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?