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27" print so small??

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Edwin Law Calculating status...
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Aug 30, 2012 10:13 AM

In my ignorance I thought when I upgraded from a 21.5 with only 256MB graphic to a 27" with 1G and much higher resolution I would get a BETTER viewng experience.  I didn't!!  I have 16 pt. set in Firefox right now but I see about 4 pt.on the screen.


Makes for consuderable eyestrain, particularly since I spend most of my time editing photographs using Adobe Lightrrom or Photoshop. 


True .. if I drop down from 2560x1440 to 1920x1200 everything is larger.  but not sharp.  


Other than more real estate, I can't see that I improved my viewing.


I understand pixel dilution but this isn't spreading the same number of pixels over a larger space.


I would appreciate suggestions  .... trolls can skip, please.



iMac (27-inch Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Aug 30, 2012 11:07 AM (in response to Edwin Law)

    Hi Edwin,


    Not much you can do, I think it was rumored back when, that 10.4 would include system wide font scaling, but of course here we are about out of Xes & no show.


    TinkerTool has some Font changing capabilities...


  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,180 points)
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    Aug 30, 2012 11:24 AM (in response to Edwin Law)

    Start with might be your only solution. I continually run at  2560x1440 and sit about 36" from the screen. I'm nearly 72 w/ 20/20, so use that as a benchmark.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,145 points)
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    Aug 30, 2012 2:52 PM (in response to Edwin Law)

    I feel your pain Edwin.

    With the 27 inch screen iMacs set at it's max. resolution, menus and text are too small to comfortably read.

    Here's an easier way to deal with this.

    What I did, it it made a huge difference for me is to set the display to a different resolution.

    In the Prefernces Pane under Displays, I set my iMac's display resolution to 1920 x 1080.

    By doing this, the Apple Menu bar is of more proportional size to the screen.

    From the OS X Finder, you can now adjust the size of your icons and desktop text to suit you.

    You can scale the Dock to any size you wish. Mine is set to be, somewhat smaller size than the default Dock size with icon magnification on.

    You may find the 1920 x 1080 resolution more to your liking.

    I am very comfortable with this size.

    Try it.

    Good Luck!


  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,180 points)
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    Aug 30, 2012 3:34 PM (in response to Edwin Law)

    Edwin Law wrote:

    Haven't found anythng other than cmd+ for Firefox, though.

    That also works in Safari 5.1.7 and below and, I think, in Safari 6, but I hate that abominatioin. AFAICT, there's no need to change the screen's resolution, just change the Appearance text settings to suit your needs (gone in Safari 6, thumbs_d.png. This is what I'm using in the earlier versions:

    Screen shot 2012-08-30 at 3.26.03 PM.png

    BTW, there's a fix for the Safari 6 loss:


    Ronald P. Regensburg wrote at MacInTouch:

    Full example for proportional font:

    defaults write 'Lucida Grande'


    defaults write 14


    Full example for fixed width font:

    defaults write Monaco


    defaults write 11

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2


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