SRC Magnifier

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Description of App: 

Are there times when you need to magnify and illuminate small print? The SRC Magnifier application can help by turning your iPhone into a portable electronic magnifier.The SRC Magnifier app combines many of the features usually found in dedicated portable handheld electronic magnifiers.The SRC Magnifier app has many uses including:

  • Reading menus in dimly lit restaurants
  • Reading labels on medicine bottles
  • Reading grocery product ingredients
  • Checking prices and receipts
  • Reading maps
  • Reading newspapers
  • Viewing photographs

Key Features:

  • Easy to follow on-screen menu
  • Full screen available
  • Pre-set magnification levels of 2x, 4x and 6x
  • Autofocus for maximum image clarity
  • View objects in full color, black on white or white on black
  • Pause or freeze an image for further examination including magnification
  • Use the camera flash to provide lighting and illuminate in poorly lit conditions
  • Simple contrast / brightness control
  • Adjustable screen masking to assist positioning and reading of text
  • Use with an Apple TV to wirelessly project images in high definition on a large HD TV (iPhone 4S only)
  • Supports VoiceOver

Forgot your reading glasses but not your iPhone? No problem. The SRC Magnifier app to the rescue.Simply the best magnification app!

Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known

Version: 

1.0

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

Accessibility Comments: 

There are a number of features that cannot be accessed if VoiceOver is enabled. Considering that you will need some residual vision to benefit from this app, this is unlikely to be an issue. However, it is worth noting that VisionAssist is able to offer similar functionality, but can be used without the need to disable VoiceOver.What you cannot access via VoiceOver are full screen magnification, contrast and brightness control, and masking.Everything else can be accessed without disabling VoiceOver and is straightforward to use.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Other Comments: 

I was somewhat disappointed with this app. However, it is the first release, so hopefully it will improve over time.My main complaint is that you are restricted to using 1 of 3 predefined magnification levels, whereas some other apps offer more control over magnification. For example, VisionAssist has a slider that allows you to simply zoom in or out until you achieve the optimum level of magnification.I was also extremely disappointed by the performance of the white on black mode, where the black rarely got above a dark grey, and on occasions struggled to even manage a light grey.For these reasons, is still my recommendation for anybody who is looking to use their iPhone as an alternative to a standalone video magnifier.