Monday, 14 December 2015

Magnification Apps on the iPad- Magnifying Glass with Light

In this video I demonstrate a magnifying app on the iPad. The app is called Magnifying Glass with Light and it is free.

Magnifying apps work with the devices camera and make things larger.

The video is between 7 and 8 minutes and includes a full set of subtitles.

In this video you will learn;
1. How to download the app.
2. What it looks like and how it works
3. It's strengths and weaknesses...

a full transcript of the video can be read below

Start of video transcript

Hello everyone and welcome to this video.

In this video series, I will be demonstrating magnification apps on the iPad.
Technically videoing apps on an iPad is quite a complicated thing to do and so if there are a few awkward silences please bear with me!

It is a technical piece of information but this app was used on an iPad running iOS version 8.3.

Magnification apps are mainly targeted at people who are visually impaired, who are the focus of my videos.

In this video series I will testing 9 free magnification apps.

I will take you through the download process in the App Store, demonstrate the different functions and features and look at a piece of text to analyse the quality of the app.
I will use the terms magnification and zoom interchangeably.

Let’s open up the App Store and get the first magnification app.
And type in “Magnifying Glass With Light”

Quickly download it. I already have and so instead of “Open” you will see “Get”.

Unusually for the apps that I will be looking at today, this app has had 17 reviews on the App Store, scoring 4  out of 5.

When you open the app the camera starts and there is a clean clutter free look to the app. In the bottom of the app is an ad that takes up about 10% of the screen. It is important to  remember that on the overwhelming majority of free apps there will be ads on them- which is why they are free!

Just above the ad there is a bar with which you control the level of magnification. This bar is quite small and close to the ad which could be problematic in terms of accidentally touching it.

There is a small high contrast button to the right of the bar but this is only available if you pay £1.49 to get the Pro version.

Above the magnification bar on the right hand side is a large button that enables you to freeze the image- but again, only if you get the Pro version.

You can magnify the image up to 5 times with this app.

The app works with the front and rearing facing cameras and the magnification works on both Once you have set the level of magnification required you can touch a button at the top of the screen that locks the magnification at that level.

This app works in both portrait and landscape mode as you can see here.

The app did not seem to crash at any point during my test.

And that’s it. Thanks for watching this video and look out for my other videos on free magnification apps on the iPad.

If you want to ask any questions or join the discussion then please do so below. 
 End of video transcript.

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