The focus enhancement now works correctly, appearing around the item with focus when working in Mozilla Thunderbird email.

Cursor Enhancements

  • Resolved an issue with the cursor enhancement not displaying after a workstation has been locked.
  • An issue with the cursor tracking in the Share Calendar of Outlook 2013 has been fixed

Invert Colors

  • When using Windows themes that provide a dark background and light colored text, it was found that when MAGic spotlighted the words while reading, the spotlighted word was very low contrast and hard to read. This issue has been fixed.

HD Text Removed

  • The HD Text option has been removed for Windows 8 and later. MAGic 13 introduced a new smoothing option which provides a faster startup time, increased performance, and improved stability. The new smoothing works in all applications throughout the operating system.

Enhancements in MAGic 13.0.704 (May 2015)

The following is a list of improvements made between MAGic 13.0.681 and MAGic 13.0.704.

Focus Tracking

  • In the Windows 8 Start screen, tile names appear in the lower left corner of each tile. MAGic now brings this part of the tile into view when the tile gains focus. At higher magnification, this reduces the amount of scrolling needed to learn which tile has focus.
  • Focus tracking has improved in this release. It was observed that the Focus rectangle would sometimes remain in place instead of moving to the current focus position when scrolling or navigating by keystrokes in Microsoft Office applications. This has been corrected.
  • MAGic now correctly tracks focus when typing or navigating in PowerPoint
  • Corrected issues preventing MAGic from properly tracking OpenBook document reading

Windows Software

  • In Word 2013, it was noticed that MAGic was not reading text when using the Say Sentence (MAGic Key+S) and Say Paragraph (MAGic Key+P) hot keys. This issue has been fixed.
  • In Microsoft Word 2013, nothing was announced when using MAGic’s table reading commands (ALT+CTRL+ARROW keys) to navigate in tables. This has been fixed.
  • In the Outlook 2013 Calendar, there was no spoken feedback when you moved into or out of whole day appointment cells in the day, work day, and week views. This has been fixed.
  • If the fields in a Word 2013 form contained F1 help, MAGic would speak the entire prompt for the current form field every time a character was typed. This issue has been fixed.
  • Corrected issues when launching MAGic on a Windows 2012 R2 server

MAGic

  • The French Canadian (FRC) version of MAGic 13 is now available for download from the Freedom Scientific web site
  • Navigation Quick Keys can now be toggled on and off (MAGic Key+Z) when running MAGic and JAWS together
  • A problem was observed with keyboard navigation in the System Tray. This would occur when running MAGic from the System Tray. This issue has been fixed.
  • Problems found when compiling Citrix and Terminal Services scripts have been fixed
  • Issues identified by MAGic’s error reporting feature have been resolved

Speech

  • MAGic was reading hidden links and other content on web pages. This problem has been resolved.
  • MAGic's Mouse Echo feature was not working as expected when running MAGic 13 and JAWS 16 together. This has been fixed.

Research It

  • The People Search lookup was timing out before presenting results. This has been fixed, and People Search is now working again.
  • The NBA and NHL lookup sources were not working correctly due to changes to team names and abbreviations on the source web site. These lookup sources are now working correctly.

Text Smoothing

  • Text smoothing improvements have been made to the way certain fonts look in magnified screens. Characters, such as the letters t, f, s, and g, are noticeably sharper and smoother.

iTunes

  • Cursor enhancements are now visible when typing in the iTunes Sign In dialog box

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Frequently Asked Questions

Question: If I download the MAGic 13 release from the Web, should I install MAGic from the DVD when I receive it?

Answer: No. You only need to install the training materials that are on the MAGic program DVD. This information is available in a digital document format known as DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System). To install these files, do the following:

  1. Insert your MAGic program DVD into your disk drive.
  2. When the MAGic Setup dialog box appears, press TAB to move to the Training Materials button, and then press SPACEBAR.
  3. In the MAGic Training Materials dialog box, select the check box next to each DAISY book that you want to install.
  4. Choose the Install button.
  5. When the installation is finished, remember to put your MAGic program DVD in a safe place so you will have it for future use when needed.

Question: If I wait until my DVD arrives to install MAGic 13, should I also download the version that is available on the Web?

Answer: No, but once you have installed MAGic 13 from the DVD, you should check for updates by pressing ALT+H from the MAGic program window, and then pressing P to select Check for Updates.

Question: If I remove my existing version of MAGic before installing MAGic 13, should I remove shared components?

Answer: Yes, however, remember that you will not have speech between removing your current MAGic version and installing MAGic 13. If you download MAGic 13 from the Web, copy the executable file to a location that is easy to find without speech and magnification.

Question: If my SMA expires, will I receive a notice?

Answer: Customers in the U.S. will receive notification in the mail shortly after the MAGic 13 DVD arrives. The envelope will contain an SMA Renewal letter explaining the process. The form to renew your SMA is also available for download from the Freedom Scientific Web site using this link, MAGic SMA Renewal Form (PDF).

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