Windows GUI DPI Scaling in 2018

I have updated the article DPI Scaling in Windows GUIs with a modified test suite and new sets of screenshots for Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.1, and Oracle Java SE 9.0.4. The focus of this update was of course Java 9 as JavaFX ceased special-casing 120 DPI, and AWT/Swing even got full … Continue reading “Windows GUI DPI Scaling in 2018”

JavaFX DPI Scaling in Java 9

While porting my projects to Java SE 9 I noticed that the JavaFX team has slipped in some small but important changes concerning DPI scaling that appear to be only documented in the Java bug database, specifically JDK Bug 8091832. The entry for 2016-03-31 notes that the startup flag -Dglass.win.minHiDPI, defining the minimum display DPI … Continue reading “JavaFX DPI Scaling in Java 9”

DPI Settings in Windows 10 “Creators Update”

Windows 10 started its journey to simplified display settings with an awkward combination of dialogs in the modern Settings app and the legacy Control Panel, as described in my previous post on the subject. With the recently released “Creators Update” (version 1703) the journey appears to have reached its destination. All display settings, including all … Continue reading “DPI Settings in Windows 10 “Creators Update””

JavaFX Snapshot Scaling

If you try taking image snapshots of a JavaFX Node on a high-DPI system, you’ll find that the result is strangely blurry. This is an unfortunate side effect of the JavaFX DPI scaling introduced in Java SE 8u60. At resolutions greater than 120 DPI, JavaFX automatically treats all coordinates as abstract “layout pixels” with a … Continue reading “JavaFX Snapshot Scaling”

Updates for VS2015 & .NET 4.6

With Visual Studio 2015, Microsoft finally provides a free Community edition that’s both reasonably feature-complete and legal to use for any purpose by individuals and teams of up to five, or of any size for non-commercial projects. That’s a huge step up from the shamefully crippled Express editions of previous versions, although those strangely continue … Continue reading “Updates for VS2015 & .NET 4.6”

DPI Settings in Windows 10

Important Update — Windows 10 “Creators Update” (version 1703, released in April 2017) brought a greatly simplified interface for high DPI settings and additional per-application compatibility options. Both are described in a new post, DPI Settings in Windows 10 “Creators Update”, which obsoletes the post below for “Creators Update” and newer. Windows 10 has once … Continue reading “DPI Settings in Windows 10”

JavaFX GUI Scaling at 120-144 DPI

I just updated my comparison of DPI Scaling in Windows GUIs for the recently released Java SE 8 Update 60 which brought automatic coordinate scaling for JavaFX on Windows at high DPI settings. I had previously only checked that the 200% (192 DPI) setting I’m using on my Dell XPS 15 works correctly. Now I … Continue reading “JavaFX GUI Scaling at 120-144 DPI”

JavaFX DPI Scaling: Fixed!

The upcoming Java release 8u60 is set to finally fix the JavaFX DPI scaling issues on Windows that I described back in August 2013. To recap, JavaFX would scale the default application font to the current Windows DPI setting and the built-in controls would generally scale themselves around that font size. However, explicitly specified pixel … Continue reading “JavaFX DPI Scaling: Fixed!”

Dell XPS 15 Review

2017-04-23: I can no longer recommended Dell systems due to significant reliability issues. About a year ago I switched to a stylish ultrabook hybrid, the Sony Vaio Duo 13. While I was overall quite happy with that neat little device, two of its unavoidable compromises eventually got on my nerves: the sheer lack of computational … Continue reading “Dell XPS 15 Review”

Sony Vaio Duo 13 Review

Microsoft’s latest attempt to fight the race to the bottom in Windows hardware has once again ended in a whimper, mostly because its own Surface and similar upmarket devices showcased the Metro part of Windows 8 that nobody wants. Anecdotally, I saw the elegant ultrabooks and hybrids vanishing again that had populated store shelves around … Continue reading “Sony Vaio Duo 13 Review”