OS X System Font Changing to San Francisco?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by DHagan4755, May 24, 2015.

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What do you think of the rumored switch to San Francisco for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11?

  1. Yes, switching to San Francisco is a great idea!

    51.7%
  2. No, keep Helvetica Neue!

    11.5%
  3. Apple should have stuck with Lucida Grand in OS X.

    14.9%
  4. I don't care.

    21.8%
  1. DHagan4755 macrumors 6502a

    DHagan4755

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    #1
    What do you guys think of the rumored switch from Helvetica Neue used in iOS 8 and Yosemite to Apple's new San Francisco font for the next major version of iOS and OS X?
     
  2. Yakibomb macrumors 6502

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    #2
    I don't really mind, I mean the two fonts are actually pretty similar.
    I found this cool little game to see if you can spot the differences between them: LINK
     
  3. KALLT macrumors 601

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    #3
    Not sure. I wouldn’t say that nothing can replace Lucida Grande, but I have some concerns about the legibility of SF on non-Retina displays or Retina displays without a scaled resolution since I read about it. However, I do think that SF would be a better option for Helvetica Neue.
     
  4. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    #4
    I don't much care, I've had my fonts switched back to "Lucida Grande" since the beginning of Yosemite, and it'll stay that way as forever I hope.
     
  5. MisterMe, May 24, 2015
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    MisterMe macrumors G4

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    #5
    This is not the silliest poll ever on MacRumors.com, but it is certainly on the silly spectrum. When I began using Macs, the Mac System font was Chicago. Apple has changed the Mac System font before without dawning the Apocalypse. With the Grace of God, we will survive this change is the rumors are true.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    #6
    If Apple does change the font, I just hope it improves the overall experience. I really don't care if they change it or not. I'm not married to the the font selection but I do care if it gets in the way of my work or not.
     
  7. Julien macrumors G3

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    #7
    I wish Apple would get serious and switch to Wingdings.:eek:
     
  8. zxy macrumors newbie

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    I think they should, even though San Francisco looks a bit worse, its way easier to read, and will be even more if they make adjustments to suit the desktop.
     
  9. ccard3dev macrumors regular

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    #9
    The Mac Photos app looks great with the San Fransisco font! Can't wait for WWDC!
     

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  10. aldrinjtauro macrumors regular

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    #10
    I just hope they pick a font that looks good on non-Retina displays.
     
  11. patschwarz macrumors newbie

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    #11
    Download San Fransisco font, then locate Library in finder ->fonts, then drag the font FILES into the folder, do NOT delete the other system fonts. Restart and the font will be installed and you will have OS X 10.11 sort of#
     
  12. Morpheo macrumors 65816

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    #12
    They are indeed very similar, but it's in the little details that San Fransisco has the advantage (edges, spacing, width to name a few) - this is actually a much, much better system font than Helvetica.
     
  13. luke lau macrumors regular

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    Got 8/12, guess I've basically lost my right to bitch about typography
     
  14. ButteryScrollin macrumors 6502a

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    I got 91%... but yeah, they are very similar. SF is a little heavier, and easier to read.

    They should've moved to SF from 10.10.
     
  15. redheeler macrumors 603

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    #15
    I think it's a good move. I've compared the two side-by-side and like the look of San Fransisco a bit better.

    Took it twice and got 75%. I've been using San Francisco as the system font on my Retina iMac since November so I recognized some of the questions right away, but still kind of ashamed at that score :/

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    If anyone wants to compare the two side-by-side, here are a couple screenshots at Retina resolution (Helvetica Neue followed by San Francisco).

    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  16. myrtlebee macrumors 68000

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    #16
    I prefer Helvetica. Rounder and more elegant in my opinion. San Franscisco seems a bit boxy. Maybe I'll change my mind once it's implemented.
     
  17. anp27 macrumors regular

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  18. Yakibomb macrumors 6502

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    #18
    I think San Francisco is an attempt to address the readability issues that many people with non-retina displays complained about with Helvetica
     
  19. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    Wow, I got them all but one.
     
  20. dmj102 macrumors 6502

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    #20
    I just hope the SF font weight is dark enough.

    I'm so sick of seeing the thin/light weight fonts that lots of websites have jumped on because it's the "in" thing. Sure it's nice looking, but it's so hard to read.

    Maybe....Apple will give us a choice in system font plus the ability to darken the washed out grey menu bar. Oh wait, that's too much to ask lol.
     
  21. xsquid macrumors regular

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    I voted don't care in the poll, but I have now installed san francisco and it's easier on my old eyes. Darker. So now vote that it's good.

    Here is quick install if anyone is interested. You just run the quick install code, it downloads and installs it. No muss, no fuss.

    Code:
    ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/supermarin/YosemiteSanFranciscoFont/master/install)"
    It's listed here, mid page, so nobody thinks I am trying to pull something.

    https://github.com/supermarin/YosemiteSanFranciscoFont
     
  22. dmj102 macrumors 6502

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    #22
    The first one is Helvetica Neue and it looks darker to me.
     

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