No font smoothing on transparent layout parts

Discussion created by ehall on Sep 14, 2015
Latest reply on Feb 28, 2017 by TSGal

Ever since updating to FileMaker 14, I've noticed issues with ugly fonts in certain databases. I finally did a little investigation, and I think I've identified the problem. It seems that font smoothing is disabled when the layout part the font is on has no background fill or a transparent background fill. The result is that text looks jaggy and broken, especially at small font sizes, italic styling, or lighter font colors.


Surprisingly, if the object crosses a layout boundary, the portion on an opaque background is anti-aliased, while the portion on the transparent background is not. See attached screenshot for an example.


I get the same result for text objects and fields, as long as both the object and the layout behind it have a transparent fill.


I am running FileMaker 14 Pro Advanced on OS X 10.10.4. I haven't tested on other platforms or versions.


Is this a known issue?