What is TrueType?
TrueType is a digital font technology designed by Apple Computer, and now used
by both Apple and Microsoft in their operating systems. Microsoft has
distributed millions of quality TrueType fonts in hundreds of different styles,
including them in its range of products and the popular TrueType Font Packs.
TrueType fonts offer the highest possible quality on computer screens and
printers, and include a range of features which make them easy to use.
The history of TrueType's development is discussed briefly in our
History of TrueType
document, which explains the various incarnations of the technology, as well as some
of the reasons TrueType exists at all.
What do I need in order to use TrueType?
The TrueType font technology consists of two components: the
themselves, which come in many thousands of different styles, and can
be purchased individually or in collections from font manufacturers; and
the TrueType rasterizer,
a piece of software built into System 7.x on the Apple Macintosh range of
computers, and also into Microsoft's Windows family of operating systems.
Both components - the font and the rasterizer, are necessary to display and
print TrueType fonts on a computer system. It is the interaction between the
TrueType fonts, the TrueType rasterizer and the software program in which the
TrueType font is used that determines the appearance of the letterforms in the font.
Where can I get TrueType from?
If you're using a Mac or a Windows machine, the chances are that you're already
using the TrueType rasterizer and the TrueType fonts both Apple and Microsoft
include with the basic operating system. In fact, unless you've actually
installed another font technology, everything you're now seeing on the screen
and on your printer will be TrueType!
If you're using Apple Macintosh or Windows based computers, all you need to do
is purchase the fonts you want to use. Our Links, news and contacts
section provides World Wide Web addresses for vendors of TrueType fonts.
Last updated 30 June 1997.