August 19, 2002

SmoothType

People with respectable opinions have been bad mouthing anti-aliased text working its way into web browsers. I don’t understand their argument. I dig it. When Adobe Type Manager brought smoothing to desktop publishing I hated it, at first. It was harder to line up baselines with guides when you were dragging them to fuzzy edges. Who needs that? But the slick, smooth edges and well-rendered type grow on you. As screen resolutions increase, font edges have to become smooth. Pixel fonts simply can’t translate to high resolution. And higher resolution is inarguably where screens are going. Mac OS X is swimming with smooth type and I think it looks fantastic. The latest build of Mozilla renders type beautifully on OS X.

Am I wrong? =-)

[Also: Nani sent in her South Park persona. It looks like the Studio has been enhanced.]

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