View Full Version : Windows XP ClearType

Shining Arcanine
November 29th, 2003, 4:51 PM
If anyone that is running Windows XP wants to improve the quality of the text on the screen, go here:


Be sure to bookmark it and tell me what you think of it.

Hiroshi Sotomura
November 29th, 2003, 5:09 PM
I turned it on with my emulated PC. It seems ok.
But I have to say, I've seen better smoothing (in Mac OS X).

Shining Arcanine
November 29th, 2003, 5:15 PM
Did you customize it? There are 6 different settings...

Hiroshi Sotomura
November 29th, 2003, 5:29 PM
Meh. Still Mac OS X's looks better.

Shining Arcanine
November 29th, 2003, 5:32 PM
I find it hard to believe something else looks better when the quality is already superb. May I see a screenshot?

Hiroshi Sotomura
November 29th, 2003, 5:49 PM
Here's an example. If you want, I'll attach the 3 other settings.
Some people could call this writing fuzzy.

Shining Arcanine
November 29th, 2003, 6:05 PM
That doesn't look better... There are JPEG artifacts all over the image. ^_^;;

Hiroshi Sotomura
November 29th, 2003, 6:13 PM
I have to choose the right one... I'll check later.

November 29th, 2003, 6:33 PM
I use it, but only on the log on screen. I am woundering why it's on the log on screen.

Shining Arcanine
November 29th, 2003, 6:37 PM
Try going to that url I posted.

November 29th, 2003, 9:18 PM
I for some reason never knew about this. Looks nice, I have to say. Thanks Shining Arcanine. Where do you find these gems on Microsoft?

Hiroshi Sotomura
November 30th, 2003, 12:18 AM
The bumpy jagged text didn't suit me anyway. I didn't need a widget on Microsoft's site to configure ClearType. It was already on for me.

But I didn't know Microsoft's site had a configuration option for it...

I'll start posting a few Australian Personal Computer magazine articles in the Computer/OS Talk thread soon.

Phantom Angel
November 30th, 2003, 2:56 AM
Hey DUDE, it's really nice thing that you found there...
I like it a lot!!!
Now I don't have to harm my eyes to chat with y'all. :P

Shining Arcanine
November 30th, 2003, 7:28 AM
I find these tips in the Windows XP Expert Zone. Most of them are things I know. Some remind me of things I have forgotten. Others are ones that I have never heard about before and a really nice such as this one for example. I think ClearType should have been enabled by default when it was turned on in the system properties but it apparently wasn't. Now it is. ^_^

November 30th, 2003, 7:38 AM
Ya, Thanks for the help i liek this Font so much better!

Shining Arcanine
November 30th, 2003, 7:45 AM
It isn't a font, it is a modification to the way to see fonts.

November 30th, 2003, 8:00 AM
1 more notes: It only works on Truetype and Opentype fonts... not roaster fonts... :P

Hiroshi Sotomura
November 30th, 2003, 12:41 PM
No wonder when I tried it at my granny's it didn't work with her Chinese font.

But the Chinese all over drew me crazy.

Shining Arcanine
November 30th, 2003, 1:21 PM
Roaster fonts aren't that common on my PC so I don't have to worry about them. ^_^

November 30th, 2003, 3:47 PM
Eusine/Masato/Shigeru, I'm on a Windows and I found the font Lucida Grande on my system. TrueType. Does this look like it?

Hiroshi Sotomura
November 30th, 2003, 10:22 PM
It looks like Lucida Sans...
Shingo, I would continue to be preferred to be called Vito around here...

Shinji Mekamori
November 30th, 2003, 10:40 PM
ClearType is ok.. Not the best meh.

Shining Arcanine
November 30th, 2003, 11:18 PM
It is supposed to make text easier to read...

December 1st, 2003, 1:12 PM
One time ClearType smoothed a font that I didn't want it to. The font turned out unreadable. And sort of like black explosion messes.

December 3rd, 2003, 8:00 PM
It made it easier to read my small, cursive font... Very good techology.

(I have a 19 inch flat screen montor.)

Hiroshi Sotomura
December 3rd, 2003, 10:24 PM
Meh. Microsoft wasn't first to come with such feature. It was around on a Mac since Mac OS 8.5.

December 4th, 2003, 2:15 PM
I guess Bill Gates took the idea from Apple... :P

I don't have Mac OS 8.5 so I can't experience it...

Hiroshi Sotomura
December 4th, 2003, 9:42 PM
The Mac was the best on graphics and desktop publishing, and still is. When Microsoft released Windows it tried to steal the Macintosh's abilities, and most of the market fell into using it.

Use Macs for digital lifestyle. Their better than Windows' buys. And probably better. Lots more features than Windows. iDVD, iPhoto, iMovie and iTunes.
I should be saying this in Computer/OS Talk.

December 5th, 2003, 2:36 PM
Well... MacWorld's tests:
PC beats everything except one- video compression