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Easier still!
Authored by: trikster on Nov 19, '02 10:22:05AM

Wouldn\'t the easiest and best way to improve the quality of an LCD display simply be to run at the display\'s native resolution? Anything else requires pixel interpolation and produces the kind of moire patterns you are describing.

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Maybe not easier still!
Authored by: New User on Nov 19, '02 12:03:18PM

Obviously, it's worse at less-than-native. But, even at native resolution, for analog use, you *still* have to adjust "image lock" on a Samsung (I'm sure there are other names for the same adjustment on other brands). Maybe its's better to have a digital output, but some don't have the DVI out and some Samsungs don't have a DVI in. You also have to fiddle with the other adjustments, coarse, fine, position, whatever. It can improve the text quality a great deal. I do it with font smoothing disabled, or very small non-smoothed text and lines on the screen ( is good for this, if nothing else, 'cause the type is so small at 1280x1024) - it appears to be better if you shoot to have the bitmap or non-smoothed text be distinct, and let font smoothing take care of itself.

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cleaner print, but smaller
Authored by: mclbruce on Nov 19, '02 12:13:59PM

Right now in OS X the higher the screen resolution, the smaller everything appears on the screen. Some day Apple will change this so that no matter what resolution you select you will still see the display at the proper size. For example rulers in AppleWorks, Word, Photoshop, etc. will be the same size on screen as in real life.

Until that day comes, I'll continue to use the lower screen resolutions. I find it makes it easier to read text when it's closer to real life size. I know there are workarounds for this, but thay don't work all that well for me...

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Easier still!
Authored by: calroth on Nov 20, '02 09:24:04AM

It doesn't work this way on an analog (VGA) connection... the LCD screen is "emulating" a CRT, in a way that you can adjust the width and height independently of the grid on the display. That is, each pixel in Mac OS X may be approximated across two or four actual pixels on the display. This makes things fuzzy and is not good.

On a digital (DVI) connection, each pixel in Mac OS X maps directly to each pixel on the display. With my SyncMaster 152T, when I'm using DVI, the horizontal and vertical adjustment controls get disabled, as do the contrast controls. Of course things are noticeably sharper.

(The Win32 driver CD which came with my display also comes with a test pattern as described... a black-and-white checkerboard. It's the optimal pattern for the "Auto" controls to lock on to.)

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