Here are condensed steps on how to setup anti-aliasing for
your editor and the IDEA GUI.
First check IDE Settings->Appearance->Use antialiased font
in editor. Also, you may wish to experiment with editor
font in IDE Settings->Colors&Fonts. I like Bitstream Vera
Sans Mono 14 pt on a 20" LCD.
If you want to see anti-aliased text IDEA's UI,
you add the following ot idea.properties file:
Note that IDEA special gui components like tree, etc. will
still not have anti-aliased text. But the menu and dialog
labels should be anti-aliased for sure.
You may want to experiment with the UI font in IDE Settings-
>Appearance. My default font is too small on a 20" LCD, so
I check the Override default fonts by (not recommended):
and select a larger size. (14 pt).
The above works with all the look and feels that I tried:
Windows, Metal, IDEA (4.5 Default), Alloy.
If you want to play around with Mustang (JDK 6.0 eap) LCD
subpixel antialiasing, then you need to add this line at
the top of idea.bat
SET IDEA_JDK=C:\Program Files\Java\JDK1.6.0\
and add the following to idea.properties:
I haven't played around with mustang enough to tell what
the different is between jdk 5.0 anti-aliasing.
LCD Text: Anti-Aliasing on the Fringe
Phil's Font Fixes