Decorative - Magnifier

Description: I have created a simple Magnifier Widget with transparency. I think the artwork is fairly good.

Unfortunately there is no zooming effect yet, Im not clever enough to implement this.

Sunspot, a small Widget with a different purpose, has that effect.

Why not combinate my Widget with the zooming effect of Sunspot?
If someone think this is an attractive idea, feel free to create a real magnifier from my simple widget.
Author: ackiboa
Version: 1.0
Uploaded on: July 8th 2005 at 4:04 AM
Rating: (1.5 stars)   [Show Detailed Ratings]
Downloads: 1353
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I honestly can't see the point of why you would want to put this over anything unless it can zoom in !

This should definately not be called a Magnifier !

Posted by: Chubbleyinfo on Jun 23, 05 (10:16 PM) for version 1.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

Have you read what I wrote?

Posted by: ackiboa (developer) on Jun 23, 05 (10:43 PM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

So this is another useless widget :roll:

Posted by: Hobbes on Jun 23, 05 (10:55 PM) for version 1.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

This is so stupid, go to the developers if you want it to work and don't call it 1.0

Posted by: ZicklePop on Jun 23, 05 (11:49 PM) for version 1.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

You are right, the version ought to be 0.1 and I will post it in development section.

Posted by: ackiboa (developer) on Jun 24, 05 (12:16 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

Why don't you guys actually read what the dev wrote before making stupid comments?

Posted by: SiliconX on Jun 24, 05 (12:22 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

might i suggest removing the lens flares...

Posted by: blinkmetoys on Jun 24, 05 (12:40 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

As far as I can tell, this widget doesn't appear on the widget shelf, nor is it shown by the Widget Manager pref pane. It does show and can be launched from the Widget Manager widget, or by clicking on the file itself.

Posted by: sprindle on Jun 24, 05 (12:46 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

nice idea, but the magnified spot should be larger.

the design idea is good, but your layer styles are horrible and use default layers which == one of the ugliest widgets.

but not to worry, there are a lot of useless widgets on this site

Posted by: pyn on Jun 24, 05 (1:48 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

This site needs an uploading section specifically for "widgets-in-development."

I agree, this is NOT a 1.0 widget yet. This is like 0.1a or something.

Sorry, but this is weak.

-propynyl

Posted by: propynyl on Jun 24, 05 (3:07 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

To all screaming vultures - look, my attempt is sincere, and first of all an appeal to more clever "JavaScripters".

More to read about the magnifier JavaScript (used in the Sunspot.wdgt).

http://persistent.info/archives/2004/05/08/magnifier

Posted by: ackiboa (developer) on Jun 24, 05 (4:29 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

Allright, I for one think this is actually a pretty neat idea design-wise. Sure - the functionality is zero right now, but hey - let the guy live! He admitted it's not working and doing wrong in naming it 1.0.

I consider myself a pretty advanced JS coder and will try to have a look at this once I get some free time - maybe next week - your free to msg me if I forget, ackiboa.

Posted by: zzen on Jun 25, 05 (8:34 PM) for version 1.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

OTOH - a few minutes later, I am not so optimistic anymore. Both Sunspots and the persistent.info article use an readily enlarged image and show a portion of it in the magnifier frame.

Now this works if you have a stable image - you download the hi-res, you scale it down, display the scaled-down version and display the full-res cut-out in the window.

Doing a system-wide zoom would be quite different, on the other hand. And frankly speaking, I am not sure how to do it. The only way I see is going with a Cocoa plugin and drawing the result into <canvas>. Even then, I doubt this would be a transparent real-time thing.

Maybe with Core Image? Any comment from somebody fluent with Cocoa?

Posted by: zzen on Jun 25, 05 (8:44 PM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

Look,
Rule of thumb. If your widget has no JavaScript, it's not worth it.
A Decorative section does not invite any Widget who's HTML file is nothing but this:
<html>
<body>
<img>
</body>
</html>
If you're going to make a Widget which is intended to go in the Decorative section, it should at the very least allow the user to choose between multiple images of the theme of choice. If you don't know how to do this, then you should not submit your Widgets until they follow the said rule of thumb.

Posted by: Garcon on Jun 27, 05 (1:23 PM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

Besides, "combinate" isn't even a word.

Posted by: awiseman on Jul 08, 05 (11:38 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

I really like the idea--and will wait to rate until I see if it happens!

A larger lens would be good in that case. Better yet: resizable, or with 2-3 preset sizes. (Maybe loupe, magnifying glass, and Fresnel lens?)

Posted by: Nagromme on Jul 12, 05 (11:09 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

Lol.

Funny how people seemed to have somehow misunderstood the description and are angry because it's obviously an idea still in development.

I thought it was pretty clear this belonged in the widget development forum, and accordingly, I won't rate an unfinished widget. The version number is certainly misleading...but why are people treating this as a complete widget when the author made it clear otherwise? Just plain silly. <(^^<smiley

Posted by: BagOfHammers on Jul 17, 05 (11:30 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

Hmmm....

Good artwork!

Maybe someone could take a look inside the application "Pixie"? /Developer/Applications/Graphics Tools/Pixie.app

Posted by: jtbandes on Aug 13, 05 (9:42 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

Sorry but the widget doesn't have any functions working at all and the Design just SUCKS!

Posted by: Da_Vinci on Jan 06, 06 (6:11 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

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