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isaac.scott Calculating status...
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Oct 26, 2012 4:33 AM

I use Netbeans for development and have tried 3 versions, however, they are always appearing blurry on my retina display. Further to this I have installed the latest version of java 7 which has made no difference.


From what I have read the only way to get Netbeans to display correctly on a retina display is to use java 6, however, prior to java 7 Apple managed java for Mac. I have been unable to find java 6 in the App Store or anywhere else for Mac.


How can I downgrade from java 7 to java 6?

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
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    Oct 26, 2012 5:09 AM (in response to isaac.scott)

    Ok! You're welcome!

  • tomjnsnApple Calculating status...
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    Oct 29, 2012 3:58 PM (in response to isaac.scott)

    I've had the same problem, fonts look so thin and hard to read in NetBeans once the upgrade happened.  I followed the instructions in the kb article but then also ran this command:


    sudo ln -sf /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Commands/java /usr/bin/java


    After that ran:


    java -version


    Just to confirm that it did in fact downgrade to 1.6.  This is what I got:


    java version "1.6.0_37"

    Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_37-b06-434-11M3909)

    Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.12-b01-434, mixed mode)

  • tomjnsnApple Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 4:31 PM (in response to isaac.scott)

    Hmmm, it seems with the latest version from Apple in the 1.6 line it stopped working for me now I've seen over on netbeans forums discussion about this same issue but no resolution.

  • crunch483 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Feb 4, 2013 6:36 PM (in response to isaac.scott)

    I'm on Lion, not Mountain Lion, but I experienced the issue with the fonts too after upgrading to Java 7. On my system the Java 6 SDK is still available at System/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0.jdk.


    Since I still wanted Java 7 to be the default version and just change it for NetBeans, I edited the netbeans.conf file to tell it to use Java 6. To get to netbeans.conf, right-click on the NetBeans application and select Show Package Contents. Then navigate to Contents/Resources/NetBeans/etc and open netbeans.conf. Uncomment the netbeans_jdkhome option and set it as follows:


    netbeans_jdkhome="/System/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0.jdk/Contents/Ho me"


    The fonts should now be fixed (and when you go to NetBeans > About NetBeans it should show that it's running Java 6).


    I'm not sure if this will help for Mountain Lion, but if it's just a matter of not having Java 6 installed, then you could simply download the Java 6 SDK from Oracle's site, or copy it from a Mac running Lion (or earlier maybe would work too).


    And make sure you run Software Update first, since I know Apple disabled Java temporarily until the latest update, due to a security concern (although that may have only affected the browser plugin).


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