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Old Sep 4th, 2009, 11:26 AM   #11
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What I did to handle a similar situation, on a 17" MBP coincidentally, was to go to System Preferences > Monitors and go to a slightly lower resolution setting. I was able to get enough size increase in the menubar text to satisfy the client and not compromise screen real estate too much.
Good suggestion - I tried this and while it does solve the problem, as with all LCD monitors it definitely results in a loss of clarity due to the conversion from the native display resolution. Personally, it would drive me crazy because I can see the drop in quality. But maybe if I just set it to the lower res, my mother would never know!
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Personally, it would drive me crazy...!
For me, native is the only way to go. Your Mom will simply change the prescription on her glasses. Then be disappointed that it hasn't cleared anything up.
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For me, native is the only way to go. Your Mom will simply change the prescription on her glasses. Then be disappointed that it hasn't cleared anything up.
That isn't always how it works. I have an elderly relative who just needs larger fonts--changing glasses makes no difference.
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Good suggestion - I tried this and while it does solve the problem, as with all LCD monitors it definitely results in a loss of clarity due to the conversion from the native display resolution. Personally, it would drive me crazy because I can see the drop in quality. But maybe if I just set it to the lower res, my mother would never know!
Your mother will likely not notice the difference - my client didn't (given the equipment she had previously this is not surprising.. ). Mind you it drove me slightly crazy(er) but in the final analysis, if the user is happy, who cares about the rest of it?
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For me, native is the only way to go. Your Mom will simply change the prescription on her glasses. Then be disappointed that it hasn't cleared anything up.
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That isn't always how it works. I have an elderly relative who just needs larger fonts--changing glasses makes no difference.
+1 This squares with my experience and I have kind of made specialty of dealing with seniors.
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That isn't always how it works. I have an elderly relative who just needs larger fonts--changing glasses makes no difference.
I meant that after the rez was changed and the fonts went soft that Mom would be inclined to change her glasses cos everything looked so fuzzy and that after spending $400 on new peepers, it didn't sharpen things up and...
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I meant that after the rez was changed and the fonts went soft that Mom would be inclined to change her glasses cos everything looked so fuzzy and that after spending $400 on new peepers, it didn't sharpen things up and...
I think different people have different levels of sensitivity to the lack of sharpness on monitors. I seem to be one of those people who is always saying, "how can you stand looking at that thing?!" and often getting a kind of blank look from the user!
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