MacType - Better font smoothing

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    lucasbytegenius

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    One of my biggest issues with Windows is the awful font smoothing. It's a stark contrast when switching from Ubuntu Linux or OS X. Sure, Cleartype works fine, but it's not enabled in every application (think Google Chrome) and fonts are still pixelated for me.

    Enter MacType. It does a very good job at smoothing fonts in every application (except Steam so far, but that has it's own font smoothing option) and I'm in love with it. It's free to download and you guys should definitely check it out.

    http://code.google.com/p/mactype/

    A small tip: Use the LCD profile, it's a bit better than the default profile.
     
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    Interesting!

    Do you have any screenshots to compare the default vs MacType?
     
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    I do:
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    You'll notice that the "This is EnigmaBoard" text is a whole lot less jaggy than in the second screenshot.
     
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    Core coffee & gigabytes Moderator

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    A marked improvement. Coming from an iMac, the shitty fonts were the big issue I had. Thanks for the tip!
     
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    Thanks - I'll give this app a shot :).

    I have to admit, both screenshots look quite similar to me - but perhaps I just need my contact lenses changed ;). However, perhaps if I give it a go I'll be able to see the improvements.
     
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    No problem :) Same issue I had too, though I only used a Mac for a month or so.
    Yeah if you install it you'll see some major improvements. If you zoom on the text in the images though you might see the difference.
     
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    Thanks for this. I do see a slight improvement.
     
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    This looks really nice. Hopefully will see a difference when I get to installing this! Thanks :)
     
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    Oh wow, I was using Cleartype and I thought the fonts on my screen looked good. Now I am installing Mactype. I am looking forward to being pleasantly surprised. Thank you for the download link.
     
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    That indeed looks so much better. I am going to try this app and see how it goes. Windows has always lagged behind in font area so it is good to see that now we can do something about it.
     
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    Is MacType the only option?
    Looks like it's not being developed and it is lacking.
    Any way to just install and use Freetype on Windows 8.1?
     
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    Wow, this is great. A very subtle feature, but it really does making surfing the web and reading text a lot better.

    Thanks for the find!
     
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    This is awesome, I have a Mac and Windows both so I notice the difference easily. I will be trying this out :) Thanks!
     
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    Really? Cleartype has never worked for me, in fact I believe this feature is responsible for a visual problem I'm facing now.

    With Cleartype I could see fonts with a cross-eyed view, hence the need to disable this (when possible) but now I see most fonts with a double exposure, even when in paper :|
     
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