Searching both the Fontlab forum and Typedrawers, I couldn't find the answer to these questions, which leads me to believe I'm about to ask something I don't know enough about to even ask the right questions.
Anyway, about adjusting TrueType hinting on a Macintosh in FontLab V...
I've managed to avoid Windows in favor of Macs since, well, forever. I do have an old Dell laptop running XP that I use for testing website designs, but I rarely use it for anything but that.
A few web searches lead me to believe that more recent versions of Windows have ClearType turned on by default. Unfortunately, the Macintosh version of FontLab V does not have a hinting preview for ClearType, just grayscale and B&W for Windows, Macintosh and FreeType.
So first question: how does one go about adjusting TrueType hinting for ClearType on a Macintosh? Is it something anyone actually does?
What is the grayscale Windows hinting even for? Does ClearType use this in any way? Grayscale hinting seems to make no difference on the old XP box I'm using for testing. I'm assuming B&W is largely irrelevant any longer in most situations, right?
Autohinting does a reasonably good job on a Mac. I know there are visual differences, between ClearType and OS X type rendering, but can I assume that autohinting works more or less equally well for both Mac and in Windows using ClearType rendering?
Final question: if I tweak the hinting in a few glyphs, then apply autohinting to the font, does it affect the manual hinting of those glyphs or is the autohinting implemented only on those glyphs with no manual hinting?
I'm quite prepared to be called stupid here, but a little insight on this subject would also be appreciated.