Tiny visuals in palette - SOLVED

• Jul 28, 2021 - 11:43

Is there a way of increasing the minute graphics in the palettes? I'm using a 32" HDMI monitor (OSX) and they are pretty well illegible at this resolution.

OK so I had tried adjusting the palette size in preferences/advanced but did not know that one had to close the program and reopen in order for it to take effect./ After all, there is a button that says "apply" - and one would expect that to mean....apply!

Anyway sorted now

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FIW, if you were only seeing small palettes but everything else normal - toolbar icons seemed usable at the defaults, the score is same size as printed when viewed at 100%, all dialogs seem normally proportioned - then what you did is the correct fix.

But that is almost never the case. More often, everything is too small, because you OS is not communicating the resolution to MuseScore in the expected way. So the better solution is to use the "-D xxx" command line option when starting MuseScore, where "xxx" is the true resolution in DPI. Also some OS's such as Windows provide properties you can set on the executable file for the application to control how high DPI scaling works, and on any given system, a different setting there might solve the issue more generally.

In reply to by [DELETED] 37205164

The point of those instructions isn't to get you to revert to factory settings - it's just to teach you how to run MuseScore from the command line on macOS. If you omit the "-F", then it won't do the revert to factory settings, but you'll have learned how to launched MuseScore from the command line - that's the point of the article. Then you can add the -D xxx".

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Thanks for all your advice guys.

Well, I used to write hexadecimal in the 90s for midi stuff, MS-DOS was a daily distraction, so having to go back to command line status to simply adjust a screen res seems like a very odd thing to do. None of my other apps have this problem.

So I've tried starting from Terminal with various resolutions all the way down to 320 (!!) and I get nothing but a HUGE headerboard and everything on the left is fine, a sample of one res entered attached - something weird about this though because if I connect a 30 inch Cinema Display to my other graphic port the screen in Musescore on the HDMI shows correctly - ie - the top bar is at the same res as the rest of the program. Without the cinema connected and when I restart Musescore, it reverts to as second image.

So all in all a very odd state of affairs! OK so I know this is a free app so I'm not making a fuss out of this but it would be good to be able to use with this display without these headaches.

In reply to by [DELETED] 37205164

Probably there is a way to tell macOS to use that option all the time. Both WIndows and Linux do, I'd be surprised if macOS decided to limit functionality in this way. Probably a general webs search for such info would turn up something. or it could be that, like I said, there is a property you can set directly, again like Windows does.

FWIW, I have about half a dozen different apps that have similar issues, some on Windows, some on Linux. The problem is there just aren't good standards for this, and MuseScore needs to work across three different OS's and across a huge range of different types of displays, so it's really not surprising not all combinations work perfectly out of the box. Any given app might happen to work well on most systems but will fail eventually when presented with the "right" system. Ideally, though, we'd have a better workaround than requiring the command line.

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