|The Magnifier: for Windows; Area and Full Screen Magnifier; Version 1.50 Release 5; User's Guide|
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The Magnifier started as a panel on IMG's My-T-Mouse®, and by user suggestion, was spun off as a stand-alone product in 1997. An initial round of suggestions and updates resulted in the 1.20 release in 1998. Over the years, The Magnifier continued to be in demand, but there were always questions if The Magnifier could provide full-screen magnification. When Windows Vista was released, Microsoft added a a new magnification API (Application Programming (Programmer's) Interface), and it was decided that a much overdue update was necessary. Using new tools and capabilities within Windows, The Magnifier was updated utilizing all available options, and full screen magnification became possible, without having to resort to complicated driver interfaces. This design and approach results in a very cost effective implementation that is of great benefit to the majority users that have some need for a magnification utility.