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    [SOLVED] screen magnifier that _follows_ mouse

    Hi,

    I am looking for a magnifier that literally _follows the mouse_ - not a window stuck somewhere at the edge of the screen. Personally I find it not very intuitive to use at all.

    Is there such a thing? I opt not to use gnopernicus, orca, kmag or xzoom for the above reason and am desperately looking "for the real thing"

    Thank you in advance.
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    Re: screen magnifier that _follows_ mouse

    If using Ubuntu 7.10 you have two options:

    1. Use Orca. By default Orca follows the mouse. If your video card supports composite mode, Orca can even magnify under itself. If this is the case, you just set the top and left values of the zoom window to zero and the bottom and right edges to the highest setting supported for your screen resolution using the Magnifier tab of the Orca Preferences window. And voila, you have a full-screen magnifier that tracks the mouse and other events.

    2. If your video card supports 3D Desktop effects, install CompizConfig Setttings Manager from Synaptic. This will add a Custom button to the Desktop Effects tab you get on the Appearance dialog, found on System menu, Preferences. Make sure Enhanced Desktop Zoom is enabled and in the Settings for the Enhanced Zoom plugin, make sure Sync Mouse, Scale Mouse Pointer and Hide Original Mouse Pointer are all checked. To magnify/unmagnify, hold down the WindowsKey and roll the mouse wheel away or towards you. To toggle color inversion, hold down the WindowsKey and press N. This method only tracks the mouse and program windows, but not the highlight in menus and lists or the typing caret.
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    Re: screen magnifier that _follows_ mouse

    Thank you for your quick answer. I tried orca but I could only get it to display the magnification in a zoom window - not a lens that actually follows the mouse...

    And I am afraid compiz is beyond the capabilities of my computer
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    Re: screen magnifier that _follows_ mouse

    Ah, now I understand. Neither option will give you what you are looking for. The Enhanced Zoom plugin for CompizFusion only does full screen magnification, and Orca's is a stationary window that can be resized, but none is a lens around the mouse pointer.

    This said, I don't know if gnome-mag can do that with a command line. Orca's magnification is a front end to gnome-mag but other users here have used gnome-mag on its own with command line arguments.
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    Re: screen magnifier that _follows_ mouse

    Ingo, you can try this: http://magnifier.sourceforge.net/#download.

    It's a resizable window that follows the mouse pointer. It works on Windows, Linux, BSD and other *NIX systems. Tell us if it works.
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    Re: screen magnifier that _follows_ mouse

    linbetwin,

    you are THE MAN!!! That tool is quite simply wonderful! I've been through a number of forums and nobody has been able to help me, yet everybody seemed to be crying out for something as intuitive as that!!! I will pass on the info.

    In case you are a developer - superb piece of work. This is just like the real thing. Only shame is that I do not appear to be able to type while I am focusing on something To add this functionality would be to make this piece of software complete.

    FYI, I installed it using the bz2 version. The readme.pdf stated the very easy installation instructions succinctly and I it runs a treat on my debian etch system.

    Cheers!!!
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    Re: screen magnifier that _follows_ mouse

    Quote Originally Posted by linbetwin View Post
    Ingo, you can try this: http://magnifier.sourceforge.net/#download.

    It's a resizable window that follows the mouse pointer. It works on Windows, Linux, BSD and other *NIX systems. Tell us if it works.
    How do I use this http://magnifier.sourceforge.net/#download program?

    Also does anyone know how to get this magnifier in this video?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JapQj71Sso
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    magnifier OK but problems with multiple monitors

    Quote Originally Posted by linbetwin View Post
    Ingo, you can try this: http://magnifier.sourceforge.net/#download.

    It's a resizable window that follows the mouse pointer. It works on Windows, Linux, BSD and other *NIX systems. Tell us if it works.
    It's still out there in 2013, magnifier 3.5 uncompresses and runs OK on Ubuntu 12.04.But it doesn't handle multiple monitors.

    • It squishes my main monitor screen before displaying a magnified version.
    • It won't magnify what's on the second monitor.

    It's a lot more lightweight than installing KDE's KMag, which if you don't have any other KDE programs wants to install 154 MB of KDE libraries.

    (I ran magnifier from its uncompressed directory and it works though it doesn't show it's nice border unless you run sudo install.sh .)

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    Re: [SOLVED] screen magnifier that _follows_ mouse

    An excellent program!! I agree with the OP about the ability to type/click, though.

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    Re: [SOLVED] screen magnifier that _follows_ mouse

    I know this is old, but..this is one of the luckiest finds I have found on the forums. I was searching for a hour or two for a program I could use when I made some screen capture videos (for magnifying an address bar, etc). thanks for finding this

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