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    Junior Member renodesign is on a distinguished road
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    Use OTF fonts it's more recent and more compatible (good for PC and MAC).

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    Otf are better option any day if you have a choice ..go for otf

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    If you have to use TTFs just convert them to paths before sending the work to the printers or exporting to pdf if the job allows it, you'll be fine. (Just check it after converting to be on the safe side)

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    Quote Originally Posted by samiartur View Post
    The problem is who make the font.
    Good companys like Linotype, microsoft, monotype, FSI and others make good TTF fonts.
    TTF fonts have more nodes but the hinting of TTF fonts are better them opentype.
    But unfortunally there are a lot of free TTF crap fonts in internet. This is the problem.
    Yes, agree. Better for use otf i think. I have many collection otf right know than ttf.

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    Just convert to outlines before output. OTF software just have more glyphs and other open type features.

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    I outline all my fonts making it a graphic, so printers have no issues with handling TTFs

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    It is important to understand that opentype is a wrapper for a collection of glyph drawings... it is how those drawings are created that really matters.

    Postscript Type 1 fonts were drawn with standard bezier curves (just like we use in illustrator)

    Truetype fonts are drawn with quadratic beziers. They look similar, but act quite different when drawing.

    This is why when you convert a TTF font to outlines your outline in Illustrator has too many points, many of them "off curve"... the outline has been converted from a quadratic...

    Opentype was created as an extension to Truetype fonts... it was a Microsoft technology and was a TTF format that supported extra glyphs, etc.

    Later, when MS partnered with Adobe, they widened the OpenType spec to support the adobe's Type1 bezier outlines. So, the old Type 1 format just slid into the opentype wrapper.

    So an Opentype font can be a truetype variant or a postscript variant! In fact, in my version of Suitcase on the mac, it tells me which type of Opentype it is... All of my opentype fonts happen to say Opentype PS.

    So, many of those saying "use Opentype fonts" are actually saying "use type 1 fonts in an opentype wrapper"

    As mentioned by a previous poster, back in the day many truetype fonts were manually hinted for screen quality at different sizes. Postscript fonts were only hinted for printing on low resolution printers, and they did not look as good on computer screens. This is why most early screen fonts were TTF.

    Today, most professionally released typefaces are extensively hinted at a variety of screen sizes so they can be used as web fonts. Free fonts not so much. Font hinting is a bit of a black art that is quite different from learning to draw and space letterforms. Many designers bring in a specialist to do it for them.

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    honestly i don' t know exact different between ttf and otf, i just use both despite they're look good on screen :)

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    Never had issues on my end.

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    Don't really have a problem printing with modern TTF fonts, but that's just me.

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