[JAVA2D] Font rendering quality
Let me admit in advance that I haven't search the list archives. I
devoted quite a bit of time to trying, but in the end, I couldn't figure
out how to obtain a LISTSERV password, and the archive webpage was not
kind enough to clue me in, other than to say that I needed one. That
was a lot of fun.
On to my question. Having Java2D render high quality text is very
important to me. Under JDK 1.4.2_04, I'm quite disappointed with the
quality of the fonts. Some render pretty nicely, to be sure, but many
turn out rather ugly when compared to Microsoft Windows XP or Macromedia
Fireworks -- especially at smaller font point sizes.
I did notice, to my surprise, that turning on both ANTIALIAS and
TEXT_ANTIALIAS gives better quality than just TEXT_ANTIALIAS.
Any plans to inrease the quality of anti-aliasing and making it easy to
adjust character spacing? I implementing kerning myself as an
experiment, and found that the results were not breathtaking. However,
manually adjusting the spacing of the characters did make the output
look "nice". Both Windows and Fireworks perform their own manual
"auto-kerning" to achieve similiar effects.
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