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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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    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 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?

    Cheers,
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    I think the zoom functionality in Metisse is very impressive and easy to operate. Mandriva comes with it installed over KDE.
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    Welcome to the forums, andre12!

    Take a look here for some application options that might work for you, too:

    Accessibility | Linux App Finder
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    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.

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    Hi,

    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.

    Hugo
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