Have you just purchased a new MacBook Pro with a Retina display? Here is a guide for getting non Retina-Ready applications to display the correct resolution.

Summary

This blog consists of a guide for making some non Retina-Ready applications to work with the Retina display on a MacBook Pro. After some struggle on getting information on this topic from different blogs and articles I decided that it would be a good idea to post this compilation of the information that I found most helpful out there. Hopefully this can help some fellow MacBook Pro Retina users.

Background

Apple’s new Retina display is a pleasure for the eye if you are using the right applications. It
is like having the best human eyesight theoretically possible and putting on a couple of blurry glasses. Why? Because there are a lot of commonly used applications that are not retina ready yet, they will display fonts and icons in a lower blurry resolution. The pictures shows the difference between retina ready font and non retina ready fonts.

Not retina ready                                                              Retina ready

 

Luckily there are a few workarounds that can be used for some applications that do not have retina support yet. Follow these guides to enable retina support for Eclipse Juno and Firefox.

Eclipse Juno

    1. 1. Right-click the eclipse.app and choose “Show Package Content”.
    2. 2. Edit the file info.plist
    3. 3. Just above:
      </dict>
      </plist>
      Place this:
      <key>NSHighResolutionCapable</key>
      <true/>
    4. 4. Now in order for the OSX to update the change, make a copy of the eclipse.app, remove the old and rename.
    5. 5. Enjoy Eclipse in full retina resolution.

 

Firefox

  1. 1. Open firefox.
  2. 2. Goto “about:config” and click the button “I’ll be careful, I promise!” to open the config file.
  3. 3. Find the preference name “layers.acceleration.disabled” and set it to “true”.
  4. 4. Restart firefox and rock it with the awesomeness of the retina display.

 

Here is a list of useful retina ready applications, use the latest release to be certain that the retina support is implemented:

  • Chrome.
  • Sublime Text 2.
  • VLC.
  • GIMP (Icons are not in retina resolution)

AppStore is not adapted to sort out the retina ready applications but there is a site that lists a lot of available retina ready applications. Have a look at retinamacaps to find the app that you need.

More and more applications are getting Retina support as time goes and hopefully we will not have to do any of these workarounds in a near future.

The input for this guide is found here:

Hitoriblog (Japanese)
hitoriblog

Eclipse bugs
bugs.eclipse.org

Have fun with your Retina display, hopefully you can enjoy it a bit more with this guide.

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  3. I tried on GIMP 2.8.6 mac os x native build. It works!!!!
    Although many people say there are bugs in GIMP on retina display, this simple configuration change miraculously works.
    Thank you very much.

  4. I can’t get this to work for Gimp on my new retina mac book air. I tried the same method you used for Eclipse Juno.

    Are there any tips or different things i can try?

    1. I’m using GIMP 2.8.14 and it works fine, the fonts are in retina but note that the icons are not. It should work out of the box.

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