Tweak Your ClearType Font Settings

There’s all this talk about Windows Safari fonts looking fuzzy. Duncan Riley:

Yes it’s quick, but it doesn’t support Aero in Vista. And then there is the font rendering. WTF? Chris Pirillo tells me on Flickr that it’s something to do with settings so I’ll have to play with it some more but the first impression Windows users are going to get is terrible: fuzzy, hard to read fonts.

The explanation given by Joel on Software:

Apple generally believes that the goal of the algorithm should be to preserve the design of the typeface as much as possible, even at the cost of a little bit of blurriness. Microsoft generally believes that the shape of each letter should be hammered into pixel boundaries to prevent blur and improve readability, even at the cost of not being true to the typeface.

I actually found the text in Safari to be far more to my liking than what I’ve grown accustomed to in Firefox / Maxthon. Maybe I belong on OS X, after all? Until then, I wanted everyone (Duncan!) to realize that you can easily modify Windows ClearType thickness – as no monitor renders text alike. Try either ClearTweak or Microsoft’s own online ClearType Tuner. Find the setting your eyes most appreciate!

5 thoughts on “Tweak Your ClearType Font Settings”

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  2. After playing with Ubuntu, I’m amazed that Cleartype has so little fine control. I’d really like Cleartype to work like the normal anti-aliasing. Clean for 6-12 pt, anti-aliased above and below that and anti-aliased for bold. But all you really get with Cleartype is ON-OFF.

    As for Safari. Note that IE7 tries hard to turn Cleartype on for browsing but you can turn it off in the advanced settings. Isn’t there an equivalent switch in Safari?

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