I need a new font-smoothing app for Windows, or a fix to stop fonts in Chrome looking like Zalgo is coming.
I don't like any of Windows 7's built-in font smoothing options, so for the last few years I have used first GDI++
and now gdipp
to replace ClearType, for more Mac/iOS-like font rendering. For the most part gdipp has worked very well, but recent Chrome updates
have resulted in strange, ugly text rendering issues for some fonts, and it looks very much like it'll be broken completely
in Chrome before long. The developer of gdipp seems to be hard at work on a new version, but it's a long way off, and they don't apparently have time to fix bugs in the current version.
I've downloaded a userscript to turn off font shadowing, which has fixed the issue for a few sites (like BBC News) but most are still a problem. If I can't resolve this then I'll have to move back to Firefox or use Safari (which has its own font smoother). I'd rather not.
GDI++ doesn't work on Chrome, and ezgdi just doesn't seem to work at all. Does anyone know of any other methods to achieve Mac/iOS-style font smoothing in Windows? Or any fixes for Chrome to resolve this? Please don't suggest ClearType, as I'm not a fan.
Examples from my PC: Google in Chrome
(which doesn't use gdipp at all)
Random tumblr link from mefi in Chrome