The underlying technology and coding was developed for the My-T-Soft family of products - because of strong demand by the visually impaired, IMG spun-off The Magnifier as a stand-alone product. In order to assist as many individuals as possible, IMG priced the product within easy reach of most computer users.
We get asked this question quite a bit, so here is a bit more technical information. Other competing magnfiication software interfaces with the system at a much lower level, and requires significantly more engineering and technical expertise than the approach used by IMG's The Magnifier software. There are distinct differences between the engineering approaches and trade-offs. For example, often people want the magnified portion to remain static, while allowing the mouse cursor to move within that magnified area, only moving when the mouse moves close to the edge - this is impossible within The Magnifier because of the approach used - when you move the mouse, the magnified image must move. However, there are keyboard panning options, tracking via typing, and external control via the IMG Developer's Kit. IMG has chosen to keep the price affordable, while doing the absolute best and providing every option given the limitations of the magnification approach used. For many users, these technical limitations mean nothing, since the end result is a magnified screen image that is helpful to them. For everyone that finds IMG's The Magnifier helpful, affordable, and useful, this product was created for you. For other users that need more sophisticated options, researching other products may be beneficial. IMG always recommends interested parties download and work the software to verify it meets their needs before committing to a purchase.
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