Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Lucida Grande “Retina-optimized” in OS X Mavericks

Tim Ahrens (via John Gruber):

The more interesting question is, of course, what is the difference between the old and new design, which I will simply refer to as “2012” and “2013” here. After opening both versions of the Regular style, my FMX Compare Fonts macro spits out that outlines were changed in 115 glyphs, components were modified in 43 glyphs, metrics were adjusted in 64 glyphs and kerning pairs were added.

Both the spacing and kerning have changed, so if you’re designing a user interface you need to test on a non-Retina display, where text will be wider.

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