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Antiali–ass

Antialiasing, along with alpha–channel support (which I suppose goes hand in hand with antialiasing, given that the former could not exist without the latter) has become a prerequisite of my OS experience since Windows 2000. It was with some disdain, then, that I reported that iTunes 4 looks like ass due to its scratchy, aliased interface fonts.

Sure, the Safari developers have copped a lot of flack for their antialias adventures: browsers aren’t supposed to antialias anything below 10px; but this is ridiculous. Daring Fireball, always great, mentions a Bumppo article offering an explanation. Turns out that iTunes 4 takes its default “small” font down to 9 pixels, leaving people such as myself (and Natty from Bumppo, obviously) who’ve changed our system antialias threshold (from 8 pixels to 10 pixels) in the dust. I’ve since set the threshold back to 8 pixels, taking iTunes back to beauty, noting a few other changes hither and thither.

It’s weird that such a tiny change, a few pixels here or there, can make such a difference. I suppose this is the kind of picky brattiness that Apple likes to breed into its customers so we never switch to anything less; and I suppose I wouldn’t have it any other way.