Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Jun 2009 21:40 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces The Engineering 7 weblog has an item about the improvements made in the ClearType font rendering technology which has been included in Windows since Windows XP. While I won't go too deeply into that post, I did figure it was a good opportunity to talk about font antialiasing in general; which type do you prefer?
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PlunderBunny
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2009-02-19

I always found the MacOS X font rendering fuzzy, until I got my new laptop. It has a 133 dpi screen (or is it 144 dpi? I can't remember). Suddenly, the MacOS font rendering looked ok.
As screen density increases, the disadvantages of the MacOS X font rendering mechanism fade away. With the increased emphasis on resolution independence in modern operating systems, higher density screen are inevitable (cell phones screens for example, have dpi betwen 160 to ~300).
For graphic designers, the choice is clear - they won't accept a rendering method that distorts the shape of the fonts. Does anyone know if photoshop on Windows eschews the built-in rendering mechanism to use it's own?

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