GDI was introduced in 1985 with Windows 1.0. Windows XP was released in 2001 and featured GDI+, an improvement over GDI including anti-aliasing, gradients, built-in support for image files (JPG, GIF, PNG), transparency & color blending, and better display of text characters.
Antialiasing is a software technique for diminishing jaggies - stairstep-like lines that should be smooth. Jaggies occur because the output device, the monitor or printer, doesn't have a high enough resolution to represent a smooth line.
Antialiasing reduces the prominence of jaggies by surrounding the stairsteps with intermediate shades of gray (for gray-scaling devices) or color (for color devices). The pixels that surround the edges of the line are changed to varying shades of gray or color in order to blend the sharp edge into the background.
|Raw vs. Antialiased vs.line|
Here is a before & after example:
|Antialiasing makes smoother and better lines|
Here is what it looks like at scale:
|Un-aliased & antialiased letter|
This what it looks like for text:
|Antialiased text is smoother and looks better|
You can see how the un-aliased text is jagged and crotchety:
We are improving Charting Companion by converting the GDI graphics to GDI+. Users will see an improvement in the quality of the text and lines. Displaying photos with GDI+ will also free us from a third-party library whose licensing model has become exorbitant.
We hope to bring you these enhancements soon, so you can tell the story of your family ever so attractively.