Silk revisited

by Volker Weber

I have praised Silk in the context of Lotus Notes before. Silk enables the Quartz text rendering and smoothing introduced in Mac OS X 10.1.5 in all Carbon applications. This means antialiased text in Netscape, Mozilla, and many others.

After reading Mitch Kapor's difficulties with font rendering and Microsoft Word, I revisited the issue again. It turns out that Word without the Silk Haxie is all but unusable with Times Roman at 12pt:

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I had not noticed this since Silk was enabled for all Carbon apps by default on Lucy and I had installed Office much later than Silk. So, if you don't have this wonderful enhancement yet on your Mac, go get it.

Comments

I like Silk as well, but you don't need it for Office.
In the general prefs you can setup Word to use Quartz font smoothing.

Best regards, Thomas

Thomas Cloer, 2003-10-16

Cool. Never looked there.

Volker Weber, 2003-10-17

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