smooth zooming in OS X 10.4.8

wireless_mm.jpgApple released Mac OS X 10.4.8 update few days ago, and we just noticed there's a neat new feature for screen zooming: zooming with your mouse wheel.

How's this feature handy? You can sit back, and enjoy reading the article without changing the resolution of your display. You can zoom up and down the screen easily by rotating the scroll ball or mouse wheel while holding down control key (default setting, changeable). All you need is a mouse with a scroll ball or wheel and Mac OS X 10.4.8.

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We made a short video clip to demonstrate the zooming feature:


(click the QuickTime screenshot above to watch the movie, streaming.)

The setting is under System Preferences | Keyboard & Mouse | Mouse as shown in screenshot below:
pref pane

Universal AccessUnder OS X's built-in Universal Access, the zooming feature is still there (Command + option + 8), but for most of us who don't use Universal Access, we probably won't remember the shortcut or even the feature. This zooming by mouse can be handy at the time when needed.

H.264QuickTime 7The video clip is encoded with state-of-the-art video codec H.264, which delivers stunning quality at remarkably low data rates. QuickTime Player 7 (free) is required for watching the video.

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Posted by Antony at October 4, 2006 12:47 PM

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