At first i really hated the change to Helvetica Neue, and was looking for a tool like this. But it actually grew on me, and with anti-aliasing turned off in the System Preferences i quite like it now.
That was a good tip to turn off anti-aliasing, I hadn't thought of that. It does help considerably on my 15" MBP (since I didn't want the retina when I bought it in 2012).
That being said I do think Lucida Grande does actually look pretty nice as a UI font, but it wouldn't be consistent with iOS and simultaneously somehow doesn't feel very "Apple" (for what that's worth).
For non-retina machines and anyone with an aversion to the new look.
Is anyone else half expecting them to swap Helvetica out for their new Apple Watch font eventually anyway?
Not really, but it might look fun. They designed that font for small (tiny) screens, and to give it a sporty, trendy feel. I don't think that either of those are appropriate for OS X.
The apple watch font is designed for legibility at small sizes with very wide tracking (which helps produce a larger touch area as well), but I don't think it's suitable as a system font.
It may come into play when they want to portrait something very industrial looking—I think the iPhone camera uses it—but I doubt it'll play a major roll on lap/desktops.
You're right, but Helvetica isn't suitable for a system font either.
Isn't change just awful.
Looking forward to a similar fix to replace all system icons. The default dock looks like a neon nightmare...
And if I want to get back to the Helvetica?
The same app can be used to reset.
Turn off anti-aliasing for sure!
I've been using Yosemite in beta for about 6 months. I hated Helvetica for the first month. Now I couldn't go back to mavericks. Yes the helvetica feels more impersonal. Give it time. Like at least a month. It will get better. Also turn off font smoothing! (antialiasing on retina displays)
Hahahah, hahah, So much DN lols. This morning I was going to make this big rant about how unnecessary this is...
Then I installed Yosemite
Then I looked at it on my expensive Cinema display
Then I came straight to this post and installed.
Crazy how bad the new OS is on "older" @1x monitors. Crazy!