[OS X TeX] Skim font smoothing problem with Yosemite

William Slough wslough at gmail.com
Sat Oct 25 11:37:30 EDT 2014

Hi all,

I've been following this thread with interest, as I believe I have
similar problems ... but not on Yosemite, but still at Mavericks.  (I
am a slow adopter, and based on various things I'm reading I'm glad I

I am a long-time user of Skim, coupled with Aquamacs.  For over 6
years, on several different Macs (up to Snow Leopard), things were
beautiful.  Now, having updated to Mavericks in late August, I'm now
seeing various artifacts in PDF files I'm generating from LaTeX.  I
can't make it happen on demand, but it does happen with some
regularity that one or two lines of my otherwise nice-looking output
is messed up.  Scrolling up or down and/or zooming in or out fixes it,
but it would be much better if I didn't have to do this.

I have seen this happen on my personal machine and my office computer
(MacBook Pro + iMac; non-retina).

Every new major software release now makes me cringe, causing me to
wonder what it will break next.  Circumstantial evidence suggests that
this is Apple's problem, but I'm not expecting them to fix it ...
certainly not for Mavericks.

Bill Slough

On Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 10:14 AM, Richard Seguin <riseguin at earthlink.net> wrote:
>> On Oct 25, 2014, at 7:35 AM, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com> wrote:
>>> On Oct 24, 2014, at 1:28 PM, Richard Seguin <riseguin at earthlink.net> wrote:
>>> As for Monaco, this from  http://barebones.com/support/bbedit/current_notes.html
>>>      "Antialiasing is now turned off for Monaco when used in editing views; this restores the legacy (and more legible) appearance on non-retina displays.”
>> Howdy,
>> But it looked ok on my MacBook Air while looking horrendous on my iMac.
>> Good Luck,
>> Herb Schulz
> Herb,
> Send your concerns to support at barebones.com. It’s my personal experience that they actually listen to their customers and take their problems seriously.
> Also, Apple needs to hear that there are widespread problems with font smoothing, and the more people (and hopefully developers) they hear from, the more likely they are to act on complaints. We can start here:  https://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html
> Always provide detail, i.e., “on my iMac with application X, this is what happens” and “on my MBP with application Y, this is what happens” and “when I’m using NEC professional monitor Z, this is what happens.”
> I might have more to say on this later.
> Richard
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