ResolutionTab

Developer: Vadim Shpakovski

Current Version: 1.1

Last Updated: 3 years ago

Download Size: 2.1 MB - Download

Description:

ResolutionTab is a menu bar app for fast switching between Standard & HiDPI display modes.

Modern apps and websites should look great on Retina displays, so we have to test them in both standard and ultrahigh resolution modes. But when you configure your display in System Preferences, it takes plenty of time to switch from the standard to the HiDPI mode and vice versa. ResolutionTab is a minimal app living in the menu bar that toggles your Mac between Retina and non-Retina resolutions in one click.

PLEASE NOTE:

— 15" MacBook Pro Retina is compatible with HiDPI modes by default, so ResolutionTab will work out of the box.

— 11" MacBook Air is not compatible with HiDPI. The screen is too small, so resolution would drop below the minimum required by OS X.

— In all other cases, you have to enable virtual HiDPI modes manually.

Here is how to do this with Administrative privileges:

1. Launch Terminal app located in your /Applications/Utitlities folder.
2. Type sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.windowserver DisplayResolutionEnabled -bool YES.
3. Log out and log in again.

Done. HiDPI is activated and ResolutionTab will work properly.

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Release Notes:

- Improved menu and Preferences window.
- An option to launch the app at login.
- The full list of display modes in the menu.
- Global keyboard shortcut to quickly switch to the previous display mode.

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Most Helpful Reviews

5/5
Version 1.1
Review by Abc123!

Does what it says, and well - This is a great lil app for the price. On my 15" Retina it easily allows me to switch from my usual default of the "Looks like 1920 x 1200" in the Apple Pref Pane to the Full 2880x1800 of the retina display- and the full spectrum of display options in between. The big selling point for me was that it allows quick toggle between these "custom hires modes" that it enables and the default pref-pane based resolution. The other resoltion app, "Display Menu" gives you access to the custom hires modes but forces you back through the standard display prefpane to regain 1920x1200 hidpi mode, which is a pain after about the 4th switch.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
1/5
Version 1.1
Review by Joseph.sheehan

DOES NOT WORK! NO SUPPORT FROM DEVELOPER! - This app does not work at all on my MacBook pro 13”! I want my money back! I know it’s only $2 but it’s the principal. I tried all the tutorials on their website on how to make this work and none of them worked. I even sent their customer support an email about 2 weeks ago and didn’t receive an answer back. I went on their website and it says nothing about compatibility issues with a MacBook Pro 13” only a MacBook Air 11”. Their support website is a joke they only have 3 Frequently Asked Questions listed and no public discussion. Don’t bother with this app, no support, does not work. Apple should revoke their developers license, they are making the App Store look bad.

Found helpful by 8 out of 14 people

More Reviews for Current Version

5/5
Version 1.1
Review by Abc123!

Does what it says, and well - This is a great lil app for the price. On my 15" Retina it easily allows me to switch from my usual default of the "Looks like 1920 x 1200" in the Apple Pref Pane to the Full 2880x1800 of the retina display- and the full spectrum of display options in between. The big selling point for me was that it allows quick toggle between these "custom hires modes" that it enables and the default pref-pane based resolution. The other resoltion app, "Display Menu" gives you access to the custom hires modes but forces you back through the standard display prefpane to regain 1920x1200 hidpi mode, which is a pain after about the 4th switch.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
2/5
Version 1.1
Review by Kevin Clutch

it does not work - i am using a mid 2012 non-retina 13 inch macbook pro, and i cannot use the hidpi modes under normal circumstances. However i found the only way i could use hidpi modes was by connecting my macbook via display port to my tv. i would rate this app 5 stars but i cannot acess the hidpi modes while using it normally like i thought i could. could you please make an update so that i may access hidpi resolutions that would be great thank you.

Found helpful by 4 out of 6 people
5/5
Version 1.1
Review by DMKMMMMM

Great App - I have tried a few other apps, but for one reason or another they didn't do everything this does. The other apps were missing a few of the resolutions this app offers.

Found helpful by 3 out of 4 people
1/5
Version 1.1
Review by IOS_Programmer

Worthless for external monitors. - Hilariously, this works beyond rediculous with the built in MacBook Retina screen. You can go up to a whooping illegible 2880x1800. However, I bought this for my EXTERNAL monitor, an ASUS PB278Q with 2560x1440, and guess what, this junkware won’t display over 1600x900 on that monitor. What’s really funny as well is Apple’s Retina MacBook’s are truly horrible with external displays. They did away with resolution settings altogether, and instead give you this obscenely stupid “feels like” setting which gives you ZERO control over the resolution of external monitors. The old MacBook Pro (pre-Retina) worked perfectly with external monitors, displaying their true dimensions, but I’m sad to say the MacBook Retina as well as this software both conspire to make external monitors worthless. Thanks guys.

Found helpful by 3 out of 17 people
5/5
Version 1.1
Review by PixarLover

Essential - My 28” 4K monitor would be extremely difficult (approaching unusable) if I didn’t have this app. I sit with my monitor on the desk in front of me and before this app had extremely small UI elements. After looking around online, I found this app and have found it to be an extremely useful tool that solves a big headache. Excellent job!

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
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