Font smoothing on a retina machine..

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  1. MarcusCarpenter macrumors 6502a

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    Disable LCD font smoothing in preferences/general

    everything looks MUCH better #
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Everything is relative - I prefer the font smoothing
     
  3. MarcusCarpenter thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Everything looks much more sharp to me, reminds me of the early Yosemite Betas before the font was changed
     
  4. leman macrumors 604

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    IMO, font smoothing shouldn't even be an option on retina machines... It is a 'hack' that employs certain idiosyncratic physical properties of LCD displays to make the text appear smoother. However, it can't work on the retina display simply because of the behind-the-scene resampling that the OS does to the images when running in a scaled mode. And the granularity of pixels on a retina display is small enough to make font smoothing unnecessary.
     
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    Me either. No difference yet
     
  8. GatorGhost macrumors regular

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    Actually on my 5k mac it is worse...I guess it is in the eyes of the beholder as to what we all prefer.
     
  9. newellj macrumors 603

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    You have to log out and back in to have the setting take effect.

    My take on this is the other way around - I think it's fine on the retina display and really needs to be turned off for the MBA TN displays. YMMV!
     
  10. dmccloud macrumors 6502a

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    The best place to see the difference instantly is the system preferences - General panel and the time. They both change as I toggle that setting.
     
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    Have done so. No difference noticed on my MacBook Pro Mid 2014 retina
     
  12. newellj macrumors 603

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    It's possible that there isn't any difference, or that the difference depends on settings, with the retina displays. I did see some difference on an MBA TN display, though it wasn't dramatic.
     
  13. GGJstudios, Mar 6, 2015
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    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I don't see any difference either way. Of course, my old eyes don't see any difference between retina and non-retina, either.

    With font smoothing:
    With font smoothing.PNG
    Without font smoothing:
    Without font smoothing.PNG
     
  14. Sheza macrumors 68000

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    It seems to make fonts look a little less 'bold' on a retina display.

    However I have to have it enabled because it look much better when docked to as 1080p display, which it is most of the time.
     
  15. xgman macrumors 601

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    I tried it off, but I hated it. I need the bolder fonts to see them clearly with my old eyes.
     
  16. GatorGhost macrumors regular

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    I agree...mostly so on the menu bar the font smoothing is much better with my iMac retina...no question...maybe it is better on a laptop. I have no way to know seeing as I have no MacBook retina to gauge it against. The beauty here is the font smoothing selection is optional as per the user. Win win!
     
  17. Eduardboon macrumors regular

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    I turned it off as it gives more space between the letters. Especially on scaled resolutions it looks a lot better with smoothing turned off.
     

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