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(UPDATED - SOLUTION) I hate applications that don't obey the Windows Large Font settings. Anyone know a good utility to rectify this situation?

By Andrew Pollack on 08/06/2006 at 05:31 PM EDT

The one thing my laptop doesn't do well, is display text large enough for me to actually read. The "native" screen resolution is 1920x1200 -- on a 17" display. I use Window's "Large Fonts" and that works in most apps at least somewhat. Sometimes buttons are skewed or dialog boxes don't fit -- but mostly it's great. The high res with larger text makes works look like they're printed on paper.

Products like Skype, Trillian, and that ilk suck though. I haven't found a skin for trillian that fixes the problem and creating a skin is a nightmare of effort. So far as I can tell, Skype ignores all the settings and displays fonts however it wants. GRRRrrrr.

What I'd like is a driver or software tool of some kind that acts with the video driver to change the scale.

Anyone?
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UPDATE:

This product

http://www.portrait.com/us/products/lv_overview.html

Actually works about 99% of the way to perfect so far as I can tell. Trillian and Skype, Notes, Explorer, Office, etc... are all very useable and I've shut down XP's "Large Fonts" and the other mods I've made to the environment to try to compensate.


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I suspect, that that cannot be made in a reliable way ..... :-(By Jens on 08/06/2006 at 06:02 PM EDT
Would be nice, if applications woult respect the customer .....
Actually -- I did find a solution.By Andrew Pollack on 08/06/2006 at 11:46 PM EDT
This product

http://www.portrait.com/us/products/lv_overview.html

Actually works about 99% of the way to perfect so far as I can tell. Trillian
and Skype, Notes, Explorer, Office, etc... are all very useable and I've shut
down XP's "Large Fonts" and the other mods I've made to the environment to try
to compensate.
Looks like a straightforward solutionBy Jens on 08/07/2006 at 01:45 AM EDT
I suppose, that they did some intense inverse engineering. Seems it manipulates
the driver interface. Thanks for the link, that looks very useful
Glasses ?By Wild Bill on 08/07/2006 at 10:06 AM EDT
Another smartass Scottsman -- By Andrew Pollack on 08/07/2006 at 10:09 AM EDT
-- isn't that getting a bit redundant, Bill? LOL, I've already got reading
glasses and longer arms don't seem to be available.
In that case, you have not yet foundBy Jens on 08/08/2006 at 04:35 AM EDT
... the prolongable arms that would be soooooo useful for a firefighter?


There is a bad message: Neither did I ...... :-/


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