[BCAB] does macbook have a screen magnifier?

john bcab at developer.plus.com
Tue Feb 4 15:30:52 GMT 2014


Hi and thaks to all for replying. Its most appreciated.

Best, John

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Griffiths, Steve" <Steve.Griffiths at rnib.org.uk>
To: "BCAB Discussion List" <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Sent: Monday, February 03, 2014 11:08 AM
Subject: Re: [BCAB] does macbook have a screen magnifier?


> Further to what others have said, the built-in Zoom on a Mac is very 
> similar to Magnifier on Windows; you have full-screen by default and it 
> doesn't have text smoothing like Supernova or ZoomText. It goes up to 
> about x14. Frustratingly, I haven't found a way to turn it on 
> automatically when you reboot, or to magnify the logon screen.
>
> The Mac has the option of inverting colours, but not to choose foreground 
> and background colours as you can in Windows. There may be an app that has 
> that capability.
>
> The smoothing in ZoomText Mac isn’t as good as Supernova's TruFont, or the 
> xFont used by ZoomText on Windows - it's more like the Standard font 
> smoothing available in those apps. It goes up to x36. You can get a 30-day 
> trial from http://www.aisquared.com/zoomtextmac/. It isn't available 
> through the App Store.
>
> Steve
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of M Lakhani
> Sent: 01 February 2014 23:45
> To: BCAB Discussion List
> Cc: BCAB Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] does macbook have a screen magnifier?
>
> Zoomtext Mac is £299 from Sight& Sound!:)
> Muzz
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On 1 Feb 2014, at 17:18, "Neela" <neela4 at btinternet.com> wrote:
>>
>> How much is Zoom Text Mac?
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "M Lakhani" 
>> <muzz.lakhani at googlemail.com>
>> To: "BCAB Discussion List" <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
>> Cc: "BCAB Discussion List" <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
>> Sent: Saturday, February 01, 2014 4:49 PM
>> Subject: Re: [BCAB] does macbook have a screen magnifier?
>>
>>
>>> Well you can zoom to as large as 1 character per screen shot. You can 
>>> even use Zoom with VO. Alternatively, there is ZoomText Mac that works 
>>> like its Windows brother.
>>> HTH
>>> Muzz
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>>> On 1 Feb 2014, at 15:51, "john" <bcab at developer.plus.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> thanks,
>>>>
>>>> glad to hear there is a built-in magnifier, does anyone know to what 
>>>> level it can zoom to and does fonts stay smooth or get pixilated at 
>>>> high zooms?
>>>>
>>>> I have previously been using supernova, which zooms to 64x with true 
>>>> type font smooth zooming for text. I have also used colour contrast 
>>>> options with supernova, so it would be good to know if the mac zooms 
>>>> has a similar option.
>>>>
>>>> Best, John
>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Olaf Drümmer" 
>>>> <olaflist at callassoftware.com>
>>>> To: "BCAB Discussion List" <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
>>>> Sent: Saturday, February 01, 2014 3:02 PM
>>>> Subject: Re: [BCAB] does macbook have a screen magnifier?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> Hi John,
>>>>>
>>>>>> On 1 Feb 2014, at 15:10, "john" <bcab at developer.plus.com> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Being a total newby to mac/ios, not currently owning either, I 
>>>>>> understand both have voice over screen reader software but what is 
>>>>>> there in respect of magnification?
>>>>>
>>>>> you can easily magnify your screen any time, and you can opt to have 
>>>>> the magnified portion of your screen follow your keyboard focus. 
>>>>> Magnification can either be done via keyboard shortcuts, or 
>>>>> continuously moving two fingers on the touch pad upward or downward 
>>>>> while holding down the control key. As I haven't used a mouse for ages 
>>>>> I can't tell you how that would work, but the Magic Mouse has a 
>>>>> built-in touch pad, and I guess a mouse that has a scroll wheel could 
>>>>> achieve the same.
>>>>>
>>>>> Olaf
>>>>>
>>>>>
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