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Old 11-02-2004, 12:36 AM   #1
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KDE Icons not antialiased...werid

Hey all,

Here's my problem:
In KDE, none of my icons are smooth or antialiased. I have seen screenshots where they are, but for some reason mine are very jagged. This happens regardless of the icon set I am using (tried Crystal, Nuvola, and more). Originally, the fonts had this same problem to, but I re-emerged xorg with USE="-bitmapped-fonts", and it seemd to fix the problem. Is there anything that is known to cause this behavior. I have the same thing happening on two separate systems?

My configuraton:
KDE 3.3, Xorg 6.8.0-r1, QT 3.3.0. Gentoo Linux system, KDE and all libraries compiled with Athlon XP architecture, -02, USE="mmx 3dnow php qt kde X acpi, xv".

If anyone has had this problem and fixed it, I would greatly appreciate any advice. Thanks!

Old 11-02-2004, 06:47 AM   #2
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Icons not anti-aliased

Just a shot in the dark: are you using 24-bit or 32-bit color depth? I suppose you might have problems with 16-bit (and this is definitely an issue at 8-bit).

Also, keep in mind that icon anti-aliasing is not, as of 2004, an automatic function. People have to choose vector graphics for icons (like the SVG or Corel's CRD formats) to enjoy high-quality icons; alternatively, the icon designer might release high quality anti-aliased fixed-size bitmap icons -- but again not all icon sets are prepared thus.

As far as I know, Gnome is ahead of KDE in available SVG icon sets (a popular one being named Gorilla). You find many of these in screenshots of Nautilus (a file manager for Gnome).

(Just now I noticed you compiled KDE yourself. So, probably you know all this, I'm leaving it anyway for a less technical user. Sorry, if I couldn't be that much useful).

Last edited by guest; 11-02-2004 at 06:49 AM.
Old 11-03-2004, 12:16 AM   #3
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I greatly appreciate your help, and I know what you are talking about with GNOME using vector-based icons instead of pixmaps. My color depth is set to 24-bit. I think the problem may be the color depth of my there a setting for this, or a config file in KDE that has this in it at all? I notice the same thing in WinXP if the icons are set to 16 bit. If you set them to 32-bit the icon edges and shadows are alpha blended, so I'm thinking there may be a similar setting in KDE...thanks for any help, you guys are the best on the Internet!



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