Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Oct 2011 18:27 UTC
Google So, somewhere in the middle of the night (at least for me) Samsung and Google held a joint event, in which they announced both the new Nexus phone, the Galaxy Nexus, and Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. While the Galaxy Nexus is a pretty impressive phone, what we got to see from Ice Cream Sandwich surely didn't drop too many jaws.
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RE[3]: random thoughts
by Torbjorn Vik Lunde on Thu 20th Oct 2011 06:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: random thoughts "
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Helvetica was popular before the Mac even existed.

Also: I see no problem with other OSs than iOS using Helvetica. It’s everywhere in print, I see no problem (aside from boredom maybe) with it being everywhere in digital as well.

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RE[4]: random thoughts
by TusharG on Fri 21st Oct 2011 04:06 in reply to "RE[3]: random thoughts "
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Every time I use iMac I feel the fonts are not clear and as cryspy, they are bit blur as compared to my Ubuntu/Kubuntu laptop. On Windows fonts look good too. Ubuntu fonts look super cryspy and good. I have failed to understand why iMac fonts don't look that good, specially when Mac fonts and mac desktop is so popular and why nobody complains about it.

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RE[5]: random thoughts
by Neolander on Fri 21st Oct 2011 06:57 in reply to "RE[4]: random thoughts "
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Here's the trick : OS X just positions characters like in a written text, without caring about the characteristics of the underlying screen. Since computer screens have a finite resolution, this results in many details of the font falling between two pixels, and thus being rendered as blur.

On Windows and some Linux distro, on the other hand, text is rendered so that every boundary of the font falls on a pixel boundary. Thus, there is no blur, and everything feels more crisp. As a counterpart, the rendering deviates a bit from the original.

If you are used to one of these ways of rendering text, you'll think that it looks fine and that the other that looks awful. In reality, it's only a matter of design choices : do you want text on a screen to be as close to the original as possible (which the strong DTP community of the Mac will probably agree with, even though the difference is almost negligible in the end) ? Or do you want it to look crisp and well-defined ?

For more on that subject :

Edited 2011-10-21 06:59 UTC

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