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Subject:   Mac OS X Font rendering - phenomenal? Hardly!
Date:   2003-10-19 14:01:35
From:   anonymous2
I have a VERY different opinion about the way Quartz renders fonts. Quite frankly it's a fuzzy eyesore. I STILL think that most fonts looked better and were less strain on the eyes under Mac OS 9.x.

Yes, routinely turn off font smoothing (in the System Preferences > General menu, for fonts size 12 and smaller but I'd like to be able to do it for even larger ones.

As it is, I can't hack text for more than 2 or 3 hours at a stretch, but I routinely need to make a full day of it. Thankfully my employer still uses that "other" operating system.

I suspect that Apple could make text anti-aliasing an option for fonts of ANY size. So why impose its "experts'" value judgements on the rest of us. If some of us are just weird, so be it!

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  • Mac OS X Font rendering - phenomenal? Hardly!
    2003-11-13 00:15:33  anonymous2 [View]

    not being able to turn off anti aliasing is stupid. i am a designer and i need to a screenshot of a user interface with the text aliased... but that is impossible. sometimes i wonder if the people at apple use their damn operating system.
  • Mac OS X Font rendering can be crappy too!
    2003-11-04 19:03:09  anonymous2 [View]

    I know I'm replying to a message that is a couple weeks old, but no one mentioned Tinkertool. I'm surprised you haven't discovered it. Tinkertool allows you to turn off anti-aliasing. It even (used to ?) lets you turn off font smoothing in Cocoa programs.

    I think it's silly to talk about how much better some "other" system's crappy fonts are before doing some simple web research. OS X fonts can look just as crappy, if not crappier--if that's what you want.

  • James Duncan Davidson photo Mac OS X Font rendering - phenomenal? Hardly!
    2003-10-20 20:44:54  James Duncan Davidson | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Definitly a case of different strokes for different folks. I hate looking at not anti-aliased fonts. Turning off font smoothing is one thing that can be done. Another is to tweak the Font Smoothing Style so that you can control the algorithm a bit.

    One thing you might try is to tweak your defaults. Try:

    defaults write -g AppleAntiAliasingThreshold 128

    where 128 is the point size you want. Log out and back in (a required step) and you should have non aliased fonts.