Silky Smooth Text

okay all you OS Xers out there, first off, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.2 is out for OS X, which features, amongst other things, text smoothing with the Quartz engine. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I am so used to seeing pages in non-anti-aliased verdana that now that it’s all silky smooth, I’m a bit taken aback.

“No! I forgot to make that text in the build process! Crap! that’s going to kill download times! oh. wait. Nevermind.”

That was my first thing. And then the second thougth was “hmm, it doesn’t look as good with text smoothing turned on.”

The only downside? It resets your home page to be Now, I like my homepage being my homepage. I don’t want So that’s a bit annoying. It does, however, render pages insanely fast. Which is a godsend. Earlier versions left a lot to be desired in this department. now they just need to steal the “tabs” idea from Mozilla.

There’s also a new little app out called “”" onMouseOver=“self.status=‘[outside] :: so silky smooth’; return true” onMouseOut=“self.status=’’; return true” target="_blank">Silk" which will make all apps render text in quartz. Could be cool, could also kill my video card.

  1. Chad says:

    So how about some screenshots for those of us whose OSes haven't reached double-digits yet?

  2. roboboshi says:

    Werd Chad, here ya go:

    <a href="images/storage/msie52_roughtext.jpg" rel="nofollow">Normal, no smooth text</a>

    <a href="images/storage/msie52_smoothtext.jpg" rel="nofollow">Quartz smoothing</a>

  3. John says:

    dude... this quartz shit is nice... it's like my entire flatscreen world has gone .pdf... delicious :-) just another reason i'm loving os x

  4. Chad says:

    One word: yum.

  5. cs says:

    Must. . .switch. . .NOW!

  6. Evelina says:

    Yum! Your cake looks so yummy. I recently made apple cake with French Fridays with Dorie but mine was more ctarsud like then cake. Yours looks like a nice balance of apples and cake. P.S. My recipes are scattered everywhere...various scraps of paper in various file folders, on the computer, in my head and post it notes in cookbooks...and I still have trouble finding what I want to make. ;)

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