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Can I run ArtiosCAD on a 4k (high-resolution) monitor?


ArtiosCAD can interact with a 4k monitor. If resolutions higher than 4k are used, some inconsistencies exist with the way text is presented. 

Scale level with an external monitor

In all cases, if an external monitor is used, the scale level on the laptop or main monitor must match the scale level on the external monitor. The scale level is the % the application and the text size is scaled to match the monitor resolution.

Windows 7 does not allow the scale setting to differ between the main and external monitor, so this generally is not an issue. However, Windows 10 allows the monitors to have different scales.

On Windows 10, if the scale settings differ, 3D will fail to render properly on the external monitor, since all the 3D calculations will be done utilizing the graphics card attached to the laptop/main monitor and will then scale improperly on the external/second monitor.

Toolbar icon size for larger monitors

The toolbar icon size may be adjusted according to resolution preferences with larger monitors. Navigate to Help > Diagnostics > Toolbar appearance > Toolbar Size to change the toolbar icon sizes to your taste.

Icons are bitmaps, and when scaled will be stretched.

Hi-res on small monitors

Higher resolution is best for larger monitors. Issues have been reported with small hi-res tablets screens where ArtiosCAD can appear very small and difficult to draft. Hi-res is not recommended for small monitors.

The text inconsistencies are not acceptable at higher resolutions...

ArtiosCAD appearance

The user will not be taking advantage of the higher resolution in this case, but the ArtiosCAD application will be properly sized.

Windows 10

  1. Right click on the desktop to open the contextual menu and click Display Settings.
  2. Change the resolution from 3840 x 2160 to 1920 x 1080.
  3. If Change the size of text, apps, and other items is set to anything above 100%, it will need to be lowered to 100% for the best view. For the changes to apply, log out of the windows account and log back in.

 Windows 7

  1. Right click on the desktop to open the contextual menu and click Screen Resolution.
  2. From there, change the resolution from 3840 x 2160 to 1920 x 1080 then click Apply to keep changes. 
  3. Then go to Control panel > Display.
  4. Change the setting from Large - 150% or Medium - 125% to Smaller - 100%.
  5. Log out of the windows account and log back in for the changes to take effect. 

The text inconsistencies are acceptable at higher resolutions...

The resolution can be changed to 4k (3840 x 2160).  ArtiosCAD text and toolbar icons will initially appear small until the scale % is set.


The scale will then be set to a recommended 150%. Remember the scale % must match for both displays.

Such a scale may make applications on the laptop appear larger than desired. In that case, try 125%.

Also, note it is not required that the scale be set only to 4k. Resolutions between 4k and 1p can also be used.

Limit the Scale %

The inconsistencies listed above will be exacerbated by scale levels > 150%. It is recommended to go no higher than 150%.

Once the scale level is set, ArtiosCAD will run on the monitor. You may notice some inconsistencies in the text presented. This list includes but is not limited to:

  • When running tools:
    • Characters that descend below the baseline can be clipped, e.g: Line tools: 
    • Labels for checkboxes will appear small, e.g: Dimension tool: 
    • Text typed into the dialog of the Text tool will appear small regardless of point size: 
      (but point size will be honored in the design).
    • Some tools will have overlapped labels, for e.g: Measure:  
  • Layer and print item names in the Layer dialog will appear small: 
  • Icons in the Select tool will appear smaller than toolbar icons: 

  • Customized dialogs under Database > Information may or may not appear unduly scrunched.
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