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Enable small font size anti-aliasing in Chimera Web Browsers
If you use Chimera to browse the web, you may have noticed that it doesn't use anti-aliasing on small font sizes. Of course, two other Cocoa-native browsers do: Safari and OmniWeb; why not Chimera? The answer lies in the fact that Chimera uses Mozilla's Gecko rendering engine, which itself is using Carbon APIs to render the text. The UI of Chimera may be written in Cocoa, but the rendering engine is pure Carbon.

The way to fix this is to grab TinkerTool (v2.32) if you don't already have it, and enable the Manipulate font smoothing for applications using QuickDraw option under the Font Smoothing tab. Set the size field to, say, 4 or 6, logout/login, and voila!

As an example of the differences, these are before and after shots of a small section of the New York Times front page rendered in Chimera.
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Small font?
Authored by: xnor on Feb 03, '03 12:40:22PM
I can't believe you can read that. You can just set the minimum font size by adding:
user_pref("font.minimum-size.x-western", 14);
when Chimera is not running to:
~/Library/Application Support/Chimera/Profiles/default/xxxx.slt/prefs.js


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Re: Small font?
Authored by: natenate on Feb 03, '03 02:40:37PM

I just like smaller fonts: they're more aesthetically pleasing to me (I set all my Mac browsers to use 12 pt fonts). I came to OS X after having used BeOS almost exclusively for a number of years, so perhaps that's why. To each his own...



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silk
Authored by: napdaddy on Feb 03, '03 04:29:21PM
Use Unsanity's Silk to antialias text in all your Carbon apps.

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silk
Authored by: chuckster47 on Feb 04, '03 01:01:46PM

It is true that Silk works for carbon apps but Chimera is considered Cocoa and Silk will not work for it.



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silk
Authored by: Johnny_B on Feb 04, '03 04:18:23PM

I didn't got TinkerTool to work either. Anyway, I'd heard about this app (Silk) before, but I forgot about it after installing 10.2. I applied it on AppleWorks and it got much better, I've always wanted anti-aliased text in it.

Thanks for that you reminded me :O)



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