View your sites in 1X on a Retina display.

Are you a web developer with a Retina display? Do you want to see what your site looks like on a 1x display? Introducing Blind.

Run Blind concurrently with your normal browser to view your sites in 1x resolution.

Safari has a 'low-resolution mode,' but it doesn't accurately represent what someone experiences on a 1X resolution display.

Use Blind's bookmarklet in your normal browsers to quickly send the site you are working on to Blind.

"Clever!" - John Gruber

Get comfortable with how your clients and others will view your work.


• 1X web browser
• Works independent of your other browsers
• Bookmarklet to send current page to Blind

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What's New

Version 1.2

• Localhost support
• General bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

Not useful for me


Doesn’t open local files, only documents on web servers. And, doesn’t actually render type the way it appears on lo-res machines (doesn’t use “subpixel positioning”) — it just imitates the effect by downsampling everything as a greyscale image. Maybe useful for some, but not for me.

This will be helpful but...


I realize it was recently released and you'll be fixing it up and releasing updates but just browsing a couple sites and quickly noticed a few bugs. A site I frequent has a black background - looks like a stetched CSS gradient covering it. When I scroll up and down using Blind the normally full black background disappears.

Also, be sure to include favicons. Just got a retina macbook a few weeks ago and I notice quite a bit of sites just using the standard 16x16px favicon - which of course look blurry. Any devs reading this - you can make multiple favicons or just make one 32x32 and it'll look sharp everywhere.

Works great for everything but local files.


I was hoping to be able to use this for every aspect of local development but unfortunately it doesn't accept plain old HTML files. (Well, it does, it just doesn't pull in the CSS or JS links)

Fortunately, it does work with localhost (it only accepts things with an http:// at the beginning) so if you do all of your local web work with Rails, Django, Apache, or something along that line, you'll be fine.

It does a great job at degrading the pixels but some sites run a little differently (fixed elements like headers tend to lag when you scroll).


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