ZoomIt – great presenter's aid

One of things to learn during conferences is about the tricks used by fellow presenters to make their presentations better fun. One of the nicest things I picked up was a tool used by Duncan Mills (Oracle), called ZoomIt. It is a tool that will allow you to quickly enlarge the portion of the screen where the cursor currently is located by using a shortcut key. It is fairly lightweight tool that is easily installed. It can be downloaded from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897434.aspx.

Once you have installed the tool it can do:

  • zoom in (and out again)
  • allow you to draw lines, circles, rectangles etc. to emphasize elements and areas on your page
  • allow you to type on the screen

Some examples:....

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Now press the hot key (CTRL+1 by default)

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and the page is zoomed into. Next I type t to enter type mode:

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and finally try drawing mode (CTRL+2):

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  1. Jan June 18, 2008