Sunday, April 27, 2008

Consolas Font Pack for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 or 2008

Microsoft has released the consolas font pack for Visual Studio 2005 and 2008. The consolas font is a ClearType font - which is optimized for LCD display. (What is ClearType?).

My first impressions are - I do prefer consolas. But the real verdict can only be delivered after I have used it for a while.... which will come later.

Here is what it looks like on my machine:

Before consolas:


With consolas:


Download: Consolas Font Pack

According to Microsoft:

Consolas is intended for use in programming environments and other circumstances where a monospaced font is specified. All characters have the same width, like old typewriters, making it a good choice for personal and business correspondence. Optimizing the font specifically for ClearType allowed a design with proportions closer to normal text than traditional monospaced fonts like Courier. This allows for more comfortable reading of extended text on-screen.
The package will change the default text face in Visual Studio to the Consolas family.

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