Friday, May 13, 2005

ClearType

Running on Windows XP? Have you turned on ClearType? Don't know what that is... well, it's an amazing feature that smooths out that appearance of text on the screen. I heard about it via Channel9, and decided to give it a shot. I've recently gotten glasses, and so have been much more acutely aware of what I'm seeing and the strain computer monitors put on your eyes.

At first it looked weird -- the fonts just didn't look right to me. I thought, "I'm never going to get used to this," but I decided to stick it out. It was a good choice. After about half an hour, I didn't even notice anymore.

The real turning point came a couple weeks later when I recommended turning ClearType on to my dad. While I was at the page, I decided to toggle it off and see the difference. Night and day. At this point I'm sold.

Anyway, the link: http://www.microsoft.com/typography/ClearType/tuner/Step1.aspx

It'll prompt to install an ActiveX control... your eyes will thank you if you do!

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