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08-15-2012, 05:55 PM #1
Office 2011 for Mac May Not Get Retina Display Support
The MacBook Pro with retina display was released at this year’s WWDC event and since then many Mac applications have been greeted with updates for the new display, which has an astoundingly high amount of pixels-per-inch (PPI) – 220 to be exact. With that kind of resolution, the human retina cannot distinguish individual pixels from a normal viewing distance.
Of all these applications being updated, one very important suite of software for school students and businesses – Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac – probably won’t be seeing an update for the new retina display. The comment comes from Microsoft themselves, as they explain to a person complaining about the screen quality coming off as "very fuzzy" in the suite of applications on the retina display of the new MacBook Pro:
Originally Posted by Microsoft
Interestingly, Microsoft Outlook from the Office 2011 suite supports the retina display, so it’s actually very odd that the rest of the applications do not follow suit. Outlook is only an e-mail client, so for most people using the suite, users are going to prefer having retina display support for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint since these are the most popular tools from the suite.
In case you were interested, Apple’s competing suite known as iWork for the Mac supports the retina display on all new MacBooks.
08-15-2012, 06:08 PM #2
Are you kidding me? There better be an update to support the Retina Display MBP by the time Office for iPad comes out, otherwise I just might be switching over to iWork...
08-15-2012, 06:27 PM #3
Support for Retina Display is probably one of the easiest things to implement. It simply requires you to create an image, double the size of the original non-retina image, and name it [email protected] (opposed to ImageName.png). So saying they won't be upgrading their software for Retina Display is ridiculous and makes them sound like lazy developers. This the exact reason why Apple is taking over IMO. They always take it a step further, and Microsoft has literally been letting Apple walk all over them lately.
08-15-2012, 06:33 PM #4
08-15-2012, 08:36 PM #5
If you think its that simple, you're delusional.
Doubling an images size, effectively halves its quality, so the end result would look exactly the same as before. I don't know how Microsoft develops its software, so they may have to recreate every image in the software if the core files they have aren't up to the 220 dpi Retina standard.
In any case, Retina support will come, but I'm sure its not a simple a process for Microsoft than everyone thinks.
08-15-2012, 08:56 PM #6
08-15-2012, 10:35 PM #7
Vector is your friend, designers.
08-15-2012, 11:02 PM #8
i guarantee microsoft has saved their graphics in a larger image when making it. they are a big company based on software they probably saved the file on a bigger resolution. also text is already supported for everything in retina becuase it uses some sort of the same software and auto keeps it in the high-resolution
08-15-2012, 11:13 PM #9
Obviously you don't know anything about developing software. While yes a lot of the update for retina support would just involve higher res images for the GUI, but if you actually use the programs you'll see that typed text, menu items, and other non image items are also blurry. Not only do images need to be updated but i'm sure a lot of code needs to be modified and implemented to make this happen.
I guess what I'm trying to say is I think that maybe it's a bit pathetic they don't bring Retina to their programs, when they have all the resources to do so.
08-16-2012, 04:02 AM #10
Agreed they should have better source images somewhere, but i know little about coding, so im just going to guess here:
You cant just put a larger image in a smaller div can you? You'd need all sorts of exceptions and adaptations?
I reckon Microsofts own tablets are thier priority
08-16-2012, 06:41 AM #11
Bah. Office doesnt let me update due to some interference with my hard drive. Smh. I have more then enough space too.
08-16-2012, 10:15 AM #12
Once again MS wants to give us Mac users a sub par application compared to a native MS app..BOOOOO!
08-16-2012, 10:29 AM #13
08-18-2012, 06:57 AM #14
Later or sooner it will have the support