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Bug 257240 - No font subpixel antialiasing on OS X
Summary: No font subpixel antialiasing on OS X
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: editor
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Painting & Printing (show other bugs)
Version: 8.1
Hardware: Macintosh (x86) Mac OS X
: P4 normal (vote)
Assignee: Miloslav Metelka
Depends on:
Reported: 2015-12-21 10:28 UTC by emlai
Modified: 2016-08-09 13:58 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Issue Type: DEFECT
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Description emlai 2015-12-21 10:28:45 UTC
For some reason, NetBeans doesn't use subpixel font antialiasing on OS X (10.11) with retina display. This makes the text in the editor look noticeably thinner and uglier than what OS X users are used to.

Also in addition to the editor view, none of the UI  labels are using subpixel antialiasing either.

I tried adding `-J-Dswing.aatext=true` and `-J-Dawt.useSystemAAFontSettings=lcd` to netbeans.conf, but to no avail.
Comment 1 tveimo 2016-08-09 13:55:34 UTC
See issue #249052 for workaround with patched openJDK 8 to run with subpixel font rendering.