• Cleartype For Mac

    Cleartype For Mac
    1. Cleartype For Mac Pro

    I have been using a MacBook Pro for about a year or so, and I can definitely say that I am really satisfied from it. But there is one little thing that annoys me about it: the fonts in many text editors I use (including Komodo Edit 8, Brackets, MacVim, Vim, Github's Atom, etc) are very blurry. I use my laptop mainly for programming, and I spend many hours in front of the screen, so this blurring becomes very annoying for my eyes.

    Kramlin writes. I know that Mac users generally prefer the OS X style rendering and Windows prefer the Cleartype style rendering. In my case, it's not really about which looks better, it's just that I find it eye straining to read the Mac OS fonts.

    Recently I downloaded Virtual Box, through which I run Ubuntu 10.04. Below there is a comparison of the Ubuntu's terminal and my macbook's terminal: I hope you can also see the difference. Could someone help me fix the fonts?

    Note: You should find that this complaint only applies to light-on-dark text, not dark-on-light (black on white). Terminal and Safari/WebKitand some other programsautomatically reduce the amount of font-smoothing for light-on-dark to match the weight of dark-on-light. Safari has been doing this for some time. Terminal began doing this in OS X El Capitan 10.11, and tuned the behavior in macOS Sierra 10.12—in particular, in 10.12 it no longer applies on Retina displays at all (you should find that on high-resolution displays the apparent weight of text doesn't change due to the color scheme).

    – Dec 18 '16 at 8:48. You can lighten the antialiasing system-wide in System Preferences. Go to General and at the bottom is a checkbox labeled 'Use LCD font smoothing when available'. This is pretty cool in theory, but Apple's implementation is.

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    Not so great. Treats the R, G, and B channels of each pixel as separate pixels, so you get something that looks even smoother. However, on a Mac it just doesn't work very well and you end up with the super-thick font. Here's an animation of the two different antialiasing styles. So all you need to do is uncheck the LCD font smoothing box and restart Terminal.

    (If you log out and back in or reboot, it should make the font better for the full UI.) To off subpixel rendering for a specific application, use defaults write com.apple.Terminal AppleFontSmoothing -int 0 changing com.apple.Terminal to the bundle ID. Change the 0 to a 1 to turn it on again.

    To turn off subpixel rendering only for MacVim use: defaults write org.vim.MacVim AppleFontSmoothing -int 0. Note that in OS X El Capitan 10.11, Terminal automatically reduces the font smoothing for light-on-dark text and ignores the AppleFontSmoothing preference in that case. As of macOS Sierra 10.12 it now reduces the font smoothing relative to the AppleFontSmoothing value, so the preference once again controls the smoothing of light-on-dark text, but it also automatically reduces the smoothing some. On Retina displays it does not automatically reduce the smoothing at all, and just uses the AppleFontSmoothing value as-is. – Dec 18 '16 at 8:39. You can also run defaults write -g AppleFontSmoothing -int 1 and quit and reopen applications to make OS X use a lighter text rendering style but keep LCD font smoothing enabled.

    Or run defaults write com.apple.Terminal AppleFontSmoothing -int 1 and quit and reopen Terminal to change the setting only in Terminal. 1 corresponds to the 'Light' setting that was included in System Preferences in 10.5 and earlier.

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    2 corresponds to enabling LCD font smoothing and 0 corresponds to disabling LCD font smoothing. Terminal and iTerm 2 also have options to disable antialiasing completely. I currently use 17 point Menlo without antialiasing in iTerm 2. Note that in OS X El Capitan 10.11, Terminal automatically reduces the font smoothing for light-on-dark text and ignores the AppleFontSmoothing preference in that case.

    As of macOS Sierra 10.12 it now reduces the font smoothing relative to the AppleFontSmoothing value, so the preference once again controls the smoothing of light-on-dark text, but it also automatically reduces the smoothing some. On Retina displays it does not automatically reduce the smoothing at all, and just uses the AppleFontSmoothing value as-is. – Dec 18 '16 at 8:51.

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