How to improve font rendering on Windows14 Dec 2011
If you regularly use both a Mac and a PC—and even if you aren’t a typography geek—you will notice how fonts often appear spindly on Windows in comparison to what you’re accustomed to on OSX.
Since a lot of my research is conducted on Windows 7 box, I spend a lot of time staring at these fonts. I have actually paid real US dollars for several fonts (Monotype Bembo, Minion Pro, etc.), so I naturally want these to look great wherever I use them. Today, I finally felt enough friction to look for a solution.
The first thing I tried was the ClearType Text Tuner, found under
Control Panel > Display. This did not produce a noticeable difference.
Then, I began poking around on Google. A thread on SuperUser led to a neat tool called
gdipp. From its website:
The gdipp (codename) project is a replacement of the Windows text render [sic], which brings to you the effect of text like Mac OS and Linux distributions. It is easy to use with ignorable overhead, and it is fully customizable.
gdipp and installed it with defaults. I could tell an immediate difference on my own website in Chrome (which uses custom typography via Typekit). I A/B-tested the site on OSX and Windows, and I can finally say that I can’t tell a difference in quality of font rendering.
Get it here: http://code.google.com/p/gdipp/