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How to Turn on Anti-Aliasing in GeekTool Apps
One of my biggest pet peeves on my Mac has always been that GeekTool doesn't have the option for anti-aliased fonts. After searching around, I found countless complaints about this on a bunch of web sites and forums, but not any solutions that actually worked.

After a little OS X font research, I found that shadows force anti-aliasing, regardless of the application. This method allows you to reap the benefits of anti-aliasing without having to see a shadow next to all your widgets.

To turn on anti-aliasing in GeekTool widgets, go to the font preferences for the widget and, if you can't see it already, resize the font window so that you can see the shadow sliders. Click the shadow button (the button right before the sliders) and then set the opacity to as close to 0 as it will go, but not 0. Just a pixel above. Then set the other two sliders to 0. This will cause Mac OS X to force antialiasing on your widgets, even though GeekTool doesn't support it out of the box.

[crarko adds: I tried this with GeekTool 3.0, and as far as I could tell it only applied to the 'Image' type Geeklet.]
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How to Turn on Anti-Aliasing in GeekTool
Authored by: JoeStreno on May 10, '11 09:31:59AM

To make anti-aliasing work for fonts in GeekTool 3, you must select the text box, in the GT Properties window click, under Styles, the "Click here to set font & color ..." button, and activate font shadow from within Apple's font window (last button on the right).



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How to Turn on Anti-Aliasing in GeekTool
Authored by: phillymjs on May 11, '11 11:28:11AM

When I first upgraded to GeekTool 3, I missed the "Drop Shadow" checkbox that GeekTool 2 offered. I actually contacted the developer to ask if it was going to be added back to version 3, and he directed me to OS X's built in font dialog. For some reason mine had always opened by default at a size where it was too narrow to show the shadow options. I never knew they were there, all I had ever were the Underline, Strikethrough, Text Color and Document Color options.

I sure felt like a n00b that day.

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How to Turn on Anti-Aliasing in GeekTool
Authored by: Anonymous on May 10, '11 09:37:25AM

Nice workaround, but the antialiasing option should be present in the OS Font dialog -- it shouldn't be down to the application to handle this.



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How to Turn on Anti-Aliasing in GeekTool
Authored by: digitalformula on May 15, '11 04:35:19AM

Just tried this with GeekTool 3 on a Shell widget - worked just fine. :)



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