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Menu bar loses crispness

Last post: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:35 PM by Support, 19 reply

 
Friday, July 13, 2012 10:39 AM - Bob

Menu bar loses crispness

 
Has anybody seen this issue, all of a sudden the menu bar is no longer crisply, fonts are not longer nice and crisp. I can open another instance of Xshell is it looks good. See attachment

Program Ver. : Xshell 4
Sunday, July 15, 2012 7:23 PM - Support

Re: Menu bar loses crispness

 
This is a feature in Windows. It is called Cleartype and it makes characters more readable. You can disable this feature in Windows Display settings.


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Monday, July 16, 2012 8:44 PM - Bob

Re: Menu bar loses crispness

 
Clear type is disabled. As you can see from my screenshot, when i initially open Xshell it looks nice and crispy but after a while it becomes fuzzy. This happens on different computers too so i know it's something with Xshell.
Monday, July 16, 2012 10:13 PM - Support

Re: Menu bar loses crispness

 
This is not controlled by Xshell. Windows controls this. I think you would have the same issue with other applications as well. Please try disabling the font smoothing completely.


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Tuesday, July 17, 2012 4:17 AM - Bob

Re: Menu bar loses crispness

 
In System Properties > Performance Options > Visual Effects , it's set to Adjust for best performance, so everything is unselected (smooth edges of screen fonts, smooth-scroll ..etc)

Thank you
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 6:55 AM - Support

Re: Menu bar loses crispness

 
Please send us the following information:

1. What is your Windows version and language?
2. Do you see the problem with other application?
3. Is there a way to duplicate the problem every time? If so, how can we duplicate the issue?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012 8:33 AM - Bob

Re: Menu bar loses crispness

 
1) Windows 7 x64 Enterprise, English (US)
2) No other applications have this display issue
3) I am not sure of an easy way to duplicate this issues. Most often it happens when i RDP into my system and Xshell was already running. If i RDP into my system and open Xshell for the very first time, fonts look correct.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 12:28 PM - Bob

Re: Menu bar loses crispness

 
I have been able to consistently reproduce the issue. If i RDP to my machine, Xshell looks fine, when i come back to the office and login to the machine locally, Xshell menu and session bar become fuzzy.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 7:24 PM - Support

Re: Menu bar loses crispness

 
We have successfully duplicate the issue. It is not certain whether this is a bug in Xshell or Windows but the issue has been reported and the developers will look at it.


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Thursday, July 19, 2012 8:46 AM - Bob

Re: Menu bar loses crispness

 
Thank you
Friday, August 17, 2012 8:10 AM - Bob

Re: Menu bar loses crispness

 
I guess this issue is on the back burner ?
Friday, August 17, 2012 2:50 PM - Support

Re: Menu bar loses crispness

 
This has been reported to our developers and added to our list for prompt attention. We hope to see this fix implemented in our future releases.

Thank you for being patient.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015 6:44 PM - Bob

Re: Menu bar loses crispness

 
I got excited when i saw that the latest update to Xshell 5.0 added an option for "Default Windows title bar and Frame", hoping that would fix the issue with menu bar losing crispiness. Unfortunatelly that did not do it. Is it still on your radar to address ?

Thank you
Sunday, January 18, 2015 3:54 AM - Support

Re: Menu bar loses crispness

 
Can you attach a screenshot of the problem? Xshell 5 might look different from Xshell 4. It will help us resolve this issue.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015 5:56 AM - Bob

Re: Menu bar loses crispness

 
same issue as with Xshell 4, new screenshot attached below
Monday, January 19, 2015 3:39 PM - Support

Re: Menu bar loses crispness

 
This option is not handled Windows. Windows does this rendering part automatically.

Have you tried changing the Expreience tab options in Microsoft RDP client? Please see the attachment for detail.


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 10:47 AM - Bob

Re: Menu bar loses crispness

 
Which option specifically under experience ?

This does not happen to any other applications but Xshell. Previously you said you were able to reproduce this issue. So unless you fixed it in 5.0 why do you think it would behave any different now ?
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 5:41 PM - Support

Re: Menu bar loses crispness

 
Which option specifically under experience ?

// Since you do not want to have the anti-aliasing feature enabled, try disabling the Font smoothing option. By clearing the Font smoothing option, it will disable anti-aliasing on remote session and may fix this issue.

This does not happen to any other applications but Xshell. Previously you said you were able to reproduce this issue. So unless you fixed it in 5.0 why do you think it would behave any different now?

// When we are trying to fix this problem, we found out that this problem could have been caused by MFC (that the framework we use to build our Windows applications). All MFC samples we tested had similar issues. So, we think any commercial software that use MFC have this issue as well. This issue only affects small number Xshell users and do not cause performance issues. Since this issue is caused by MFC, it is difficult to fix it and could potentially cause performance issues if try to fix this.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 4:17 AM - Bob

Re: Menu bar loses crispness

 
Changing "experience" options does not do anything. I see where it's going, it's not impacting a lot of users so you have no interest in fixing the issue.

I will leave you with this last two data points:

1) my further testing has shown that this issue happens when using RDP and going from dual monitor RDP session to a single monitor RDP session ..and vice versa.

2) Let's say I use RDP on a single monitor, Xshell looks good. Then i go to another computer that has two monitors and I connect to the same RDP session, Xshell gets "fuzzy". Now if i open another Xshell instance, the "fuzzy" instance fixes itself, text in menu bars becomes nice an focused again.

Thanks
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:35 PM - Support

Re: Menu bar loses crispness

 
Just by looking at your attached images, it looks like one Xshell has Cleartype enabled and the other one off. I would not call this fuzzy because they look better on most monitors.

If you think text on Xshell look fuzzy you might not be using the recommended resolution for your monitors. If you go to the monitor resolution settings and in the resolution list, you can see what is recommended for your monitor. If you are not using the recommended resolution, text with Cleartype might not be displayed correctly. If you are not using the recommended resolution, it will look fuzzy on the screen but when you take a screenshot, it will look perfectly fine on other monitors.

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