Photoshop, Illustrator get Retina Display support
Two flagship design programs now support Apple's high-resolution displays for Creative Cloud subscribers. Support is coming later for those who paid for traditional software licenses.
Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, two high-profile programs used by graphic artists with a discriminating eye, now support Apple's high-resolution Retina Displays.
The new versions are being distributed through, which costs $50 per month for a 12-month commitment but is being boosted by a .
The idea behind Apple's Retina Displays, which are offered on iPhones, iPads, and MacBook Pros, is to use pixels small enough that the human eye can't distinguish them, removing pixelated edges from letters and making photos crisp. Apple charges a premium for the feature, however, and its benefits aren't visible on many Web page graphics and with a lot of software not updated for the technology.
Photoshop and Illustrator, though, are on the supported list now for Creative Cloud subscribers, who can get the new versions by clicking on choose Help then Updates. That's certainly welcome news for the many designers who use Macs and who didn't enjoy seeing their artwork with needlessly jaggy edges resulting from upscaled graphics.
Adobe said it'll also bring Retina support to traditional perpetual-license customers. Adobe plans to detail more Creative Cloud news at an online event at 10 a.m. PT today.
The, but at least some are warming to the idea, a . With the subscription, Adobe's software stops working if customers stop paying. But while customers are paying, they get access to Adobe's entire software library and several online services. Customers also can pay $75 per month for a version that doesn't require a full-year commitment.
"The $30 promotion has been a major factor in driving adoption, and we think it would serve the company well to maintain attractive pricing until the base has achieved critical mass," Jefferies analysts Ross MacMillan, Aashiv Shah, and Steven O'Brien concluded in a research note about the survey.
Correction at 6:07 a.m. PT to fix the Creative Cloud subscription price. It costs $50 per month with a 12-month commitment.