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Any free full-screen magnifiers that go up to 5x?

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  • mtraum
    I ve just installed the ZoomText trial for a friend and it s helping him quite a bit. The problem is that it s way too expensive. He doesn t need the
    Message 1 of 5 , Jul 23, 2003
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      I've just installed the ZoomText trial for a friend and it's helping
      him quite a bit. The problem is that it's way too expensive.

      He doesn't need the screen-reading capabilities, but does need 5x
      magnification. It seems all of the free stuff out there only does
      partial screen magnification (in an area around the cursor). Being
      that he needs 5x, that's not too helpful. Any suggestions?

      Thanks,
      Mike
    • Kathy Seven Williams
      What size monitor is your friend using? If it is only a 15 , you might suggest a 20 which would still cost considerably less than a screen magnifier. Try
      Message 2 of 5 , Jul 25, 2003
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        What size monitor is your friend using? If it is only a 15", you might
        suggest a 20" which would still cost considerably less than a screen
        magnifier. Try checking with the government surplus sales. The government
        seems to replace systems with high regularity...just going from the big
        tubes to flat screens has been reason enough in many places to "junk"
        perfectly good 20" monitors.

        Your friend might give a thought to using optical magnification. I use 10
        to 12 times magnification, but I did get a pair of Beecher glasses for
        general computer screen viewing. They are 4X and allow me to see the screen
        from an almost normal sitting position. I believe they cost about $350.00
        but it's been severalyears. Beecher glasses are sort of spectical mounted
        binoculars, so are useful for TV, Movies, watching sports, many other
        things besides computer use. This might be a better investment for your
        friend.

        There are also considerably lower cost "reading glasses" in 5X
        magnification which could be worn while viewing the computer screen.
        Beware that the contortions we need to create in orter to get nose close
        enough to screen and hands still on keyboard can cause a world of physical
        difficulties. Endeavor to keep good body mechanics. I did not and am now
        crippled because of it.

        "While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done."
        Helen Keller

        Kathy Seven Williams
        kseven@...
        http://angelfire.com/wa2/do2be
      • Michael Wigle
        I ve kept my eyes and ears open but have yet to find a full screen magnifier that is a reasonable price. You ll find some that alter the screen or let you take
        Message 3 of 5 , Jul 25, 2003
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          I've kept my eyes and ears open but have yet to find a full screen magnifier
          that is a reasonable price. You'll find some that alter the screen or let
          you take a snapshot of part of the screen that takes up the whole screen but
          nothing that works like ZoomText, Lunar, or MagIC. If you find such a thing,
          please be sure to let us know. It would be nice to have a less expensive
          alternative to offer.

          Michael Wigle
          Computer Access Specialist
          Cincinnati Association for the Blind


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          I've just installed the ZoomText trial for a friend and it's helping
          him quite a bit. The problem is that it's way too expensive.

          He doesn't need the screen-reading capabilities, but does need 5x
          magnification. It seems all of the free stuff out there only does
          partial screen magnification (in an area around the cursor). Being
          that he needs 5x, that's not too helpful. Any suggestions?

          Thanks,
          Mike

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        • Moises Lejter
          ... The people who make ZoomText also sell a program called BigShot, which does up to 2X mag for $50 (think of it as ZoomText s little brother :-) ). The
          Message 4 of 5 , Jul 25, 2003
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            At 11:06 AM 7/25/2003, Kathy Seven Williams wrote:

            >What size monitor is your friend using? If it is only a 15", you might
            >suggest a 20" which would still cost considerably less than a screen
            >magnifier.

            The people who make ZoomText also sell a program called BigShot,
            which does up to 2X mag for $50 (think of it as ZoomText's little
            brother :-) ). The combination of this program,
            and a step up from 15" to 20", may be enough...

            Moises
          • bunyah moon
            Has anyone also tried Big Shot? 20 levels of magnification from 105% to 200% Unique zooming modes allow you to magnify the full screen or just the active
            Message 5 of 5 , Jul 25, 2003
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              Has anyone also tried Big Shot?
              20 levels of magnification from 105% to 200%
              Unique zooming modes allow you to magnify the full screen or just the active application
              Change magnification levels using the mouse
              Intelligent tracking of all program activity keeps important information in view
              Supports True Color and High Color display modes and all screen resolutions
              Always-on-top toolbar gives you quick access to BigShot settings
              I think it only costs around $100.00 for Ai Squared.

              Kathy Seven Williams <kseven@...> wrote:What size monitor is your friend using? If it is only a 15", you might
              suggest a 20" which would still cost considerably less than a screen
              magnifier. Try checking with the government surplus sales. The government
              seems to replace systems with high regularity...just going from the big
              tubes to flat screens has been reason enough in many places to "junk"
              perfectly good 20" monitors.

              Your friend might give a thought to using optical magnification. I use 10
              to 12 times magnification, but I did get a pair of Beecher glasses for
              general computer screen viewing. They are 4X and allow me to see the screen
              from an almost normal sitting position. I believe they cost about $350.00
              but it's been severalyears. Beecher glasses are sort of spectical mounted
              binoculars, so are useful for TV, Movies, watching sports, many other
              things besides computer use. This might be a better investment for your
              friend.

              There are also considerably lower cost "reading glasses" in 5X
              magnification which could be worn while viewing the computer screen.
              Beware that the contortions we need to create in orter to get nose close
              enough to screen and hands still on keyboard can cause a world of physical
              difficulties. Endeavor to keep good body mechanics. I did not and am now
              crippled because of it.

              "While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done."
              Helen Keller

              Kathy Seven Williams
              kseven@...
              http://angelfire.com/wa2/do2be


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