Xcode Tips

Posted by Orville Bennett on July 13, 2008
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I like my fonts antialiased, and one thing that has continually bothered me is Xcode’s lack of antialiasing in its code editor. To gain this “feature” I had to go to the Xcode Preferences window, then to the Fonts and Colors section. Click on the font and either change it to another fixed width font, or increase the size of Monaco to be greater than 10. For some reason, even if it’s set in System Preferences, Monaco at 10 point or lower is not antialiased (except for in the Terminal, which has its own antialiasing setting).

When you try to change the font, you’ll be notified that you have to create a duplicate theme in order to change the settings. Once you have allowed that to take place you’ll be able to modify the font (sizes) freely and get some antialiased goodness. Very unintuitive, but hey, who am I to complain, it’s free and otherwise works really well. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go write some xcode.