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equivalent to cleartype

post #1 of 18
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winxp has this function "cleartype" which makes reading easier on LCD.

is there a similar function in OS X?
post #2 of 18
The anti-aliasing that's on automatically in OS X is the closest you'll get to cleartype. AFAIK, there is no sub-pixel anti-aliasing on the Mac.

Out of curiosity, which do you prefer, cleartype or X's anti-aliasing? Some people prefer one or the other. I'm still not used to the blur I get on this 17" LCD I'm using.
post #3 of 18
I detest Cleartype, period. Unfortunately, the regular AA in Windows XP is not very good either.
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post #4 of 18
ClearType gives people headaches.

Me included.

Gimme Quartz AA. Looks like paper.
post #5 of 18
Apple invented cleartype. And that's not FUD, it's a fact. Remember the colorful text on the Apple //? That's exactly what cleartype is.
post #6 of 18
I used to think XP's antialiasing was ugly, until I spent some time with it and discovered exactly how much more readable it is than OS X's. I really think people should benefit from being able to choose between readability and prettiness.
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post #7 of 18
[quote]Originally posted by Whyatt Thrash:
<strong>I really think people should benefit from being able to choose between readability and prettiness.</strong><hr></blockquote>

I agree.

Actually, there is a ClearType equivalent technology for MacOS, it's built into Adobe Acrobat 5.x and Adobe's type rendering engine "CoolType". I would guess that Adobe will roll out this implementation in other applications, because CoolType is a common technology between all of Adobe's apps.

And yes, Apple did "invent" sub-pixel positioning.

Real problem with all of these sub-pixel techs is that they canot really handle colour very well, black text on white backgrounds works best, reversing out text can look awful.
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post #8 of 18
[quote]Originally posted by tonton:
<strong>Apple invented cleartype. And that's not FUD, it's a fact. Remember the colorful text on the Apple //? That's exactly what cleartype is.</strong><hr></blockquote>

To pick nits, it's based on the technology Woz created and patented for the Apple ][ monitors, but's not verbatim. MS got to develop ClearType as part of the deal with Apple five years ago -- it included patent sharing. Hey, remember what displays were like in those days? :eek:
post #9 of 18
[quote]Originally posted by BuonRotto:
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MS got to develop ClearType as part of the deal with Apple five years ago... </strong><hr></blockquote>

I'm not sure that patent sharing thing is true, MS were applying for a patent on their ClearType development.
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post #10 of 18
Patents only last 20 years, so if Apple patented subpixel font rendering it would have expired 3 or 4 years ago. But ClearType isn't the same as what the Apple ][ did anyway.
post #11 of 18
Cleartype gives me headaches too. <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />

I don't think any of my Windows buddies use it.
post #12 of 18
[quote]Originally posted by BRussell:
<strong>I'm still not used to the blur I get on this 17" LCD I'm using.</strong><hr></blockquote>Having spent all those $$$ on an Apple flat screen, I am now faced with a blurry font. Cool

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post #13 of 18
[quote]Originally posted by The Installer:
<strong>Having spent all those $$$ on an Apple flat screen, I am now faced with a blurry font. Cool

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There's a hack to switch off anti-aliasing in some situations, but IMO apple really dropped the ball for type rendering/choices in some situations in X.
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post #14 of 18
The antialiasing looks great on my CRT, but it seems virtually unreadable on a LCD (powerbook G4).

You would've thought that Apple might have optimized it's OS for it's own monitors, but oh well.
post #15 of 18
some have said Jaguar will include a new ChromaType sub-pixel aa...
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post #17 of 18
I get an error when clicking that link
post #18 of 18
yeah, it times out after a while... basically it's a patent filing on behalf of Apple for ChromaType.
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