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Disable low resolution in Retina Macbook Apps
If you have a Retina MacBook Pro, you'll find a new checkbox in the Get Info window for an application: it says "Open in Low Resolution." This box is checked for Pages, for example. Unchecking it cleans up the text enormously. Why would the box be there and why is it checked for iWorks packages? (And is there any harm in unchecking it and getting clearer text?)

[kirkmc adds: Can't test this one, unless someone wants to send me a Retina MacBook Pro... If anyone has insight into the questions at the end of the hint, feel free to comment.]
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Disable low resolution in Retina Macbook
Authored by: GORDYmac on Jun 25, '12 08:07:31AM

Much like kirkmc, most do not have this model, so why would that option be set by default? Itís easily changed for those who have the new MacBook Pro.



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Disable low resolution in Retina Macbook
Authored by: kteare on Jun 25, '12 08:54:26AM

I have the model and I do not see this option in my version or Pages.

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Disable low resolution in Retina Macbook
Authored by: tofergregg on Jun 25, '12 09:03:30AM

I don't think the option shows up at all on non-Retina MacBooks (I can't find it on mine), so it makes sense that the higher resolution would be turned on by default.



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Disable low resolution in Retina Macbook
Authored by: astrosmash on Jun 25, '12 09:42:46AM

The "Low Resolution" option is not selected by default, and most existing apps work just fine in HiDPI mode. However, Apple selectively activates low res mode for apps with known incompatibilities with HiDPI mode.

In other words, Apple is aware of at least one issue with Pages in HiDPI mode, so they force It to low res. You're free to re-enable HiDPI mode if you want.



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Disable low resolution in Retina Macbook
Authored by: joekewe on Jun 25, '12 12:41:02PM

Kirk, there have been a couple of Retina hints that you couldn't check. Sounds like you need to hit-up your boss at MacWorld for a new MBP-R! :-)



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Disable low resolution in Retina Macbook
Authored by: kirkmc on Jun 25, '12 11:12:30PM

Yea, it's really a bummer. I was considering buying one to replace my year-and-a-half old Air, but there's a 4-week wait. So any decision as to whether to buy one or not has been put off.

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Disable low resolution in Retina Macbook
Authored by: slb on Jun 26, '12 08:56:18AM

Yeah, it's like you work for CNET or something... ;)



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Disable low resolution in Retina Macbook
Authored by: wfolta on Jun 26, '12 03:05:39PM

Sorry, somehow I posted the original as "Anonymous".

I found one reason Apple didn't turn Open in Low Resolution off. I tried to insert three PDF files into a Pages document, and the second one was difficult to adjust, and the third one never appeared, though it was actually in the document. Somehow, it couldn't reconcile the size of the PDF with the size of the page.

Just using text, it seems to otherwise work well for me.



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Disable low resolution in Retina Macbook
Authored by: wfolta on Jul 04, '12 11:44:14AM

OK, I've now found bugs in both Papers and Numbers that appear when Low Resolution mode is off. In addition to the issue I found with Pages (above), I found that in Numbers I couldn't extend a spreadsheet, evidently because the application thought the drag tab was somewhere other than where it was displaying.



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Disable low resolution in Retina Macbook
Authored by: macbuzz on Jun 26, '12 08:08:02PM

Apple has release a knowledge base article on the retina display that mentions this checkbox:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5266



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