HighDPI / Retina Support
Give the client HighDPI support like in Windows
Add display scaling to mstsc.exe
In version 8.x everything was somehow sharper on Retina than now in the version 10.x. Now it's horrible blurred. So please revert back to the version 8 scaling/smoothing or whatever.
Remote Desktop is unusable for me with an external monitor 1920x1080 without being able to increase DPI.
On my Windows 10 laptop, I have Display DPI set to 150%. But when I use Remote Desktop from Mac Mini with external monitor, the windows icons and fonts are tiny because it can only use DPI 100%. If I go the Windows Display Settings, it says "The display settings cannot be changed from a remote session".
Stefan Scherer commented
Please add HiDPI support. I just tried the Royal TS which really looks awesome, crispy fonts etc through RDP from a MacBook Pro Late 2013 with Retina Display connecting to a Windows 10 machine.
I believe MS RDP Beta is much better with file transfer through RDP, so I really would love to see this happen.
please add HighDPI
Solution finder commented
Finally, I've found a working app: Royat TSX, available at https://www.royalapplications.com/ts/mac/features. Lite version is free and it is good enough for me.
Screen refresh is a little slower (there is a little lag) and sometime there are visible blocks of screen updated at a time, but text finally looks damn fine and crisp, like it should on a retina screen. Good enough to stop using Microsoft's garbage.
Matt H commented
Just a suggestion for those struggling with this as I am. Connect to the Windows host using a non-dpi RDP resolution and turn off font-smoothing in Windows. Control Panels > System > Advanced System Settings > Performance Settings... > Uncheck 'Smooth edges of screen fonts'. At least the text is crisp and does not hurt ones eyes.
Bruno BG commented
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Edmund Kapusniak commented
Yes this is extremely frustrating. Both with 8.0.40 on the App Store and the 8.3 beta, I am forced to choose between requesting a non-retina resolution and getting blurry text, or requesting a high-resolution desktop and having all the text and icons be extremely small.
There appears to be no way in Windows 10 to change the display scale from within the remote desktop session, so the problem seems to be that the Mac client is not properly requesting the correct display scale for my Mac's retina screen.
It seems from my web searches that RDP clients on Windows, at least, pass the display scale of the client machine to the server when the session is opened. It would be great if the Mac client could be updated to do the same.
Scaling still does not work on MacBook Pro Retina.
Please, add a drop-down with pre-populated values or a text box to enter scaling in percent.
What makes me so disappointed is the fact that the feature already exists and works in iOS on iPad,
so it is definitely possible to do it - look it up in source code from iOS version!.
If it can be implemented in iOS - which is much more restricted environment than full macOS,
then I see this only as a deliberate "feature" to inflict pain on Mac users
while trying to steer users towards Microsoft platform, like Surface line of products.
I have to edit /Users/$USER/Library/Containers/com.microsoft.rdc.mac/Data/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.rdc.mac.plist to manually add @Size(3840 2160) to preferences.resolutions.
My Windows 8.1 machine is set to scale 200% and works very well @ 3840 x 2160 but my Windows 10 machine doesn't appear to use the scaling setting. So from what I can understand this is a Windows 10 issue. Please fix!
Ivan Alekseev commented
Please provide proper support. I can't work with this blurry text
This is very frustrating. Retina macbooks are there since 2012. Why isn't this still not supported?
I'm connecting to a Windows 2016 server on Azure. Latest, biggest, best, whatever.
Most important feature of a remote desktop session doesn't work properly and I'm stuck with blurry display.
I'm running a 15" rMBP with native resolution of 2880x1800. The experience in this beta app (just like the current/older app) is absolutely terrible. The screen is incredibly pixelated. It is obvious that only 1440x900 is being sent across the connection and then upsampled/anti-aliased locally to 2880x1800.
Unlike the old app I can't even define a custom 2880x1800 resolution to select. In the old app if I select 2880x1800 and scaling I could at least get native resolution, though everything is absolutely tiny and illegible. What I need is that plus 200% DPI scaling.
Please give us 200% DPI scaling, or at least let us manually change the DPI setting. Seriously ... this can't be that difficult.
E. Rüggeberg commented
I don't dare to buy a retina display iMac, as the font size of the only Windows App I have to use is too small on a "normal" display ALREADY. With a retina displayit will be unreadable without microskope
Charlie Evatt commented
Agreed - including the icons on the connection list menu.
It should pick retina resolution by default on retina screens. Also mouse cursor has the wrong size on retina screens.
Mike Lee commented
Retina support is still not there. For those who may not understand:
We can not change Windows DPI setting in a remote desktop session. The Mac remote desktop client itself IS retina supported but the remote session is NOT. Currently under Remote Desktop 8.5 for Windows 10, the remote session will set to your current DPI automatically.
On a 200% DPI 4k (1080P@2x) Windows 10 client machine, if i start a remote desktop session to a Windows 10 Pro, I will end up with a 1080P@2x remote desktop experience just like the native desktop on the client machine.
On a 200% DPI Retina MacBook Pro 13 1600P (1280x800@2x) OS X machine, if i start a remote desktop session to a Windows 10 Pro, I will end up with a 1280x800@1x blurry desktop or a 2560x1600@1x with very small font size.
James Gale commented
I have no idea why this is here. Retina/HighDPI has always worked perfectly for me. In fact it's a clear advantage that the Mac client has over any other.