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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
What's New
Version 3.1.0:
  • Is compatible with OS X 10.8 default security.
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



MacUpdate - Computer Glasses




  • Mouseposé
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  • PinPoint
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  • Screen Loupe
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  • Point N See
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  • Pointer+
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Computer Glasses User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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Drdul commented on 18 Apr 2013
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).
[Version 3.1.0]


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Maclover1.1 commented on 28 Jul 2011
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 ;-)
[Version 3.0.0]


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bcaraher reviewed on 11 Jan 2011
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?
[Version 2.1]

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Custom Solutions Of Maryland (developer) replied on 15 Jun 2011
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.
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gabrielu commented on 30 Jan 2009
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????
[Version 2.1]


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Tool Force Software commented on 01 Dec 2008
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…
[Version 2.0]

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easer replied on 19 Dec 2008
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.
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Tool Force Software replied on 01 Jan 2009
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)
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Bill Neill reviewed on 24 Nov 2007
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.
[Version 1.3.1]


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AmberV reviewed on 02 Aug 2007
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.
[Version 1.3]

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MarsViolet replied on 01 Dec 2008
You can disable interpolating in Universal Access. Next to Zoom, click Options, then uncheck "Smooth images.…"
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design-Q commented on 20 Mar 2007
As opposed to CTRL +/- which magnify the whole screen, this app.can also magnify only portion of a page.. hence useful
[Version 1.3]


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Dominique PERETTI tipped on 14 Mar 2007
For those who don't know : in Tiger, you can press ctrl and scroll up to zoom in. **This app is not required** !
[Version 1.3]


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Vasilis tipped on 10 Jan 2007
It's pretty nice. A few things.
- Why a circle? My screen isn't circular.
- It would be handy if the crosshairs were as high and wide as the magnifier itself and if they could stay in place when you release the mouse (optional). Good for pixelperfect designers.
- I'd like the ability to resize the zoom window (yes, a window).
[Version 1.1]


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Downloads:10,645
Version Downloads:1,176
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Free
Date:24 Aug 2012
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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 of the way on the desktop, or minimize it to the Dock. You can close Computer Glasses by clicking on the control panel's (red) close button. Control Panel settings and location are saved between sessions. Magnifier location is saved between sessions and between Hide/Show views.


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