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Old May 22nd, 2019, 11:46 AM   #31
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I experienced that when my 2014 Retina MacBook Pro died, and I had to use a 2013 MacBook Air for a bit. I was surprised at how difficult it was to go back to an older screen technology...
Yes, the first move to a retina screen MacBook Pro made any sub resolution look even worse. That is the problem, you move up in resolution and there is no going back.

Had a nice LED Panasonic 1080p TV that was great, parents needed a new TV but did not want one enough to pay for one that size so I just gave them mine and bought a 4K that was on sale. Now the 1080p that I loved looks, well, not 4K. A much cleaner picture and the upscaling is fantastic.
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Old May 22nd, 2019, 11:49 AM   #32
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My eyes are aging rapidly too, Patrick. But I find a lower resolution/ lower dot pitch more pleasant these days.

Texts get smaller and smaller as resolution increases.

Yes everything can get rather small with the higher resolutions, and I just spent a fortune on my first pair of prescription glasses @78 years (I just used normal Drugstore type $10- $20 Reading glasses for years ) which are actually referred to as "Digital Glasses", with some color and glare and reflection blocking.

They made the screen a bit sharper, so to make it even better, I have adjusted and enlarged the text size and maybe the font for most applications, especially email and browses etc. That stopped any squinting.

I had tried lowering the resolution, but it produced a slight blur by comparison to increasing the application's font size.

Also some fonts appear bigger, clearer and sharper, even though the font size remained the same. So a bit of trial and error was involved to get things ready and easy to read without any fuzziness from a lower resolution and larger font result setting.



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Old May 22nd, 2019, 04:04 PM   #33
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Maybe we will find out something at the next Apple event that was just announced for June 3.
https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-send...os-developers/

This is a developer conference, not sure if they announce any hardware at this time other then letting everyone know how Apple continues to make the world a better place.

Have to say I have pretty much lost all faith in Apple doing anything that will get me excited or have me wanting to hand over more of my money.

There was a recent update to the MacBook Pros with updated CPU's. Curiosity had me look at the different models again and noticed something peculiar. Hard drive sizes seem to vary in price based on model. If you want a 512 gig SSD for a new MacBook Air you are paying $500. Now if you want a 13" MacBook Pro and want the 512 gig SSD you are paying $240.

Why is the MacBook Air double the price for the same size??? Also crazy that you can buy a 1 TB SSD (Apple does not use traditional SSD drives) on amazon for $130-$150. I guess Apples is that much better and worth that HUGE price increase because it is soldered on and cannot be swapped or replaced... wait that sounds like a negative.
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Old May 22nd, 2019, 04:29 PM   #34
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Yes everything can get rather small with the higher resolutions, and I just spent a fortune on my first pair of prescription glasses @78 years (I just used normal Drugstore type $10- $20 Reading glasses for years ) which are actually referred to as "Digital Glasses", with some color and glare and reflection blocking.

They made the screen a bit sharper, so to make it even better, I have adjusted and enlarged the text size and maybe the font for most applications, especially email and browses etc. That stopped any squinting.

I had tried lowering the resolution, but it produced a slight blur by comparison to increasing the application's font size.

Also some fonts appear bigger, clearer and sharper, even though the font size remained the same. So a bit of trial and error was involved to get things ready and easy to read without any fuzziness from a lower resolution and larger font result setting.



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Sound advice, Patrick!

I assume you are familiar with the "control-scroll" feature as well?
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Old May 22nd, 2019, 07:25 PM   #35
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Sound advice, Patrick!

I assume you are familiar with the "control-scroll" feature as well?

Thanks hexdiy, and yes if you are referring to the click scroll wheel and scroll to enlarge or shrink the apps page or window, at least that's what the option I have set for my Logitech m705 mouse. But I find it a little bit too crude in adjustments.

And unfortunately it doesn't work on those small Finder drop down Info Windows like the "Look Up **" word/phrase windoiw. And the text there is tiny and almost too small to read.

I didn't know if that was a standard Mac OS feature or one that I figured out and have set up with customized input on my Logitech mouse.



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Old May 22nd, 2019, 08:40 PM   #36
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Control- scroll is a standard MaC OS(X) feature/shortcut and works excellently with the trackpad & 2finger scroll on my mid 2012 13" MBP under El Capitan as well. As it does with a standard mouse too.

As is your standard command + / command - , but I have known this to conflict / behave erratically within some apps.

However, you are right: this only goes for the application window, not for dock, menu bar neither side bar.

So your solution seems a very shrewd one, congrats! I"ll certainly keep that in mind for when my time comes.

For the last 2 years I've become rather near-sighted, so I've been able to put my reading specs aside. Weird...

However: kudos to Apple for being the only ones that have always had great focus on Accessibility!
Have you ever experimented with that?

You wouldn't believe the tricks I've witnessed a blind man perform with his iPhone! He actually surfs the internet with it, writes emails, whatever!
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However, you are right: this only goes for the application window, not for dock, menu bar neither side bar.
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However: kudos to Apple for being the only ones that have always had great focus on Accessibility!
Have you ever experimented with that?


Say, I just discovered that pressing and holding the control key and then scrolling does expand anything and everything that's open and showing on my desktop. Neat, and I can sure use that feature sometimes. Thanks.

And yes I use some of the Accessibility options, mainly to enlarge my mouse pointer size. I can't recall what else I might use.
But I notice that I've enabled some of the Zoom > scroll options now that I look. I'd forgotten about that was an option that was available.

Maybe I should review some of them again and maybe update or change some.

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So your solution seems a very shrewd one, congrats! I"ll certainly keep that in mind for when my time comes.
The mod was only available using my Logitech System Prefs software with my Logitech M705 mouse and setting the modifier keys to enable the feature.



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Old May 23rd, 2019, 12:46 AM   #38
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Maybe I should review some of them again and maybe update or change some.
Very probably you should thoroughly look into the shortcuts and settings of System Preferences > Accessibility again.

Although not every implementation there is perfect, I believe it to be the best on the market.
Hell, it has even been included for free in Mac OS(X) since ages!

I myself haven't needed any of those functions as yet, but I can give you an interesting story here:

in june 2011 ( I believe) I got a distress call from a university student cramming for her exams.

She was relying entirely on Accessibility/ Voice Over (ancient Lion version I think) to read to her her notes in a speeded up version. Because she was extremely dyslectic, she had to rely on audio to study!

But: the HDD of her iMac C2D had crashed.
I drove down from a coast holiday as quickly as legal, bought a new external HDD, installed a fresh version of Mac OSX onto the external USB2 drive via Internet Recovery (seeing there was no time to mechanically muck about with the internal drive of the iMac).

Luckily, only the Mac OSX had gone astray, and she was able to acces all her files & proceed cramming within 3/4 of a day after the breakdown.

She gloriously passed her exams at the 1st sitting & is to be found today @ Linkedin showing a very good track record/ career.

All thanx to Accessibility!
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Old May 23rd, 2019, 01:20 AM   #39
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Acessibility shortcuts

Update Patrick: I'm not half of the KYBD jockey as I should be, but please check these shortcuts in System Preferences > Accessibility out:



(these are for my El Capitan.)

Specially for you: global zooms:

- Zoom in:
Code:
option command =
- Zoom out:
Code:
option command -
Be sure, however, those shortcuts do not interfere with navigating gestures on your trackpad.

Mixed mode KYBD shortcuts & Trackpad gestures can be a bit tricky I reckon...

Tip: you want to enlarge your sidebar: 1st put your mouse pointer on the side bar, then enter the KYBD shortcut.

Center navigation is always preceded by mouse pointer!

Unlike with command + or command- you can never go below the original 100%.
Just meant to enlarge!

Good luck!
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Be sure, however, those shortcuts do not interfere with navigating gestures on your trackpad.

Thanks hexdiy, but I am using a 2011 27? iMac and no trackpad and also usually Mavericks 10.9.5.

Your zoom codes don't work as suggested with my setup, but interestingly, do make mt Chrome browser scroll up or down a page at a time.

As you say, there are lots of options most users should really have a look at under Accessibility.

I have also been playing around with Automator and AppleScript and specifically creating some Services and then setting up any needed keyboard shortcuts In the Keyboard Pref pane > Services > Shortcuts.

Maybe a bit too fiddly for some, and not always 100% working the way I want, but very useful when they do.

I sure wish i knew a bit more about programming, or at least apple programming and applescript, but i did take a course in HyperCard many years ago that seems to help a bit.

One of my last attempt was to create a services script that provides the number of words and characters for any selected text In any Application, well almost any application, and some weren't cooperating like Google Chrome for some reason but got around the problem using a modified services script.

Anyway, lots of options available that users should explore. And useful getting the Mac to do most of the work, the reason most of us bought a Mac wasn't it???


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