If your eyes are on the blink, iMagnify might be for you. The app turns your iPhone into a magnifying glass, which can be quite handy if you’re stuck trying to read the small print on a menu or contract. With the ability to magnify an image up to 4x, iMagnify can also make viewing the detail and brushstrokes in artwork a breeze.
Developed by Tech 1 LLC, the idea for the app came from a couple’s need to see the fine print on a dinner menu. Because of this, the app also features a super handy tip calculator that allows you to enter the number of people at the table so as to calculate what each individual would owe. The tip calculator has set percentages of 15, 18 and 20 percent, but it also allows you to enter a number of your choosing in case you have a horrendous waiter that somehow works their way out of the rock bottom standard of a 15 percent tip; although I say the standard should be 20, but I digress.
To turn your iPhone into a magnifying glass, all you need to do is point the phone’s camera lens as close as four inches away from the item that you’d like magnified and swipe your finger to the right to enlarge the image. If you’d like to post the image on FaceBook, you can use the app’s camera feature, which allows users to take a picture of the magnified image. iMagnify also allows you to add a tag or name to the picture as well as a voice file, which could make for funny email attachments and texts.
Considering the fact that I am beginning to question the 20/20-ness of my vision, I think iMagnify is a straightforward app that makes your iPhone even more useful – as though it needed help in that department. The ability to add audio or a zingy tag to a captured magnified image makes the ability to email and upload iMagnify photos that much more marvelous. Because I’m not really a math girl and my old technique of doubling the tax is now a bit too generous thanks to a ridiculously high sales tax hike, I am especially grateful for the tip calculator, which makes it easy to not only determine the tip but also figure out how much everyone owes if you’re splitting the check equally.
iMagnify is compatible with iPhone only and requires iPhone OS 3.1.3 or later.