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outline font

[′au̇t‚līn ‚fänt]
(graphic arts)
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

outline font

(text)
(Or "vector font") A font defined as a set of lines and curves as opposed to a bitmap font. An outline font (e.g. PostScript, TrueType, RISC OS) can be scaled to any size and otherwise transformed more easily than a bitmap font, and with more attractive results, though this requires a lot of numerical processing. The result of transforming a character in an outline font in a particular way is often saved as a bitmap in a font cache to avoid repeating the calculations if that character is to be drawn again.
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outline font

A type of font made from basic outlines of each character. The outlines are scaled into actual characters (bitmaps) before printing. See scalable font.
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GeoWorks features outline font technology called Nimbus Q from Digital Typeface Corporation and typefaces from URW that include Nimbus Roman, Nimbus San, Nimbus Mono, Century Schoolbook, Franklin Gothic, Cooper Black, and Broadway.
PC/GEOS supports true pre-emptive multitasking, including multiple threads of execution within a single process; dynamic memory management; event-driven programming; nesting, overlapped, and arbitrarily shaped windows; device-independent graphics; bit-mapped and outline fonts; and object-oriented programming.
At the first AsiaSurf site, you have to fill in a registration form and send it in before reaching the download screen, where you'll see two choices: "Download Standard Version AsiaSurf," which includes bitmap fonts and outline fonts (about 5.4 MB), and "Download Simplified Version AsiaSurf," which includes only bitmap fonts (about 1.6 MB).
Rather than adopt a generic imaging standard (PostScript), Apple has decided to beef up its own proprietary QuickDraw system by adding such features as 32-bit color, scaled outline fonts, built-in kerning, and broader printer support.
Experienced Macintosh users will appreciate the improved power of Finder 7.0, TrueType outline fonts, File Sharing, Aliases, Balloon Help, Publish & Subscribe, Virtual Memory, and many others.