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Computer Glasses lets you magnify a portion of the screen to read fine print or magnify an image.

When you open Computer Glasses, you see a red circle. Click on the circle (magnifier) and drag it over the area to be magnified. As you drag the magnifier, you will see crosshairs. When you release the mouse, the area inside the area within the circle will be magnified. A Control Panel lets you choose the magnifier shape (Rectangle or Circle), the size of the magnifier (slider), turn the magnifier on/off and change the magnification (Slight, Medium, Larger and Largest). You can shrink the Control Panel, move it out more...

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Version 3.1.0:
  • Is compatible with OS X 10.8 default security.


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Drdul Member IconComment+448

Doesn't work properly on retina screens (it magnifies stuff twice as much as on a normal-resolution screen, which is problematic when there's an external monitor hooked up to your retina MacBook Pro).

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Version 3.1.0
Maclover1.1 Member IconComment+740

Universal Access in the System Preferences has a much more integrated approach.. as said by gabrielu below.. but it must be turned on.. guess people rarely go look in there ;-)

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Version 3.0.0
bcaraher Member IconReview+0

I downloaded computer glasses about 2months ago and it worked great. I went to use it and the magnifier is gone. So I uninstalled it and reinstalled it but still no magnifier. Anyone else have this happen?

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Version 2.1
Custom Solutions Of Maryland (Developer)

Drag the preference file to the trash and relaunch. The preference file is titled "computerglasses21.txt". This file can be found in Macintosh HD > Users > ~ > Library > Preferences where "~" is the name of the account.

gabrielu Member IconComment+2

Seriously folks, what's the point of this app if your mac can already zoom in and out of the screen by simply holding CONTROL on your keyboard and moving your mouse wheel up and down????

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Version 2.1
Tool Force Software Member IconComment+36
Tool Force Software

Don't get me wrong, this comment is just my own opinion:
This app is the exact opposite of OS X-like plus it's useless (yet?) because of the built-in zoom function, maybe you should think of an advantage over the zoom function…

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Version 2.0

The advantage is that if you wish to magnify only a portion of the screen, Apple's built-in zoom will not allow that. Programs like Computer Glasses do allow this.

Tool Force Software

Dragging the window to the right place seems to be more time consuming than using the built-in zoom, in my opinion. There are also some graphics issues. (I just found Mouseposé on MU, seems to be a more elegant way)

Bill Neill Member IconReview+0
Bill Neill

Thanks for this so very much needed because the Apple failed to activate it in 10.2.8

I'm sorry, but can't you just go to Apple Menu -> System Preferences -> Universal Access -> Turn on Zoom and achieve the same thing?

No you can NOT in 10.2.8

Thanks this is needed.
Needs Keyboard controls as it had in OS 9.

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Version 1.3.1
AmberV Member IconReview+65

I love how people keep posting that, because you can zoom the entire interface, you don't need a tool that only shows part of the screen magnified. Oi.

Universal Access zooming is not a developer tool. It *interpolates* which means it is worthless for getting pixel accurate views of your work. You cannot do any real work with it, because your development applications are zoomed as well (and probably ten miles to the left off-screen).

Anyway, this is a nice little tool. Does just what it needs to do. It could probably use a little refinement, but for the most part a good tool. If you don't like circles for some reason, there is a preference to use a rectangle.

Finally, it is free, further making the "just use Tiger's Zoom" people look even more dense.

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Version 1.3

You can disable interpolating in Universal Access. Next to Zoom, click Options, then uncheck "Smooth images.…"

design-Q Member IconComment+19

As opposed to CTRL +/- which magnify the whole screen, this app.can also magnify only portion of a page.. hence useful

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Version 1.3
el_migu_el Member IconComment+0

Of cours you can use the build in magnification. BUT if you just want to have one particular region of the Screen magnified while using an other part just normally, this tool is great.
Only thing I'd like to see is, that if you toggle hide/show the circle remembers its position. And choosing the size of the circle would also be a nice to have.

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Version 1.1
ochyming Member IconComment+0

PAUL YOUNG this is helpful, but if you use the scroll button you can go back to normal. No need to reboot.

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Version 1.1
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Downloads 10,761
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License Free
Date 24 Aug 2012
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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