OT: Xcode font smoothing

  • This isn't Cocoa-related, but I have a feeling somebody on this list
    knows the answer:

    How can I get Xcode to antialias 10pt Monaco?

    Wasn't there a hidden defaults setting for the monospace antialiasing
    threshold (separate from AppleAntiAliasingThreshold)? I can't remember
    what it was...
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  • On Oct 27, 2003, at 10:58, Alex Eddy wrote:

    > This isn't Cocoa-related, but I have a feeling somebody on this list
    > knows the answer:
    >
    > How can I get Xcode to antialias 10pt Monaco?
    >
    > Wasn't there a hidden defaults setting for the monospace antialiasing
    > threshold (separate from AppleAntiAliasingThreshold)? I can't remember
    > what it was...

    Go to System Preferences, and choose the Appearance preference pane.
    Adjust the value for "Turn off text smoothing for font sizes X and
    smaller" (it's at the bottom of the panel)

    --
    Clark S. Cox III
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    http://homepage.mac.com/clarkcox3/blog/B1196589870/index.html

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  • On Oct 27, 2003, at 8:53 AM, Clark Cox wrote:
    >> How can I get Xcode to antialias 10pt Monaco?
    >>
    >> Wasn't there a hidden defaults setting for the monospace antialiasing
    >> threshold (separate from AppleAntiAliasingThreshold)? I can't
    >> remember what it was...
    >
    > Go to System Preferences, and choose the Appearance preference pane.
    > Adjust the value for "Turn off text smoothing for font sizes X and
    > smaller" (it's at the bottom of the panel)

    This doesn't work for 10pt Monaco. It is still aliased. Terminal has an
    explicit option to enable antialiasing, but Xcode does not. I have to
    use something like 11pt Courier to get antialiased fonts in Xcode.

    Monospace fonts seem to be excluded from the text smoothing threshhold
    (which I have set at 4). But I recall (from 10.0? 10.1?) that there is
    a hidden setting you could set via defaults, I'm hoping somebody
    remembers what that is.
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  • On 27 oct. 03, at 18:07, Alex Eddy wrote:

    > Monospace fonts seem to be excluded from the text smoothing threshhold
    > (which I have set at 4).

    This is not entirely true: I'm using ProFont 9 pt (the Type 1 version)
    for
    all my monospace needs, and it is beautifully antialiased in Xcode,
    just like
    it was in PB. By the way, ProFont is a freeware, monospace font that was
    specifically designed aeons ago to fit the needs of Mac coders: e.g. it
    has
    emphasized separators (;,:.), there is a visible difference between
    I, 1 and l, and between 0 and O, etc. Check it out at:
    <http://www.tobias-jung.de/seekingprofont/>
    (scroll down the page to the "ProFont Distribution 2.2" link).

    NR
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  • On Oct 27, 2003, at 9:07 AM, Alex Eddy wrote:
    >>> How can I get Xcode to antialias 10pt Monaco?
    > Monospace fonts seem to be excluded from the text smoothing threshhold
    > (which I have set at 4). But I recall (from 10.0? 10.1?) that there is
    > a hidden setting you could set via defaults, I'm hoping somebody
    > remembers what that is.

    This is what I was looking for:

    $defaults write com.apple.xcode AppleSmoothFixedFontsSizeThreshold 9

    thanks to
    http://web.sabi.net/log/stories/2002/02/04/macOsX1012FontRendering.html
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