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Ivan's picture

Amazing Tiger feature!!!

You can scale the application windows. Yes, if you feel like the menubar is too small or too big, you don't need to change your resolution, but just change the scale. It's like having the whole operating system as vectors, if I understand correctly. That is something Avalon for Longhorn was gonna do, but it seems like Tiger will have it first!

http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=610

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When a scaling factor is in effect, Mac OS X provides this factor to applications as a multiplier of the base resolution of 72 DPI. Therefore, if the user chooses to display content at 72 DPI, the scaling factor is 1.0. However, if the user chooses to display content with greater detail, the scaling factor may be higher than 1.0.

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In order to support resolution independent UI, sources say that Apple will be updating Icon Services in Mac OS X Tiger to support icons that are 256 x 256 pixel in size. The most recent version of Mac OS X supports icons up to 128X128 pixels in size.

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A few things should be pointed out:

1) This is still a rumor

2) Resolution independence is the single most important UI thing ever, and OS X should have been vector-based from the get-go

3) Even if this is real for Tiger, it will be at the dev-level, not something end-users would be able to control (short of the usual hacks and stuff that normally surface for us ubar-l33t users)

4) There is no 4.

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Ivan's picture

I would argue with point 4 though. ;)

Seriously, why is it The most important thing ever?

Steve's picture
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Ivan wrote:

I would argue with point 4 though. ;)

Seriously, why is it The most important thing ever?

Well maybe not *ever*, but it would have a seriously cool impact on usability. Imagine having a stupidly hi-res display, but being able to scale the menubar and widgets so they're the same physical size as on a 1024x768 screen. That would be great.

I should note, however, that Tiger's technology isn't technically resolution independence (which implies infinitely scalable vector elements), but just an extension of the existing quartz technology, as we see in dock icon scaling etc. That is, scaled bitmaps.

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