Consolas Font Family now available for download
UPDATE: Make sure you have ClearType turned on, this font requires it. Use the Windows ClearType Control Panel Applet/PowerToy to tune.
Looks like Consolas is available to download for mere mortals now, no need to sneak it out of Vista.
Go get it. It's wonderful.
Interestingly, the download page says "This package is only intended for licensed users of Microsoft Visual Studio 2006."
<joke>So I guess that means that no one can use it. Bummer. ;)</joke> It installed fine on my systems.
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Before, I used Lucida Console, but I like Consolas a lot better. You can not mistake between 0 and O anymore, or between . and , or : and ;
Each character is very distinct from the others.
I've installed and started using their 'Proggy Clean (slash zero, bold func)' font. The font is very clean, and I've got automatic intellisense highlighting on my C# punctuation.
What is curious is that the download is only for Visual Studio but includes Consolas Italic and Consolas Bold Italic.
Visual Studio does not support italic source highlighting...
For starters, the namespace for WPF is now this: xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
The Definition namespace is long gone. And so is the TextPanel - you want TextBlock, or possibly FlowDocument.
Why does it say only VS? The setup registers the font system wide and I can use it in any application...
In my VMs Consolas doesn't scale very well in Visual Studio. It works fine on my laptop when I'm in full screen mode, but even if I force my VM to run say 1024x768 and run it full screen, there's anti-aliasing and skewing going on with Consolas (and only Consolas, the other fonts like Courier and Lucinda work fine).
The other problem with Consolas is with FAR/Midnight Commander. Those programs use the ANSI character set to draw the frames around windows and such. Consolas however doesn't support these so using it in the console doesn't work for these programs and you end up with craptastic looking screens. Again, Courier and Lucinda don't have this problem.
Hence I'm using ProggyFonts (http://www.proggyfonts.com) for now until either I "get over it" or find a better font.
If you can live with cleartype (for me, this depends on the DPI of the display I'm on) it is an outstanding font.
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