I’ve been using Pages for writing new AMOSXP chapters, and for the most part, it’s a pleasant experience. I’ve just about got the NSOperation chapter put to bed, and was making a PDF to send off to the first round of reviewers, when I noticed the generated PDF output was beyond horrible. Here’s what it looked like on-screen:
and here’s what the resulting PDF looked like:
Hideous, isn’t it?
Turns out that Pages is honoring the “Turn off text smoothing for font sizes x and smaller” when generating the PDF, and using bitmaps for the smaller font sizes. I have that set to “12 and smaller” because anti-aliasing plus my eye correction conspire to make things difficult to read. Why Pages is using this setting for PDFs is beyond my comprehension (and I hope it’s just a bug – VoodooPad does the RightThing. Filed Radar 5698417). You’d think that PDFs are being made for someone else’s consumption, and so wouldn’t carry along personal preferences like this.