When I use TextWrangler, I can use the beautiful, crisp bitmapped 10 point Monaco font:


In TextMate, when I select Monaco 10 as my font, I get a much fuzzier rendered vector graphic from the TrueType version of Monaco:

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I do like the lack of chrome in a TextMate window, but find the lack of bitmapped Monaco 10 to be off-putting. Is there a way to get TextMate to use the bitmapped version of the Monaco font, or do I need to stick with TextWrangler for that?


For TextMate 2 you can do the following.

In a Terminal window run:

defaults write com.macromates.TextMate.preview disableAntiAlias -bool YES

To disable it, run:

defaults write com.macromates.TextMate.preview disableAntiAlias -bool NO
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    Alas it applies to all fonts, and not just desired fonts, but this is good to know about!
    – Daniel
    Nov 16 '12 at 16:58

I don't know about TextMate 2, but there's an option to disable anti-aliasing in TextMate 1.

  • Awesome! Is that in the font dialog box? If so, it's a feature not (yet?) found in the alpha release of 2.
    – Daniel
    Nov 4 '12 at 18:46

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