When I started using NetBeans on Mac I felt that the font is just way too huge and text as well as menu and tab controls take a lot of space that could be used to display more code which means less scrolling.
The bug I submitted seems to attract attention of NetBeans developers these days so hopefully something will be done about it.
For now, I found out that you can control the font size with a command line parameter
--fontsize <number>. Or even better you can put this in the netbeans.conf file that can be found in
/Applications/NetBeans.app/Contents/Resources/NetBeans/etc/directory. I prefer to use font size 11 (the default is 13). To set this you need to append the setting to the net so the
netbeans_default_options="........ --fontsize 11"Btw the version 5.5RC2 is out, this release doesn't contain the AIOOBE bug that was giving me a lot of trouble on my intel mac.