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Hi, 

 

Just bought the app and it seems great !!! But I have a question...

 

I have a Macbook Pro Retina 15" and i am not sure if I have to choose retina mode when creating a new file.

Is this feature for the mac without retina ? or is specially for retina screen ?

 

Hope it won't piss off some of you and I'll have an answer as I'm a bit confused...

 

Thank you All :)

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It is for creating a document that has 2x pixels, so that when you export a retina version it will export at a higher resolution.


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It is for creating a document that has 2x pixels, so that when you export a retina version it will export at a higher resolution.

 

Thank you... but this is why I'm confused, as my screen is a retina so is already about 2x the pixel density as a normal screen.

As Retina is not a standard for Web for exemple should I work with or without Retina activated ? 

 

If RETINA is activated, will the default export (1x) will be retina size or it will actually divide it by 2 ? 

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It has nothing to do with your display.  It affects the number of pixels in your document - effectively doubles the number of pixels in your document while still maintaining a logical document size.  For example a 800x600 pixel document, if Retina is ticked will have 1600x1200 real pixels, but the UI will show you everything in terms of 1x pixels (as if you were editing a conventional 800x600 document).  That way you can work on a standard resolution document, while adding higher resolution detail for Retina output.

 

When creating pixel layers, they will be at the real resolution, so when you preview a retina document at 2x you will see 1:1 pixels, but if you view at 1x each pixel you see is effectively resampled from a 2x2 pixel group.


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Funny how everyone loves Adobe.... :D

 

It's not exactly love for Adobe, (although I loved the power of Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign when I got learning about them), they have been the 'standard to know' if you are applying for any kind of remotely creative job. I think it will take a long time for companies to realise that some will resist the subscription movement and won't be keeping up with Adobe CC etc. Unfortunately the Affinity package will probably remain my secret weapon rather than something I put on my CV for a while. I am certainly pro Affinity though, I love what you guys are doing :-) just need to keep Adobe CS6 around for back-up.

My new iMac 5K top spec is on order and I am so so SO eager to use Affinity photo/designer on it :D

 

Getting back the OP's message, I'm still not clear on when to use the retina mode in Designer, in that, if I'm using a retina display am I right in thinking I don't need to click the 'Retina pixel mode view' and that it would be useful for me to view it on 'Pixel view mode' for when I need to see...what?

 

Just a thought, I suppose with this subscription model Adobe changed to, it's bit like - you are watching a film, and you think it's great, but then they do something crap in it that makes you realise it's a film (you are not immersed anymore) and you notice the camera movements etc. and are not enjoying the story of the film, but rather notice bad details about the film. With Affinity I feel like I am immersed in the film, they don't push their 'Serif' ethics (whatever they might be) down your throat, they just tell you what you want to know about the programs, it doesn't feel like a massive conglomerate that you never get to reach anyone or made to feel like an idiot if you don't know something.

 

Keep up the good work Affinity :) 

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