Thursday, September 26, 2013


Announcing EasyRes, a Mac OS X fast screen resolution switcher with live animated previews.

EasyRes is my new Mac app, a little utility I developed for myself, before polishing it up and releasing it in the Mac App Store. I found that I was switching resolutions a lot more frequently on the Retina MacBook Pro, which has more usable resolutions due to the high pixel density. Not impressed with the quality of the existing apps out there, I wrote my own.

Although a relatively simple app, which aims to do one thing right, it does include a bunch of useful features:
  • Live animated previews of how windows will be sized for each screen resolution by simply mousing over the menu.
  • Quick access to screen resolutions from the menu bar.
  • Resolutions and previews are shown for all active screens.
  • Retina smart: Resolutions are grouped by Retina and non-Retina modes.
  • HDTV smart: TV resolutions such as 1080p, 1080i, 720p are all listed when available, including refresh rates such as 50Hz/60Hz, making it easy to find the right HDTV resolution.
  • Recently selected resolutions are remembered for each screen.
  • User-friendly labels are displayed beside resolutions, such as "Best for Retina Display", "Native", "1080p NTSC".
  • Labels can be added and customised for any resolution on any screen, making it easy to find your favourite resolutions.
  • Option to automatically launch at login.

You can see EasyRes in action in a YouTube video demo.