Cleartype font option on macs?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Sweener88, May 6, 2006.

  1. Sweener88 macrumors 6502

    Sweener88

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    Hi,
    i just switched and i was wondering if theres a font type option that makes it look nice and smooth like on windows?
     
  2. sjshaw macrumors regular

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    It's done automatically by the OS, but you can tune it a bit. Check the "Appearance" preference pane at the bottom.
     
  3. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    The default font smoothing in OS X is in fact smoother than the Cleartype on Windows. Cleartype is more jagged and sharp, while OS X makes small characters look more like they would do if printed out or scaled up.
     
  4. TheMonarch macrumors 65816

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    I like cleartype much better in windows than I do in OS X, since OS X makes them look BOLD for some reason.
     
  5. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    It's actually Windows that makes small fontsizes thinner than they're supposed to be. Some may prefer the way Cleartype looks since the letters are a bit sharper, but it makes the weight and relative thickness of the text appear to change when you increase or decrease the font size on Windows. The effect is particularly apparent if you print a document with a small sized Arial font on Windows. The look of the printed document is very different from what you see on the screen.

    OS X is better at representing the thickness of the letters even at small font sizes.
     

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