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silence2-38554 Level 1 (0 points)
Yes, I realize the pixel density on the 27" is super tight. But seriously, I got my mom set up with a 27" iMac as her first mac and her main complaint is that she can't see anything due to it's being so insanely compact and I don't blame her! The "zoom" feature in Universal Access is a joke & really has no place in real world usability. If we change the display's resolution setting, everything becomes so fuzzy and undefined that it's almost worse to use than the native resolution. I tried using TinkerTool but it only seems to adjust font sizes that really don't need to be adjusted. Why would Apple design a large 27" display that presents everything so incredibly small? Obviously, a large number of people wanting a larger display are wanting the things on the display to be larger, too! Does ANYONE have any tips to resolve this??

PowerMac G5, PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Volker Runkel Level 6 (12,060 points)
    At first I had the same problem. How long has she used the 27" iMac? It took me around 3 to 4 days to get fully used to it and now whenever I look at my MacBook Pro I wonder why it looks so big and fuzzy.

    Otherwise so far only changing the screen resolution and live with some kind of fuzziness is the only solution that I can see.

  • lexvo Level 1 (70 points)
    I use Command-+ every time I use Safari and Mail. It makes reading more comfortable for me. Anyone knows a way to set up Safari permanently?
  • Volker Runkel Level 6 (12,060 points)
    in its advanced settings you can set to not use fonts smaller than xx

    alternatevly you can supply your custom css style sheet with the definition of example of

    p {font-size: 18px;}

  • Alancito Level 6 (11,095 points)
    This article from 2007 may be of interest:

    _The case of the missing resolution independence_

    Also the +"Resolution Independence"+ section in this Apple doc:

    _Leopard Technology Overview_

     ~ Alancito
  • silence2-38554 Level 1 (0 points)
    I mean, I guess that's good to know that the possibility is there, but that article is from 2007..... It would be nice if Apple actually followed through with this / made it more user-accessible.
  • AdrienneA Level 1 (0 points)
    Give Apple feedback! Tell them we need to be able to scale the user text system-wide. I love my 27" iMac but the tiny text is driving me nuts. Forget using iWork...
  • ccrosby94 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am use to it. I didn't notice a difference when I switched from my 20" to my 27." You can alway change the settings in Safari and Finder to have larger text.
  • AdrienneA Level 1 (0 points)
    Sorry, not the right solution. Changing text size in Finder/Safari DOES not address the UI font size.
  • Gloria M Level 1 (0 points)
    I agree, I also have a 27" and this is one of my dislikes of the monitor. I wish I could have bigger fonts.
  • white crow Level 1 (0 points)
    I am starting to regret buying my new 27 inch imac.
    'Clear Type' in windows 7 works great. You can set up your resolution just right.
    I have bootcamp with Windows 7 professional. I can't believe Apple is behind
    windows in this. Please fix this.
  • Steve M. Level 5 (4,740 points)
    Does Windows 7 have true resolution independence? Is that what Clear Type is?

    Steve M.
  • white crow Level 1 (0 points)
    I don't know very much about 'clear type' in windows. I bought the 27 iMac - then for $149 I bought the windows 7 OEM. Adding 150 to 2 thousand was no big deal. I played with Windows 7 on and off for a week, but I am back in OS X full time. I just love it too much. So I only played with clear type a little bit, just enough to say, wow, nice. Then on the Mac side I thought it would be nice to have something similar.
  • Steve M. Level 5 (4,740 points)
    I just hope that someday soon we will have true resolution independence in Mac OS.

    Steve M.
  • necronym Level 4 (1,350 points)
    Couple or 3 tips:

    For larger desktop icons, right click in an empty part of the desktop screen and select show view options. A new window opens. The slider at the top is for icon size. Slide it to the right to increase size and left to decrease size. If the Set as Defaults option is available, check that then close window.

    For Finder windows, open a finder window, offset to the centre right in the grey top part of the window, you will see a cog button, click that and choose show view options. Again a new window opens (just like the window which opened on your desktop). Top slider, slide to right to increase icon size. Again if the Set As Default option is available, check that then exit the window.

    Open system prefs, click dock and slide the size slider to the right to increase the dock icon sizes.

    All monitors have a recommended resolution, which maximises the resolution to the pixel density (for the sharpest image) using any resolution other than the recommended (usually maximum resolution) will result in a fuzzy image to some extent, due to pixel density, font size, icon size etc to name a few.

    Hope this helps
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