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Make Eclipse Editor Work with Retina Displays

I recently had to buy a new computer - a MacBook - because I spilled a full cup of coffee all over the keyboard of my 17" MacBook. I was a little upset. Apple stopped making 17" laptops so to make up the for the lack of screen real estate, I decided to go all out with a shiny new retina display. I admit, I'm more impressed than I thought I would be but the technology comes at a cost. Not all applications look nice with the display. With retina, applications need to display different icons and fonts that are made specifically for a much higher pixel density. Any web developer already deals with this when targeting iPhones or iPads, but since very few non-mobile devices have such displays, not all desktop applications have the necessary files yet.

Eclipse is such a popular IDE that I was devastated to see it doesn't support retina yet. I use the IDE all day long so I scoured the Internet tubes for a solution and found one that is good enough. It only updates the fonts for the editor part and not any of the graphics - obviously - but that's good enough for now. Here's what you need to do...

  1. Right click and "Show package contents" on the (, if using Spring Source Toolkit)

  2. Edit Contents/Info.plist. Just above the closing </dict> </plist>, add <key>NSHighResolutionCapable</key> <true/>

  3. Make a copy of the app (Eclipse

  4. Open the copy

  5. Close the copy

  6. Rename the original (

  7. Rename the copy (

  8. Open

  9. Enjoy


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