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Font Smoothing is good on Windows Xp/Vista, but not the best. The font smoothing you can get in Mac OS X is very good. One will love to have OS X like font smoothing on Windows as well (If that buddy want to switch to Windows from OS X, little strange.. huh..).

However from my point of view, Ubuntu 9.04 does provide much better font smoothing. After seeing that Ubuntu, I would like to have the same on the Windows Xp as well.

As a solution I was able to find a library named 'GDI++'. Just google it & you will get the download link easily.

I tried out, not satisfied with default settings. So I did make some changes in ini(s) settings file & it worked. I was able get the satisfactory results after spending around an hour on it. The screenshots are as below for the font smoothing on various Operating Systems. Have look, which one you like?

Windows Xp - Cleartype Fontsmoothing

Windows Xp - GDI++

Ubuntu 9.04

Mac OS X Leopard

Note: This post is for the people who understand the font rendering/smoothing.

This is much needed when you want to force the web browser to show the Save File dialog box. Generally the web browser opens the file which can be read by it.

It all depends on the header which is being sent from the web server to the client browser. By default, the browser can open the images i.e. .gif, j.pg, .png & some other file as well like .swf (for FF especially).

This is how it can be implemented with Content-disposition. For example I want to force to save the .swf file.

The PHP code will be:

header('Content-disposition: attachment; filename=filename.swf');