Best practise approach for artwork for iOS and Android?

Trevor DeVore lists at
Tue Jun 12 12:23:37 EDT 2018

On Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 2:01 AM, Tiemo Hollmann TB via use-livecode <
use-livecode at> wrote:

> I thought the dpi only reflects at print, because any screen has it's fixed
> pixels. I think an image 800x600 with 144 dpi looks identical on any
> screen,
> as an image 800x600 with 72 dpi because in both cases 800x600 screen pixels
> are being used and there is nothing between the pixels. Or don't I see
> anything here?

Changing the DPI setting in the image may affect display in image viewing
applications. If you were to change the DDPI setting of an 800x600 image
from 72 to 144 then the image would be displayed as a 400x300 image in an
application like Preview on macOS or Photoshop. LiveCode will display an
image using the natural dimensions by default. That means an image with
800x600 pixels will be displayed as an 800x600 image.

As a developer you could get the `metadata` of an image and check the
`density` key in the resulting array to determine if you should resize the
image based on the density setting. Depending on your application you may
face a new dilemma, however. You have to decide what the base DPI is for
the image. An image with 144 DPI could be a 2x image if created on macOS
(base of 72 DPI) or a 1.5x image if created on Windows (base of 96 DPI).
So that image may need to be displayed at 400x300 or 533x400.

Trevor DeVore

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