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Chapter 6. Printing > Managing Printer Fonts (BW)

Managing Printer Fonts (BW)

QuickDraw printers generally get all their font processing done right on your Mac. The QuickDraw printer-driver software uses the TrueType or—with the help of Adobe Type Manager (ATM) in Mac OS 9 and earlier—PostScript Type 1 scalable outline fonts stored on your hard drive, and it generates the right pattern of dots for a particular typeface at the size you want. In other words, when using a QuickDraw printer, you don't have to worry about printer font management.

Things are generally different with PostScript printers. The font processing usually happens down at the printer, not in your Mac. Unless the font you need is built into a ROM (Read-Only Memory) chip, the actual outline font file has to get from your Mac's hard drive down into the printer's memory.


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