Welcome to the third lesson in the Trainer's Course. This lesson will introduce you to the key magnification features available with SuperNova.
After studying this lesson, you will be able to:
- Accurately explain the three ways you can control magnification and state the minimum and maximum magnification levels.
- Correctly describe three methods you can use to explore regions of your desktop when magnification is enabled.
- Name without error the eight magnification viewing modes available and state the mode that is most popular with existing users.
This lesson should take no more than twenty minutes to complete.
This lesson applies to:
- SuperNova Magnifier.
- SuperNova Magnifier & Speech.
- SuperNova Magnifier & Screen Reader.
SuperNova enables you to magnify the content on your computer screen from 1.2x to 64x while maintaining high-quality readable text through its image smoothing technology, ensuring a comfortable viewing experience.
Of course, as the size of magnification increases, the amount of content you can view at any one time conversely decreases. With higher levels of magnification, you may find you are moving the magnified window across the screen more frequently and, in these cases, you may wish to consider introducing speech to enhance your productivity.
You are likely to regularly adjust your level of magnification throughout your working day to help you more easily view the content on your computer screen. For example, you may wish to reduce magnification to better gain an overview of the layout of a document or increase your level of magnification to study in more detail a map or chart.
You can adjust magnification using controls in the SuperNova Control Panel, using keyboard commands and using touchscreen gestures.
|Function||Desktop - Default NumPad Set||Laptop - Universal Set|
|Toggle magnification||LEFT CONTROL + NUMPAD ENTER||ALT + 0|
LEFT CONTROL + NUMPAD PLUS
CAPS LOCK + MOUSE WHEEL UP
ALT + EQUALS
CAPS LOCK + MOUSE WHEEL UP
LEFT CONTROL + NUMPAD MINUS
CAPS LOCK + MOUSE WHEEL DOWN
ALT + DASH
CAPS LOCK + MOUSE WHEEL DOWN
- Toggle magnification on or off by doing a 3-finger double-tap.
- Increase magnification by doing a 2-finger stretch.
- Decrease magnification by doing a 2-finger pinch.
Note: If you are using multiple monitors, you can configure SuperNova to either adjust the size of magnification on your current monitor or across all your monitors. SuperNova considers the current monitor as the one that is showing your mouse pointer.
Document scrolling with touchscreen gestures
SuperNova has been developed to feel intuitive when using touchscreen gestures. This includes the ability to scroll documents without the need to switch into a different mode.
As you use a flick gesture to move your magnified window down a document or webpage, when the magnified window reaches the edge of the real screen, the flick gesture is automatically passed through to the operating system, enabling the document to be scrolled.
The basic rules to remember are:
- You must be at the edge of the real screen.
- You must perform a flick gesture in a direction that’s perpendicular to and away from the screen’s edge.
- You have an allowed margin of error of twenty-three degrees away from the perpendicular for the gesture to be recognised by SuperNova.
As an alternative, SuperNova also includes a pass-through gesture that enables you to pass a gesture directly through to the operating system without SuperNova acting upon it. This enables you to scroll a page by incorporating the pass-through gesture with a swipe gesture.
You can do this by performing a double-tap with swipe in one fluid motion. When you perform the swipe, the swipe gesture should be in the direction you want to scroll the page.
Exploring the desktop
As previously mentioned, one issue with using magnification is that the increasing of magnification conversely reduces the amount of information you can see on your computer screen at any one time.
Therefore, you need a way to move your magnified window around your desktop so that you can explore the content on your screen.
You can do this in a number of ways:
- By moving the mouse pointer.
- By sliding a finger or using a flick gesture on a touchscreen.
- By using Panning Mode.
SuperNova's Panning Mode allows you to move the magnified window around the screen with keyboard commands, without causing the application's focus to change. You may find this method especially helpful if you use higher magnification sizes because it provides a straight and constant movement that is easy to follow.
You can start panning in a particular direction by holding down the RIGHT CONTROL key and tapping an Arrow Key. You can speed up movement by continuing to tap the Arrow Key and slow down movement by tapping the opposite Arrow Key. When you release the RIGHT CONTROL key, panning stops.
SuperNova also includes other ways to explore the desktop with keyboard commands. These include Move, Move To and Jump commands. You can learn more about these options in the product's online help.
Alternative viewing modes
By default, SuperNova's magnified window fills your screen. This is called "Full Screen" magnification and is the most popular way to view the magnified window on a computer screen.
Tip: You can locate and reposition your magnified area in relation to the unmagnified screen by using "Overview Mode". By default, this mode shows your magnified area on the screen as an inverted region. You can toggle "Overview Mode" on and off with LEFT CONTROL + BACKSLASH.
You can also view the magnified window in the following ways:
- Fixed Window.
This view shows the magnified region of the desktop in a static window. You can set the size and position of the window on the screen.
- Magnifying Glass.
This view is similar to the Fixed Window View, except the Magnifying Glass is not static on the screen. Instead, the magnified window follows the mouse pointer and the focus, behaving like holding a magnifying glass to the screen. You can set the size of the window.
- Resizing Glass.
This view behaves similar to the Magnifying Glass except that the magnified window will automatically resize to accommodate the current focus. This view is useful if you prefer to use the keyboard to navigate windows, like to view an unmagnified screen and occasionally adjust the size of magnification.
- Split Screen.
This view splits the screen into two regions: a magnified window and an unmagnified window. The magnified window can appear at the top, bottom, left or right side of the screen and you can adjust the position of the split.
You can change your View setting using controls in the SuperNova Control Panel, using keyboard commands and using touchscreen gestures.
Please complete Exercise 3 in the SuperNova for Trainers Workbook.
If you have not downloaded this supplementary document, please click here to download the SuperNova for Trainers Workbook.
This concludes this lesson. In this lesson you learnt about the ways you can adjust the size of magnification and the way you can view the magnified screen. You also learnt about the ways you can explore other regions of your desktop through using the mouse pointer, touchscreen gestures and keyboard commands.
In the next lesson you'll be looking at the ways you can further enhance your viewing of the computer screen through the creation of Hooked Areas.
Below are three sample quiz questions based on this lesson. Please spend no more than five minutes considering the answers to these questions.
- You can increase SuperNova's magnification size to a maximum of thirty-two times. Is this statement true?
- You can toggle magnification on and off by doing a 3-finger double-tap gesture. Is this statement true?
- You can use keyboard commands to move the magnified window to view other parts of your desktop. Is this statement true?
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