There are no two ways around it. As an official card-carrying, certified boomer, my eyes just ain’t what they used to be. Even with Retina displays on all my Apple products, there are times when I need a little help.
It’s not that there’s anything really wrong with my vision that glasses don’t help to fix; or, at least, help to improve. It’s not that there’s anything really wrong with my Mac’s screens. The MacBook Pro’s Retina display is a marvel exceeded only by the Retina 5k display built-in to the iMac. Still, I need a little magnifying help and here’s how to get it.
Bigger Is Better
Mac graphic designers often use a magnifying loupe to find and display the colors of an individual pixel on the Mac’s screen. That’s all well and good, but those loupes are not very big, and not good for reading small text or examining anything up closely. Zoom It is.
This cleverly designed and highly useful utility simply magnifies a portion of the Mac’s screen so you can see the contents easier.
That makes Zoom It a perfect visual companion so you can zoom into portions of the Mac’s screen, magnifying sections that are not easily viewed with your eyes; yet, because it’s just a section of the screen that is magnified, you don’t lose sight of the rest of the screen.
That also means Mac users who give presentations won’t need a clumsy laser and can forget using a finger to point because Zoom It zooms only to the size and portion of the screen you want to view, and leaves the rest of the Mac’s screen normal size. Even keyboard shortcuts to capture the Mac’s screen will capture the magnified portion from Zoom It. You can even change the size and shape of the magnified area to match your visual requirements (not every zoom needs to be a circle).
The magnifying loupe itself moves along with your Mac’s mouse or screen pointer. Size, shape, and magnification level are easily adjusted with keyboard shortcuts. Some smaller items on the Mac’s screen are difficult to see, especially for those who need glasses or farsighted Mac users without their glasses. Zoom It eliminates the problem.
Zoom It can take screen shots of a specific item on the Mac’s screen at a magnification level that is easy to see– with or without the loupe border. Keyboard shortcuts are easily controlled and customized via the Preferences.
In one way Zoom It works like a typical graphic app’s magnifying loupe, but is resizable, can be reshaped, and the magnification zoom adjusted as needed. Sweet. And good for visually impaired as well as presentations.