The TrueType font format was developed by
Apple Computer as an alternative to the Adobe Type 1 standard. It
is used both on Macintosh and Windows computers.
Like PostScript Type 1 fonts, TrueType fonts
also use outlines to describe the letter shapes.
TrueType fonts have the following characteristics:
- Their use is
widespread and they are integrated in almost every desktop office
software program for Microsoft Windows or Macintosh systems.
- TrueType fonts can print well on both
non-PostScript and PostScript output devices. However, to print
well on a PostScript device, the TrueType font must be converted
to PostScript outlines, which may affect the visual quality of the
resulting font. This is why many prepress service providers are
reluctant to support TrueType fonts.
- On Windows-based systems, a TrueType font
is physically stored in a single file, the name of which has the
.ttf extension. On Macintosh, it is stored as a single Suitcase.
- You can recognize a TrueType font by the
font in Microsoft Windows
font in the Mac OS
- A TrueType font,
or a combined use of TrueType and PostScript fonts in one document,
may be troublesome in high-end PostScript devices, especially imagesetters.