El Capitan and horrible glyphs

I spent a day upgrading my MacBook Pro from Mavericks, OS X 10.9, to El Capitan, OS X 10.11, and then downgrading it back to Mavericks. I needed to downgrade my OS back to Mavericks as the system fonts on El Capitan produce horrible glyphs on my older external monitor[*] and, further, my 52 years old eyes were not able to adjust to the high contract between the visual strength of the background and the visual weakness of the glyphs. No amount of hardware adjustment or software calibration resolved the problem. Apple's visual design drive to near invisible text -- on OS X and iOS -- is going to push me away from their products.

[*] Acer B243H 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor

3 comments:

Matt Caron said...

That's very strange. I mean, that's kind of a basic thing to not break... There aren't any pixel density or subhinting settings to apply to make it readable?

Andrew Gilmartin said...

Well, this is Apple and so, unlike Microsoft, they are willing to let old hardware become obsolete. While I might complain about this, the truth is that Mavericks (OS X 10.9) is a perfectly good operating system for my needs both as a user and as a developer. Apple provides El Capitan without cost and so, in theory, I could put the money I would have payed for an OS upgrade in the past towards better hardware.

Matt Caron said...

So, I pulled the specs on that monitor and it's a modern, digital, HD monitor. I fail to see how you could upgrade unless they expect you to buy a 4k monitor, which are still rather expensive.

Either you'really doing something wrong or they made a bad design decision.

Oh, and my benchmark is Linux, not Windows. Sure, they break stuff, but generally not backwards hardware compatibility. 10 year old setups still work just fine.

Staying on Mavericks works until they drop updates....