Font question

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by nicrose, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. nicrose macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2006
    How do I know if a ffil font is a screen font or a printer font? Is there a way to tell by looking at the file or something? I'm looking at Onyx font in particular.

    Also how can I tell if I have the printer version of a ttf font?

    Is there a really good place to buy cheap fonts for print output?

    Thank you.

  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    ffil (lowercase) is an old style screen font. You won't see these much today.

    FFIL (all caps) can be more "interesting":

    - For TrueType, the convention is to have the FFIL contain everything.

    - For old-style PostScript, the convention is for the FFIL (font suitcase) file to contain the display stuff, and a separate LWFN (often has a custom icon, Get Info in Finder will call it a PostScript Type 1 outline Font) to have the printer font.

    For the newer formats (.dfont, .otf, .ttf), you can ignore this silliness.

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