What if you want to zoom into a section of the screen but not have the whole screen zoom at the same time? For that you need this inexpensive Mac utility that does the deed the way Apple would do it if Apple cared about such things.
Whether your Mac is a notebook or a desktop, OS X makes it easy to zoom into the screen using trackpad or mouse.
Press the Control-key, and use a stroke gesture on the Mac’s Magic Mouse. Or, for MacBook users, press the Control-key, and spread two fingers across the trackpad (opposite of pinch) to zoom into the screen.
That works well except either the whole screen zooms in, or, on specific apps (Safari tab window, for example), the whole window zooms in.
If you want to zoom in only to a smaller section of the Mac’s screen or an app window you’ll need Zoom It, an on-screen magnifier.
Think of Zoom It as a hotkey enabled, customizable magnifying loupe that pops up and zooms into the screen instantly, smoothly. Move the loupe around the screen and the zoomed in portion moves, too.
Wherever you move the Mac’s onscreen pointer the loupe’s screen follows. The loupe can be round, rectangular, larger, smaller and the zoom level can be anywhere between 100% and 500%.
Zoom It’s magnifying loupe is out of sight until you need it. Simple keyboard shortcuts make it appear and disappear, or appear and stay.
While you’re zoomed into the Mac’s screen you can still perform all basic functions– click, type, cut, copy, paste– and even take a screenshot of what the magnification displays inside Zoom It’s loupe.
There’s just no easier way to zoom into only a portion of the Mac’s screen than Zoom It. Nicely done. It even plays nice-nice with Photoshop and other graphic apps that often have their own magnifying loupe.