I think its absurd for anyone to think that 1280x1024 is some kind of wrong, screwy, gay resolution. Why would it be an option then? There are many other resoltions that aren't at the "TRADITIONAL
" aspect ratio, and there shall be more. (ie. 1600x1024, 1920x1080, 1920x1200; all from the list all modes menu on an nVidia card) There's even 720x480 that's used for NTSC video. The more you look around the world the more strange resolutions there are.
If you want to know why I use it; there's two reasons:
1: It offers more workspace which I need doing my work.
2: It's not as blurry as 1600x1200 on my monitor.
You know, it is a stupid resolution. Why else would the entire industry support it and so many people make use of it?
It's just a bunch of pexils at a 1.25 ratio. Seems like a pretty solid and cool ratio to me, much unlike that gay 1.33 ratio. (just kidding)
Who am I kidding? I can't read all this scewed text.
EDIT: Oh yes, and I use Photoshop 6 all the time and have never had any scewed work or problems drawing circles. There are tool options that help you draw or make perfect square shapes. You simply make the project the size you need it to be when you print it out.
The resolution is just a viewing window size into your puter.
Originally posted by Steppy
The easiest way to see the distortion is to make a grid of squares(in a standard res like 640 or 800) and use it as background stretched. When you are in most resolutions it will still be squares. When you go to 1280x1024 it becomes rectangles instead of boxes. What you are "supposed" to do is resize your monitor controls so that they do appear as boxes. Not every res is supposed to "fill" your monitor(otherwise letterbox resolutions look REALLY funny).
Your experiment is useless because you made it a stretched backround. You stretched it. Of course it's going to do that when the resolution is not at a 4:3(1.33) ratio.
Originally posted by d1rX
I prefer 1280x960 mainly becuase it's better on my eyes and text appears much sharper and a bit bigger. As for desktop space I haven't noticed that much of a difference. I'm quite satisfied with that resolution.
Now that is a very valid reason why someone would use a resolution. We see different pros and cons in everything.