NLarge

At DDD4 recently I saw Ben Lamb using a presentation aid called NLarge by Rob Burke. (You can download the binary here). NLarge is almost identical to ZoomIt by Mark Russinovich that I blogged about earlier this year. It is a tool for zooming and drawing on any screen. NLarge even uses the same activation keystrokes as ZoomIt. There are a few minor differences though. NLarge requires the .NET Framework 3.0 to be installed. NLarge’s magnify option is much smoother than ZoomIt’s and the speed of magnification is configurable (very useful). ZoomIt, however, has a Break option that NLarge lacks. On the whole both tools are very useful. I suspect that NLarge just pips ZoomIt for me because of the configurable magnification speed and the fact that I already have the .NET Framework 3.0 installed. If you don’t have the .NET Framework 3.0 installed then ZoomIt is probably a better option.

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Posted by: Guy Smith-Ferrier
Posted on: Monday, December 11, 2006 at 9:44 PM
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Guy Smith-Ferrier

Wednesday, December 13, 2006 1:44 AM

guy[at]guysmithferrier[dot]com

Many thanks, Rob, as a consumer of these two excellent products I am delighted that you and the guys work hard on your respective products that you give for free. I will certainly check out the new version.

Guy

Rob Burke

Wednesday, December 13, 2006 1:44 AM

Rob Burke

I’ve updated NLarge so that it no longer glitches at the start of a zoom, and I’ve also added some enhanced drawing functionality. However, if Mark and the ZoomIt gang could just give me smooth zooms in AND out, I’d retire NLarge!

For now, however, I think NLarge adds to the professionalism of my presentations by not potentially losing the context of what I’m presenting before or after I draw the audience’s attention to something via a zoom.