Running Indigo Studio on Retina Displays

Indigo on Retina DisplaysIf you are on a Mac Retina display and using Indigo, you may have noticed it's not as crisp as it could be. This is due to a technology limitation with Silverlight rendering on Retina displays.

However, the good news is that there is a workaround for it. In your Applications, right-click on Indigo Studio and click Get Info to bring up the app info. Under General, check the "Open in Low Resolution" box as shown in the image.

That's it. Next time you open, it should show, more or less, how it does on non-retina displays.

Happy designing!

Comments  (5 )

Samuel Araujo
on Fri, Aug 9 2013 9:03 PM

Hi guys.

I did it but can't see any improvement.

Any other tip?


on Mon, Feb 16 2015 1:39 AM

Just recently started to commit to using Indigo as my go to prototyping tool. I noticed how unclear and low res the display was on my Mac w/Retina display. As a former Silverlight developer, I understand the limitation, but are there any plans to move Indigo away from SL? Microsoft declared it dead (no enhancements beyond v5) sometime ago in favor of HTML5. Indigo is a nice tool but how do you continue to innovation using a technology that's not keeping up with you? Would've been nice if Microsoft would have open sourced Silverlight.

Ambrose Little
on Mon, Feb 16 2015 11:36 AM

Hi BruceT, we began development on Indigo well before Microsoft killed it. It was very promising back then. :) Even so, it has enabled us to ship a really great experience overall on Mac and Win, so it has done us well on that mark.

That said, we do realize the challenges, not only with retina but in general, on being on this tech and are evaluating what we are going to do about it. It's definitely no small thing to change tech, but it only gets more challenging as time goes on.  

Thanks for the thoughts.


on Tue, Feb 17 2015 12:45 AM

Hi Ambrose,

Thanks for the response! It has certainly been a while...I think we did a couple of code camps sometime ago in Alabama. Yes, I would certainly agree with you, Indigo is a very nice application and it has already become one of my favorite tools. I also understand VERY WELL :) the challenges you face with Silverlight. I really loved Silverlight (and still do). Keep up the great work and I look forward to all the wonderful things to come.


Nico Gold
on Sun, Jun 28 2015 1:46 AM

I tried to uncheck the "Open in low resolution" checkbox, but unfortunately it's greyed out (read-only).

How do you uncheck it?