IDEA 9: Fonts very large since JDK 1.6.0_18 upgrade

Hi,

I'm using IDEA 9 on Ubuntu 9.10 (64bit), and since I upgraded my JDK from 1.6.0_17 to 1.6.0_18, all the fonts (in the menu bar, editor tabs, project explorer and so on) got very large. in fact, they look like in NetBeans, and that's no compliment at all in my opinion... Are there any new JDK settings causing this font rendering? Is there any Java-standard way to influence the font size (besides overriding the Java fonts via IDEA Appearance setting, which is not recommended...)?

Cheers
Martin

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Curious but are you using the 64 bit JVM as well on your 64 bit OS? I recently did the same but I am on a different OS...Win 7 x64 but running on a 32 bit JVM and had 0 problems other than the performance of the IDE definitely jumped a bit which is a very welcome benefit of course.

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Since I upgraded from Sun JDK 1.6.0_17 to 1.6.0_18 the fonts in the dialog windows became very ugly. Anti-aliasing seems to be disabled or something. However the font in the editor still looks good.
If I use another Look-And-Feel (LAF) than the default Alloy things improve but I prefer Alloy. I checked with the Alloy website: http://lookandfeel.incors.com/ but Alloy has not been updated since 2003!

I'm running Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit (and a 64-bit JDK)


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DbVisualizer, which also uses the Alloy LAF, has the same problem:

dbvis-alloy.png


So it is definitely an issue with certain LAFs and the new Java 1.6.0_18. Since Alloy development seems to have halted, perhaps log an issue with Sun?

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I'm also using IDEA-9 under JDK 1.6.0_15 (64 bit) with Ubuntu Linux 9.10 (64 bit) and I don't have any LAF issues that stick out like a sore thumb. I did like the alloy LAF but have settled on the GTK LAF and that works fine for me.  I using the same JDK that came with the Ubuntu/Debian repositories - hence I'm still on 1.6.0_15. I'm not sure if things will go awry when 1.6.0_18 comes around in the Ubuntu repositories.

So far so good, because I would absolutely have a problem using Windows as my development environment. When you have the best possible IDE (IDEA) why use a 3rd rate environment like Windows?

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To compare: Sun JDK 1.6.0_17 (top) vs Sun JDK 1.6.0_18 (bottom):



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(Right click the picture and open/save in a new window, this forum's picture viewer compresses it too much)
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