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TTF File Format

SUMMARY: TTF files are TrueType fonts. This tip also includes websites where you can download TrueType (TTF) fonts.

The TTF file format, created by Apple, represents a TrueType font.

* What is a font?

Briefly, a font is a representation of all of the characters of the alphabet, plus numbers, special symbols, international characters, or more. When you use a package such as Microsoft Word and change how your letters look from Arial to Helvetica, Times New Roman, Lucida Sans, Impact, or whatever, you are using different fonts.

* What makes TrueType fonts different?

TrueType fonts were created for a couple of reasons, including:

* Fonts can be resized onscreen. A long time ago, if you needed small characters, medium-sized characters, and large characters, you would require three separate files that could render characters in these various sizes. However, with TrueType fonts, one .TTF file contains instructions so that characters can be rendered small, large, or any size in between.

* TrueType fonts look the same on your computer screen and your printer. When you create and print a document using TrueType fonts, the characters on your printout will look the same as they do onscreen. A long time ago, this was not the case.

TrueType fonts come with Macintosh and Windows. Many are available for sale; others are available for free. Here are a few websites where you can download freeware and commercial .TTF files, listed for informational purposes only:

* FontFace - http://www.fontface.com/.

* Font Garden - http://www.fontgarden.com/

* Font Paradise - http://www.fontparadise.com/

* Font Pool - http://www.fontpool.com/

* Fonts.com - http://www.fonts.com/

Windows users: NOTE that unless you have configured your computer with the file extension viewing tweak, it is possible that a filename that looks like it ends with ".ttf", especially one attached to an e-mail message, actually has a hidden OTHER extension, meaning that if you double-click the file, it may actually run a computer virus!

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