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is 100% actually 100%?

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My coworker asked this question:

When one does a Command-3 (or view at 100%), why is it not the actual scale?

He even put a ruler up to the screen to show me.

Actually, I wonder if any graphic program can show actual scale on screen. I'm not sure how useful this could be, but I'm curious.

(VW 10.1, Mac OS 10.2.5)


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Try this with different monitors set to different screen resolutions. I think it has to do with the resolution settings (ie: pixels per inch). BTW, mine is off by about 25%, too.


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A 19" flatscreen CRT run at 1280 x 960 will provide a screen image that is virtually 100% of real world provided the geometry of the monitor is adjusted correctly.

It is indeed controlled by screen size and resolution.

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