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How To…Make Microsoft Office 2011 work properly on MacBook Pro Retina display

Last week released an update for Office 2011 for Mac which at last enables support for MacBook Pro retina displays.

The problem is installing it doesn’t make the applications automatically run with high resolution graphics.

A quick web search uncovered the explanation on CNET’s website.

The issue is that the OS doesn’t know that the apps have been updated and continue to run in rubbish, blurry low resolution mode.

To fix, launch Terminal and enter touch then a space, then drag the office apps from a Finder window into Terminal and press enter

The applications Info.plist file will be updated and the apps will now open in high resolution mode.

Strangely the 14.2.4 update was originally released on 19th September, though the Office update site and download page now date it as 27th September. Yet the article detailing the fixes is dated 19th September. No idea if there was a change form the original release, but nothing seems to be mentioned.

Update: 27/01/13. Sounds obvious, but same applies to other applications. LastFM scrobbler just updated and had the same problem. touch command sorted it out.


How cool is WinZip these days!

I recently had an update to WinZip deployed to my work laptop so it’s now at version 16.5. This is a lot newer than versions I’ve used before and it feels much fresher.

It now includes the Microsoft Office ribbon with the menus changes dynamically depending on which menu is selected from the tab across the top. (Introduced in October 2010 with version 14.5 as it turns out).

The WinZip web site boasts a number of new features:

  • Zip and unzip files instantly with a NEW ultra-fast zip engine
  • Protect files by encrypting them as you zip
  • Zip and email files in one easy step
  • Back up and archive your data automatically
  • Send large files fast using our NEW ZipSend file delivery web service
  • Share files on Facebook with our new NEW ZipShare Facebook service
  • Tap into your PC’s full zipping power with NEW enhanced support for AMD processors

(Interesting to see that Corel bought the software – was may 2006 apparently).

Aside from these features and the nice Ribbon which we’ve all got used to now with Office 2007/2010, one of the nicest things I’ve noticed is the integration with Windows 7 Explorer Preview Pane

I have no idea whether this is a new feature of WinZip, has been there for a while or was something that Windows 7 (or Vista) introduced but it’s pretty snazzy.

If the .zip file contains a compressed folder structure, selecting it when using the Windows Explorer Preview Pane allows you to browse the .zip files folder structure:

I use the Preview Pane a lot when referencing other documents so any application that embraces this Windows feature is a welcome additional in my book.


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