This post has been edited by WildBill: 02 January 2010 - 11:20 PM
SmoothText 1.1.8 Subpixel antialiaser for Windows 2000
Posted 02 January 2010 - 11:19 PM
Posted 02 January 2010 - 11:21 PM
But WOW! I still haven't thought of a good style even with static images, and now I can consider animation!
It's just too much to handle! ^^
Posted 07 January 2010 - 04:36 PM
1.0.5 will have quite a few fixes and improvements.
EDIT: Revised the stretching parameters for the image to make it look a little better.
This post has been edited by WildBill: 07 January 2010 - 05:20 PM
Posted 12 January 2010 - 07:01 AM
I uploaded log file here.
This Application freezed when I continual clicked several times short cut icon with ALT key.
Posted 15 March 2010 - 09:32 PM
Posted 03 April 2010 - 04:55 PM
I still have one showstopper that I'd like to fix. Also, I'm working on a simple skin (shown here) that will work on NT4. Actually, the only restrictions for NT4 are that you can't have any alpha-blended windows, such as start button overlays, tooltips, and menus. You CAN otherwise use alpha-blended skin images, though.
P.S. Don't worry about the weird-looking calculator icon at the top. I have Daedalus off at the moment.
This post has been edited by WildBill: 03 April 2010 - 04:57 PM
Posted 09 April 2010 - 01:14 AM
Pardon me if it's not the right place to share.
1) ClearType rasterizer from Microsoft Reader (which i use in RP9) is widely tweakable with registry settings and in fact gives results extremely close to Windows 7 output.
2) There is a full functioning ClearType rasterizer in gdiplus.dll which is artifically restricted by GetVersionEx check. It gives output extremely close to Windows XP output and has decent performance, but GDI+ text api is awkward.
And by extremely close i mean pixel perfect match with indistinguishable color or possible minor hinting differences.
Posted 25 April 2010 - 10:03 PM
Things are progressing very well, now, though; while there are occasional visual glitches, SmoothText 1.0.5 is largely bug-free now.
Posted 02 May 2010 - 03:55 PM
Anyway, do you take suggestions? If you do, here's a few:
* Try to integrate themes into the Appereance tab, just like in RP9.
* Use the ClearType rasterizer that's used in Revolutions Pack 9. The standard text smoothing gets blurry even on a TFT screen.
* Add an enable/disable ClearType checkbox to the Effects tab. Also add a button besides it that opens the configuration utility.
* Package the program into a real installer.
* Make the program start up automaticly using the registry.
* Finally, get rid of the tray icon.
Posted 02 May 2010 - 09:48 PM
I like the idea of using a real installer and I once investigated it, but I never settled on a good one. It would be nice if there was a free one that used Windows Installer.
I originally created SmoothText before Tihiy discovered how to use the real ClearType. I'm not sure if I want to make the switch, since that's owned by MS. The way that SmoothText is architected it might be possible to let it switch back and forth between the two, but I can't say it's a high priority. Of course, we can always improve SmoothText's rasterizer, too. I definitely like the idea of integrating into the Display Properties popup, though I'd need some help with that since I've never done that before.
Here's another screenshot to show where I am: I've been fixing bugs just about every day (including a major one that took me by surprise tonight). It's almost ready, now.
Posted 08 May 2010 - 09:07 PM
I know better to claim that version 1.0.5 is perfect, but I think I've gotten rid of the major showstoppers and I feel comfortable enough with it to release it. I've updated the download link at the top and added the list of changes. With all that's new in this one, I could use all the feedback I can get.
Enjoy, everyone. It's been a long road to get here.
- ← hibernation & USB problems
- Windows NT4 / 2000 / 2003
- Changing system locale/location & font size through registry →