Friday, November 30, 2012

New Logo

For a long time now, the Factor logo has been a cool looking velociraptor designed in 2007 by Elie Chaftari. As part of supporting retina displays, we need new higher resolution icons. Unfortunately, Elie doesn't have the original artwork anymore to produce them.

With the help of 99designs, we ran a contest to create a new logo and icon for the Factor programming language (to capture the increase in speed and functionality gained in the last few years).

This is our new logo:

And incorporating the logo into a new application icon:

The website has been updated and the latest development version includes new icon files.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Retina Displays

I recently purchased a MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Shortly after receiving it, I realized that Factor did not support rendering on its Retina Display. Magnified (and blurry) text looks pretty terrible next to the crisp native fonts on these HiDPI displays.

Well, after a series of commits, the latest development version of Factor now supports it! There are still a few minor rendering issues with our newly supported "resolution independence", but we plan on fixing those in the near future.

To use the development version, follow the directions from the README.