MAKE:TNT Tools 'n' Tips

Magnifying Ruler

Tool photo.

Sometimes the most useful tools are also the most low-tech. Growing up, I always remember my dad (a dental school professor) having one of these and using it to save his eyesight when digging through reference books with tiny fonts. As an editor, I found myself squinting to figure out if that quotation mark is a "straight quote" or a "curly quote" and straining to determine whether there's an extra space in the text or if it's just my eyes playing tricks on me. I was so excited to rediscover this magnifying ruler. With it's bold blue lines surrounding the magnified strip, my squinting days are over. We love it so much that we ordered one for each of our editors. Truly the best two bucks I've spent in a long time!