Hi, I have just installed Glassbrick on a laptop and it is running but I can’t get the magnification to work. The Tilde button isn’t responding either.. I have tried restarting computer as well….any ideas?
Yes it seems to be this project now past tense, same issues, just uninstalled.
Glassbrick works in windows 10.
I’m using it in Windows 10, no problem. It just doesn’t seem to recognize the full width of a 2560×1440 desktop, meaning ‘clamp mode’ doesn’t work properly at the bottom-right corner – without clamp it’s fine, just weird when zooming out real quick, no big deal but it wiggles the screen a little. Other than that, it’s just amazing, thanks.
This can be fixed by checking the “Disable scaling for high DPI settings. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ba048c0ae23b479531e2683979ae4afa6a9a5f93b5bd562598152cd71f0d928f.png
Am I not supposed to use this in Windows 10? I bought it few days ago and after installing Anniversary Update it closes(crashses?) after a few seconds of launching.
Glassbrick works in windows 10
Bitdefender is very suspicious about your software. Maybe you should contact them. Also please digitally sign all of executables and installed version would be so nice.
There seems to be a bug with Overwatch. If I don’t close Glassbrick before opening Overwatrch, I get no pointer in Overwatch.
This happens in every game when in fullscreen mode. You can fix this by changing the graphics settings from fullscreen to borderless windowed mode.
Thanks. I’ll give it a try.
But in my experience, borderless window will not give the same framerate as full screen.
Very odd problem: Found, tried and liked Glassbrick last night. Placed 64-bit version in my util folder (c:util). Setup settings and used it for about an hour. This AM it’s gone. No hidden version in directory but trying to copy it there again is denied unless I rename it first? Anti-virus it temporarily disabled, same result. Elevated command prompt has same result.
If I run renamed, it it will run for about 30 seconds and then be gone, and that new name will also no longer be usable! As if it exists at that location still but doesn’t show up as hidden, system, anything…
Very strange. Is there any other location this happens?
Feature Request: It would be great if there were a way to setup a predefined zoom level and region and then give that a Key-Stroke. I’m constantly working between no zoom and a particular zoom level (2x) around one window. The zoomed area isn’t exactly the window’s area, but it is always the same area on the screen. So if there were a way to zoom and and then save the current zoom info to a preset, and then add a hot-key for a preset it would save me lots of zooming and panning back to the zoom window I need. Thoughts?
This is actually possible. Yet a little trick to set up.
1. Re download Glassbrick to make sure you have the latest version.
2. Set your tracking mode to “When zoom key combo is held” and uncheck Push Edge
3. Zoom to the position and zoom level you want then Use the “Zoom On/Off” Key Combo to zoom out and in. Glassbrick should zoom back to the position you were at.
This don’t work for me. It always zooms to the mouse position when I press “Zoom On/Off”.
Same, is there any fix?
I’m sorry for the confusion. This solution didn’t work quite right. there is new track modes in the latest update that fixes this issue
Is there a docked version? if it is I buy it right now. My low-vision friend can’t use this type of zoom. Please.
thanks for the reply.
I really want something like this, just being able to zoom and click around at will.
Horkey just doesnt work for me. Ctrl+scroll wheel does nothing. Just regular zooming in while on browsers, or writing programs, just as if Glassbrick wasnt running.
I changed the shortcut to windows key+scroll wheel and it still wont work.
I tried keyboard shortcuts and still no dice.
I dont know why it just wont work
Is your desktop theme set to one of the newer shinier themes. If you send a screenshot I can let you know if you are using a valid theme.
Also make sure you run Glassbrick as administrator so it will work over other programs
I’m done with this software. See ya.
I recently purchased this product but I’m unable to get it to run on two different Windows 7 Professional desktops, one x86 and the other x64. It runs fine on my laptop which is Windows 7 Pro x64 but on the desktops, the program opens into the system tray but then will not actually launch into zoom mode. Any advice?
Make sure the computer is using to newer shinier theme. If this doesn’t work please send a screenshot so I can see if I can help.
Works great! Had an issue where it wouldn’t work in the classic theme for win7 but I’ve decided to use the default theme since my main issue with it was the lack of color adjustment and the default magnifier being a clunky mess.
This is a magnificent program and is LEAGUE’S ahead of Microsofts insulting excuse of a magnifier. There are some issues with key binding like not being able to use extra mouse buttons but it’s no big deal. Definitely would recommend to anyone with a visual impairment.
The windows default magnifier is a bare bones magnifier which is clunky and not very intuitive to use. Glassbrick was developed to make up for this.
Glassbrick uses the same method to do fullscreen zooming as the default magnifier. This method required a newer theme rendering to work as smoothly as it does and that’s why it wont work correctly in the old themes.
This app is very slick. Love the crisp image quality and mouse tracking. Any chance you could allow the window size and location to be set? I use 2 monitors and only want the magnifier on one.
If you enable “Advanced Mode” in to zoom tab. You can change the rendering mode in the misc tab to “Windowed” This will take effect after restarting Glassbrick. Ths will allow you to view your zoomed view on one screen at a time. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dfedc3bd5f521a7a65f8d7d0189c8a5890c8dcbe19e1f948f78b51c8dfef2e6a.png
Thanks, it fixed the misclicks on my windows 10 whiled zoomed. Was very frustrating, now its fine.
Track typing is not working for me. The track typing setting is marked. Am I missing someting in the settings?
Unfortunately typing tracking doesn’t work in all apps. Mostly in the ones default to windows e.g. notepad or internet explorer.
Can i save my settings and have the same settings *and the application( run automatically each time I open my PC? Right now, I have to set the settings each time, and first I have to go to the folder and launch the app.
The settings are saved when you press the “OK” Your settings will save to the appdata folder base off the location of your “Glassbrick.exe”. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a45474c71fedcd8e5f25856a1daf647d9c99579696cb431706a8fdbe2dffd0a3.png The settings are saved when you press the “OK Button”
Would it be possible to have it more portable, so we can place the user.config in the exe dir as well?
This is great thank you for putting this out there. Having a few bugs on my system(Windows 10 Pro V1703), clicking randomly doesn’t work. drop downs, check boxes and even application close buttons. turning off zoom allows me to click and turning it back on and gets me rolling again. Also tracking lag isn’t great but speeding it up all the way helps a bit. As someone mentioned before it would be good to get a digital signature on this maybe put this out on the windows store? Do you have a bug tracking page or open source repo? In any case great work and thanks for putting out a decent alternative to ZoomText which has been overcharging for decades.
Thank you for reporting on those focus issues. One solution is to change the render mode http://disq.us/p/1l4jh6e. Or doing a fresh install of windows may be a little drastic but has worked for me.
Will this work for full screen applications? Also is it possible to make it soon at the center of the screen only and not at the mouse? If so then I will consider buying
Glassbrick wont work in exclusive fullscreen mode. Borderless Windowed mode in games is becoming more common these days. Check out this comment where I explain how to zoom in to a section of screen. http://disq.us/p/1l4jv5a
Is there a way to completely disable tracking? Basically a way to zoom
in to the center of the screen and never have the zoom move.
Yes This can be done. I explained it best I could in this post http://disq.us/p/1l4l65i
So far I really really enjoy this program. I am using it for presentations, and it quickly responds. Great job. I am wondering if one thing is it possible. It possible to zoom in to a fix area on the screen, and always keeping that area centered?
This can be done. I explained it best I could in this post http://disq.us/p/1l4l65i
where’s the download link at?!?
0. Click `Buy my product` link
0. On redirected page, input `0` on `Name a fair price: $` input area
0. Click `I want this` button
0. Type your email address or use temporary email services to get download link.
Where in the world is the download link at? Why should I donate money if I can’t download this product? Its not on here anywhere all is says is the go to glassbrick.org, which all I see here is this disquise blog area, and the donate link.
whare on earth is the download link at?
0. Click `Buy my product` link
0. On redirected page, input `0` on `Name a fair price: $` input area
0. Click `I want this` button
0. Type your email address or use temporary email services to get download link.
great, thank you sir I do like this program very much, and wouldn’t mind donating to it. I was just trying to figure out how to download it. thank you very much sir
Hi, I am a vision teacher (i.e. I teach students with vision impairment). I have downloaded Glassbrick on my work laptop, which is Windows 10. I thought that Glassbrick would produce a clear image when zoomed in but I am finding it is no better than the inbuilt Windows Magnification. Am I doing something wrong?
Is the image blurry or pixelated or blury? If it’s blurry you might need to set your monitor to it’s native resolution. If it’s pixelated that is because Glassbrick doesn’t do any special rending of text it simply enlarges your screen as is.
Wow, i was searching a whole day for a tool like this and yours is the only one that has everything i need without bugs. I initialy paid 1$ because i only wanted to test it, but i am going to send you another 9$. Thank you so much.
Thank you for your support.
Is there a way to make the zoom from 100% (no zoom) to the first zoom level smoother? It looks kinda laggy because it sometimes doesnt zoom directly to the mouse pointer, but like first right and then down or first down and then right, which gives it that “clipped” look. This does not happen always tho, so it must be possible to avoid that. Especially if i zoom multiple times to the same spot, it doesnt do it. Only if i aim to a new spot and only from the no-zoom level.
What tacking mode are you using?
One thing to try is to Enable ‘Advance Mode’ in the zoom tab then in the misc tab turn the refresh rate up to 120
Thanks. However, the refresh rate sdoesnt change anything. There is some sort of “snap” when zooming in the first level. I think its only in windowed mode. not in fullscreen.
There is a way I have explained how here http://disq.us/p/1l4jv5a
I have low vision… just what I was looking for… but I don’t have a credit card. Can you please add paypal?
Also, woul it be possible to add the ability to scroll with trackpad as well as a mouse to zoom in?
“disable scaling for High dpi devices” will fix the offset view thing http://disq.us/p/1l7geyb
Can you elaborate on how you would like to zoom with the trackpad
So basically instead of scrolling with a mouse wheel you use two fingers on the touchpad
This does work in the cases I’ve tested. Some devices may do their track pad scrolling differently.
At 57, and aging my eyesight isn’t what it used to be anymore…And being just an old kid at heart, I am a hardcore gamer with no intentions of quitting anytime soon. But some of the games out there are natively displayed in such tiny text resolutions that I’d often have to get really close to the monitor, squint my eyes and only try to make out what it is that others are seeing at just a glance! This really slows my gaming down –and it frustrates my teammates to no end. For me, gaming isn’t just about the games we play –It’s about community, and about the social value of the relationships we build and maintain throughout the years,,, With this in mind, I want you to know that it is with my deepest regrets that I can’t spend even a few well deserved dollars on this –the Glassbrick magnifier! But what I can do for you –for the Glassbrick project, is worth more than even well spent money can buy!
Your’s is just the sort of product that works well for work and play alike. Whilst there are generations of aging gamers like myself ranging from their mid-40’s even into their late 70’s and beyond, there are also scores of gaming coders/ developers and modders who spend countless hours day in and day out looking at code… Glassbrick will serve them well as a much needed work-around for when adjusting the settings in the UI isn’t an option and enlarging the text font by normal means isn’t enough. It is my intention to post a review of this product in their forums and refer them to this site… This way everyone wins! There are no doubt many products on the web that magnify PC resolutions but in my experience with relation to gaming Glassbrick is the only one I’ve tested and found to work well within the full screen gaming environment.
I’m glad to hear Glassbrick is working for. I myself play games as well as develop them and am also quite vision impaired so I know all to well the challenges of using a computer without a tool such as Glassbrick. I would greatly appropriate your endorsement of Glassbrick to those who could benefit from it’s use.
Donated 5$ (With stupid commission 3.8$)
Thanks for that software, exactly what i searched.
And i have some suggestion for improvements:
I am a 3d artist and use color inversion, desaturation, and contrast for processing reference images to better viewing details for example – the human body. Before that, i used some simple processing methods in photoshop, and of course, manual editing in photoshop give a much precise result, but i think some improvements can bring closer your software result to photoshop result.
Here is comparsion.
So, can you increase the value of contrast parameter, or give manual input parameter, or like in my dream give RGB separate channels control and Levels control like in photoshop.
Also, add a contrast parameter to the invert parameter.
That much more speed up workflow, because i don’t need process every image in photoshop, i just press hotkey for inverting color and i get result.
Hope you accept my proposition to improvements.
Thank you for your suggestions. Have you tried setting the type to brightness and the saturation to 1.0 in the inversion section. This should give exact inversion. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/37a8ce4bfde92bf4bfc66af5cad84cc5b7da6425984339049d4586f0c557da0b.png
Of course i tried, furthermore i tried use Cheat Engine to hack the required value, but i am have poor reverse engineering skill and can’t change that value 😀 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1adf7dcee32afca61cd61e0f212ca98a763444d42e356d186b15171f6d0a702b.jpg
One thing I could consider is to enable more than 1.0 if advance mode is enabled
For now will be sufficient manual input value for the amount of contrast (More than 1).
That be enough for temp solution of requirements. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0e8ce8bfa64fffda779a1d10bfae35f0072d2bdb0b979e416463714d9fdafbac.jpg
https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4bedbf357b2887fbd50f4896c967e63b5f30d8fee846e36c455392003de2270f.jpg Im from spain and when i enable keyboard shortscuts i cant write de ñ letter. Is a minor problem but xd You know.
PD: Nice program
What keys do you press to type ñ?
Hi, sorry for the delay. Im in hospital (all ok :)) and i didnt inspected the mail for long time. In spanish writers keyboards, there is a ñ key on the right of the l. Reading your answer i research and i read that there is a rare key combo to write the ñ in the keyboards without this key. I will keep on the hospital for some days so i cant test this but i suppose that will work. TY
Good day! GlassBrick it’s convenient and useful application, but do you experienced enough to make zoom effect like it’s in screen magnifier in Windows 10 (it’s no just zoom, but special antialiasing algorithm that makes picture look much more better)?
I’m not quite experience enough to do this. It also slows down the performance of the computer. Are you able to send me screenshot of and example of antialiasing in action.
Dear Glass Brick,
Can you include a mode that makes it zoom in on the centre of the screen? I use it to play FPS games and I find that it’s EXACTLY what i need. In squad, you cannot give your gun a scope, so i find that zooming in onto the pixels help with long distance shooting a lot, HOWEVER the annoying thing is that it always zooms towards the cursor which is not at the centre of the screen. Is it possible to give the tracking one more option where it simply zooms towards the centre of the screen rather than towards the cursor?
This feature is being added and will be in the new version coming soon
Be careful with that. I mean, its your game and all, but there is a chance its considered being a sort of cheating, and if the game uses such things as PunkBuster, it may apply a capture from your screen to determine the cheating… although, I am not sure, if such panti-cheat programs can determine you using a zoom on a particular windows, there is still a probability. Just take care.
A new version of Glassbrick is available to download.
New in version 2.2
Minor tweaks and bug fixes.
Fixed bug where the reading mode key combo was unchangeable
Tracking mode names shortened to one word each.
New Tracking Mode “Region”
The “Region” Tracking mode allows you to focus on a specific region of the screen.
New Tracking Mode “None”
The “None” Tracking mode disables all tracking and keeps focus on your last tracked position.
Thank you for pretty fast response, you add manual input for those parameters in next versions? or have some issues with it?
You can edit this box when you have the Contrast mode selected. I considered having them editable at any time but it seemed it might be a overwhelming for a new user.
sweet!! I noticed another issue in glassbrick 2.1 (I’ll download 2.2 today)
when going into lock screen mode, win+L then coming back out of it,
zoom up & down no longer works. you have to shut down glassbrick & restart the
program for zoom to come back.
Since the latest Windows 10 x64 Update the App doesn’t work anymore :/ Switching color is still fine, but I can’t zoom anymore. Reinstalled and resetted the program, tried running the x64 version aswell as that x86 version. Tried it to run as admin as well. Nothing worked :/
I’m trying to get a machine ready for a person who roughly has 10% of eyesight, using NVDA with this to assist in computer usage, but the issue currently is, there does not seem to be any information on current zoom and how to set that manually each time at log in. As the person really cannot see the mouse that well and relies heavily on the voice from currently overpriced ZoomText which will not work with the current version of Windows 10 (Creators) without an upgrade! I found that NVDA does a much better job in reading text from emails (ZoomText won’t unless it’s copied and pasted into Notepad first) and with this as a zoom, the package would be complete, but sadly, each time the log in happens, the previous Zoom is lost.
Zooming in at the login screen would be nice. Because Glassbrick is portable I am unable to easily enable zoom in on login.
I recomend placing a link to Glassbrick in the taskbar so it is easily opened. Once in place you can press e.g “Win + 1″ for the first position. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9e6156b04c38143f4c57544a9d6206f0412ba65547baad6322e8981e91eeebb5.png
Actually prior to the login screen, so if there was another account on the computer, the person could at least see it zoomed in to see what account is up for selection, like the Magnifier will do.
BUG (2.2): Creators Update (Windows 10 64bit), if I zoom past normal, controls (close, minimize, maximize and others) stop working, they highlight and go grey, as if they’re on a “not focused” window and you cannot do anything with them until you zoom back to normal, then they work.
I am now aware of this bug. It’s a tricky one as it’s to do with windows changing in updates. A work around is to change the render mode of Glassbrick to Windowed instead of fullscreen. this will take affect after pressing OK and restarting Glassbrick
The problem is, the person using it is nearly blind now and introducing a window would just confuse the person. Although, currently the person isn’t using it at all, because the screen has become unreadable at any zoom sadly.
Hello, Glassbrick, guy!
I want to say – wonderful product you’re making.
It helps me a lot, because it works with fullscreen apps, such as games. I use it to see the text, while playing my PC games on the TV screen (via Steam link or HDMI).
Instead of zooming whole screen can I zoom only selected area like center of the screen?
The latest version of Glassbrick has a new Tracking mode that allows this.
What I like most about glassbrick, is its the ONLY free alternative to Zoomtext that I’m aware of.
I work for a company that does not allow Zoomtext to be used on their property.
thanks to glassbrick, I can actually do my job, without using windows magnifier
which is downright HORRIBLE.
yeah I wish glassbrick had some features of of Zoomtext, such as
1. speech (least read aloud what the mouse hovers over)
2. mouse pointer locator (as most of us who are VI’s know, locating the mouse cursor on the screen is the most challenging aspect. there are days I can’t find that darn mouse pointer at all)
3. dual-monitor support (zoomtext is wonderful at its ability to control the magnificaation separately across multiple displays, not turning 2 displays into one BIG monitor)
but assides from those in my wish list, glassbrick is heaven sent
Thank you for your suggestions. In Glassbrick you can change the render mode to windowed which will allow you to zoom in on seperate monitors. You must press the OK button and restart Glassbrick for windowed mode to take affect.
Your company does not allow Zoomtext, but do you have any issue running the Glassbrick.exe file on the work computer? I was wondering if I will be able to do that without having administrative privileges on my work computer.
Hello i need help, for some reason the scroll zoom isnt working however the keyboard one is.
I am aware of this bug but don’t have a fix yet. Restarting glassbrick usually works for me.
I want to zoom on the center of the screen, but without tracking.
There is a new tracking mode in the latest version that allows this.
That’s not entirely true, there is a “none” tracking mode, but the zoom happens on the position you last clicked the radio button “none” itself.
The workaround I’ve discovered through experimentation is to switch the tracking to follow the mouse, zoom in the center of the screen, and then switch back to the “none” tracking.
Furthermore there is another bug with the zoom functionality, by disabling all the zoom keys modifiers, and using only the scroll wheel, the expected result is to be able to zoom with the scroll wheel, however, by pressing the key modifiers, the zoom functionality is disabled, and the scroll wheel defaults back to it’s typical functionality of scrolling pages and such.
What about the Region Tracking mode?
Region tracking works as expected it seems.
Question, is this an open source project ? Can I get the source for non-commercial personal use ?
This doesn’t work right for me at all. The program GUI looks garbled and overlaps in some areas. It won’t respond to the shortcut commands.
Running Win 7 64bit with Google Chrome
I am going to be starting a new job, and I will not have administrative privileges on my computer at work. Is there a way I will be able to run Glassbrick still? Is there something I can tell the IT department that will allow me to run this .exe file?
Is there a way to disable cursor tracking option ? I want to magnify only the center section of the screen (just like cursor is locked at the center of the screen). I plan on using this on games, i want to use it like binoculars.
Thank you for making Glassbrick. I am coming from the Mac OSX world where the built-in screen zoom is perfect, but I now have to use a Windows laptop for work. Windows magnifier is a joke by comparison. This app is the closest I’ve found so far. However, I have a few questions. First, the app works well with an actual mouse, but it does not work with the built-in trackpad of my Dell XPS. Could trackpad support be added in a future release? Also, performance is not as immediate and smooth as it was in OSX. Do you have any tips for improving performance of mouse tracking (I prefer center tracking, and there is a noticeable lag) and visual scaling (text, etc. is blocky)? I am running this in Windows 10 on a brand new, high-end Dell XPS.
I have used Glassbrick on Windows 10. It’s so strange that I cannot show the bottom and the right side of the screen in full-screen mode. Does anyone know how to solve this problem? Thanks so much!
It only happens when Windows scaling is above 100% in display settings.
If it’s set to 100% it works fine. So, it has something to do with the
Found the solution ! Check out my other post in reply to ‘RobL’.
Paypal doesnt work.
When zoomed in, it seems to be impossible to get to the rightmost side of my screen. This is on Win 10. It seems to be the case regardless of setting.
I have the same problem. I’ve noticed it only happens when Windows scaling is above 100% in display settings. If it’s set to 100% it works fine. So, it has something to do with the display scaling. Hope it gets fixed soon !
Otherwise it’s an excellent piece of software ! Thank you to the author !
I found the solution !!
Open up properties for Glassbrick.exe (or Glassbrick64.exe). Click on Compatibility tab. Click on ‘Change high DPI settings’ and check ‘Override high DPI scaling behavior…’ box. (see the screenshot).
After this all the sides of the screen are properly zoomed in, regardless of scaling factor in display settings !!
Any ETA on 2.3? 2.2 seems to have some issues on windows 10 (1709+) the biggest one being the cursor vanishing after zoom out from having to use window mode.