I have just switched to SQL Developer from Toad and I have found a couple problems with the editor that make it unreadable.
The first issue is that the fonts appear blockier and heavier. On both Toad and SQL Developer I'm using Consolas with size 12. I've tried turning the "enable text anti-aliasing" on and off and they are both bad. Could the issue be that SQL Developer is not using Window's clear type fonts? If so can this be fixed?
The second issue is that the color of the whitespace characters (spaces and line-breaks) in SQL Developer are way too dark. I am unable to find a setting to lighten them up. Am I missing the setting, or can this capability be added?
You can tweak Preferences - Code Editor - Fonts, but as sqldev is a Java app, no cleartype available.
If you have an LCD/LED screen, sure you configured the correct native resolution in Windows?
Hope that helps,
The font issue must be that SQL Developer is a Java app, since no other application I run has the same issue.
If I can just find how to lighten the whitespace indicators I may still be able to use SQL Developer. Any ideas?
In "Tools -> Preferences -> Code Editor -> Display" there is an option called "Show Whitespace Characters". Turning this on allows you to see whitespace characters in the editor. For example, spaces are shown as middle dots (i.e. ··········), tabs are shown as "»", and line breaks are shown as "«¶".
The problem is that they are way too dark. They need to be a very faint, subtle gray. I do not see any way to change the color.
My whitespace characters are gray, just too dark of a gray. I assume there is no way to change this, am I correct?
I've tried text anti-aliasing, it actually makes it much nicer, still not as readable as non Java apps.