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QC2105120309
What is The Magnifier?

The Magnifier is a software application for Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000 that magnifies the area under and around the mouse cursor in a moveable, sizeable window. The 1.50 version now includes Full Screen magnification. The Magnifier window can be set to automatically position itself, and can be set to float and track the mouse cursor. Up to 7 Magnifier windows can be run concurrently. There are numerous user-requested options, including cursor location lines, hot-keys to control features, 1x-40x magnification, transparency, text and keyboard focus tracking, USB licensing, etc.
Original ID: QC202223
Category: CommonType: Question/Answer Product: The Magnifier



QC2105120310
What is the difference between the regular version and the LS version? What happened to the LS version?

Nothing, except the type of support offered by IMG. Both versions deliver the same software, but IMG will not field any technical support or product support questions for the LS version once the product is installed. The LS Version is IMG's response to those customers who felt the price was too expensive - of course, they never had to answer questions like: How do I change the size of a Window? What is the Start Menu? I've installed it, How do I run it? How do I get the Magnifier to run when I start up my system? For sophisticated Windows users who do not need any type of technical assistance, the LS version is a great option.

The 1.20 version had an LS version. With the release of The Magnifier 1.50 in 2007, this limited support version of The Magnifier is no longer available.


Original ID: QC202224
Category: CommonType: Question/Answer Product: The Magnifier



QC2105120311
What is the Cursor Locator?

When enabled, the Cursor Locator option creates a "cross-hair" that points towards the current location of the mouse cursor to help people with tunnel vision or those that loose track of the cursor location onscreen. This can be used together with The Magnifier window, or on its own. Variable Widths and animation settings are available.
Original ID: QC202225
Category: CommonType: Question/Answer Product: The Magnifier



QC2105120312
Why is it so inexpensive?

The underlying technology and coding was developed for the My-T-Soft family of products - because of strong demand by the visually impaired, IMG spun-off The Magnifier as a stand-alone product. In order to assist as many individuals as possible, IMG priced the product within easy reach of most computer users.

We get asked this question quite a bit, so here is a bit more technical information. Other competing magnfiication software interfaces with the system at a much lower level, and requires significantly more engineering and technical expertise than the approach used by IMG's The Magnifier software. There are distinct differences between the engineering approaches and trade-offs. For example, often people want the magnified portion to remain static, while allowing the mouse cursor to move within that magnified area, only moving when the mouse moves close to the edge - this is impossible within The Magnifier because of the approach used - when you move the mouse, the magnified image must move. However, there are keyboard panning options, tracking via typing, and external control via the IMG Developer's Kit. IMG has chosen to keep the price affordable, while doing the absolute best and providing every option given the limitations of the magnification approach used. For many users, these technical limitations mean nothing, since the end result is a magnified screen image that is helpful to them. For everyone that finds IMG's The Magnifier helpful, affordable, and useful, this product was created for you. For other users that need more sophisticated options, researching other products may be beneficial. IMG always recommends interested parties download and work the software to verify it meets their needs before committing to a purchase.
Original ID: QC202226
Category: CommonType: Question/Answer Product: The Magnifier



QC2105120313
What magnifications are available?

1x to 40x (1 times to 40 times magnification in whole or tenth steps, e.g. 2.4, 2.5, etc.)
Original ID: QC202227
Category: CommonType: Question/Answer Product: The Magnifier



QC2105120315
How do I know The Magnifier will work for me?

Download our demo. IMG's demos are actually full working copies of the product. The demo has a built in timer that shuts down the program in about an hour without saving any settings (you can restart it by double-clicking on the program's Icon).
Original ID: QC202229
Category: CommonType: Question/Answer Product: The Magnifier



QC2105120316
What about technical support and program updates?

IMG has been providing onscreen keyboards and pointing device utilities since 1993. A large part of our business is in developing utilities that are ultimately bundled by pointing devices manufacturers under their own name. With international distribution on every continent, IMG's products are used by consumers, corporations, commercial and industrial manufacturers, educational institutions, and government agencies worldwide. This means quality products, with quality support, and timely updates.
Original ID: QC202230
Category: CommonType: Question/Answer Product: The Magnifier



QC2107120566
Can The Magnifier do Full Screen magnification?

Yes, the 1.50 version has a Full Screen operation mode.
Category: CommonType: Question/Answer Product: The Magnifier



QC2108120583
How does the licensing for The Magnifier work? Why is a System ID used when ordering?

The license is a "personal license" which means you can use the license key and registered serial number for unlocking any of the available downloads for the current version of The Magnifier. For example, if you have a laptop running Vista and a home PC running XP, a single license key will work for both (after installing the appropriate download of The Magnifier). Also, if you order the license on XP, and later upgrade to Vista, you will simply need to install the correct version for Windows Vista, then enter your license key and serial # to license. You may also install and license on a USB drive (using the appropriate download) using your license key and serial number.

The System ID contains product and version information, along with unique system ID. For IMG products that use a personal license, the unique system information is not used. The Magnifier license key and serial number provide a personal license, so multiple systems may be licensed for your own personal use.

The license entitles you to maintenance updates and support for the product and version (as indicated in the first 6 characters of your serial number). If a new version is released, and you wish to use this, you will need to upgrade to the new version. For example, if a new version of Windows is released, and The Magnifier is updated to run on this platform (and it is tagged with a new version number), then an update would be required (rather than a re-install and re-license using your license key).

Category: CommonType: Question/Answer Product: The MagnifierVersion: 1.50



QC2108120586

What are all the Hot Keys for The Magnifier?
How can I easily select magnification settings?
How can I hide The Magnifier temporarily?
How can I control The Magnifier easily?


While running The Magnifier, you can use Alt-K to open the Hot Keys (complete list of shortcut keys). You can view this list here: Complete list of shortcut keys for The Magnifier

Some users print out the list & keep it handy

Category: CommonType: Question/Answer Product: The MagnifierVersion: 1.50

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