One of my favorite, built-in Mac OS X functions is zoom. When set up correctly, click the Control key, and scroll up to zoom in, and scroll down to zoom back out again. The only negative is that it zooms the whole screen rather than, say, a photo on a web page. For that, you’ll need a free Safari extension.
Social. Photo. Zoom.
I’m constantly amazed at the creative nature of Mac app developers. Often, an app is developed because someone had a specific need. So it is with the HoverZoom Safari Extension.
If you visit social networking or photograph sites online, you know the problem. Many of the photos are small. However, lurking behind many of those photos is a larger photo (simply scaled down to fit the web page).
HoverZoom Safari Extension lets you hover your mouse pointer (or, trackpad pointer) over the photo to view a larger pop up photo (without having to resort to the Control key and Scroll technique).
Here’s what it looks like on Flickr.
All that’s required to invoke the zoom in to make the photo larger is to hover the pointer over the image. HoverZoom also provides a few Preferences.
Zooming has multiple keyboard combo options, too. The Delay ranges from half a second to three seconds. Hotkeys and modifiers are also options.
HoverZoom works on sites that range from Flickr to Facebook, Picasa to Twitter, Amazon, PhotoBucket, MySpace and others.
The only caveat is that the embedded image on the web page must be larger that the one displayed on the page (otherwise, there’s nothing to zoom into). Oh, and the zoom can activate on other sites with embedded images that pop up when you’re not expecting anything to happen.
Not bad for donationware. The developer has a number of other Safari extensions to add to your collection.