Saturday, February 24, 2007


Included with Qt 4.2 you will find a useful cross platform application you might not know about, called pixel tool. Pixeltool is a desktop magnifier and as you move your mouse around the screen it will show the magnified contents in its window. Hitting the space bar freezes the application so it will stop updating. The application source is located in /tools/pixeltool/, and is built by default so the binary is placed in bin/ like assistant and designer. Below is a screenshot selecting the plus in the tree menu in KMail.

If you right click on the window there are a handful of features you can tweak such as the grid color, grid size and zooming. I am not too sure if any distributions package this tool (Debian's qt4-dev-tools package doesn't), but it would be cool if they did.

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