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Zoom It is an on-screen magnifier that is always available via simple keyboard shortcuts. You can customize Zoom It shortcuts, keep the customizable magnifying loupe on-screen, or just show it for a moment when you need it.

What's New

Version 1.2.2:
  • Added support for multi-monitor setups on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Fixed menubar icon on Retina displays.

Requirements

  • OS X 10.5 or later

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Max_G Member IconReview+71
Max_G
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Just bought it. Very nice app. Lots of settings, unobtrusive active in menubar.

One suggestion to the developer: make a better icon for the menubar. Even better, make a couple op options; B/W and color and several icons. The current one is rather non-descript.

See for example those of ClipMenu: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/29988/clipmenu

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Version 1.2.2
Max_G
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Just found out that in Mavericks, under System Preferences > Accessibility > Zoom, there's an option 'Picture-in-picture' Together with 'More Options...' you can do virtually the same as with Zoom It.

And some things Zoom It cannot, like crosshair and invert colors (and some other settings).

Advantage of Zoom It is an option for a round magifier and accessibility from the menubar. That's about it.

Enkaytee Member IconReview+12
Enkaytee
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seems to leak memory like a sieve...

OK - at startup, there's vert little memory use, but show the loupe a few times, and boy, does it start to hog...

When the loupe is visible, memory use rises, but it doesn't seem to fall back greacefully when 'idle' as far is i can see, staying with an average 'load' of around 500MB. It then seems to 'add' to that with subsequent uses, if that makes sens...

I reached over 1GB after just a few sessions...

I want to like this, and suppose at 59p I feel bad at complaining, but it's not really usable for me at the moment...

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Version 1.1
Enkaytee
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ok - very quick response from the devs:

"As far as we know, it usually happens when one uses the biggest - or one smaller - loupe with a magnification of 150%"

Stick to lower sized loupes, or a magnification other than 150% and things seem much more stable...

Drdul Member IconReview+448
Drdul
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Zoom It is a super-useful with Photoshop, especially as CS5 on my Mac Pro keeps defaulting to the small font UI setting. I use dual 30-inch monitors, so I'm far enough from the screen that the tiny font is difficult to see at times. Previously, I would have to stand up and jam my nose up against the screen to see what opacity a level was set at, for example. Now I just toggle Zoom It on, do my thing and toggle it off (or just toggle it on temporarily if all I need to do is read a tiny number).

I took off half a star because the menubar icon is coloured (I changed that right away, but it's a pain to have to hack the app every time there's a new version). I contacted the dev about this who said that a monochrome icon has been a popular request, so I expect I won't have to be hacking too many more versions.

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Version 1.1
Jimblue Member IconComment+337
Jimblue
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i'm not sure how far back the info i am about to give goes, but on Lion in system prefs/universal access/seeing/zoom/ there is a preference you can set that is very much like Zoom It. under Zoom, just click the box that says "Zoom in window." Option-Command-8 brings it up and makes it go away. Control-Option brings up the Zoom window only while you hold down those modifier keys. once you check the "Zoom in window" check box, the Options... button lets you set the Zoom window size and some other stuff.

it's important to keep "use scroll wheel with modifier keys to zoom" checked with a shortcut -- i use Control. the reason i say this is because when you option-command-8, use Control to zoom in and out in the Zoom box if at appears nothing is happening, or command-option-(-) or command-option-(=). more importantly, for the "enable temporary zoom (control-option)" to work right, it's command-option-8 to turn the Zoom box on, then control-zoom all the way out, then control-option will make the window appear only while you hold down those keys.

needless to say, bringing up the "temporary-zoom" box takes some practice. but the "Zoom window" box is as simple as option-command-8 and then zooming in or out with the method you choose for zooming in or out.


the one big drawback to this bit of wit is once you do check the "Zoom in window" check box, you lose the ability for zoom options -- command-option-(=) and command-option-(-) or control-up and control-down -- to zoom the entire screen -- those keyboard commands will now only zoom the Zoom box.

if anyone knows how i can use the Zoom box and still have the full screen zoom at the same time, please let me know.

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Version 1.1
Jimblue
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i just figured out an easier way to bring up the tempory zoom box. just control-zoom-in to use it and control-zoom all the way out when your done.

Jimblue
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or if you want to stick with the keyboard, just command-option-(=) to use it and command-option-(-) all the way out when you're done

Jimblue
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um... actually those two above comments of mine are easy ways to use Zoom box, not the temporary Zoom box.

Janichsan Member IconComment+70
Janichsan
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Hold down control, use the scroll wheel of your mouse (or two finger swipe up and down on your trackpad) – voilà. ;)

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Version 1.0
Lvdoc
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Yes, if what you want is to magnify your entire screen and, in the process, lose sight of all elements on the screen. If, on the other hand, you want to magnify only one portion of the screen while keeping sight of the other elements as well, then Zoom It is a good program.

Lvdoc Member IconReview+535
Lvdoc
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It is 99 cents. However, it also works (at least in SL; haven't tried it in Lion). It has plenty of customization options. I've wanted a program like this for a very long time. The older you get, the more you need stuff like this. I don't want to lose a ton of screen space by changing the resolution; and sometimes it's simply annoying to zoom/magnify the entire screen when all I want is to magnify a small portion of it. So, yes, there are free or built-in options that can do some of what this program does. If this is the kind of program you're looking for, though, I can say it's worth it.

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Version 1.0
Big77 Member IconComment+149
Big77
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Price is 99 cents -- not free as mentioned here.

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Version 1.0
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Downloads 2,156
Version Downloads 219
License Commercial
Date 30 Dec 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $2.99