Supernova Version 12 release shakes up the screen magnifier market.
WCB's ICT Development Manager, Owen Williams, visited Dolphin Computer Access’ offices in Worcester to review the latest version of Supernova magnifier (formally known as Lunar) prior to its recent launch. One of the biggest improvements he found as a partially sighted user is the improved text smoothing technology. The text was smoother and clearer even at higher levels of magnification.
ZoomText screen magnifier released its version of text smoothing technology, ‘xFont’, in 2005 (patent pending). The improvement in text clarity makes Dolphin’s Supernova magnifier a quality and affordable solution. Owen was also very impressed with how easy it was to use the magnifier using multiple monitors. He added that having the ability to have two monitors running screen magnification would prove very useful within his role, as well as support his sight impairment.
Dolphin Computer Access is the only UK Supplier of access software that offers a discount directly to the individual. Access software for many people is considered too expensive but even with an improvement in features and quality, Supernova magnifier can be purchased, on-line, by someone who is sight impaired, for as little as £200 if an unlock code is ordered. It would be nice if other suppliers of access software were able to take Dolphin’s lead and offer individual discounts.
There is a range of low-cost and even free screen magnifiers on the market but it is fair to say that the text displayed on-screen is not as clear as the above mentioned products.
If you are interested in using such software it is advisable to download trial versions prior to purchase from the relevant suppliers’ websites.
Posted 2011-02-21 16:23:29