Good point.  A GIMP magnifier such as we are
discussing should magnify the actual image, not just
the desktop portrayal of the image.

If a second, stationary window is used rather than a
moving "lens", I would suggest that it should have its
own buttons for controling the magnification level. 
Its desktop location should also be able to be
remembered upon exiting GIMP or any time it is closed
so that when it is launched again it re-opens in the
same location.

If a stationary window is used, I think a button added
at the bottom of the image window, between the zoom
magnification display and the status bar, would be a
good way to toggle the magnify window on/off.  It
would also be nice to have a key stroke for toggling. 
However, if a moving lens is used, I think a key
stroke would be better.  That would allow you to
toggle the lens on while your cursor is in the area of
interest, rather than having to move away from the
area of interest to find and click on a button.

--- Sven Neumann <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> Hi,
> On Sat, 2007-02-24 at 07:41 -0800, Mark Lowry wrote:
> > Here's a screen shot of the Windows version in
> action.
> > 
> >
> > 
> > The Windows version is not "bad", but improvements
> > could be made and I don't know if other operating
> > systems have such a tool.  A version that resides
> in
> > GIMP and is designed with retouchers in mind would
> be
> > a very nice feature, I think.
> Pretty much every desktop comes with such a tool and
> it shouldn't be our
> business to duplicate this functionality. But a
> magnifier on the desktop
> level can only magnify the screen view. It wouldn't
> give a more detailed
> view of the image.
> Sven

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