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#1 nkfro

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 09:49 PM

Corrective lenses are not always an effective remedy for ones vision when using a computer. Has anyone run across software that could be used to 'adjust' the display to meet their visual needs? In effect, the software would be the corrective lenses and the need for eyeglasses would be reduced if not eliminated. My vision is not consistent day to day, sometimes even hour to hour yet never so much that I would be considered visually impaired to the point that can not safely drive most days.
I'm headed back to college to learn the skills needed to make a successful change of occupation and the hours of computer use will be daunting. Magnification and the use of only bold face fonts are not effective alternatives.

Any ideas, folks?

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 10:15 PM

Hello, Does pressing ALT and scrolling the mouse wheel help as it changes the text size.
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Posted 02 March 2011 - 10:25 PM

I've not heard of an application that does such.

What I do is to increase minimum font size and alter the colors as best I can.

That said, you may wish to check with an eye-care provider. There are special computer glasses that may resolve the issues, and it would be far better for your eyes. Reading glasses may also be an option.

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 11:31 PM

Thanks for the suggesttions but I stated magnification is ineffective. It is the equivalent of a person speaking to another person that does not speak the same language - speaking louder does not help the other person to understand what is being said.

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 11:44 PM

If you are using XP have you turned on Windows Cleartype?

http://www.microsoft.com/typography/cleartype/tuner/step1.aspx

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 01:19 PM

Would you consider a Linux based operating system that you could run from a 'live CD' if you didn't need it all the time or didn't want a full install or dual-boot?
If so have a look at Vinux:
Quote "Vinux is a remastered flavour of the Ubuntu distribution optimised for the needs of blind and visually impaired users. It provides three screen readers, two full-screen magnifiers, global font-size and colour changing facilities, and out-of-the-box support for USB Braille displays. The Vinux live CD boots into the Orca screen reader which makes it easy to navigate the graphical GNOME desktop using keybindings. For those who prefer to work in a simple text-based console there is the Speakup screen reader as well as YASR, a hybrid screen reader which can be run in either console mode or in a virtual terminal on the GNOME desktop."


http://vinuxproject.org/about




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