Retina Displays

So, like many I'm sure I'm buying a new MacBook pro for the retina display. Unfortunately it seems that applications have to enable support for it to take advantage of it. It's pretty important to me that I can take advantage of the display with IntelliJ since it's a large part of my computer use - does anyone know what the story is with support for this in Java (and thus IntelliJ)? If explicit support is required at the IntelliJ level any idea when that might happen?

Thanks,
Colin

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We don't know the story yet. Obviously we're very much interested in supporting retina displays, and it's very likely that we'll do whatever it takes to support them. However, most likely we won't be able to do anything before there's support in the JDK.

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Great, thanks Dmitry.

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Understand that the way Apple has implemented use of the Retina display is presenting 1440 x 900 at 4x the pixel density.  So everything is scaled to that size. If you go under "Displays" in the control panel you can select "Scaled" and select a resolution other than the default.  You'll notice that you cannot even request full Retina resolution, the highest it supports is 1920x1200.  I personally select the one just to the right of "Best (Retina)" which is 1680x1050. The fonts are still big enough to read and Java apps don't look so horribly pixelated. You might want to try that out and see if it helps you.

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Isn't "Retina Display" just another screen resolution? (YASR)

Why do I need special support for a new screen resolution?

Does IDEA implement special features for different screen resolutions?

Isn't Mac OSX not able to deal with different screen resolutions?

Will Jetbrains modify IDEA (Windows version) if I buy a new graphics card and/or monitor or will I get a pixelated user experience?

Just the questions popping up in my mind ....

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Because in its standard mode, the retina display fakes a lower resolution (1440x900) but renders text at full resolution (4x that), so the UI looks the same as it does now but with much sharper text. I had hoped that would be automatic, i.e. applications would not have to do anything to get the higher res text, but it seems that they have to enable support for it explicitly.

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I see.
So this is not an IDEA problem but a problem of the rendering pipeline of the Mac JVM (see "other peoples problems").

And I will look forward where Mac OSX will sharpen my code (insert additional user friendly statements) for me. The future looks bright! :)

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Hi everyone,

For the moment I think this hack can do the trick :)
http://youtrack.jetbrains.com/issue/IDEA-87500#comment=27-346931

I must say I'm eager to use intellij on the new hi-resolution MBP. Still waiting for it to be delivered :p

Cheers,
Brice

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