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13.6. Fonts in Mac OS X

Over the years, Macintosh fonts have improved considerably. No longer must you pray to the printer gods that your beautiful flyer won't come out with jagged-looking type because you chose the wrong font type, one that doesn't have smooth edges.

Up through Mac OS 9, a family of typefaces called bitmapped fonts was still kicking around, a holdover from the jagged-printing days of the original 1984 Macintosh. But Mac OS X can't even use such fonts. Only always-smooth font formats work in Mac OS X: namely, TrueType, PostScript Type 1, and OpenType. (OpenType is a font format developed by Microsoft and Adobe that's already common on Windows machines.)


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