SwitchResX
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Monitor resolution utility.   Shareware ($19.50)
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SwitchResX gives you unparalleled control over your monitor's resolution.

Resolution Management

Whether you prefer to use the menu bar or nested contextual menus, SwitchResX gives you constant, simplified access to the resolution management options you need.

Controls include:
  • Monitor Resolution
  • Color Depth
  • Video Mirroring
  • Display Rotation
  • Display Overscan
Bountiful Features
  • Save your desktop layout, locking and maintaining icon and window
What's New
Version 4.4.0:
  • Added support for Colorsync profiles: changing profiles works from the SwitchResX menus, and is now recordable via AppleScript too.
  • On Mavericks, when the menu bar is on multiple monitors, can optionally show the clicked monitor's settings only.
  • On Mavericks, changed the way scaled resolutions are saved on disk: this allows to create new HiDPI resolutions on some Macs whose graphic driver supports this.
  • Added a way to "bless" a new resolution once it has been used.
  • Codesigned MenuCracker to solve a bug where the menu wouldn't appear in the menu bar on Mavericks.
  • Corrected a bug in the interface, where the position of a display in a DisplaySet was not remembered.
  • Corrected a bug where a configuration with multiple identical monitors would show with same number in the interface.
  • Removed PowerPC support: SwitchResX 4.3.6 is the last versions supporting PowerPC.
  • Removed Leopard support: SwitchResX 4.4 requires Mac OS X 10.6.
Version 4.4.0:
  • Added support for Colorsync profiles: changing profiles works from the SwitchResX menus, and is now recordable via AppleScript too.
  • On Mavericks, when the menu bar is on multiple monitors, can optionally show the clicked monitor's settings only.
  • On Mavericks, changed the way scaled resolutions are saved on disk: this allows to create new HiDPI more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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SwitchResX User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Hokusai reviewed on 07 Jan 2014
Excellent program, does what it does well. Running it under Mountain Lion (no Mavericks on my Macbook yet). Bought it to disable a display when it wasn't in use anymore and it does that perfectly.
[Version 4.3.6]


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MikeU9139 commented on 09 Dec 2013
!!! DO NOT BUY THIS APP !!!

I tried to get this application to work on OSX MAVERICKS for a week and a half, until the Author writes me an e-mail telling me that IT DOESNT WORK ON MAVERICKS! I wasted two weeks trying to get this piece of garbage to work!!

The guy who wrote it Stephane, still sells it to people knowing it DOESNT WORK ON MAVERICKS, I am threatening to take him to the better business bureau.

!! DO NOT BUY THIS APP !!
PIRATE IT TO SEE IF IT WORKS FIRST!
DOES NOT WORK FOR MAVERICKS.

To the Author, You suck!
[Version 4.3.6]

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Stephane Madrau (developer) replied on 16 Mar 2014
I haven't seen this until today. Let me just reply to it...

Mike wanted a specific feature that MacOS X Mavericks didn't support on his hardware. We worked together for some several days until he finally told me what hardware he was using. Then it was clear that this feature wouldn't work for him on this hardware.
All that leads him to send me some hasty mail, and probably this review too.

I refunded him on this exact same day, when it was clear the program wouldn't work the way he wanted - probably some minutes after he posted this review

He apologized the next day for the mails. Sadly, the review remains...
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piquadratpi2 reviewed on 16 Nov 2013
This is a very useful small program which helps me configuring and testing my monitors since many years. Ok, compared with some UI's on the market it is not up to date, but it works and it works very good. And the developer helps always to solve problems and adapts SRX to every new system without any update fee. Therefore I thank him very much...
[Version 4.3.6]


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Thoby reviewed on 06 Jul 2013
Horribly confusing UI and buggy as well - no thanks
[Version 4.3.5]

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Mmueck replied on 08 Jul 2013
I wholeheartedly agree the UI is a disaster zone, but it's the only software on the Mac that does what it does reliably. When you finally figure out how to set it up it does work...
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Thoby replied on 08 Jul 2013
Yes, I partially agree on this with you that's why I bought it. It does work once you figure out how but it doesn't work reliably. When setting up Display Sets, it often doesn't accept a selected set and I'm stuck with two disabled monitors.
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Tsehov reviewed on 16 Feb 2013
Excellent piece of software! I just purchased SwitchResX to manage my MBP's and external display's features. This software is better than I could imagine in my use.
[Version 4.3.4]


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Afcgbbob commented on 14 Feb 2013
OK, I took back all I said about Unsanity and any connection to SwitchResX but I found a few thing the author of SRX that you may not be aware of. Although you say you have nothing to do with APE, in fact APE has something to do with you. I was once again doing a search with EasyFind (An excellent search app that can just about can find files inside apps and invisible files. I found APE on any drive or partition that had a system on it.

In doing the search I found that it had attached itself to some components onto SRX down to the framework level. Did you have any idea it was doing that? I found this on any of my system drives or partition. Ape was being put every where especially areas that required Adm password to do it. Now how can they get pass that with out it being illegal by Apple terms and use agreement. As I said it attached itself to SRX, Office, and Photoshop. Who gives Unsanity the right to attach themselves to application without ADM permissions? There are many privacy issues being broken here and everyone is looking the opposite way. Then there is the question of why do they bury their SW so deep into the hierarchy of your Mac. As I said, I found a great deal of pieces of APE over 10 folders deep! Now why would do that unless they do not want the files to be found. Again, an invasion of our privacy and I found this elsewhere on other system drives I only use in an emergency. APE is breaking every rule in the book and I am going to call apple again to let them know after uninstalling it reinstalled again and much more than I imagined. If they can do this with APE then what are they placing into your drive when you install one of their Haxies. They could be spying on you right now. If you do have APE on your drive, do a search with a GOOD searcher because SpotLight will not find everything. I have tried many search engines and EasyFind is the best one I have used. Then watch as you go into shock when you see where it placed itself. Mr Madrau do a search and you will see for yourself how it connected itself to your SW. Ape is like a terminal disease where if you think you have all the pieces gone, somewhere there is still one very small not being picked up and will use it to reconstruct APE. All I can say is Buyer Beware when you do buy any Unsanity software. If you have any run a search for your self and see where the parts are located. You may be in for a surprise.
[Version 4.3.4]


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Afcgbbob reviewed on 28 Jan 2013
Over all this a useful program but it does have some cravats. One is if you choose a wrong resolution the screen will go black and hitting the reset keys have no effect on it and to solve it I would have to open another partition and manually yank it from the pref pane folder. Going into safe mode would not help. The only other this and this one I despise is how it install software without asking or letting the user know about it. It totally by passes all administrator protocols and installs it. The program I speak of is APE. The only reason I use SR is because I have a PPC 2.7 dual processor G5 and I will not be updating any more. I know I have made a point about Haxies and how they can cause a meltdown of your operating system and I still live by that. For every program they make there is a stand alone program that can do the same thing without putting hooks into the system. I do not know of any company that installs programs that put hooks into the system folder and get by the privilege protocols. Unsanity is violating your Mac and Apple rules when they do that. I realize that there are many people out there who swear by their stuff and if you do, fine. However, do you want a company violating Mac protocols and installing software behind your back. To me that is highly illegal. This why I am saying it here and not to down SR. SR is a good program as long as the updates come out before any system updates. I a system update does come out, I strongly recommend you wait for the updates on any Haxie program you are using or the upgrade may crap out on you. I know that by personal experience. They do not follow Apple Code when they place the hooks into the system folder and that is why your system my not work right because it is not compatible with those hooks. Now I know that I will get negative points because I speak the truth as a Professional Reviewer but, those bottom feeders can take their head and put it where the sun don't shine. Some people cannot handle the truth. End of Line
[Version 4.3.4]

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Afcgbbob replied on 29 Jan 2013
Well I Run a PPC Mac and APE was installed on my Mac without my permission and I reported it to Apple HQ. Then when I ran a search on APE with EasyFind I discovered the software the put on my Mac was 10 layers deep into my root Library. Now why would any software company put anything so deeply into my Framework folder. No other company does that. Also to put anything like that into the Framework folder requires Adm Authorization and somehow it got by that protocol. That is totally illegal by Apple rules. I talked to Apple HQ and they are going to start a full investigation on Unsanity and I hope they put them out of business. You people do not want to know how many people had their Macs trashed by their SW.

Ok I retract what I said about SRX being connected to Unsanity. But can someone please tell me why APE was installed right after I installed it and why it had to place items for it 10 folders deep in library/framework without getting Adm Permissions. When i tried to uninstalled these parts I had to give ADM Permissions every time. So please explain how they got away with it please. Thank You
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Christel1987 reviewed on 24 Sep 2012
Great for Retina users who wants the full monty regarding resolution. A bit expensive though.
[Version 4.3.3]


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Nontroppo reviewed on 30 Aug 2012
We've used SwitchResX for years in a vision research lab as it is the only software that provides precise timing control for CRT monitors that are still superior to LCDs for research (deterministic timing).

But a recent update to a retinaMBP and SwitchResX has taken on a whole new life, I've bound ⌘⌥F1-F4 to switch between the different HiDPI and native resolutions, really great and works flawlessly. This is essential for un-optimised software like Lightroom if you want to work at true 1:1 pixels.

Regular updates and a very communicative developer, highly recommended!
[Version 4.3.2]


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Stkmks reviewed on 15 Jul 2012
In the last week, I moved to a new mac running multiple displays, which i do not use all of 100% of the time.

Gave the trial a go and soon purchased, very happy!!

The ability to turn off a display via software is gold. Works great, THANKYOU! I also appreciate the great depth of monitor/config features available for if i ever need them.
[Version 4.3.1]


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Jlangman had trouble on 06 Sep 2010
Hi I downloaded the demo a while ago. I was hoping to get my old g5 to use the VGA input on my old pioneer 53" rear projection tv however I couldn't get it to work. Has anyone had any expeirence with this?

Thanks.
Jim
[Version 4.1.7]

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Jlangman replied on 06 Sep 2010
Sorry for the double post.
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Jlangman had trouble on 06 Sep 2010
Hi I downloaded the demo a while ago. I was hoping to get my old g5 to use the VGA input on my old pioneer 53" rear projection tv however I couldn't get it to work. Has anyone had any expeirence with this?

Thanks.
Jim
[Version 4.1.7]



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Thomas1977 rated on 30 Jun 2013

[Version 4.3.5]



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Ollie1972 rated on 27 Jan 2013

[Version 4.3.4]



Showells rated on 22 Oct 2012

[Version 4.3.3]



akdcen rated on 03 Jul 2012

[Version 4.3.1]



+1

chinchilla80 rated on 13 Mar 2012

[Version 4.3.0]



jmoretti rated on 29 Mar 2011

[Version 4.2.3]


Downloads:118,763
Version Downloads:2,084
Type:Utilities : System
License:Shareware
Date:16 Mar 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $19.50
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SwitchResX gives you unparalleled control over your monitor's resolution.

Resolution Management

Whether you prefer to use the menu bar or nested contextual menus, SwitchResX gives you constant, simplified access to the resolution management options you need.

Controls include:
  • Monitor Resolution
  • Color Depth
  • Video Mirroring
  • Display Rotation
  • Display Overscan
Bountiful Features
  • Save your desktop layout, locking and maintaining icon and window positions for all of your open applications every time you start up your Mac. SwitchResX lets you instantly restore your desktop even after resolution-altering events like connecting or disconnecting your external monitor.
  • Disable or deactivate a monitor without physically unplugging it, allowing you to use your MacBook in clamshell mode with an external monitor, keyboard and mouse
  • Link your monitor settings with system events: Key shortcuts, Apple Scripts, Application launches and more.
  • Take complete control over your display resolution: Advanced features let you create and enable new resolutions for your monitor, HDTV, Plasma or LCD screen or Video Projector.


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