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OSX 10.5's Preview blurred my photos

Recently I was going through some photos I took, on my Mac, and found that they all looked a bit blurry; none of them, I thought disappointedly, had turned out well enough to post to Flickr, and my photographic expedition had been for naught. A while later, I looked through them on my Linux box, using eog, and was surprised to find that they looked much crisper, and some of them had come out quite well. Which suggests to me that OSX 10.5's Preview has a bug in it, which causes images to be blurred.

Some evidence: here is a photograph, as shown in OSX using Preview:

And here is the same image, as viewed using eog on Linux:
Notice the difference? Here are details of the displayed images, blown up 4x:
It appears that the blur issue is well known, though not something Apple seem interested in addressing. Presumably in Apple's official worldview, those working with photos who wish to see them without blur should be importing them into iPhoto or Aperture, and managing them with that.

The only workaround given is to copy the version of Preview from an OSX 10.4 machine, modify its version information to run on OSX, and use that. Which, quite frankly, is not good enough.

There are 1 comments on "OSX 10.5's Preview blurred my photos":

Posted by: Ed Sat Jul 12 18:13:28 2008

This seems all too similar to the Quicktime nonsense. DV videos will always play at 1/4 resolution unless you flag them as 'high quality' in an obscure panel in the QT Player video properties' panel. Unless you exported them using professional Apple software...

I dread to think what would happen if Apple had Microsoft's market share...

BTW your CAPTCHA is broken. Took me 3 tries to post this.