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OneLoupe

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Maybe you have a junk drawer, possibly in the kitchen, full of various tools, implements, and odds and ends. One of the things we would expect to see in such a drawer is a magnifying glass, especially if there are other things we hope to see but can't without first magnifying the view. The same goes for Windows: not the glass kind but the software kind. With super-huge LCD screens displaying super-high-resolution images, sooner or later even eagle-eyed PC users have to squint; and if your vision isn't what it once was, the problem is worse. It's simply not practical to change your screen's resolution with every new Web page, so what do you do? Reach into the Windows equivalent of that junk drawer and pull out a magnifying glass, of course! One like OneLoupe. It's ultra-compact, ultra-simple, and even fun to use. It's portable freeware, too.

OneLoupe is a simple program that launches its magnifying window when you click its executable file, simultaneously placing an icon in the system tray. You simply drag the horizontal rectangle and center it with crosshairs over the area you want to magnify. If your mouse supports scrolling, you can zoom in and out with your scroll wheel. Pressing our keyboard's directional arrows resized the selection window. Pressing F11 toggles a full-screen view; again, we simply centered the view with the crosshairs and zoomed in with the scroll wheel. OneLoupe also displays pixels, toggles real-time mode on and off, and provides other options described in a compact Help file. We could set hotkeys, choose normal or real-time operational modes, disable window borders, and change the interface language (ours loaded with German selected, but changing it to English was simple).

Areas magnified by OneLoupe looked fine, with little loss of resolution, though of course your screen and graphics card will influence the quality of what you see. The higher your screen's resolution and the better your graphics capabilities, the better magnified images will look. Clearly, OneLoupe is just the sort of quality tool we want in our so-called junk drawer.

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All User Reviews

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does what it says it will do."

    December 12, 2011  |   By johnnyej13

    Version: OneLoupe 2.55

    Pros

    simple
    easy
    works

    Cons

    no options
    no settings
    no changes

    Summary

    What you get is one magnification. One click on one click off. That's it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Alternative to Windows Magnifier"

    December 10, 2011  |   By happy2000usa

    Version: OneLoupe 2.55

    Pros

    Easy to use.
    Small footprint--uses almost no resources

    Cons

    Fixed width magnifier. You can get page width magnification by going full screen, but I'd prefer to just widen the magnification area with the basic "magnifying glass.

    Installs with no shortcut to add to your quick launch or start menu. The OneLoupe program and settings file must be in the same directory. You cab go to that directory and create a shortcut for the program.

    You cannot input either mouse or keyboard data while magnifying with OneLoupe like you can with Windows Magnifier. This is a small inconvenience since the magnified area is over your point of focus and not in a separate window.

    Summary

    Some might question the need for this program. You can magnify web pages by using CNTRL +. Most text programs allow you the opportunity to increase text size. In addition, Windows comes with a magnifier listed in the Accessory/Accessibility programs. If this program were not this small, using infinitesimal resources, I might agree.

    That said, this is a great, little program for those of us who need it. Why magnify and entire web page to read the "terms of service" usually presented in a much smaller typeface? The problem here is scrolling, if you must. You have to close the magnifier, scroll, then start the magnifier again... but that's easily done.

    If you're looking at a picture and want to magnify an area to see, say, what the dog is holding in its mouth, this program will do it for you. The problem here is when it magnifies, it just fattens pixels without increasing density. That's not really a problem since all programs do that when you increase size--even most photo editors.

    Overall, this is an excellent program. Even if you only need to use it rarely, there's no problem allocating a few bytes of space on your hard drive to have it available. (I boot it with windows so it's immediately available as a tray icon--with no drain on RAM or my CPU.) I highly recommend it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Perfect for the small print on all documents!!"

    July 20, 2011  |   By kayne1--2008

    Version: OneLoupe 2.47

    Pros

    A free program that does what it says.

    Cons

    it enlarges the existing pixels so you can't get finer details on pictures.

    Summary

    Exceptionally effective and quick to use.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works well"

    July 20, 2011  |   By Mremery11

    Version: OneLoupe 2.47

    Pros

    Help-s with my poor sight

    Cons

    nothing wrong with it

    Summary

    I like it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "View anything, anywhere on the net, LARGER."

    July 13, 2011  |   By bauerhjb

    Version: OneLoupe 2.47

    Pros

    The older I get, the smaller the type seems. This very small program eliminates the problem no matter what page I am surfing, it's free and simple to install and use. My kind of deal!

    Cons

    Absolutely none.

    Summary

    Excellent tool; useful for everyone who uses a computer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The simplest of ideas"

    November 11, 2010  |   By the 1 knight

    Version: OneLoupe 2.44

    Pros

    Well worth the small download and it's free.

    Cons

    None to think of

    Summary

    Doesn't require installtion to Windows, just double click and launch. I've recently had my eyes tesyed and been prescribed reading glasses. OneLoupe saves me reaching for my specs or altering a web page every time I want to read small writing. Genius!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It does exactly what it claims!"

    November 10, 2010  |   By cg1801

    Version: OneLoupe 2.44

    Pros

    I can grab the tool when ever I need a little extra help seeing smaller print.

    Cons

    Thus far I haven't found one yet.

    Summary

    Very pleased with such a small add on, can't imagine not having it now.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Handy gadget,especialy for reading the very small print"

    November 9, 2010  |   By pilotp51

    Version: OneLoupe 2.44

    Pros

    Very easy to use.

    Cons

    Keeps disapearing of my computer ?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "EASY 2 USE"

    November 9, 2010  |   By scdadbob

    Version: OneLoupe 2.44

    Pros

    EASY 2 USE

    Cons

    HAVE 2 RUN IT EACH TIME U TURN COMPUTER ON

    Summary

    I ALREADY RECOMMENDED IT TO FRIENDS

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It does a loupe for see better little caracters"

    August 2, 2010  |   By capitanflorius

    Version: OneLoupe 2.36

    Pros

    Easy little program

    Cons

    no at alll at this moment

    Summary

    I recommend this program to all users

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