Word X: Mac OS X support is only skin-deep

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
April 3rd, 2003 • 6:47 pm

A telling example of how Word X’s support for Mac OS X’s key features is only skin-deep. Microsoft can always claim that they were one of the first Mac OS X developers to implement “Quartz Text Smoothing” in their Mac OS X applications… But as soon as you try to play with such text, here’s what you get:

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The horizontal text in the first TABLE is antialiased properly with Quartz Text Smoothing.

The vertical text in the second table, which is obtain by simply changing the orientation of the text in the TABLE cell, is… not antialiased at all (not even with pre-Quartz text smoothing).

A Mac OS X that properly supports the Quartz graphics engine would be able to rotate text in any direction and still preserve its antialiasing, right?

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