Since Stephan Witt has said LyX will be updated to accommodate Retina
displays within the next couple of months, it seems to me that that will
address your concerns about upgrading to a rMBP. As to your question, fonts
render normally on a non-Retina external monitor hooked up to a rMBP.

-chris
 On Oct 20, 2014 2:07 PM, "Stephen Buonopane" <sbuon...@bucknell.edu> wrote:

> I have been following this thread (and past related ones)  with great
> interest as I will be forced to upgrade to a retina Mac in the next 6
> months or so.
> Could someone post some screen shots that show the on-screen quality on a
> retina mac versus non-retina?
> How is the image quality on a non-retina external display hooked up to a
> retina Mac?
> Sounds like typing responsiveness is also an issue as well.
>
> Steve
>
>
> On Oct 20, 2014, at 12:42 PM, Christopher Menzel wrote:
>
> Stephan Witt wrote:
>
> Am 20.10.2014 um 17:44 schrieb Christopher Menzel <chris.men...@gmail.com> 
> <chris.men...@gmail.com>:
>
>
> On Oct 20, 2014 7:46 AM, "Julio Rojas" <jcredbe...@gmail.com> 
> <jcredbe...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Unfortunately, it is so. My wife has both versions and Lyx on Retina is not a 
> useless application, but a very difficult one to work with.
>
> My experience is quite different (though of course YMMV). There is no doubt 
> that the screen fonts in LyX ≤2.1.2 look much better on a non-Retina display 
> when examined close up; on a rMBP, the edges of font characters and most 
> icons are blurred and pixelated. But I find that, with the right choice of 
> screen fonts (notably, in my case, Georgia for the main text font), if I am 
> working at a comfortable distance from the screen (including with the laptop 
> in my lap), the blurred/pixelated edges of the fonts are not noticeable. (For 
> the record, my (corrected) vision is very good.)
> That said, there is little doubt that the LyX user experience on the rMBP 
> will be much better still when the version with Retina support comes out, and 
> I eagerly await it. (IIRC Stephan thinks that might be around Christmas.)
> Stephan (or anyone), quick question: Is there any reason to think screen 
> fonts in LyX 2.1.2 will look appreciably better or worse on a new 5k-Retina 
> iMac than on a rMBP?
>
>
> Chris, frankly, I wasn't sure I understood Jerry's comment.
> Perhaps he's talking about speed and not about crisp fonts.
>
>
> Ah, yes, that could be (subject of the thread notwithstanding). Typing is
> a bit laggy on a rMBP (assuming that's the sort of thing you have in mind
> by "speed"). Since I mostly use LyX for writing papers and I tend to write
> rather haltingly, the lag is not usually noticeable. But if I were using it
> for tasks where I wanted to type full speed, especially if I were a really
> fast typist, I can see that lag could be pretty annoying.
>
>  To answer your question: I have to check it first.
>
>
> Thanks!
>
> -chris
>
>
>

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