Font rendering

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  1. skaertus macrumors 68030

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    I would like to know if there is really any difference in font rendering in different Mac applications. Fonts look different in Apple Pages, Microsoft Word, Mellel, LibreOffice Writer... do these software, or some of them, use different font rendering engines? Or is it just my imagination?
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I think what you are seeing is the result of the way fonts are displayed in the two main OS X development environments, Carbon and Cocoa. Carbon is older and still I think still used by apps like LibreOffice and many others. It is being replaced by newer Cocoa apps.
     
  3. skaertus thread starter macrumors 68030

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    That may explain some things. However, I read somewhere that Mellel had its own rendering engine. And, indeed, fonts look different in different software, even though they are both in Cocoa. How is that?
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I see that too in searching... and I suppose that would explain the difference. Not really sure though.
     
  5. skaertus thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yes, I think so. Anybody else has any idea on this?
     

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