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Is there a standalone magnify tool for Ubuntu to zoom in on applications (for web development more than anything)?

I'm aware of XMag, but wondered whether there was something better than that available.

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If you want to zoom the whole screen, you can use Super + the mouse wheel. On most keyboards, the super key will be the Windows key. You need desktop effects enabled to use this feature.

If you just want to zoom on a selection, there is Virtual Magnifying Glass, a free, open source, screen magnifier, for Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and Mac OS X:

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I can't use the first option under Ubuntu (no compiz). Virtual Magnifier Glass Didn't work for me under Ubuntu 9.10, threw some horrible exceptions on startup. – Jon Mar 9 '10 at 22:10

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