[poppler] Turning off anti-aliasing and hinting?

David Woodfall dave at dawoodfall.net
Tue Feb 12 20:31:55 PST 2013

On (13/02/13 10:41), mpsuzuki at hiroshima-u.ac.jp <mpsuzuki at hiroshima-u.ac.jp> put forth the proposition:
>Qt4 binding of poppler (using Splash backend) has
>a method to configure the anti-aliasing and hinting;
>Thus, it would be possible for the application
>using poppler-qt4 to have a preference switch.
>But poppler cairo backend does not have a method
>for such purpose. I've ever written a patch to add
>such method. See discussion beginning from
>	http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/poppler/2010-August/006271.html
>Anyway, there was no consensus whether such feature
>is good idea, because too many configurable parameters
>do not help the user but confuse them.
># BTW, I've not worked for the anti-aliasing on
># graphic object. I only tested the font/text objects.

Hi mpsuzuki

Can you tell me which version of poppler the patch is for as it is
failing to apply with the latest source?

>On Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:38:28 +0000
>David Woodfall <dave at dawoodfall.net> wrote:
>>Hi, I would like to know if there is a simple way of turning off
>>anti-aliasing and hinting.
>>I ask because Evince (using poppler(cairo) backend) shows text as
>>quite blurry. Here's a screenshot to show you how it looks. On the
>>left of the vertical line is Chromium browser, on the right is Evince
>>rendering some text:
>>My eyes aren't great and prefer a crisper font rendering these days.
>>I'm running Slackware 14.0 with fluxbox as WM and have anti-aliasing
>>turned in fontconfig.
>>Any help greatly appreciated.
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>>    -- Peter da Silva
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