Simple explanation of resolution independence

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Josephkyles, Jan 27, 2007.

  1. Josephkyles macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2006
    Can someone please give me a dumbed down explanation of what resolution independence is and how it will be useful as far as 10.5 is concerned?
  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Pixels no longer dictate the size of the interface.

    Currently, when you double the pixel density and keep the screen the same size the interface halves in size - not a great solution.

    With resolution independence if you doubled the number of pixels in a display the interface would stay the same size as it was but there would be more pixels within those elements -> more detail.

    So, imagine if you will a 15.4" MacBook Pro with the same resolution as a 30" Apple Cinema Display - under the current OS all the buttons and windows etc. would be tiny and the screen would be unusable. With res. independence everything would be the same size as on a current 15.4" MacBook Pro but with a huge boost in clarity.

    So, you could have such a display and open a Quicktime movie of some 1080p High Definition content - the movie would play natively in a window 1920x1080 in size but the buttons and menus etc. would be large enough for you to still work with them. With an OS without Res. Ind. the movie would still be the same size but the buttons and menus would be miniscule.

    So resolution independence offers you an increase in screen real estate where you need it but allows you to keep the UI at usable sizes.
  3. The Void macrumors regular

    The Void

    Oct 29, 2003
    I'd been wondering too. That was clear and concise. Thanks, Chundles.

    The Void
    Oleg Teplitski, just for google's sake.
  4. SMM macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2006
    Tiger Mountain - WA State
    Chundles - does that give the developer an option to scale the application so that you could run different applications at different sizes?

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