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I have a MacBook Pro, 15", Retina display.

It's great, really fantastic, but some older apps aren't "retina-aware" or "hidpi-aware". However, since the res is massive, I'd like to be able to take advantage of the large amount of screen space.

I have tried the following:

  • Edit the package and .plist file to make the app high-resolution aware: this made the app (Pro Tools 8) have some non-aliased text, but UI was the same size
  • Under Display, change the mode to a Scaled one, the option at the end with the 'most space': this worked, but there was a noticeable performance hit, the app text was still aliased (pixellated), though smaller
  • Installed the Quartz Debug tool and used "User Interface Resolution". However the latest version doesn't have a DPI slider, just a "Enable high DPI resolutions" check box, which is checked [and unchecking it does nothing]

Basically if I could convince Mac OS X that the attached display isn't retina, or has a DPI of 96, there would be no scaling, and everything would be as I want (albeit it small and close to unreadable - I can work around that).

How can I achieve that?

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Why not just change the resolution directly?

I utility is available from here which will allow you to specify the exact resolution.

http://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/vi9yf/set_your_retina_macbook_pros_resolution_to/

To look the exact same as a non-retina, but high-resolution, 15 inch Macbook Pro, you want the resolution to be 1680x1050.

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-1 The OP wans apps to utilise the full resolution (look small but sharp). –  kinokijuf Mar 11 '13 at 5:23
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The mentioned application will let you set the resolution to the full 2880x1800 resolution, as well. This is 1:1 mapping between physical pixels and software pixels. –  Zach R Mar 11 '13 at 5:25
    
Works for me, thanks –  Kieren Johnstone Mar 11 '13 at 7:43
    
Whomever voted me down, please remove the downvotes. I can't get the bounty unless I have two upvotes. –  Zach R Mar 11 '13 at 19:45
    
ZachR, there's a user who explicitly mentioned they voted you down. Maybe you can mention their username directly and ask them to remove the downvote (which requires you make an edit to the answer though). You could for example explain what's behind the link and provide some more context –  slhck Mar 11 '13 at 19:49
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