Adobe has just announced that Photoshop CS6 will be getting Retina support this fall. Lightroom 4 will also be updated with Retina graphic support in coming months, although a specific release date has not been given.
2012 MacBook Pro with Retina display owners will be able to use CS6 in full HiDPI mode when the update drops.
Adobe’s product teams are keenly aware of a creative professional’s desire to experience the highest quality creation experience. That is why I am delighted to announce our plans to optimize a selection of our products to display your content and creations on HiDPI displays, including the Retina Display available on the new MacBook Pro. Over the next few months, key Adobe products will deliver HiDPI display support to all customers on current releases.
HiDPI displays allow for a dramatic improvement in image fidelity and resolution. Naturally, designers, photographers and creative professionals want to take full advantage of this new technology. 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. The increased resolution of these displays requires that each product update the interface of the application and ensure that the content or the creation itself is displayed accurately with the appropriate level of fidelity. 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. This resolution shift in the new display technology presents unique challenges to teams that support bitmap, vector or video content. Therefore each product team will be releasing support for HiDPI display for Apple’s Retina Display as soon as the development is complete and tested for each individual product.
Dreamweaver, Edge Animate, Illustrator, Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Touch, Prelude, Adobe Premiere Pro, and SpeedGrade will be updated with HiDPI support soon. It looks like Photoshop Elements won’t be getting updated with Retina support for quite awhile. CS5 users are out of luck.
Creative Cloud members will receive the update first, and then non-members will have access.
“We are currently evaluating the roadmap for when other products may support HiDPI displays, and we will announce those plans as they are finalized,” says Adobe.