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Font rendering: Apple JDK 6 vs Oracle JDK 1.7.0_40

Sep 12, 2013
Category: Java

The Oracle JDK version 1.7.0_40 contains significant changes in font rendering comparing to latest builds of Apple JDK 1.6

Apple JDK with Quartz
apple-jdk-font-rendering

Oracle JDK 1.7.0_40
oracle-jdk-font-rendering

First screenshot was made with Apple JDK. Quartz Graphics Framework enabled by passing apple.awt.graphics.UseQuartz=true as a system property to render text and graphics. Anyway, fonts and colours under Apple JDK with Quartz look so different in java applications comparing to native ones. The good news is that fonts look natively with new Oracle JDK. It uses new approaches to render texts. Unfortunately, OpenGL doesn’t support SubPixel anti-aliasing, so you can have some problems with non-Retina displays.

Also Apple JDK with Quartz modifies colours while rendering and makes them more soft and warm. Look at the difference in backgrounds on the pictures. They have the same background colour… sort of…