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Hi, im visually impaired and cant use a computer without a screen magnifier like zoomtext, here is a demonstration of the software if interested. www .youtube.com/watch?v=WmcUsd-eZ0Q Anyway i'm curious if ...
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- 12-20-2007 #1
- Join Date
- Dec 2007
Anyway i'm curious if any of you here know much about fullscreen magnifiers like zoomtext in linux and which distro would be most appropriate. I have read some information about assistant technology for linux, but this is mostly targeted to people who are totally blind or about projects that are a few years old. I have heard about a zoom function in the compiz-fusion and looked at a youtube video but i cant tell if it has any font smoothing or if any colour enhancements are available.
Anyone think they can help?
- 12-21-2007 #2
I think the zoom functionality in Metisse is very impressive and easy to operate. Mandriva comes with it installed over KDE.Can't tell an OS by it's GUI
- 12-21-2007 #3
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- May 2004
- arch linux
Welcome to the forums, andre12!
Take a look here for some application options that might work for you, too:
Accessibility | Linux App Finderoz
- 12-21-2007 #4
The Orca screen reader and accessibility modules in Gnome are quite good, though I speak as someone without visual impairment. I certainly think it is worth a look. I am not sure about colour adjustments but I know both Gnome and KDE desktop allow for high contrast modes to make identification of icons etc. easier.
With Compiz The zoom function provides a kind of antialiasing for not just fonts, but everything so that there is smoothing even to video and pictures during the zoom. I can also attest that it is very smooth and natural feeling as it is OpenGL accelerated.
- 12-22-2007 #5
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- Nov 2007
- Planet Earth
With compiz fusion you have a lot of useful tools to help you... a colleague use the negative view of windows and desktop to have high contrast (super key + M or N), live-zoom (as easy as super key + mouse scroll), and in combination with other features of your dektop (both KDE and gnome) you could have text to speech and visual alarms.
So, if you have a compiz capable computer, I think it's an excellent option to help you.