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How does a computer render an object to the screen?

Are all computer graphics rendered using polygons? What I mean is, some computer geometries are mathematically represented in the form of equations (for example, CAD software). Does the computer ...
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Why is rendering multibyte character sequences unbelievably slow?

About a week ago I realized that the file list in µTorrent would hang for less than a second whenever a file with a long Japanese file name was visible. I found it curious, but I didn't really have ...
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Professional graphics cards a “must” for rendering static environments?

I'm not sure if the title is clear but with more words what I want to say is: I'm building a PC for a decorator who's main work is to render photorealistic images of house interiors. For that she uses ...
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How to get Apple font rendering on Windows (XP)?

No, I am not trying to start a flame war. :-) I understand, that this is purely matter of taste. Both Joel & Jeff have stated their opinions on the matter. I for one love the way the Mac displays ...
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Fonts in PDF files: How do I ensure that a font will render properly across platforms/readers?

I created a document in MS Word (2007) and then published to PDF with the intention of creating a document that looks the same regardless of platform or pdf reader choice. It looks fine on a couple ...
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Cause for bad font rendering in Chrome?

I notice that the text on some web pages look bad when viewed in Chrome (16.0.912.77 m) while OK with Firefox (10.0). FWIW, I'm using the Windows versions of those applications, with default settings. ...
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Does subpixel rendering technology such as ClearType have any effect on CRT displays?

If I understood correctly, subpixel rendering was originally designed to improved anti-aliasing of text on LCD screens. It makes use of the fact that each pixel on a color LCD is actually a bunch of ...
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Google Chrome never renders fonts properly / no smoothing etc

A while ago I started using Chrome and no longer Firefox, however I found out something weird which maybe force me to return to Firefox if I can not fix this. I am coding a homepage and the output was ...
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Alternative to povray?

I need a raytracer, but I have some trouble with povray. is there a free, cross platform alternative which accepts a simple subset of povray syntax ? need to run it from command line. no graphics.
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A scripting language for videos

I'm searching for a way to to create a video sequence with something like a scripting language. The goal is to automate the process of generating a script which describes something like: place video ...
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What can cause such Firefox rendering errors? And how to fix this

I have a poblem with my Firefox, especially on stack exchange pages. Lot of elements are not visible (mainly text), but visible after hovering mouse. Scrolling page causes some random duplications ...
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Is there a quality difference between YouTube videos on Chrome vs. Firefox?

YouTube videos played back in Chrome seem not as sharp as compared to Firefox (on Windows XP). Is this just my imagination or is there a technical reason for this? It seems like Firefox spawns a ...
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Weird rendering artefact in vim (terminal, not MacVim)

Running Mac OS X, using either Terminal.app or iTerm2, there is a strange artefact with the character rendering that I have a hard time explaining and an even harder time understanding. I'll start ...
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Ubuntu Lucid (10.04) subpixel font rendering crashes Xorg

I really don't know how to solve this on my own so I thought giving this site a chance. After upgrading to Lucid I ran into some problems. With some experimenting I came to a conclusion that if I ...
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Good application to render or convert SVG files to other file formats [closed]

I need to render SVG files to other file formats (.png, for example.) What's a good application for performing that render or conversion? Specifically, I need an application that runs on Windows. ...
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What alternative browser rendering engines exist for Linux/UNIX?

Now that Opera has switched to WebKit too, on Linux I found only WebKit or Gecko based browsers. The only other one was KDE/Konqueror's KHTML and on Windows IE's Trident. Are there any other ...
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Firefox does not render HTML if Content-Type HTTP Header is missing

I work with Water Treatment Controllers which have embedded web servers. Some controller's that I try to connect to using Firefox do not render the HTML that is returned from the web server. Instead, ...
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PDF rendering issue os OSX

I came across some very odd rendering when trying to view a PDF file that needed to print out. I was wondering anyone has come across a similar problem before or has any ideas as to what might be ...
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Weird rendering of font Helvetica in Chrome

It started happening after I installed the Helvetica font on my system (at least I think that was the trigger). I tried to install Helvetica on my Ubuntu 12.10 system but the font viewer crashed ...
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How to add IMAGE to rendering extensions?

I have a problem with one ActiveX. The main problem is that I can't print from the internet, since our Group Policies restrict the installation from normal users. I have created a snippet to install ...
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PNG alpha rendered as black in Blender

I'm a Blender novice, so this is probably easy to fix. When I use a transparent PNG as a texture in Blender, the parts that should be transparent are rendered as black. This is especially confusing ...
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Why do some images load from the bottom?

Why do some images render from the bottom? I have seen them in the past but I have never thought of it much. Today I was browsing this page of ZeusEdit editor and middle-clicked on one of the ...
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How do I know if DirectX is using hardware acceleration or software rendering?

Is there any DirectX diagnostcs tool which will allow me to understand if Graphics acceleration from my GPU is actually working or software rendering is kicking-in instead? I ask this because If I go ...
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Will an extra SSD help cut down video rendering time or help multitask

I am building a system specially to create good video content. One thing I am not sure about is the hard drive setup I need. I know the most important parts are the RAM, CPU, and GPU, but I have those ...
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How can I export PDF from InDesign so that transparency renders properly on all platforms?

Gradients, including drop shadows, all show up as solid blocks when I view my document on an Android phone. I tried different PDF compression and compatibility settings in an attempt to flatten and ...
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Can a browser only render fonts installed on the system?

For example - I see lot many different fonts on webpages. Does the fact that I am able to view them mean that they all are installed on my system? I do not think so. Then, how does my browser render ...
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Why Does Text Get Squished Up In Word 2010 With A Translucent Watermark?

You may experience an anomaly in Word 2010 that looks like this: The expected result is supposed to be normally-displayed text. In the picture below, the text that is circled contains approximately ...
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Rendering MS PowerPoint documents properly in LibreOffice Impress

When I open ppt files in LibreOffice Impress the format is not the same as in MS PowerPoint. The images and the text are not properly aligned. Are there any tips on how to open MS PowerPoint ...
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Letters seem to be rendered incorrectly in Firefox

So, when I'm browsing in firefox, some letters look grainy or glowing, does anyone know what might be causing this? It doesn't show on all websites, only some. It almost looks like Firefox is trying ...
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Font rendering in Internet Explorer vs other browsers on Windows XP

I have four browsers installed on my Windows XP SP3 machine: Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3.5, Safari 4, and Google Chrome. For whatever reason, fonts appeared to be rendered differently in IE than ...
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Chrome 37 - BGR subpixel text rendering

I am lucky to have a screen with BGR subpixel layout. With lucky I mean that Google Chrome 37 now forced RGB subpixel rendering with their recently added DirectWrite text rendering method. Text is ...
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What causes the Windows XP lagscreen render fail?

We all know the situation when a program or the OS itself froze and the only thing you can do is paint with the millions of dialogs that the system renders. I am talking about this (demo here): Why ...
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Does “SandBoxie” slow down the system?

I'm currently working with many video editing programs, which have conflicts with their components (Pinnacle, Avid, Premiere, Corel Video Studio, and others). Could Sandboxie slow down my workflow ...
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3D modeling: any production-quality GPU renderers out there?

Are there stable and production-quality renderers out there, which use the GPU? (I mean pluggable renderes for suits such as 3ds max, Maya, Blender, ...) I am aware that preview functionality often ...
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Certain web pages are suddenly not rendering properly in FireFox

I am using FireFox 3.6.3. I noticed in the last couple of days that several webpages which I visit regularly are not rendering properly. A lot of the text is overlapping with other text and it ...
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Why does Sony Vegas Pro 9.0 render .MP4 horribly?

OS: Windows 7 Ult. 32bit Latest version of Sony Vegas 9.0 Note: I have already tried uninstalling and reinstalling. No luck. Video Sample
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Google Chrome and Helvetica Neue, big bug

I'm experiencing a big, bad bug only with Google Chrome. I have all the Helvetica fonts installed on my Windows 7 computer. (Helvetica, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica Neue LT, and so on.. it's like more ...
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Rendering tier 0 despite the DirectX 9.0 installed (Asus ET1602)

I have an Asus EeeTop PC ET1602 with integrated graphics Intel GMA 950 which supports DirectX 9. Despite the fact that DirectX 9 is installed, WPF is running at tier 0. Regarding to the documentation ...
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How to make ClearType looks ok even with large fonts

I discovered that on large/huge fonts ClearType does have a negative impact. Just take a look at http://patterns.dataincubator.org/book/ page (check title with huge fonts versus normal text). If you ...
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Poser 8 slow rendering when using Indirect Lighting

When I do a standard Poser 8 render I can have it render in a matter of minutes. As soon as I turn on Indirect Lighting (IDL) the same image - with the same settings - can take hours to render. Any ...
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How to force Windows to use cleartype for all font sizes

I have some large excel spreadsheets and often have to zoom out to have an overall view of them. However as I zoomed out, the characters are rendered in a smaller font, and until some point size it ...
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Rendering artifact when using Eclipse (FlashBuilder)

Once in a while when using FlashBuilder, I'll get a rendering artifact that doesn't go away until I do a full reboot. This artifact seems to be caused by a popup triggered by code documentation popups ...
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Override webpage doctype in my browser?

My CIS class' webpages seem to be using the shorthand HTML4 Doctype (as in, not with the full W3C URL) and improperly formed HTML. I'm having trouble seeing the pages although several professors seems ...
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Why does remote desktop screen go black and stay that way for a minute whenver I restore a window from a maximized state, or maximize the window?

I'm connecting to a Windows 7 machine with desktop composition and all that turned on. It starts out in a non-composition mode where you can see portions of windows being drawn, but then it freezes ...
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Processor quality versus graphics card

I am planning to purchase a laptop which could run a complex software such a SolidWorks. My friend advised me to go for a graphics card. However I am of the view that instead of investing in a ...
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How does distributed computing work?

I heard a 3D modeller say that when he renders a scene he uses multiple machines to do it because simply the hardware is not powerful enough and he is using the collective computational power of more ...
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Internet Explorer not loading third-party CSS

I'm having some problems with a user's Internet Explorer. It looks like it isn't loading CSS for sites properly. For example here on Super User the front page seems to have loaded the fonts ...
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Why are videos rendered by the cpu instead of the gpu?

Well I know this might sound like a pretty stupid question, but I couldn't find an answer using google, so yeah ... So, I know there are techniques like OpenCL and CUDA, but why is, by default, the ...
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Black bar down right hand side of IE9

Slightly weird one this. Dell Vostro 3550, Windows 7. IE 9 renders with a black strip down the right hand side. To work the scroll bar, you have to aim the mouse at where the scroll bar SHOULD be, ...
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How to print a rendered website to pdf or vector graphics? [closed]

This is a crucial question to many: Searching the web, I have found several command line tools that allow you to convert a HTML-document to a PDF-document, however they all seem to use their own, ...