Jussi Jussi

Niner since 2005


  • Cleartype Team - Typography in Windows Vista

    I just wanted to say that comparing the different font renderings is very hard because there are so many variables, biggest are perhaps LCD panel, font rendering settings, personal preferences and how a person sees colours. And because of the variables a screenshot does not always tell the truth, type that is perfect on my panel and in my eyes can be awful to someone else or using another panel.

    The examples given in comments were quite poor: the Word screenshot was from 10.1 or 10.2 and the rendering was improved noticeably since then. The other screenshot had completely different settings on OS X (no sub-pixel antialiasing and the small fonts were rendered completely unaliased) than ClearType.

    Having said that, I must say that I personally do prefer ClearType rendering, if and only if it is well tweaked with the ClearType tuner. Otherwise the results do vary a lot. For example at my university's PC lab ClearType fonts on XP are worthless given the settings work poorly not with their monitors and users can't run ClearType tuner at all because of security reasons, not great.. Sad On the other hand on my friend's laptop ClearType looked ok before and great after tuning.

    Bill Hill is a great character and it is always a pleasure to see and listen to him. Also more content about fonts and typography is always welcome.

    I'm sorry to take this up, but could it be possible to provide the content in some more standard format (e.g. DivX, XviD, mpeg-4, h264) than WMV? AFAIK there is no player for Linux and the existing Mac player is next to unusable, definitely not Microsoft's finest hour. But yeah, I guess you probably don't have much of  a choice but to use WMV Smiley

  • Shell Team - Exploring and Using Windows Vista

    Thanks for an interesting video. I had a small problem with it. Why can't I seek forward and backward in the video, it would be very helpful because I tend to miss a few words here and there because I'm not a native English speaker and thus it would be very every nice to be able to seek few seconds back and watch it again? Is this intentional, limitation of the WMV format or just limitation of the Windows Media Player for Macintosh? BTW, an update to WMP for Mac to make it faster and have a better UI would be very welcome, hopefully it is in the works! Greetings, Jussi