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SmoothType 2.3.1

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For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
Guides on emulating older applications

SmoothType brings Mac OS X style font smoothing to machines running Mac OS 7 through 9.2. It makes your screen look more like the printed page. Using a technique called anti-aliasing, SmoothType blurs the jagged edges of bitmap fonts with shades of gray, effectively doubling the screen resolution.

This is why text on a television screen, such as the credits for a TV program, can look so crisp from your couch, even though the resolution is so low. This is also similar to the technique used by some laser printers of varying the size of the dots to improve the printed image quality. With SmoothType, your fonts look on the screen just like they will when you print them, so you no longer need to look at large point sizes to get an idea of what the font really looks like. The effect can be quite striking, particularly when browsing web pages.

SmoothType also offers subpixel smoothing optimized for LCD (flat panel) screens, which separately manipulates the red, green, and blue parts of each pixel, effectively tripling the resolution!

To register, option-click on the large SmoothType Logo.

Architecture: 68k PPC

This is a FAT application. It works on PPC and 68k Macs as well. (68040 cpu recommended)


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by MikeTomTom - 2010, December 30 - 10:03am

This sounds like a useful utility. Have downloaded it. Just wondering; Does this play nicely with Adobe's ATM control panel? ATM also has screen font smoothing and is common on classic Mac OS's.

[Edit] never mind, I've read the "Read Me" that comes with this. Yes there are conflicts with ATM to be wary of. But as with many an Extension/Control Panel conflict of the era, those conflicts can possibly be avoided by renaming the Extension/CP file's name. From the Read Me:

TrueType or PostScript fonts. SmoothType uses these outline fonts to decide which shades of gray to use. If you want SmoothType to anti-alias PostScript Type 1 fonts, you need Adobe Type Manager, and you must force SmoothType to load after ATM by renaming it "~SmoothType".

That is, rename this Control Panel "~SmoothType" (without the quotes) and it will behave nicely with Adobe's ATM Control Panel. Which is good to know, as I depend on ATM for other things. There are other issues in the "notes" section of the "Read Me" file, none too serious.

Will install and try this one out now, so thanks for posting it up.

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by themacmeister - 2010, December 29 - 10:06am

Using it now - many thanx!

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by Bolkonskij - 2010, December 29 - 8:36am

Very helpful utility from the Kaleidoscope creator Greg Landweber. Especially if you read a lot of text on your older Mac!