Font fix for OS X 10.5 & IDEA 7.0.x

If you are like me and you think the Cocoa theme is butt-ugly and you prefer to use Alloy instead then you have probably noticed that the font rendering is all messed up on Leopard. This is because Java 5 now uses a different rendering engine, and that results in weird text drawing in both static and editable fields.

The fix is pretty simple fortunately. Just add apple.awt.graphics.UseQuartz=true to IDEAs properties. You can do this by opening IDEA from the Finder using 'Show Package Contents' and then opening the Info.plist file. There, add a new text entry to the Java.Properties dictionary with the above setting.

Looks much better :)

S.

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Can you show us a screenshot?

Stefan Arentz wrote:

If you are like me and you think the Cocoa theme is butt-ugly and you prefer to use Alloy instead then you have probably noticed that the font rendering is all messed up on Leopard. This is because Java 5 now uses a different rendering engine, and that results in weird text drawing in both static and editable fields.

The fix is pretty simple fortunately. Just add apple.awt.graphics.UseQuartz=true to IDEAs properties. You can do this by opening IDEA from the Finder using 'Show Package Contents' and then opening the Info.plist file. There, add a new text entry to the Java.Properties dictionary with the above setting.

Looks much better :)

S.

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Can you show us a screenshot?


You mean of the buggy rendering?

S.

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No, the nice one. It's just for us poor Windows folks to see some nice
UI from time to time... :)

Stefan Arentz wrote:
>> Can you show us a screenshot?


You mean of the buggy rendering?

S.

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Thanx for the tip...

Looks like this is not only a cosmetic change but also deals with some weird behaviour I've been noticing: i.e. switching files not working, some plugin dialogs not showing at all...

Regards,

Roberto

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Hm this doesn't seem to work anymore. In 7.0.4 on OS X 10.5.5 with the Alloy theme all text is truncated again. Does anyone know how to fix this?

S.

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