[Athen] screen magnification and Macs

Shawn Foster FosterS at sou.edu
Tue Aug 19 11:51:14 PDT 2008

You'll probably get a more comprehensive reply from Jayme Johnson, but...
The Mac does have a fairly decent magnification app, Zoom, built into the operating system. Go to the System Preferences and choose Universal Access. Choose Options to customize. It doesn't have the flexibility of ZoomText, but does do a good job of smoothing and doesn't pixelate too badly. Max zoom is 20x. Zoom can follow the keyboard focus or mouse focus and has screen contrast controls. Combined with VoiceOver, it does a decent job of giving voice output, as well. What it doesn't give you is an on-screen orientation to where you are, as ZoomText and Magic can do.
There are some other screen magnification tools from 3rd parties, but I haven't used them because Zoom does what I've needed (my vision is deteriorating at a slow but steady pace).

Shawn Foster
Assistive Technology Specialist
Disability Services for Students
Southern Oregon University
V/TTY: (541)552-6213
blog: http://atatsou.blogspot.com ( http://atatsou.blogspot.com/ )

>>> On 8/19/2008 at 11:05 AM, in message <48AAC536020000CF0001A1B1 at mymail.kckcc.edu>, "Robert Beach" <rbeach at kckcc.edu> wrote:

Hi all,

I have a low vision student needing to access Adobe PhotoShop on a Mac. Any ideas of a good magnification program to try? Does the Mac have good magnification built into the system? This is my first venture into the Mac world.

Thanks for any tips.

Robert Lee Beach
Assistive Technology Specialist
Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66112
Phone: (913) 288-7671
Fax: (913) 288-7678
E-mail: rbeach at kckcc.edu

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