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Karen Ackoff <[log in to unmask]>
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SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural Science Illustration- <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 16 Nov 1998 23:28:53 -0600
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>I was confused about True Type and PostScript, so I put my head
>in the sand and ignored the whole issue.  I'm sure I'll have to
>learn the precise difference eventually.   Cheers, Mike

TrueType fonts are scalable fonts. Which means they consist of one part and
one part only -- a font that resides within a suitcase. These fonts have no
number following the font name. TreType fonts are called scalable fonts
because the printer does not need an outline font to print them. So in
theory, it simplifies things because you don't have to worry about
collecting pieces of fonts. Unfortunately, TrueType fonts are notorious for
crashing high end printers and so are not good for jobs that are sent out
for processing (to printer or service bureau).

Type 1 fonts consist of two parts -- the screen or bitmapped font, and the
outline or printer font. The bitmapped font resides within the suitcase and
consists of the font name followed by a number indicating size. For example
-- helvetica 9. This what you view on your monitor. The outline font
resides in the fonts folder in your system folder. The outline font serves
2 functions. First it enables the font to be printed. And second, it works
with ATM to view the font at various (large) sizes without the appearance
of jaggies on your monitor. The main thing about Type 1 fonts is that they
are compatible with high end imagesetters. So Type 1 fonts are preferred
for jobs that are sent out.

I've done my best to explain. Hope it helps.

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