Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Systems and Services > Mac Basics and Help

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Dec 12, 2012, 12:58 PM   #1
macrumors member
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Vermont, USA
Lower Display Resolution For Visually Impaired

I will soon get delivery of a new Mac Mini with a NEC 27" monitor (EA273WN-BK) to be used primarily by a visually impaired family member. Previous posts to the Forum on the subject of what system is best for those with poor eye sight suggested a 27" display and xcode installed to make the display the same as a HiDPi display. Experimenting on my Mac Pro with a 30" HP monitor indicated that a resolution of 1600 x 1000 with font smoothing unchecked produced an acceptable screen display without the need for xcode - except that Photoshop Elements would hang at that resolution when image editing attempted (no PSE will be on new Mini). The xcode description on the Apple Store site makes no mention of xcode used for improving display characteristics. So, the following questions:

1. Would xcode improve the display image appreciably? I'm not very computer literate so installing an unknown app on a brand new computer is scary.

2. Are there potential problems with xcode used solely for improving display characteristics at less than the default resolution?

3. Any other suggestions for maximizing the clarity of display viewing for someone who currently uses a magnifying glass to read text on a 17" PC laptop screen with text size set to large? BTW, the Mac Display settings for "Seeing" under "Universal Access" are of little help.

Any help on this matter is greatly appreciated!

2008 Mac Pro 3.1, 2X 2.8 GHz Quad, 6 GB RAM, 320 GB + 1.5 TB + 3TB internal HD, 2 TB external HD, OS 10.6.8, 27" NEC Multisync EA273WM
Macmonter is offline   0 Reply With Quote

MacRumors Forums > Apple Systems and Services > Mac Basics and Help

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Resolved: Any blind / visually impaired Mac users? lstar4ever Buying Tips and Advice 1 Feb 13, 2013 11:37 AM
iPad: iPad for Visually Impaired Child (HELP) thickglasses iPad 4 Nov 6, 2012 08:42 PM
General: How to take lower resolution photos decimeter Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks 2 Aug 31, 2012 06:33 AM
Will the iPhone 5 have lower resolution? FooArk iPhone 11 Aug 30, 2012 12:18 PM
Retina Display MBP pointless for user who uses low screen res? ( visually impaired ) maf2k8 MacBook Pro 5 Jul 2, 2012 04:45 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:00 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2015, MacRumors.com, LLC