The subpixel-AA debacle and font rendering

Discussion in 'macOS Catalina (10.15)' started by mathcolo, Jun 5, 2019.

  1. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

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    Since the disablement of subpixel anti-aliasing by default in Mojave, many folks (including myself) have noticed that some applications render fonts strangely on non-Retina displays. I notice this especially in Marzipan apps like News and Stocks.

    Are things better in Catalina? What's the state of the world with this? Haven't heard it come up in the news recently.
     
  2. ASentientBot macrumors 6502a

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    It's not perfect, but you can re-enable the subpixel anti-aliasing (reboot after running).
    Code:
    defaults write -g CGFontRenderingFontSmoothingDisabled -bool false
     
  3. mrmister macrumors regular

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    So that terminal command still works in Catalina?
     
  4. mathcolo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My question exactly; and further, even after running this, do News and Stocks look better?
     
  5. Saad-M macrumors newbie

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    I am interested in this question as well. With Mojave you avoid running the Marzipan based apps. But I suspect with that may no longer be case anyone in Catalina.
     
  6. EightyTwenty macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmm... no answers to this one? It’s a pretty big deal as Apple still sells non-retina iMac and MacBook Air, plus many users who have the 2018 Mini are likely on sub-4K monitors.
     

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