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Adobe adds Retina display support to Photoshop and Illustrator, more apps to follow

Adobe adds Retina display support to Photoshop and Illustrator, more apps to follow


Adobe today reaffirmed plans to release updates that will bring support for HiDPI displays to its "key products."

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When Phil Schiller unveiled Apple's latest MacBook Pro and its Retina display back in June, he also revealed that Adobe had committed to optimizing Photoshop for the ultra high-res panel. The company today reaffirmed that plan, saying updates to "key products" will be delivered to all customers running the latest release in the coming months. Thankfully those products extend beyond Photoshop, with Adobe naming nine total applications (including Lightroom 4) that will be updated with support for HiDPI displays. As of now, that list includes:

  • Dreamweaver
  • Edge Animate
  • Illustrator
  • Lightroom
  • Photoshop
  • Photoshop Touch
  • Prelude
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • SpeedGrade

Photoshop users can expect an update sometime this fall, though Adobe isn't offering release specific timeframes for the other software, saying only new versions will arrive "as soon as work is complete."

Unfortunately there's nothing in the pipeline for owners of Photoshop Elements, Adobe's image editing app aimed at consumers rather than professional customers. That's not to say all hope is lost: the Elements team is apparently researching "the effort required to support these new displays." Even so, the company likely faces less pressure to provide optimizations there, since iPhoto targets the same hobbyists and already offers Retina graphics. But for the graphic artists and photographers who understand the benefits of HiDPI better than most anyone else, Adobe's commitment to the technology is likely to be welcomed with open arms.

Update: Gizmodo reports that Illustrator and Photoshop have just been updated with Retina display support. The update has been made available for both Creative Cloud members and owners of the regular software.