Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop Receives Retina Support

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To all you graphic artists out there, this piece of information’s going to ‘blow-you-away’. Just when you thought Adobe couldn’t add more to its already ‘choc-a-block’ list of features, they go ahead and bring in some more.

Photoshop Receives Retina Support

Whether you’re into the creative field or not, one would’ve come across the name Adobe at some point. With its wide array of programs like Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, et al, there’s no way you couldn’t have.

Adobe basically deals in various ‘creative’ programs that are used for designing, web development activities, editing photo/videos… and it’s a collection of these applications that’s termed ‘Adobe Creative Suite’ (“the name speaks for itself”). Adobe has been creating revolution in the world of design since its initiation way back in the 1980’s (“Yes, way before most of us even owned a computer”). And it has taken great measures to ensure that it’s constantly developing its software’s, so as to provide us with superior solutions always.

However, Adobe’s not the only one who’s taken this oath. Technology is changing so rapidly that one day we’re sitting in front of this big box (aka our computer), that could easily hold 2 ‘fully-grown’ Pomeranians. And the next, it’s about the size of our palm. We even have a range of displays, from LCD’s to 3D’s. It’s a mind boggling world that we live in now (“Just a few years short of the Jetsons era…flying cars included”).

Recently, the ‘tech-giant’ Apple, launched its new innovation, ‘The Retina Display’ via a range of revised gadgets, like its 13inch & 15inch MacBook Pros, its iPhone, iPod, and the iPad.

The Retina Display entails using pixels that are so small, that it’s practically discernible to the human eye. This results in extremely clear images, as ‘pixilation’ will be non-existent.

In the past few years, the creative field has taken to switching to Macs. Design studios, Advertising agencies, Web development companies…you name it. Practically everyone’s jumping aboard. So when Apple introduced its latest ‘brain-wave’, people discovered that their favorite design software’s on Adobe just weren’t as precise as they’d have liked it to be on the Mac. Since these software’s weren’t created to support such a display, designers were subjected to a lot of ‘jagged edges’, pixilated images, et al.

Adobe realized that they’ll have to ‘up their game’ if they needed to cater to the ‘Mac market’, and got about creating a new version of the software, that would include ‘Retina Support’. Thus an update for their CS6 Version, came into being.

It was launched only for Mac and Creative Cloud clients, for now, with a promise to make it available for every licensed Adobe user, in the near future. Only Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator have been given the privilege now, however a plan to include every other software ‘under-its-belt’ is already on its way.

If you are indeed one of the lucky few who can avail this feature, it’s easy to do so.

  • Open Photoshop/Illustrator
  • Click on ‘Help
  • Select ‘Update
  • This will launch the Adobe Application Manager. All you have to do now is simply select the program you want to ‘update’, and you’re good to go.

Once again, Adobe ‘swoops-in, to save the day. No more ‘trying to decipher a bunch of incomprehensible pixels’. Thanks to them, we now have crystal clear images all around. “A cheer is in order, I believe.

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Vishal Gaikar

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I am Vishal Gaikar, Software Engineer, Web Addicted, Living in Maharashtra, India. If you like This post, you can follow Tricks Machine on Twitter, also you can add me on Google+.

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