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Can TrueType Fonts be Used with Other Programs?
The TrueType font format is used by Windows, Windows 95, and Mac's. It is quite popular and there are a great number of fonts available in this format.
Unfortunately, there are few applications that I am aware of that can use this format: <application>Ghostscript</application> and <application>Povray</application> come to mind. <application>Ghostscript's</application> support, according to the documentation, is rudimentary and the results are likely to be inferior to type 1 fonts. <application>Povray</application> version 3 also has the ability to use TrueType fonts, but I rather doubt many people will be creating documents as a series of raytraced pages :-).
This rather dismal situation may soon change. The <link xlink:href="">FreeType Project</link> is currently developing a useful set of FreeType tools:
The <command>xfsft</command> font server for <application>X11</application> can serve TrueType fonts in addition to regular fonts. Though currently in beta, it is said to be quite usable. See <link xlink:href="">Juliusz Chroboczek's page</link> for further information. Porting instructions for FreeBSD can be found at <link xlink:href="">Stephen Montgomery's software page</link>.
<application>xfstt</application> is another font server for <application>X11</application>, available under <uri xlink:href=""></uri>.
A program called <command>ttf2bdf</command> can produce BDF files suitable for use in an X environment from TrueType files. Linux binaries are said to be available from <uri xlink:href=""></uri>.
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Where Can Additional Fonts be Obtained?
Many fonts are available on the Internet. They are either entirely free, or are share-ware. In addition many fonts are available in the <filename>x11-fonts/</filename> category in the ports collection
Additional Questions
What use are the <filename>.pfm</filename> files?
Can one generate the <filename>.afm</filename> from a <filename>.pfa</filename> or <filename>.pfb</filename>?
How to generate the <application>groff</application> character mapping files for PostScript fonts with non-standard character names?
Can xditview and devX?? devices be set up to access all the new fonts?
It would be good to have examples of using TrueType fonts with <application>Povray</application> and <application>Ghostscript</application>.


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