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Unread 09-19-2013, 05:58 PM   #1
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Fonts don't look nice on PC

A Windows 8 thread got me thinking about this. My friend built me a desktop PC in April. It's an amazing machine, SSD and all, yada yada yada. One thing that has ALWAYS bothered me though is that I can't for the life of me seem to get my fonts to look "clear" and "clean". When I got this, I was switching from a MacBook Pro, where all the fonts were beautifully smooth and crisp. I'm going to attach a screenshot to show you what I mean. I've tried the clear type thing numerous times, and it still looks crappy. I wouldn't have noticed this if I hadn't used my friends PC the other day.

Since you'll ask, my monitor is an Acer and it is 1080p. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

Photo is here: http://sdrv.ms/16cOwQ9 I hope you can see what I mean. Your best option may be to download the photo since I think the resolution is reduced in that link.

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Unread 09-19-2013, 07:23 PM   #2
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Is it only in your web browser or in MS Word as well?

Could be your display drivers need updating
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Windows has always had terrible font smoothing compared to OS X. Windows uses ClearType. You can probably adjust some settings to make it look better or install a 3rd party font smoothing app.
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It isn't terrible but it isn't great either. I've grown used to it but if Apple is good at one thing, it's making **** look good.
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Windows has always had terrible font smoothing compared to OS X. Windows uses ClearType. You can probably adjust some settings to make it look better or install a 3rd party font smoothing app.
Windows, as far as I know, has always used TrueType.

The prime advantage of a Mac? Graphics. That's why the coloured pencil crowd uses them.

If you want to do graphic arts, you get a Mac.
If you want to do graphic analysis (or anything else serious,) you get a PC. Windoze okeh, *nix preferred...

Comparing a Mac to a PC (Windoze or *nix) is about the same as comparing a hammer to a wrench. They're not built for the same jobs...
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the colored pencil crowd, lol
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Windows 7/8 uses ClearType. I don't think TrueType has been used since Windows 95.
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It isn't terrible but it isn't great either. I've grown used to it but if Apple is good at one thing, it's making **** look good.
That could be apples new marketing campaign.

"Apple, making convincing transvestites since 1976"
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That could be apples new marketing campaign. "Apple, making convincing transvestites since 1976"
They ARE based in San Francisco...

Next year they unveil the iTranny

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Try changing the screen resolution in Windows. I just bought a 24" wide screen LCD and the fonts looked like that 'till I changed the screen resolution to 1280x720
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LOL 1280x720. Sir, this is 2013

You might want to follow this tutorial http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...sing-cleartype ..although there are a few links in this forum post about the same problem. ( http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r282...ble-any-ideas- )

On *NIX (X.Org) /MacOS (Quartz) it uses hinting and sub pixel rending to achieve clearer fonts.
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Yeah, I've been using 1920 x 1080 and my drivers are up to date. You guys see what I'm talking about, right? Either way, I will follow that link, Davetha. Thanks
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Tough to tell from a compressed jpg. Try a bmp or png.
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You could be using the wrong resolution for your monitor, making it fuzzy. Google how to run the ClearType tuner for your version of Windows.
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You could be using the wrong resolution for your monitor, making it fuzzy. Google how to run the ClearType tuner for your version of Windows.


640x480 or 98760.1 x 12000
It doesn't matter what your video card can put out as much as what the native resolution on the monitor is. I'm running dual 27" view sonics at work and Before I replaced them I was runnning 1280x768, when the new monitors came that res looked like crap I reset it to the native 1920 x 1080 and everything is sharp, very small but sharp...now I just have to use the zoom feature to be able to read some stuff but there sure is a lot on the screens.....getting old sux.
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