Inkscape on Retina Display?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by 940272, Jul 30, 2016.

  1. 940272 Suspended

    Dec 27, 2014
    Hi all. I'm about to pull the trigger on a rMBP, however I was wondering if the Retina Display is supported in Inkscape? Otherwise I'll have to go for a new Windows PC.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Worst case, if it's 'unsupported' then it'll still work -- the icons will just look pixelated or blurry.

    I couldn't find anything on their website to say one way or another.
  3. cruisin macrumors 6502a


    Apr 1, 2014
    Inkscape will still run but it will not have a retina mode because it uses XQuartz as the windowing system (to show the app on screen basically) and XQuartz will likely never have retina support.

    Even on Windows if you spring for a high resolution screen you might have issues with the Windows HiDPI mode if the app isn't updated to use modern screens correctly. So since Inkscape still uses XQuartz on Windows, you will have a similar issue unless something changed since I last looked into it. Or you could get a lower resolution screen and mask the issue that way.

    However, running at the more space mode (on a 15 inch - 1920x1200 HiDPI) the pixelation is hard to see (and the default resolution of 1440x900 seems odd for a 15 inch model as it’s the same as the 13 inch Air).

    Also, can you not run Inkscape on your 2016 MacBook and see how it looks on a retina screen?
  4. 940272 thread starter Suspended

    Dec 27, 2014
    I created the thread before purchasing however found other tools that I could use. Thanks all.

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