If you have a problem with your vision or if your eyesight is just not as good as it used to be, you may want to check out the new BigShot Magnifier. This is a software solution that makes everything on your computer screen larger. This product embodies my Compu-KISS philosophy. The installation is Short and using the magnifier is Simple.
The program installs quickly and easily. You are up and running in less than five minutes. If you like, you can take another five minutes to read the clearly written enclosed instructional booklet. However, the magnifier is so easy to use that you may not even need the instructions. Double-click on the BigShot icon that appears on your desktop after installation, and you are on your way. A small toolbar with a magnification adjustment indicator and five small icons appears on your screen. This toolbar always stays on top of your screen offering quick access to the BigShot settings.
Choose your level of magnification from 100% to 200% in increments of 5% by clicking the up and/or down arrows on the toolbar. The first icon on the toolbar enables and/or disables the magnification. The second icon enables full screen zooming. When this button is depressed, the entire screen is magnified. The Active Window Zoom icon magnifies only the active window instead of the entire screen. The fourth icon displays the BigShot settings dialog box, and the fifth icon closes BigShot and restores the screen to its normal size.
BigShot has only one function; it magnifies the screen. Unlike other software screen magnifiers that I've tried, this program performs its task very well. When everything on the screen is larger, you naturally have to scroll up and down or side to side to see all portions of the screen. BigShot actually does this for you. If you move your cursor to the top, bottom, or side of the screen, the unseen portions of the screen will automatically scroll into view.
This program is not available for Mac users, and Windows NT/2000 users will have to wait until a version is available for them. The program worked well with every Windows 95, 98, and Windows Millennium computer that I used. You should be aware that Windows itself has built-in screen magnification. You can find the Windows program by click on the Start button, choosing Programs, the Accessories, then Accessibility, and then Magnifier. If you don't see the Accessibility choice on your list of Accessories, you will have to drag out your original Windows CD and install it. The Windows magnifier only magnifies part of the screen and is confusing to use. While it may not be serious competition for the BigShot program, you should know that it is available and may want try it out before you purchase any screen magnification program.
While BigShot will be perfect if you have poor vision, it may also be useful to heavy-duty computer users without major vision problems. With a magnified image you can view the computer screen from a comfortable distance without straining. For some, this program may help prevent the headaches and eye fatigue that is so often associated with PC use. It may be especially helpful to those who work mainly in one screen. If you move around a lot on the computer, jumping from one program to another like I do, you may find that scrolling becomes slightly irritating. Conveniently, BigShot offers you the opportunity to try before you buy. Downloading their trial package will let you see exactly how the program suits you.