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rasterize

To prepare a page for display or printing. Rasterization is performed by a raster image processor (RIP), which turns text and images into the matrix of pixels (bitmap) that will be displayed on screen or printed on the page. Various conversions may take place. For example, the mathematical coordinates of vector and outline fonts as well as vector drawings must be converted into bitmaps. Existing bitmaps may have to be scaled into different-sized bitmaps.

Unless output is printed on a vector graphics plotter, which literally draws the illustration with pens, all text and graphics must be rasterized into a bitmap for display or printing. See RIP, raster scan, font scaler and host-based printer.
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A standard approach for working with these data is to decide on a common coordinate system, cell resolution, raster origin, and unit of measure, then project the SRTM, NED, and land-cover data into that system, and finally project and rasterize the County spot height data to the same system.
Available as an SDK (Software Developers' Kit), Font Fusion is able to rasterize 8 different font formats: TrueType(R), Type 1, CFF/Type2, T2K(R) Latin, T2K Asian, TrueDoc(R) PFR (portable font resource), Bitstream Speedo(R), and Font Fusion stroke (FFS) format, as well as embedded bitmaps.