Fonts Anti-aliasing on a MAC.

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  1. doh123

    doh123 Without ME its just AWESO

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    well... you could try some things.

    get Secrets Preferences Pane
    Secrets
    then go in and set the minimum Font Smoothing to be like font size 999999 .. then i guess it wont do it on anything smaller than 999999.
     
  2. jimmy-floyd

    jimmy-floyd Notebook Evangelist

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    doh123
    thx. for sharing, but the link provided is not working.
    I found this Secrets but didnt find program to install.
     
  3. doh123

    doh123 Without ME its just AWESO

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    same link... just the forum screwed it up making a forward which wont work right on some browsers depending on settings.

    If you go there you'll see an option to get the Secrets Preferences Pane (PrefPane 1.0.6).. which is what you want. it installs into your System Preferences as an extra icon you can go into.
     
  4. skagen

    skagen Notebook Deity

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    I think its just a weakness of the Mac that you have to either accept or use a PC instead. I was very close to getting a 15" Macbook pro but that same problem was one of a couple of things that bothered me about it, considering that I mostly use my laptop for web browsing, excel word and powerpoint. I asked several of the people in the Apple store about it and no one was able to show me solution to it on the display model. Nor did I really find any real solutions in my search online.

    I think Apple should do something about this - its a bit of a drag considering they go to greeat length to use the best screens around. Might as well make the fonts more readable.
     
  5. jairo

    jairo Notebook Enthusiast

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    The font rendering in OS X is suppose to represent a "real print"-look so when you print something out it looks close to what you see on the screen. In Win, fonts may look good on the screen but supposedly looks different when printed on paper.

    Personally when looking at OS X from a normal viewing distance on a screen with 110 PPI I don't find the fonts blurry.

    It comes down to personal preference and what you are used to. I've read that in surveys, Win-users think OS X font rendering looks blurry hence preferring the win-fonts. While OS X-users find the Win-fonts too thin hence preferring the OS X-fonts.
     
  6. Phil

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  7. jimmy-floyd

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    doh123,
    thx, got it.

    skagen,
    seems so..

    jairo,
    really, if to sit down far away it gets a little better.
    Another hint: in Safari(view menu) check "scale only text" and then when browsing click cmd +, text gets smaller, therefore less blurry.

    Phil,
    Thank you so much, great topic.

    So, now i am gonna write a letter to Steve Jobs, why not give a try?, maybe he will react :) and you too could also write him about font smoothing. Overall - till OS X there was all ok with fonts, for e.t.c in OS 9 there was no such font aa, font smoothing.

    Do you remember what is his right email:
    steve@mac.com
    sjobs@apple.com
    ?
    the first seems the right one.
     
  8. cdnalsi

    cdnalsi Food for the funky people

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    So you guys actually like the jagged edges of Windows non-AA font display?
     
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    modernape Notebook Guru

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    weird huh?? I totally prefer the apple smoothing, the windows fonts just look pixellated in comparison.
     
  10. doh123

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    not me.. i think Macs fonts look better.
     
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