Any way to correct MAC OS X blurry fonts?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by pratap21, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2008
    Hey all,

    I'm new to the entire mac osx scene.. The fonts on this look pretty blur when compared to windows fonts.

    Is there any way I can tweak the anti-aliasing or font config to make it look better?

    I might just switch to using Ubuntu on macbook if the problem continues...

  2. macrumors regular

    Twilight Elk

    Aug 31, 2007
    One possibility could be your resolution isn't maxed out?
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2008
    Its 1280x800 on the new alum book. The pictures..etc are fine but I think there is a general problem with OS X where fonts don't render as sharp as Windows.
  4. macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2008
    You can try to disable anti aliasing entirely, but that'll make everything super ugly.

    There is a fundamental difference between Mac OS X and Windows font rendering techniques. Mac attempts to adhere the shape of the font face , while Windows is more interested at 'hammering' the shape into the pixel of the screen (so it looks sharper). I personally prefer Mac OS X's rendering better.

    Here is a link to that discussion.
  5. macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007
    I know where you're coming from. The font on my Samsung 24" display using my mac pro looks normal. the fonts on my macbook almost look like they're in bold, or something.
  6. macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2008
    oh don't forget. You can specify the weight of the anti aliasing under Appearance in System Preferences. Set it to light. You won't see any difference until you restart your applications
  7. macrumors 65816

    Oct 25, 2008
    I know how you feel, it took me a long while to get used to it. Especially smaller fonts will be a bit blurry on OSX, just the nature of the font smoothing. OSX does handle larger fonts better than Windows though, much more pleasant looking.

    In any case soon you probably won't pay any attention to it.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2009

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