PHOTOSHOP: Realtime Magnification Visor

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On the Mac I can use the systems Accessibility Options to setup a realtime magnification tool that eliminates the need to zoom in-and-out most of the times in Photoshop. I can keep my designs at 100% and still get the precision I need. This would make a lot of sense to have built into photoshop I think. Something to consider implementing?

Screenshots:
Magnification Visor: http://bit.ly/zoompanel
System settings: http://bit.ly/zoomsettings
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David v.B.

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Chris Cox

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Window -> Arrange -> New Window for document, then change the zoom.
Both windows are live views of your document.
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David v.B.

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Ah yes, that does indeed work well, except that it takes up constant screen real-estate, while the magnification tool is triggered with a ctrl+scroll/drag upwards, and automatically hidden at 100% zoom-level.

A related (mild) annoyance is that a duplicate window easily gets obscured once opening other files or smart-layers, forcing you to keep adjusting the positioning of the windows. Literally obtrusive. :) )
Having a global magnification view appear on top (or inserted at the far right) whenever needed, would not have this problem.
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David v.B.

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I don't agree my suggestion is already implemented to be honest.. Or at least it would be a big workflow improvement. I made this screen-recording to hopefully visualise my idea better:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5...
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It may not work exactly how you imagined it - but the functionality is there (and has been for a long time) to accomplish your goal, without the awkwardness of OS and utility based "zoom" views.
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I would love the idea that`s shown in the video! I also use "Window -> Arrange -> New Window for document, then change the zoom."
Both methods have their strenghts and weaknesses. But I guess I`d use the method in the video more often and maybe just for some important "moments". I`d switch it on and off, whenever I`d need it.
Chris`s method is something that I use for a whole session or not at all.