P: Support scalable user interface UI for high resolution monitors

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Explorer ,
Jul 24, 2011 Jul 24, 2011

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I'm using a high resolution monitor(2560x1600). As a result, all the the toolbar fonts and menu fonts are small and hard to see. I do not want to lower the screen resolution as this would defeat the purpose of this monitor.. Will the new CS6 have the ability to increase font sizes to accommidate Hi-Res monitors?

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Adobe Employee , Jan 23, 2018 Jan 23, 2018
This feature has been implemented in the 19.1 update released today. Details here: https://theblog.adobe.com/photoshop-releases-version-19-1-selections-improvements-advanced-support-w...

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Adobe Employee , Jul 02, 2014 Jul 02, 2014
Support for scalable UI for high resolutions monitors has been implemented for Macintosh (Retina Display support in Photoshop CS v13.x) and Windows 7 and Windows 8 (Photoshop CC v2014).

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 24, 2011 Jul 24, 2011

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Good idea. We can't comment on specifics with regards to future versions of Photoshop.

Senior Product Manager - Customer Advocacy - Digital Imaging

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New Here ,
Aug 14, 2011 Aug 14, 2011

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This applies to PSE 8 as well. I just purchased it for my new computer and am so disappointed because I can hardly read all the UI printing. My monitor's screen resolution is 1920 x 1080. I have read many, many complaints about this. With all the newer monitors having higher resolutions it is obvious that their should be UI adjustments within the program for font size and also colors. The color contrast is poor as well. The printing is so tiny in some letters that there is a black "glob" in some of the letter spaces. This is not what I expected from Adobe. I'll be going back to Corel.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 25, 2011 Aug 25, 2011

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My iMac monitor is set to 1680 x 1050, and I find the the interface items difficult to see, to the point of exasperation. I hate to think what will happen when I move to a bigger screen.

The buttons in the toolbars and panels are too small. The UI text is too small everywhere except the main menu bar. I changed the UI text size to "Large" but the result is not really large, and in any case that setting affects only a few items in the UI text. To make matters worse, a lot of the text is non-bold, and it is generally displayed against a shade a gray — a cardinal sin for readability. All of these presentation qualities need to be under user control.

In addition, the ability to colorize individual items in the UI ought to be expanded. Every menu command and button should have a color choice, and the range of colors should be broad.

On the web, I have seen other complaints about the readability of the Photoshop UI, but so far Adobe has not acted on these complaints. I'm hoping we don't have to wait much longer for this problem to be solved.

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New Here ,
Oct 26, 2011 Oct 26, 2011

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The menus and palettes in CS5 are way too small. This is going to be an insurmountable obstacle for some users, and a definite annoyance for everyone else. It would be very helpful if the menus and palettes could be re-sized. I'm seriously considering returning my purchase and going back to my old version simply for the convenience and ease of having decent-sized tools. This is a very fundamental problem in an otherwise fantastic program and needs to be addressed.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 26, 2011 Oct 26, 2011

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Photoshop has never had UI any more scalable than what is in CS5. We've been adding features to scale the UI, not taking them away.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 26, 2011 Oct 26, 2011

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On my 30" Monitor, CS4 Menus and Icons were not readable unless resolution was reduced. Since then I have moved on to less expensive software that can handle screen sizes and resolutions used by professionals. Now CS5 has arrived carrying the same baggage. Guess my decision not to upgrade (at an insane cost) was a prophetic one. What is Adobe's plan to fix the problem and reduce software cost as well? Is suspect that the answer will be redaction yet again!

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 26, 2011 Oct 26, 2011

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What "redaction" are you talking about?

Senior Product Manager - Customer Advocacy - Digital Imaging

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LEGEND ,
Oct 26, 2011 Oct 26, 2011

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Nice segue out of a bug fix. It should be a free software patch, not an upgrade with a cost attached. Flaw corrections are not upgrades.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 26, 2011 Oct 26, 2011

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My penultimate message no longer appears here.

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New Here ,
Oct 26, 2011 Oct 26, 2011

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I don't know how Adobe can deny that this is a problem; especially for newer monitors with higher resolution. There are many, many comments on the topic:
"Photoshop and Elements: A way to change the UI colors" that is on this forum. Many users are complaining about the dark UI panels with the grey or black tiny fonts. It is almost unreadable. In PSE, when I move my mouse over a tool or something in the R. side panel I have to get my face about a foot away from the monitor to read it. I have no problem reading any other software on my computer, including 2 other photo editing programs. So this is not only a problem for the CS5 but also PSE. I have tried adjusting the font size on my computer but it doesn't do a thing for PSE. The change needs to come from within the Photoshop program. Users are begging for a change. Is anyone at Adobe listening????
I suggest customers voice their opinions on Amazon.com about this product. If Adobe won't listen to consumers, they will listen to profit margins.

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 26, 2011 Oct 26, 2011

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Sure it does. It's right here: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

Senior Product Manager - Customer Advocacy - Digital Imaging

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LEGEND ,
Oct 26, 2011 Oct 26, 2011

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Thanks.
How many separate threads are here and elsewhere, that address this product deficiency?
Why are there no intra-version PTF's offered by Adobe for their products?

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 26, 2011 Oct 26, 2011

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I merge the topics into one authoritative topic to track all the votes/comments on specific issues. That way all the "me toos" get collected better than a bunch of random threads.

We do provide updates/dot releases/patches for our products. Photoshop is on version 12.0.4 (meaning 4 updates to address the most critical issues) Camera Raw has had 6 updates for new camera support and bug fixes, and Elements has 3 updates since it's release (2 on win 3 on mac).

As Chris said on the other thread, Photoshop has never had a feature to change the scale of the UI in the way that's being suggested on this thread. It's not simply a bug fix. It's a large scale change/feature.

Senior Product Manager - Customer Advocacy - Digital Imaging

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 26, 2011 Oct 26, 2011

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To answer you question about how many different threads, I've merged one other request into this one.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 27, 2011 Oct 27, 2011

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The "let them eat cake" attitude remains. We are not telling you how to fix the problem, that is the job of the software developer, Adobe. We are simply stating that the menus are unreadable and they need to be made larger. If Adobe wants to maintain market share, they need to fix this problem. It is one fix for the entire product line, unless of course, OOP technology is not being used here.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 17, 2011 Nov 17, 2011

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The User Interface (Tool bar, Application Bar, Etc) is too small and should be able to be enlarged easily by simply dragging the edge of the box, or some other way in the preferences. This is for CS5, I was using CS1 and there was no problem

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Adobe Employee ,
Nov 17, 2011 Nov 17, 2011

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Thanks for the request. The tool bar in CS1 and CS5 are actually the same size - although monitor size and resolution has grown over the years. It's something we need to address as monitors and resolution continue to grow.

Senior Product Manager - Customer Advocacy - Digital Imaging

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LEGEND ,
Nov 17, 2011 Nov 17, 2011

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Jeffrey, thank you very much for your clarification of the problem. I and others appreciate your concern.
Steve

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 11, 2012 Jan 11, 2012

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I'd like to double-check if every poster in the thread is aware of the existing UI font scaling options available in preferences>interface>UI text options (CMD+K (Mac) / CTRL+K (Pc))

For the moment, for those having issues with the UI size,
There is also a way to scale the view on a Mac, by holding Control+Scrolling (or two fingers slide on a trackpad)
Windows offers the magnifier (Right-click on the desktop, select personalize, on bottom left, pick ease of access)

I'm wondering if the menu bar size is not a parameter that is controlled by the OS.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 11, 2012 Jan 11, 2012

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Also, I found a way to increase the size of an application on a Mac, but I would strongly label that with "Try at your own risk!" (if it is still valid in 10.6 or 10.7): http://www.macworld.com/article/14217...

I'm also wondering, on the Mac side, if universal access can be of help.
In any case of scaling, I would expect artefacts.

For PCs, there is a way to scale some system fonts by going on Personalization in the control panel, and selecting Adjust font size,

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New Here ,
Jan 11, 2012 Jan 11, 2012

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I have a high resolution monitor and adjusting the text size to the dpi recommended by Adobe in Windows 7 does nothing for PSE (don't know about Photoshop) . Besides, it changes the font size in everything else in Windows which is unacceptable. The change must come from within the program itself. Who wants to try and mess with the magnifier when working on photos?? An expensive program like this should have all these adjustments within the program and should have foreseen what would happen as higher resolution monitors were being developed. The tools are so tiny and the explanation of the tools which shows up when you hover the mouse over the tools are virtually unreadable in PSE 8. Strange that I don't have this problem with any other program on my computer where the contrast is very good and font size is acceptable.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 17, 2012 Jan 17, 2012

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I have problem with hove bigg my tools and menu in cs5 are. Thay are to small.. Plaese help me I'm workin with a screen 27" 1920*1080

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LEGEND ,
Jan 17, 2012 Jan 17, 2012

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No that won't work...you have the same problem in spotify
The menu obd tollbox is not controlled by OS

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LEGEND ,
Jan 30, 2012 Jan 30, 2012

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I would like to see Adobe find a way to fix this too small tool box problem! After years of learning Photo Shop, I hate to have to switch to another photo editing program just because I can't see the tool box. And I can not see it!

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LEGEND ,
Feb 07, 2012 Feb 07, 2012

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Please oh PLEASE have mercy on those of us over 40 who squint and struggle to read the tiny text and decipher the tiny icons in your UI. Can't we please have an
option to make the text and icons larger? MUCH larger? Oh Please! I travel A LOT and so do almost all of my work on a laptop --- I cannot lug a spare large-screen monitor around. Have mercy on us oldies -- please! I know I'm not alone in this request...

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