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Nisus Wp 2.0.2 and the Retina Display 
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I am eagerly awaiting the receipt of my Retina Display Macbook Pro and have therefore to ask the 4-million pixel question: Has anyone gave Nisus a go on the Retina Display and will the text be display properly in Retina mode, or will there be fuzziness like the one reported by users of Microsoft Office?

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2012-06-27 03:31:07
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But you see, the Retina display is a horrible investment because it does not let upgrade… anything. What you see is what you get and you won't be able to get more RAM because it's attached to the Logic Board, meaning that the once you need more power you'll have to buy a new computer, instead of upgrading the previous one. So yeah, bye bye environment and social equality :D !

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/06/opinion-apple-retina-displa/#comments

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2012-06-27 04:53:20
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This is also a good one

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/06/apples-unfixable-devices/.

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Those are totally irrelevant answers.

The answer to the OP's question is that since NWP basically uses Apple's text engine — with heavy modification — anything to do with actual text will automatically use the font-drawing technology of the underlying system and should be incredibly clear. What will need Nisus' attention is things like icons, as they have been set up for the screens that have existed hitherto and will have to be redrawn at four times the size to look crisp on the Retina display. At the moment, they will presumably merely be scaled up, and will therefore look slightly fuzzy.

As Microsoft Word uses it's own text engine, MS will have to do all the work to bring the actual letter glyphs up to Retina display standard. If they're fuzzy at the moment it's simply that they are being scaled up, rather than re-drawn entirely by the system.

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2012-06-27 06:41:54
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Mark is exactly right: Nisus Writer uses Apple's OSX text engine, which handles the final work of displaying text on the screen, so text display on retina screens should be absolutely crisp and clear. But as Mark also mentioned, a few ancillary parts of the interface (eg: toolbar icons) will probably look a little fuzzy until we update them.


2012-06-27 16:01:29
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I can confirm that NWP looks fantastic on the Macbook Pro Retina. Since the bulk of the UI is text anyway, the slightly fuzzy icons don't distract at all.

I run at 1920x1080 equivalent, though, so the "ideal" scaling, which is 1400x900 equivalent, will, of course, look more fuzzy.

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But you see, the Retina display is a horrible investment because it does not let upgrade… anything. What you see is what you get and you won't be able to get more RAM because it's attached to the Logic Board, meaning that the once you need more power you'll have to buy a new computer, instead of upgrading the previous one. So yeah, bye bye environment and social equality!


This is rather overstated. No one is freaking out about the Air not being upgradable, despite the fact that it is not upgradable in exactly the same way.

First, greenboard is regularly recycled, so you have no environmental issue.

Second, the SSD is upgradable. 3rd party vendors did it on the Air, and will no doubt do it again with the MBPR.

So that leaves you with the purely economic question of a RAM upgrade now vs. later. You can max out the RAM to 16Gb for $200. Compare the price of a 16Gb upgrade from Macsales.com for the 2012 MBPs: $163. If someone is going to buy an MBPR, and they can't afford to wait a bit longer to save up $200 more, then they probably shouldn't be buying an MBPR in the first place. It's not a matter of "social equality" but of personal responsibility. A retina display is not a right. If someone can't afford one, there are other excellent options, like the 13" Air.


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