This feature includes the enlargement (magnification) of text, pictures, and/or multimedia on the display. This magnification should be adjustable by the user to meet individual preferences and needs. Different products or user options may allow a variety of magnification types and sizes, such as a magnification of all items on the screen, magnification of only certain types of items (e.g. text), or magnification of a specified area (e.g. around the mouse cursor).
Discussion by Disabilities
Magnification makes it easier for many people with low vision to view and understand content
Cognitive, Language, Learning Disabilities & Low Literacy
Magnification may be helpful, because it reduces the amount of visible items on the screen, thus reducing distractions and promoting focus.
Please note that this listing includes products that are dedicated magnifiers, as well as literacy and visual adjustment suites that include a magnification tool. These products are not necessarily endorsed by RtF, but represent the range of available options.
Open Source and free
These products are free and their source code may be modified with few restrictions.
- Kmagnifier – Sarang Lakare
- No Squint – Jason Tackaberry
- Orca – (open source), Sun
- Virtual Magnifying Glass
Free, not necessarily open source
These products are free to use, but may have strict restrictions on viewing and modifying source code.
- Another Lens – B-Zone (Bjorn Ischo)
- Coloristic – BubblePop Software
- DeskLens – Absolute Core
- Desktop Magnifying Glass – Workers Collection
- DesktopZoom – Little Gems
- Dragnifier – Ed Halley
- EasyRead – Iconico
- EzMagnifier – AncientSoft
- Fatbits Screen Magnifier – John Ridges
- iZoom Web – Issist
- KwikLoupe – FX Software
- Screen Beagle – Greatis
- ZoomPlus (Zoom+) – GipsySoft
- POINTING MAGNIFIER
Commercial, with free trial
These products are free to try for a limited period of time or with limited functionality. They must be purchased for full functionality.
- ABF Magnifying Tools – ABF Software
- BigShot – AI Squared
- Galileo – Baum
- Lunar – Dolphin
- Magic 11.0 – Freedom Scientific
- Magic Lens Max – VisionSuit
- Magnifying Glass Pro – Workers Collection
- The Magnifier - Innovation Management Group
- Magnifixer - Black Sun software
- Zoom Magnifier - Apple, Inc.
- Screen Loupe 2000 – Gregory Braun
- The Magnifier – IMG
- Zoomaview – Zoomaview
- ZoomText Magnifier/Reader – AI Squared
Commercial, no free trial
These products must be purchased to be used, and did not offer free trials at the time of posting.
- Mobile Magnifier – Code Factory
Related Research and Papers
- Improving GUI accessibility for people with low vision – RPI – Kline, R.L. and Gilnert, E.P. (1995)
- Web accessibility for people with disabilities: An introduction for web developers- Carter, J. and Markel, M.
- Freedom to roam: a study of mobile device adoption and accessibility for people with visual and motor disabilities- Kane, Shaune K. ; Jayant, Chandrika ; Wobbrock, Jacob O; Ladner, Richard E.
- Reducing barriers to online access for people with disabilities- Lazar, Jonathan and Jaegar, Paul
- Computer assistive technology for people who have disabilities: Computer adaptations and modifications- Brodwin, Martin G; Star, Tristen and Cardoso, Elizabeth(2004)
- Remote usability evaluations with disabled people- Petrie, Helen; Hamilton, Fraser; King, Neil; Pavan, Pete(2006)
- Learning technologies for people with disabilities- Laabidi, Mohsen et al. (2014)
- A customizable camera-based human computer interaction system allowing people with disabilities autonomous hands-free navigation of multiple computing tasks- Akram, Wajeeha; Tiberii, Laura; Betke,Margrit
- Using remote laboratories to extend access to science and engineering- Colwell, Chetz; Scanlon, Eileen; Cooper, Martyn(2002)