Resolution Independence

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by stevebc16, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. stevebc16 macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2011
    Sorry if this question has been raised before, but I did not see any specific discussion about the implementation of resolution independence as it relates to increasing the size of system and menu fonts in Lion. I’ve read with interest that Apple has introduced an “evolution” of resolution independence using “HiDPI display modes” that can be enabled through Lion’s Quartz Debug. As a user of a Mac Pro with a 30” ACD, I’ve been waiting patiently for Apple to finally enable resolution independence, allowing me to increase system font sizes without lowering the display resolution. Does Lion support resolution independence and if so, can you changes the font sizes?

    A response relative to this subject from one of you folks who are currently using Lion is appreciated.

  2. Shorties macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2007
    Southern California
    Not that I have been able to find, but man do I really want resolution independence. I hope its coming.
  3. turbobass macrumors 6502

    May 25, 2010
    Los Angeles
    I've heard that everything is going "retina" (meaning that the assets are twice the normal size). But IDK if that's going to be right off the bat or after everything is optimized to work with Sandy Bridge...
  4. saintforlife macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2011
    The 1440x900 resolution of the new MacBook Air 13.3" screen is simply too high, making everything way too small and is straining on my eyes. When I lower the resolution to 1280 X 800 or something like that, things like fonts, icons etc. start to look like crap. Text especially starts to look very blurry.

    Any word on whether there will be support for resolution independence on Lion? If Windows can do such a great job of supporting different resolutions, why can't Mac OS?
  5. Luph67 macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2011
    eh... I use a windows 7 machine I don't know what this great support for different resolutions is. If I tone it down a notch the text is incredibly blurry.
  6. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Fanboys (saintforlife I'm not calling you one) like to bring that up even though Windows' implementation isn't great.

    As for Lion, it's no where to be seen. It's looks like it's not happening vector wise.
  7. gregoryalee macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2011
    I have not experienced an LCD/LED monitor that remains crisp and sharp outside of its native resolution regardless of O/S choice.

    On the fanboi syndrome:

    Being in IT for almost 20 years, I have witnessed both Apple fanbois and PC fanbois alike. It's my experience that the PC fanbois are the most rabid and annoying of them all. (Please note that I purchased my first Mac 5 years ago and have deep experience on most but primarily Microsoft O/S platforms)

    There is a Big difference between someone who really is happy with a product or company and has a completely NORMAL opinion. e.g.: "I think (insert company here) makes the best (insert product here)". As opposed to a fanatic. e.g.: "OMG EVERYTHING ELSE SUX AND IZ GARBAGE MY (insert product here) RULEZ!!!!!!"

    I have witnessed firsthand in real life approximately 2 (TWO) absolutely annoying "Apple can resurrect the dead" fanatics in my entire career.... and have stopped counting all the annoying "Microsoft is GOD" crowd.
  8. Mr. Wonderful macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2009
    I would say it's pretty good in Windows 7. I turned up the DPI on my parents' computer to enhance readability, and I was surprised how well things scaled, for the most part. There were still a couple of random elements, however, that did not support Resolution Independence and got all pixel-y. In the end, I ended up setting the DPI at only like 104%. At that point, things were significantly bigger, and you couldn't really tell that some things weren't scaling correctly.

    It's gotta be coming sooner than later, however.

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