I’m working in the Adobe booth at Photoshop World this week, fielding questions about Creative Cloud and various applications. It’s gratifying when I can solve a problem for someone, but sometimes not being able to solve the problem leads to a different kind of reward—learning something new.
A gentleman brought his Microsoft Surface Pro 3, complaining that the Photoshop interface components are so small on the hi-DPI Surface screen that it’s almost unusable. He was right—icons, tools, and panel text were hard to read, and controls were challenging to select, even with the fine-point Surface stylus.
Lowering the display resolution worked, of course, but then all other applications were huge, with components falling off the screen.
Several other booth folks tag-teamed on the problem, but it was Adobe’s Russell Williams (a 2014 inductee into the Photoshop Hall of Fame, by the way) who offered the solution. In Photoshop CC 2014, you have the option to activate experimental components—features that haven’t been officially incorporated into Photoshop—with the caveat that these features might not be fully production-ready yet. One of the experimental features lets you scale Photoshop’s interface @200% to accommodate a high-density display (Note: it’s available—and necessary—only on Windows; hiDPI display has been possible on Mac Retina displays since CS6).
To access experimental features, just choose Edit > Preferences > Experimental Features.
So it was a good day—the Surface owner is back in business, and we all learned something new.
Here’s more information on experimental features in Photoshop CC2014: http://adobe.ly/1lIUwIk