De-uglify ExtendScript Toolkit on Retina Displays

I’m no big fan of ESTK for a variety of reasons; when I finally replaced my old MacBookPro with a newer model with Retina display I got even more disappointed: pixels everywhere! There’s a quick fix/hack that I’d like to show you (also as a reminder for my future self, just in case ESTK is still going to be around in 2021 when I’ll get a newer Mac). You may want to right-click the app, select Info and uncheck the “Open in Low Resolution” checkbox, alas it is grayed out. Don’t worry.

  • Grab the ExtendScript, right click it and select Show Package content
  • Go to Content > Info.plist and open it with the text editor of your choice.
  • Go to the line before the closing </dict> tag and add the following two highlighted lines:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">
    <!\-\- LOT OF STUFF HERE... -->
  • Save and close the Info.plist file, then open the Terminal and:
touch /Applications/Adobe\ ExtendScript\ Toolkit\ CC/ExtendScript\

(hint: type touch  and then drag the ExtendScript in the Terminal window to save you typing the rest - we’re all born lazy). Now voilà, you open ESTK: text is crisp and clear and confetti fall from above. Cheers!