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You can have a look at this dev article that highlights the new Adobe Type Engine - http://www.adobe.com/devnet/fireworks/articles/adobe_text_engine.html.
In a nutshell, what you experienced in 4 is based on a different 'engine' (Macromedia) and CS4 finally makes the full transition, on par with other Adobe applications.
In your particular case, at least in my experience, when ever I use Verdana, I find it looks better with Anti-Alias to None. It looks a lot closer to 'web' than with any AA on. Thats just my opinion, here. See if that makes a difference.
> I am going from Fireworks 4 to Fireworks CS4. The type in Fireworks 4 was
> smooth, almost vector-ish. It could be part of an image and still look like
> HTML text in a web page. The text (10-12 pixels or so) in Fireworks CS4 looks
> blurry and not good at all...definitely not suitable as a substitute for the
> clarity of HTML text. I have also noticed this in previous versions of
> Photoshop, which is why I always turned to my trusty Fireworks 4 when I wanted
> good, clean text on an image. I am hoping there is something I am
> missing....some setting or something....does anyone else notice this? My
> clients do, and they complain about it. Please help!
> Here is an example of what I'm working with:
Kim Cavanaugh wrote a good article on this subject at Community MX.
Could be worth a read. Text handling is very similar now to Photoshop
and resolves may issues for those who need to open PSD files in FW or
Save PSD files in FW for editing in PS.
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By any chance are you using Faux bold options for fonts instead of using the true bold font weight, in your designs? That could be one of the reasons why you are seeing blurry text. As mentioned by Darrell, do have a look at the following article which mentions about this and many more in text handling for Fireworks CS4.
Originally posted by: Bopjo
The text (10-12 pixels or so) in Fireworks CS4 looks blurry and not good at all...definitely not suitable as a substitute for the clarity of HTML text. I am hoping there is something I am missing....some setting or something....does anyone else notice this? My clients do, and they complain about it. Please help!
Here is an example of what I'm working with:
I'm having a problem with the type looking ragged in FW CS4 but only intermittently. If I close the file or quit the program and then re-open, often the ragged edge will have smoothed out and the appearance looks good again. Sometimes I have to open and close several times. Does anyone know what's causing this phenomenon?
Verify that whenever you open a file, it opens up at 100% zoom level. Sometimes, it may open up at lesser zoom levels due the bigger canvas size and this is when the text seems to look jagged.
Thanks, Arun. I'll check that out. Often, the file opens in a thumbnail size and then I enlarge it. FW freezes a lot and I have to force quit as well. Have there been many complaints about that?
Thats strange! never seen the application freezing on trying to enlarge it to 100%. What is the usual canvas size of your files are?
Can you send us a screenshot of files opening up as thumbnails?
Sorry for the unclear description. The freezes don't happen when I'm opening the file. They're a separate issue.