October 3rd, 2003 • 10:36 pm
Whatever type-rendering engine Adobe’s Reader 6 for Mac OS X is using, it is obviously not doing a very good job. Look at the following portion of a PDF document displayed in Adobe Reader 6:
and then the exact same portion of the same PDF file in Mac OS X’s Preview:
The font used here is Book Antiqua, a TrueType font — but the problem is pretty much the same with every font, although things seem to be a bit worse with TrueType fonts.
I wouldn’t mind Adobe using their own proprietary rendering engine instead of Mac OS X’s built-in one if the results were of equivalent quality. But this is obviously not right, and is painful to read on screen when saving web pages as PDF files. Yuk.