April 1st, 2008 • 9:42 am
This is something that has been bugging me ever since I first installed Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) on my machine. The latest Mac OS X version introduces a change in the way music files (including MP3 files and AAC files) are previewed in the Finder and with Quick Look. Mac OS X now uses the following graphic:
Is it just me, or is there a distinct lack of polish in this picture that is really quite unexpected in an Apple product these days? The problem is particularly noticeable in the top halves of the round parts of the music notes and along the top edge.
Here’s a 400% close-up of that edge:
There is clearly some amount of anti-aliasing here, but it is also quite clearly not sufficient to hide the very ugly “staircase” effect, which is precisely what anti-aliasing is supposed to be good for.
And this “staircase” effect is very much visible, at least in my eyes, even without the 400% zoom. It’s even worse for the smaller version of the graphic in the “Preview” column in a Finder window in column view:
Everything else in Mac OS X is so smooth and so sleek that this flaw really stands out. And I work with lots of music files on a daily basis, so I see this all the time.
I find it really quite puzzling that Apple’s engineers find this perfectly acceptable, while everywhere else in Mac OS X they do their best to use anti-aliasing to smooth any rough edges.
Am I really the only who’s bothered by this?