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Enhance launcher appearance [released]

asked 2013-12-24 17:28:05 +0200

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updated 2014-03-24 23:40:22 +0200

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Use a thicker fontweight for text, as it's grainy on the qHD screen. Edit: fixed with 1.0.2.5

Also disable antialiasing on the launcher icons, as they get blured on the edges. Edit: fixed with 1.0.3.8

Edit: reopened after further comments (Edit by @ssahla, March 24th: Icon issue fixed in 1.0.4.20, font issue improved in 1.0.2.5 but still not optimal in 1.0.4.20.)

Marked two icons to show the bluring on the edge boundaries: image description

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n.b. the blurring of top edges is this issue https://together.jolla.com/question/11164/screen-rendering-weird-pixel-interpolation/

vitaminj ( 2014-01-10 20:51:31 +0200 )edit

This doesn't appear to be fixed for me. Round icons like the clock still have a bump on the top.

Bizarrely, if I move the clock to the first row of 4 icons that appear on the multitasking view, the bump disappears and it's rendered as a perfect circle.

I'm running 1.0.3.8

aegis ( 2014-02-01 16:39:52 +0200 )edit

I agree with @aegis, this is not (properly) fixed in 1.0.3.8. Top parts of icons still don't look good. Also the font anti-aliasing is still not optimal; most visibly the letter W (both upper and lower case) looks jagged – better than in @Morpog's original screenshot, but I think it could be better.

ssahla ( 2014-03-01 00:01:12 +0200 )edit

According to AllBoutN9, the icon-top-deformation is fixed in 1.0.4.1.

ssahla ( 2014-03-02 20:39:23 +0200 )edit
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I noticed that you can influence the text antialiasing system-wide by editing the variable QT_DF_RANGE in /var/lib/environment/nemo/50-jolla-ui.conf. A bigger value means stronger antialiasing = less visible pixels. The default value (in 1.0.3.8) is 0.08. I changed it to 0.15, and I think text (at least in the launcher screen) looks better now. Stronger antialiasing also means that edges get a bit softer, so the optimal value is a compromise between sharp edges and smooth curves; I haven't tested what would give the best results, but I think maybe Jolla should consider increasing the default value – ping @dez.

ssahla ( 2014-03-09 21:25:45 +0200 )edit

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answered 2013-12-24 20:14:57 +0200

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updated 2013-12-24 20:16:19 +0200

There is no need to increase the font size, just some hinting/anti-aliasing tweaks. It seems, they are coming in the following updates.

Teaser: launcher should look after this changes as image description

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well, actually that look like a thicker fontweight ;)

icons still are blured on boundaries though.....

Morpog ( 2013-12-24 20:49:41 +0200 )edit

it is not thicker, just anti-aliasing. Regarding icons: there is a reason to separate questions: you get an answer on each separately :)

dez ( 2013-12-24 21:36:31 +0200 )edit

The launcher font seems to have been improved (better hinting) in the 1.0.2.5 release ...?

idiallo ( 2013-12-28 14:53:20 +0200 )edit

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