FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Greg Landweber, author of Kaleidoscope, Power Windows, and Greg’s Browser,
is pleased to announce the release of SmoothType 2.2.2, available now from:
SmoothType is a shareware ($10) control panel that brings Mac OS X style
font smoothing to Macs running System 7 through Mac OS 9. SmoothType also
works in the Classic environment under Mac OS X, giving Classic
applications text that looks just as good as in Carbon and Cocoa
SmoothType effectively doubles the resolution of text on the screen by
blurring the edges of bitmap fonts with shades of gray, a technique called
“anti-aliasing”. Although Apple introduced a limited form of font smoothing
in Mac OS 8.5, SmoothType offers greater flexibility and uses a more
aggressive algorithm–similar to how Adobe Acrobat views PDF files–that
produces much better results. Apple is now switching to such smoothed text
in Mac OS X, but only for applications that use the Quartz graphics engine.
Version 2.2.2 improves the appearance of bold text in fonts without a bold
variant, as well as fixing text drawing problems with Adobe PageMaker,
Equation Editor, and MathType. SmoothType 2.2.2 is a 104K download.
SmoothType pioneered the use of system-wide text anti-aliasing when it was
first released as “Greg’s Hack” at MacHack 1995.
— Greg Landweber