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General Chat Thread, Firefox 4 Released Early in General; Originally Posted by JHeaton Has anyone noticed a font rendering difference between 4.0 and 3.6, though? My eyes don't seem ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JHeaton View Post
    Has anyone noticed a font rendering difference between 4.0 and 3.6, though? My eyes don't seem to like it since upgrading... :/
    Yes. Subpixel rendering seems... different. Looking for more info on it now, not sure whether I like it or not.

    Edit: it's using Direct2D hardware rendering like IE9 does. You can turn it off in Options > Advanced > General as below, or set gfx.direct2d.disabled to true in about:config



    This almost certainly has a performance implication.
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    You may want to enable Firefox's hardware accelerated graphics feature as this greatly improves text rendering...

    http://www.addictivetips.com/interne...ated-graphics/

    Edit. There's also an add-on which lets you adjust your anti-aliasing when Firefox has the hardware acceleration option enabled.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/fir...liasing-tuner/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    You may want to enable Firefox's hardware accelerated graphics feature as this greatly improves text rendering...
    "Improves" is subjective. The use of Direct2D and DirectWrite makes it look different from previous versions, but not necessarily better. I find text is crisper without it and that looks "better" to me.

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    True, but once you have used the add-on I mentioned above, it's possible to make it look "normal" again, while still keeping the hardware acceleration feature enabled (webpages do render faster with this on).

    Using the "ClearType" and "Natural Symmetric" settings I have managed to make the text in Firefox look more like it does in Chrome (at least to my eyes).

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    official release already has 2.4 million downloads and the day is not finished! Mozilla | Firefox web browser & Thunderbird email client
    compare IE9's 2nd rate attempt 2.3 Million Downloads of IE9 in the first 24 hours

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    Since installing FF4, Outlook Web App 2010 seems to play a sound when I get a new mail..

    Is this related to FF4? Or something updated in OWA ive missed?

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    Installed it on my nix laptop too [ and the laptop is around 5 years old ] - no problem. Have to say that it's the best new release of FF for a long time. I think this version will really take off and give IE a run for it's money - [ it was doing alright before but this release will certainly help matters ]

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    not sure if its my windows theme.

    But my firefox browser was really playing up with hardware acceleration enabled

    the top of the window was black and was flickering like crazy

    Once i disabled 'hardware acceleration' it seems ok now

    Nice browser just very strange i cant use 'hardware acceleration' on my laptop

    it has a nvidia 1gb 260m gtx ... so doubt its a GC issue ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2097 View Post
    so doubt its a GC issue?
    Is everything up-to-date? Have you got the latest graphics drivers installed (v266.58 - x86/x64) and Windows updates/service packs e.g. SP1 for Windows 7 or KB2117917 & KB2505189 for Vista SP2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    The use of Direct2D and DirectWrite makes it look different from previous versions, but not necessarily better.
    There are series of articles on the TypeKit blog which covers text rendering in all of the major browsers. Very interesting reading if you like fonts or create webpages.

    01. Type Rendering On The Web
    02. Type Rendering: Operating Systems
    03. Type Rendering: Web Browsers
    04. Type Rendering: The design of fonts for the web
    05. Type Rendering: Font outlines and file formats
    06. A closer look at TrueType hinting
    07. Type Rendering: Review, and fonts that render well

    DirectWrite, the latest and greatest text rendering engine for Windows, is available on Windows 7 and Windows Vista. It is markedly clearer, smoother, and has less intense color fringing than Core Text and older Windows text rendering engines. As with Core Text, there is y-direction antialiasing for smooth curves. (Compare, however, the bottom edges of paragraph text in DirectWrite with those of Core Text; Both engines use y-direction antialiasing, but Core Text’s closer adherence to actual glyph outlines translates to subtle antialiasing smudges below the baseline. Microsoft engines clean this up.) And as with Core Text, sub-pixels in DirectWrite are used not only to antialias text but also to space letters horizontally, which means letters can sit more naturally next to one another than in Microsoft’s older text rendering engine, GDI. (Source)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Is everything up-to-date? Have you got the latest graphics drivers installed (v266.58 - x86/x64) and Windows updates/service packs e.g. SP1 for Windows 7 or KB2117917 & KB2505189 for Vista SP2?
    It was a theme issue . God knows why

    But to make things a bit more complicated .. i also had the GC replaced yesterday from dell as it was crashing my little alienware

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    I am loving this browser. I strongly recommend it for Learning Gateway too as it runs so fast and no longer litters double spaces after a full stop with question marks when filling in mark sheets.

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