Why do fonts look wispy in AppCode?

If I pick a font like Menlo in AppCode, it does not render as clear and crisp as Menlo in Xcode running on the same computer.  This applies to any other font I chose in AppCode. Central parts of the strokes appear solid but ascenders and descenders blur and fade out.

The effect is very similar to a misconfigured ClearType on Windows prior to running the ClearType tuner.

Is this because its Java?

EDIT:  I'm using a DELL flat-panel monitor; the problem is most pronounced in the code editing window.

Thanks guys.

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It is because of two reasons: default font size in Xcode is 11, while it is 12 in AppCode. Also, AppCode uses 'bold' font more often than Xcode.
If you are sure there is a difference that we couldn't find, please make a screenshots of the same code snippet in AppCode and in Xcode.

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Well no, I'm using the same font, size and style.

Anyway I found the cause, just need to beef up AppleFontSmoothing in OS X.

In my case I did a

defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2

...from Terminal.

This link has a bit more info.

Thanks.

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perform a:

defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2

...from terminal

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Thanks for the useful link, Micky.
Can you please attach the screenshots that show the difference in AppCode that you get?

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I don't have a camera with a macro lens and tripod so I'm using my humble phone camera instead.

photo.JPG

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Thanks,
usually it is enough to take a screenshot with the built-in tool:
Screen Shot 2012-06-05 at 10.12.15 .png

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