No retina support on Mac?

  • Why doesn't support Poser 11 Pro retina displays on MacBook Pro and iMac 5K? All texts and icons are pixelated and blurry. Can't believe that!

    Poser 11 Pro: (German)

  • Strange. I have an iMac Retina 5k and everything in Poser 11 Pro ( is fine.

  • Maybe only a problem in the German version?

    Could you please right click on → Get Info and check the »Open in Low Resolution« state? For me this is checked and disabled and indicates that the app does not support HiDPI mode (retina).

    I have to open the and add the NSHighResolutionCapable key manually to activate HiDPI support.

  • 1.) First close Poser.

    2.) Open the application folder, then right click the Poser/ and choose »Show Package Contents«

    3.) Edit Contents/info.plist with a plain text editor. Toward the bottom of the file, just before </dict>, add the following lines:


    4.) run in Terminal the command: touch /Applications/Poser\ 11/

    Now start Poser again it should run in HiDPI mode and on Get Info »Open in Low Resolution« should be unchecked.

    But this is not save for updates and SmithMicro should activate this by default. It can't be that over 4 years after the first MacBook Pro with retina display a full price graphics software doesn't support HiDPI mode on Mac.

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    I don't know the particulars as i just googled a bit, but it sure looks like wx windows has issues (or did around 2012) with Retina and it's weirdo compatibility modes.

    Perhaps SM were never able to work around this.


    wxWidgets Discussion Forum
    wxWiki - WxMac-specific topics

    There are others - I just read enough to know there's something to this besides neglect or laziness.

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    You can set a UI scaling factor in Gereral Prefences (Edit menu).
    Set it higher for 4K or Retina displays. See Poser Reference manual p44

    I do not have a mac however, so i am not sure what addition settings are needed in Mac user interface (if any)

  • As bagginsbill said, the scaling isn't the problem. The UI elements, menus and dialogs are in none HiDPI mode unclear. See these screenshots:

    Poser in none retina mode
    alt text

    Poser in retina mode
    alt text

    Hope you can see the different. The characters and icons on the second screenshot are clear and nice.

  • Oh, I meant: As James_in_3D said… :-/

  • @Babelfisch
    I took a screenshot of this area too; at 200% in Photoshop it was similar to your upper shot.
    Tried the plist idea but with no joy. 'Open in low resolution' was still checked.

    iMac Retina 5K 27", 3.3GHz intel core i5, 32 Gb ram. AMD Radeon R9M290 2048Mb.

  • The best way to see the different is to open the file dialog and compare it with finder or another file open dialog.

  • @James_in_3D
    Yes - putting the <key> line right before the final data, tried without 'sudo' first and nothing happened, then with 'sudo' and still nothing happened. NB with 'sudo' the 'touch' line was not accepted as a command.
    Also tried putting the <key> line before the last <string> as well and P11 refused to open.
    So I restored plist and all was back to normal.