Fonts Anti-aliasing on a MAC.

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  1. jimmy-floyd

    jimmy-floyd Notebook Evangelist

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    I love OS X, Mac, but the one thing that is sometimes a little bit uncomfortable for me is Anti-aliasing of the fonts, or Fonts Anti-aliasing:) i forgot how is it right to say in english:rolleyes:

    For e.t.c in win. there is no AA, or it is not such visible.
    In os x the text sometimes feels like blurry, because of AA. I've already tried to tilt setting in sys.prefs-appearence-font aa, but it didn't help a lot.

    TinkerTool helped a little. But again - wanna make fonts to be more like in win.(with less AA).
    Some os x veterans said that such font AA on a mac is a unique feature of os x.

    If you know any extra methods how to decrease font aa on a mac - you're welcome.:)

    for e.t.c:

    on a Mac:
    http://screencast.com/t/ZmZiYzRi

    on win.:
    http://www.screencast.com/users/Dimgor/folders/Jing/…b251-00cd8c9d50ff
     
  2. Seshan

    Seshan Rawrrr!

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    Is it just cyrillic that looks blurry or is it all fonts?
     
  3. doh123

    doh123 Without ME its just AWESO

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    are you running your screens native resolution? if your running something lower, many things can look a bit blurry.... but I'm not sure whats wrong with that picture, maybe doesn't look right in a screenshot like it does on the screen.
     
  4. jimmy-floyd

    jimmy-floyd Notebook Evangelist

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    cdnalsi Food for the funky people

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    I prefer OS X smoothing of fonts.
    On windows, in your screenshots, some edges of fonts look really sharp and pixelated.

    Look at Seshan's signature written in red. You can barely read what's written there on your windows screenshot. You can also spot pixels in the usernames on the left.
     
  6. Svarto

    Svarto Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks for sharing.

    Back on topic, I dont think there is a system preference option but maybe if you go through terminal commands? Dont know the command needed tho, alternatively have you tried installing a new font instead? Maybe that will change the AA.
     
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    cdnalsi Food for the funky people

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    No, thank you for sharing.
     
  8. modernape

    modernape Notebook Guru

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    You can change font smoothing settings through a Terminal command -

    defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 1

    By default it is set at 2, so using the 1 value will make your system look more like the Windows appearance you prefer. Log out and log back in again to see the changes.
     
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    Svarto
    no, i haven't tried Terminal tricking yet,

    modernape, thanks a lot, will try it out.
     
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