Adobe to Natively Support Apple Macbook Pro Retina Display with Software Updates

In what will surely be welcome news for those who routinely use Photoshop and Premiere, Adobe is planning to natively support the higher resolution display of the new Macbook Pro (as well as any other HiDPI displays in the future). While there are certain creative applications that immediately supported the Retina resolution with software updates (namely Apple's Final Cut Pro X and Motion), Adobe was not able to offer this support right away. For those who are loving the extra screen resolution, it's disappointing to then have to open Adobe products only to see them not share the same crispness as the native apps. Not all Creative Cloud applications will receive support (at least at this time), but you can read the full list of programs that will get software updates below.

Adobe explaining why this support is important:

Software that is not native to HiDPI display uses interpolation to duplicate pixels to fill the screen, meaning text is not as sharp and images don’t have as much detail...As an example, to enable HiDPI display support in Photoshop requires the replacement of 2500 icons and cursors and other engineering work which will be complete and ready for customers this Fall.

Here is the full list so far of products that will receive a free update:


I'm sure this comes as a relief for those who purchased the new Macbook Pro hoping to be able to utilize the Adobe suite of programs to their full advantage, only to be forced to look at an upsampled image that doesn't match the clarity of the native Mac apps. One other interesting note from their blog, and I've probably read this before, but those who sign up for Adobe's Creative Cloud (40% off deal for a year ends today, by the way) will be able to receive minor updates sooner than those who purchase the entire suite:

Creative Cloud members will be able to enjoy the latest product enhancements as they are ready without having to wait for major product releases. We will continue to release security patches, bug fixes and support new hardware changes, like HiDPI display support, to all of our customers outside of our regular development cycles just as we have always done.

It still seems like you'll receive major updates if you don't use Creative Cloud, but it definitely feels like a way for Adobe to push more people into purchasing their applications through a subscription. There are major benefits for Adobe to want that, but for users who are already using Creative Cloud, it's an added benefit.

If you have a new Macbook Pro, what do you think about the way the Adobe products look now? Do you need this update immediately or is it not that essential?

Link: New MacBook Pro Retina Display Support -- Adobe Creative Layer Blog

[via Adobe Premiere Twitter]

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Interesting, as Premiere CS6 looks and runs pretty nicely on my MBP Retina already - none of that horrible pixelation as found in Office for example.

What I'd really like to see is native GPU Cuda support for the Retina's graphics card.

August 31, 2012 at 2:36PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I think Photoshop looks terrible on the MBP's so glad Adobe is finally coming out with an update.

It's strange and disappointing that After Effects isn't on that list though. You'd think that would be even more important than an updated Premiere (and certainly more than Prelude) since I'm often editing at half res anyway. You won't have the pixel precision you need when desiging and animating in AE.

August 31, 2012 at 3:49PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Yes, very disappointed AE wasn't on the list also.

August 31, 2012 at 8:50PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Lliam Worthington

Premiere crashes constantly on my new Retina Macbook pro. It looks terrible too, as it's definitely low resolution and not retina compatible. I'm very excited that Adobe is jumping on board. Hopefully they will also release official CUDA support for the 650m. You can use it currently with a hack, but it's very unstable.

August 31, 2012 at 6:32PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I just run my retina display at its native resolution. This is easy to do on Windows (and honestly I use most of my Adobe programs on Windows) but can be done on OS X as well without too much difficulty. Probably not the best option to people who have trouble reading small font or like to sit very far away from their screens, though.

August 31, 2012 at 7:16PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I agree, if on MacOSX you select the "more space" option instead of the recommended "best retina" you can have everything nice and crisp, even thou i find myself leaning on the monitor quite often because of the small font.

September 6, 2012 at 12:53PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


That's on apple's end, not adobe's. CUDA is proprietary for NVIDIA GPUs.

September 1, 2012 at 7:08AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I have Mercury Playback Engine GPU acceleration on my MBP 2011 (1GB 6750M card). While it doesn't make an enormous difference, it's nice to have.

September 1, 2012 at 10:41AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I know this is an old article, but the latest CS6 update added the MBP GPUs mentioned here in the comments.

September 23, 2012 at 9:05PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Apple - Care, however, extends the service coverage to three years from
your Mac's purchase date. That means sites that you register for in Firefox won't be accessible in Safari.
Use Cmd+Ctrl+Opt+Eject to shut your Mac down instantly (again with no dialog box or warning).

July 16, 2013 at 6:43AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM