No more blurry texts on Win10 with high resolution screens!

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No more blurry texts on Win10 with high resolution screens!

Post by remcos » Sat May 16, 2020 2:54 pm


I started using Playground sessions a few months ago and I am quite happy with it, although we can all agree that the software seems to be pretty much abandoned from a technical point of view. I tried the iPad app but it is just too buggy and has some annoying quirks like jumping back to the rookie tour top of the list that could litterally be solved by a developer in just a few hours! And I am a developer myself with 25 years of experience on a wide range of platforms including windows, mobile and web, so I know what I am talking about.

Anyway, I also had this annoying problem that on my Surface Pro the Windows version would just not look very crisp. All fonts got a bit blurry. You could decide to disable the autoscaling but that will result in very small buttons for me. And if I change the zoom factor this will affect my whole windows environment</t>

So, I did some experimenting and I found out that Playground Sessions is using Adobe AIR and a pretty old version of it! If you are up for it, try the following: Download the latest version of the Adobe AIR runtime. Copy the Adobe AIR runtime files from C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files on top of the version that is part of the installed Playground Sessions (C:\Program Files (x86)\Playground). Make sure you have adminstrator rights.

If you restart Playground Sessions, voila! Things will look better than ever before! The window dimensions might be a bit odd though. You can fix this by editing the application.xml file in C:\Program Files (x86)\Playground\META-INF\AIR and add the line <maxSize>1368 912</max> (or any other dimensions that are reasonable for your setup) inside the <application> tag. Make sure to make a backup of this file first!

Just a quick hack that works great for me on my Surface Pro. It greatly improved my experience. Hope it works for you too! For me this is another example that just one day of serious development effort to bring things up to date could already improve a lot! Such a shame that this does not seem to be happening...

Good luck!


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